John J. Morris Post 62

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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.

 

Good day, Legionnaires,
 
Our election of Post Officers for 2024-2025 will be on the 21st of May. Election hours are 7 am to 6 pm. At 6 pm, volunteers will count the ballots and totals for each candidate. At 7 pm (note the time change), the General Membership Meeting (GMM) will be held and the Adjutant will announce the results of the voting. The candidates, at this time, are:
 
Commander: Bob Singer
1st Vice Commander: Ken Ellison
2nd Vice Commander (can only vote for 1): Robert "Bud" Gay and Charles Holsinger
Finance Officer: Rich Aguirre
Executive Committee members (can only vote for 4): Gary Burton, Erica Cherry, Brian Evans, Tiffany Garvine and Curt Sapp.
Note: Their bio's will be on a bulletin board near the POW/MIA table next Tuesday.
 
Note: If you plan to write in a candidate (which must be a member of our Post and has a current Legion Post 62 membership card), at least let him or her know that you are going to do that. If the write-in wins, they must be present at the meeting and have a DD-214 to present to the Adjutant. Otherwise, they are disqualified.
 
We will need volunteers during the election process to assist members with the voting process as they come into the Bingo Hall. There is a Sign-Up sheet on the large bulletin board in the Social Quarters. These are 2-people teams working 2-hour shifts. At 6 pm, when the voting ends, we will need volunteers to add up the ballots - see the same Sign-Up sheet. NOTE: No member who has been nominated can be a volunteer!
 
You must enter and exit the building through the north glass entrance near the flagpole, then into the Bingo Hall between 7 am and 9 am. The Social Quarters will not be open until its regular time of 9 am
 
By-law Notes: The Post Adjutant shall cause notice to be given of the annual election meeting at least two (2) weeks prior. It will be posted throughout the Post, on our website, and via email. Consider yourself noticed!
 
Absentee Ballots (a.k.a., Early Voting) will be behind the bar starting 23 April 2024. Any current member of Post 62 (does not include SON's or ALA) can come in and request a ballot. You will have to print your name & membership number on the form to receive an Absentee Ballot. One of the employees will confirm the information from your card before they hand you an Early Ballot. Once you are done, they will place your ballot in the locked Ballot Box behind the bar. No member may pick up a ballot for another member.
 
Any member who will be absent from the immediate area on the 21st of May (such as living outside the state or a long distance from Post 62, or handicapped in such a way that it makes traveling difficut) and wants to vote, may vote by Absentee Ballot. There is one way to do this:
  • Absentee ballots will be available one (1) week after nominations of officers are closed (closed 19 April, so ballots will be available 23 April). A written request to the Adjutant must be made; signed and include your membership number. Once the Adjutant gets your written request @ Post 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove Ave., Peoria AZ 85345, he will send you the Absentee Ballot. We must receive your Absentee Ballot by 5 PM on 21 May in order for it to be counted. We will accept ballots by email (one per member) but please be advised that we can't gaurantee your privacy this way as an email is not secure.  

 

 

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 @ $11,011+ for the next drawing on 15 April (TAX 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.
 
 
 Color Guard Safe Raffle - and the winner is Ken Ellison!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 FOR SALE - Kobalt Jobsite Storage Boxes (1 ea) 48" x23" - contact our Finance Officer Rich Aguirre with $300 (or your best offer).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       Tickets are Available - see Kathy Amery!!!

 

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!

There is a willingness of people (a.k.a., paid influencers) and rogue nations to disseminate 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 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. 

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! 

 
 
 

 

 

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