Post 134

Welcome to Post 134 in the heart of the Alberta Arts District in NE Portland, Oregon. We are more than just an American Legion post. We are a place for veterans to come and find purpose, support, and camaraderie. We work with our neighbors to help those in need. At any given day, you can see combat veterans, artists, writers, members of the LGTBQ community, dragon boat paddlers, or even the Oregon Symphony. We are eclectic and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Sean and Kelly Davis

Post Commander: Sean Davis – Regular Army, Oregon National Guard – Iraq War Veteran, Hurricane Katrina Clean up, Haiti – Purple Heart Recipient. – sean@post134.com

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John and Emma Willingham

1st Vice Commander: John Willingham – Oregon National Guard – Iraq War Veteran

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2nd Vice Commander: Mike Lynch – Oregon National Guard/Reserves

Adjudant: Judy Johnston – Not Pictured

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Sergeant of Arms: Gabe Court – Regular Army – 82nd Airborne, Combat Veteran

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Member at Large: Peter Brady – Oregon National Guard, Iraq War Combat Veteran

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Historian: Al Artero – Oregon National Guard – Iraq War Combat Veteran

Service Officer: Marc Clift – Not Pictured but comes to the post on Thursdays after 5pm

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Member at Large: Seth Grant – Oregon National Guard – Iraq War Combat Veteran

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Damon and Henrietta Faust

Outreach Coordinator: Damon Faust – California National Guard – Iraq War Combat Veteran

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Outreach Coordinator: Kevin Pannel – Arkansas National Guard – Iraq War Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient

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Chaplain: Keith Rule

Members at Large:  John Gilbert, Dennis Goodwin, Dale Gillette

Sons of American Legion Commander: Cris Moss

American Legion Auxiliary President: Connie Olson

Board of Governors Chairman: Marc Sutnick

Bar Staff:

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Jess Hart

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Dennis Goodwin

This Week @ Post 134 9/19 to 9/25

We’ve had some changes at the post and we’re trying to be more involved in our community as well as getting our community more involved in our post. We want you to come down to Post 134 and be a part of the great things we do there.

Here’s what is going on at the post this week:

Tuesday, September 20th – Our weekly poker night with members from Post 1.

Wednesday, September 21st – Karaoke! (Free)

Thursday, September 22nd – Douglas’s Open Mic Night!

Friday, September 23rd – Live Music by Honey bucket, Mope Grooves, White Glove, Mr. Wrong, Conditioner (PoC Vince Skelly)

Saturday, September 24th – Live Music by Astral Whatever

 Sunday – LGBTQ Trivia Night
There will be a film crew filming all throughout the weekend as well for a short independent film.

In other news:

Food Pantry-

we are restocking our food pantry for the community. If you have some extra food, please bring it in. If you need some food, come in and take what you need no questions asked.

Post 134 Press

– We are now a press. More information on that will be coming soon. Our first publication will be the Oregon Humanities sponsored War Stories Anthology for 2016. We will have copies by Veteran’s Day. The anthology will have stories from the participants from our veterans group as well as veterans from across the country. It will be for sale at the post and Another Read Through on Mississippi Street.

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– We will be ripping up the old floor and putting new flooring down on October 6th. We will need help. So if you or someone you know is of able body and can help, we will be working on it from the 6th – 11th.

Membership Drive

There are a million reasons to join Post 134 and you don’t have to be a veteran to do so. If you are a veteran it is $40 a year. If you are a son, grandson, great grandson (pretty much if one of your ancestors were a veteran) you can join the Sons of American Legion and that is $20 for the first year and $40 for the years after that. If you are a woman married to a veteran or you’re the daughter, granddaughter, et cetera, it is $40 a year.

We at Post 134 don’t like the antiquated membership gender binary structure. We are doing what we can to change it nationally. Our post is the first American Legion post in the nation to sign up a woman who now identifies as a man to our Sons of American Legion group as well as the first to sign up a man who does not identify as any gender for our Auxiliary. We need new members so we can change the system.

Memorial Day Celebration

On Saturday, May 28th, Post 134 will be partnering with The Returning Veterans Project to have a Memorial Day Event.

At 9am we will be meeting at the parking lot across from the Post on 21st and NE Alberta Street and we will carpool up to Willamette National Cemetery to clean the graves. We will be up there for a few hours like we did last year. Here are a few photos of last year. Everyone is welcome to come with us.

At noon I will be setting up our new BBQ and by one we’ll be flipping burgers and burning brats Gartner’s Meats were nice enough to donate. The members of our post will be cooking sides as well. Everyone is welcome.

There will be live music and readings from veterans as well.

Please come out and be part of our celebration. We’ll remember the ones we lost and celebrate life together.

We’re Back!

Hello, American Legion Post 134 Members! Well, summer is over and we’re back in session– our first meeting will be September 20th, at 3:30pm. The Auxiliary will be meeting at 2:30pm, and stay tuned for a time and date for the Sons. We have a lot to do– it’s time to start our remodel and we still need registered plumbers and electricians, and for those without that kind of experience, we have lots of holiday functions to get started on. If you are interested in joining our organization, this is a great opportunity to come see what it’s all about and pick up a membership application. Hope to see you there!

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Songbook: Reading Event

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Songbook is a literary mixtape. Eight readers on the music that terrified and inspired them. Kevin Meyer, Trevor Dodge, Margaret Malone, Holly Goodman, Gigi Little, Domi J Shoemaker, Bradley K Rosen, and emceed by Adam Strong. A short musical interlude will precede each reader.

I can’t wait for this event. I say this a lot but these are some of the best writers in Portland, and we all know Portland one of the more literary cities in the country. Adam Strong put this reading together and we at the post really hope to make this a reading series. What a great idea, writers speaking about how music affects them. Come on out and be a part of it. What a great way to spend a Wednesday night!

This Friday 7/17: Veteran and Veteran Family Activities Fundraiser, featuring Bingo and Bluegrass

This Friday 7/17: Veteran and Veteran Family Activities Fundraiser, featuring Bingo and BluegrassThe Post is pleased to announce our first fundraiser for a brand-new effort to sponsor activities for veterans and their families! First Vice President of the Women’s Auxiliary, Kelly Davis, has formed a committee within the auxiliary with the arresting title of “Post 134 Angels” and the goal of creating a fund completely dedicated to providing veterans and their families with healthy, fun activities. This Friday, Emma and Kelly will host Bingo with a twist– rather than awarding a simple cash pot, the ladies have assembled gift baskets as prizes, featuring everything from Stumptown Coffee to soccer tickets! Bingo will begin at 6:30, and at 8:30 we are excited to welcome two wonderful bluegrass groups: The Lonesome Valley Pussyfooters and The Basinbillies. We will also be selling $5 raffle tickets for some very impressive donations from the community: gift certificates worth over $100 from Threat Dynamics in

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