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TYBEE BEACHCOMBER | DEC 2016 9 Polar Bear Plunge started by Legionnaires As with many ideas that are formed on Tybee, I’m sure alcohol was a factor when the idea of a plunge in the ocean on New Year’s Day occurred in January 1st of 2000. The first year at North Beach, there were seven Legion members and some of their family that made the chilly plunge and the following year there were a dozen Legionnaires (picture). As the years have gone by, it has grown with people from all walks and ages of life and now is used as a fundraiser by the Post Theater on the South Beach. Ladies Auxiliary Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. Post 154 Auxiliary is active throughout the year and has several different fundraisers, including the annual Christmas Bazaar. These fundraisers enable them to give monetary donations to children, the community, and veterans’ organizations. They donate to Fresh Air Home, Tybee Y Scholarship fund, Tybee Maritime Academy, Halloween on Lewis Avenue, Children’s Fishing Tournament, Veteran’s Memorial, and Rising Tyde, along with others. The auxiliary is very supportive of Post 154 as they sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Children’s Christmas Party. In the last couple of years, they have remodeled the restrooms and had new carpet installed in the hall in a joint effort with the Sons of the American Legion. Sons of the American Legion The Sons of the American Legion exist to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served honorably in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. SAL squadron 154 on Tybee Island was recently honored as the most active squadron in the State of Georgia among its many accolades! Their fundraising activities include bingo concessions, Thursday evening dinners, and catering for parties. The income from these events allow the SAL to support the local community and the Legion Post in a number of ways. There are many examples of the organizations and activities the SAL squadron has supported over the past couple of years. Children’s annual Christmas party Webmaster The Legion webmaster, Jacque Dorazio, has created a stunning masterpiece as our official website: www. tybeeislandamericanlegion.org. It includes information about current events and is full of history and information. Currently, we are searching for old Legion documents and pictures to create a history book. If you have any historic items, we would like to borrow them for a few days to scan and will promptly return them. Green Porch Lights People have asked why we have green lights at the front door. The project is called Greenlight A Vet, and organizers hope it will compel the American public to show greater support for the men and women who have fought two wars on their behalf while encouraging veterans to seek the support they may need. The project is calling on Americans from coast to coast to display green lights at their homes and workplaces on Nov. 11, a symbolic show of gratitude for the service and sacrifices made by more than 2.5 million military families since the nation went to war in 2001. Activities For the new residents on Tybee, some of our events include steak dinners on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Patriot Day on September 11th, Irish Heritage Dinner, Kentucky Derby, Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar, annual $10,000 Reverse Raffle, monthly birthday party on the last Sunday of the month, and many impromptu get-togethers for events, such as football games. When you stop by the Legion for one of our events, Linda (our bartender for 14+ years) and Joseph Tarleton know how to assemble a great cocktail that you will thoroughly enjoy. The Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion members of Post 154 on Tybee are hard-working, dedicated, and generous residents of the community and work together as a team to make things happen. None of our work could be done without our members who give so unselfishly of their time. The Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion would like to thank the businesses and citizens that have supported us through the years and look forward to seeing you soon! Polar Bear Plunge started by Legionnaires


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