Our June 13 Post Meeting will be Election of Officers for the upcoming year. Nominations are accepted from the floor at the post meeting. This is the most important meeting of the year-plan on attending. Flag Day is Friday, June 14, with a ceremony at the Riverside Park flagpole.
Chicken-Qs this summer arc June 20 and July 25. Tickets are on sale for June at the bar-it's the best chicken in town.
State Convention is July 18, 19, and 20 in Green Bay. There's a list up at the club of delegates for the convention. If you can't go, please let me know as soon as possible, so I can get another delegate. This is the election of state officers.
There is a book entitled Sprit of America. There is a nice story on Frank Devine's military career on pages 238 and 239. There arc other stories and photos, and 100 of the 103 literary entries and photographs arc from the Coulee Region. Dan has a sample copy in his office, if you'd like to sec it. It's $37 with some of the proceeds going to Post 52. Ray Kline is doing the printing.
1st Vice Commander's Letter
2nd Vice Commander's Letter
Unit News Letter
We had Election of Officers at our May 9 meeting. The newly elected officers are:
Darlene Dayton, President; Diane Bailey, 1st Vice President; Shawn Shaw, 2nd Vice President; LaVerna Snider-Sybil, Chaplain; Christine Kloss, Sgt.-At-Arms; Cathie Copper, Historian. We still need to find someone to fill the office of Treasurer. The new members of the Executive Committee will be Sally Miller, Betty Wiedman, and Joan Frost. Carmen Card will not be on the Executive Committee since she will be our Secretary.
I hope you had a very nice Mother's Day, and that you had time to reflect on some of the wonderful things that your mother did for you throughout your life. They don't expect praise, but all mothers like to be appreciated for the things they did and all the things they have taught us.
The Memorial Day Parade is on May 27. Hope to see you there. Those marching in the Color Guard will be Christine Kloss, Amber Shaw, Jennifer Shaw and Jessica Shaw. I will be driving my car in the parade, and Alccea Beckley, Carmen Card and Betty Weidman will be riding in my car.
We held a Memorial Service for Florence Thiele, Clara Wiebke, Marie Miller, Helen Bjorkman, Rosemary Wsetecka, Elsie Martin, Patricia Sweeney, Eva Bruha and Clara Medinger. We will miss them and the many things they did for the American Legion Auxiliary.
Membership is now at 308, which means with only 14 more renewals or new members, we could hit 100 percent. Do you think we could reach our goal? Take care of yourself, and remember what our veterans have done for us, and see if you can do something nice for them. Drive safely and enjoy Memorial Day with family and friends. God Bless the USA. Until we meet again on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m., Remember to keep looking for more renewals and new members-we could make our goal yet. If not, we will give it a good try. We are always looking for a good crowd at our meetings, too.
Club Manager's Report
Well, summer is finally here and the normal food functions are done for the season, BUT remember we will be having two Chicken-Qs, one in June and one in July. Our baseball team will be having their Wing Ding also (dates are not set yet).
Early Warning: The Family Picnic will be held Sunday, August 11, in Copeland Park, running noon till 6 p.m., with food about 1 p.m. Bring a dish to pass (nothing to plug in). Chicken will be served.
P.S.: If you change your address, PLEASE tell us about it so we can adjust your mailing. We will be happy to change it.
Editor s Note:
The Club Calendar and its information and hours are placed in this booklet by the Club Manager. If you have any questions about it, please contact Danny at 782-3232
Roy L. Happenings
With one more Fish & Wings dinner on Friday, May 17, the food functions at the club will be over for another year. On behalf of all who worked at these events, a great big thank you to all of you who participated. These are the things that keep our club going and support our different activities.
On June 20 and July 25 the Firing Squad will be holding their summer Chicken-Qs. These will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. or until sold out. They will deliver any orders of five or more. So if you want five or more dinners, and you can't make it down, just call and they will deliver them. Remember these dates and come down for a good meal.
Having just completed the six-month bingo report, maybe it is time to tell you about what bingo does for us. Due to the laws in Wisconsin, bingo profits can only be used for certain things. You cannot, for example, use them to pay for bar operations. But we can and do use them for the many donations that we make to different community projects. In the last six months these are the programs that we have donated to: $100 to the Dick Chaffee Band for the annual Christmas Concert at the Tomah Veterans Hospital; $1400 to send seven boys to Badger Boys State; $75 to Special Olympics; $110 to National Fire Safety Council-helps pay for safety information passed out bv our fire department to local schools; $100 to Special Olympics of Wisconsin; $100 to La Crosse Police Department Bike Rodeo. This is a total of $1885 given to some very worthy causes. These figures do not include what the Auxiliary contributes-theirs is separate- but they also donate to many worthy causes. Bingo is every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Why not come down and play, maybe win some money, but also help our donations to these worthy causes.
Very soon we will be selling some very nice beer steins. Susan Sampson, a local artist from Melrosc, has designed these steins. This stein is in the shape of an eagle and is draped in an American flag. They will be available only in La Crosse from our club. As a part of this promotion we will be rededicating the hall. Because we have ordered these steins, Dick Chaffee and the Grumpy Old Men will play at this event. As soon as I have a date and more of an agenda, I will put it in this article.
And as always: if you know someone who is eligible to belong to the Legion and they are not members, why not ask them to join? It's a great organization.
Calendar June 11 S.A.L. Meeting - 6 p.m.
I would like to thank everyone for sending in their dues. You may send in your 2003 dues anytime now. At the Convention in Green Bay, Julv 19, 20, and 21, we will be turning in all memberships that are paid. I need vou help to go over the top for 2003. When we work together we can get everything done.
From the Service Officer
There are a great deal of problems out there in Veterans affairs. Many of these are being addressed by the American Legion and other veterans' organization. Many are not. Hopefully the Future will improve on this situation.
I will not be a candidate for the office of Service Officer. I have held this post for 18 years, and I believe it is time to move on. I'm sure the new Service Officer will do a fine job. So long, and remember to hug your adjutant.
This patriotic stein is a tribute to courage and liberty. A majestic bald eagle valiantly guarding the American Flag. Hand-carved by artist Susan Rcnac Sampson. Each stein is hand painted and created with pride. The limited edition stein has serial disc on base. This stein will he in production until December 31, 2002. We will be selling these steins sometime around August 17th, ; day we dedicate the back hall remodeling. Dick Chaffee and the Grumpy Old Men will be here. More in next month's newsletter. Will have a colored order blank in the July issue.
Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House 2002
Camp American Legion Veterans Rehabilitation Center
Memorial Day Association