Georgia AmLegion Post 304

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Snail mailing address for the Post: American Legion Post 304, P.O. Box 15, Kennesaw, GA 30156-0015.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Post 304 Intallation Ceremony - July 21, 2007 - Part I, The Crowd Gathers

The Post recently purchased an LCD projector, primarily for use in presenting the Post 304 story to prospective donors for the new Post Home Fund pledge drive. During the social hour, a PowerPoint presentation was rolled onto the screen, representing all the accomplishments of the Post during the past year. This is one of the 75 or so images that were shown.

Commander Lieber and Sr. Vice Johnson appear to be sharing a good story - or conspiring to pull something funny on an unsuspecting Adjutant (as usual).

Cdr. Lieber chats with Dr. John Abraham as Legionnaire Ron Deering passes.

Captain Jack Sparrow, Ron Deering and James Robinson.

Legionnaire John O'Connor and wife, Joan, chat with Mike Kettmann's friend, Janice Wadsworth.

Department Finance Officer James Robinson and Adjutant Burdette smile for the camera.

Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood and Dr. John Abraham in deep conversation.

Sr. Vice Tom Poston. That's his friend, Tasha Olivi, in the purple blouse.

Pondering logistics.

Guests Steve Anderson, the Rev. Ewell Black, and Burdette

Post 304 Installation Ceremony - July 21, 2007 - Part II Getting Settled for Dinner
Auxiliary Unit 304 President Velica Daniel and hubby, Howard, prepare to order dinner.

Mayor Allegood brought his IT guy, Heung, and his date, Isabel, to assist him in preparing for his video presentation.

Adjutant Burdette chatting with Sgt.-at-Arms Larry Hale and his friend, Barbi Williams.

Howard Daniel, former Post 304 Commander and Jack-of-all-trades. Most recently Howard was the Post's Sgt.-at-Arms.

Sr. Vice Alan Johnson chats with Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood as Captain Jack and wife, Ann, look on.

Post 304 Finance and Service Officer Tom Stenzel.

Chaplain Robert Noles and wife, Frances.

Auxiliary Unit 304 Treasurer Helen Free, Barbie Williams, Larry Hale, Guest Steve Anderson, Director of Parks and Recreation, Chamblee, GA, Nancy Burdette.

Velica and Howard Daniel.

Post 304 Legionnaire Ray Unser and wife, Hazel.

Newly elected Jr. Vice Commander David Menendez.

New Assistant Chaplain Duane Young and wife, Barbara enjoy the Provino's fare.

Post 304 Installation Ceremony - July 21, 2007 - Part III, After-Dinner Presentations

After a delicious Italian dinner at Provino's Restuarant, Acworth, GA Mayor Tommy Allegood gave an inspirational presentation accompanied by a video featuring veterans from World War II (Allegood's father), the Korean Conflict, the Viet Nam War and the Iraq War, and the establishment of a Veteran's Memorial at Lake Acworth at Patriot's Point.

Mayor Allegood at the lectern.

The crowd listens intently. That's Mayor Allegood's uncle Carlton Allegood at left, District Five Chaplain the Rev. Ewell Black, and Post 304 Finance Officer Tom Stenzel in the foreground.

Left is Mayor Allegood's father, Bill, uncle Carlton Allegood and the Rev. Black.

Also presenting after dinner was Post 304 friend and newly-elected Cobb County Board of Education member Dr. John E. Abraham. He spoke about the his interest in veteran's affairs and in expanding Legion programs in the Cobb County school system.

After his talk, Dr. Abraham was presented the "We The People Award" from the Post for his assistance in helping the Post with the American Flag issue encountered earlier in the year. Following this award, Commander Lieber presented Certificates of Appreciation to all of the Post 304 Officers and Committee Chairman for their involvement in the Post Programs during the 20006-2007 year.

Sr. Vice Commander Alan Johnson was presented the prestigous LEGIONNAIRE OF THE YEAR AWARD by Commander Lieber. The Award can only be awarded once in a Legionnaire's lifetime and it was awarded to Johnson for his work on the new Post Home Pledge Drive and as Editor of the Post Newsletter, The Situation Report. Johnson also was presented a Second Place Certificate of Merit from the Georgia American Legion Press Association for excellence in Newsletters.

Johnson salutes Commaner Lieber after receiving the Legionaire of the Year Award

Commander Lieber presents Adjutant Burdette with the "U Dun Gud David" Award.

Adjutant Burdette was also awarded a Distinguished Service Award by Commander Lieber and the Post.

Burdette's Plaque.

Following the Ceremony, Fifth District Chaplain the Rev. Ewell Black, a former WWII POW/MIA from the Battle of the Bulge thanked the Post for the development of the "Veteran's Day 4 Kids" Program, in which he has been a participant.

Installation Ceremony - July 21, 2007 - Part IV, The Installation of the New Post 304 Officers:
Department Finance Officer and District 5 ALBA Chairman James Robinson was the Installing Officer. Here he gives instructions to Commander Larry Lieber and the new officers about to be installed:

Robinson at the lectern

Sr. Vice-Commander Alan Johnson, standing in for Jr. Vice Richard Ray (who was away on a fishing trip in Canada) is former Post 304 Commander Howard Daniel, Jr. Vice Mike Kettmann, Sr., and Jr. Vice Fred Gaines.

Jr. Vice Gaines, Jr. Vice David Menendez, standing in for Judge Advocate Jim Stoll (who was in Panama City, FL at his grand-daughters appearance in the World Series of Fast-Pitch Softball) Kristin Lieber, Commanders Lieber's daughter, and Chaplain Robert Noles.

Kristin, Noles, and Sgt.-at-Arms Larry Hale.

Asst. Chaplain Duane Young, Adjutant David Burdette.

The newly installed Officers for 2007-2008 face the crowd. That's Finance Officer Tom Stenzel in the forground at right.