Commanders Message

I am reminded we have elections coming up, nominations are taking place at the meetings, the second Tuesday of every month. Please attend these meetings. We are in serious need of a 2nd Vice Commander to coordinate breakfast, dinners, and events. Laurie Knolls is in charge of these events. We need the nominated person to be someone serious; that will work hard at this. We also need to keep in the back of our minds that the 4th of July is around the corner. Think about Volunteering to work the stand and helping to unload the fireworks. We will need the Sons and the Legionnaires, not just the Auxiliary to work this. I can not thank you enough for this help.

Thank you, Fred Kelly our current 1st Vice Commander for the great job you have done, stepping up to take over for Tom Mickey. Fred Kelly has recruited new members by phone and email. We are currently at 98 percent of a far reaching quota. Everyone should know this is a 24/7 job, and he has done it well. I am glad you nominated him again.

Let’s not forget elections are coming on May 14th, to elect your post officers. Let’s all vote for the people that can do the job. Thank you, Johnny Lopez for laying the concrete slabs for our back flow valves. Also, thank you for installing the keys and locks for the security cages supplied by Mike Dunham. Thank you Craig Bishop for installing the valves and keeping them in repair. Thank you Roy Eddy for keeping the post grounds and lawn cut and clean. The city is starting to inspect commercial properties, as they do every Spring. We need to keep it up often. Thanks to Larry Jensen for making the Commanders draw available again. Make sure you pay your dues to be eligible for the 8:00 p.m. Saturday night drawing; the drawing is $1.00 per week. The bartenders will be asking for all membership cards.

Thank you, to Senator Gloria Negrete Mcleod and Fred Lammers for the $1,000.00 donation. The bulletin will be available on the Legion web site for all members to read. We will be sending out the bulletin by e-mail, so get your e-mails into the post. Alex Ambriz will be doing the bulletin and sending it out. Thank you, Alex ! We will be mailing the bulletin out to all members without computers; make sure we have your current address.

Let us not forget the hard work Nina Navarro and her crew are doing to make the post money on bingo. The event takes place once a month, and is important to the post. It takes many people to make this happen. When you see her, thank and volunteer to help her. We are selling Custom 28 oz. glass mugs that you can view in our cabinets in the lounge. These will sell for $25.00 with your first name and service logo etched on them, also available is the Sons of the Legion logo. The fill up with draft beer will be $3.00 for domestic beer and $4.00 for imports. The bartenders will wash them out when you leave. Please promote this, it makes the post money. A reminder, we are selling red, gold, and family plaques for $50.00, $100.00 and $500.00 donations. We will display these plaques on the sacred wall to honor anyone you would like; contact Art Beltran or the Commander for details. You must sign in all guests. We are locking the place down and issuing key cards to gain entrance for all members. We will install new units soon along with cameras at each members doors.

Thank you for your continued support and participation. I look forward to serving you.

Sincerely,

Commander Jerry Corum U S M C

March/April

As we move into 2013, I am reminded we have elections coming up. Nominations will begin at the March meeting on the second Tuesday of the month until June. We are in serious need of a 2nd Vice Commander. I would like to thank Zack, our current 2nd Vice for all he did for the Post. It seems due to current illness he will no longer be able to perform his duties. This is a very important position as it is the coordination of all the dinners and breakfasts, along with activities at the Post. We need someone very serious to be nominated and work hard at this job. We also need to keep in the back of our minds that the 4th of July is around the corner. Think about volunteering to work the stand and helping to unload the fireworks. We will need the Sons of the Legionnaires not just the Auxiliary to work the booth. I can not thank you enough for this help!

As always, there are a few people to thank for the work they do around the Post. First, I would like to thank Ken Kasper and Mike dunham for the donation of the bathroom door closures., and the custom made cages to house our brass back flow values switch someone tried to steal. These are very expensive to replace.

Thanks to Craig Bishop for installing the new back flow valve, and the new toilets in the men’s bathroom. Thanks go out to Sal Morales and Colin Watson for installing the door closures for the men’s bathroom. A special thanks to George Silva for all the help he extends to Laurie Knoll on all her many projects and eventes. Thanks to all that helped Laurie and Roy Rubio on the wonderful Easter party for the members and local kids. What a wonderful time everyone had.

