To The Editor:
I received an informative letter from a group calling itself Committee to Reform and House Clean New York State AmVets Operations.
It came at a time when an election is about to be held at the Post I belong to, Post 4, Andrews Street, in Massena. Post 4 has a second club house on the river in addition to its main club house and offices on Andrews Street.
I have read the letter or Notice about six times and the content makes a lot of sense. It doesnt name people, but I can understand exactly what it means and the necessity for action. I am enclosing a copy for publication in the Courier-Observer.
Post 4 is holding an election May 21, 2013 for the election of new officers. The outgoing commander, Francis Bud Byington, has served three years in that position and the candidates thus far nominated to replace him are Colonel Ronald Faucher, Donald Furnace and it is said James Gardener (a past commander) is going to enter the race.
The notice I received in the mail requests all post officers elected serve no more than two terms. It further requests that no post employees be related to post officers or nepotism. Currently that situation does exist at Post 4 in that our number one bartender is related to a post officer. This full-time bartender is a favorite of most of us, and we would not be happy to lose that person.
One slight controversy has came to light in that the candidate who claims he will enter the race (James Gardener) is married to an auxiliary member who would like to be named chief of that wonderful outfit to serve beside her husband who is seeking another term as commander. The notice I received hopefully printed seems to address that issue as a no no as it would appear to be a form of nepotism.
One other candidate for commander, Donald Furnace, has been criticized for not being able to fully implement the job for he is currently employed full time in the area.
We do have one post officer wanting to return who has been at his job for quite a long time. That officer is Harry Convertini, who effectively controls many many post operations and activities. Harry claims credit for all bartenders hired, and he wishes to remain in his powerful position.
My favorite is Colonel Ronald Faucher for commander of Post 4 AmVets, Massena, N.Y. 13662.
Colonel Faucher is not a member of the existing clique of officers who currently run the show at this post. Several of the current clique have expressed to me, We dont want Ron for he might change what we have in place.
He would be a check and balance on activities considered favoritism, and Ron has the background, coming from the active duty officer corps to do the job.
Whether you like Ron or not, he will keep the post in line for he is a no nonsense guy looking only to serve.
Vote Colonel Faucher for commander of AmVets Post 4 on May 21 at the 12 Andrews Street Club House. Call the bar, 764-0686, for the time of the election.
I am enclosing a copy of the notice for publication in the Courier-Observer.
Notice to current Amvets members:
Being a past commander at a Amvets Post I have been asked to alert all who vote in the upcoming elections of a practice now being shunned in all our posts in New York State. It concerns the officers and employees of all Amvet Posts throughout the state. It has come to the attention of us participating in this house cleaning effort that the powers of the post are being handed down to the same individuals year after year including the practice of nepotism in the hiring of post employees.
In order to provide more openness and transparency in day to day post operations we past commanders recommend all post officers be limited to two years service including post commanders. Additionally we strongly recommend no post employees be related to post officers.