Legionnaires – Volunteers Needed for Poppy Distribution on Memorial Day Weekend

Comrade Legionnaires of Post 2001,

The annual Memorial Day weekend Poppy Distribution is on Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28 at the Giant Food Store in Ashburn Village.

Please see the attached sign-up sheet for the 3 or 3 1/2 hour shifts available for you to pick from to volunteer on this 2-day event.

We really need at least two Legionnaires for each shift. Three Legionnaires is preferred and as always the more the merrier. If you have never participated in the poppy distribution event, give it a try, you may enjoy it. I think that those that participated in the past have enjoyed the event. I certainly do.

Please look over the sign-up sheet and if you would like to volunteer for any shift contact me. If you cannot work a full shift, no problem. Any amount of time that you can volunteer is helpful and appreciated.

[Preferred uniform is smart casual with Legion cap if you have one; alternate uniform sport coat and tie with Legion cap if you have one.]

Also, for you information I have attached the Story of the Poppy, Memorial Day flyers.

See You At The Poppy Distribution

Larry Rosenberger

Download (PDF, 308KB)

Legion Post 2001 – Reminder Litter Collection Claiborne Pkwy this SAT

Legionnaires,

As you know, Post 2001 has adopted a part of Claiborne Parkway as part of the Adopt a Highway program.

This Saturday (14 May) rain or shine we will meet in the Junction Plaza parking lot (Ashburn Farm Giant shopping center, corner of Claiborne and Ashburn Farm Parkway) at 0830 and collect litter along Claiborne Parkway from Ashburn Farm Parkway up to Hay Road & back.

We need your help – many hands make light the work.

This will fulfill our second quarterly run as part of the VDOT Adopt a Highway program.

Please contact Ron Milberg for additional details.

Reminder: Post 2001 Meeting and Election this Thursday

Legionnaires,

As a reminder, our next general meeting is at 1930 on this Thursday, 12 May, at the Mills Recreation Center (43895 Grottoes Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147).

***Post will distribute poppies in remembrance of our fallen comrades on 27 and 28 May at the Ashburn Village Giant store. Please support this great event – contact Larry Rosenberger for details and to sign up.

I am attaching the revised minutes from our April meeting.

** Post will be voting on officers for the 2016-2017 year during the 12 May meeting.

Any member in good standing (dues paid for 2016) and unable to attend the May meeting can send in an absentee ballot (original cut off was 6 May). If you can’t make it, please send your vote by e-mail by this Wednesday evening.

The following are the current candidates for the 2016-2017 year:

POST COMMANDER. Charlie McKinney
1st VICE COMMANDER. Chuck Loomis
2nd VICE COMMANDER. Bob O’Such
ADJUTANT. Norm Larson
FINANCE OFFICER. Richard Ryan
Co-CHAPLAIN. Fr. James Hinkle and Al Gabriel
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. Ken Canterbury

Regards,

Norman Larson
Adjutant
Leonard W. Kidd American Legion Memorial Post 2001, Inc.
Ashburn, Virginia

Post 2001 Minutes for April – Next Meeting 12 May / **Election

Legionnaires,

I am attaching the minutes from our April meeting.
Please provide any revisions back to this address before 6 April.

As a reminder, our next meeting is at 1930 on this Thursday, 12 May, at the Mills Recreation Center (43895 Grottoes Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147).

** Of note, the Post will be voting on officers for the 2016-2017 year during the May meeting. Please let me know if you are interested in running for office.

Any member in good standing (dues paid for 2016) and unable to attend the May meeting can send in an absentee ballot by 6 April.
Please indicate in your e-mail if you are voting for the current candidates, or the name of any specific candidate not listed below (name and position).

The following are the current candidates for the 2016-2017 year:

POST COMMANDER. Charlie McKinney
1st VICE COMMANDER. Chuck Loomis
2nd VICE COMMANDER. Bob O’Such
ADJUTANT. Norm Larson
FINANCE OFFICER. Richard Ryan
Co-CHAPLAIN. Fr. James Hinkle and Al Gabriel
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. Ken Canterbury
Regards,

Norman Larson
Adjutant
Leonard W. Kidd American Legion Memorial Post 2001, Inc.
Ashburn, Virginia

HEADS-UP: Venue for Thursday Meeting ~ Woods Recreeation Center/Directions

Post 2001 Legionnaires,

As you may recall, at the bottom of the February meeting agenda, I noted that we would be shifting to another venue for the March meeting ONLY.

