Detachment of New Jersey
Vice Commander

Edward Downs

Updated April 8, 2017

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Greetings:

My name is Edward J. Downs, Sr.  I hold my Sons of The American Legion (SAL) membership at Squadron 194 in Florence, Burlington County, NJ.  I have been a faithful SAL member for 29 years.  My SAL eligibility is through my stepfather, the late lifetime Legionnaire Clifford M. Wheaton, who honorably served in the U.S. Army in the 3rd Armored Tank Division.  Legionnaire Wheaton retired at the rank of E-6.

 

Once again, I am sincerely honored to have been elected a Detachment Vice Commander for the 2016-17 SAL administrative year.  I look forward to working with our new Detachment Commander Robert J. Bascou to support his Project and all of the various programs of The American Legion.  My territory of responsibility this year includes the counties of Burlington, Hunterdon, Morris, and Warren.  If at any time you should need my assistance or wish to invite me to attend your Post, Squadron, or Auxiliary event, please do not hesitate to contact me.  My contact information is shown below.

 

Edward J. Downs, Sr.

710 U.S. Highway Rte. 206, Apt. 7-M

Bordentown, NJ 08505

Home phone: (609) 298-5159

Cell phone: (609) 731-1556


Detachment Vice Commander

Activities Report, 2016-17

Current as of Saturday, April 8, 2017


June 2016

8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th - 54th Annual NJ SAL Detachment Convention in Wildwood, NJ

22nd - Installation of Mt. Holly Squadron #11's 2016-17 Officers

26th - Breakfast at SAL Squadron #311 - Atco, NJ

26th - American Legion, Department of New Jersey's Annual High Point Memorial Service - High Point, NJ

29th - Visit to Lyons VA facility to discuss Detachment Commander Bascou's Project

July 2016

3rd - Breakfast at SAL Squadron #455 - New Egypt, NJ

3rd - Visited American Legion Commander of Post 294 (Pemberton, NJ) to discuss proper running of squadron meetings

6th - Burlington County SAL Committee Meeting - Assisted Detachment Commander Bascou with installation of officers

9th - Captain Emilio Carranza Annual Memorial Service - Shamong, NJ

17th - Visited SAL Squadron #87 in Woodbridge, NJ

17th - Visited Lyons VA Hospital for NJ SAL Detachment Bingo/Pizza Party

17th - Visited SAL Squadron #390 in Denville, NJ

19th - Manned SAL table at the Burlington County Farm Fair - Columbus, NJ

31st - Attended NJ SAL Detachment's Annual BBQ at Veterans Haven South - Winslow, NJ

August 2016

1st - Visited home Squadron #194 to discuss upcoming Post 194 Car Show fundraiser

2nd - Burlington County SAL Committee Meeting at Squadron #516 - Willingboro, NJ

13th - Attended regular Detachment meeting at War Memorial Building in Trenton, Mercer County

15th - Visited SAL Squadron #294 - Pemberton, Burlington County (Provided guidance for Squadron Commander Joseph Haines for how to properly run a squadron meeting.)

18th - Attended Lakewood Blue Claws baseball game for POW/MIA Chair Dedication Ceremony - Lakewood, Ocean County

21st - Manned the membership drive / donation table for Burlington County SAL at Mt. Holly 7-Eleven - Mt. Holly, Burlington County

31st - Attended the Burlington County SAL Committee meeting at Squadron #11 - Mt. Holly

September 2016

4th - Attended Squadron #455 - New Egypt, Ocean County, monthly breakfast and the Detachment Vice Commanders meeting with Detachment Commander Robert J. Bascou

6th - Paid respects at the American Legion Auxiliary Memorial Service for Mrs. Lillian Priestley (Jane Babli's mother) - Atco, Camden County

7th - Visited Squadron #120 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County, to promote Detachment Commander's Project and other SAL charitable opportunities

8th - Visited Squadron #284 - Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County, to promote Detachment Commander's Project and other SAL charitable opportunities

9th - Visited Squadron #113 - Frenchtown, Hunterdon County, to promote Detachment Commander's Project and other SAL charitable opportunities 

10th - Attended Detachment Convention Committee meeting at Squadron #346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

11th - Attended the 9/11 Memorial Service arranged by Mt. Holly, Burlington County, Veterans Affairs Committee

12th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion Committee meeting at Post #526 - Southampton Township

14th - Attended the Burlington County SAL Audit Committee meeting at Rte. 130 Diner in Delran

22nd - Attended the Burlington County American Legion's 2017 Dinner Committee meeting at Post #509 - Westampton Township

25th - Prepared and mailed Detachment paperwork (Commander's Project, other SAL charitable opportunities, Squadron Officer Report form, etc.) to squadrons in Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, and Burlington Counties

26th - Visited Squadron #164 - Hackettstown, Warren County, to discuss Detachment paperwork and present a 2016 Detachment Convention award

October 2016

3rd - Visited Squadron #194 - Florence, Burlington County, to discuss Detachment paperwork (Commander's Project, other SAL charitable opportunities, Squadron Officer Report form, etc.)

5th - Attended Burlington County SAL Committee meeting at Squadron #39 - Roebling

6th - Visited Squadron #284 - Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County, to discuss Detachment paperwork (Commander's Project, other SAL charitable opportunities, Squadron Officer Report form, etc.)

