John J. Morris Post 62

Queen of Hearts drawing on Monday 1 March 2021 @ 7 PM - estimated pot $44,692 as of last Monday.

Temporary Changes to Queen of Hearts Raffle: Because we are pushing the limits of the 50% seating as required by the AZ Dept of Public Health, we will have to implement some temporary measures in order to keep our doors open for our 1,700+ members (just not all at once...).  Effective at the end of the drawing on 8 Feb 2021, and until the Queen of Hearts no longer lives:

1. No guests  will be allowed on Mondays between 4 pm and 7 pm in anticipation of the Queen of Hearts drawing. The Commander defines "guests" as any person who doesn't have their own 2021 Legion membership card. Again, this is due to limited seating for those American Legion members participating in the raffle. The maximum seating is 154. Last week, we reached 152.

2. You DO NOT have to be present in order to win 60%. On the back of the 50/50 tickets that has lines, you must write your name as it appears on your membership card, a good phone #, and the card # you would like chosen in your absence. NOTE: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT deposit the ticket in the barrel with lettering on the back that starts with the word "ATTENTION" as it will be discarded if picked. NOTE: You must have a current 2021 membership card at the time a name is pulled from the barrel. 

There are only 6 cards left to chose from. NOTE: Raffle tickets can NOT be purchased on Thursdays or Sundays because of Bar Bingo and the Bingo laws whcih prohibit sales 12 hours before or after a Bingo event.For those wishing to play, you must have a Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL) or 2021 membership card (or a paid receipt for the 2021 membership card) in your possession to receive a monetary amount. Due to the number of people who come to the post for Queen of Hearts, all cards will be checked at the door. For those who renew online (www.members.legion.org. ), print up the document that reflects you have paid (looks like your membership card). The post is not responsible if you haven't received your 2021 card prior to the drawing. The cut-off time for the Queen of Hearts raffle ticket sales is 6:30 PM FIRM! Please spread the word as I have reached out to all members who have a valid email address. We would hate for members from our Post that don't have emails, or members from other Posts to come all the way out here just to have guests/wives/significant others turned away at the door - sorry! Also, remember to bring your masks, one that completely covers your nose & mouth - it's been a year since these mask requirements were put into place!!!!!!! 

2021 Membership Cards behind the Bar

There are quite a few Legion, Auxiliary and Son's cards (maybe 40) behind the bar waiting to be picked up by members. Please make an effort to pick yours up as soon as possible - Thank you.

 

Post Election of Officers Begins in March 2021

Beginning with the March 2021 General Membership Meeting, 1st nominations for post officers will be accepted. Those positions are:

Commander: It shall be the duty of the Post Commander to preside at meetings of the Post and to have general supervision over the business and affairs of the Post.  He shall approve all orders directing disbursement of funds and make an annual report covering the business of the Post for the year and make recommendations for the ensuing year, which shall be read at the last presiding meeting, and a copy thereof be immediately forwarded to the Department Adjutant.  He shall perform such other duties as directed by the Post. NOTE: The current Commander cannot run for a 3rd concurrent year.

First Vice Commander shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of the Commander in the absence or disability of, or when called upon by the Post Commander.  The First Vice Commander shall act as the Food Service Coordinator.  This includes the coordination, in conjunction with the Volunteer Coordinator, of the housekeeping, janitorial and set up requirements to meet the established schedule of scheduled food-service.  The Post events shall have precedence over all other entities.  This Officer shall report directly to the Post Commander on all such functions. Also coordinates with the Finance Officer regarding fiscal matters and to the Commander or his designee regarding matters associated with post activities.  The First Vice Commander will serve as Membership Committee Chairman  and other duties as outlined in the Officers Guide, American Legion. NOTE: The current 1st Vice Commander will not run for a 2nd term.

2nd Vice Commander: It shall be the duty of the Second Vice Commander to assume and discharge the duties of the office of Commander or the First Vice Commander in the absence of, or when called upon by the Post Commander.  This Officer will also coordinate with other entities within the Post to ensure that there is no overlap of special events.  This includes the coordination, in conjunction with the Volunteer Coordinator, of the housekeeping, janitorial and set up requirements to meet the established schedule of the Social Center.  The Second Vice Commander shall act as the Social Center Coordinator and be responsible for all special events held on Post property.  This will include scheduling of entertainment, hall rentals and any other special functions.  The Post events shall have precedence over all other entities.  This Officer shall report directly to the Post Commander on all such functions.  The Post Commander shall provide a detailed job description to this Officer.  Also coordinates with the Finance Officer regarding fiscal matters and to the Commander or his designee regarding matters associated with Post activities.  The Second Vice Commander will also function as Chairman of the House Committee with special duties of coordinating (by delegation if so chosen), entertainment and fund-raising efforts, promote welfare and perform other duties as outlined in the Officers Guide, American Legion.

Finance Officer: The Finance Officer of the Post shall have charge of all finances and see that they are safely deposited in some local bank or banks and shall report once a month to the Executive Board the condition of the finances of the Post with such other recommendations as he may deem expedient or necessary for their raising of funds with which to carry on the activities of the Post.  The finance officer shall maintain a Reserve Fund of $150,000.  This Fund will only be used in emergencies when no other funds are available.  This Fund may not be used for building expansion, new construction, capital investments or anything not required for post operation.  Expenditures from the reserve fund shall require two thirds vote of the Executive Board and the General Membership.  The Finance Officer will normally sign the checks disbursing the money of the Post.  The Finance Officer will hire and discharge finance office personnel with consultation and approval of the Social Center Committee pending final action of the Executive Board.

Executive Committee Members (4 ea): These elected Officers are Executive Board Members at Large representing the General Membership.  As such they are the voice of the General Membership in the conduct of Post affairs.  They can expect to be a part of key committees and take the lead when required for special projects. They will have the responsibility for: a.) Flag Disposal; and 2.) Post representation at the Northwest Valley Veterans Associations (NWVVA) meetings once a month on a chosen Saturday. Chuck Junot has decided not to run for another term.

 

 

Arizona Lottery

While there was no big winner in Arizona, it pays dividends to purchase your winning lottery ticket here at Post 62. According to arizonalottery.com, besides getting a 6.5% commission on all lottery sales (one of the highest in the country), there is a $50,000 payout to the post for selling a winning Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot ticket (it doesn’t come out of your winnings). So, think about that before your purchase that next lottery ticket.  Thank you

Games, karaoke allowed once again

in Arizona bars after ban...but not dancing.

Our hours are 9 am to 8 pm on Sundays; and 9 am to 10 pm Monday thru Saturday. Note: The closing times are at the discretion of the closing bartenders. Please be prepared to show your membership cards from the moment you enter the post.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is loosening its rules, allowing bars to offer games and karaoke during the COVID-19 pandemic, two things not allowed previously when reopening.

It’s another step in helping these establishments stay afloat as some businesses use games and karaoke to attract most customers.

The change goes into effect immediately (as of 22 October).

One restriction still in place: Dancing. Billiards, darts and karaoke are back on the table again, including axe throwing. The games are back on but with several restrictions such as social distancing and with fewer players. Those singing must keep their masks on.

 Please visit this website often as more information becomes available. Also see our newsletter as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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