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P.O. Box 2624, Cumming, GA

American Legion Post 307

 
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Local American Legion Chapter sponsors Constitutions for students

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CUMMING, Ga. — In order to increase civic awareness, state school Superintendent Richard Woods and the Georgia Department of Education recently distributed pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution to every fourth grader in Georgia. No tax dollars were used for this project, and in Forsyth County, the constitutions were funded and donated by the American Legion Post 307 in Cumming.

On Constitution Day, Sept. 17, each Forsyth County School fourth grader received their own copy of the Constitution, which also includes the Declaration of Independence, the lyrics of the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. Member of the American Legion Post 307 recently visited Midway Elementary to hand out the copies to the students and discuss the importance of this document.

“At American Legion Post 307 in Cumming, we recognized the importance of our funding the pocket Constitutions for all 3,500 fourth grade students in Forsyth County public schools,” said Ron Meier, American Legion Post 307 Constitution oratorical chair. “Our Post and American Legion Posts all across the country conduct a high school Oratorical contest based on the Constitution each year to encourage students nearing voting age to become more informed voters and more knowledgeable future government leaders.

By providing funding for the elementary schools were able to help even our elementary school students eventually become more informed citizen voters. We’d like to help all our Forsyth County students understand more fully their rights, responsibilities, and duties as citizens as they move ever closer to becoming registered voters.”

— Zenzele Price-Richardson

 

 
 

American Legion Riders Conduct Pistol Raffle

On Monday, July 13th, 2015, the winning ticket was drawn for the Cumming American Legion Post 307 Auxiliary Unit and Riders Chapter Pistol Raffle. The event took place at the beautiful Cumming Veterans Memorial Park.  The sub-compact, SCCY Industries 9 mm pistol was won by Taylor A. of Lawrenceville, GA and the winning ticket was drawn by Ms. Pauline McKinny, the Department of Georgia 9th District Auxiliary President.  

Pictured left to right: ALR Chapter 307 Secretary Lynn "Killer Bee" Burgess, ALR Chapter 307 Assistant Director Kevin "Gunner" Stafford, ALR Chapter 307 Director "Ranger Bill" Burgess, 9th District Auxiliary President Pauline McKinny, ALR Chapter 307 Road Captain Billy "The Hawk" Hunter, and Auxiliary Unit 307 President Phyllis Singleton. 

Also in attendance today, but not pictured, were Post 307 Oratorical Committee Chairman Ron Meier and Post 307 Legion Sr. Vice Commander Frank Singleton. A total of $1,420.00 was raised and will be split evenly between 307's Auxiliary Unit and the Riders Chapter.

Thank you to ALL that supported these efforts.


American Legion Auxiliary Unit 307 Announces Girls State Attendees

Courtesy of the Forsyth Herald Jim Lichtenwalter

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga – American Legion Auxiliary Unit 307 of Cumming has announced the names of 11 girls from local high schools who will attend the annual Georgia Girls State to be held at Georgia Southern University June 14 to19.

Thanks to donations from Sawnee EMC Foundation and American Protein, the local Auxiliary Unit is able to send girls from each of the five county high schools and one private or home schooled student each year.

Candidates must have completed their junior year in high school, be of good character and possess strong leadership and above average scholastic abilities.

This year, the candidates from Forsyth County schools chosen were Hetty Chung, Lambert HS; Danielle Miller, Pinecrest Academy; Rachel Hughes, South Forsyth HS; Taylor Strayhorn, Forsyth Central HS; McKayla Parmele, Forsyth Central HS; Laura Domigan, Hanna King, West Forsyth HS; Mikayla May, West Forsyth HS; Sierra Moffitt, Forsyth Central HS; Langley Brown, North Forsyth HS; and Haley Hubbard, North Forsyth HS.

Girls State is a National program of the American Legion Auxiliary started in 1939. It is a weeklong course of instruction and application of the fundamental principles and procedures of city, county and state government under the American system. The program annually has some 20,000 participants nationwide. Each year Georgia Girls State has approximately 375 students.

