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142 North Broadway

Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

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P.O. Box 1056

142 N. Broadway

Albert Lea, MN 56007

 

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American Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin

May 2016

 

 

Commander's Message

 

It is nearing the end of my term. I would like to know what you are thinking about how things are going at our Post.  On our website: (www.americanlegionpost56.com) we have a suggestion box available for your comments.  If you have a suggestion, question or idea to share as to the betterment of Post 56 or our club facilities let me know. If you like to get more involved in Post 56 activities, committees or the American Legion let me know.  If you feel we need to  improve our mission of servicing Veterans - serving youth - Serving the community or serving our American Legion Family, let me know. As your commander, I am asking for your input.  The American Legion Post 56 Executive Board will use these suggestions as we plan throughout the remaining year and into the future.  We are working for you, our members, so let us hear from you.


On our website, look at the list of items on the left side. This is where you will find the Suggestion Box.  You may print the form, complete, and mail to my attention: Wes Halverson, Commander, American Legion Post 56, 142 N. Broadway, P.O. Box 1056, Albert Lea , Minnesota 56007 or call me at 507-383-7983.


Congratulations to our longevity members who received certificates for all their years of service to the American Legion.  I know you did a lot to support Post 56 over those years and continue to do so.  For this we say thank you.  Also, congratulations to our 2015-2016 Legionnaire of Year recipient Roger Bakken. He is well deserving of this title and honor.  Roger was our past commander for over 2 years and did an excellent job when the post needed a person to help guide us out of a bad situation.


A big thank you goes out the Gary Anderson and all the volunteers who worked together to make the 2016 Minnesota State American Legion Bowling Tournament a great success.  Gary spent an endless number of days and hours working to prepare for the tournament and making sure it ran smoothly.  The bowlers gave us outstanding comments. They even asked if we were going to have it in Albert Lea again. The board has approved us to look into putting in a bid this fall for the 2018 Tournament.   


The newest organization of our American Legion Family, Legion Riders, is now up and running.  Director Zac Stuart, and his officers, along with all the members, have been working hard to get the chapter organized.  One thing they will be doing is to have a chapter memberís ride. This will take place every month starting and ending at the club.  They have a number of other events and tasks in the works. I have heard of a number of people who still might be interested in joining.  Take that first step and give them a try.  Be part of the new exciting organization.   


Our Post will be in charge of this yearís Memorial Day Program.  The program will be at Graceland Cemetery with the Senior High School as a backup in case of rain. We need to all pull together to make this a successful day for our veterans, our community, our families and our friends. Therefore if anyone is interested in helping, please let me know.  Watch the paper and listen to the radio for times of the different events planned that day. The American Legion will also be putting up the Avenue of Flags at Graceland Cemetery on Wednesday the 25th of May at 8:00am. We will need everyoneís help.  A sign-up roster will be on the door going into the club, so sign-up if you can help.


Flag Day is the 14th of June.  On Sunday June 12th, during the Lions Fly-in Breakfast, we will be putting on a program showing how to properly dispose of damaged/unusable U.S. Flags.  Start time will be around 10:00 AM. To put this program on we will need assistance by a number of the executive officers and members.  This event last year received outstanding comments throughout the community. 


At our June 20th Post Meeting, we will be installing the 2016-2017 year executive board officers.  Officers from the 1st District will be performing the duties of installing these officers. I hope we have a good turnout.   


This monthís five members of our American Legion Family (Legion, Aux or SAL) who will receive a FREE breakfast during one of our Sunday Breakfasts are:  Ashley K. Anderson, Delbert P. Harris, David Kuiters, Gary Prihoda and Michael Caballero.  Each selected PAID member will have two months to receive their FREE Breakfast.

 

For God and Country

 

Wes Halverson

Commander

 

Auxiliary News

Greetings from the Auxiliary,

May is Poppy Month!  We will be offering Poppies to the public on May 20th from 8 am to 4 pm at Marketplace and Hy-Vee.  If anyone would be interested in helping please call Audrey Johannsen at 373-9809.  Thanks!!

Our next fundraiser breakfast will be held on May 29, 2016 from 8 to 12:30.  If you could help, please call 373-3767.  Thanks!!

Delegates elected for District Convention on May 21st in Mabel, MN and Department Convention in Rochester, MN on July 21st - 23rd are: Bonnie Schneider, Jenny Torgerson, Joyce Olson, Carol Smith, Karen Cibert, Deanne Adams, Audrey Johannsen, Julie Ehlers, Ange Larson and Lucille Grippentrog.

Recommendations approved are: District President Project - $50, Albert Lea Firefighters for 2nd Grade T-shirts - $100, Department President Project - $50, Commanderís Project - $100, Legionville for School Safety Patrol - $50 and Legion Baseball - $50.

