Marion Post 298

The Post General Membership meeting is at 7:30 PM on the second Monday of the month.

Our dues are $40 a year.

American Legion Post 298 Marion Veterans Club Hours:

Monday through Thursday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday Noon to 10 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Telephone 319-377-8320


Post 298 Partial Opening

To my fellow legionnaires;

Since I last wrote notifying you all of the meeting on the 29th, there have been some positive days regarding the Covid-19 virus numbers, and unfortunately, some that were not so good. The last two days have not seen numbers that indicate this virus is ending anytime soon.

I wrote last week that our biggest concern is the health of our members. That has not changed. The following information is just that, information for you. If you are uncomfortable being out with others at this time, by all means please make decisions based on what is comfortable for you.

We have decided to reopen the post on the 29th of June. There is a schedule at the end of this letter. You will see that the hours are shortened, and rules have temporarily changed. These changes were discussed by the bar committee with my input. Not everyone is comfortable with the outcome. But for the next two weeks we will do our best, and then evaluate where the virus numbers and the post participation is, before moving forward.

When the bar opens only members and spouses are welcome. Guests will not be allowed. With limited seating, we do not feel it would be right to have non members in the club when there is potential that members would not be allowed in due to capacity and distancing restrictions. Again this will be evaluated and published after the two-week period.

· The bar area seating has been rearranged to comply with State of Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division Requirement for Bars. We know not all bars in the area are following the stated requirements, but the Post 298 bar will be. Our post bar patrons are in the highly susceptible category and we want you healthy and returning often. If you feel you cannot comply with the regulations, the other bars are open. The rules and regulations were determined by the elected bar committee and implemented by them, not the bartenders, so please direct your comments to the bar committee.

· Below is a synopsis of the requirements that all members are expected to follow.

o No standing at the bar. All patrons must have a seat at the bar or a table.

o 10 people maximum at any table group. (6 feet between groups)

o Do not move bar stools.

o Do not move tables.

o Maintain 6 feet social distancing.

- Between table groups

- Between bar stools

o Wash hands to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus

o Use hand sanitizer to help stop the spread of Covid-19 virus.

o Clean all touched surfaces in the bathroom before and after use.

o If you feel ill, please stay home!

Please follow the rules and enjoy your post bar.

The information you just read was put together by the bar committee. As your commander, I whole-heartedly support their decisions, and appreciate all the time and heart wrenching decisions they had to make. I can verify the biggest concern they have is everyone’s health.

I feel at this time I should add that all beverages will be served in either cans, bottles or plastic cups. We will not use containers (pitchers, mugs, or glasses) that would need to be sanitized after their use.

There will be garbage cans in the area for cups and napkins. There will be a table to put empty cans and bottles on. We are asking you to please be considerate and help out by clearing your table. That will allow the bartender to sanitize once you leave. If the bartender is required to clear the waste from your table, they will have to change gloves and sanitize before serving the next person.

Thank you for your understanding during these unusual times.

As mentioned earlier, we will look at what changes we can make in a couple weeks when we can evaluate where the virus numbers are and how our system is working.

Again, please direct any suggestions or complaints to myself or the bar committee

And not to the bartenders who are only doing what they were directed to do.


The Post 298 bar will reopen per this initial schedule

Date Hours

Monday, June 29th 4:00 – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, June 30th 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 1st 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Thursday, July 2nd 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Friday, July 3rd 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 4th Closed _________

Sunday, July 5th Closed_________

Monday, July 6th 4:00 – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, July 7th 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 8st 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Thursday, July 9th 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Friday, July 10th 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 11th 12:00 – 6:00pm

Sunday, July 12th Closed_________

Monday, July 13th 4:00 - 9:00pm

The post bar will be open this day for the first time in over 3 months. However with the changes mentioned earlier in this e-mail.

For God and Country

Post 298 Commander

Tom Thompson


Scholarship Season is here. Scroll Down on This Page to find the applications or links.

Welcome to American Legion Post 298 of Marion Iowa. We are Iowa's biggest post, and proud of our facility and our members of the Entire Legion Family. Post, Unit, Squadron and Riders Chapter 298 hope you will come visit us.

