(Cloverlane foundation sponsors dinner)
Gerald Chase and his Cloverlane Foundation have once again invested its time and finances in the Hemet/San Jacinto American Legion and veterans of the valley. This past week he funded a dinner at the post to celebrate and honor 100 years of dedicated service the post has dedicated itself to the veteran community of this valley and surrounding areas. Mr. Chase is a devout supporter of veterans, their families and needs.
Although his CLOVERLANE Foundation is not located in this area nor is he a resident here, he is one of those unusual men who seeks out veterans who have needs and takes care of them. As an officer at the local post stated, “He is a blessing to us and we appreciate everything he does for us.” That is echoed by hundreds of appreciative vets and the community at large.
The Harold W. Hyland American Legion Post is as old at the Legion itself since it was founded in the very first year as the parent organization – 1919.
Post 53 stages can boast many celebrities have trod it’s boards, including Bob Hope and his USO troops. . The post is open for breakfast for community members from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month for an all you can eat feast for $7 each.
Additionally, Commander Joe Males says, “We are open to the public for bingo every Tuesday. Doors open at 3:30 P.M. Games are from 6 to 9 P.M. Participants usually run between 65 and 80, sometimes more. “
The facility is staffed from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2P.M. for walk-ins or folks with questions or needed resources.
What many in the community might not know., the Post is not just for Legionaries, they also have other groups: Riders, Sons, the auxiliary, scouts and others. It is a busy post.
American Legion Riders volunteer every first Friday of the month to cook a Southern Fried Chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy with green beans, ham hock, roll and drink. Not unlike those home cooked meals that veterans from the wars used to come home and in some places still do.
On the third Friday of the month the Auxiliary volunteers cook up a tasty Mexican dish consisting of 2 tacos, beans and rice and a can of soda. The post will soon be opening up a Cantina where more potent beverages will be available, something that always attracts the younger members.
American Legion Sons Volunteer on the 4th Friday of every month for a spaghetti dinner that includes Garlic bread, salad and a drink. All dinner meals are 8.00 per meal.
Currently Post 53 has 400 dues paying members. Commander Males is proud to welcome, “veterans from all military branches.?
Post 53 is located at :124 N. Ramona street, just North of Florida Avenue in Hemet.
For further information: 951-658-2436 You might be wishing for just a place to hang out sometime. Why not try it? Come out to a dinner. Bingo and dinners help support the Post and its many services to the community.
I’m a regular – look forward to seeing you there. Just sayin’
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