COMMANDER’S REPORT – OCTOBER 2017
The first membership meeting of the season is behind us. We welcomed three new members (Martin Goldsmith, George Levin and Jim Ansfield) which is really great. WELCOME to all three of you . . . we’re glad you’re with us.
While on the subject of new members and as a reminder from last month’s report, membership is crucial to our efforts to support our services for Veterans and our communities.
OUR FISCAL/FINANCIAL YEAR BEGAN JULY 1ST AND YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS – 2018 RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE NOW PAYABLE. JULY 1ST THRU JUNE 30TH OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR IS THE SAME TIME FRAME COVERED BY OUR ANNUAL DUES PAYMENT.OUR POST AS WELL AS THE COUNTY, DISTRICT, DEPARTMENT AND NATIONAL ALL SET ANNUAL BUDGETS TO COVER THIS PERIOD. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET PAID LAST YEAR’S DUES HAVE LOST THEIR MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGES. FROM NATIONAL ON DOWN TO POST LEVEL IT IS REQUESTED THAT EVERYONE PAY THEIR CURRENT DUES (AND PAST DUES, IF APPLICABLE) TO RETAIN MEMBERSHIP AND LONGEVITY CREDIT BY NOVEMBER 1ST.
WE DID NOT ACHIEVE 100% OF OUR MEMBERSHIP GOAL LAST YEAR AFTER HAVING DONE SO FOR THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS IN A ROW. LET’S MAKE IT 100& FOR THIS YEAR!!
Many of the needed items of repair at our building were completed over the past summer. A new air conditioner is now on the roof; the Ladies room sink has been fixed; the kitchen freezer and refrigerator have been repaired; a new rope and lockbox have been installed on the flag and pole; the list goes on. Arrangements have also been made to install a fifth security camera.
There are two events that are rapidly approaching and I hope as many of our members as possible will attend. First is the Flag Retirement Ceremony on Thursday October 5th hosted this year by our Post 457 and conducted by the Ozaukee County Council. The ceremony will be held in the parking lot, East of and behind the Mequon Safety Building (Mequon Road & Buntrock Avenue) between the former DPW just west of the Mequon Road railroad tracks starting at 6:00pm. Following will be a regular County membership meeting at our Post starting about 7:00pm. Light food and refreshments will be available for a “free will” donation. The bar will open about 6:30pm.
The second event is the 2nd District Fall Conference on Saturday October 28th at the Rose-Harms Post in Grafton. Please notify me if you would like to attend - - everyone is invited. Registration starts at 7:00am costing $3.00 and lunch is $17.00. Please let me know ASAP – but not later than October 15th – if you wish to attend so we can meet the deadline for acknowledgement of the number attending. My e-mail address and phone numbers are below. Let’s have a great turnout from our Post!
(NOTE: Our Post pays attendees’ registration and lunch. If you wish to donate any or all of that amount, please do so at our next membership meeting on October 11th – cash or checks made payable to Howard J. Schroeder Post 457.)
Carol Faller, our wonderful Hall Manager has tendered her resignation due to health issues. She has done a fabulous job and we THANK her VERY MUCH for having done so. We also wish her well and all the best in the future. Linda Gosewehr who, like Carol, is one of our Auxiliary members, has stepped up to take her place and has been working with Carol for several weeks to learn the “ins and outs” of the job. We send a big “Thank You” to Linda for taking over a very important job for us.
A “notice board” is now on the wall immediately to the left of the office door. This is for Legion and Auxiliary members to post small notices and information pertaining to our work for our Veterans. It can also be used for small personal “For Sale” and “Wanted to Buy” notices, but nothing large and no non-related advertising flyers or similar items. Be sure to remove dated items as soon as the date has passed.
Finally, and although it’s a bit early, Veterans Day on November 11th is fast approaching. We will be holding a short tribute on the patio as we did last year (weather permitting) and inviting local dignitaries to speak. Lunch will be available for a “free will” donation. Please plan on joining us on this special day. NOTE: We will need members to perform the rifle salute. Please contact me if you can participate. Thanks in advance for doing so!