If if weren’t for the scouting program for Eagle Scouts we would get anything painted around the Post. Thank you Jace Millan our newest soon to be Eagle Scout for painting the men’s and women’s bathrooms. Many applauds for this hard work.

Thanks to Larry Jensen that we will have the Commander’s Draw again. He worked very had on this project. So, make sure you pay your dues to be eligible for the 8 p.m. Saturday night drawing. The draw is $1 per week. The bartenders will be asking for all membership cards. So, be proud to show it!

The bulletin will be available on the Legion website for members to read. The website is ChinoAmericanLegion.org. We will be trying to put the calendar of events on it as well, and continuing mailing it out to all who need it. Thank you CAROL ROAZATTI for the many years of hard work on this bulletin, and many other projects you were involved in.

Let us not forget the hard work Nina Navarra and her crew are doing to make the Post money on Bingo. The event takes place once a month and is very important to the Post. It takes many people to make this happen. When you see her, thank her and VOLUNTEER!! To help her with this event.

We are selling custom 28 oz. glass mugs that are shown in our cabinet in the lounge. These are sold for $25, and they include your first name and service logo etched on them. Also, the Sons of the Legion have their mugs and logos. The fill up on these mugs are $3 for domestic beer and $4 for imports. The bartenders will wash them out when you leave to bring back on your next visit. Please promote this item. It makes money for the post.

A reminder, we are selling red, gold and family plaques for $50, $100 and $500 donations respectively. These will be placed on the sacred wall to honor anyone you would like. To do this contact Art Beltran or the Commander for details.

Don’t forget all guests must be signed in. We are locking the place down and issuing key cards to gain entrance for all members. The new units will be installed soon along with cameras covering the door entrances.

Thank you for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to continuing to serve you.

January/February

Looks like 2013 snuck up on us, or where did the year go may be a better statement. As we move into it, we find ourselves honored to host the District Meeting held at our post January 6. the Auxiliary will provide the soup and the Legion will provide sandwiches. Our normal Sunday steak/ham breakfast will be available. Laurie and Roy Rubio will be putting on a great Super Bowl party on February 3, 2013. We will have a silent auction for a 2002 Mustang convertible donated by Gary Lawson. We are going to have the silent auction information about the car and the car will be on display. The vehicle has new breaks and a recent tune-up, very nice car.

Thanks to Roy Rubio for the great job he does keeping our Post and Hall so clean. He does not get enough recognition for what he does. If you see him, thank him. He comes in very early mornings to do this. Thanks to Connie Herrera and Suzie Hernandez for the hard work serving drinks at the past car show. Thanks to George Silva for his hard work assisting in organizing, and to Don Avila, Sal Morales, Jesse Garcia and all who helped. You can see these are the same people who completed the last car show.

We need everyone who has a computer to send their email address to chinopost299@gmail.com to receive the bulletin online. Starting now and in the future we will send it to you only online if you so desire. We will mail out to those who still wish to receive their bulletin by mail. E-mailing will really defray the costs on this expensive process. Please leave or send in your name, address and email. We also have a website you should check out ChinoAmericanLegion.org. You will be impressed with the information is contains.

Let us not forget the hard work by Nina Navarro putting together the Bingo days. This event takes place once per month and is very important to the Post. It takes many people to make this happen. When you see her, reminder she needs more volunteers!

Lastly, don’t forget all guests must be signed in by a member. We will soon be locking the place down and issuing key cards to gain entrance for members. The unit will be sent out for repair and a new camera will be installed at each entrance. Thank you all for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to serving you.

November/December

What a great day at our Legion. The doors are still open thanks to all who participate at the Post to support all of our events. Laurie is doing a great job coming up with these events. Monday night football is a big hit & with the loss of our friend Mark Fort, she has been doing it all. Please, step up to help her. She will be doing a great job for the Super Bowl on February 3. On that date, we will have a silent auction for a 2004 Mustang convertible donated by Gary Lawson. More to follow!

Thanks to Fred and Andrew Sharp for installing our patio cover. Great job. It will keep the sun and rain off of us all. We will need to get two other covers finished. So, anyone who wants to donate money towards them, feel free. Thanks to John Catafamo and Gloria Glenn for their donations to complete the first cover. You guys really came through.

