Under the new leadership of recently elected commander Will Spencer Jr., American Legion Post 560 in Garden Oaks is striving to open up better communication between the post and the community it serves.
“I had campaigned to provide better communication and environment to the Legion membership and our neighbors in the community,” Spencer said. “So beginning in August, we are switching from our monthly calendar to a monthly newsletter.”
A military carrier pigeon was chosen as the mascot for the newsletter, which sparked an idea that would bring the community and post together.
The post created a creative writing contest for high school kids and adults from the area to participate in by naming the carrier pigeon and writing a bio for it in 500 words or less.
“We hope to discover a creative author who can name our new mascot and then spin an imaginative, patriotic story about his heroic adventures before finding his new home at Garden Oaks American Legion Post 560,” Spencer said.
The contest is free to enter and the winner will receive a small cash prize from the Legion and have their carrier pigeon story published in The Leader.
“With so many of our family and friends affected by the stress, losses and uncertainties due to the (COVID-19) pandemic, a creative writing contest open to the public might just be a welcome distraction,” Spencer said.
Entries must include the author’s name, address, email address and phone number. Participants can submit their work by emailing email@example.com or mailing their work to the American Legion Post 560, located at 3720 Alba Rd.
The deadline to submit entries is Sept. 1, and the winner will be presented at the post’s monthly meeting Sept. 16.