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American Legion New Haven Speaker & Dinner Program

In 2019, the American Legion New Haven Post 210 added a featured speaker program to the regular monthly meetings at 7:10 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Knights of St. Patrick (1533 State St., New Haven, CT 06511).

These 10 to 15 minute veteran-focused presentations at the beginning of the meeting address between five and a dozen largely GWOT-era veterans. Speakers may bring handouts or literature for the correspondence table as there is no AV support. A simple dinner is typically served around 6:30 p.m. POC Pickett.


21MAY2020: TBD |

16APR2020: TBD | Samantha’s Taco Casserole

19MAR2020: Kathy Granfield, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and a science teacher at North Branford Intermediate School, founded Veteran Angler Charters Inc. in 2009, which offers no-cost charter fishing trips to disabled veterans, providing our troops with recreational rehabilitation and therapeutic support. | Christine’s Lasagna and Italian Bread

20FEB2020: Ryan Dostie, former Army linguist and author of Formation — A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line | Irish Beef Stew and Irish Soda Bread

JAN2020: VA Community Outreach Specialist Orville Grizzle and New Haven Vet Center Outreach Specialist Gabor Kautzner | Commander’s Chili.

DEC2019: (at Pequonnock Yacht Club)

NOV2019: Bill Madaras of the Kick for Nick Foundation | Joe’s (Cahn) Jambalaya

OCT2019: American Legion New Haven Post 210 Comrade and SCSU Veteran Representative Jack Mordente (at Pequonnock Yacht Club)

SEP2019: American Legion New Haven Post 210 Comrade and Project Director at the State Library Christine Pittsley. She spoke about the “Digging into History: WWI Trench Restoration” program in Seicheprey, France last summer. | Abate Pizza

2019 American Legion New Haven Post 210 Year in Review

AWARDS

  • 7DEC: Founding post member Frank Alvarado inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, joining fellow post founding member Jack Mordente
  • 11MAR: Awarded Best Senior Military Unit in Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 15MAR: Three post officers awarded American Legion Pioneer Award (Lori Rasile, Thania Rivera and Biancesca Rivera)
  • 02JULY: Awarded Team 100 Post Excellence Award recognizing membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the community, and service projects.
  • 02JUL: Awarded 100% Membership Award
  • 02JUL: Awarded 2019 Post Membership Retention Award

EVENTS

  • 30DEC: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
  • 18JAN: Knights of St. Patrick #VetEvent
  • 27JAN: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
  • 15MAR: American Legion Centennial Celebration Dinner. Post recieved permanent charter from state commander as state leadership celebrated the Legion’s centennial with the state’s newest post
  • 26MAY: New Haven Memorial Day Ceremonies (Chaplain Conroy gave prayers at both)
  • 14SEP: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
  • 11NOV: New Haven FREE SOS Breakfast co-organized by Trinity Bar, VFW New Haven Post 12150 and American Legion New Haven Post 210
  • 21NOV: Member Appreciation Dinner (with Jambalaya)

CHARITY

  • DEC: Collected items for Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program.
  • 10MAR: Provided Honor Guard led by Richella Rondon-Smith for combined New Haven Veterans group for Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Team)
  • 25MAY: Cleanup at the V beautification event at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf (Rasile)
  • 25MAY: Unserviceable Flag Collection (T. Rivera)
  • 16AUG: Student-Veterans Leadership Sponsorship created for veterans at area colleges (T. Rivera)
  • 18OCT: 2019 New Haven Kick for Nick Night raised $5,648.36 and 600+ soccer balls (Team)
  • 09NOV: Cleanup at the V beautification event at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf (Rasile)

SPEAKERS

  • 19SEP: Christine Pittsley, project director at the State Library, was our inaugural post meeting speaker, presenting on the “Digging into History: WWI Trench Restoration” program in Seicheprey, France
  • 17OCT: Jack Mordente, longtime SCSU Veteran Representative was speaker