The Royse City American Legion Post 100 is looking forward at the coming year at its annual banquet as officers will be installed in their positions. They’ll also reflect on the past year’s accomplishments this Saturday.

Recently-elected officers for the Royse City post, the Legion Riders and the American Legion Auxiliary will be installed at the banquet, with incoming Post Commander Rosa Ortega taking the reins of the Royse City post. She’ll be succeeding outgoing post commander Shawn Masters. According to charter member and post adjutant Jason Castleberry, Ortega is the first female post commander.

“We’re a pretty young post since we’ve only been in existence for a few years, but she’ll be the first female post commander,” Castleberry said. 

As post commander, Ortega will be in charge of overseeing post activities for the year and makes sure programs run smoothly. She will also oversee the post’s meetings.

“Of course if they need assistance, she’ll be there to provide that assistance,” Castleberry said. 

For the Legion Riders, an organization in conjunction with the post, Dan Smith will be installed as the group’s new director. The group carries out its mission of community service and veteran care through a common interest in motorcycles and is made of veterans and relatives.

“A lot of times they’ll participate in festivals or community events or they’ll ride when a veteran has passed away as part of the motorcade,” Castleberry said. “They also do a lot of fundraising for scholarships and things of that nature.” 

Jessica Masters was reelected to be the American Legion Auxiliary President and will serve a second year in that position. In that position she will continue overseeing the auxiliary’s programs, running group meetings and helping guide the organization. 

In addition to officer installations, members and their families will look back at the previous year’s accomplishments including sending a record five young men to Texas Boys State leadership conference in Austin, assistance provided to veterans, community service and more. 

“We provided about $2,500 in veteran’s assistance from the post to help pay bills. We had one veteran who was in need of vehicle maintenance and tires, so we helped him there,” he said. “All in all we provided about $18,000 in goods and services to the community, for veterans and our children.”

Going into the next year, Castleberry says the post will continue to do what they can to help veterans and the community while adding services, including providing counseling services for veterans and placing flag disposal boxes in the area.

“We’re actually in a position now to help veterans receive local counseling for PTSD,” he said. “That will be something new that we do. We’ve partnered with Higher Hopes Counseling make this happen.”

Castleberry hopes the coming year will also bring growth and new members for the post, which is currently at 87 members. 

“We’re hoping to exceed 90 members, maybe even get to 100,” he said. 

The banquet is Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Royse City and is free to attend. 

“We’d like to thank the community and Trinity Baptist Church,” Castleberry said. “They’ve been a great partner with us. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to do it.”