COMMANDER’S REPORT – NOVEMBER 2018
December is the time to look at and review the past year. (Where did it go?) Is it a time to take a look at what order your priorities are in to begin a New Year on firm footing? What about spiritual matters, family, health, home, community, relationships or finances?
I’d like to THANK everyone who helped make our ceremony, program and lunch on Veterans Day:
- Bev Green and the entire Auxiliary for the outstanding meal we all enjoyed
- Linda Gosewehr for tending bar
- Army Veteran John Bleakley for singing the National Anthem a cappella
- Mel Green, Dave Delahunt and Bev Green for their participation in the program
- State Representative/Post Member Jim Ott and Thiensville Trustee David Lange for their comments during the program
- National Vice Commander James Wallace
- National Executive Committee Member Bob Shappel for hosting James Wallace
- Our Rifle Squad which consisted of Chuck Friedlein, Todd Boettcher, Bob Hilgendorf, Elroy Klug, Mike Lang, Dave Robel, Vince Blachuta and Neil Glasstein
- Todd Boettcher for his excellent display of military uniforms
- Jesse and Barkha Daily at “The Cheel” in Thiensville who donated a half-barrel of beer. The suds will be on tap until gone!
- Everyone else who helped and made our members and guests feel so welcome
On a business-related matter, please know that we discovered some disintegration of our building’s roof above the entryway and office area. During our recent November membership meeting the group voted to replace that portion of the roof as soon as weather conditions allow.
Have a blessed holiday season!
Tim Schoessow, Commander
CALENDAR OF EVENTS & MEETINGS
December 12th – Post Membership meeting 7:00pm
December 15th – Christmas Party 4:00-8:00pm See details in Auxiliary Report below
January 9th – Post Membership meeting 7:00pm
January 17 – 22 Mid-Winter Conference (details to follow)
February 2nd – “Four Chaplains” Dinner (details to follow)
RAFFLE WINNERS – NOVEMBER
Suspense: We’ll have to wait until the December edition of “Salute” to find out J
“Thank you” to all who attended and helped at our recent Veterans Day event and luncheon. We had a decent turnout (considering the event was held on a Sunday) including some distinguished guests from our National American Legion and our State American Legion along with our guest speakers.
We are very grateful to “The Cheel” in Thiensville and its owners Barkha and Jesse Daily for the generous donation of a half-barrel of Miller Lite that was fun to share with all of our guests. Toast!!!
Invitations have been mailed to Legion and Auxiliary members for our Christmas Party on Saturday December 15th which will be held at the Post from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. The cost is $22.00 for adults (10 years and up) and $8.00 for children. Cocktails are at 4:00pm and dinner at 5:00pm. Please RSVP to Marianne Nass NO LATER THAN Friday December 7th!! Make your check(s) payable to ALA Unit 457 and mail them to Marianne at 12722 N. Forest Ct., Mequon 53092. We will also be collecting donations through December 15th for the Hoptel which is located on the VA grounds. The Hoptel serves Veterans and their caretaker/driver while going through treatment at the VA. Some of the items they are in need of include:
- Pods for a Kuerig coffee maker
- Paper plates/bowls/microwaveable bowls
- Sweat pants/pajamas
- SWEAT SHIRTS XL or XXL
NOTE: All clothing and blankets must be NEW!
Please bring your donations to the Post or contact an Auxiliary member
National has mailed membership renewal notices. Please remember that our Junior members do not receive renewal notices so, if you pay for them, please include them along with the name of who you are paying for. Seniors are $30.00 and Juniors are $6.00. Please make checks payable to ALA Unit 457 and mail them to Marianne Nass at the address given above.
UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS
December 15th – Auxiliary meeting at the Post 2:00pm
December 15th – Legion/Auxiliary Christmas Party at the Post 4:00 – 8:00pm
January 12th – Auxiliary meeting at the Post 2:00pm
“Kindle the Flame of Service for our Veterans, Military and their Families”
Happy Holidays to all!
Bev Green, President
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Are you alert and keeping your eyes and ears open for prospective new members for your Legion Post and its Auxiliary? Only with your help will we be able to sustain and increase our membership. If you have any questions regarding membership and/or recruiting and inviting new members to join us, please contact any one of our Officers. Membership is the very lifeblood of this – or any other – organization be it fraternal, business, sports or any other.
There are a fairly large number of you who are reading this that we have not seen or heard from for a while. In fact, some of you have not yet set foot inside your wonderful “new” building and/or participated in any of your meetings or numerous social events. Your Legion and Auxiliary brothers and sisters have been missing you and your involvement and participation. If you need assistance in getting to or from any of our meetings and events please call me and or drop a note. My direct contact information is below. I’d love to hear from you!
I wish one and all the Happiest, Healthiest and Safest of Holidays and I look forward to our continued Camaraderie in the New Year 2019
Dave Delahunt, Editor
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