COMMANDER’S REPORT – MARCH 2019
HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY to the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary!!! We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at our Celebration on April 6th. Please get your reservations in NOW.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Chris Wozny as our new Hall Manager effective immediately. Please give him your support and be available to assist Chris from time-to-time when he needs some volunteers at various events. We also send a big THANK YOU to Linda Gosewehr for her dedicated service. She has been tireless in her support. We’re happy to say that Linda is not leaving us but is going to be devoting more of her time to her husband Bob and their family.
On Wednesday May 8th we are going to have a joint meeting of the Legion and the Auxiliary as well as your invited guests at 7:00pm when we host a very special GUEST SPEAKER, Ms. Meg Jones who is the Military Reporter with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Meg is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and, as a war correspondent, has embedded with our troops on numerous occasions. She has given numerous lectures about Milwaukee’s contribution to the war effort and she has also authored a book “World War II Milwaukee” in which she has three chapters about Milwaukee war correspondents who had front row seats to WWII. Ms. Jones will also talk about her own experiences as a war correspondent. We fully expect to “pack the house” for this special event so mark your calendars now and plan on attending. We’re hoping time will allow her to do “photo ops” and autographs. If any of you are uncomfortable driving at night – and we know there are quite a few – please let either me, Bev Green, Dave Delahunt or any of our other members know and we’ll arrange to get you to and fro this presentation. Our contact information is in this newsletter. We don’t want you to miss this event!!!
MEMBERSHIP: Attrition and loss of members are natural and common phenomena in any and all organizations whether they are they fraternal, business, sports or any other. So, too, American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary organizations are not immune to this and we are both in need of new members . . . NOW. Do you know of any Veterans out there who might be candidates to join the Legion? Do you have wives, daughters or granddaughters that you can recruit to the Auxiliary? You won’t get an answer unless you ask the question so please keep your eyes and ears open and let’s replenish our numbers. Talk it up and recruit! We need to increase our membership numbers!
It’s time once again to elect a slate of Officers for our Post. The election will be held on May 8th and the following Officers are up for election:
- 1st Vice Commander
- 2nd Vice Commander
- Service Officer
For more information contact Bill Prahl, Election Chairman at 262-370-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to let him know if you are interested in running for office and, if you are, which office. It’s healthy and refreshing to have some new candidates from time to time so don’t be shy about running!!
Tim Schoessow, Commander
CALENDAR OF EVENTS & UPCOMING MEETINGS
March 28th – Executive Board meeting 7:00pm
April 4th – Ozaukee County Council meeting at our Post #457 7:00pm
April 6th – 100th BIRTHDAY PARTY CELEBRATION at the Post Cocktails at 5:00 Dinner at 6:00 Music/DJ and Dancing at 7:00 Get your reservations in NOW
April 10th – Legion Membership meeting 7:00pm
April 25th – Executive Board meeting 7:00 pm
April 27th – Second District Conference Horicon, WI 8:00am Registration 9:00am Start
RAFFLE WINNERS – MARCH 2019
1st – Robert Wham; 2nd – Lyle Rasmussen; 3rd – Gene Hollenberger; 4th – George Levin; 5th – Cindy Shaffer; 6th – Neil Glasstein
AUXILIARY REPORT – MARCH 2019
Happy 100th Birthday (1919-2019) to the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary!!!!!!!!!!
This is a reminder to pay your Membership Dues if you have not already done so. All members who have not paid their dues by January 31, 2019 are no longer eligible for the benefits offered by the American Legion Auxiliary, per National. Senior member dues are $30.00 and Junior (birth to 18) member dues are $6.00. Please note that Junior members do not receive renewal notices. You may send your renewals to Marianne Nass at 12722 N. Forest Ct. Mequon, 53092. You may also renew your membership online at www.ALAforVeterans.org or by calling National at 1-317-569-4500 M-F from 7:00am to 4:00pm.
Did you know that March 29th is National Vietnam Veterans Day? On March 28, 2017 President Trump signed into as W.305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017” to allow all of our Vietnam Veterans who served on active duty from November 1955 to May 1975 – whether they served in country, in theater or stationed elsewhere to be recognized annually. They all answered the call to duty. Thank you to all who served!
We are looking for volunteers from the Legion and Auxiliary to help with Poppy Distribution on Friday May 10th and Saturday May 11th. You do not have to volunteer alone; you can work in pairs. You might want to invite a prospective Auxiliary member (i.e.: wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter) to join you/us in this effort. We will be stationed at Piggly Wiggly, Sendik’s and Metro Market in Mequon. All donations received go to benefit our Veterans and Veteran’s programs. If you are interested in volunteering – and we DO need volunteers – please contact Christine Kingsbury at 414-303-9040.
I wish to echo Commander Schoessow’s membership-related comments above. Our ranks are periodically and naturally depleted as we age or move to different areas of the State and Country and we have a constant need to recruit and replenish our membership. Wives? Daughters? Granddaughters? They’re all eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary and we’d love to have them do so. Talk it up and bring them ‘home’ to us.
Do you have a Junior American Legion Auxiliary member ages 6 and 7 who might be interested in being our “Poppy Princess” for our Memorial Day parade? If so, please contact me at either 414-380-8400 or email@example.com by April 26th.
“Kindle the Light for our Veterans”
May 10th and 11th – Poppy Distribution
May 11th – Auxiliary meeting - Time to be determined
May 27th – Memorial Day
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Bev Green, President
In an effort to “spice up” and make our monthly membership meetings more interesting and/or thought provoking, we are going to endeavor to bring Guest Speakers in from time to time. Hence our very Special Guest Speaker, Ms. Meg Jones – Military Reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who will be visiting us on May 8th at 7:00pm for a joint meeting of the Legion and the Auxiliary. See the COMMANDER’S REPORT above. Mark your calendars and be sure to join us. Invite a guest or two. This speaker should pack the house!!
“A wise man once said nothing”
Dave Delahunt, Editor