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Spring is here which means our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, kicking off Friday night, March 16th with dinner and dancing to the Z-Bops. Saturday, March 17 is a full day of party with a patio band in the afternoon and Nomad’s playing on stage for the evening party. Always fun, always a full house. Wear your green and come on down. Check the website for the event flyer and all our activities so you don’t miss out. al291.com

1968-2018.  Tet Offensive 50 year Anniversary. Where were you? To our Vietnam Veterans: Don’t forget Saturday, April 7 is our “Welcome Home” Vietnam Party we hold every year in recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, honoring those who served during that era. Wear your fatigues, field gear, boots and dog tags and come celebrate our “welcome home”. Don’t forget your photos for the wall display to remember how young we were! Open to all vets, whether stateside or in-country. Buy your tickets at the office window, $25. Also that weekend, the Post will host the last remaining Swift Boat of the Vietnam era, up from San Diego Maritime Museum. It will dock at our Marina for tours. A great weekend at the Post honoring our Vietnam Vets.

Nominations for the new command year 2018-2019 will be held during the March and April general meetings with elections to follow Wednesday, May 9th. All of us are volunteers and willing to serve to keep our Post the biggest and best in the country. Please consider what you can do to help. You must be a member in good standing. Below are job descriptions of all open Post offices, elected and appointed, all for one- year terms except Members-at-Large which are 3- year terms.


Post Commander

The Commander is the chief executive officer of the Post and shall supervise, lead and manage the Post and its Officers. The Commander shall preside at all Board Meetings,

General Meetings, Special General Meetings and Special Board Meetings; nominate Standing Committees and Temporary Committees and their Chair, perform the duties necessary to keep the Post operating in an effective and efficient manner; have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board, Bylaws or as promulgated by the American Legion; and preserve the integrity of the Post Charter.

First Vice Commander

First Vice-Commander is the Chair of the Membership Committee, and shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of Commander in the absence or disability of the


Second Vice Commander

Second Vice-Commander is the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, assist with Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, public affairs and community outreach as directed by the Commander and shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of First Vice-Commander or Commander in the absence of disability of such officers.

Third Vice Commander

Third Vice-Commander is the Chair of the Americanism Committee, and shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of Second Vice-Commander, First Vice-Commander or Commander, in the absence or disability of such officers.

Finance Officer

The Finance Officer shall be the Chair of the Finance Committee, and responsible for overseeing the financial records of the Post.


The Post Historian shall compile and preserve a pictorial Post history for print and electronic distribution.


The Sergeant-at-Arms shall preserve order at all meetings and shall perform such other duties as may be from time to time assigned to him by the Commander.


The Chaplain shall be charged with the spiritual welfare of Post members and will offer divine but non-sectarian service in the event of dedications, funerals, public functions, etc., and adhere to such ceremonial rituals as are recommended by the National or Department Headquarters.

Six Members-At-Large--3 year term

These elected officers may serve on multiple committees at the discretion of the Commander. There are two available openings every year as two of the six members term out.



The Adjutant is the Secretary of the Board. Under the direction of the Commander, the Adjutant shall: receive and answer all correspondence of the Post; have charge of and keep a complete and correct record of the proceedings of all Official Meetings; and prepare summarized meeting minutes and reports for publication.

Judge Advocate

The Judge Advocate’s duties shall be to advise the Post Commander on the interpretation or modifications of the Post’s Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations, and be responsible for an annual financial audit and the Post Responsibility Audit as described in the American Legion Officer’s Guide.

Service Officer

The Service Officer duties shall be generally that of: coordinating all Post 291 veterans’ assistance programs; assist in processing veterans’ claims; and protecting the rights and

privileges of all veterans, their dependents and survivors.

Remember our mission statement of “Veterans First”. If you love your freedom, “Thank A Vet”. “Veterans First”. Attitude is the Altitude of Success at the American Legion Post 291. Let’s all work together to make that happen.