Today marks the first day of two new beginnings in the ongoing revitalization of Paul Revere American Legion Post 623: Boys State and Baseball .
This morning the first of many, many more young men boarded a bus headed for Eastern Illinois University to attend the 78th annual session of the Illinois Boys State. Boys State is open to young men in the summer of their junior year of high school. This year’s attendee, the first sent by Paul Revere Post in recent memory, has promised to go and make the most of this opportunity to meet new friends, build lasting relationships and learn about the principles of civics in a fun, collaborative and fast paced environment.
Also started today is the inaugural season of Paul Revere Post 623’s second American Legion Baseball (ALB) team, the Legion Patriots. The Patriots joined ALB for the 2013 season after several years playing together out of Elmwood Park. The team is primarily comprised of players from Elmwood Park HS and St. Patrick HS along with a few other young men from three other schools. The Patriots opened their season today in a non-conference double header against the Norwood Blues at Veterans Memorial Park, in Maywood, IL. The Blues will be joining the 1st Division Cook County ALB Program in the 2014 season. Conference play begins tomorrow with a 1pm home start against the Northbrook Braves.
Paul Revere Post 623’s first team, the Chicago Indians opens their second season with ALB with a 6pm Tuesday evening game at Veterans Memorial Park against the the Norwood Blues, with conference play beginning Thursday at home against Elk Grove Village.
For complete schedules for both teams visit us at Paul Revere Baseball. And to learn more information about our Post programs, send an email to email@example.com.
Brothers and Sisters,
As we move into the full swing of things in 2013, here are just a few of the exciting opportunities happening at the post:
1. Homeless Veterans Project. Paul Revere is proud to have joined forces with VFW Post 8322 in an effort to bring together government, corporate, and civic leaders to comprehensively address the endemic issue of homelessness among our Veterans in the Chicagoland area. Working in collaboration with the Northwestern University Veterans Association, this effort looks to become a cornerstone of our Post’s legacy. For more information on how you can get involved send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Homeless Veterans.
2. American Legion Baseball.
First: Post Adjutant, Paul Knudtson has been appointed as the 1st Division Cook County American Legion Baseball Chairman. Please congratulate and support him as he works to put American Legion Baseball
back on the map in Chicago! Second: We are very proud to announce our Post is Now Sponsoring Two Legion Baseball Teams.
In addition to our relationship with Lane Tech High School, we are proud to now be sponsoring the Legion Patriots
, formerly of Elmwood Park. The team features young men from Elmwood Park H.S., St. Patrick’s H.S. and a few others. A TEAM FUNDRAISER
is happening tonight 5pm-8pm dinner and 8pm-11pm dance and drinks at the Forest Park Legion Hall, 500 Circle Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130. Click the link
for more info.
3. Renew Your Membership Dues Online.
If you have not paid your dues for the 2013 membership year (July 2012 – June 2013), you can RENEW ONLINE
. All you need is your membership number found on your membership card. If you can’t find it, just reply to this email and we’ll send you your number so you can get your dues paid. Dues are only $25 (lowest in the State of Illinois!) and the benefits of membership are worth so much more than that!
4. Memorial Day. A committee is being formed to plan, prepare and execute our annual Memorial Day Observance. Anyone interested in ensuring the successful continuation of this long running program can reply to this email and we’ll get you set up for success. first and foremost we need a Committee Chairman. Volunteers are key to success!
All the best in 2013!
Post 623 Leadership
“Paul Revere Post 623 Sr. Vice Commander, Carl Kmiec Jr., spends some time in the dugout with the Paul Revere Indians’ first home game at Veterans Memorial Park, Maywood, IL
On June 11, 2012, American Legion Baseball officially returned to the 5th District. Facing the Morton Grove Mustangs in their inaugural game, the Paul Revere Indians took to the third base line and – repeating after 1st Division Baseball Chairman, Comrade Don Torgersen – the young men representing Lane Tech, Provisio East and Elmwood Park High Schools recited the American Legion Code of Sportsmanship. Since then the Indians recorded their first win on June 23rd. With 9 games under their belt the team is ready to move into the second half of the season as they head towards the Cook County Tournament 24-28 July.
The 5th District was moments away from fielding a 2nd team this season, but the Maywood project could just not muster the support it needed to make it happen – this year. But with the full support of the active Posts in that area, I am sure that next year the 5th District will be putting at least two teams on the field. If we can double every year for the next two years we can all look forward to holding our own 5th District Tournament in 2014.
High Schools all through the area are growing in their interest in partnering with the American Legion to form a fundamentally strong program. Many thanks goes out to the Lane Tech and Proviso East Baseball Programs for their full support of this effort. With their support in time and kind, the Paul Revere Indians have been able to control costs enabling Legion Baseball to hit the ball out of the park in its first year. If you and your Post are interested in learning more about how you can take the first steps to starting your own team, partnering with another Post to start a team, or contributing to the success of the teams that the 5th District has going now and in the near future, contact me at (773) 398-3802 or via email at email@example.com.
Finally, support the Paul Revere Indians by coming out to see the team play. Take a look at the schedule at: https://post623legion.wordpress.com/paul-revere-baseball/. Just stick your head in the Indians dugout, ask for Coach (Comrade) Knudtson, and spend a minute or two with the young men who represent the 5th District American Legion Baseball Program!
Cyber-Post 623 rethinks recruiting
Two veterans use blog to attract younger veterans to Chicago Legion
By JOHN RICE
Forest Park’s American Legion Post 414 and Chicago’s Paul Revere Post 623 have much in common. Both are about 80 years old, and both contend with dwindling membership.
Post 623 not only declined from 300 active members to 26, it lost its longstanding meeting hall near Grand Avenue and Western Boulevard, in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. This reversal hasn’t discouraged Post Commander Byron Watson or his best friend Paul Knudtson, though. In an attempt to boost membership and appeal to younger veterans, Knudtson and Watson created the Paul Revere 623 Community blog, as an outreach effort. Continue reading