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Leo Carey American Legion Post 56 - Albert Lea

142 North Broadway

Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

(507) 373-7993

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American Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin

April 2014


Commander's Message


Roger Bakken Post 56 Commander



Monday March-17 the Post Celebrated Post Ever Lasting the turn out was great Thank-You for all attending.

The 90 day trial period is up the end of March for the Grand Master pull tab machine. Lyle had a print out of the money it has taken in over this period and also what we paid out. We had a loss and at this time when money is so tight we have to let it go back.

We are also sending the Keas recorder back, because it is being abused, and we no longer get the benefits we once had. Also we are dropping one cleaning day because the club is no longer open on Sunday.

The large display case in the lounge has been moved to the Event Center. Orlo Willmert has finished the new display case, we now need to put the felt and verbage in the case.

When You see Orlo make sure and THANK-HIM for His generosity in building the cabinet and donating it to the club.

We are working on constructing the accessories needed for the patio. There is a layout of the patio tapped to the lounge entrance door, the patio layout has been approved, the liquor license has been amended to include the outside area.

The Post is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers, this spreads out the work load. Our meat pack sales are down, the break down is 50-50, this is easy money, lets work to increase the sales.

We still have two tough years, I know we are all getting burned out, but remember where we were and how far we have came.


I would like to invite you all to attend the Post meeting on Monday April 21st to help recognize the 50, 60, and 70 year continuous Legion membership.  Along with this recognition will be the announcement of the Legionnaire of Year award.  This meeting will be proceeded with dessert and coffee starting at 6:30pm.  A program on the POW-MIA flag will be presented also.

The events center will be busy especially on Sat. April 26th as we will be hosing a show "A Tribute to George Strait".  Get your tickets early as they are only $10 in advance or $12 at the door if any left.  Tickets at Legion. Show starts at 7:30 pm.

For God and Country
Roger Bakken


Post 56 can really use your help at various functions if possible.  A few areas you might feel comfortable helping with could be:  selling meat packs on Tue, Wed, and/or Fri nights;  helping in kitchen on special events;  helping on 2nd or 4th Sunday with breakfast;  helping on the 3rd and 4th of July with grilling;  helping on June 14th with grilling during the Eddie Cochran weekend.  Also, serve as an officer or on the board.

If interested or have questions check with Bob at the bar or talk to a board member to get further information of what the task may entail.  Thank you in advance.  Post 56


ATTENTION Women Veterans:

All women veterans of the Freeborn County area.  You are cordially invited to a social get together.
Where: American Legion Event Center Albert Lea
When: Wednesday April 9
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m
RSVP 507-473-2000
Questions 507-473-2000 or 507-373-2960
A meal will be provided


If you remember to look up, check out the new ceiling in the event center.  As part of the Commander's project I would like to thank everyone that helped volunteer with that project and especially Tasha and her Home Depot crew.

Auxiliary News


Greetings from the Auxiliary:

April is Children and Youth Month.  We collect box tops, soup labels, milk caps and pop tabs to distribute to area schools.  If you have any of these items, please turn them in at the Legion club and our chairman Karen Cibert will get them to the schools.  Thank you.

We presented a $95.00 check to the Post for their 95th Birthday.  We also served birthday cake at the Post Everlasting supper.

Remember committee chairmen - annual reports are due by April 15th.  Collect any materials or hours you have and bring to the April 2nd meeting.  Thank you!!

Please come to our Memorial Service meeting on April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  The Board meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m.

New officers are needed for the 2014-2015 year.  If interested, please let me know (373-3767).

Happy Easter!

God Bless,
Bonnie Schneider
Auxiliary President


UPComing Events


April 2 - 11:30 Women VETS. Lunch & Meeting
April 3 - Past Commanders Supper @ 6 pm
April 5 - M.S. FUND DRIVE RAISER - NOON-5 pm
April 12 - Southern Gateway Chapter Mn. Deer Hunters Basket Night 5-8 pm
April 13 - 8 am-12:30 pm I.R.S. BREAKFAST
                6 pm BOARD MEETING
                7 pm V.F.W. MEETING
                7 pm V.F.W. AUX. MEETING
April 17 - FISH FRY 5-7:30 pm (ALL YOU CAN EAT)
April 19 - Huckley Buc Tournament 12 pm sign-up 2 pm Texas Hold’em Tournament
April 21- 7 pm Post Meeting ( 50, 60, & 70 yrs continuous Membership)
April 27- 8:00 am -12:30 pm POST BREAKFAST
EVERY TUESDAY – 5:00 - 8:00 pm


American Legion Post 56 Mortgage and Debt Reduction


Goal: $85,000

Current:  $65,119


To donate, please make your tax deductible donation to the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber Foundation and annotate it "Legion Mortgage and Debt Reduction" and mail to 2580 Bridge Avenue, Albert Lea, MN 56007.


