SGT. AT ARMS AND HONOR GUARD COMMANDER PEGGY ISAAC RECEIVES A “BLANKET OF HONOR” FROM THE CATAWBA VALLEY QUILTERS GUILD AT THE NEWTON POST 16 MONTHLY MEETING AND MEAL. PEGGY WAS THE ONLY MEMBER OF POST 16 TO RECEIVE THIS HONOR THIS YEAR. WE CONGRADULATE PEGGY FOR HER HONOR.
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Post 16 Newton would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 303 associated with Mays Chapel United Methodist Church for aiding in the task of retiring all the American Flags that have been turned into the Post and left at our doorstep to retire in a proper manner. Post 16 Newton accumulates hundreds of stars and stripes flags to retire each year. This year, 2014, Troop 303 has volunteered to retire these flags in the proper manner. Post 16 Newton sincerely appreciates this service. Our hats are off to Troop 303.
Newton Post 16 lost a valuable asset this past week. Bernard Sharkey, 39 year member of Post 16 and member of the Friday Night Dance Committee for too many years to remember passed away last week. Sharkey, as he was known to all was seen at the American Legion Friday night dance for nearly 40 years. Sharkey was a member of World War II veterans who served and fought at the “Battle of The Bulge” in Germany, the battle that turned the fate of the War in favor of the allies. Sharkey’s three loves of life were, his country, his grandchildren and dancing. He will be missed by all who knew him.
American Legion Post 16 Newton installs new Officers June 19th, 2014. Newton Post 16 nominates and elects new officers each year in May just before the American Legion State convention in Raleigh, N.C. Historically, the new officers are sworn in the following month at the June membership meeting. The newly elected officers are:
Ron Harris Commander
Paul Campbell 1st Vice Commander
Mike Foxx 2nd Vice Commander
Bernard Sharkey Post Chaplain
Thomas Baltimore Post Historian
Peggy Isaac Sgt. @ Arms
C.B. Bumgarner Finance Officer
Tommy Bumgarner Veterans Service Officer
Troy Poovey Post Adjutant (Administrative Officer)
Bill Richard, newly elected, National Executive Committeeman Alternate, who has served in too many Legion positions to name, including past NC Legion Commander was invited and accepted the invitation to swear in the new Post 16 officers. Bill has been a member of the American Legion for decades and is an active member of Post 48 in Hickory, N.C.
These officers will serve in these positions at the local American Legion Post in Newton for the next year.
American Legion Post 16 Newton sponsors nine local high school students to “Tar Heel Boys State”.
Boys State is a program about teaching students in North Carolina about our form of government and how it operates. This program has been sponsored by the American Legion for more than 70 years. The program has been taught at North Carolina Universities and runs for six days at the host college each year. The University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University and Catawba College have been the host colleges for this program for decades. This year it is being hosted by Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Newton American Legion Post 16 is proud to announce it raised the funds to send 9 students from local high schools in Catawba County to 2014 Tar Heel Boys State. Those students are: Jonathan Midgett, Newton Conover High School, Alexander Mentzer, Newton Conover, High School, Nathaniel Meade, Fred T. Ford, High School, Seth Jarrett, Fred T. Ford, High School, Larry Brown, Bandys High School, Timothy Hudson, Bandys High School, Joshua Helms, Bandys High School, Baily King, Bandys High School, Ryan Laney, Bandys High School. JROTC students from Bunker Hill High School would have been sponsored as well but due to a conflict with the JROTC Air Force summer camp and fly in at the Hickory airport these students could not attend. “Tar Heel Boys State” begins Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 and graduation day is Saturday June 28th, 2014. Family and friends are welcome to attend the graduation ceremonies on June 28th. During the intense program of government studies these students will compete with other high school students from across North Carolina to attend the national “Boys Nation” in Washington D.C., also sponsored by The American Legion, Newton Post 16 of the American Legion is proud to sponsor these fine students from Catawba County and Newton City Schools to a great program which has been attended by Former Boys’ State participants of note include Catawba College Alumnus Phil Kirk ’67, chairman emeritus of the N.C. State Board of Education; professional basketball great Michael Jordan of N.C.; and N.C. Governors Jim Hunt and James Martin. National program alumni of note include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney, U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw and NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong.. We wish them well in their efforts in Salisbury to better prepare themselves for understanding the best form of government in the entire world. The Catawba College website for this program is at the following web address: http://catawba.edu/news-events/news/college-news/tar-heel-boys-state-catawba-college-june-22-282/ .
The American Legion, the largest veterans organization in the entire world started Boys State at the fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois in 1935. North Carolina American Legion started “Tar Heel Boys State” at the University of North Carolina, the eighth state to do so in 1938. “Tar Heels Boys State” remained at UNC Chapel Hill for 25 years and then moved to Wake Forest University for the next 35 years. Since 2003, “Tar Heels Boys State” has been hosted by Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. Boys State is an intense workshop concentrating on North Carolina state government and politics. The students attending compete to be selected by the American Legion to be sent to “Boys Nation” in Washington D.C. which is the same type workshop concentrating on federal government and politics.
Newton Post 16 of The American Legion North Carolina is proud to announce it has raised thousands of dollars and is funding nine students to attend 2014 Tar Hills Boys State. These students come from Newton Post 16’s membership district that covers Newton-Conover High School, Bandys High School and Fred T. Ford High School. Newton Post 16 also tried to get students from the Jr. ROTC program at Bunker Hill High School, also in Post 16’s membership district but conflicts with the Air force Jr. ROTC program and dates of their summer camp and fly in kept Post 16 from sponsoring students from Bunker Hill.
Newton Post 16 of the North Carolina Department of The American Legion, the oldest American Legion Post in North Carolina is proud to be associated with such fine students in the local area and be able to furnish the funds to send them to the great experience of “2014 Tar Heels Boys State”. We’re pulling for them to make the local communities proud. Newton Post 16 and The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our great republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government