Welcome to the
McGowan-Johnson
post 68

 P.O. Box 19

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

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2017 - 2018 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 will be  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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G0LD STAR MOTHERS - Walk-A-thon

Gold Star Mothers Walk-A-thon [FLYER] & Participation Sheet

MAY 19TH AT 1 P.M. in NILES, MI.  STARTS IN THE RIVERFRONT PARK BY THE VETERANS MEMORIAL A 2.2 MILE WALK TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE APPROXIMATE 22 ACTIVE DUTY AND VETERANS WHO COMMIT SUICIDE DAILY. ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT 'WORKING DOGS FOR VETS'. 

SPAGHETTI DINNER

NEXT 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

 If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces during any of the war eras listed below, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving -- you are eligible for membership in The American Legion! 


WWI_APRIL 6, 1917 - NOVEMBER 11, 1918  

WWII_DECEMBER 7, 1941 - DECEMBER 31, 1946  

KOREAN WAR_JUNE 25, 1950 - JANUARY 31, 1955  

VIETNAM WAR_FEBRUARY 28, 1961 - MAY 7, 1975  

LEBANON/GRENADA_AUGUST 24, 1982 - JULY 31, 1984  

PANAMA_DECEMBER 20, 1989 - JANUARY 31, 1990  

GULF WAR/WAR ON TERRORISM_AUGUST 2, 1990 - PRESENT 

 

*Because eligibility dates remain open, all 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

To be eligible for membership in The American Legion, you need to have been assigned to at least one day of federal active duty service any time during the eligibility periods as determined by U.S. Government, and received an honorable discharge/discharge under honorable conditions, or currently serving in one of the U.S. Armed Forces. Are you eligible? Here are a few frequently asked questions regarding American Legion eligibility. 

Q: I’m currently on Active Duty. Am I eligible?

Yes. The current eligibility period from is from August, 1990 – Present, and includes the current war campaigns. All current active duty military are eligible for membership.

Q: I didn’t retire from the military, but was on active duty during one of the qualifying time periods. Am I eligible?

Yes. As long as you have served at least one day of federal active duty during any of the qualifying periods, you are eligible for membership.

Q: I served during one of the qualifying periods, but was never in a combat zone. Am I eligible?

Yes. Location of active duty service is not a consideration for membership.

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. 

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OFFICERS 2018-2019

S.A.L. 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

 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

UPCOMING RAFFLE -more to follow

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY EVENTS

BLUE STAR MOTHERS EVENTS

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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Better yet, come see us in person!

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

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The American Legion meetings are as follows; the EXECUTIVE is on the 1st Thursday of the month and on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month are the MEMBERS meetings held 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, 2019

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, 2019 

Teacher of the Year 

 APPLICATION 

Firefighter of the Year

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Deadline: January 5, 2019 

 Firefighter of the Year 

Law Officer of the Year

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 Deadline:  January 5, 2019 

 Law Officer of the Year 

Boys State Application Form

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 Open to high school juniors

 Deadline: MAY 1, 2019 

Program dates are TBA, 2019

At Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus

Boys State Information

APPLICATION

Student Trooper

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Application deadline is May 1, 2019

When:    TBA  2019

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.