Thank you for your support




Born March 14, 1951. Died March 3, 2014. He joined the Navy in 1970 serving until 1978.  Was employed by the Postal Service until retirement in 2007.  Member of 1st Lutheran Church serving as an Usher and a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Post 56 Monthly Donations


D.A.M. Donations


John/Linda Eisterhold


Ray/Ruth Porter

Honor of Jon Rhiger

Jim/Judi Olson

Mem of Lance Cpl Caleb Erickson

David Peik

Mem of Lowell E. Peik


Honor Guard Donations


R.D. “Cobb” /Margaret Knutson

Mem of Walter D. Ehlers

R.D. “Cobb” /Margaret Knutson

Mem of Gene Bolinger

Harry/Karen Nyenhuis

Mem of Joe Pavovsky

Richard/Gwendolyn Hanson


Family of Fred Schaub

Mem of Fred Schaub

Family of Dick Hart

Mem of Dick Hart

Mike Earl



Mortgage and Debt Reduction


  Don/Elaine Ehrich                              Mem of Stan Kukuzke
  David/Susan Olson                            Mem of Tom Rosenberg
  Duane/Eunice Hatleli                         Mem of Joel Sharp
  Marlene Wasmoen                            Mem of Dennis Piechowski
  Duane/Eunice Hatleli                         Mem of Leonard “Len” Carter Jr.
  Kenneth Nelson                                Mem of Mel Baker



Consider supporting Leo Carey American Legion Post 56 with a contribution to the Dollar-A-Month (D.A.M.) fund.  Whether it’s a dollar a month, or a larger donation, these funds are used to support the Post 56 club facilities, maintenance & continued growth of our organization.

If you would like to make a donation to the Post 56 D.A.M. fund, please complete the form in this newsletter and return it to Leo Carey American Legion Post 56.  You can recognize someone special by naming that person in their memory or honor.  Your contribution will be listed in the Post’s monthly flyer and on the website.

Judi Olson, D.A.M. Account Manager


To make a donation, click on the link to our D.A.M. Fund Account Page.


Please thank and support those businesses and organizations which sponsor ads in the monthly Post 56 bulletin flyer:


Auto Serve - Rick Loberg Craig Loehr-Dave Syverson Ford Graceland Cemetery

Jim & Dudes Plumbing & Heating


Shoff Chiropractic

MPeters Enterprises


Church Offset Printing Security Bank Minnesota Sons of the American Legion Nelson County Market
Embroider - 4 Seasons Advertising Hillcrest Cemetery Doors & Floors Motor Inn Co. ING Financial Partners-Arnold Mulso

Bayview Freeborn Funeral


American Legion Post 56 Auxiliary Nick's Inc.- Todd & Cheryl Enderson  

Post 447 VFW and Auxiliary meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at the American Legion Post 56 Clubrooms @ 7:00pm. Come and join VFW Post 447. 


Veterans helping Veterans.


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April 2014

Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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 Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm



Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

Women Veterans

Meeting/Lunch 11:30 am

  5 pm Pizza & Beer Special $15


Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-8 pm

11 am Lounge Open


6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Club Lounge Closed

7 pm

Free Texas Hold-em

5-7 pm Taco Night

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm


Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

Women Veterans

Meeting Supper

6-8 pm

5 pm Pizza & Beer Special $15


Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-8 pm

11 am Lounge Open

Deer Hunters Basket Night 5-8 pm


13   14 15 16 17 18 19


Post Breakfast

Club Lounge Closed


Legion Board

Meeting 6 pm

7 pm

Free Texas Hold-em

5-7 pm Taco Night

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm


Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm


5 pm Pizza & Beer Special $15

Fish Fry 5-7:30


Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-8 pm

11 am Lounge Open

12 pm Registration

Huckley Buc Tournament

20   21 22 23 24 25 26

Happy Easter

Club Lounge Closed

Post Meeting 7 pm

7 pm

Free Texas Hold-em

5-7 pm Taco Night

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm

Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm



5 pm Pizza & Beer Special $15


Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

5 pm

Evening Menu

11 am Lounge Open


A Tribute to

George Strait show

7:30 pm


28 29 30       


Post Breakfast

Club Lounge Closed


 Free Texas Hold-em

5-7 pm Taco Night

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm

  Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm








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