American Legion Post 227 wants to increase its community partnerships

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The officers of The American Legion Starr Sutherland, Jr. Post 227 seek to partner with members of the surrounding communities for mutual benefit. Such partnerships are already underway in a number of areas, as indicated below.

Four of the boys that Post 227 sponsored for
Boys State are shown with
Post Vice Commander, Raymond Coffey.
In recent years, Post 227 has invited a speaker to speak at each monthly meeting. The meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month.

The speaker usually discusses some aspect of military history, which might include his/her own experiences in the US military.

The meetings are widely advertised and members of the community, whether veterans or not, are specifically invited to attend to hear the speaker.

By leaving their email address on the meeting attendance form, visitors can be added to a list of persons receiving personal notices of future meetings.

Usually, a report on the speaker’s talk is published in the Shoreline Area News. You can access an example of these reports at this link.

A few of the items in the library.
Post 227 maintains a library containing books, magazines, DVDs and Video Tapes relating to the military. Any veteran or civilian member of the community is welcome to check out, use and return any item in the library without charge.

Several times each year, Post 227 holds a pancake breakfast for veterans and all members of the surrounding communities.

The breakfasts are prepared and served by Post members, sometimes with help from members of the community.

Post member Russ Greaby cooking
burgers and hot dogs at one of the BBQs.
Each summer, Post 227 holds a BBQ for veterans and members of the surrounding communities. 

The BBQs are prepared and served by Post members, sometimes with help from members of the community.

Post 227 sponsors boys from local high schools to participate in Boys State

In the one-week experience, they learn leadership skills and become familiar with governmental activities.

Shoreline Veterans Plaza
A Veterans Recognition Plaza was conceptualized and developed at Shoreline City Hall under the leadership of post members. The Plaza, shown in the picture, is located on the lawn north of the Shoreline City Hall. 

The red brick plaza is paved with bricks that are engraved with the names and service records of people who have served in the US military. Many bricks are not yet engraved. For a fee of $100, you can have a brick engraved with the name and service record of a person of your choice.

Post 227 sponsors an annual Life Changer Award. Each year, members of the community are invited to nominate persons who have made life better for others. You can read about the Life Changer Award in the Shoreline Area News here.

Post 227 must generate the funding needed to carry out Post activities. Member dues provide some annual funding and are supplemented by donations received at our periodic breakfasts and annual BBQ.

Post members serving breakfast at one of the tables.
The Post needs additional funding to carry out our mission. 

You can help by making a tax-deductible cash donation. Donating is easy. Simply go to the Post website. Then click on the DONATIONS button on the left side of the page. The donations page that pops up will explain why the donation is tax deductible and briefly describe some Post activities. Next, clicking on the yellow Donate button will take you to a page that will guide you through the donation process.

The members of Post 227 are grateful to the members of the surrounding communities for the support they have given our Post and we look forward to extending our partnership far into the future.

All photos by Jerry Pickard


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