The American Legion’s Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system. We call it a “Laboratory of Government” because during the week each young man will have the opportunity to run for and be elected to mock offices ranging from city level (e.g. city council, mayor) to state constitutional offices (e.g. lieutenant governor and governor). Boys State for 2017 will be held at Anderson University June 11 to 17. Registration began on March 1. Go to our Boys State page for more details.
There were no announcements or postings for March 2017.
There were no announcements or postings for February 2017.
Bluffton Christmas Parade
As we have for the past few years, Post 205 will be entering a float in the annual Bluffton Christmas Parade. The parade will be held in downtown Bluffton on Saturday, 2 December. Kick-off time will be 10 AM, so we will gather earlier than that so we will be ready to go
The 32nd annual Kiwanis Chili Cook Off originally scheduled for Saturday October 8th at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn (but called off because of Hurricane Matthew) has been rescheduled. The event is now scheduled for January 21, 2017 at the Shelter Cove Community Park.
Post 205 has entered the contest. Our crack chef, Eric Schmid, has taken the lead and has already staffed his crew. In addition we will have additional members there to recruit for our post and the American Legion.
Ticket Sales - $15 in advance, $20 at the door and at these outlets - Burke's Pharmacy, Reilley's Grill & Bar(South), Bluffton Pharmacy, The Honey Baked Ham Co and Cafe, and any Kiwanis Member or online at https://kiwanis-chili-cook-off.eveyevents.com/.
The format remains pretty much the same as in previous years - BUT the times have changed slightly. Hours of the event will now be 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Set up after 9 am Saturday, January 21
11:30 am : Chili submitted for Judging
11:30 am : gates open to general public
Proceeds from the event benefit charities such as The Children's Center, The Coastal Discovery Museum, Operation R&R, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, Week of Champions, The Sandbox, Boy Scouts, Friends of The Library and other local youth programs. Beneficiaries are set by the Kiwanis Club, not American Legion Post 205.
Veterans Day ParadeP
Post 205 will conduct its annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Bluffton on Saturday, 11 November. Our eldest active member, Sergeant Major Tom Story, will be the Grand Marshall. Details on this event are shown here.
There were no announcements or postings for August 2017.
United States Navy Birthday
13 October is the official birthday of the U.S. Navy, which traces its roots back to the early days of the American Revolution. On 13 October 1775, the Continental Congress established a naval force, hoping that a small fleet of privateers could attack British commerce and offset British sea power. Celebration by Post 205 will be announced.
There were no announcements or postings for July 2017.
Fisher House Donation
On April 26, 2017 Commander Courtney Peeples, Second Vice Commander David Leite, Adjutant Mike Miranda, and Past Commander Bob Sterling visited the Fisher House construction site and presented a check for $750 to Kent Hutchinson, Co-chairman and Treasurer of the Fisher House Foundation. The $750 is one-fourth of the profit from the 2016 golf tournament as voted on by the membership. More information and pictures can be viewed at our Fisher House web page.
Memorial Day Ceremony
The Dennis J. Becker American Legion Post 205 conducted its second Memorial Day Ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017. Befitting the occasion, it was a solemn event, not a celebratory event like a parade. It was held in the open area outside the Bluffton Police Department Headquarters on Buckwalter Parkway. The center of focus was the flagpole where the American Flag was raised from half-staff to full-staff at noon. We have dedicated an entire web page to this important annual event.
United States Marine Corps Birthday
On 10 November 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and passed a resolution stating that two Battalions of Marines be raised for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Celebration by Post 205 will be announced.
Nathan M. Wolfe Law Cadet Academy
The Nathan M. Wolfe Law Cadet Academy was organized in 1973 by The American Legion, Department of South Carolina for high school students who were interested in a future career in Law Enforcement. The Academy is held in June each year at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia. This year dates are June 17 to 23. Go to our Law Cadet Academy page for more details.
12th Anniversary Golf Tournament
The Dennis J. Becker American Legion Post 205 will hold its twelfth anniversary golf tournament on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Rose Hill Golf Club. This fund-raising event is so critical in meeting many of our short and long-range goals that we have dedicated an entire web page to it. Click here to go the page.