September 3, 2020
The Detachment Officers and Staff had a virtual meeting this past Saturday, August 29, 2020. I was able to announce and show my awards at that time; I will present them to the recipients in the near future.
The awards and the recipients are as follows:
Commander's Award: Mark Natale
Commander's Civil Service Award--Emergency Management: Tom Marsden
Commander's Civil Service Award--Fireman: Henry Hasselhan
Commander's Performing Arts Award: Dale and Amy Paradise
Congratulations to all!
I am starting up my itinerary for this term and am looking for events to attend throughout the state. Please forward any event information you have and I will try to attend it. Keep in mind that I do get multiple offers on the same date and do the best that I can to accommodate everyone around the state.
Our programs and fund raisers are ongoing and we have an upcoming Detachment event: Our annual Watchfire vigil will be held in Seaside Heights on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 7pm to 7am Sunday morning. Please make every effort to attend this event that pays homage to our fallen and missing soldiers.
Our membership totals reflect a loss from members who didn't sign back up this year. Please keep up the buddy calls even though we are opening up; make sure your brothers are healthy and encourage them to get involved again. Our membership calculations for this past year have been extended to the end of the year.
Detachment Executive Committeemen (DECs) are still needed throughout the state. A DEC for a county is essentially that county's communications officer who serves as its representative and also has a vote on state Detachment issues. Please contact me immediately if you are interested.
Please stay healthy and be safe while our state opens up and our activities and fund raisers resume.
For God and Country,
Matthew C. Thalasinos
Sons of The American Legion
Detachment of New Jersey