I would like to begin by thanking all those that participated in and those that attended the 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony. It is a day for remembering the sacrifice that many paid. We honor their courage, and, we do not forget that it was they who paid the ultimate sacrifice. I was a beautiful day, a very nice parade, a prayer at Marcy’s Funeral Home Veterans Memorial, the placing of the wreaths at the Veterans Memorial at City Hall and a very nice ceremony held at the City Cemetery. On a much more somber note the virus is still among much of the entire world. But on a much more cheerful note, the U.S. is beginning to show a steep decline in those that have contacted this dreadful virus. Because of this decline, Post 151 is no longer requiring the wearing of facial masks and social distancing while in the Social Room. Although the PPE requirements have been rescinded the Post continues to recommend the wearing of adequate PPE equipment when in the Post. It is very highly recommended if a person enters the Post and has not yet received the vaccines that have been offered, to adhere to the PPE requirements. STAY SAFE!! On Tue., May 25, 2021 installation was held for Post 151 2021/22 Officers. They are is as follows: Commander – Larry Latva; 1st Vice Commander – Romey Bryant; 2nd Vice Commander – Jerry Kirchner; Financer Officer – Ron Brundage. Congratulations to all. As we enter into the summer months we have one huge concern. The existing air conditioner in the new Social Room needs to be replaced. Although it still is in somewhat operating mode, should anything happen to it, it would be almost impossible to get replacement parts. So, the Home Company is diligently looking to replace this. There were 4 quotes received and, after reviewing them, one quote, that appeared to be what was best for the Post, is being followed up on. We ask your patience as we work to get this project completed. Although the recruitment of Legionnaires, Aux. Members and Sons of the Legionnaires is never complete, 2022 cards will start arriving. Of course your 2021 paid up dues is good until the end of the year, you may pay your 2022 dues once the notice has come out. The Queen of Hearts drawing is still in progress at the Post. This drawing is held every Sat. at 5:00 pm. Remember, you can purchase these tickets any day from Mon. up until Sat. at 4:30 pm. Now, for a bit of bad news. Effective Sunday June 6, 2021, the Post will no longer be open on Sundays. An attempt to be open on Sundays unfortunately did not work out as very few members and guests came in. Much monitoring done over the Sundays that the Post was open did not show an income that was reasonable to be open. Hopefully we can try once again, perhaps in the Fall, to open on Sundays. Please keep this in mind. As a reminder, the 2021 Dept. of Ohio Convention will be held in Independence, OH on July 8 through July 11, 2021. It has been noted numerous times that Jean Wilson will be installed as the new State of Ohio Dept. Commander. Jean is from Conneaut and will be the first female to be a Dept. of Ohio Commander. Members of Post 151 will be in attendance on Sun., July 11 to witness this special occasion. Also it has been mentioned in the past that 2021 is the 100th Anniversary of Cowle Post 151. Of course we all want to celebrate this very special occasion as well. Plans are being made as to what we can do to make this year memorable. We, as well as every member of American Legion Cowle Post 151 are hoping that the rest of the year 2021 is as safe and enjoyable as things have been in the past. And, as we look ahead to 2022 we hope to find things are somewhat “back to normal”. To you all, have a great summer and enjoy the weather. And as the weather does get much hotter, remember to insure your pets are safe and sound as well.!! To all…STAY SAFE.
Larry Latva, Commander