Chuck Friedlein, Commander
CALENDAR OF EVENTS – OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017
October 5th – Flag Retirement Ceremony (see above for details)
October 11th – Post membership meeting 7:00pm
October 26th – Post Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm
October 28th – 2nd District Fall Conference (see above for details)
November 2nd – Ozaukee County Legion Meeting at Grafton Post 7:00pm
RAFFLE WINNERS – AUGUST 2017
1st – Ray Koutny; 2nd – Thomas Knapp; 3rd – Neil Glasstein; 4th – Michael Brown; 5th – Harriett Opsahl; 6th – Joe Wenskus
RAFFLE WINNERS – SEPTEMBER 2017
1ST – Martin Goldsmith; 2nd – Patrick Quinlevan; 3rd – Greg Ernst; 4th – Gene Haderer; 5th – Anita Ward; 6th – Michael Brown
AUXILIARY REPORT – OCTOBER 2017
NOW is the time to renew your membership. Senior dues - $21.00; Juniors - $3.50. National has mailed the first renewal notice. Please remember that our Juniors do not receive renewal notices. If you are paying for several Members, please include their names on a separate sheet of paper and the date of birth for our Juniors. This is required every year. You may now send your dues to Marianne Nass at 12722 N. Forest Ct. Mequon, WI 53092. Checks should be made payable to ALA Unit 457. National is also giving us the opportunity to pay our memberships with debit and/or credit cards. You may now call National directly at 317-569-4536 (M-F 7:00am-3:00pm) for payment of dues. You may also go to their website www.ALAforVeterans.org to pay. You must create an account and have your ALA membership number when doing so. Our membership goal for this year is 98 . . . a number I know we can reach if we all pull together.
Congratulations to ELLEN ALLEN on her remarkable 60 years of membership with the American Legion Auxiliary. Thank you for your service to our Veterans Ellen.
The Auxiliary will be holding its annual Terri Lynn Nut/Candy sale again this year from October thru November 11th. These make perfect Christmas/Holiday gifts or host gifts and will be here in time for the holidays. If you are interested in ordering, please contact one of our Auxiliary members.
Please join us on Saturday November 11th for Veterans Day at the Post. The ceremony begins promptly at 11:00am with a light lunch to follow. This is open to the Public.
It’s hard to believe the Holidays are just around the corner and so is our American Legion/American Legion Auxiliary Christmas party. This year it will be held on Saturday December 9th and is a “themed” event given the Army-Navy football game. Kickoff will be at 2:00pm so our party will start a bit earlier than in the past. Watch for more details.
Our next membership meeting will be held on Saturday October 14th at 10:00am. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
November 11th – ALA membership meeting at 9:00am and Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00am with lunch to follow
December 9th – Auxiliary meeting and Army-Navy Christmas Party
Follow us on FaceBook at American Legion and Auxiliary Post 457 Mequon, WI as upcoming events and photos from events can be found there.
In the spirit of Service, not Self as we “Soar for our Veterans”
Bev Green, President
Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Recent and unusually heavy demands on my time have delayed my ability to get this month’s edition of “Salute” to all of you in a more timely manner. Mea culpa!!
Correction/Omission: Dave Robel is our Post Historian and a member of the Executive Committee, a fact that was inadvertently overlooked in last month’s “Salute”.
Along with the FaceBook page mentioned above, you are reminded to visit our Post website at www.Post457.org from time to time. You will find it to be quite informative.
We are sad to announce the recent passing of Rudolph “Rudy” Bartos. We send our condolences to his family and friends.
REQUIESCAT IN PACE our Brother
Our membership numbers have room for improvement. We ask for your help in spreading the word about the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary and impressing on those who will listen the good work we do for our Veterans and our communities. Any organization, be it fraternal, business, sports or any other is dependent upon ‘new blood’ and fresh faces if it is to survive, grow and prosper. The memoriam for our fallen comrade above is a stark reminder that we are in constant need of new members. Please keep your eyes and ears open and get out there to recruit, recruit, recruit. “Recruit” is not a dirty word. The definition this verb is: To form or build (a group, team, army, etc.) by getting people to join; To persuade someone to join you in some activity or to help you.
“Doesn’t expecting the unexpected mean that the unexpected is actually expected?”
Dave Delahunt, Editor