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American Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin

June 2016

 

 

Commander's Message

 

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the Memorial Day Ceremonies a success. You all put a lot of work into everything from,

The Avenue of Flags, the ceremonies at each of the cemeteries and the ceremony at the lake. On that sacred day you made it meaningful for

our departed friends and comrades. It was greatly appreciated by many veterans, families and friends.

 

May 29th Dave Skoghiem, Albert Allen, Les Shaunce and others attended the Dedication Ceremony at the new State Cemetery outside

of Preston, MN. They brought our Post Colors and U.S. Flag and were part of the ceremony that day. Thank you for this and representing

our Post with honors.

 

We will not be having the IRS Breakfast on Sunday the 12th of June due to the “Lions Fly-In Breakfast” at the Albert Lea Airport that day.

However, starting at 10:00 am, we will be conducting a ceremony to show how to properly “Dispose of Unserviceable U.S. Flags”. This is a

very desirable ceremony to present, as part of Flag Day observance which is on Tuesday June 14th.

 

At our June Post Meeting, June 20th, we will be installing the 2016-2017 officers. I hope a number of you can attend. I have asked our

Leo Carey American Legion Post 56 Family to also be present: our American Legion Auxiliary, SAL and our Legion Riders. Because my focus

this last year was FAMILY, I feel we need to have as many of our Legion Family present to show support of our Post.

 

On the 3rd of July we will be part of the city parade. At that time Commander Robert Friday will be putting together a marching unit along

with a float for the Post. Our Legion Riders Chapter will also be part of our unit. Keep in touch with Commander Friday for more information.

The Old Car Club will be holding their annual Car Show on the 4th of July. Dave Skoghiem will be the chairman of the event.

 

July 14th we will be supporting a Military All-Star Baseball game at Hayek Field. This team is made up all military members of each branch

who travel all over the U.S. playing baseball. They will be playing against a Bancroft, Wisconsin team. Commander Friday, Dave Mullenbach,

Jenny Torgerson and others have been working hard to make this event successful.

 

Effective July 1st, 2016 our membership dues will be increasing. They will then be $45.00 a member. This is due to National Headquarters

dues being raised by $5.00, Minnesota Department is going up by $3.00 and 1st District will be increasing another $1.00 to $1.50. Therefore

we had to increase our dues to $45.00 to cover all these increases.

 

The five members of our American Legion Family (Legion, Aux or SAL) who will receive a FREE breakfast during one of our Sunday

Breakfasts are: James Balk, Darron Becker, Jerry Blakeslee, James Hockinson and Alice VanVooren. Each selected PAID member will have two

months to receive their FREE Breakfast.

 

This is my last newsletter and I want to take this time to say thank you to everyone for their support during this last year. I know we

have had our ups and downs over the year but we have strived to be successful. My goal this year was to make goal (Membership)

and WE did, even going over. I have been told that this hasn’t been accomplished for years. It took a group effort to make this happen, so

you all need to be proud of this accomplishment. I wanted to try and make our post self-sufficient and we are almost there working hard to

achieve this. My focus this last year was FAMILY. How can our Legion Family all work closer together to make our organization successful

and even grow? What can we do to get our members interested in our Legion Family? Through hard work they were able to organize our

newest unit of our Legion Family. The American Legion Riders Chapter56 has taken off and is growing every day.

 

In closing I would like to thank all of you for your support through this last year.


For God and Country

 

Wes Halverson

Commander

 

 

Auxiliary News

 

Greetings from the Auxiliary,

 

It was my privilege to represent the Auxiliary on May 18, 2016 at Albert Lea High School for Awards Night. I presented two Citizenship Awards to Jay Skaar and Karina

Stripe and two $400.00 scholarships to Alyssa Christenson and Lindsey Nelson. We received many deserving applicants but unfortunately we could only choose two.

On May 20, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. we were at Hy-Vee and Marketplace offering poppies to the public. A big thanks to these stores and to everyone who are now wearing a poppy and helped offering them. It was a great day! We raised approximately $1,100.00. These funds are used for our Veteran’s programs.

 

June is Girl’s State Month. Flag Day is June 14th - remember to fly your flag! Father’s Day is June 21st.

 

June Trivia: 6th - D-Day Allied Invasion of Europe (1944); 14th - U.S. Army founded(1775); 20th - Summer begins; 22nd - Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress (1942), GI Bill signed into law (1944); 25th - Korean War began (1950); 30th - Post 9/11 GI Bill signed into law (2008).

 

Our next meeting will be September 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Your presence would be appreciated and welcomed!!

