Friends and Comrades,
We are approaching Spring, one of the busiest times of the year for us. There are a lot of activities and projects that we must make plans for and prepare for. We have to get our maintenance equipment and facilities prepared for the season. This includes the baseball and softball fields, the trap range and picnic groves. Thanks to all our members, Legionnaires, Auxiliary, SAL, and Social; we have a good mix of talent and interests available to us.
One of our most important activities is hosting a group of veterans from the VA Hospital. Our next vets party is scheduled for March 16, at 10:00AM. We will be treating them to a meal, Bingo party and music while they are here. If you have the time, please come out to visit with the vets when they are here, they love the chance to talk about their experiences.
Mar 17 is the Auxiliary’s annual ham and cabbage dinner. Prices are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 6-12. There will be a DJ providing music in the canteen following the dinner. Come out and support this fundraiser for the Auxiliary. Our annual Ham Shoot is scheduled for April 1st at 12Noon. This is open to anyone who enjoys trap shooting. There will be food and refreshments available, and plenty of hams to raffle off. Get here early to get your pick from the delicious assortment of goodies at the Bake Sale.
The annual Trout tournament is scheduled for April 21. The trout will be stocked between 9:00AM and 10:00AM. Information and sign-up sheet will be available at the canteen. Every child attending will receive a prize. Donations of cash and prizes are greatly appreciated.
Vets to DC 2012 is being planned and organized again this year by Jenna Neubauer, a student at King’s College and a Crestwood graduate. Last year’s trip was a great success and we expect it to be even better this year. Details can be found at http://vetstodc.webs.com/.
Check the events calendar for more upcoming events and activities as they are scheduled. The SAL will be hosting several Hunter/Safety courses throughout the year. This is a good chance to get your junior hunters certified.
Spring means baseball will be starting again. Watch for Crestwood to play their home games on our legion field before our own American Legion ball season starts. We are looking forward to a successful season. Come out and support our young athletes.
As you can see, there is a lot going on at this time of year. We can always use help and donations for any project you are interested in. Come out and get involved wherever your interest lies.
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