The American Legion

American Legion Post 221 Officers 2016-2017

Commander – Tony Shiplett
1st Vice Commander – Howard Marotto
2nd Vice Commander – Jeff Runser
Adjutant – Jerry Yochum
Finance Officer – Mark Weldon
Sgt. At Arms – Chip Stark

“DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR
THE INSTALLATION AND AWARDS DINNER
ON JUNE 3, 2017 AT 6:30PM. CALL THE
TAVERN TO LET US KNOW YOU WILL BE
ATTENDING!”

FLAG DAY
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on
June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the
United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution
of the second Continental Congress. The United
States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthdays on
this date; congress adopted “the American Continental
Army” after reaching a consensus position in the committee
of the whole on June 14, 1775.
In 1916, the President of the United States issued a
proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag
Day; in August 1949, national flag day was established by
an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday.
Title 36 of the United States code, Subtitle I, part A
Chapter 1, SS 110 is the official statute on flag day; however,
it is at the Presidents’s discretion to officially proclaim
the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became
the first U.S. state to celebrated flag day as a state holiday,
beginning in the town of Rennerdale.
LET US ALL DISPLAY OUR FLAG PROUDLY ON
JUNE 14 AND EVERYDAY!!

COMMANDER’S CORNER
Hello All!
The last two years have raced by since I was voted in to be your Commander and now it is time to step down and support my successor. I can’t thank my support staff enough for the guidance and wisdom they have shared! It is truly an honor to have worked with everyone. They did all the hard work that often goes unnoticed, and believe me, the work has been significant! I would also like to thank all the Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Legion Riders, and members for their support. A great organization is built on its membership, and this is one of the best in Ohio!
Now that spring is closing in on summer, it is easy to forget the needy. Please don’t forget the SAM Center box for the less fortunate. Some of our veterans and families are in need all year.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for the night of June 3rd. That is our installment and awards dinner up in the ballroom. The food is great and the fellowship is unsurpassed. You may be surprised on who may be in attendance. Please make sure you sign up behind the bar at the tavern. If you can’t get to the tavern, call and they will be sure to put your name on the list.
I will say farewell from the Post Parade, but I will see all of you at the tavern and Honor/Color Guard functions. Please always be the best American you can be, and take care of each other as long as you can! Until then…
Remember Everyone Deployed!
~~Tony Shiplett, Commander
(Shippy)

CHAPLAIN CORNER
AH! It appears that spring is slowly beginning to arrive. It’s
time to get out and shake off the rust and let in the warmth to
ease those aches and pains we have experienced all winter. So
many things on the horizon for the members of our post; a reminder
that the Legion election will be held on May 2nd, Legion
Riders on May 6th, and S.A.L. will be on May 11th. Remember
you must be a paid-up member to vote.
May 19th the Massillon Patriotic Committee will hold
their fund raiser concert at the Lincoln Lions Theater, tickets
are $7.00 at the Mayor’s office. This year’s goal is to raise money
for a bench to be placed at Duncan Plaza in honor of Gold Star
Mother Cathi Endlich who passed away. Memorial Day weekend
will again see us support the Auxiliary’s Poppy Days, grave
decorations at Rose Hill Cemetery and of course the Massillon
Memorial Day Parade and its new route.
The month of June only slows slightly as the installation
dinner is scheduled for Saturday June 3, Legion Riders Memorial
Poker Run is Sunday June 11, and for $10.00 you can enjoy
the after party with food, raffle baskets, and a 50/50 drawing.
Don’t forget our Stars and Stripes will again have its birthday on
June 14th.
~~Ed McCall, Post Chaplain

MAY
May 2 Auxiliary Regular meeting 7pm
May 2 Legion Regular Meeting (Election of Officers) Noon till 7pm
May 6 Derby Day – Tavern (Kentucky Derby) 2pm
May 7 Legion Riders – Meeting (Election of Officers) @ 10am – Ride TBA
May 9 Legion Executive Board 7pm
May 10 S.A.L. Regular Meeting 7pm
May 11 40&4 Calvin Cain ceremony 6:30pm
May 13 Legion 10th District summer convention –Canton #44
May 16 Auxiliary Stark County Council, Massillon (Memorial Service) Noon
May 16 Auxiliary Executive Board
May 16 Regular meeting 7:00pm
May 17 RWDSU meeting – Dining room 5:30pm
May 21 ALR – Ride TBA 11am
May 22 Ohio Western Reserve- regular duty day
May 24 Wade Park visit & party 9:00am
May 26 Poppy Day distribution at locations by volunteers 10am till 4pm
May 27 Poppy Day distribution at locations by volunteers 10am till 4pm
May 27 Flag on veterans’ graves at Rose Hill 9:00am
May 28 Buckeye Boys State orientation – Foltz Center 1:00pm
May 28 ALR – Ride TBA
May 29 Memorial Day Parade – Tavern hours: 11am–5pm

JUNE
June 3 Awards dinner & Legion Family Installation 6:30pm
June 4-5 S.A.L. Trip to Rising Star Casino 8:00am
June 4 American Legion Riders – Meeting @ 10am – Ride TBA
June 6 Auxiliary Regular meeting 7pm
June 6 Legion Regular Meeting 7pm
June 11 ALR – 3rd Annual Poker Run
June 11-18 Boys State Week – Miami University
June 11-17 Girls State Week – University of Mount Union
June 13 Legion Executive Board 7pm
June 14 S.A.L. Regular Meeting 7pm
June 14 Flag Day
June 18 ALR – Ride TBA
June 20 Auxiliary Stark County Council, Crossroads Noon
June 20 Auxiliary Executive Board 7:00pm
June 20 Legion Regular meeting 7:00pm
June 21 RWDSU meeting – Dining room 5:00pm
June 22 Race Volunteer Dinner 6:30pm
June 23 Label Post Parade 6:00pm
June 25 ALR – Ride TBA