 

God Bless,

Bonnie Schneider - Auxiliary President

 

 

American Legion Riders (ALR) Monthly Bulletin Info.

 

Our American Legion Riders Chapter 56 is going strong currently having 31 members and growing every day.  During May the ALR participated in helping with the Bike-a-thon, attended the “Blessing of the Bikes” at Bergdale Harley Davidson, attended the 1st District meeting in Mable, MN and supported the Memorial Day Ceremonies.

Upcoming events and rides during June include: “Thunder in the Valley” ride on June 11th and the cancer benefit ride from Geneva also on June 11th. The “1st Annual Independence Run” to Arcadia Park will be held on July 23rd which is a veterans fund raising event hosted by ALR Chapter 56.  ALR Chapter 56 mets the last Monday of every month at 6:30pm at the Albert Lea American Legion Post 56. Anyone interested in joining, come to our next meeting on Monday June 27th.

 

 

UPComing Events

 

JUNE 1 - WOMEN VETS LUNCH & MEETING

JUNE 1 - LEGION AUXILIARY MEETING 7PM

JUNE 5 - NO BREAKFAST

JUNE 12 - NO BREAKFAST

PLEASE JOIN US AT THE AIRPORT AT 10AM

FOR THE DISPOSAL SERVICE OF UNSERVICEABLE FLAGS

JUNE 13 - 4PM HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETING

6PM BOARD MEETING

7PM V.F.W. MEETING

7PM V.F.W. AUXILIARY MEETING

JUNE 20 - 7PM POST MEETING

JUNE 16 - FISH FRY 5-7PM

JUNE 23 - PASTA NIGHT 5-730PM

JUNE 26 - POST BREAKFAST

JUNE 27 - 6:30 PM ALR MEETING

EVERY MONDAY

5 - 8PM FIESTA NIGHT

7PM FREE TEXAS HOLDEM

EVERY TUESDAY

5 - 8PM $6.00 BURGER NIGHT, PLUS OTHER SPECIALS ALSO REGULAR MENU AVAILABLE

EVERY WEDNESDAY

BAR BINGO @ 6PM

5 - 8PM REGULAR MENU

EVERY THURSDAY

KITCHEN CLOSED

3RD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH - FISH FRY

EVERY FRIDAY

5 - 9PM REGULAR MENU AVAILABLE PLUS NIGHTLY SPECIALS

8PM TILL CLOSING KARAOKE WITH LAURIE

 

Legion Assessment Reduction Appeal

Thanks to all of you for supporting the Post 56 Legion Assessment Reduction Appeal with your generous donations. As I write this note, Post 56 has already received $21,890 from 237 donations, which amounts to 68% of the $32,000 goal. Please consider making a financial donation and helping to reduce the amount of interest Post 56 will be required to pay over the period of the Streetscape assessment. To donate, please make your tax deductible donation to the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber Foundation and annotate it “Legion Assessment” and mail to1725 W Main St., Albert Lea, MN 56007.

 

David R. Olson, Post 56 Chaplain

 

 

Taps

 

Roger Dahl - 86

Died May 6, 2016. Served his country in the Korean War. Member of Post 56 Albert Lea.

 

Howard Flugum - 89

Died May 8, 2016. Served in the US Army 1945 thru 1947. Member of Post 56 Albert Lea.

 

Emil Lykken - 92

Died May 11, 2016. Served in the US Army in Europe from Normandy to Ardennes. Member of Post 56 Albert Lea.

 

Carl Branstad - 95

Died May 14, 2016. Served in the Army Air Force as a Fighter Pilot in the Pacific Theater. Member of Post 56 Albert Lea.

 

Post 56 Monthly Donations

 

D.A.M. Donations

 

Reid/Sherry Ulve

Mem of Dave Cornick

Reid/Sherry Ulve

Mem of Lloyd Van Guildner

Robert/Bernice Moreau

Mem of Roger Dahl

Andy Dyrdal

Mem of Marlene Sorenson

Andy Dyrdal

Mem of Harald Hanson

Andy Dyrdal

Mem of Roger Dahl

Rex/Lois Stotts

Mem of Ron Givler

Glen/LeAnn Juveland

Mem of Howard Flugum

Glen/LeAnn Juveland

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Ed/Angie Nelson

Mem of Howard Flugum

Odean/Gerri Berg

Mem of Ron Givler

Odean/Gerri Berg

Mem of Don Heilman

Odean/Gerri Berg

Mem of Roger Dahl

Dave/Sandy Mullenbach

Mem of Roger Dahl

Bob Haroldson

Mem of Jim Broskoff

William/Ann Satre

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Wayne/Shirley Gunderson

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Marilyn Nelson

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Don Broskoff

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Mike/Pat Levisen

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Barb Dobberstein

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Tom/Mavis Simonson

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Don/Olene Eckart

Mem of Gordy Helmers

Jim/Chris Stegenga

Mem of Albert “Dutch” Stegenga

Andy Dyrdal

Mem of Dale Heilman

Bill Goette

Donation

Dave Mullenbach

Donation

Children of Elvin & Dorothy Beighley

Mem of Elvin & Dorothy Beighley

 

