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POST COMMANDER'S MESSAGE

My Fellow Post 295 Gaithersburg Legionnaires. For those of you who don’t know
me, my name is Cliff Bergstresser, and I am your latest Post Commander. Bob
Ouellette is currently pursuing a position as Commander of the Western Region
and can not hold both the Post Commander and Regional Commander at the
same time. We feel certain Bob will be the new Regional Commander for the 2022
– 2023 year. I am honored to be your Post Commander for the second time in my
13 years here at the post.
Speaking of the 2022 – 2023 year, it’s time for membership renewal again. We
didn’t meet our goal of 100% this past year but did better than the national
average. Membership is very important to the American Legion as our numbers
give us a voice with the Federal Government. Currently we are pressing Congress
to do something about the Veterans suffering from the effects of Burn Pit smoke
inhalation, cause when the military burns the camps garbage in Iraq and
Afghanistan.
This coming year will be a challenge as we have financial woes. We lost our one
and only fund raiser during COVID (golf tournament) and are trying to determine
a replacement. We are considering an Army / Navy board if the members are
willing to buy squares. All suggestion is welcome to resolve this. Lastly we are
continuing to meet the second Thursday of the month at the Mission BBQ in
Germantown. Mission BBQ has been wonderful and have allowed us to use their
back room. Going forward we may lose this access to the room since they are
opening a catering call center. That said, we need to fine an alternate meeting
place. I will keep you in the loop.
Greetings,

My Fellow Post 295 Gaithersburg Legionnaires. For those of you who don’t know
me, my name is Cliff Bergstresser, and I am your latest Post Commander. Bob
Ouellette is currently pursuing a position as Commander of the Western Region
and can not hold both the Post Commander and Regional Commander at the
same time. We feel certain Bob will be the new Regional Commander for the 2022
– 2023 year. I am honored to be your Post Commander for the second time in my
13 years here at the post.
Speaking of the 2022 – 2023 year, it’s time for membership renewal again. We
didn’t meet our goal of 100% this past year but did better than the national
average. Membership is very important to the American Legion as our numbers
give us a voice with the Federal Government. Currently we are pressing Congress
to do something about the Veterans suffering from the effects of Burn Pit smoke
inhalation, cause when the military burns the camps garbage in Iraq and
Afghanistan.
This coming year will be a challenge as we have financial woes. We lost our one
and only fund raiser during COVID (golf tournament) and are trying to determine
a replacement. We are considering an Army / Navy board if the members are
willing to buy squares. All suggestion is welcome to resolve this. Lastly we are
continuing to meet the second Thursday of the month at the Mission BBQ in
Germantown. Mission BBQ has been wonderful and have allowed us to use their
back room. Going forward we may lose this access to the room since they are
opening a catering call center. That said, we need to fine an alternate meeting
place. I will keep you in the loop.
My Fellow Post 295 Gaithersburg Legionnaires. For those of you who don’t know
me, my name is Cliff Bergstresser, and I am your latest Post Commander. Bob
Ouellette is currently pursuing a position as Commander of the Western Region
and can not hold both the Post Commander and Regional Commander at the
same time. We feel certain Bob will be the new Regional Commander for the 2022
– 2023 year. I am honored to be your Post Commander for the second time in my
13 years here at the post.
Speaking of the 2022 – 2023 year, it’s time for membership renewal again. We
didn’t meet our goal of 100% this past year but did better than the national
average. Membership is very important to the American Legion as our numbers
give us a voice with the Federal Government. Currently we are pressing Congress
to do something about the Veterans suffering from the effects of Burn Pit smoke
inhalation, cause when the military burns the camps garbage in Iraq and
Afghanistan.
This coming year will be a challenge as we have financial woes. We lost our one
and only fund raiser during COVID (golf tournament) and are trying to determine
a replacement. We are considering an Army / Navy board if the members are
willing to buy squares. All suggestion is welcome to resolve this. Lastly we are
continuing to meet the second Thursday of the month at the Mission BBQ in
Germantown. Mission BBQ has been wonderful and have allowed us to use their
back room. Going forward we may lose this access to the room since they are
opening a catering call center. That said, we need to fine an alternate meeting
place. I will keep you in the loop.


My Fellow Post 295 Gaithersburg Legionnaires. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Cliff Bergstresser, and I am your latest Post Commander. I am honored to be your Post Commander for the second time in my 13 years here at the post.


Our long time Post Commander Bob Ouellette was elected to serve as Department Vice Commander/  Commander Western Maryland Region. As such he can not hold both the Post Commander and Regional Commander at the same time. 


Speaking of the 2022 – 2023 year, it’s time for membership renewal again. We didn’t meet our goal of 100% this past year but did better than the national average. Membership is very important to the American Legion as our numbers give us a voice with the Federal Government. Currently we are pressing Congress to do something about the Veterans suffering from the effects of Burn Pit smoke inhalation, cause when the military burns the camps garbage in Iraq and Afghanistan.


This coming year will be a challenge as we have financial woes. We lost our one and only fund raiser during COVID (golf tournament) and are trying to determine a replacement. We are considering an Army / Navy board if the members are willing to buy squares. All suggestion is welcome to resolve this. 


Lastly we are continuing to meet the second Thursday of the month at the Mission BBQ in Germantown. Mission BBQ has been wonderful and have allowed us to use their back room. Going forward we may lose this access to the room since they are opening a catering call center. That said, we need to fine an alternate meeting place. I will keep you in the loop.


Cliff Bergstresser
Commander Post 295

Here are the upcoming Post, Region and Department events:
Post 295 Meeting
  • Every 2nd Thursday, 6:30 PM
  • Mission BBQ
District 8 Meeting
  • July 31st
  • Damascus Post 171, 1 pm. Lunch at Noon
Western Maryland Region 4 Meeting
  • August 7th
  • Cascade Post 239, 1 pm, Lunch at noon
Department Executive Committee Meeting
  • August 14th
  • Perryville Post Meeting at 1pm Lunch at noon
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