Enjoying the annual Mardi Gras-themed dinner as one Legion family.


Alabama's Post 911 family attends Mid-Winter Conference

Hoover, AL

By Patricia A. Douglas
Post 911 Public Affairs Coordinator

Ryan Winslow Post 911, Riders and Auxiliary Unit 911 were well-represented at the Department of Alabama Mid-Winter Conference in Mobile.

Legionnaires Ginger Branson, Ron Bradstreet, Patti Douglas, Lynn Thomas and Ed Ryszkiewicz were at the January gathering. Auxiliary members Vanessa Bradstreet, Donna Butler and Nancy Ryszkiewicz also attended.

In addition to meeting and fellowship, members of the Post decided to have a table for fundraising. Three items had been donated to the Post. A patriotic lap blanket was donated by Vickie Gavin. Ginger Branson gave an American-flag zippered hoodie as well as a crocheted American-flag afghan.

With four Legion members and one Auxiliary working the table during breaks in the meetings, a little more than $250 was raised, with a part going to each organization.

Post 911 Commander Thomas drew the tickets. Douglas won the blanket, which she will donate back to the post. Vanessa Bradstreet’s ticket was drawn for the afghan. A member of another Auxiliary unit received the hoodie.

On the way to the conference, Branson and Douglas made a stop in Bay Minette to the William F. Green State Veterans Home to visit one of our Post 911 members. Dick Rickart is currently living there. The 95-year-old is hoping to move to Pell City soon.

The duo also paid a visit to Post 99 in Foley to take a new Post 911 car tag. Don Madden gave them a Post 99 tag, our first from a fellow post.

Ginger Branson, Patti Douglas and Donna Butler were among the members who worked our fundraising table, which raised several hundred dollars for the Legion and Auxiliary.

Ginger Branson and Patti Douglas visited our member Dick Rickart, who is currently at the William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette, on their way to the Mid-Winter Conference. Branson gives Rickart one of the post bags filled with goodies.

Ginger Branson and Patti Douglas stopped by Post 99 in Foley before the Mid-Winter Conference. Patti gives Don Madden one of our new car tags and gets one from Post 99.
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