COMMANDER’S REPORT – JUNE 2018
WELCOME to our two newest members, Jack Iverson and Jeffery Kim. We’re all very happy to have you join us and hope to see you at our meetings and take part in our various activities.
Thank you to Kevin Johnson, our County Veterans Service Officer (VASO) who was our guest speaker at the May membership meeting. He gave us a brief but very informative talk about the services and benefits available to Veterans and how, along with some handouts, he can help put Veterans and their families in touch with the correct offices to get things done. We had a good number of guests from other Posts and the 2nd District as well as some spouses. Please share what you learned with anyone you know who might be eligible to use the services so they can contact Kevin.
Well folks, we finally did it!! As of the latest report from Department we have reached our 100% membership goal. That is outstanding and I send my sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have made it possible. However, there are no laurels to rest upon. While some more of our members have paid their 2017-18 dues, we still have a little way to go to reach current members who still have not renewed their membership for 2018-19. For those of you still in that category and if you have access to a computer, you can renew online at www.Legion.org.
The May Mequon Common Council meeting – keeping track of future things affecting our Post vis-à-vis the Logemann Center site and Gateway Project. Because of a missed communication, I erroneously reported last month that the Logemann Center would be demolished by the end of May. In actuality, the City will wait until the end of the baseball season so there will not be any construction interference of the games. The design features of the lot were discussed using four concepts presented by the design firm. Meetings between the City and stakeholders in Town Center I (Lokre Property Management first and American Legion second) have started regarding [parking agreements and refinements of directional guidelines from the “Committee of the Whole”. The Gateway Committee’s co-chair introduced a short video of the selected design in the form of a computer-animated over-flight view of the features. All appears to be on track and going well. REMEMBER: There will not be any organizational advertising (Legion, Notary, Lions, etc.) but the overall design is quite pleasing.
The flags for the graves of our departed Veterans have arrived and will be placed before Memorial Day.
Our annual elections were held at the May 9th Membership meeting with three offices having new officers elected as shown in bold italics below. With the exception of Historian, the other offices were retained by the incumbents. Congratulations and thanks to all the new and incoming officers.
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: (vacant)
Chuck Friedlein, Commander
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May 24th: Post Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm
May 28th: (Monday) Official day to observe Memorial Day. Parade – Gather at Grace Lutheran Church parking lot at 9:15-9:30am and contact Adjutant Todd Boettcher for parade positions. Step off at 10:00am. We’ll take the usual parade route south on Green Bay Road onto Cedarburg Road/Main Street finishing at Mequon City Hall. Remembrances and Ceremony followed by free lunch at Post.
June 13th: Post Membership meeting 7:00pm
June 26th: Post Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm
June 29th: (NOTE: This is a Friday meeting) Installation of Ozaukee County Council officers along with officers of each Post in the County will be at the Saukville Post. Cocktails – 5:00pm; Dinner – 6:00pm; Installation – 7:00pm.Information on cost of dinner to follow as soon as it’s known.
REMEMBER: There will not be any membership meetings during July and August. Have a great Summer!!
RAFFLE WINNERS – MAY 2018
1st – Donald Molyneux; 2nd – Bob Walerstein; 3rd – Neil Glasstein; 4th – Mary Ann Smilanich; 5th – Elizabeth Wendorf; 6th – Herb Brendemuehl
Thank you to all who volunteered to help with the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Drive. Despite the cold and rain our community once again showed how they support and appreciate our Veterans.
Our Unit elections were held and a new slate of Officers elected. However, we are currently looking for someone who would like to fill the position of Historian and/or Secretary. If you are – or think you might be – interested in one or both of these positions, please contact me at 414-380-8400 or email@example.com.
Memorial Day is quickly approaching. We’re looking for Auxiliary members and Junior members who would like to march in the parade and perhaps to Color Guard (carrying the American flag and the American Legion Auxiliary flag). We need at least four (4) people. There is also an opportunity for our Junior members to help by handing our flags along the parade route to those community members in attendance. If you prefer not to march we’re also looking for members to be Color Guard at the Memorial Day Ceremony in front of Mequon City Hall. We also need volunteers to assist with setting up, serving and clean-up at the Post as there is a Luncheon beginning at 11:30am . . . open to the public!! If you’d like to make something, we are looking for finger-type desserts, salads and/or relishes.
Our June meeting/luncheon will be on Saturday June 16th at Remington’s River Inn located at 130 S. Main Street in Thiensville at 11:00am. All members are welcome to join us.
May 28th: Memorial Day
June 16th: Membership luncheon at Remington’s
July 4th is July 4th !!!!!
Happy Memorial Day to all!
In the spirit of Service, not Self as we “Soar for our Veterans”
Bev Green, President 414-380-8400 firstname.lastname@example.org
As we approach our summer break our Commander Chuck Friedlein and Historian Dave Robel are completing their terms in office. On behalf of our entire Membership I want to say a very sincere THANK YOU for a job extraordinarily well done. You have served admirably and with distinction and all of us appreciate your service, your devotion and your dedication.
“Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life”
Dave Delahunt, Editor