I personally thank Don Avila (Jr. Past Commander) for his hard work on the best little car show in town. I know he wanted a bigger one. However, everyone had a good time, and the cars that could join us were great ones. Thanks to Maria Avila and Connie Herrera for their hard work serving at the outside bar; to Sal Morales and Jessie Garcia for setting up the tables; to George Silva for selling the 50/50 tickets and to Eddie Pack for registering all the cars. Great job by all.

Let us not forget the hard work Nina Navarro is doing with the Post’s Bingo. Even though it is a once a month event, it takes many people to make it happen, and it is very important to the Post. When you see her, thank her and volunteer to help. We need everyone on the computer to send me their email address at chinopost299@gmail.com.

We are still selling our 28 oz glass mugs for $25. Also, the red gold and family plaques are available. For more information, see Bill Schmidt or Art Beltran. Don’t forget to sign in all guests. Thank you for your continued support and participation. I look for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to serving you.

September/October

Here we are more than half way through the year and the doors are still open. Thanks to all the people who work so hard to keep them that way. Special thanks to all who work on Taco Tuesdays. We are making some money on this event. So, spread the word to your friends, neighbors and family. Thanks to Leo Rubio who personally bought the Post a new trimmer; and to Larry Dillon for his donation; and to anyone else who donated equipment to keep our Post looking good. Thanks to Joe Pichardo and Scott Isley for their work on the computer and hardware for the TV over the shuffleboard which displays information about officers and current and future events.

We need everyone who is on computer to send in their email addresses to chinopost299@gmail.com to receive the Bulletin online. After January 2013, we will send it to you only online. This change will really dfray our cost on this expensive process if we don’t have to mail it. If you so desire, we will mail the Bulletin to those who are not able to receive it online. Again, please send us your name, address, and email address. This is very important.

Thanks to Laurie Knall for all the hard work she does. She always goes the extra mile. Thanks also to Zach Delattiebodier, our 2nd Vice, for the special events and coordinating the dinners and breakfasts. Thanks to Fred Kelly for stepping up and taking over for our good friend, Tom Mickey.

Let us never forget the hard work of Nina Navarro who does an outstanding job bringing in money from Bingo. Bingo is important to the Post, and more volunteers are needed. We are still selling the 28 oz. glass mugs with our service logo and name etched on them for $25. Also, the red, gold and family plaques for $50, $100 and $500 are still available. See Bill Schmidt or Art Beltran to order.

Don’t forget All Guests Must Be Signed In. The ABC will be checking on us very soon and we are a private club, and we can be fined or closed for non-compliance.

July/August 2012

To everyone who worked on the B25 project, thank you. Special thanks to Doug LeMelle of the Sons of the Legion, whose idea it was. Thanks to the committee, Vic LeMelle, Scott Isley, Mike Johnson, Bill DeVolve, Steve Delahanty, Bubba Perrault, and our 2nd Vice, Zack Delattibodier. Thanks to the Auxiliary people: Bettye Corum, Fran Martinez, Patricia Velasquez, Joanne Johnson, Disiree Ryan and Margo Delahanty. Also, to Bill & Barbara DeVolve for thier hard work of cooking all day. Without everyone pitching in, we would not have made as much money. Also, thanks to al who sold so many tickets. Congratulations to a who won a seat on Carl Scholl’s famous B25 and to Sherry Story for he bid of $375 for the final seat.

Thanks to all of last year’s officers and the job they did and special thanks to Larry (L.J.) Jensen, last year’s 2nd Vice for a job well done. Congratulations to the new 2nd Vice, Zack Delattiboder, and I know he would appreciate help from anyone. It is your Legion. Let’s make it work.

Our next big project is the Fireworks Stand. We will need volunteers from 12 noon, July 1st to 9 p.m., July 4th. This might put us in a position to pay all our back taxes and penalty fees. We have hired Roy Eddy, 2nd Vice of the SALs to take care of our property. He will work on the lawns and bushes daily. We need bush and weed trimmers and an edger. If we can get them donated, it would be greatly appreciated.

