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November 2021 Newsletter

Commander, Maxie C. (Max) WixFROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends:

The American Legion was founded in 1919 on fourpillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, NationalSecurity, Americanism, and Children & Youth.We hope that this newsletter finds you and yourfamilies healthy and doing well and want to wisheveryone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Post 281 Christmas/Holiday dinner will be held on 14Dec at the Rutland Senior Living Center Banquet Room.The Roast Beef or Vegetarian meal is $25 per couple. Inorder to finalize meals to be prepared, cut‐off is 14 daysprior, so please respond no later than noon 30 Nov. Asof this writing we have 52 participants signed up.Please send an email or text to Steve Iles tostepheniles5858@gmail.com 615‐419‐5009 or to me atemail/phone above. Those not already paid may do soat 5:30pm at the entry. Please get signed up ASAP…

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October 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends:

We hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and doing well. We publish our newsletter following each monthly meeting to keep you better informed. We are a little late in getting this out.

To keep our focus, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. These remain our goal for your post in our community.      

Membership remains as our strength and ability to meet our mutual obligations to the four pillars. We had 25 members in attendance.  We currently have 244 members.  We look forward to more members joining our gatherings in the future. We ask that membership dues be paid during our monthly meetings in person by cash or check. You may also pay by mailing dues payments to our PO Box 67 address above. Dues are $45. 2022 membership renewal began last 1 July.  

Please use mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Home and validate your contact data and can renew online.  The user email address must match the email address in the Legion database for your account, not a new one…

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September 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Commander Max Wix – Tyler Cates Post 281

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends:

We hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and doing well. As we previously stated, we will be publishing our newsletter following each monthly meeting to keep you better informed.

The American Legion was founded In 1919 on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Our goal is to focus our activities on these in our community.

We were honored to have Tyler Cates Post 281 past Commanders Lew Hightower and Brenda Thompson were attendance. Prior to our meeting, the Mount Juliet High School Marine Junior Reserve Officer Training Cadets Drill and Ceremony Team , lead by SgtMaj Jonathan Clark, provided a motivational presentation and joined us afterwards for pizza, etc.

Membership is our strength and ability to meet our mutual obligations to the four pillars. We had 49 members and guests at our meeting and look forward to more members joining our gatherings in the future…

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August 2021 Newsletter

Our new publishing date for the Newsletter

Our new publishing date for the NewsletterIf you are accustomed to receiving and reading the newsletter via the internet, you probably noticed that we did not send it out before our August meeting. We are attempting to make the newsletter more informative and pertinent to the workings of our post and useful to you as our members. You can expect a brief reminder of the upcoming meeting with a brief agenda of the planned events to be “pushed” through our website to each subscriber. Then, after the meeting, we will summarize the meeting and post any additional information that pertains to the day-to-day business of our post shortly thereafter.

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends We hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and doing well. As mentioned, we hope the later publishing of our newsletter following each monthly meeting will keep you better informed. In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Our goal as a post is to base all our activities and focus on promoting these pillars in our community. We were honored to have the following Guests: TN Department District Commander Bill Green. Also in attendance were Past Post 281 Commanders Lew Hightower and Brenda Thompson. There is no greater honor you may bestow upon a fellow veteran and their family than participating in ceremonies celebrating the life of a veteran and their service to our country. The total military honors rendered, from the 2010 inception of Post 281 Honor Guard Team, now stands at 400. A lot of effort and commitment went into this. This is quite a feat for a small post such as ours. (See the included article)…

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July 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family and friends As always, we hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and all doing well. Both VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville and local medical facilities within Middle Tennessee continue to administer the COVID 19 vaccinations and Flu shots.

We continue to celebrate our community’s involvement and success with Memorial Day weekend 9th Annual Honor America’s Flag Event. We thank Nancy Britt and her family and the West Wilson Exchange Club for our continued dual effort.

