When I first became a member of The American Legion, I was a member without a post. One night when I got a call from the post commander of the Fitchburg post, it got me to thinking: What's different from being in the holding post from a local post?
Not to much latter I also received a call from the adjutant from Post 151 out of Leominster. Posts were inviting me to join. I was undecided at first on the post that I would transfer in. I was in the process of moving to Leominster, so I waited. The following month I walked into Post 151.
During the meeting I started to get interested in American Legion Baseball. At this post , it's the veteran who throws out the first pitch at the home games. After the game the players and coaches signed the ball and hand it back to the veteran. Some of these players make it in the Major Leagues. I ended up transferring that night.
At one meeting the members were invited to go to the e-board meeting. The night I went I was encouraged to take on the junior vice commander's position. At first I said I don't think I know enough about The American Legion to take on that position but later accepted.
The first thing I did was contact Boston for a copy of the officers manual. I read it from cover to cover. My duties were to bring up the morale of its members and to list the meetings in the paper. I started a meat raffle and helped out at many events. I was responsible for giving all who volunteer at the post to receive a certificate of appreciation and raising over $ 3,000.
In 2015 I made Legionnaire Of The Year. We are a very active post and very proud to be part of it. I served as junior vice for two years and now hold the position of senior vice. At this time I have the most transfers in the state of Massachusetts. And I am thinking of becoming the next commander.