September 24, 2020
I hope everyone is healthy and cautious as we move forward with the reopening of our state. We have had a couple of virtual meetings and are progressing with our programs. I am pleased to announce the recipients of some awards:
Commander’s Award: Detachment Vice Commander Mark Natale
Civil Service Award—Fireman: Vice Commander Henry Hasselhan
Civil Service Award—Emergency Management: National Historian PDC Thomas Marsden
Performing Arts: Dale and Amy Paradise
We recently ran the 30th annual Watchfire under the guidance of Ocean County DEC Rich Hodum, PDC Dave Page, Historian and PDC Carl Albern, Jr. and PDC Patrick Gallagher. It gained national recognition and a video clip can be seen on the National American Legion website, which is posted in the message below. In case you want to save the link, he url is:
Our in-person Detachment meetings for this term will be held at different posts scattered throughout the state. Our first one will be held at Leonardo Post 338 on Saturday, October 17, 2020 and will start at 9:30 am.
Our membership totals from last year are still lagging due to a decline in retention. Please continue buddy checks and get our squadron numbers back up--we have an extension until the end of the year to get those numbers back up.
We still need to have more men step up to be a DEC (Detachment Executive Committeeman) to be a representative for their county. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested.
For God and Country,
Matthew C. Thalasinos
Sons of The American Legion
Detachment of New Jersey