Nina Navarro is hard at work once a month doing Sunday Bingo. All the profits go to the Legion, but she needs volunteers and food/drink donations.

Don’t forget our red, gold and family plaques for donations of $50, $100 & $500, respectively. Art Beltran and Bill Schmitt are handing the details. Also, we still have the 28 oz. glass mugs for $25. With your name etched on it, as shown in the lounge cabinet. The draft beer fill-up is $3 and imported is $4.

Don’t forget all guests must be signed in. The ABC will be checking on us very soon, and we are a private club which can be fined or closed down for a violation. Thank you for your continued support and participation. I look forward to serving you.

May/June 2012

Everyone, it is time to elect new officers for your Post. We held our first of 2 nominations. The next will be on Tuesday, May 1st, 6:30 p.m. at the E-Board meeting. If you have anyone you would like to nominate, come to this meeting. The election is from 10 a.m. – 6 p. m. on May 8th.

Steve Hernandez is still working with Laurie on our computers so we can properly track expenses and income. Thank you Steve. Don’t forget about our red, gold and family plaques for $50, $100 & $500 donation respectively. These are to honor anyone you would like. So, contact Bill Schmitt or Art Beltran for more details. Thanks to Sal Morales and Vic LeMelle for repairing our roof drain in the Hall, and to Vic for the door sweeps on the Hall outside doors. Let it rain NOW!

Thanks to our lawn crew: Johnny Lopez; Richard Medina; Tom Mickey; Larry Jensen; Mike Gonzales; Tommy Traister; Ruben Jaime; and Steve Miller. These are known as “Johnny’s Chain Gang”. You guys did a terrific job. Nina Navarro is working very hard on our once a month bingo, but she needs volunteers to help her. All the profits made on this event to the Legion.

We are selling custom 28 ounce glass mugs, shown in the lounge display cabinet. The mugs sell for $25 with your name & service logo etched on them. To fill them with beer it costs only $3 for domestic or $4 for imported. The bartenders will wash them for you to take and bring back on your next visit. We are selling ticket donations for $10 for our raffle on May 26th. Many prizes will be raffled off along with the major prize: 6 seats for a one hour flight in a B25 plane to be flown by our famous pilot Carl Scholl. The Chino Champion editor will be preparing articles for this huge event.

Thank you John Barnard for all the meals you and your crew cook. This is a lot of hard work which you are very good at completing. Thanks to all the crew who provide Taco Tuesday and to Sal Morales for making our new outside sign for this event; it seems to be growing with support. It is open to the public. So, join us, and bring your friends.

Don’t forget, when bringing friends to our Post, All Guests Must Be Signed In. The ABC will be checking on us very soon, and we are a private club that can be fined and/or closed down if this rule is not strictly enforced.

Thank you for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to serving you.

March/April 2012

Thanks to Steve Hernandez for working with our computers. We are now able to track our expenses in all categories as well as our income. With our four separate accounts, we are able to know where we are financially. The audit has begun for the year 2010, with Gary Lawson, Steve Hernandez and Nina Navarro working hard with John Hess to complete. More to follow….

A very personal thanks to John Chaavez who worked so hard to get the electric around the Post repaired. Thanks to him, our fire suppression unit upgrade will now pass inspection, and we can cook in safety.

Congratulations to Joe Pichardo who was awarded an honorary membership to the American Legion for all his hard work around the Post. He’s not only a fine bartender but he does all our ordering and inventory at the lounge. Please be advised the employee parking is only for employees. Laurie had to park in the field and walk to her car late one night. This is dangerous for all employees.

I am inviting all our Legion member to attend our meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. to find out what’s going on with our Post and all the problems. You might have a solution to help fix them. We need volunteers to clean the Post property, mowing and general clean-up every other Wednesday at 8 pm. contact the office to volunteer.

We’ll be selling custom 28 ounce glass mugs, shown in our Lounge cabinet, for $25. They’ll have your name and service logo etched on them. The draft beer fill will be $3 domestic and $4 for imported. The bartenders will wash them when you leave for you to bring back in. Don’t forget the red, gold and family plaques for $50, $100, $500 donations. These are to honor anyone you would like to. Contact Bill Schmitt, Art Beltran, or Jerry Corum for details. The special lights are up to show off these plaques, thanks to Sal Morales and Jesse Garcia.

