January 2019 Message from the Commander


               We have come to the end of a year that saw a few changes, mostly good, and the future is looking good.

               BINGO is back and I’m looking for volunteers to help out. An Events Committee was formed and as a result an annual kielbasa dinner was started. We conducted what is considered to be the first Vietnam Centennial pin ceremony awarded to spouses of deceased Vietnam veterans. We have had a presence at most of the Naugatuck festivals and Event Center events. Post 17 achieved 100% membership two years in a row. We held our first post Constitutional Oratorical Contest. We sent eleven boys to Boys State. We had another member inducted into the CT Veterans Hall of Fame, congratulations Bob Froelick. Our past Commander Tom Honyotski was elected Commander of the 2nd District. Our baseball team made it to the playoffs.

               2019 is the American Legion’s centennial year. The American Legion Dept. of CT is planning a big celebration. In July 2019 Post 17 will be celebrating 100 years of existence and I am looking for some good suggestions to help us celebrate.

               On a sad note, we lost a few members to Post Everlasting over the last year. Among those, our Service Officer Joe Knowles. May their souls rest in peace.

               I would like to thank all of our members who helped out over the year with special projects and fundraisers and recruiting drives. As always, I ask that each of you try to bring in one new member for 2019. It would be awesome to bring home another 100% plaque for our wall.

               I wish all of you and yours a happy and prosperous new year and look forward to what the new year will bring.