Le­gion Post 238 very ac­tive

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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.

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