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


September Newsletter

We are still in the process of sending out the newsletter for this month.  If you haven’t received the newsletter, expect it in your email inbox by the end of the week.  As always, please check your “spam” or “trash” folders in case it ended up there by mistake.  You may also download it at the link provided at the bottom of this update.

Newsletter highlights:

The 5th District meeting we hosted went extremely well and set a record with 17 of our 18 Post attending. It was very informative and the food was delicious. Thanks to all who attended and contributed. District meetings are always listed in the newsletter and all are welcome to attend. We are the only District in Florida that meets monthly.

2019 membership cards are available for all four organizations. Pay your dues and be an Early Bird.

The Auxiliary will be holding their School of Instruction at Post 316 on Saturday the 8th at 8:30 AM. All Auxiliary members are encouraged to attend.

Remember, the Riders cook for Monday night bingo and have a wings night the 3rd Thursday of the month, which have all been sell-outs. The Auxiliary cooks for Tuesday night trivia. Steak/Salmon every Friday night. Wear your red shirt on Friday and get a discount at the bar, also NFL logo clothes on Sundays will get a discount during the season.


American Legion: “We Believe”

The American Legion has launched a new campaign titled “We Believe”. From American Legion National Headquarters:

We Believe is a new PSA from The American Legion. The PSA shines a light on the values of the organization — patriotism, a strong national security, support for all veterans and a strong desire to turn today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.

Through historic and current imagery, We Believe highlights Legionnaires in action and shows the impact of hundreds of American Legion programs and activities that strengthen the nation.

For 100 years, veterans have been building our nation through The American Legion. We believe it makes a difference. We invite you to join us by airing the We Believe PSA.”

Boys State 2018

Post 316 would like to congratulate our 2018 delegates to Florida Boys State. We sent ten delegates to Tallahassee this year. Eight of the boys so far have submitted letters of appreciation discussing their experience at Boys State. Please stop by the Post office to read these letters.

Post 316 would also like to congratulate Delegate Alex Cywes for his selection to Boys Nation. This selection is very prestigious, as only two delegates from each Boys State program are selected to attend Boys Nation in Washington, DC.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county, and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy, and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.