COMMANDER’S REPORT – APRIL/MAY 2021
It has been a busy month! If you were not able to join us for our April 14th meeting you missed a special time. Mrs. Vicki Helms, our “Educator of the Year” recipient, gave an inspirational presentation. She shared a message that she tells her Steffen Student Council every year about why everyone should appreciate the sacrifices Veterans have made. Mr. Bill Prahl, our “Legionnaire of the Year” awardee, reminisced about his many years as Commander of our Post. He especially remembered the time his wife Bonnie was driving him home from a hospital stay but he made her stop by the Legion first so he could see the new building being moved into position. We have also been notified that his application has been chosen by the county awards committee to be forwarded for consideration at the district level.
A special plaque was also presented at the meeting. It has the following words: Howard J. Schroeder American Legion Post #457/Building Dedication November 2014. In Appreciation to the Building Committee: Commander William Prahl/Committee Chairman Elmer Prenzlow/ Committee Members: Beverly Green, Melvin Green, Philip Harrison, Mike Lang, Ruth Mengsol, Ken Pliskie, James Quesnell, David Robel. It will hang in the Legion building.
Four new members attended the last meeting. We extend a very warm welcome to Ronald Miller, Robert Miller, Mike Bloedel and Sandra Heim! We hope to see you often!
On Friday April 16th we were treated to a free concert by Daniel Stoin. He is a Vietnam Veteran who played the piano, guitar and harmonica and sang his own songs. The evening was broadcast as part of a Midwest Veterans tour on the ITNS Radio Network and heard by 7,800 people around the world.
The graduating students being honored for the American Legion School Awards are being chosen by their schools. The awards will be presented at graduations and assemblies throughout May and June.
Memorial Day Happenings
- Volunteers are needed to place the flags on the graves of Veterans at the seven cemeteries in our area. This will be coordinated at the May meeting. If you cannot attend but are able to help, please e-mail me at email@example.com or call 414-429-0722. The staff at Resurrection Cemetery coordinate the placement of the 600+ flags needed there but they need help on either the Thursday or Friday before Memorial Day.
- Natalie King, a new Auxiliary member, is helping to coordinate the “Field of Flags” at the War Memorial Center in downtown Milwaukee. The plan is to place 7,056 flags in honor of every service member who gave his or her life since 9/11. If you can help on May 29th beginning at 9:00am, assign up at https://volunteersignup.org/PBRMY.
- The county Veterans Ceremony will take place on Friday May 28th at 5:00pm at the Justice Center in Port Washington.
- The official City of Mequon Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 11:00am on the steps of City Hall on Monday, May 31st. Cue to Covid-19, there will not be a parade this year but the Homestead High School Band will participate and local dignitaries will speak. Help is needed for the Rifle Squad. Contact Chuck Friedlein at 262-236-if you can help.
It is election time! The slate of officers below will be voted on at the May meeting.
Commander: Tim Schoessow
First Vice Commander; Mike Lang
Second Vice Commander: Charles Friedlein
Adjutant: David Robel
Treasurer: Neil Glasstein
Chaplain: Frank Keller
Historian: David Robel
Service Officer: Bob Hilgendorf
Sergeant-at-Arms: David Delahunt
Sergeant-at-Arms: Todd Boettcher
Membership Chair: William Meisel
PLEASE consider helping with the two parades listed below to make our Post more visible to the public. Many long-time members are not able to march any more. Even if you are too busy to attend regular meetings, this could be your chance to get involved, if only for this event.
Saturday, June 26th – Fun Before the Fourth Parade 10:30am. Assemble at the Post at 9:30, walk to Weyenberg Library at 9:45 (Road closures begin at 10:00)
Sunday, July 4th – The Fourth of July in Freistadt is happening this year. Trinity Freistadt is located at the corner of Granville and Freistadt Roads in west-central Mequon. There is a short parade at 1:00pm and your participation to march would be most welcome and helpful. The route is less than three blocks. The group will also participate in the flag raising and rifle squad volleys immediately after the parade as well.
Tim Schoessow, Commander
May 6th – County Meeting, Cedarburg Post, 7:00pm
May 7 and 8th – State Legion Meetings at Ho Chunk, Baraboo
May 12th – Legion Membership meeting at the Post, 7:00pm
May 20th – Executive Board Meeting at the Post (note date change dur to Memorial Day)
Week of May 24th – Post flags at cemeteries throughout Mequon
May 28th – County Ceremony at Port Washington, 5:00pm
June 25th – Installation of Officers Dinner, Location TBD
June 26th – Fun Before the Fourth Parade
July 4th – Freistadt Fourth of July Parade
April Raffle Winners
1st – Frank Keller; 2nd – Dana Glasstein; 3rd – Michael Brown; 4th – John Smilanich; 5th – James Wetzel; 6th – Blake Reichgeld
We extend a warm welcome to new members Susan and Angel Meyer. They are the daughter and granddaughter of our Post Commander and Auxiliary member Tim and Terry Schoessow. We’re happy you two are on board!
For the safety of our Legion and Auxiliary members as well as the community, we will not be hosting lunch at the Post this Memorial Day because of Covid-19.
We are looking for volunteers to help place flags at Resurrection Cemetery on either Thursday May 27th or Friday May 28th. This may be during the day on Thursday or in the evening on either day. Please watch for more details. Not only is this a great way to honor our fallen but also for volunteer hours.
Our officers and members have discussed the opportunity to host an informational event for our Veterans and their families as well as the community in October 2022. As many of us know, many of our Vietnam Veterans, including my own Dad, were exposed to a deadly chemical called Agent Orange that has affected not only our Veterans but also their families. In addition to the list of illnesses that keeps growing due to exposure to the deadly chemical, did you know that it can affect up to eight (8) generations of that veteran’s family (children, grandchildren, etc.)? We would like to start brainstorming and invite the members of our Unit and our Post to join us. We will be holding elections of Officers on Saturday May 8th at 9:00am at the Post. The current slate of Officers for the 2021-22 membership year is:
- President: Bev Green
- 1st Vice President: Natalia King
- 2nd Vice President:
- Treasurer: JoAnn DeGaetano
- Chaplain: Sharon Keller
- Sergeant-at Arms: Merylou Green
We are currently looking for a member who might be interested in taking the Treasurer’s position as JoAnn has held this position for several years and would like to take a break. If anyone is interested, please let me know. If you are interested in an Officer position, the current Officers will be there to help you in any way that we can. These positions can also be held as co-officers. Questions about offices and the duties should be directed to me and I’ll be glad to be of help My contact information is below.
On a final note, I would like to congratulate Natalia King on her newly elected position of Treasurer for the Ozaukee County American Legion Auxiliary.
Bev Green, President
PLEASE, PLEASE pay particular attention to President Bev Green’s plea for help, brainstorming and planning vis-à-vis the Agent Orange event to be held in October 2022. This deadly chemical has affected all of us in one way or another and in all likelihood will continue to do so for generations to come. PLEASE!!!
Please also pay particular attention to the cover story in the May edition of THE AMERICAN LEGION magazine, pp. 20-26. This sacred centennial is one that I suggest we all give considered thought to because, like so many other significant events and anniversaries, this one will be upon us before we know it. Many of us have visited Arlington National Cemetery one or more times and we have left those hallowed grounds in awe and with a renewed sense of humility, respect and gratitude for each and every one of the heroes that are interred or inurned there. This coming November 11th (Veteran’s Day) will have extra special meaning for all.
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Dave Delahunt, Editor