John J. Morris Post 62

Welcome to Our Website

For those new to our website: You DO NOT need to sign-in to view any part of this website. 

The sign-in is only for those authorized to make changes to the website.

About Us

We are located at 9847 W. Desert Cove Ave., Peoria AZ 85345 off of 99th Ave (east side). We are north of Peoria Ave., and south of Sun City Blvd. Specifically, we are the big red brick building just south of the Immanuel Campus of Care nursing home. Our Hours of Operation are Monday thru Saturday from 9 am to 10 pm, and Sundays from 9 am to 8 pm (closing at discretion of bartenders). We have a full-service kitchen with a dining room (doubles as our Bingo Hall) and a social quarters (a.ka., bar) where you can dance or play pool or a game of electronic Bingo. We are a non-smoking post. There is an outside patio on the west side for smokers that has a misting system and shade screens.

 

Memorial Day is next Monday the 27th of May. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30. Since 1971, it is observed on the last Monday of May.
 
As our website reflects, and our paper copies of the month of May as well, it will be a full day. Post 62 will observe it by a flag raising @ 11(flag is at half-staff until 12 noon), followed by a potluck lunch @ 12 noon with Post 62 providing the hamburgers and hotdogs and maybe some pizza's. The sign-up sheet for the potluck portion of the meal has been on the large bulletin board in the Social Quarters for almost 3 weeks. There is  only one person on it so far who is bringing meatballs. If no one else signs up, I guess it will only be one meatball per person (LOL). Also, we will be serving those with mobility devices first.
 
Then, from 1 pm to 5 pm, the musical entertainment will be provided by ReBoot. I don't know if the kitchen will be having wing nite @ 5 pm. However, the Queen of Hearts Raffle will be held @ 7 pm; and the 2nd Chance Queen of Hearts Raffle @ 7:30 pm for a $50 gift card - you must be present for the 7:30 drawing.

 

 
The Post Elections for 2024-2025 have concluded with the following results (99 votes cast out of 1,658 or 0.06%):
 
Commander Bob Singer (Executive Committee member for past 2 years)
1st Vice Commander Ken Ellison (incumbent)
2nd Vice Commander Bud Gay (incumbent)
Finance Officer Rich Aguirre (incumbent)
Executive Committee members (whom represents the membership): Gary Burton (new), Erica Cherry (new), Brian Evans (new) & Curt Sapp (incumbent).
 
The Commander-elect has chosen the following members for the appointed positions listed below (all incumbents) which was approved by the general membership during Tuesday's general membership meeting:
 
Adjutant: Dave Broyles
Air Rifle Coaches: Tom McClain & Rod Tiner
Bingo Manager:Ron Sarazin
Chaplain: Brett Hauf
Color Guard Captain: Richard Brown
Historian: Dwight Amery
Judge Advocate: Chad Sanders
Sgt @ Arms Rod Tiner
Service Officer: Michael Pfeil

Past Commander: Tom McClain

We hope to see more of you at the Post for the monthly general membership meetings (a.k.a., GMM) on the third Tuesday of each month @ 6 pm...or any day through the 2024-2025 membership season.

 

 

 

CONVENTION HOTEL REGISTRATION IN ORO VALLEY 22-23 JUNE

As of 12 March, both hotels are FULL. However, they may have a waiting list!

If you want a room, the rate is $109 per night or about $250  for the whole stay (with tax and fees). Here is the link that takes you directly to the registration site (or you can go to the Department website:   CONVENTION ON SITE HOTEL ROOMS 

El Conquistador Tucson Hilton Resort, 10000 North Oracle Rd., Tucson AZ 85704, Ph # (520) 544-5000. If you are asked, the convention rate code, it is ALD530.

Overflow Hotel 1 Information: Fairfield Inn & Suites Tucson North/Oro Valley, 10150 North Oracle Oro Valley, Arizona 85737 Phone: 520-202-4000 . Fairfield Inn & Suites Tucson North/Oro Valley event rate is $109 USD per night. Reservation cut-off is June 1, 2024

 

 
 
 

This year’s 2024 membership card, Be the One, reminds us that the Number 1 issue facing the veteran community is suicide. It is estimated that between 17 and 22 veterans or servicemembers take their lives each day. That’s more than 6,000 annually. The rate of suicide for veterans is more than 50% higher than that of non-veteran adults.    

At its core, The American Legion is activating a national platform to reduce the rate of veteran suicide. The Be the One campaign will destigmatize asking for mental health support, creating opportunity for those with mental health issues to speak freely and get the support they need. How can you help? While this program is designed to help all veterans, we know that everyone responds differently to stresses, have different life experiences, and have varying results in types of treatment. However, the following are guidelines intended to provide help before a crisis situation develops. The American Legion encourages you to Be the One to talk with others about how you are feeling, ask for help when you know you need it, know there are millions of people ready to help you and remember your family and friends’ care.

