Thursday, December 31, 2020

Renew Your Membership


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Passing of our fellow comrade James Navin December 24, 2020

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I hope that this email finds our membership in good health and looking forward to a brighter year. The covid-19 has put a strain/stopper on our meetings and our activities for sure.  I apologize for the lack of communication during this pandemic.  Hopefully, 2021 will be a better year and we will be able to resume a regular schedule by March or April (wishful thinking).  I will provide an update and further information soon.  

It is with heavy heart and sadness that I am announcing the passing of Jim Navin our dedicated Service Officer on December 24th, 2020.   As one of our members quoted, Jim exemplified our American Legion Motto, "for God and Country".  He will surely be missed by all who knew him and Grosse Pointe 303  and 1st District members.  Jim was a dedicated volunteer at the Help Desk and other services at the John Dingle VA Hospital in Detroit.  He always had a story and a smile for those veterans needing help or assistance.  He faithfully attended our meetings with updated information on Veterans benefits and assisting our members with information regarding those benefits.  We will miss him dearly and his keen sense of humor that was always with him.  Jim was also an active member of our Veterans Art-Making Class.  I have attached a picture of him at one of our last meetings (the first person on the left in front of the American Flag) and a photo. 

There will be a memorial gathering at Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home in St. Claire Shores at 25800 Harper Ave on January 5, 2021 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Our Grosse Pointe Post 303 will be providing family and friends a special American Legion ceremony as part of the memorial service at 5:00 PM on January 5th. Please contact Post Commander Dan McCrary if you wish to be part of that ceremony at 313 492 7462.  All Covid-19 rules will be followed. 

Jim Navin's daughter would like any condolences sent to her at: 
Jim Navin
C/O Jennifer Wint
6818 Country Lane 
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Dan McCrary 
Grosse Pointe Post 303 Commander 
313 492 7462

Thursday, December 17, 2020

1st District 12/15/2020 Membership Report

 1ST District Membership Report - 12/15/2020

Membership Report Link

Friday, December 11, 2020

State Executive Directives Continue Effecting American Legion Posts in Michigan

Post Commanders and Adjutants,

The state director of health and human services director, and Governor Whitmer have issued executive directives that went into effect at 12:01 am, Wednesday, December 9. They are in effect until 11:59 pm, December 20.

What does it mean for American Legion Posts?

Bars and Restaurants must close indoor services. They may continue outdoor service and carry-out.

Gatherings at non-residential venues are prohibited. This means post meetings are prohibited for 12 days, of any size unless held outside and with no more than 25 people.

Bingo is prohibited.

Remember the American Legion Headquarters has the Mission Blue Cap grants:

We know that these directives are hurting many posts that have buildings to maintain, but what can a post do?

We can only offer suggestions:

1.       Continue or start Buddy Checks of members. Maintaining current membership helps in the long run for the health of the post. Remember, this is a check on how they are doing, not to pressure them to renew if they have not.
2.      Do a financial assessment of the post. Cash flow in and out is essential to know where the post stands financially.
3.      Work with the utility companies and creditors early to avoid surprises if cash flow is tight. They might be willing to work with you to help you through these unprecedented times.
4.      Start a bottle and can returnable drive.
5.      Gather a team together and plan how the post can raise revenue when directives are over.

If you would like to voice your concern and the impact that these directives will have on your local post, please contact your local representative, but also include the following:

Governor Whitmer's office 517-335-7858

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey: 517-373-5932,

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield: 517-373-2629,

For God and Country,

Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director
American Legion, Department of Michigan
(517) 220-2747