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 2008-2009

ALL AMERICAN POST

ALL STATE POST

BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE POST IN STATE

CENTURY RECRUITING AWARD

LIFE MEMBER RECRUITING AWARD

ALL STATE FIRE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

MAN OF THE YEAR

MEMBERSHIP GAIN

LIFE MEMBERSHIP GAIN

STATE RECRUITER AWARD

ONLY POST IN STATE TO COMPLETE EVERY VFW PROGRAM

 

 

 

ALL DISTRICT AWARDS FOR

SCOUT OF THE YEAR

N.P. MEDIA OF YEAR

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

T.V. MEDIA OF THE YEAR

RAD. MEDIA OF THE YEAR

PATRIOT'S PEN

D-5 COMMANDER OF THE MONTH  5 TIMES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOTED NUMBER ONE COMMUNITY SERVICE POST  2008-2009

Supporting Our Community in a big Way

 Post 5180 is the proud Sponsor of the following Community Programs for our area

HELP FOR HEROES

A MIX BAG ORGANIZATION MADE UP OF POST 5180 MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE COMMUNITY HAS JOINED FORCES WITH POST 5180 TO ASSIST VETERANS, THEIR WIDOWS AND ORPHANS. WE MEET ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH AND MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

 VFW AT WORK, STORY ON HELP FOR HEROES

 

New Program as of  July 2009

"Operation Dust Off"

Named for the medevac choppers that give aid to our wounded, The program takes in donated electric wheel chairs and scooters and re-furbishes them, We then adopt them out to needy Veterans that have been turned down for a free chair or scooter.

The Program is a huge success and The State Commander was impressed enough that He adopted the program State Wide and has made it a special project this year for all Post Commanders.

 

Scholarship Program

We offer students at our County schools the opportunity to compete for scholarships ranging from $2000.00 to $30,000.00

Thru writing patriotic essays They have the opportunity to receive scholarships along with cash prises thru the V.F.W. and its Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen program. The Post committee Chairmen for this committee is Cmdr. Mike Craig and heading up the committee is Ms. Karen Stone. The program starts in August each year and runs until the end of October.

 

Best Scout Award

This Program recognizes a Scouts accomplishment in both the Boy Scouts and in his local Community. The competition is tough and is awarded to those Scouts that have demonstrated a commitment to their craft and to the Community.

The Committee chairman is Mr. Bob Mailliot

 

Best Teacher Award

For outstanding service and accomplishments to Our children and Community

Committee Karen Stone and Mike Craig

nomminees are

, Oliver Elementery

Jack Culberson, R.C. Middle School

STEVE JARRELL , R.C. High school

Judging will be in December 

Best law Enforcement Officer Award

For above and beyond the Call of Duty service to Law enforcement and the community. This years candidate is Sheriff Tommy Boswell

Committee Chairman- Mike Craig

 

 

Feeding the Home Front

To show our appreciation for their service to the community, The Post has started an annual barbecue for law Enforcement and emergency service personnel in our county. This year's Fall barbecue will be at the Sheriff' Department's shooting range across from Uchee Creek Campgrounds on Saturday, November the 8th.

CHANGED TO THE POST AND WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

The program offers free lunch to all the Officers and is supported by the Sheriff's Department. Just one way to show our appreciation for their service.

Committee Chairman Mike Craig

Committee Heads

Brenda Clark, Sarah Brooks and Bonnie Craig

ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION PARADE

Starting in 2008, The Post has its own Veteran appreciation parade. This year we did it following the feed the home front program with 11 vehicles flying 3ft by 5ft flags. Just our way of recognizing the sacrifices that Veterans made and are still making.

 

 

Awards Program

Outstanding Fire Fighter of the Year

Chairman- Jeff Klein (candidate SSG. William Deaton)

Billy has a good chance of winning All State 

Outstanding Nurse of the Year (candidate -Miss Linda)

Chairman- Mike Craig

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Chairman-Mike Craig

 

Ramps for the wounded

The Post provides wheelchair ramps at homes of disabled citizens that cannot get them thru normal channels. The ramps are furnished for no charge to the individual and material and labor is donated from volunteers.