10th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion Committee meeting at Post #146 - Riverside (Spoke to Squadron #146 Commander Jeff May regarding Detachment paperwork)

22nd - Attended the NJ SAL, regular Detachment meeting at the War Memorial Building in Trenton

26th - Visited SAL Squadron #11 - Mt. Holly, Burlington County, to present their 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016

29th - Represented the Burlington County SAL at the Burlington County American Legion's Ways & Means Committee meeting held at Post #509 - Westampton, Burlington County

November 2016

1st - Visited SAL Squadron #284 - Whitehouse, Hunterdon County, to present their 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016

2nd - Attended the Burlington County SAL monthly meeting held at Post 79 - Burlington City

6th - Attended SAL Squadron #455 - New Egypt, Ocean County, monthly breakfast

7th - Attended SAL Squadron #194 - Florence, Burlington County, monthly meeting

11th - Attended Post 194 - Florence, Burlington County, Veterans Day ceremonies at Veterans monument on Broad Street and another service at City Hall, both events in Florence.

14th - Attended Burlington County American Legion monthly meeting at Post #294 - Pemberton

17th - Visited SAL Squadron #39 - Roebling, Burlington County, to present their 100% Membership Ribbon for 2016

20th - Visited SAL Squadron #371 - Gibbsboro, Camden County, for breakfast and Detachment Vice Commanders' meeting

December 2016

3rd - Attended SAL Squadron #129 - Toms River, Ocean County, 6th Annual POW/MIA Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

4th - Visited American Legion Post #286 - Pine Hill, Camden County, for breakfast

5th - Attended the NJ SAL, Detachment Convention Committee meeting at Post 346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

7th - Attended the Burlington County SAL monthly meeting at Post 294 - Pemberton

10th - Attended the regular Detachment meeting at the War Memorial Building in Trenton

January 2017

3rd - Attended Burlington County SAL regular monthly meeting at Post 516 - Willingboro

24th - Visited Squadron 526 - Southampton's regular monthly meeting and presented their yellow 100% membership ribbon.

27th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion's Ways & Means Committee meeting at Post 509 - Westampton, serving as the County SAL Liaison.  Meeting was to plan for the County Legion / SAL Testimonial Dinner being held on March 11, 2017.

February 2017

1st - Attended the Burlington County SAL regular monthly meeting at Squadron 526 - Southampton (Medford VFW #7677 on Church Road in Medford, NJ).

4th - Attended the NJ SAL Detachment Convention Committee meeting held at Post 346 - Neptune.

5th - Visited Squadron 455 - New Egypt for their monthly breakfast.

5th - Attended The American Legion, Department of New Jersey's "For God & Country" service at the Cathedral of the Air in Lakehurst.

6th - Attended Squadron 194 - Florence's regular monthly meeting.

7th - Visited Squadron 113 - Frenchtown's regular monthly meeting.

11th - Attended the NJ SAL regular Detachment meeting at the War Memorial Building in Trenton.

12th - Visited the Chapel of the Four Chaplains at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in Pennsylvania.  Afterwards, attended the Camden County American Legion Family's Four Chaplains Memorial Service at the Pine Hill United Methodist Church in Pine Hill, Camden County.

13th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion monthly meeting at Post 509 - Westampton.

14th - Attended The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 - Burlington City - meeting.

16th - Assisted with the Detachment's Bingo/Pizza Party at Vineland Veterans Home in Cumberland County.

20th - Paid respects to NJ SAL NEC Gary P. Nelson's father at funeral home in Cliffside Park, Bergen County.

23rd - Accompanied NJ SAL DVC Hicks to a SAL meeting at Atco Squadron 311 in Camden County.

25th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion Ways & Means Committee meeting at Post 509 - Westampton.

28th - Visited SAL Squadron 526 - Southampton, Burlington County - monthly meeting.

March 2017      

1st - Attended Burlington County SAL monthly meeting at Squadron 336 - Burlington City.

3rd - Called SAL Squadron 456 (Stewartsville) and 528 (Belvidere) about membership.

4th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion Ways & Means Committee meeting at Post 509 - Westampton.

5th - Attended New Egypt Post 455 monthly Breakfast.

11th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion and Sons of The American Legion Banquet honoring Legion County Commander Bobbi Horowitz-Rigg and SAL County Commander Joe Conover.

12th - Attended the Detachment Convention Committee meeting at Post 346 - Neptune, Monmouth County

13th - Attended the Burlington County American Legion monthly meeting at Post 336 - Burlington City - to have my DVC 2017-18 endorsement paperwork signed.

18th - Participated in the Detachment's Mentoring Seminar at Post 262 - Audubon, Camden County

19th - Attended the Camden County American Legion Family's Testimonial Dinner at Adelphia's in Deptford, Gloucester County.

20th - Visited SAL Squadron 294 - Pemberton, Burlington County, to discuss the Detachment Commander's Project and NJ SAL College.

26th - Attended Detachment Commander Robert Bascou's Testimonial Dinner in Berlin, Camden County.

29th - Called SAL Squadron 113 (Frenchtown) Commander to schedule a visit with Detachment Commander Bascou.

April 2017  

1st - Attended SAL National Vice Commander Joseph A. Korba's Testimonial Dinner in Somers Point, Atlantic County.

3rd - Paid respects to Mrs. Doris Nelson, mother of NJ SAL NEC Gary P. Nelson, at the funeral home in Cliffside Park, Bergen County.

4th - Accompanied Detachment Commander Bascou on a visit to Squadron 113 - Frenchtown, Hunterdon County - to discuss membership and Commander Bascou's Project.

5th - Attended the Burlington County SAL monthly meeting at Squadron 146 - Riverside

8th - Excused absence from NJ SAL regular Detachment meeting due to attending the Burlington County American Legion Auxiliary Luncheon (Madison Café in Riverside) on behalf of Detachment Commander Bascou.


For God & Country,

Ed


Edward J. Downs, Sr.

Detachment Vice Commander

Sons of The American Legion

Detachment of New Jersey