My heartfelt THANK YOU to our volunteers and our vendor table and canister participant locations, for your part in our 2021 Annual Poppy Drive.
And especially to all of our donors!
Because of everyone's participation, 2021 looks to be our most successful year in the history of Rayson-Miller Post 899's Annual Poppy Drive. We are still working on the final numbers, but without a doubt, this year has been amazing!
Many thanks to all, and I know the veterans, military and their families are equally appreciative.
Monies donated to Rayson-Miller Post 899 for our annual Poppy Drives never stay at the Post. The monies are used to assist veterans, our military and their families. Rayson-Miller chooses organizations with proven track records on utilizing 100% of the funds for direct assistance. Past organizations have been Honor Flight of Rochester, PGRNY's Help On The Homefront and Lap Robes for Veterans.
Stay tuned for organization recepients for this year's donations.
The Rayson-Miller Post 899 is located in the historic town of Pittsford, New York. Literally located just steps away from the historic Erie Canal. Conveniently located across the street from the Post Home is the Pittsford Veterans Memorial, where the Post holds the Veterans Day ceremony each year.
"Pittsford is an area of beautiful homes and gardens, trees and historical buildings. The school has an excellent reputation as does the library. The municipal officers of both the town and village have paid particular attention to parks and recreational opportunities and have collaborated on many community events (from A Short History of Pittsford)."
"Rayson-Miller" Post 899 so named for two Pittsford, New York men who were killed in action in France, during WW I; Homer Rayson and Henry L. Miller.
Fifteen returning WWI veterans obtained the charter for Pittsford Rayson-Miller Post #899 on March 26, 1920. The Charter Members were: Lloyd F Allen, Howard R Bacon, James Crawford, John S Doane, Stanley Gilmore, Dick Krieger, George Loughborough, Harry Naber, Jack B Palmer, William D Rossiter, George H Schreib, Russel A Smith, Harland D Spiegel, Raymond F Steve and William C Stockman. POST 899 rooms were in the Crump Block in the Village of Pittsford.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
American Legion Baseball is a national institution, having thrived through a world war, several national tragedies, and times of great prosperity as well as great despair.
The league still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The program is also a promoter of equality, making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels or social standings. American Legion Baseball has been, and continues to be, a stepping stone to manhood for millions of young men who have gone on to serve their country or community, raise families or play the sport at the highest level. For all current 2019 information on the team, standings and more visit District 7 American Legion Baseball
American Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country. This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country's youth. The American Legion's support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919.
Today, Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country. This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country’s youth. Few other post activities generate more goodwill from the community. The Legion annually honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention. The winner of the competition receives a $10,000 scholarship, and the three runners-up are each awarded $2,500 scholarships.
Scouting questions, contact: Steve Wilterdink-Committee Chair
Rayson-Miller Post 899 and Thornell Road Elementary School's 4th grade class of Mrs. Stevens-Oliver have built an extraordinary partnership. This ongoing relationship brings the 4th grade class to the post home to have breakfast with the veterans and the students learn about patriotism, respect for our flag and country and what the veterans experienced during their service.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 started the Veterans Supporting Veterans initiative in the fall of 2016. This program falls in line with the mission of the American Legion and specifically assists veteran's in our community who are in need. As well as, assisting other organizations in our area that assist veterans in need. These needs may be a home visit to a veteran that is ill and bringing groceries, to actually providing financial support.
Every month of May you will see Rayson-Miller Post 899 members offering poppies and flags. The red poppies are a symbolic of the blood shed during battle. Remember to wear your poppy on National Poppy Day, to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation's uniform and served our country.
The Town of Pittsford celebrates Memorial Day every year with a parade through town and then ends the celebration with a ceremony at the Pittsford Cemetery. Members of the Rayson-Miller Post 899 march in this parade and take an active role in the ceremony. The Rayson-Miller Post also hosts a reception at the post home at the end of the ceremony.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 holds a Veterans Day Ceremony every year on 11th month, the 11th day at the 11th hour. This ceremony takes place at the Pittsford Veterans Memorial across the street from the Post home. After the ceremony, a reception is held at the Post home and is open to everyone. The Post home is handicapped accessible.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 joins in the Paddle & Pour event each year with some type of booth, featuring either food or as an information booth. Come out visit us and enjoy the live music, tastes from local wineries & craft breweries while browsing the work of regional artists. You can also watch the Pittsford Regatta. Waterside on Schoen Place Noon – 10:00 PM
Town of Pittsford puts on a Food Truck & Music Fest every year in September. Rayson-Miller always has a food booth to raise funds for veterans. Of course the event also features other various food vendors, great music, free games and carnival rides, Noon–9:00 PM, held on Main Street from the Four Corners (Monroe/State streets) to Locust Street.
