Hello all! It is my honor to be your new Post Commander and to follow in the large and extremely capable footsteps of our immediate Past Commander Chuck Friedlein to whom we all owe a huge debt of gratitude. Among his many accomplishments was his work with the City of Mequon which led to the demolition of the obsolete Logemann Center and the ultimate increase in much-needed parking for our facility.
I am an Army Veteran who was on Active Duty from 1972 thru 1974. After that I spent 28 good years with the Army Reserve. I have been a member of the American Legion for 28 years as well.
At the July 2018 American Legion convention our Post 457 was awarded the Post Excellence Award by the American Legion Department of Wisconsin. Congratulations to all!
We currently have two vacant Officer positions at your Post and we’re seeking a couple of folks to step up and volunteer to fill them. The posts are Service Officer and Historian. These are not difficult jobs and can be very rewarding. Interested parties should contact me (see contact information below) for job descriptions and to throw your hat in the ring. Our uncle once said: “We need YOU!”
CALENDAR OF EVENTS & MEETINGS
September 27th – Executive board meeting – 7:00pm (last Thursday of every month)
October 4th – Annual Flag Retirement ceremony – 6:00pm Saukville Legion Post
October 10th – Post Membership meeting – 7:00pm (second Wednesday of every month)
October 27th – 2nd District Fall Conference Saukville Legion Post
November 8th – “HOST A HERO” celebration and luncheon – 11:30am Concordia University; Please be sure to RSVP not later than October 2nd to Ms. Lucy Jacobson at either 262-243-4212 OR firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Jacobson can also give you more information about this wonderful event.
I certainly hope that more and more of you will attend these meetings and events. We need more of you to get off the sidelines. After all, this is your American Legion and your Post. If we are to succeed, grow and prosper we need your involvement and your participation. Please!!
Tim Schoessow, Commander
RAFFLE WINNERS – AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
August: 1st – Ken Kendzor; 2nd – Blake Reichgeld; 3rd – Gregory Custer; 4th – Wilson Anderson; 5th – Michael Brown; 6th – Penny Gruettner
September: 1st – Gary Smith; 2nd – Bill Prahl; 3rd – Wendy Porterfield; 4th – Neil Glasstein; 5th – Becky Jenkins; 6th – James Ansfield
Welcome to another year ladies. It is certainly nice to be back after a summer hiatus.
Now is the time to renew your membership! National has mailed the first renewal notice. NOTE: Junior members do not receive renewal notices. With that being said, please include a list of all the members that you are paying for including the Junior members to avoid any confusion. Our dues have increased slightly for the first time in several years and are now $30.00. Junior members (birth – 18) are $6.00. You may send your renewals by mail to Marianne Nass at 12722 N. Forest Ct., Mequon, WI 53092. You may also renew online at www.ALAforVeterans.org and go to the “Members only” tab where you must create a login ID if you don’t already have one. You may then select the “Pay dues” option. You may pay for only one member online. If you wish to pay for several members you may contact National at 317-569-4536 from 7:00am thru 3:00pm Monday thru Friday. You’ll need your credit or debit card for either of these options.
Our Auxiliary Unit will once again be selling Terry Lynne Nuts and Candy from September thru November 11th. We’re looking for another successful fundraising drive with these tasty goodies. If and when you are interested in ordering some, please simply contact any one of our Auxiliary members. As in the past, these products will be delivered in time for the Holidays.
We will be collecting items for the Hoptel located on the Milwaukee VA grounds. The Hoptel is for Veterans (and their driver/caregiver) who are in need of ongoing treatment and who live more than 50 miles away from the facility. Please watch for the “wish list” coming soon.
In the spirit of Service, not Self as we “Soar for our Veterans”
Bev Green, President
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS
October 4th – Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony 6:00pm Saukville Legion Post
October 13th – Auxiliary Meeting - 10:00am
November 10th – Auxiliary Meeting - 10:00am (subject to change)
November 11th – Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00am with Lunch to follow; Public is invited and welcome
December 8th – Auxiliary Meeting – 10:00am (subject to change)
December 16th – Holiday Party at the Post (details to follow)
Congratulations and best wishes from all of us to our Legion brother Vince Blachuta and his lovely bride Dana on the occasion of their September 8th wedding. Several of us were able to attend this lovely event on a perfect day. We wish Vince and Dana much happiness in all the years to come!!
On a sad note, we lost Ray Koutny, Dennis Bersch, Philip Straub and Lowell Levy this summer. Lowell was the last surviving charter member of our Post and provided many legal services for us through the years.
Requiescat in pace our brothers
This is a sobering reminder that we must constantly be recruiting new members to both the Legion and the Auxiliary. New members are the very lifeblood of any organization whether it’s fraternal, business, sports or any other.
If and when any of you have any announcements or newsworthy items that you would like to share with our Legion and Auxiliary brothers and sisters, please send them to me in writing and I’ll try to include appropriate content in this monthly newsletter. “Salute” is, after all, your newsletter!
Please make every effort to attend the October 4th Flag Retirement Ceremony where literally thousands of American flags will be properly retired. In the event you have not attended one before, it is a “meaningful must” to take off of your bucket list of things to do. I, for one, get a chill down my spine every time.
In addition, I strongly encourage all Veterans to try and attend the “Host A Hero” event at Concordia University on November 8th. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to meet with these fine young people and for them to savor a little dose of history by meeting and visiting with us. You will most certainly not regret your attendance.
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks”
Dave Delahunt, Editor