This shift is because the Ashburn Village HOA is completing some repairs/upgrading at our normal meeting place at the Mills Rec Center.

Again, the Woods Rec Center is located at 44020 Lousia. Driving EAST on Ashburn Village Blvd; past Ashburn Elementary School on Left; turn next left on Lousia. Woods Rec Center is on your immediate right. Park and go upstairs on right side.

Hope to see you all there tomorrow night!

For God & Country, Charlie

Charles M. McKinney, III
CMDR, Leonard W. Kidd
Memorial Post 2001
The American Legion

Special Message to A/L Post 2001 Members

Legionnaires of American Legion Post 2001,

Our Post has traditionally focused on programs and activities that support the Legion’s Four Pillars:
– Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
– National Security
– Americanism, and
– Children and Youth

We are particularly proud that we have vigorous leadership for each of our programs and focus nearly 100% of our fiscal resources on tangible programs that support Veterans in need and programs that boost Patriotism – – to continue this legacy we need our newest members to “step up” into leadership roles within the Post

I ask that our newest members try to join us at our next meeting (7:30 PM, Thursday, 11 February 2016…Mills Recreation Center on corner of Gloucester Blvd. & Grottoes) to find activities that you would like to support and help direct. We are particularly interested in finding new leadership for our Post from among our newest members so we can sustain our important programs and continue to support VETERANS -IN-NEED!

Here are some areas in which we need immediate help:

– LOUDOUN SALUTE 2016 – Off to our fastest start yet, will take place on Saturday, 15 October at Stone Bridge HS in Ashburn – – we need help with fund raising, youth activities, Loudoun partner liaison, posters, handouts, media support, etc. Tobin Seven is the Program Director for this event and has initiated the major pieces early on so we have time to make this our best event ever….anticipate over 1,000 attendees and involvement by ~30 patriotic organizations and major speakers! (Check with Tobin to see if he needs to add anything).

– Youth Programs….We have a growing relationship with Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Cub Scouts, Boys and Girls State, and other youth groups that can use additional help for occasional program development/fulfillment. This is a very rewarding activity that has restored our confidence in the youth of Loudoun County!

– Service Officer Support: We need to increase our group of Service Officers to help Vets and their families with VA Claims and support issues….we have led the District in the support provided but will be losing one of our best resources to a relocation…..Online course materials help to make the certification process easy, and the rewards of tangible direct help to our Vets/Families is fantastic!

– Social Chairman….Would like to have someone formalize two or three social events for our Post annually that will enhance our internal connection between members (and spouses/families!

– Media Relations/History: Need someone to help with occasional press releases and publicity for our events; and to document our activities for the Post’s annual history program.

Semper Fidelis, Charlie

Charles M. McKinney
CMDR, Leonard W. Kidd
Memorial Post 2001
The American Legion

Opportunity: Serve as a Boys State Counselor in June

Legionnaires of American Legion Post 2001,

An Opportunity! As we all love the Boys State & Girl State programs, please consider this opportunity.

As you know, Boys State is coming up this summer [mid to late June] once again, as always. The Department is in need of additional Counselors.

The quality of this program depends on having quality counselors.

Please see attached flyer or go directly to: vaboysstate.org, and follow the instructions on the website. If you decide to serve as a Boys State Counselor, please get your background checks completed ASAP.

Best wishes, Charlie

Charles M. McKinney, III
CMDR, Leonard W. Kidd
Memorial Post 2001
The American Legion

Boys and Girls State Volunteers

The Krissoff Family

Gentlemen/Ladies,

Al Gabriel sent me another WINNER today!

Although I had seen this video some years back, saved it & then lost it when my last computer fried & crashed in 2011 or so; I recognized it immediately when I saw “Krissoff Family.”

It was like receiving a gift from the past this afternoon late when Al sent it. Special thanks, Al. I know each of you will especially appreciate this video, even if you’ve been fortunate enough to have seen it before!

Semper Fidelis, Charlie

Charles M. McKinney, III
CMDR, Leonard W. Kidd
Memorial Post 2001
The American Legion

Merry Christmas

Dear Legionnaires & Families,

Wishing for each of you a very Merry Christmas with your families and a wonderful & Happy New Year. May God’s Blessings & the Joy of Christmas be with each of you.
Be safe and stay healthy. With fond affection.

For God and Country,

Charlie & Eileen

Charles M. McKinney, III
CMDR, Leonard W. Kidd
Memorial Post 2001
The American Legion