On Saturday, August 13, 2022, our monthly meeting was held. Our guest speaker for the month was Commander Milton Allen, Dept of Georgia AMVETS/Chaplain, and his wife 2nd Vice Commander Wanda Allen.
Our meeting was well represented with members in person and via online Zoom. The engagement of various topics from AMVETS’ upcoming National events to recruitment strategies was discussed. We’d love to increase our membership to include younger generations and add leadership value to our organization. We had several new guests and a new Lifetime membership sign-up.
1st – Photo – AMVETS L-R, Patricia Thomas, and Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson – (Dekalb County District 7);
2nd – Photo – AMVETS Patricia Thomas & Fellow Veteran Liz;
3rd Front Row L-R: AMVETS Geneva Heyward & Patricia Thomas; Top Row L-R: AMVETS Elaine Edwards & Dylester Scott
On, Monday, 13 June 2022, AMVETS Elaine Edwards, Geneva Heyward, Dylester Scott and Patricia Thomas, participated in the first ever State of Georgia Inaugural Women’s Veteran Day celebration. More than 80 female Veterans participated in the celebration and luncheon at the State Capitol. The celebration was hosted by State Representative Sheila Jones and attended by several other State Representatives, elected officials, and VA Representatives.
AMVET Arthurine Wright, a long-time member of Post 44, was graciously ordinated as a minister on June 16, 2022, at Greenforest Community Baptist Church, in Decatur, GA.
The wonderfully and spiritually moving statement of purchase and ordination was delivered by Rev. Pennon Lockhart, Ph.D., who also holds life memberships in the American Legion and is a charter member of AMVETS Post 44.
Congratulations AMVET Wright, we wish you much-continued success in your gift of ministry and social work!
On June 11, 2022, we held our 2nd in-person/hybrid General Meeting. We had a greater in-person turnout than the previous month. Our members are returning to join and greet fellow comrades. Membership is steadily increasing and we especially look forward to working with our newly appointed Finance Officer, Juan McLemore, and Judge Advocate, Wayland Jordan. We are encouraging all branches of the service, active and retired to join us. We look forward to our younger population, Millennials, and more leading and getting involved! Check out the membership page on our website for more contact information.
Percy Butler, U.S. Army, CW4, RET. was spotlighted. He held numerous military assignments, including, Headquarters, 15th Ordnance Battalion, Frankfurt, Germany, 57th Ordnance Brigade, and 94th Artillery Group in Kaiserslautern, Germany. CW4 Butler was also inducted into the Adjutants General Corps Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR). Thank you, Chief for your service!
Members of AMVETS Post 44, DAV Chapters 90 & 91, and Dekalb County NAACP Branch 5192 presented flags on 26 May 2022.
AMVETS Scharyl Berry, Gail Black, Elaine Edwards & Dylester Scott assisted Members of DAV Chapter 90 (Lawrenceville, GA) and DAV Chapter 91 (Decatur, GA) with placing flags on Military Heroes’ graves. Over 200 flags were placed on graves at Hillandale Memorial Gardens, Lithonia, GA. In total 12 individuals supported this effort on 26 May.
After two years of meeting via Zoom (due to the Covid-19 Pandemic), AMVETS GA Post 44, met in person for a Hybrid/Zoom meeting. Well over 40 members attended the general meeting in person with guest speakers and new members joining the post.
Commander Wright welcomed and thanked Members for attending both in person and via zoom. He also thanked AMVETS Henry Turner & Charles Wyatt for coordinating the meeting with American Legion Post 66 Commander Norman Davis and other Post 66 Members that led to a 5-year signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. Jonathan Horner (American Legion Post 66-House Manager) provided comments on behalf of American Legion Post 66).
Please join us in congratulating Cadet Gabriel Smith on receiving tops honors from B.E.S.T. Academy High School JROTC. An awards ceremony was held at, 1190 Northwest Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
Commander Albert Wright, Jr. presented the award along with AMVET Arthurine Wright, and Clevon Harmon.
On April 15, 2022 – AMVETS Nathan Johnson (AMVETS Post 44) presented Cadet Johnson (Midtown High School, Atlanta, GA) with the Most Improved Cadet’s Award at the school’s Annual JROTC Awards Ceremony. We are “Proud” of all our Cadets and continue to lead and inspire by example! CONGRATS CADET JOHNSON!