American Legion
Lafayette Post 37

Poughkeepsie, NY
Tel: (914) 471-6536

Lafayette Post Building

Post 37 Officers
Post Commander

Veronica A. Reilly

1st Vice Cmdr.

William Miller
2nd Vice Cmdr.

John Mihans
3rd Vice Cmdr.

Mike Harrilla
Post Adjutant

Doug Hanlon
Post Treasurer

Tony Perrotta
Post Finanace Officer

Jacquamae Perrotta
A. Scott Richards
Service Officer
Rose Lowery
Post Judge Advocate
William Grady
Post Historian
Frank Janendo
Executive Committee
Richard Fiske

Rita Fogarty

Lester Runza
Notice: Underlined names are email links. Please feel free to email any of the Lafayette Post's Officers to ask questions.

Lafayette Post's History

The charter authorizing the formation of Layafette Post # 37, State of New York, American Legion was issued on the fourteenth day of June 1919. This issuance was prior to the permenant organization of the National American Legion on Novemeber 11, 1919. The charter issuance to Lafayette Post was subsequently approved at the permanent national organization meeting.
Records indicate the present post build was a house with a front and side porch for World War I veteran occupancy. In the year 1931 and extension was made to the house structure eliminating the front porch, and adding the area commonly known as the dugout in the lower level, and a main meeting hall on the first floor level. The dugout had a small bar for serving of beverages and light food.
Upon the expiration of the World War II conflict the post membership increased to a total of approximately fifteen hundred (1500) members. Making Lafayette Post #37 the largest American Legion Post between New York City and Albany.
In the years of 1948-1950, the first level of the building was renovated with a new taproom, eliminating the dugout taproom.
In 1964, further renovations were to add a new furnance, eliminating a converted coal/oil heating unit, a new stairway to the lower level, and new restroom facilities on the first floor.
The present post building is now becoming antiquated, evident by the post membership voting in March 1988 to sell the present building and land, and to build a new one story sructure. The current Lafayette Post #37 membership is approximately 400 veterans from WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Panama/Grenada and the Gulf War.
Past members of the Lafayette Post include honorary member Franklin D. Roosevelt and Hamilton Fish, one of the original founders of the American Legion.

The present Post membership continues to be leaders within the County, District and the Department. Claiming officer posts in Dutchess County, the 9th District and in 1996/1997 even boasting a Past Department of New York, Vice Commander, Richard Chapland.
The Lafayette Post spearheads many of the programs of the American Legion with members contributing to many community and veterans events and activities. We are making a difference and we continue to serve our county, state and Nation as proud and honorable veterans.


Lafayette Post Saturday Bingo

Come one, come all to our weekly Bingo game. Spend Saturday nights among friends. Help support the post by either being a player or you can volunteer your services and give us a helping hand. Doors open at 4:00. Calling starts at 6:00PM. BINGO games will be postponed during the month of July and the last two weeks in December.
Thanks to Bingo, we have been able to make a few improvements around the post. We are not anywhere near finished with our restorations; but we can really get working on the job with the funds we now have.

Post Membership Dues

The Lafayette Post is at 52.8% of membership paid! With the hard work and dedicated effort of Jackie Perrotta, the post continues to lead the country in membership! Your membership DOES count!

Post Activities

Post Barbacue and Membership Meeting:
It was a grand time for all those Legionaires and Auxiliary members who attended the Post's Barbacue Meeting at the Perrotta's house in August.

National Convention:
The Perrotta's and the Chaplan's both attended the National Convention in New Orleans during August. The Perrotta's enjoyed their visit to New Orleans and brought back some great info for the membership.

Upcoming Events

Regular Membership Meeting:The regularly scheduled membership meetings are the 2nd Sunday of each month at 1PM. Our next meeting of the Post membership will be on Sunday. Nov 8th in the Dugout.

Post Halloween Party:

Come on down to the Post on October 30th and have great time at our Halloween Party! Dancing and food will be available. Come in costume and win a prize. Tickets are $8 per person.

Penny Social for Children and Youth Fund: Keep your eyes on the monthly newsletter for more important information on the upcoming Penny Social. Anyone having items (merchandise/crafts) to donate should drop them off at the post.

Any member who has any ideas for post activities should contact one of the Post's Officers and let's make it happen. Your suggestions are encouraged and needed to help bring in our members.

Click here to see the Post's Photo Albumn

American Legion Links

American Legion National Headquarters
Veterans Administration Website
American Legion - 9th District
9th District American Legion Baseball Teams
Women are Veterans Too!
American Legion Post 196 - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
American Legion Post 306 - Taylor, PA

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