Raffle ticket donations are on sale in the Lounge for 410 for the May 26th event. The major prize, 6 tickets for a 1 hour flight in a B25 flown by famous pilot Carl Scholll. Stan LeMelle is doing four articles for the local papers to promote this event. Thanks to taco Tuesday crews, support seems to be growing. Bring your friends and enjoy. Don’t forget the upcoming events at our Post. Joe Pichardo is working on a program to show them on our TV.

Thank you all for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to serving you.

January/February 2012

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a very happy New Year. Now, it is time to get back to business. We will be starting to replace our beer bottles with cans. The reason for the change is the bottles bring us .11 cents per pound and the cans will bring us $2.10 per pound when recycled. We also don’t have to worry about the breaking of bottles exploding in the coolers. Remember, we have plenty of glasses to pour the beer into.

Once again thanks to all who help around the Post and thanks to Roy Rubio for keeping the Post and Hall so clean. A special thanks to Laurie Knall and Roy Rubio for the kids Christmas Party, WOW! Thank you Santa (Mark Fort) & his elf Allison Shaw, and thanks to all who assisted. Thanks to Jesse Garcia and Sal Morales for working so hard to fix all the ladies restroom toilets. What a job!

I am inviting all our Legion members to attend our meetings, the 2nd Tuesday of the month to find out what is going with their post and all help come up with solutions and ideas. Your expertise and support would be appreciated.

Don’t forget our Red, Gold, and Family Plaques for $50, $100 and $500 donation respectively. These plaques are to honor anyone you would like to. We are selling ticket donations for $10 for our raffle for the flight in a B25 airplane to be flown by our famous pilot Carl Scholl. There will be six seats available for this flight and many other prizes in this huge event. The committee is working on getting prizes donated by local businesses to support this event. Tickets will be on sale after January 1, 2012.

Don’t forget all the events coming up at the Post. Thank you for your continued support and participation, and and I look forward to serving you in 2012.

November/December 2011

Now that we have moved the office into what use to be the bingo room, we are in business. Yes, this is a business. Any business has to pay its bills, and we have a lot of them. For example, our electric bill alone for the month was $2,400. So, you can see that we need money. John Hess, Finance Officer, is doing everything he can to refinance the building, but, as you can imagine, in these times, it is difficult. We are working on resolving past penalties and interest from state and federal agencies.

Once again, thanks to all who help around the Post and a special thanks to Roy Rubio for keeping the Post and Hall so clean. There is no way that I can personally thank Laurie Knall for everything she does for us. Without her, we would certainly be in more trouble. Thanks to Gary Lawson for the donation of a computer and copy machine and for getting us into the electronic age with the new Post website.

We have developed a procedure for cash handling for the bartenders and all meals thanks to Bill DeVolve, SAL Finance Officer. I am personally inviting all Legion members to attend our meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Don’t forget about our red, gold and family plaques. These plaques will honor those listed. We will have a $10 per ticket donation raffle for a flight in a B25 airplane to be flown by our famous pilot, Carl Scholl. There are 6 seats available for this flight, along with other prizes in this huge event. The committee is working on getting more prizes donated by local businesses.

Thank you for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to serving you!

September/October

I never thought being a Commander of a Post could be so rewarding. The fireworks stand was just the start, working with such dedicated people, starting with all the people who unloaded the fireworks. The personnel who worked the stand — Fred Kelly, Nina Navarro, Fran Martinez, Bettye Corum, Jesse Garcia, Tim Heatherington, Larry Jensen, Sharon Nontagne, Shawn Schmitt, Carla Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, Terese Chavez, Laurie Knall, David Carillo, Cheryl Scholl, Carol Rozatti, Vic LaMelle, Dave Granier, John Bernard, Bubba Perrault, Roy Rubio, Mark French and a special thanks to Mr Cash Register, Carl Scholl. Also, our security team consisting of Mike and Joanne Johnson, Travis and Roccio Watts, and Nate Bradshaw.