Rayson-Miller's Virtual Poppy Drive make WHAM-13 news! With on going Covid-19 social distancing and closures, Rayson-Miller goes to a Virtual Poppy Drive. Offering a digital poppy for use on donor's social media sites, until we are able to be together again which will allow Rayson-Miller members to hand out the acutal poppies they had purchased in February for this yearly event.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 has selected 2 candidates for this year's 2021 Boys State program. Jackson Ciocca and Bobby Dodge have been selected and awaiting The American Legion Department of New York confirmation.
While we don't yet have a lot of details, we are excited to announce that there will be a 2021 American Legion District 7 Boys Baseball Season this year!
Stay tuned for details!
Rayson-Miller will begin its Tuesday Morning Breakfast from 8am to 10am for anyone who would like to join us.
We require all attendees to wear masks to enter the Post. We are strictly following NYS Covid-19 guidelines for social distancing and food service. Your food will be served to you and obviously you may remove your mask to eat.
Court of Honors for BSA Troop 167 was held on May 23m 2021 at Powder Mills Park. Presenters included Commander Al Herdklotz and Chaplain Jeff Mason of Rayson-Miller AL Post 899. Receiving the pretigous rank of Eagle Scout were: Timothy Hutkowski, Robert O'Gara, Miles Sirois, Seamus Lang and Zachary Hutkowski. Congratulations!
Pittsford - Passed away on January 31, 2021 due to COVID-19.Predeceased by his son, James S. Sculley; son-in-law, David Labigan; sisters, Wilma Sculley and Jane VanOpdorp (Harold).Jim received his Ed.D. from his beloved Temple University where he continued his loyalty and generosity throughout his life. He was a respected and dedicated educator for Pittsford Schools and taught Graduate Ed courses at Nazareth College.Jim was a devoted husband of 64 years to Mary B. "Mimi" Sculley. Following retirement, Jim and Mimi moved to Charleston, SC. They returned to Rochester in the twilight of their lives.
Jim is survived by his wife, Mimi; son, William (Karen) Sculley; daughter, Ellen Labigan; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. (Please note: At the time of this posting Mary B. "Mimi" Sculley, James' wife also passed away due to COVID-19 on February 3rd, 2021.)
Due to COVID-19, there will be a Celebration of Life summer 2021 in Rochester as well as Charleston, SC. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 900, Rochester, NY, 14620 or American Heart Association, Rochester Founders Affiliate, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA, 02241-7005.
From the Democrat & Chronicle
Troop 129: Adam Badre, Jared Owens, Matthew (Adam, Angie), Beckman, Henry (Chris) Reynolds, Sam (Christina) Taylor, Wilson (Kevin) Schaffer, Griffin Miller, Andrew (Amy) Stern andCarter (Scott, Monica) Grinnell, & Roger Debell.
Troop 341:Jared Spanganberg, Aaron Sham, Zack DeGrave, Ethan Postle, Owen Cavalier, Mr. Spanganberg, Mr. Cavalier, Mr. Shan, Mr. DeGrave & Mrs. Vetere
We want to commend Scouts Troop 129 and Scout Troop 341 for the tremendous jobs they did for Al and Cheryl Herdklotz. Al is the Legion Post 899 Commander and had major back surgery. He has been concerned about several yard projects that needed to get done before winter. We didn't realize how big a job this was until we saw the property.
Troop 129 was asked if they could help. Troop 129 did an amazing job of leaf removal along with the acorns. But as we all know, fall clean up is not just one day. Troop 341 also helped by doing the second run at the property, raking leaves and bagging acorns that had fallen since the intial clean up.
It was amazing how much these folks got done. Al was very thankful and quite relieved. It's tough to sit back and heal when there's things to be done. Troop 129 and Troop 341 took a load off his mind. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to both Troops and to Roger Debell-Principal of Thornell Road Elementary School, for all their hard work.
(photo: Members of Troop 341)
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Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 supports the community's youth programs and our initiative of Veterans Supporting Veterans with donations.
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Rayson-Miller Post 899 is a 501(c)(19) not for profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.