— Jim Lichtenwalter


The 8 June 2015 Post 307 General Membership Meeting

Mr. Michael Donegan of Cumming, a Korean war veteran, was honored at the June 8th meeting of the American Legion for his 50 years continuous service.  Post commander Randy McGhee is shown presenting the 50 year Certificate to Mr. Donegan.  He served in the 116th Engineer Battalion from 1950 to 1952 and is very proud of service to his country.  Mr. Donegan was born in Ireland in 1925 and came to NY in 1948 with his 3 daughters and wife Shelia.  They moved  to Cumming in 1987 after retirement.  His oldest daughter, Claire said he never missed a chance to to fly the American flag. To celebrate his 90th birthday this year, his family is flying the American Flag  over the Capital in his honor.  The American  Legion Creed "For God and Country" certainly applies to Michael Donegan.

The temps were in the low 30's and the sun was shining brightly on this annual "Wreaths Across America" Saturday (12/13/14), as American Legion Riders representing Legion Posts 127 Buford and 307 Cumming Staged to Ride to Canton, GA.  This Mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in Veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.  It is to also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and to spread the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.  We then Staged a second time at Williamson Brothers BBQ in Canton with Georgia's Patriot Guard Riders who yearly lead this Mission and were joined by other ALR Chapters, Combat Vets M.A. and several Christian Riders Groups.  Over sixty Motorcycles many of then riding double then rode into the Georgia National Cemetery and Staged once again at Shelter #2 where we were met by several more ALR Chapters. (The 5th, 7th and 9th District Legion Riders were well represented this day). We then drew Flags and stood in an enormous Flagline that surrounded the entire Ceremony.  I was Honored to be able to Hold the US Navy Service Flag during the Observance. Speakers, The Ritual Laying of a Wreath for each Branch of Service and our POW/MIA, Rendering of the Rifle Volley and Taps and the Ceremony was concluded with a Fly Over by a Squadron of three T-6 Texans which have been in the Service of our Country since 1935.  Thank you not only to those that participated today but those who worked this entire last year selling Wreathes as this year EVERY Service Member and Spouse who were interred at GNC was Honored by a Wreath, the first year for this to happen by my knowledge.  Live/Ride Proud.  Ranger Bill 


 

AL AYO, USN, USAF, RCAF, DOD

On an extremely warm and breezy November day (11/24/14) we laid Veteran Al Ayo to rest at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Al had spent his life protecting Freedom having served in WWII in the US Navy, the Korean War in the US Air Force, a tour in the Royal Canadian Air Force and then served in Country in Vietnam in the service of the Department of Defense. A long time Legionnaire at Buford's Post 127 he was Honored by their Honor Guard today as they rendered both the Rifle Salute and Taps. The US Air Force Honors Team Folded and Presented the American Flag to the next of kin. A Eulogy Service was delivered by a Catholic Priest to a small congregation of seven members of Family and Friends. Rest in Peace Al your fifty plus years of Service has set a standard that others will find hard to follow. American Legion Riders were there today to Honor this American Hero from three Posts, Buford 127 (who were also members of the Honor Guard) Duluth 251 and Cumming 307. Live/Ride Proud. Ranger Bill  


CUMMING VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

Perfect weather on 11/11/14 for a perfect Mission.  Cumming's American Legion Post 307 sponsored the event this year, led by Commander Randy McGhee, who opened up with Call to Order and Posting of the Colors.  Mayor H. Ford Gravitt welcomed all to the festivity, followed by programs rendered by The Daughters of the American Revolution and songs by the Forsyth Christian Home Educators Student Program. Our Keynote Speaker was Chief Warrant Officer 5, Thomas J. Golden, a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm plus two later tours in Iraq in 04, 06, and 07 and is now the Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Great State of Georgia. His talk centered on the Seven Army Corps Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage, and was heartfelt to the several hundred attendees.

Next, VFW Auxiliary Post 9143 President Carol LaBranche and our own Unit 307 Auxiliary President Phyllis Singleton presented a Floral Tribute to the sounds of "Amazing Grace", played by the Forsyth Pipes. The Rifle Salute was executed by both Forsyth County Sheriff's Departments and the Forsyth County Fire Department, who also rendered Taps. Benediction was by our own Legion 307 Chaplain Charles Weaver and the Retiring of the Colors by the North Forsyth High School Marine Corps ROTC, once again to the sounds of the bagpipe playing "Scotland of the Brave". Our Commander McGhee then closed the ceremony. The Cumming Veterans Day Program today was a huge success.  There is nothing that can compete with and can ever replace small town American Values. Thank you to the thirteen Chapter 307 ALR, two Tun Tavern Marines and one Guest that played a small part in todays Ceremonies by Standing an Honor Flagline on the walkway leading to the Program and a Special Thank You for Your Service to all the Veterans and their Families that Honored us by participating on this Holiday of Heroes.       
 

