December Newsletter

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Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

We are nearing the end of the college football regular season-rivalry weekend and championship weekend coming up.

Our 21st annual Pearl Harbor Day golf tournament is upon us-December 5th. It is not too late to get your hole sponsorship at $25 or to sign up your foursome.

New Year’s Eve Party tickets go on sale for $10 for 316 Family (TAL, ALA, SAL, ALR) members only on December 3rd, then for all others on December 9th. First come, first served. We also have raffle tickets for the basket of cheer at $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets. Drawing will be at 9 PM at the New Year’s Eve Party. Please bring a dish to share to the party.

Despite publicizing in the newsletter and hi-lighting it on the email notes, we continue to get credit card dues payments. We do not process credit cards for anything and the Department quit processing credit cards for all Posts. Dues must be paid by cash or check. You can pay by credit card online to . We can only return your renewal notice with the credit card information and ask that you pay in some other manner. This obviously slows everything down.

The Toys 4 Tots bin will be at the Post until about 3 PM on the 12th. Please bring a new and unwrapped gift for the needy. If you play bingo and bring in a toy, you get a free card to the first jackpot game.

The Auxiliary Christmas Party will be the 14th at 7 PM. Please bring a dish to share and a gift if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange.

The Riders Christmas Party will be the 20th. Please bring a side dish to share and gift if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange.

The bartenders will be checking all membership cards during December as a courtesy reminder that 2019 cards expire December 31st. Please be ready to show your card as they are just doing their job.

The Department Commander and Department President will be at Post 316 at 7 PM on the 7th. Come out and meet your state leaders.

With the new Legion eligibility established by Congress which makes the eligibility period consecutive from December 7th, 1941, to a date to be determined by Congress, anyone who has served one day anywhere in the world and either has an honorable discharge or is still serving is now eligible to join. Please make one of your New Year’s resolutions to recruit one new member into Post 316.


1st: Hurricane season is over

3rd: Giving Tuesday-please consider giving to the Post Building Fund

7th: Pearl Harbor Day

7th: 21st Laying of the Wreath Golf Tournament.

7th: Riders meeting at 0900, SAL meeting at 1030

8th: 5th District meeting at 2 PM at Jacksonville Beach Post 129

9th: Legion and Auxiliary meetings at 8 PM

21st: Winter begins

25th: Christmas Day-only day of the year Post 316 is closed

31st: New Year’s Eve Party at 6 PM, basket of cheer drawing at 9 PM



1st Vice Commander

September Newsletter

September Newsletter

The Post is in need of a Finance Officer. If you know Quickbooks and can spend a couple of hours a week processing the bartenders payroll and paying Post bills, please volunteer. Either talk to the Commander or attend a Post meeting and talk to us about it.

Remember, with the Legion Act now the law of the land, everyone who has served one day anywhere in the world and has an honorable discharge or is still on active duty is eligible to join The American Legion.

Hopefully, our second dart league will have formed and start play in September.

NFL season is here-wear NGL logo clothes on Sundays and get a discount on your drink.

The Chief Selectees from the Iwo Jima painted more of the building for us. What a great job and thank you to the Selectees. They will be back again September 5th to continue the project.

The 3rd Thursday this month should be interesting at the Post-Riders wing night, dart league, Queen of Hearts and Jags play the Titans. Come out and join the fun.

See the note on page 3 about American Forces Travel, a new MWR program as a result of Priceline and DOD joint venture.

The SAL is still in need of members to attend, volunteer and provide ideas.

Calendar Events:

2nd: Labor Day Open House

7th: Riders meeting at 0900, SAL meeting at 1030

7th: Auxiliary School of Instruction

8th: Grandparents’ Day

8th: 5th District meeting at Post 88

11th: Patriot Day

12th: Robbi Litt Band

16th: American Legion Day

19th: Riders Wing Night

20th: National POW Day

29th: Gold Star Mothers’ Day

March Newsletter

End of year reports are coming up-they are due in May. This year we have recruited fewer new members than in a long time. As of the March meeting, we have 30 new members. We really need your help at identifying and recruiting new members to the Post.

The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner was again superb this year. The corned beef was so tender you didn’t need a knife. Thank you, Liz.

