POST 215 NEWS ARCHIVE
September 19, 2016
Boys State and Girls State Cadets attend Legion meeting to discuss their experiences.
Motivated, energized and informed was how the students left Boys State and Girls State this past June. Grant Peters and Luke Sykes from Benedictine Preparatory School (BPS) spoke along with Joshua Hobbs, Larry Minor Jr., and Jordan Jones from Goochland High School (GHS) about their time at Radford University. Highlights were the variety of speakers from State Police officers, to hearing Chris Skinner’s story and finally to meeting the Governor. Askia Nealy, Chelsey Stout, Lauren Creasey, Sydney Hawk and Erin Wachter, all from GHS then spoke of their week at Longwood University. Learning how to put government into action was important to them but not as motivating as the POW/MIA Ceremony or the 22 push up challenge which was designed to raise awareness that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. The week provide all the students insights into the workings of government and gave them new appreciation for what a great state Virginia is. Funding for these programs is provided by the American Legion family of Post 215 and a grant from Goochland’s Lion Club.
Boys State participants front row shown L to R:
Bob Hammond, Legion member, Grant Peters, Joshua Hobbs, Luke Sykes, Larry Minor Jr., Jordan Jones, Jerry Netherland Sons of the Legion member, Back row Jim Woodfin Legion member
Girls State participants shown L to R: Lauren Creasey, ALA member Jenna Nelson, Erin Wachter, Sydney Hawk, Chelsey Stout, Askia Mealy
The American Legion Auxiliary unit from the Goochland Post 215 has been busy. To celebrate the National Education Week boxes of fruit and snacks were delivered to every Goochland School. It’s a simple way to show our appreciation for all the hard work done by our Goochland teachers.
Veterans Days: Many of us attended the Veteran’s Day Ceremony put on by the Goochland High School and enjoyed the lunch provided by the MCJROTC. Members of the Legion and Auxiliary were then guest speakers for the students. While the Legion members spoke of their service experiences the Gold Star Auxiliary member spoke of losing her husband in Vietnam.
Shortly after Thanksgiving a group of volunteers from the Auxiliary and Post visited the McGuire Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center for their annual Christmas tree decorating project. With many volunteers the tree was soon assembled, decorated and placed in the main lobby of the Medical Center where it can be seen by everyone. The decorations include candy canes which are replenished often for all the visitors of the Medical Center to enjoy. Then, in early December the group met to fill the 100+ Christmas stockings they had made with toiletriess, socks scarves & hats. The stocking along with boxes of fruit and canned goods were delivered to two shelters for previously homeless veterans. The final stop was at the VA Medical Center where the veterans on dialysis received their Christmas Stockings. Shown at right: Nancy Gregory, Judy Niedermayer, Janice Nelson and Fletcher Johnson at Liberation Family Services.
At the Right: Milton Simmons CDT, Robyn Jones BSN, Lisa Meades RN and Dr. George Feldman at the McGuire Dialysis Center.