Welcome to the
McGowan-Johnson
post 68

 P.O. Box 19

115 North Niles, Paw Paw, Michigan 49079 United States ​​

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2019 - 2020 Legion Officers

Terms run from JUNE 2019-MAY 2020

  Commander - Mike Seymoure
1st Vice Commander/Historian - Paul C. Blake
2nd Vice Commander/Chaplin - Phyllis Mooney
Finance/Adjutant Officer - Robert C. Adams
Post Service Officer -  Archie Davies
Sergeant-at-Arms - George Barkovich
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms - Thomas Lynn
Judge Advocate - Ken Walden

Past Commander - James Moore


 The installation of NEW Officers was on Thursday, May 23rd.

POST 68 HALL RENTAL

Please contact STEVE HADDAD at (269) 330-3647 for information, pricing, and availability.

INFORMATION

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2020 GRAPE & WINE PARADE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

Parade kicks off at 1 from the Paw Paw Middle School.

SPAGHETTI DINNER 2019

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DINNER - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th - $7 get you a real nice meal. Kids 5 and under are FREE with a paid adult.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

As of August 2019 membership requirements to join the American Legion 

If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!

*Because eligibility dates remain open, all active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.

**U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).

ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS

   Legislation signed into law on July 30 opens Legion membership to hundreds of thousands more veterans. The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service LEGION Act allows any honorably discharged veterans who’ve served since Dec. 7, 1941, to join the American Legion and access its programs and benefits. Congress chartered and incorporated the American Legion in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. Previously, military veterans who served in periods of peacetime between wars were not eligible for membership, according to a release. “We are proud to welcome any of the six million living veterans from the previously unrecognized periods into our organization and call them ‘Legionnaires,’” said national Legion Commander Brett Reistad. The bipartisan effort was made early this year through legislation introduced in Congress in the House and Senate. When applying for membership, prospective Legionnaires and recruiters should write ‘LEGION Act’ in the eligibility date section of American Legion membership applications if they fall outside the previous seven war eras, Brett said. “The larger pool of veterans now eligible for the American Legion will also open their family members to eligibility in the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary,” Brett said.

WHAT DOES THE AMERICAN LEGION DO?

 The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. 

Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC)

TEC with VETS - a FREE Veteran Therapeutic Equestrian Program since 2006, the Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) has been offering programs to enhance the lives of people with special needs and disabilities through horse-related activities. TEC's therapeutic riding, in-school, and community-based initiatives have welcomed participants of all ages and abilities, challenging them to test their limits to achieve what they may have thought was impossible. The connection between horse and rider can be transforming. Steady progress leads to fist bumps and high fives, words of encouragement and praise for a job well done - going from "l can't" to "l did it." TEC offers hope.


TEC offers this program for men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces and those still serving. We’ve proudly opened our doors to veterans, their families and active military who are looking for an alternative activity to help them meet the challenges of daily living. Our instructors have designed a program with you in mind, beginning where you are and moving forward as a team. 


The time and energy spent in building the relationship between horse and rider (or non-rider) can be life-changing. This special bond may become the spark that leads to emotional healing, as well as improved self-confidence, trust, respect, and compassion. The partnership can also help individuals manage depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress and relational issues. Truly, horses change lives. We invite you to let them change yours.


If interested? Need more information? Want to sign up for a program or become a volunteer?

Call (269) 429-0671 or info@tecfarm.org 


NOTE: Hank Bostic is on the Board of Directors for Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC). He has personally connected two veterans to this program and they are extremely happy with the benefits.  Hank is a member of Post 68 Sons of the American Legion and currently holds the position of Commander for the Squadron. Hank may be contacted for more information at (269) 888-4889. If you know someone who may benefit from this program feel free to call Hank for more information?

OFFICERS 2019-2020

S.A.L. OFFICERS

 Meetings on the third Thursday of each month downstairs at 7:30 pm.

OFFICERS

Commander: Hank Bostic

1st Vice: Paul Blake

Adjutant: Chad Rife

Finance: James Alden

Chaplain: Robert Adams

Sargent at Arms: 

Historian: 

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY OFFICERS

   Meetings on the third Thursday of each month upstairs at 7:30 pm.  

OFFICERS 

President: Betsy Peck  (269) 270-9527

Vice President:

Secretary: Sheila Nichols

Finance: Sheila Nichols

Chaplain: Wanda Nolan

Sargent at Arms: Katherine Blake

Historian:

BLUE STAR MOTHERS OFFICERS

President: Cathty Arrans

Vice President: Marie Center

Secretary: Laura De Roo

Finanical Secretary: Betty Shafer

Treasurer: Cindy Alderman




SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION EVENTS

Rifle RAFFLE - 100 tickets to be sold at $10 each. drawing to be held on Veteran's Day. Tickets are going fast get your while you can.


Poppy Sales to benefit the BLUE STAR Christmas mailings is set for Nov. 9th.

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY EVENTS

BLUE STAR MOTHERS EVENTS

The ongoing event of raising funds for postage to send packages to our Troops.


They are also excepting donations of items to send to our Troops.

Contact Us

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We would love you to be our guest so stop by any of our weekly events. 

Please feel free to visit us during our Friday night BINGO and/or the Sunday morning breakfast functions at the Post.

American Legion Post 68

P.O. Box 19, 115 North Niles Street, Paw Paw, MI 49079, US

(269) 657-8345

HOURS

Today

Closed

The American Legion meetings are as follows; the EXECUTIVE is held at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month prior to the Regular Membership meeting that is held on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.


The Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.  


The VFW meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month, at 7:30 pm.


Blue Star Mothers meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm

Scholarships and Recognition

Nursing Scholarship

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Deadline:   April 15, 2020

Open to all who wish to pursue the medical field.  Must be a high school graduate from an eastern Van Buren County high school or live in eastern Van Buren County

Teacher of the Year

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Deadline:    February 2, 2020 

Teacher of the Year 

 APPLICATION 

Firefighter of the Year

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Deadline: January 5, 2020 

 Firefighter of the Year 

Law Officer of the Year

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Deadline:  January 5, 2020
Law Officer of the Year 

Boys State Application Form

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 Open to high school juniors

 Deadline: May 1, 2020

Program dates are TBA, 2020

At Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus

Boys State Information

APPLICATION

Student Trooper

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The application deadline is May 1, 2020

When:    TBA  2020

Student Trooper Program Information

APPLICATION

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Additional Information

A E D Fund Raiser

We have a drive on to raise funds to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) for the Post Hall. These items aren't cheap so we are asking for your help of a donation of any size. This may save a life and wouldn't you feel great knowing you help purchased one for the Post Hall.

​We are as of March 2018 we are just  over the $600 mark toward our purchase of a A.E.D. We like to thank those who have supported us so far in this task and goal for a A.E.D. for the hall. We still have a long way to go to reach a purchase price of $1500.

TALONS OUT HONOR FLIGHT

Congratulations to George Guritz on his trip to Washington D.C. on the Talons Honor Flight. World War II veterans have priority on flights and if room Korean Veterans can go.

The trip is FREE for the Veterans but costs the Guardian $500. If you would like to DONATE to our Talons Flight Guardian Fund you may send it to the above Post 68 address"ATTN: Talons Flight Guardian Fund".  In the MEMO area on your check be sure to enter Talons, Flight Guardian Fund.  Any donation toward this fund is very helpful.

Need help in signing up for a Talon Flight contact Bob Adams. Information required for application is the nearest relative, contact person for emergencies, a list of medications, and a copy of discharge. You can also have a family member go as a guardian. A guardian is a person that will care for you for the day. A wheelchair will be provided if it is necessary.