The Auxiliary cook book is now for sale at the Post for $8.

Our Boys State and Girls State delegates have been chosen and registered with Department.

We are attempting to start a Thursday night dart league. There is a sign-up list on the board and we will have a meeting Thursday at 7 PM on the 4th to see if there is enough interest. If you like to throw darts, please sign up.

The Children’s Easter Egg party will be held at 2 PM on the 20th for kids who are 10 and younger. There will also be an Easter Egg Tree at the Post. For a donation, you can pick an egg and get the prize indicated inside. See the Auxiliary article.

The Riders are planning a gala Cinco de Mayo party for May 4th. There’ll be lots to do and a really fun party.


1st: April Fool’s Day

4th: Gold Star Spouse’s Day

4th: Dart League meeting at 7 PM

6th: Riders meeting at 0900 and SAL at 1030

14th: Palm Sunday

14th: 5th District meeting at Post 54 in Fernandina Beach

15th: TAX DAY

15th: Legion and Auxiliary meetings

19th: Good Friday

20th: Kid’s Easter Party

21st: EASTER

26th: Arbor Day



1st Vice Commander

April Newsletter

February Newsletter

Brett Riestad, National Commander of The American Legion, will be visiting Florida February 1st through 7th. He is an Army veteran from Virginia. His visit will be to the Northern Area which is the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 17th Districts.

He will be in our District the 6th and 7th. Commander Riestad is scheduled to visit Post 316 for lunch on Wednesday the 6th at 1230. Everyone is invited to come visit with him.

We are well into the 2019 membership year and are over 83% at this time. Please renew your membership soon as the mailing lists will be purged in February. When the March newsletter is ready for distribution, all delinquent members of the Legion Family will be removed from the email/snail mail lists. Please don’t let that happen.

Super Bowl Sunday the 3rd will see our annual chili cookoff. Judging will be at 4 PM and prizes will be awarded.

The Auxiliary is planning a Valentine’s Day celebration for Saturday the 16th that will include a prime rib dinner, cake walks and entertainment.


February 2nd: Groundhog Day

February 2nd: Riders and SAL meetings

February 3rd: Super Bowl Chili cookoff and game

February 6th: National Commander visits Post 316 for lunch

February 10th: 5th District meeting at Middleburg Post 250

February 11th: Legion and Auxiliary meetings

February 12th: Lincoln’s Birthday

February 14th: Valentines’ Day

February 16th: Auxiliary Valentines’ Day celebration-prime rib dinner, cake walks and entertainment by Back Alley Cadillac

February 18th: Presidents’ Day

February 22nd: Washington’s Birthday



1st Vice Commander


October Newsletter

First, I apologize for the delay in emailing the newsletter out to everyone.  We had some issues with the groupings with our email client which prevented me from sending it out.   Hopefully it won’t happen next time.  This new email system has two email addresses for the Post. The one I’m we used for the newsletter,, is supposed to be robust enough for the entire newsletter to go to the entire group. You may have to check your spam folder to make sure it gets to your inbox. The other one,, is the one to use when sending emails to the Post and is at the top of the newsletter.  Please use the one if you have any questions, comments, add events, etc.

Some points worth mentioning:

  • The Chief Selectees did a great job painting the canteen and meeting room, and pressure washing the pavilion and back porch.
  • The Legion and Auxiliary still have vacant offices on page 2. Just attend a meeting and volunteer.
  • Our website is up (as you can see or you wouldn’t be reading this). If you have ideas or want to help keeping it up to date, let us know.  Our 3rd Vice is always looking for help.
  • The first Auxiliary dues notice is out and has the incorrect dues rate on it. See the article on page 1.


  • October 6th is a big day-Riders meeting, fun run and rifle drawing-tickets are still available at $10 each. The Auxiliary is holding Octoberfest in the evening. The SAL meeting is also on the schedule.
  • October 8th: Legion and Auxiliary meetings at 8:00 PM.
  • October 18th: Riders Wing Night and karaoke.
  • October 27th: Riders Zombie run with face painting in the morning. Kids Halloween party. Adult Halloween party. Auxiliary Witches Brew Dinner and Cake Walk.

Be sure to check out all the specials in the From the Bar section on page 2.

Have a wonderful October!


1st Vice Commander