DAVES CREEK ELEMENTARY VETERANS PROGRAM

Today (Monday 11/10/14) Post 307 veterans celebrated a School Veterans Awareness Program at Daves Creek Elementary School in Cumming Georgia. Designated to Ms. Rebecca Rays 3rd Grade, each veteran was assigned to a child (sometimes two veterans), and a photo was made with every pairing.  The children had a form to fill out, which required them to ask a dozen questions, designed to give the child a basic understanding of their veterans and the military in general.  Lunch of pizza, pasta and chicken fingers were catered to the classroom where the veterans ate with their child.  After the meal, the children formed a group and sang two patriotic songs. Afterward they played American History Bingo where the Teacher would ask a question, such as "What do the 13 stripes on the American Flag 

represent?", and the veterans would assist the child find the the correct answer.  The event concluded with a group photo of all Ms Ray's children and their assigned veterans.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved and we appreciate Daves Creek Elementary for hosting this highly educational event.  

(left to right) SSgt Jeff Warneke, Brumby, and Ranger Bill . 

 


VETERANS BBQ PROGRAM 
Saturday (11/08), what an excellent way to kick off the 2014 Veterans Day Week of celebrations.  Hosted by Ingram's Funeral Home with Ms. Elizabeth Mitchel as the Master of Ceremony, hundreds of veterans and their families came out to eat a great BBQ lunch and 
 listen to a host of very special speakers at Cumming's National Guard Readiness Center.  First up was Congressman Rob Woodall who spoke of Service followed by Congressman Doug Collins who is also Reserve Air Force Chaplin who spoke of Sacrifice with examples of those he served with in Iraq. Command Sergeant Major Roy Marchert spoke of Honor, Duty and Commitment which was followed up by the Keynote Speaker Retired Disabled Veteran Army Ranger Michael Schlitz, who led us to tears with his story and insisted that All that have Served Honorably are the Real Heroes.  I, like so many others today, left feeling good because the fact of the matter is we were with a crowd of people who really "Get It".  Thank you to all that took time out of their busy weekend schedules to take part in today's ceremony and to share our new found camaraderie.
Live/Ride Proud. Ranger Bill 
 
 

 

 

Forsyth County Board of Education District 1 Member, Ann Crow, who has served since January 2011, was the featured speaker.  Providing a historical timeline of Forsyth County schools since the 1990’s to present, Ms. Crow depicted tremendous growth, not only in building new schools to meet the increased population, but also the noteworthy graduation rates (90%).  The “State of the Schools” presentation included County student scores, student population statistics, an update on redistricting, and building an additional high school, insight into expected growth in the northern and northwestern county, online learning platforms to ensure all students receive the best education possible, and financial and budgetary reports. The Post members were impressed by the “Forsyth County Schools’ Learner Profile”, that outlined how our children are tasked with learning how to seek knowledge and understanding, think critically and solve problems, listen/communicate and interact effectively, exhibit strong personal qualities, engage and compete in a global environment in order to prepare for college, and develop awareness of national and world issues and events.  Questions were invited from the audience and Ms. Crow’s responses were well received.

 


The 9 March 2015 Post General Membership Meeting had Featured Speakers

Ms. Lori Chapman of Keller-William gave a brief presentation on their 2015 “Red Day in Honor of Military in Cumming, Georgia.” Every year, Keller-Williams sets aside the second Thursday in May to give back to the community.  This year 150 Forsyth County-based Keller-Williams agents overwhelmingly voted to support local military families (active, veteran, and/or disabled veterans); therefore, Ms. Chapman requested the membership submit up to 10 households that could be provided services on 10 May.  Examples of the scope of services might include building a wheelchair ramp, cleaning and pruning someone’s yard, building a Post Awards’ display cabinet at the Armory, etc.  Candidate names should be submitted to Commander McGhee for transmittal to Keller-Williams.

Featured speaker, Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper, presented ways in which his department is dedicated to protecting the lives and morals of our citizens.  Detailed updates were shared on the newly-built courthouse and jail facilities, staffing for the Sheriff’s Department, as well as favorable news on the recovery of wounded Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Marx and the home invasion victim on Magnolia Drive.  Numerous questions regarding the safety of Forsyth County were answered with honest and sincere responses and Sheriff Piper graciously remained afterwards for encouragement and additional questions from the audience. 

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