Personally, I want to thank John Chavez for installing the conduit for the pool table light and Richard Medina for all the things he does and repairs around our Post. Once again, thank you to our patio and lawn care team, Dave Granier, Johnny Lopez, Richard Medina, Vic LaMelle, Larry Jensen, and Joe Pichardo. Thanks to Gary O’Neill for repairing the electrical in the hall and Craig Bishop for the men’s and lady’s room repairs. Thank to Gloria Glen for donating the fans for our Legion, and our favorite window cleaner, M

Post Commander’s Message
Jerry Corum (USMC)

Jan-Feb 2014

Laurie Knoll out did herself on this one. She has asked me to Thank all the people involved for wrapping
gifts, stuffmg stockings, setting up the hall, and so many other things the day and night of the event.

Her Thanks goes out to : Bill Longacre, Gary Larsen, JoAnne Johnson, Marcos Cantabrana, Bob Beltran,
Caroline Sar, Alison Shaw, Roy Rubio, Art Valenzuela, John Labrosciano, Bill Krugger, Don Avila, Sal Mo-
rales, Bettye Curum, Marilyn Hess, Gloria Glenn, Corina Paloma, Breanna Paloma, Sherry Nighan, Ed Den-
zin, Mackinzie Denzin, Sherri Denzin, maddison Denzin, Michael Denzin, Jack Snyder, Tony Bosch, Roy
Eddy, Jim Bosch, Kalyn Taylor, Linda Parrot, JoAnn Jackovich, Margo Delahanty, Steve Delahanty, Desiree
Ryan and Sara Ryan. A great BIG Thanks to all who donated gifts for our special needs families and those of
you who sponored our Children’s Christmas Party with cash donations. To Santa Claus for this visit, the local
businesses Spouts, Target, Trader Joe’s, Stater Bros. Markets, Sam’s Club, Costco, The Christmas Tree Com-
pany and the Lowes Garden Shop employees. We could not have done this without your support. !!

A Special Thanks to the Young Marines and their Commander Steve Andersen.

Thanks to the great talent of the 5 Little Monkeys for their wonderful performance. To the Ignite Entertain-
ment face painting and balloon artist, deaf-Nitely Magic show, Eli Martinez Photographer, Jenny Tate and
Center Stage Productions. Thanks once again to, Roy Rubio for keeping the inside of the Post so clean, and to
Roy Eddy for keeping the outside of our Post so clean. You guys to such a great job.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH !!

To ALL MEMBERS, there is a new Regional Director in town for Alcohol Beverage Control, ABC.

Myself and John Hess had to be fingerprinted and new paperwork filled out in order to sell Beer and Alcohol
at the Post. They are looking for money and enforce the law very strictly. We will be inspected soon by these
agents, he said his agents will be all over private clubs, restaurants, bars and liquor stores looking for viola-
tions. Make sure you sign in all guests, as we are a private members only club.

REMEMBER TO PLEASE CARRY YOUR KEY CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, EVEN WHEN GOING TO THE RESTROOM. THESE DOORS ARE TO REMAIN LOCKED. SAFETY for YOU and the BARTENDERS depend on it.

July/August

I am privileged to serve as your new Commander, and with to fulfill my duties and obligations to each of you. I look forward to working with the Auxiliary, and Sons of the Legion. I have appointed Vic Lamelle as 2nd Vice Commander and Stan Lemelle as Historian. Now that we have the new officers installed, it is time for all of us to go to work to keep the doors open. Our financial situation has not improved. The only way we are going to get ourselves out of this predicament is by donations by each and every member. I would like to ask that we each consider donating whatever possible.

Again, I want to thank our work party: Richard Medina, Joe Pichardo, Dave Gravier, Vic Lamelle, Johnny Lopez, Larry Jensen and Don Avila. Due to their efforts, we are keeping the post clean and beautiful.

Thank you all for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to serving you in the coming year.

r. Tim Walsh of Fish Window Cleaning who cleans our windows for free every month.

Don’t forget about our Red, (Gold), & Family Plaques for $50, $100, & $500 donation respectively. A final note, look for the ticket donation fo $10 for a chance to fly in a B25 Airplane and many other prizes in our upcoming raffle and barbeque in the months to come this event will be huge.

Thank you for your continued support and participation, and I look forward to serving you.