Honor Guard Donations

 

Doug/Kathy Heilman

Mem of father Dale Heilman

Taste of Heritage Festival 2016

Donation

Virginia Grasdalen Olson

Donation

Bob Levisen

Donation

Charles/Sharon VanWey

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Barry/Theresa Coughlin

Mem of Jim Broskoff

VFW Auxiliary

Donation

Charles Peterson

Mem of Roger Dahl

Don/Elaine Ehrich

Donation

Family of Howard Flugum

Mem of Howard Flugum

Freeborn County Historical Soc.

Donation

Tom/Sandy Norby

Donation

Orlo/Jean Willmert

Mem of Roger Dahl

Mrs. Dale Heilman

Mem of Dale Heilman

Bonnie Schneider

Donation

Dale/Darlene Rippey

Donation

Terry/Iris Tarvestad

Mem Earl Butler

 

Legion Assessment Reduction

 

 Doris Callahan Mem of Jim Broskoff
 Doris Callahan Mem of Duane Hausman
 Barb Tullberg Honor of Bill & Marilyn Danielsen’s 50th Anniversary
 Edmund/Angeline Nelson Mem of Jim Broskoff
 Gary/Gloria Schreiber Mem of Jim Broskoff
 Robert/Bernice Moreau Mem of Jim Broskoff
 Robert/Bernice Moreau Mem of DuWayne Kirchner
 Lowell/Barbara Peterson Mem of Jim Broskoff
 John/Susan Nielsen Mem of Jim Broskoff
 Steve/Jody Bowron Mem of Jim Broskoff
 Allen/Virginia Rudolph Honor of 60 yr. membership
 Lester/Diane Shaunce

Honor of veterans on Honor Flight who have passed away

 Doris Callahan Mem of Dale Heilman
 Doris Callahan Mem of Roger Dahl
 Dorothy Harty Mem of Dick Harty

 

 

 

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

 

Dr. Christopher N. Shoff Chiropractor

MPeters Enterprises

 

Church Offset Printing Security Bank Minnesota Sons of the American Legion Market Place
Post 447 VFW & Auxiliary Hillcrest Cemetery Bauer Built Motor Inn Co. City of Albert Lea Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program
Brooks Safety Equipment

Bayview Freeborn Funeral

Home

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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 1 pm Lounge Open

Women Vets Meeting/Lunch 11:30 am

Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

7 pm Auxiliary Meeting

1 pm Lounge Open

Kitchen Closed

1 pm Lounge Open

Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-9 pm

11 am Lounge Open

12:15 pm Twins Bus Departs

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No Breakfast

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Free Texas Hold-em

7 pm

5-8 pm Taco Night

 

D-Day Observance

1 pm Lounge Open

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

1 pm Lounge Open

Kitchen Closed

 

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-9 pm

7 pm Texas Hold-em Tourney

11 am Lounge Open

Edie Cochran Days

6:30 am Breakfast

10:30 am Lunch

 

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No Breakfast

1 pm Lounge Open

Legion Board

Meeting 6 pm

Free Texas Hold-em

7 pm

5-8 pm Taco Night

1 pm Lounge Open

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm

1 pm Lounge Open

Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

1 pm Lounge Open

Fish Fry 5-7:30 pm

1 pm Lounge Open

Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-9 pm

11 am Lounge Open

DJ from 8-midnight

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No Breakfast

 

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Post Meeting 7 pm

Free Texas Hold-em

7 pm

5-8 pm Fiesta Night

1 pm Lounge Open

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm

1 pm Lounge Open

Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Pasta Night

5-7:30 pm

 

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-9 pm

11 am Lounge Open

Bikes for Barker

11 am Splash Pad Fundraiser

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Post Breakfast

8-12:30

1 pm Lounge Open

Free Texas Hold-em

7 pm

5-8 pm Taco Night

6:30 pm ALR Meeting

1 pm Lounge Open

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm

1 pm Lounge Open

Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

 

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Kitchen Closed

 

 

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