Kulpmont American Legion Post 231
KULPMONT — The February meeting of the American Legion Post 231 was called to order by Commander David Shinskie. Members saluted the colors and Chaplain Andy Bednarchick read an opening prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob Jevelle. The Preamble to the American Legion Constitution and Resolution 288 POW/MIA were read by Vice Commander Rose Koldash.
The post commander introduced Richard “Dick” Simpson, Post 44, Northumberland, as candidate for District 17 commander. He served in every office in the American Legion in his 52-year membership. He asked for Post 231 to consider supporting him in his candidacy. Mack Fleming, District 44, also spoke about getting young people involved in the legion and getting younger persons to step up to volunteer. He touched on county’s MilitarySHARE program where food is afforded to veterans and their families.
Persons sign up with the county Veteran’s Administration and can receive food/necessities on a monthly basis. SHARE will also take donations in, which $1 is equivalent to six meals.
Previous minutes and accounts were read by Adjutant Joseph Meyer and approved.
Donations were made to the Lions Club Magic Show and Ed Romance Hall of Fame. Meyer gave a report on membership and upcoming business that includes a breakfast buffet at the Kulpmont Post from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. A kettle bean soup sale and bake sale will be held beginning 10 a.m. April 7 at the post to benefit the home association.
Koldash reminded the group that the legion’s motto is “veterans helping veterans.” She asked that the post considers donating to the American Legion Disaster Fund Program and to apply for disaster funds when appropriate. She also reported 15 members were lost in 2018, with 14 afforded honor guard at funerals.
Shinskie rang the bell in memoriam for members Raymond O’Neill and Robert Knorr.
Andy Bednarchick reported an honor guard was performed for O’Neill at the church service and burial at Locust Gap Cemetery.
Bednarchick gave the closing prayer. The next meeting is March 28.