Dinner meeting -- July 7 at p.m., social hour 6 p.m.
Post 119 Commander’s report by Michael Raffety
I put the most important information in bold face headline. Dinner meetings are back on and will continue without interruption. If you haven’t been vaccinated, go to Safeway or CVS pharmacy, and get the shot. I look forward to meeting friends and familiar faces again.
It seems like only a few weeks ago the bar opened for Friday night happy hour, but a look at my calendar revealed that the first happy hour was April 16. A band volunteered to play and took donations. It was called “Last Two Standing,” but was really a four-piece band. They played blues, doo-wop, classics, and oldies and really had a lot of folks out on the dance floor, including myself and my wife Cherie. It was a fun evening.
The biggest draw so far was $5 hamburgers and potato salad, or beans, and chips barbecued by the American Legion Riders. The turnout exceeded the Riders’ expectations, and they are talking about doing it again.
There is also some talk from the bar tenders about getting the band back for another happy hour.
The post is beginning to hit on all cylinders again. June 19 we were scheduled to serve beer and wine at the Junior Livestock auction at the fairgrounds. I’ll provide a report and photo for next month’s bulletin.
Our finance officer, Mike Schiavone has talked to the fair manager about our Beer Tree at the fair, which will be Aug. 26-29. There is a book at the bar to sign up for shifts at our beer booth. I signed up for two days of selling tickets. I noticed Dick Pacileo signed up as a beer puller.
June 15 the governor eliminated the color codes and opened the whole state, dropping mandatory masking. I shopped Costco without a mask. What a thrill.
For sure, the post will be cooking and bar tending for the Jeepers Jamboree this year. I’m sorry to miss that event. Months ago, we booked our 10-person family into a vacation home rental in Sunriver, Ore. The cost of this made me regret selling my mother’s house in Sunriver, but at the time I was concerned about making sure she had enough money.
With monthly dinner meetings restarting, I believe we will get back some of those members who are close to being dropped, maybe even those who have already been dropped. Post membership is a small price to pay for the comradeship of monthly dinner meetings.
Below is the great turn out at the Post for the burgers and two of the chefs: Carlos Navarette and right ALR secretary Gary Coverdale.