American Legion Post 279

903 W. Superior  Jacksonville, Illinois 62650         217-243-6144

Email: [email protected]
​Commander: Danny W. Davison
​SAL Commander: Joel DuPre II

 Jacksonville Post 279 Newsletter

American Legion Post # 279 903 W. Superior  Jacksonville, IL 62650

Website: • Phone Number (217) 243-6144 • E-mail: [email protected]

Veterans Serving Veterans for over 40 years                            December 2017- January  2018         Newsletter Number 2

Commander’s Corner:

Dear Fellow Legionnaire;
     My name is Danny Davision.  For those of you who are reading this letter that do not know me, I am the Commander of our American Legion Post 279 in Jacksonville, Illinois.  I assumed the role of Commander in 2016.  I am a Vietnam Veteran and have been active in our post for 34 years.  I have served in various positions in our post over the past 34 years and I am honored to be your Commander.
     I am taking this opportunity to reach out to you and make you aware of some of the things going on in your Legion.  If you have visited our post in the last few months, you are already aware that we have made several improvements to the facility and we will always continue to make improvements as we can.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to stop in for a visit, I encourage you to.  You will be pleasantly surprised and what we have done.
     The single most important thing to help our Legion is YOU ! 

     The Jacksonville American Legion Post No. 279 has struggled with low member participation in recent years and with a small group of active members, we cannot accomplish all of our goals.   We are having difficulty recruiting younger members.  If you know a veteran that meets our qualifications, please encourage them to join for the same reasons you joined. 
     At the last six monthly meetings, the post has barely met its quorum of 10 members, which is disappointing considering that we have over 200 members.
     There are approximately 150 members who have paid their dues are for 2018, but most don’t make it to meetings for a number of reasons.  I understand that some have moved, others are too old to travel, while others may have lost interest in participating. Volunteers are at an all time low.
     For those that has already paid their dues for 2018, Thank You.  As of the writing of this letter, we have approximately 60 members that have not paid their dues yet.  I would encourage you to pay your membership dues.  I realize that some of you may have fallen on financial hardship.  If so please contact me.  We can help you out if needed.  I don’t want to lose you as a member because of financial hardship. 

     For those that have not paid, Hopefully this has only been an over site. You have been a member for a numbers of years. I would like to remind you every membership is important to our Post here in Jacksonville, as well as, for the nation.

     Membership supports our Post to help our comrades. We here at Post 279, help our veterans that are down on there luck.  Your contributions to our post help us support many activities in our community such as the Toys for Tots program, the Shop with a Cop, Gifts To The Yanks, and many more.
     I want to strike the note of seriousness here.  With our dwindling membership and lack of volunteers, we are facing a serious situation.  While we are not on the verge of closing our doors, times are defiantly tough.  I would ask that if you can and are able to volunteer just a couple of hours of your time a month, we would be able to accomplish so much more toward making our Legion the best in the District and Department.
     We have several projects that need our attention and with the lack of volunteers, we are forced to hire them out.
     On the plus side, we are finally starting to see progress on our kitchen project.  In May 2017, our members present at the monthly meeting voted to move forward on the kitchen.  As many of you are aware, the kitchen was left in a sad state of repair and wewere forced to close it.  We have hired a contractor to replace the drywall on the ceiling and the walls.  This project is well underway.  Unfortunatly with the current requirements from the city, we will not be having the kitchen that we had hoped for.  The renovation project would cost well over $12,000 to be in compliance and we simply don't have that kind of money.
     Our Senior Vice has created this website for the Post.  It has the most current information pertaining to our legion.  You can send me your email address and I will make sure that I send you our post newsletter via email.  You can also read the meeting minutes on our website so you can keep up with what is going on at the legion from the comforts of your own home.  I would rather you attend a meeting but this is the next best thing.
     This is your American Legion.  I encourage you to stop in for a visit and see what we have accomplished.  Friends, I welcome your opinions and suggestions on how to make our Legion what it once was.  We meet the 1st Tuesday of every month.  I encourage you to attend our next meeting.  Let your voice be heard.

     In closing, I would again like for you to visit our webpage.  I would very much welcome your presence at our next meeting.  I welcome your comments and suggestions on how to improve our post.

Thank You for your support. 
Danny W. Davison
Commander Post 279

American Legion Preamble

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order; To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percentAmericanism; To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation;To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; To make right the master of might; To promote peace and good will on earth; To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.