COMMANDER’S REPORT – JANUARY 2019
On behalf of our Post membership I extend my condolences and deep sympathy to the families and friends of those we lost recently. (see Editor’s Notes below) You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
We continue to enthusiastically support the Badger Boys program and I am working with them. M-T Optimist Club and the Lions Club have pledged to sponsor the Badger Boys program as well. We thank these fine and generous community organizations for their support and their donations.
As of January 1st the insurance program promoted through the American Legion known as “Legion Care Accidental Death” through Transamerica Life Insurance Co. has changed. The new carrier/insurer is Securian Life Insurance Co. I have a copy of the announcement letter if anyone needs more information.
At our recent Membership meeting Mr. Jack Wegner gave a brief talk on the work the Milwaukee Homeless Organization is doing in the Milwaukee area. The Post voted to send that organization $100.00 to support their work. Thanks, also, to County Commander Jim Johnson for attending our January meeting.
Membership: We currently have 142 paid up Members and our goal for this year is 180+. If you have not yet paid your $40 dues for this year, please do so now!! National will be sending our reminder letters so please read and heed. I encourage all of you to recruit and sign up one new Member and invite him/her to attend our next meeting. We need to grow!!!!!
Linda Gosewehr has informed us that she will be stepping down as our Hall Manager in mid-March. We appreciate Linda’s faithful service all she has done for us and we now need to find her replacement. We need your help in that regard. I hope to be able to send all of you a more specific “Job Description” for this position very soon so you can spread the word. If we can hire from within it would be ideal! Stay tuned for more information on this soon. We need the replacement soon!!!
Tim Schoessow, Commander
CALENDAR OF EVENTS & UPCOMING MEETINGS
February 2nd – “Four Chaplains Dinner” (Call Cmdr. Tim Schoessow or Sergeant-at-Arms Dave Delahunt for details)
February 13th – Special joint meeting of the Legion and the Auxiliary at the Post 7:00pm Guest speaker Debbie Buchanan (MHVI); Please make every effort to attend!!! (see Editor’s Notes below)
February 28th – Executive Board meeting 7:00pm
March 9th – Ozaukee County Bowling Tournament, Harbor Hills Bowling Center, Port Washington (see February “Salute” for more details)
March 13th – Post Membership meeting 7:00pm
March 28th – Executive Board meeting 7:00pm
April 4th – County Meeting 7:00pm at our Post
RAFFLE WINNERS – JANUARY 2019
1st – Christine Graham; 2nd – Janice Reichart; 3rd – Franklin Keller; 4th – Peggy Krueger;
5th – Mr. & Mrs. Jim Wetz; 6th – George Levin
I join with others in saying that our Unit extends sympathies to the family of our Auxiliary Member Mary Robel who passed away on December 28th. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
This is a reminder to please pay your dues now!! Per American Legion Auxiliary National, all members who have not paid their dues by January 31, 2019 will be considered delinquent and no longer eligible for the benefits that the Auxiliary offers until you are paid up. You and I would hate for this to happen so please act NOW. Senior member dues are $30.00 and Juniors are $6.00. Please send your dues to Maryanne Nass at 12722 N. Forest Ct., Mequon 53092. If you are paying for several members, including Juniors, please include the list of names so all are properly accounted for.
I am sad and disappointed to announce that we will not be hosting our “All-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner” on Saturday February 9th this year.
2019 marks the American Legion’s 100th year. Our American Legion Birthday Party will be held on Saturday March 9th with Cocktails being served at 5:00pm and Dinner at 6:00pm. Please watch for your invitations coming soon. This will be a catered event and RSVP only. I hope to see all of you there/then J
At our most recent Membership meeting on January 12th we discussed how to attract and get more of our current Members to attend our meetings.
- Is our attendance due to the day and time we meet?
- What can we due to “spice up” our meetings and events?
- Are there any activities or events we might hold that might being our members together so we can get to know each other better?
Please contact me or any other Auxiliary member(s) with your ideas and suggestions. We want to hear from you!
“Kindle the Flame of Service for our Veterans, Military and their Families”
Bev Green, President
Saturday February 9th – Auxiliary Meeting at 10:00am at the Post
Wednesday February 13th – See Commander’s Report and Calendar of Events above
Saturday March 9th – Auxiliary Meeting at 10:00am at the Post
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How many of us spent last night (and many nights before it) sleeping in the back seat of a car? Or in a van? Or under a bridge? Or in a boxcar? Or simply on a park bench? Do we dare even imagine such a sad scenario? Unfortunately, such is the plight of many and countless Veterans in our own community, in our own back yard and invisibly in our midst . . . they are HOMELESS.
A little over a year ago I, along with some of my colleagues at the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors (GMAR) became aware of the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) located at 6300 W, National Avenue, West Allis 53214 www.MKEHomelessVets.org Please look at this website and put February 13th 7:00pm on your calendar at which time we will be visited – and be given a presentation by – Ms. Debbie Buchanan. Debbie is the Executive Director of MHVI and an Army Veteran herself. She is going to give us a very meaningful and impactful PowerPoint presentation and look inside of MHVI. Both Legion and Auxiliary Members are invited to – and will not want to miss – this very special presentation.
“Our tree is losing too many leaves.” Sadly we suffered a number of losses that hit close to home during the month of December. Those we lost and whose memories we are left to cherish include:
Melvin “Mel” Green, Vietnam Veteran, Post 457 Sergeant-at-Arms and long-time Member; husband of Auxiliary Member Merrylou Green and father of Auxiliary President Bev Green.
Past Post #457 Commander (1972-73) and World War II Veteran Stanley Gehrke
Auxiliary Member Mary Robel, wife of Legion Member Dave Robel and sister-in-law of Auxiliary Member and past Hall Manager Carol Faller
Requiescat en pace our Brothers and Sister
Dave Delahunt, Editor
“Courage is the oil that lubricates the daily grind.”