COMMANDER’S REPORT – FEBRUARY 2018
It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of another of our members, Theodore “Ted” Klocko. While he did not attend meetings he used to help Bill Prahl annually putting flags on Veteran’s graves each Memorial Day.
Requiescat in pace our Brother
Second District Commander Greg Eirich and County Commander Jim Johnson both attended our January 10th membership meeting and spoke about memberships, the County Veteran’s Memorial and a few other topics. We’re always happy to have visitors and appreciate their attendance.
I apologize to all for getting the date wrong for our first guest speaker of the year. Dave Delahunt helped me a lot by getting an e-mail out with the correction and I made some phone calls to people who do not have e-mail. I’m reminded by Elmer Prenzlow (who keeps a good eye on things and puts them on our post website www.Post457.org ) that it would be a good idea for everyone to take a look at the “BREAKING NEWS” tab to see if there are any last-minute changes as was the case recently. He posted the information/correction on the site immediately. Thanks Elmer!!
Our guest speaker at the February 14th membership meeting will be Ms. Malissa Mirsch of MK Protective Strategies. The meeting will start at 6:30pm and Malissa will speak to us about “self protection”. Much of the information will be of special interest to women and girls of any age so please feel free to bring spouses, SO’s, friends and children old enough to understand the topic. Perhaps we may even get a new member or two as well. The bar will be open for non-alcoholic drinks during the presentation and membership meeting and full service after the meeting.
To keep this report as short as possible, please see below I some of the information and dates that I passed out at our most recent membership meeting. There are quite a few events and activities coming up in the coming weeks and months so please read thru them. They will also appear on our website and Facebook page.
I’m still attending meetings of the Mequon Common Council to keep track of future discussions regarding the Logemann Center site and the gateway project. Since this has only just started it’s too early for anything of substance to report. I’ll keep you informed as things progress.
Chuck Friedlein, Commander
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 19-21st – 2018 Mid-Winter Conference, Ho-Chunk Casino, Wisconsin Dells
January 25th – Post Executive Committee meeting 7:00pm
January 28th – Eagle Scout Court of Honor (featuring Ryan Gettelfinger (winner of Legion Scout of the Year 2017); 2:00pm at the Schlitz Audubon Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside. Please RSVP to Ryan’s parents at email@example.com not later than January 20th. Refreshments immediately following the ceremony
February 10th – 2nd District Legion Riders Chili Cookoff, Saukville Post, 4:00pm
February 14th – Post membership meeting 6:30pm Special Guest and Presentation on Self Protection
February 25th – 2nd District Fun Bowl fundraiser, Watertown Bowl. Pre-registration of $10/person due not later than February 10th, Noon registration at Watertown Bowl. Bring the entire family.
March 10th – Gold Star/Blue Star presentations at the Post 11:00am SEE AUXILIARY REPORT BELOW
March 10-11th Ozaukee County Bowling Tournament hosted by Fredonia Post. Harbor Hills Bowling Center in Port Washington. $13.50/person $67.50 per 5-person team.
September 8th – (early notice) Annual Legion Golf Outing at Maple Crest Country Club in Kenosha $75/per golfer includes 18 holes w/cart, lunch at the turn and the banquet.
RAFFLE WINNERS – JANUARY 2018
1st – Christine Kingsbury; 2nd – Neil Glasstein; 3rd – Wendy Porterfield; 4th – Bill Prahl; 5th – Steve Knauf; 6th – “Richmond”
AUXILIARY REPORT – FEBRUARY 2018
Ladies, National has mailed the second renewal notices. All Senior members whose dues were not paid by December 1, 2017 will receive one. Please disregard if you have already renewed your membership. Please note that our Junior members do not receive renewal notices. All members who do not renew by January 31, 2018 are considered delinquent and are no entitled to any of the benefits that the Auxiliary offers. This includes Scholarship opportunities that are strictly for American Legion Auxiliary members.
The next couple of months will be rather busy for our Unit. On Saturday February 10th we will be having our Unit meeting at 1:00pm (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME) and all members are invited and welcome to attend. Following our meeting we will once again be hosting our Love a Veteran: All-You-Can-Eat candlelight spaghetti and Chicken Scaloppini dinner from 4 – 7:00pm.This is open to the public so invite your family and friends. Cost is $13.00 for Adults (10 and up), $6.00 for Children (5 to 9) and free for wee ones. Our meeting in March will be held on Saturday March 3rd at 9:30am (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME) Regular meetings are usually held on the second Saturday or the month but are subject to change from time to time.
On Saturday March 10th we will be hosting a very special presentation - “Pride of Our Nation”. This is a viewing and history of Gold Star and Blue Star flags. We’ll be honored to have a WWII Marine Corps Veteran as our guest speaker. He served in Iwo Jima and spent time as part of the American Occupation Forces in the Japanese mainland. We will also be presenting a Gold Star Flag and some Blue Star Flags. The tour and viewing of these historic memorabilia will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Presentations from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.This is a chance to support the families of both our fallen Veterans and those who are currently serving. This event is open to the public. Given the very special nature of this event we hope to see many of you there!!!Our American Legion Birthday Party will also be held on March 10th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and is for our Legion and Auxiliary members only. This is potluck so if you’d like to bring something please feel free to so. Variety is the spice of life?? We’ll also be holding a Raffle at this party as well as having a “cash bar”.
In the spirit of Service, not Self as we “Soar for our Veterans”
Bev Green, President
Those of you for whom we have e-mail addresses on file will note that this month’s edition of “Salute” is being sent to you on January 16th. This particular mode of delivery is quick, easy and efficient. The cost to you and our Post is ZIP, ZERO, $0.00 in USD or any other currency. Those of you who have not provided us with an e-ddress will most likely have received this edition closer to the end of the month since our “system of delivery” usually takes a couple of weeks. Quite often the “snail mail” edition(s) arrive after some of the scheduled events have already occurred . . . the January 28th Eagle Scout Court of Honor (see above in Calendar of Events) comes to mind. How wonderful it would be if a large number of us showed up and honored young Scout Ryan Gettelfinger. He is quite an accomplished and All-American young man and certainly worthy of our recognition. This is a BIG deal for him!!
I also wish to put in a plug for the March 10th Gold Star/Blue Star event and presentations. For those of you who have not attended one of these before I can assure you that this truly is a very special and meaningful event. I hope that you, your family and friends will block out the time and join us.
Take heart . . . the days are staying lighter longer and the first day of Spring is only 63 days away at this writing. Now doesn’t that make you “locals” feel better after all this cold we have endured??
“Conscience is the nest in which goodness is hatched”
Dave Delahunt, Editor