The American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion La Mesa Post 282 Squadron 282 is looking for new members.
Are you the son of a veteran and want to belong to an organized group? Would you like to join The American Legion? The following provides some information concerning the Sons of The American Legion and more information can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.sal.legion.org/
The American Legion La Mesa family consists of the American Legion La Mesa Post 282, Auxiliary 282 (females), and Sons of the Legion (SAL) organized as Squadron 282. All of the Posts, Auxiliary, and SAL meetings are held in the J. A. Parks Memorial Building at 8118 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942.
The Preamble to the Sons of The American Legion:Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as “Sons of the American Legion” for the following purposes:
- To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
- To maintain law and order;
- To foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism;
- To preserve the memories of our former members and the associations of our members and our forefathers in the Great Wars;
- To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
- To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
- To make right the master of might;
- To promote peace and good will on earth;
- To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; To consecrate and sanctify our friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness;
- To adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which the American Legion stands;
- And to assist in carrying on for God and Country.
The mission of Sons of the American Legion Squadron 282 is to acknowledge and assist with the needs and Programs of Post 282.
Membership in the Sons of the Legion is open to all male descendants, adopted sons (their male descendants), stepsons (their male descendants), grandsons, great-grandsons (etc.) of members of The American Legion, a deceased member of The American Legion, or a deceased Veteran who would be eligible for membership in the American Legion, if alive, who served during WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf War, or the War on Terrorism.
If a current American Legion member drops his/her membership with The American Legion, the SAL member may continue his membership by keeping his dues updated each year (continuous membership, no lapses). Should his dues lapse, he would become ineligible for membership until, and if, the qualifying Veteran re-joined The American Legion or passed away.
The Squadron, Detachment and National Constitutions and By-Laws require all new members show and provide a copy of document(s) of their eligibility for membership. Suggested forms of proof are the DD214 form, Service Discharge, National Cemetery Burial Record, a certified copy of a Death Certificate with service dates, or VA Medical Center Records (which must indicate service dates).
The annual membership dues of Squadron 282 is $10.00 for those under the age of 18 and $30.00 for those over the age of 18 years of age. All applications for membership are acted upon at the first business meeting following the receipt of the completed application. Attendance at meetings is not mandatory, but is encouraged to ensure your voice is heard and can include minors and senior members of the same family.
SQUADRON 282 MEETINGSMeetings are held monthly and follow specific guidelines. Often, the meetings form the basis of the introduction of Americanism, order, and ceremony to our youth. The Sons of the American Legion, on all levels, have worked together with the American Legion to promote Children and Youth programs, including The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.
The Squadron 282 order of business in a regularly scheduled business meeting:
1. Opening Ceremonies (National Manual of Procedure)
2. Roll Call of Officers
3. Reading of Minutes of Previous Meeting
4. Introduction of Past Commanders, VIPs, and Guests
5. Nomination, Election, Appointment or Installation of Officers
6. Applications for Membership and Balloting of the same
7. Installation Ceremony of New Members
8. Chaplain Report (death, sick call and/or relief)
9. Thirty Seconds Silence in Honor of our Departed Comrades
10. Report of Finance Officer (Business and Non-Business)
12. Report of Committees
13. Old Business
14. New Business
15. Good and Welfare of the Legion
16. Closing Ceremony (National Manual of Procedure)
SQUADRON 282 OFFICERS
officers of Squadron 282 are the Commander, who corresponds to the President of
an organization; 1st Vice Commander and 2nd Vice Commander who corresponds to
the 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President of an organization; Adjutant who
is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Squadron; Finance Officer who is the
custodian of all funds; Chaplain who takes care of the spiritual welfare of
Squadron comrades and who performs various non-sectarian ceremonies; Historian
who is charged with the historical records of the Squadron and helping to write
articles for the website; Sergeant-At-Arms who sets-up the meeting room,
preserves order at meetings and who ensures that only authorized persons are in
the meeting’s attendance;
Advisor, appointed by the Post 282 Commander, who advises the Post concerning
the Squadrons events and trends; and Executive Board who advises on the business
or other aspects of the Squadron.
Officers for 2018-2019 Term:
Commander – Terry Dilgard
1st Vice Commander – Clarence Miller
2nd Vice Commander – Chris Marlow
Executive Board 3 Year – Steven Marlow
Executive Board 2 Year – Bill Wise
Executive Board 1 Year – Fayez Salem
Adjutant/Finance Officer – Jack Porath
Chaplain – Douglas Meadows
Historian – Fayez Salem
Sergeant - At-Arms – Fayez Salem
Advisor - Lenny Guccione