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Sylvester American Legion post receives charter

Sylvester American Legion members active in community

Pictured, from left, are Anthony Cook, Jr. Vice Commander; Otis Morgan, Sergeant at Arms; Ray Jennings, Sr. Vice Commander; Jerome Loving, 12th District commandeer; Ray Humphrey, Post 335 Commander; Paul Murray, Adjutant; Gary Cook, Finance Officer; Tim Farmer, Chaplin. (Special Photo)

Pictured, from left, are Anthony Cook, Jr. Vice Commander; Otis Morgan, Sergeant at Arms; Ray Jennings, Sr. Vice Commander; Jerome Loving, 12th District commandeer; Ray Humphrey, Post 335 Commander; Paul Murray, Adjutant; Gary Cook, Finance Officer; Tim Farmer, Chaplin. (Special Photo)

SYLVESTER — Veterans are excited about a brand new American Legion post in Sylvester, which, in fact is the first post in Georgia to exceed its 100 percent initial membership goal, Post officials say.

Ray Humphrey, post commander of Albany American Legion Post 30 for five years, has transferred his membership in that post to command the new Sylvester Post 335. Members of the new post meet the first Thursday of each month in the Sumner Room of the Margaret Jones Public Library at 205 E. Pope St. in Sylvester.

Humphrey, who lives in Sylvester, said plans for the new post, which received its charter on July 15, began to take form after the VFW post in Sylvester closed around eight weeks ago.

“This was what was needed to best serve the veterans in Worth County,” Humphrey said. “I’m excited, our 32 members are excited and I’m glad they are. All of them are very highly motivated.”

Humphrey said the Sylvester Legion members are already involved with supporting veteran and community activities including the recent Float on the Flint, a project of the Mitchell and Baker County Sheriff’s Offices, and the upcoming Kruzin’ for Kids motorcycle “dice run” to Morgan with its associated auto show. All of those events benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home in Hahira, Humphrey said.

According to Humphrey, even though the initial goal for members ship is at 125 percent, more than 20 additional applications are still being processed.

“We’re on fire here,” Humphrey said, adding that qualified area veterans are invited to apply for membership in “the biggest little post in the Department of Georgia.”

For information on American Legion Post 335, contact Humphrey at humphreyray@bellsouth.net.