As our community opens back up, we look forward to more members attending our monthly meetings and becoming involved in our various activities. We currently have 237 members. Please check your membership card to make sure it is current. It’s that time of year, 1 July annually, to start renewing your membership for 2022. Some of you have invalid information on in the American Legion database, addresses, emails, changed phone numbers, etc. Each member needs validate this data yourself and renew your membership at https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Home

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June 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family and friends:    

We hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and all doing well.  We hope most, if not all of you, will have received vaccinations for COVID and the Flu, as it is reported to be coming back strong.  

COVID‐19 Vaccinations continue at both VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville and local medical facilities within Middle Tennessee.   

Over the Memorial Holiday weekend, we held our 9th Annual Honor America’s Flag Event, alongside the West Wilson Exchange Club at Jones Family Park in Mount Juliet.  We honored one of our members, John “Tennessee” Bev Spickard with a 50 Year Membership Certificate.  We also presented Certificates of Appreciation to Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Mount Juliet Mayor James Maness, City Manager Kenny Martin, Police Chief James Hambrick, Fire Chief Jamie Luffman and Parks and Recreation Director Rocky Lee. All were recognized for continuously supporting our community veterans and youth, including Post 181 members, for years in multiple ways, events and endeavors, including tornadoes, flooding and pandemic…

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May 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family and friends:

We sincerely hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all doing well. We hope most, if not all of you, will have received the COVID-19 Vaccinations. We have sent numerous notifications on where you may get the vaccinations. This includes both VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville and local medical facilities within Middle Tennessee.

We continue with our Post’s “Buddy Check” of all of our members. This program ensures all members are doing well and is not in need of our assistance. I am still seeking to develop a Phone Call Team to assist in this effort. This may include members who currently can’t leave their residences. These “Buddy Checks” are required to be done twice a year. So, expect phone calls, emails and letters asking to see how you are doing and requesting that you re-validate your contact information. You will need your membership number and password previously used to revalidate your address, phone and email information and renew at https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Home

We have 230 (96%) renewals of a 239 TN Dept Goal. Some members’ data remains invalid, including phone numbers disconnected or changed, leaving us to wonder as to the member’s status. Please check your membership card to make sure it is current…

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April 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends We sincerely hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all doing well and most of you will have received your COVID-19 Vaccination or at least have it scheduled. We sent numerous emails and posted information on our website providing information on where and when you may get the vaccinations. This includes both local medical facilities and the VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

We continue with our Post’s “Buddy Check” of all our members. This program ensures all members are doing well and are not in need of our assistance. I will be convening a Phone Call Team to assist me in this effort. This may include members who currently cannot leave their residences. The checks are required to be done twice a year. So, expect phone calls, emails and letters asking to see how you are doing and requesting that you re-validate your contact information. You will need your membership number and may revalidate your address, phone and email information and renew at https://www.legion.org/membership

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March 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family and friends:

Here we go. We will meet on 9 March at the Senior Center in Mount Juliet 6-8 pm. Our Executive Committee and I have put in place plans for hopefully a better outcome in 2021. We sincerely hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all doing well and most of you will have received your COVID-19 Vaccination or at least have it scheduled. I have sent numerous emails to those have provided information on where and when to get the vaccinations. This include both local medical facilities and the VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

The Mt. Juliet Senior Center has reopened for business and has welcomed our Post to hold its meetings again. By the way, they are selling Reverse Raffle Tickets for $50. Come join us on 9 March and purchase one…

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February 2021 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family and friends:

We send greetings and we have put in place plans for a better outcome in 2021. We continue to remain hopeful that this newsletter finds you and your families all doing well during the ongoing and current increase of the COVID-19 Pandemic across the state of Tennessee.

As you know, Governor Lee published Executive Order 73 limiting gatherings thru 27 February and has basically shut us down except via Conference Calls online. Our new home, The Mt. Juliet Senior Center remains closed until further notice.

On 2 February 2021, your Executive Committee held a Free Conference Call Meeting. We discussed holding a meeting 9 March at the Senior Center or at a Charlie Daniels Park pavilion. We will continue to follow the Governor’s Executive Order and locally published requirements by Wilson County government officials. We will keep everyone informed via our website, email and phone…

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