Still serving: it’s who we are

In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

Our organization’s positions and programs are guided by resolutions passed by American Legion National Convention delegates, and by committee and commission members who represent 2.5 million wartime veterans and their families. These programs, and the men and women who take the time to perform them allow The American Legion to make a difference on the local, state and national levels.

It’s who we are and what we do.

Find out more here.

To join: www.legion.org/join

Beginning July 1, 2011, all members of The American Legion were given the option to renew their membership and pay their dues online for the following membership year. To learn more about the procedures, visit www.legion.org/renew to view instructional videos

Legion Meetings are the Second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM


To rent the hall for receptions, banquets, or other events,

please call the post at 319-377-8320.

due to the carona virus, all events are cancelled until further notice.

Past Commander Jim Crowley's video message about our post can be seen by clicking here.

If you struggle with depression, this is a group that can help. Click here.

Here is another number that claims 24 hour staffing - not a recording to tell you different number to call.

319-362-2174 24 hour hotline for veterans.


The American Legion celebrated it's 100th year of service to the community, state and nation. Post 298 is proud of it's Centennial Webpage. Most of our history is on the Centennial Page.

It can be found here. http://centennial.legion.org/iowa/post298

Our Constitution and Bylaws are below

Post 298 Constitution.pdf
Post 298 Bylaws.pdf

The American Legion stands for a strong America. There is no better way to bring this about than to work with the youth of our land in preparing them to meet the tasks they will face in the years to come. Through its many youth activities, The American Legion is playing the leading role in developing future citizens of America.

Our Beginnings

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Who We Are

Since its chartering by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has been based on four founding principles:

  • Service to Veterans
  • Care and Education of Children
  • Americanism
  • Strong National Defense

These four founding principles are being implemented through some 57 Legion programs by Veterans who truly care about the fate of our nation and the kind of world which is left to our posterity. If you are a Veteran, "Get Involved" and continue to serve and preserve the nation you defended.

What We Do

Our Post strives to be much more than a club with a bar, but to give to the Community, State, and Nation. What we have done in a year:

1550 hours donated to VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa

25 needy veterans helped

120 units of blood given

32 funeral honors given to veterans who need not be members

2 boys sent to Boys State

Sponsor Cub Scout Pack 58

Conducted competition for American Legion Oratorical Contest

Conducted 5th grade Flag Essay Contest

Awarded 2, $1,000 scholarships to Linn-Mar and Marion students

Gave 15 Flag folding and etiquette programs at schools

Posted colors at all Marion and Linn-Mar High School football games

Provided apples for all the teachers in the community in thanks for their work with children.

Sponsored a Legion World Series of Baseball team

Provided color guards at various community and metropolitan functions

Members logged over 25,000 volunteer hours in the community

Provided Welcoming groups to Soldiers Returning from combat

Provided memberships to over 15 deployed service members

Participated in Operation Package Drop contributing money and donating supplies sent to deployed soldiers

The Legion Family donated over $800 to relieve the plight of Hurricane Katrina survivors

Donated funds to:

Marion Parks and Recreation

Marion Library

Marion Heritage Center

American Red Cross

Foundation 2, children at risk agency

Four Oaks, mental health center

Tanager Place, child advocacy agency

Post Prom school sponsored parties

Sports booster

Special Olympics

Camp Courageous

VA Disabled Veteran's Van

American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund

Links

http://www.legion.org The American Legion National web site

http://www.ialegion.org The Department of Iowa web site

https://sites.google.com/site/al2iowa/ 2nd District web site

http://www.linncounty.org/154/Veteran-Affairs Linn County Veteran's Assistance site

https://www.dav.org/ The Disabled American Veterans

https://www.dav.org/ The Veterans of Foreign Wars

https://www.va.gov/ The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

https://www.pownetwork.org/ The P.O.W. Network site

https://www.iowanationalguard.com/SitePages/Index.aspx The Iowa National Guard web site.

https://www.MyLegion.org MyLegion


Contact Information

Telephone

319-377-8320

Postal address

625 31st St., Marion, IA 52302-0194

Electronic mail

General Information: ialeg298@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor: 298newsletter@gmail.com

Webmaster: Sabot6.76@gmail.com

President Abraham Lincoln as stated in the Gettysburg Address

"From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."