American Legion and Sons of the American Legion Post 99 provide a spring and summer update

The Sons of the American Legion Post 99 member Jeremy Harder wants to let the community know about upcoming events. He also wants to let people know how those dollars from Tuesday night shoulder season bingo fundraising at the River House BBQ & Events are being put to work.

Bingo at the River House continues May 18 and 25th. The event begins at 5:30.

May 14: Clean up at the Recycling Center and a Clean up in West Fork. Efforts at the Recycling Center start at 3:30 and at the West Fork at 4 p.m. There is a cook-out taking place afterward at McBride Park. Legion member Home Kinney came up with the idea for the West Fork clean up around five years ago, according to Harder. He is anticipating cleaning up a lot of masks this year.

May 20: Clean up at the FWP Public Big Sky Shooting Range. Legion volunteers had been doing one clean up per year to keep it functioning, but that has now graduated to two: one in the spring and one in the fall, due to increased use. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. at 37137 Gallatin Rd.

In June, the legion will be sending Lone Peak High School students to Boys State and Girls State in Helena to see the government in action. With an abundance of notable attendees throughout a history that started in the 1930s, Boys and Girls State is meant to increase understanding of government, civic responsibility and patriotism in the next generation of leaders.

Honey sales will begin as soon as Big Sky Farmers Market opens. Along with bingo, it is one one of the legion’s biggest fundraising efforts.

Also at the American Legion Farmers Market booth, raffle tickets will be available for a pair of Icelandic 10th Mountain Division Memorial skis that will be raffled off in the fall.

In July, the legion will be doing a big bingo night during PBR, more information is to come on that.

“We are also sponsoring a few of the BS Royals All Star players. We are sponsoring a couple of them out of the Belgrade baseball program. There’s a few tournaments in June and July and a few of our boys have made the team,” Harder said.

Post 99 continues to grow and has welcomed 10-15 new members in the last few years, he explained.

To learn more about the American Legion Post 99 or the Sons of the American Legion Post 99 contact Jeremy Harder at (406) 581-3307.

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