President's Message

Summer is winding down; kids are going back to school; Christmas is only a few months away.  Where has the year gone?  The older I get, the quicker the days fly by; just when I want them to slow down!!!  Farmer’s Almanac states that the Northeast is in for a cold and snowy winter.   My old bones are praying they are wrong.

As the summer ends, so do our meetings at our current location.  Our two good friends, Bob and Linda Limmer, have owned and operated Heritage Gardens Catering Service since 1991.  We have been spoiled by their generosity, attention to detail, and excellent services for over twenty-six years, but sadly, they have decided to retire.  We wish them the best in their well-deserved decision and we will miss seeing them every month.

We have looked at almost twenty halls to call a new home.  There were many nice places and some not-so-nice places.  Some were not large enough, some had traffic problems, and some had various other issues.

Upon completion of our investigation into the above mentioned halls, the Committee reported to the Board their findings and the best overall new location is the American Legion #130 at 8666 Silver Lake Drive, Perry Hall, MD 21128. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the hall’s previous commitments, our meetings must move to the third TUESDAY of each month at 7:00 p.m.  

If you have never been to this hall, you will think you are travelling to see the Wizard of Oz, but it’s really very simple…just follow the road (it’s not a yellow brick road though).  The road ends at a nice hall with plenty of room for parking and handicap accessible entranceways.  We have nicknamed this new hall “The Legion in the Woods.”  It’s a peacefully quiet building nestled in a forest of trees. 

We had to violate our By-Laws, Article IV, Meetings Section 4 because of how this set of circumstances came about, but we had no other choice. 

Through the efforts of our lobbyist, Mr. Frank Boston, I was able to meet with Baltimore City Councilwoman, Mary Pat Clarke.  She is working closely with us regarding our healthcare issues, i.e. why we are going to be removed from the prescription plan in 2020.    An investigative hearing will be brought before the City Council to help foster a resolution to this major problem for our members and widows.  When this hearing occurs, we urge you fill City Hall.  We will keep you informed of the date and time.  If you do not attend and stand up for your benefits, you are letting them know you do not care and they win the battle.

 That’s all I have for now.  Directions to the new meeting hall are on Page 3 of the Summer Newsletter.  We hope to see you there on September 19th, 2017.