Legion Post 238 very active
American Legion Post 238 is made up of three units: Legionnaires (Commander Don Purdy), Sons of the American Legion (Commander Billy DeMarr) and the American Legion Auxiliary (President Malinda Baden). The post is located at 6265 Brandywine Road, Hughesville. Post 238’s success depends entirely on active membership participation and volunteerism. The post belongs to the people we serve and the community in which we thrive. Post 238 raises money to help veterans, their families and our community.
Our three units work as a cohesive entity. Over the last 10 months we raised and donated over $20,000 to the following organizations:
1) Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
2) Fisher House at Joint Base Andrews
3) Walter Reed Wounded Warriors
4) Charles County Shop With a Cop Program
5) Charles County Children’s Aid Society
6) Hughesville Baptist Church Food Bank
7) St Mary’s Catholic School Education Program
8) Special Olympics 9) Student scholarships 10) Charles County Sheriff’s Office sponsored Explorer Post 1658
We are home to Boy Scout Troop 908, supplying them with meeting and event space. We provide a meeting place for the Senior Companion Program. In addition, we provided use of our hall to CASA of Southern Maryland for a 10 day training session.
The three units of Post 238 raise money through: 1) Hall rental 2) Turkey shoots 3) Special events such as a St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Dinner and Auction. Other popular events are our Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance, and our Bull and Oyster Dinner. 4) Friday Night Dinners 5) Maryland Lottery ticket machines and Keno 6) Fishing tournament 7) Golf Tournament 8) Serving meals at the American Legion Post 238 Bluegrass Concerts 9) Catering 10) Various raffles, for example: our Bushel of Crabs Raffle
Other items of note: the auxiliary sent Christmas gifts to our troops in Afghanistan
and they adopted a wing at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home for Christmas. They also hosted Christmas and Easter parties for kids.
When a member passes we provide a Legion Service in recognition of their service, and the post offers a meeting place for the family and friends following the funeral.
We are pleased to serve members of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home with meals at our Friday Night Dinners.
In order to get the word out the Post publishes a quarterly newsletter, maintains an award winning website (alpost238.org) and a Facebook page (American Legion Post 238).
Over the last year we have significantly reduced our mortgage and made major improvements to the post facility and grounds.
We are proud of our accomplishments and our members. We have written this letter to let everyone know what American Legion Post 238 stands for. We are always looking for new members to join us in supporting veterans and the community.
Al Humphreys, Hughesville The writer is a member of the executive committee for the American Legion Post 238.