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Legion launches recruitment effort, plans motorcyclists' group

CHESTERTOWN - After completing a fund drive and annual elections, the American Legion Post No. 964 is now seeking new members, and is planning to launch an organization of Legion motorcycle riders affiliated with the post.

On the weekend of July 4, the local Legion held its annual coin drop, and the effort was very successful, Legionnaire Joe Slattery said.

"We thank both our year-round residents and our summer residents for their generous coin drop donations," he said.

The fundraising effort resulted in receipts about $400 dollars short of the Legion's goal, Slattery said.

"This is not bad considering the economic situation," he said.

The donations are used for many Legion projects including upkeep of the Legion Post, sending local North Warren High School students to American Legion Boys' State, plus contributing to both the Wounded Warriors project and underwriting the local Boy Scout organization.

This next year, the Legion post will likely be starting a new branch of the post to help increase the post's membership, Slattery said.

A new charter hopefully will be established for a group called the American Legion Riders, an offshoot of the post, he said.

To become member, an individual must be a Legionnaire or a member of one of the Legion's related organizations.

The Legion Riders will hold their own meetings separate from regular Legion post meetings and will conduct their own fundraising, both to help out Post No. 964, as well as making a positive contribution to the local communities, Slattery said.

Those veterans and spouses that are motorcyclists and interested in joining this new organization as charter members are urged to contact Joe Slattery at 494-5989 for more information.

Slattery said all the Post needs at this point to launch this this group is five new members.

The Legion Riders, he said, are likely to be high-profile in the community and welcomed by citizens, he said.

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