This Year We have buit the following projects

Porch and 36 ft ramp for Bud Higgins [Veteran]

New Porch and steps for Ester Cole [Widow]

New Ramp and repairs to porch for Hank and Polly Mattila [Veteran]

New Ramp and Porch addition for Red and Evelyn Cowart

Roof repairs for Bill Brooks (Veteran)

Ramp for Bill Brooks (Veteran)

Door and Frame for Sarah Brooks (Widow)

New Ramp and Landing For Don Pyers (Veteran)

New hand rails for Bobby Wright (Veteran)

Roof repairs for Fred and Frita Harrison (Veteran)

New Electrical Service for Deployed Soldiers Wife

New 36 ft long wheel chair Ramp for Bobby Wright

Porch repairs for Polly Mattila

New Handicap wheel chair ramp for Tom Bartlett

 

Child Safety Program

The Post sponsors a child safety program that includes the C.H.I.P  program for child identification and Halloween reflective bags along with a class on safety while trick or treating. The bags are passed out at the county school and the Post provides them for free.

 

 

 

Americanism

The Post hosts an annual Trip to The Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery to put flowers on all the grave sites. We encourage young people to join us in this event and the program was a great success it's first year running. There are 6,787 graves in the cemetery and between the opening and closing prayers, it only took 40 minutes to put a buddy poppy on every grave. We do this during the week leading up to memorial week end so that the graves are decorated with both a flag and flowers prior to memorial day.  It is our belief that it's never too early to teach respect and community service to our youth.

Chairman-Mike Craig

The Post also passes out Book markers with the pledge of allegiance on them to both Olliver and Mt Olive school students. The book markers are placed inside the childrens free halloween safety trick or treat reflective bags that are passed out each October, starting this year

 

 

 

Youth Athletic League 

To assist in teaching discipline and team work to our local children, Post 5180 sponsors ball teams of the Dixie youth league with their monetary needs for entry fees, uniforms and supports the post teams with cookouts.  This program is one of the best programs that we sponsor as it involves the local youth with other V.F.W. functions. Member Jim Lancour is the president of the Russell County Dixie Youth League and spends all free time on maintaining and building facilities or coaching our Youth.

Chairman-Ms. Bonnie Craig

Committee members

Jim and Heather Lancour

 

Holiday Meals 

The Ladies Auxiliary of the post cooks holiday meals for all who live in our community and would like to join us. This is not ran like other places where you may feel uncomfortable coming in for a free meal. The post sets up the food and promotes a family atmosphere during the meals with Post Officers and members joining in on the meal. All are welcome and all are treated as part of the family. I know of no other place that does it quite the way we do. Thanks to the ladies for making this program the success story that it is.

Chairman-Ms Sarah Brooks

committee-The entire Ladies Auxiliary 

 

 

 

Adopt a Highway

The members of the post clean a two mile stretch of highway at the intersection of C.R. 18 and C.R. 39 in our county.  The service is done at each of our meeting dates and at all of our Post work parties. Just one way to clean up the county and the environment. 

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR LOCAL KIDS

Starting this year, We are having a Christmas party for local kids at the Post. Complete with Santa Claus and free gift. The only requirement from the Post is that the family preregister so that we know how many to expect. The gifts will be provided thru donations from the Post and from our Patrons. If you would like to help, contact Mike, Rhonda , Sarah or Bonnie at the post. We just want to make sure that no child goes without this Christmas

Just because a parent may be going thru rough times,as we all have, at one time or another , is no reason for their child to be without this Christmas. If you want to help out, contact me, if you know of a family that needs help, please let me know.

Lets make this a good Christmas for all

mcraig5180@gmail.com

334-855-0090

 

First Annual Christmas Visit to Martin Army Hospital. On Dec 21st 08, We gave stockings, gifts, cards and books to every patient and staff member at the hospital.

We presented 8 newborn babies with their first stocking. We had a great time at the event and it was a gret success. Volunteers include Gina and Brent Woodruff, Teresa Goldner, Toni Perkins, Freda Harrison, Bullet head Harrelson, Mike Shipp ,Tina Bennet , Sarah Brooks and Mike and Bonnie Craig.

 

 

We were able to make all the patients feel a little better this Christmas and was able to complete the project without Bullet getting into "too much" trouble

Next year should be even better

 

Help For Heroes

a community service organization made up of members of the VFW and concerned citizens from the community

check out the Help for Heroes page for more info

HELP FOR HEROES

 

Book and Visitation program

The Post has started a visitation and book drop off program with Canterbury Nursing Home in Phenix City.

The program is going well and we are making weekly visits with our Veterans down there.

If you have any books, crossword puzzles or cards that you would like to send, please contact Mike.

We are also catering holiday meals to our Veterans at Canterbury.

 

National Military Service officer

The Post has its own NMS Officer and if you are a family of an active duty soldier and need help, please contact me and if within our power we will take care of it. from transportation to a leaking water pipe. We are just a phone call away.

 

 

 

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