COMMANDER’S REPORT – APRIL 2018
There are some activities coming up in the next few weeks and months listed below so please read through them. They are abbreviated from what carries forward from February’s report. Let’s see more of our members participating and attending.
I’m quite remiss in publically saying “Thanks” on behalf of our members to Victor Larson for his generous donation a couple of months ago of a lighted bar sign. It consists of multi-colored LEDs and really looks nice. Thanks from all of us Vic!!
March Mequon Common Council meeting: Keeping track of future things and actions affecting our Post vis-a-vis the Logemann Center site and the gateway project. First Vice Commander Tim Schoessow attended in my absence. He and I discussed the content of the Committee of the Whole dialogue regarding the parking issues and I reviewed the video of the meeting on the City’s website. I was also able to contact the Community Development staff to get further information. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lokre Corp. and the City was approved for the redesign and improvement of parking in the Logemann area. Also, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be published for bids to demolish the Logemann Center building. That should be completed in late Spring. I’ll continue to keep you informed as things progress.
Several more of our members have paid their 2017-18 Dues but we still have a way to go to reach 100%.We missed that goal last year and I’d really like to see us reach it this year. If you have not paid yet, please do so now!
We extend a warm and hearty WELCOME to our newest members . . . both those who are to the Legion and those who have recently transferred to our Post. They are: David Bogues, Ted Distefano, William (Michael) Burk, William Hardt, Donald Schmidt and Jared Valle. We’re also looking forward to welcoming Sam Rogers as soon as his paperwork is received!!
The three-month nomination process for electing 2018-19 Post Officers has begun. If you’re interested in running for any of these offices, please attend the next meeting(s) and let us know. New ‘blood’ is always welcome! The following nominations and acceptances thereof have so far been made (italics below) either at the meeting or during telephone follow-ups. Officers currently serving in other positions are also listed. However, all positions are still open for (more) nominations:
Commander: Tim Schoessow Finance Officer: Neil Glasstein
First Vice Commander: Mike Lang Service Officer: vacant
Second Vice Commander: Chuck Friedlein Sergeant-at-arms: Mel Green
Adjutant: Todd Boettcher Sergeant-at-arms: Dave Delahunt
Chaplain: Frank Keller Historian: OPEN; Dave Robel (not running for re-election)
Chuck Friedlein, Commander
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 22nd: Post Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm
April 11th: Post Membership meeting 7:00pm
April 26th: Post Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm
April 28th: Legion Spring Conference in West Bend
May 9th: Post Membership meeting 7:00pm
May 24th: Post Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm
May 28th: Official observation of Memorial Day. We will hold the usual annual parade!!
September 8th: (early notice) Annual Legion Golf Outing at Maple Crest Country Club in Kenosha; $75 per golfer includes 18 holes with cart, lunch at the turn and the evening banquet
RAFFLE WINNERS – MARCH 2018
1st – Victor Larson; 2nd – Chuck Friedlein; 3rd – Herb Brendenmuhl; 4th – Gregory Custer; 5th – John Richmond; 6th – Anita Ward
Thanks to all who attended “Pride of our Nation” on March 10th. Our Unit was honored to present one Gold Star Flag and seven Blue Star Flags to the families with loved ones currently serving our Country. We also were privileged to have a superb guest speaker, Ralph Simoneau, a WWII Marine Veteran whose presentation was extensive and mesmerizing. I want to also extend a huge THANK YOU to Mark and Kristine Hutson for their participation in making this event possible.
Put your hands together and say Happy 99th Birthday to the American Legion. Our Unit presented the Post $300 to be designated for the light high above the flag inside the building and a plaque for the flag.
We’re looking for volunteers to help with our annual Poppy distribution on Friday and Saturday May 11th and 12th. This year we’ll be located at Metro Market, Sendik’s and Piggly Wiggly in Mequon. You can work in teams. All proceeds from the donations collected go toward our Veteran’s programs. If you’re interested in volunteering please contact either Christine Kingsbury at 414-303-9040 or me at 414-380-8400.
Do you have a Junior Auxiliary member (daughter, granddaughter) age 6 to 8 years that might be interested in being the Poppy Princess this year? If so, please call me at 414-303-9040 so we can get her name into the drawing. Perhaps you have a daughter or granddaughter who is not a member but would be interested in being the Poppy Princess. Simply sign them up and they will have an opportunity as well. The Poppy Princess will participate in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 28th.
The election of Officers for next year will be held at our membership meeting on Saturday May 12th at 2:00pm. We currently have two positions (Treasurer and Secretary) that need to be filled as the current holders of those offices would like to take a break after serving for several years. If you’re interested in being an Officer, please let me know so we can add your name to the list for the position. All Auxiliary members are welcome and encouraged to join us for our meetings.
President: Bev Green Chaplain: Sharon Keller
1st Vice: Marianne Nass Sergeant-at-Arms: Sue Hafert
2nd Vice: Linda Gosewehr Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Merrylou Green
Treasurer: OPEN Secretary: OPEN
Historian: Janet Kerner
In the spirit of Service, not Self as we “Soar for our Veterans”
Bev Green, President
In the event that you have not received this version of “Salute” via e-mail it simply means that I do not have an e-mail address for you. Please send it to me so I can get this – and any other occasional updates and messages - to you faster than “snail mail”.
We’re happy to report that Past Commander Bill Prahl is home and recovering from surgery. He’s had a tough start to the year and is in need of a break. Keep on keepin’ on Bill J
We also extend best wishes for a thorough and speedy recovery to our good friend and fellow member Jim Ott who was injured in a fall recently. I have a strong feeling that you’ll not see him competing in any of the running sports any time soon.
Sadly, another of our good friends and our fellow member Jim Quesnell lost his wife recently. Jim sends a big THANK YOU to all who have been in contact with him and who have provided him with love, comfort and support during this horribly difficult time. We’re all here for you Brother Jim.
Some of us recently attended the “Court of Honor” for Eagle Scout Ryan Gettelfinger. It was a pretty special event for a very special young man. We’re looking forward to doing the same for another very special and accomplished young man, 14-yr-old Nathan Kallas of Thiensville. His “Court of Honor” and promotion to the highest rank in scouting – Eagle Scout - will occur at a date and time to be determined and we intend to honor this fine young man as well. Stay tuned for more details!! These really are outstanding young men whose demonstrated leadership capabilities bode well for the future of our Country. We’re proud to have them in our midst.
“Even silence says something worthwhile”
“A closed mouth gathers no feet”
Dave Delahunt, Editor