You can renew ONLINE by going to  www.legion.org/renew  and click “Renew Now” to safely and conveniently pay your  dues. Once a member enters the information requested, he or she can set the account for automatic annual renewal, as well as select the option to receive email renewal notices instead of notices through the mail. If the membership is current, he or she may still choose to sign up for automatic annual renewal and/or to receive renewal notices by email only. Automatic renewal can also be set up by calling the toll-free American Legion customer service line at (800) 433-3318Once you renew, within 24 hours, National will notify your Adjutant who will mail your membership card to you, so ensure your Legion file has a correct mailing address, phone number contact, and email address if you want to get important notices from YOUR Post 62.

NOTE: Per the American Legion Officer's Guide, page 91, Article XI, Delinquency, resignation and transfer, it states, "If dues have not been paid by February 1, the member is suspended but nevertheless a member with no privilege except that of reinstatement by post vote and membership of dues." Basically, if you come into the post with a 2023 card after February 1st, you pay your dues for 2024 and have to wait for reinstatement by the general membership during the 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6 pm. This also means you are not eligible to participate in the Queen of Hearts Raffle until voted back in by the membership.

 

And, finally, it's almost time for the mass printing of the 2025 membership cards. Each year around the 15th of April, National starts the process to pre-print millions of these cards with the most recent information contained in each members individual Legion file. The cards have to be ready to ship to the 1,000's of Legion Posts around the world. Ours should be ready around the middle of June 2024.

 
 
 
Participants/members must have some form of proof of a 2024 membership card BEFORE you chose a card. Even if the bartenders sold you raffle tickets because you showed a 2023 membership card, it is still the players responsibility to comply with the rules of the Queen of Hearts.
 
Note: For those who have digital pictures of their membership cards on their phones? These membership cards must be signed by a Legion officer and the member as well. As it says underneath the signature block, "NOT valid unless coutersigned by the member."
 
And, as in previous years, there will be no renewals accepted on Mondays between 3 pm and 7 pm. Just like on Fish Fry Fridays, the bartenders are too busy serving members and guests to process membership renewals. NOTE: Members whose membership cards have expired can not be signed in as guests. 
 
To recap; Ineligible to Play:
  • New members are ineligible to play QOH until voted on by the general membership on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and are issued a membership card by the Adjutant.
  • Members who have not renewed before 1 February are ineligible to play until after they are voted back in by the general membership on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and are issued a membership card by the Adjutant.
  • Guests are ineligible to play as well.
 
Next Monday, it's @ $5,600+ for the next drawing on 27 May (MEMORIAL DAY). Don't forget: there is an extra envelope added to the 54 envelopes with cards in them. This extra envelope will give the lucky person who selects it $500 - not bad, huh?   
 

 

 
 
Volunteering is a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labor, often for community service or their American Legion Family.
 
If you are interested, email legadjutant@azpost62.com and I'll send you a Volunteer Form.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 FOR SALE - Kobalt Jobsite Storage Box (1 ea) 48" x23" - contact our Finance Officer Rich Aguirre with $300 (or your best offer).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     

 

Don't be Fooled by FAKE Stories and Pictures

There have been a few fake stories/pictures lately. One (pictured above) was about a fake attack on the Pentagon. It spread so quickly that it briefly affected the Stock Market (and your retirement funds). I also saw one of former President Reagan in a soviet military uniform. And there was the fake video that former President Trump shared about CNN anchor Anderson Cooper - unknown if he knew it was a fake or not!

And, just recently, there was a story floating around about American Legion Post 53 in Buckeye. The story was that there was a theft of copper from their air conditioning systems and that a collection was being taken up to get them money to replace the copper - too bad it wasn't really true.  

There is a willingness of people (a.k.a., paid influencers), rogue nations (N. Korea, Iran, Russia & China) and other people who just spread rumors without verifying them first; disseminating obviously fake AI (Artificial Intelligence) generated pictures and video's because they want to keep us pitted against each other (like members of Congress). They are counting on you not to verify it for yourself and just take "someone's" word for it. Ultimately, they are hoping that our own division will divide us (or U.S.) and lead to an Uncivil War in our country.

And it will get worse before it gets better - Candidates, paid influencers and foreign agents will use this technology to sway voters with high-quality deep fakes that seem very real, especially in the days leading up to the 2024 Presidential elections. This can also include bogus deep-fake telephone calls like the 5,000 to 25,000 phony calls in New Hampshire purporting to be from President Biden on January of this year.

DO NOT spread a story if you are not sure about the story (or source) - ask a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor. There's an old quote that goes something like this: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."   

 

 

We got a trailer sitting in our north parking lot that belongs to one of our members, Gary Burton. He is selling a 2006 Super Light Weekend Warrior for $6,000 AS IS! If you are interested, text him at 602-909-4240

                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

RED (Remember Everyone Deployed) shirts are now available at the Post; Men's sizes Large, X-Large and XX-Large. For the Ladies, V-neck sizes are: S, M, Large, X-Large and XX-Large for $20 each. Get yours today while quantities last!

 

 

DID YOU KNOW? If you buy the winning Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot ticket at Post 62, as an incentive, the Post gets a certain percentage as a reward for selling that ticket. For example, the latest Powerball of over $1.75 billion that someone won in CA? The store that sold that ticket got $1 million - something to think about! 

 
 
 

 

 

flag6.gif B67_flag4.gif BAD_flag1.gif 8B5_flag2.gif flag_blue.gif 88D_flag5.gif flag_pow.gif