Our membership is at 331, check to see if you have your 2016 card.  If not, please pay now!

A memorial service was held for members deceased from April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016.  They were: Ruth Haskins, Anna Oberg, Fran Wallace, Katherine Barnick*, Margie Murtaugh, Betty Sabinish, Susie Sather, Virginia Thomas, Mary White and Wilma Zoller.

Our next meeting will be June 1, 2016 at 7 pm.  We will recognize continuous year members from 25 years to 60 years.  Please come.

We are still in need of President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Sgt-at-Arms for 2016-17.  Please consider.  We need you!!

We had two speakers from the school system, Kim Anderson from Sibley and Amy Bowers from Halverson.  They explained how our school supplies and after school snacks are distributed.  We will again be collecting them for next year.  Watch for sales!

May Trivia:  1st - Law Day, Loyalty Day and Orthodox Easter, 5th - National Day of Prayer, 6th - Spouses and Nurses Day, 7th - unconditional surrender of German forces (1945) and Motherís Day, 15th - Womenís Army Corps founded (1942), Peace Officerís Day and original Memorial Day now celebrated on May 30th, 21st - Armed Forces Day, and on the 22nd - National Maritime Day.

God Bless,

Bonnie Schneider - Auxiliary President

 

 

 

UPComing Events

 

MAY 4 - WOMEN VETS LUNCH & MEETING 

MAY 13 - TEXAS HOLDEM TOURNAMENT @ 7pm 

MAY 8 - IRS BREAKFAST  

MAY 9 - 4pm HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETING 

6pm BOARD MEETING 

7pm V.F.W. MEETING 

7pm V.F.W. AUXILIARY MEETING

MAY 16 - 7pm post meeting 

MAY 19 - FISH FRY 5-7pm

MAY 21 - Holly Ryks Performance

8pm to midnight

May 22 - Post Breakfast

May 29 - Auxiliary Breakfast 

May 30 - CLOSED in observation of Memorial Day    

  

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 $20,610 from 220 donations, which amounts to 64% 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 ďLegion AssessmentĒ and mail to

1725 W. Main St., Albert Lea, MN 56007.

 

David R. Olson, Post 56 Chaplain

 

 

 

Taps

 

James Broskoff - 72

Died March 25, 2016. Served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Albert Lea Post 56.


DuWayne G. Kirchner - 79

Died April 4, 2016. Served in the US Army. He was a member of Albert Lea Post 56.


Dale K. Heilman - 89

Died April 18, 2016. Served in the US Navy during World War II. He was a member of Albert Lea Post 56.

 

Post 56 Monthly Donations

 

D.A.M. Donations

 

Janet Drews

Mem of Wayne Kirchner

Gary/Sharon Anderson

Mem of Betty Sabinish

Andrew Dyrdal

Mem of Herbert Neale

Andrew Dyrdal

Mem of Lenny Stanek

Bill Goette

Donation

Tom/Sandy Norby

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Eugene/Barbara Jensen

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Tom/Sybil Broskoff

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Fred/Marietta Stein

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Reid/Sherry Ulve

Mem of Jim Broskoff

 

Honor Guard Donations

 

Terry/Peggy Vandersnick

Mem of Jim Broskoff

Family of Duane Hauseman

Mem of Duane Hauseman

Clarice Olson

Mem of husband LaVern Olson

Bob/Darlene Levisen

Mem of Virgil Oakland

Jay/Kathleen Gregerson

Mem of Jim Broskoff

 

 

 

Consider supporting Leo Carey American Legion Post 56 with a contribution to the Dollar-A-Month (D.A.M.) fund.  Whether itís 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 Postís 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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May 2016

Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

   No Breakfast

1 pm Lounge Open

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

Women Vets Meeting/Lunch 11:30 am

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

11 am Lounge Open

8 pm-Midnight

DJ Marty

Fiesta Night Buffet

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Post Breakfast

8-12:30

 

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

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

5-8 pm

Dinner Specials

(including fresh cut steaks)

 

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

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

Fish Fry 5-7 pm

1 pm Lounge Open

Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-9 pm

11 am Lounge Open

8 pm-Midnight

Holly Ryks Performance

 

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Post Breakfast

8-12:30

 

 

1 pm Lounge Open

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

Kitchen Closed

 

 

1 pm Lounge Open

Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-9 pm

11 am Lounge Open

5-8 pm

Dinner Specials

(including fresh cut steaks)

29 30 31        

Auxiliary Breakfast

8-12:30

 Memorial Day

Club Closed

1 pm Lounge Open

Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm

  

 

   

 

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