Howard J Schroeder Post 457


Howard J. Schroeder American Legion Post and Auxiliary Newsletter November 2021

Commander’s Message

               In this Thanksgiving season, I want to offer my gratitude for the many people who contributed to our Post activities during the last month.

Thank you to:

… Todd Boettcher and everyone who helped set-up, host, and take down the Military Exhibit in October; Elroy Klug for bringing a truck to move materials.

… National Legion Vice Commander Wilson for visiting the County Meeting;     County Commander Chuck Friedlein for his efforts; and

       Auxiliary Members Terry Schoessow, Lorna Friedlein and

       Marilyn Boettcher for providing the lasagna dinner.

…. those who helped make Veterans Day special, including

      Mayor John Wirth and Brian Kendzor for speaking,

      John Geidel and the rest of the Barbershop Quartet from MenoHarmonee,

      Chuck Friedlein and the Rifle Squad for their efforts,

      Doug Turner for technical support,

      Sergeant-at-Arms Todd Boettcher & Adjutant Dave Robel,

      the Auxiliary for their fine lunch, and the 60+ people who attended!

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        Our condolences to the family of 71 year member Donald Molyneux, who passed earlier this month at the age of 102.  He was a WWII Veteran and served the Thiensville community in multiple ways.

               At this point, there are no students from Homestead High School or homeschoolers who plan to participate in the Oratorical Contest at the local level. Winners from other posts in the county will compete at the next County meeting in Fredonia on January 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The next levels in this contest are district, regional, state, and national, and scholarships begin at $50 up through $20,000.

               We will have a “low-key” Holiday Party with the Auxiliary and Legion on Wednesday, December 8, beginning at 6:30.  See details elsewhere in this newsletter.

               The next Red Cross Blood Drive will be at the Post on December 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Registration at the Red Cross website is required.

               The Wisconsin American Legion Winter Convention will be January 13-16, 2022 at Ho-Chunk in Baraboo.  It would be great to have some members attend. Check for more information.


               Tim Schoessow, Commander   414-429-0722


Auxiliary Report

               Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to begin with a request for help. One of our Legion members, a World War II Veteran is looking for someone that would be able to assist him by taking him to shop and appointments.  If you are interested and available to help, please let me know and I will be glad to share his information.

               After some discussion, the Auxiliary will not be meeting on Saturday, December 11. Instead, we will join our Legion members on Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30 pm for a small Christmas/holiday gathering.  This is the time for us to come together and share the holiday spirit.  We are asking all our Legion and Auxiliary members to help us to bring donations of new holiday cards, granola bars, and snack size bags of chips and socks on that night.  These items will be donated to support our troops and veterans. Let us remember all who are currently serving and that have served this holiday season.

               This is a friendly reminder to please pay your dues before December 31, 2021, as I would hate for any of our members to lose the benefits that are offered to us.  If your dues are not paid on December 31, these benefits disappear until they are paid and processed.  Senior members dues are $30.00 and junior members are $6.00.  Please note that National does not send renewal notices to our junior members, so please pay them at the same time you pay yours.  Also, if you are paying for multiple people please include a list of their names along with the birth dates for our junior members.

                    After this past year with many shortages, storms, and days without power, our Unit has discussed putting together Emergency Preparedness Kits.  We are currently looking at a date in March 2022 and invite again invite our Auxiliary and Legion members to help.  Again, this is a way for us to work with the community.

                    Remember to put Saturday, October 1, 2022 on your calendars as our Auxiliary Unit and Legion Post members will be hosting a special Agent Orange Awareness Event open to the public, and we need all of our members to help.  We have reached out to the other Legion Post and Auxiliary Units, Legion Riders and the Sons of the American Legion to join us as well.  Let’s show the community how we come together to support our Veterans and their families.


               Bev Green, President              414-380-8400                    

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Coming Events

December 7

6:00 p.m.

Oratorical Contest

December 22

8:00 a.m.

Red Cross Blood Drive

December TBD


Executive Board Meeting

January 6

6:00 p.m.

County Meeting-Fredonia

Oratorical Finals

January 12

7:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting

January 27

7:00 p.m.

Executive Board Meeting



Veterans Museum Bus Tour


All Legion and Auxiliary Members:

You are invited to a

“Low-Key” Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 8

Snacks and Bar Available

Gather at 6:30      Pizza at 7:00

Please bring unused holiday cards, granola bars,

snack sized bags of chips and socks to donate to veterans’ groups and troops


Legion and Auxiliary Members:

Please renew your membership this month!