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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

July 2014


Commander's Message


The post is holding its own pretty well thanks to Roger Bakken and his board. The Post Mortgage and Debt reduction goal of $85,000 reached $85,403 on June 28th.


Way to Go Legion family. Our board this year consist of some familiar and new faces, but all have the same goal of making Post 56 a better place in every way.

There is a lot going on this month! The July 3rd parade, fireworks and car show will happen July 4th, and of course the county fair which starts July 29th through August 3rd, the post will have a stand out there so come out and see us. July 20th and 27th the Legion will be honoring the Korean War Veterans on every Sunday breakfast this month, where Dave Olson will be putting up his picture display. We are seeking volunteers to help keep the post going.

With the new group this year there will be some changes, but keeping open minds, and making good decisions that we feel are best, the post will continue to grow the right way. Some changes we have already done is mounted the five service flags on the front of the Legion, which would look great if the wind would quit breaking the flag poles off, which we are working on, and we have also added a pop machine located on the south side of the building.

Looking forward to August 17th the post will be hosting a golfing event, so make sure you mark your calendars, and we are encouraging people to sponsor a hole for $50, if interested contact myself or Barry Coughlin.

Hope to be seeing you at the Legion.

Semper Fi,

John Severtson


American Legion 2014 Golfing Event


The American Legion Post 56 is hosting a golf tournament on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Green Lea Golf Course at 101 E. Richway Drive in Albert Lea.

The event will raise funds to support the Legionís family activities.  The event is open to the public.

The event will begin with a shotgun start at 1 pm.  Itís a four person, best shot tournament.  For $ 50 golfers can play with a beverage cart available with prizes and games along the course.  There will be dinner starting at 5 pm with a cash bar available.

Hole sponsorships are $ 50.  If you would like to sponsor a hole please contact me at 507-438-8225.

If you have any questions contact Green Lea at 373-1061 or me at 438-8225.

Thank you for your support of Albert Leaís American Legion.

John Severtson
Legion Commander

Auxiliary News


Greetings from the Auxiliary,

Happy Fourth of July!!  Fly your flag!!

Department Convention will be July 17 - 19 in Rochester.  The 2014-15 officers assume their duties!

Recommendations from the board that were approved at our June 4th meeting are:  Exchange Club (flags for parade) $25.00; Ronald McDonald House $50.00; React $25.00; Commanderís gift $75.00; and Retire the Post Debt $200.00.

Our membership is 390.  We missed our goal of 422.  Please remember to renew in 2015.  It is very important to our projects and to our Veterans.

The two recipients of our $400.00 scholarships were Krystal Thompson and Derick Wagner.  The two Citizenship Awards were given to Sarah Savelkoul and Zachary Lind.  There were many applications and it was a hard decision to choose just two.

Certificates for continuous years were awarded on June 4th:  5 - 25 year, 14 - 30 year, 2 - 35 year, 7 - 40 year, 5 - 45 year, 2 - 50 year, 3 - 55 year, 1 - 60 year and 1 - 65 year.  Thank you to all our members for their continuous support of our programs, especially our Veterans.

There will be two fundraiser breakfasts for the Auxiliary.  They will be held on August 31st and November 30th.  Volunteers are needed!

The election of officers was held at the June meeting.  A unanimous vote was cast for:  President - Bonnie Schneider, 1st Vice - Maureen Stiehl, 2nd Vice - Pat Haugh, Secretary - Ange Larson, Treasurer - Deanne Adams, Chaplain - Jenny Torgerson, Sgt-at-Arms - Janet Scherb, Historian - Carol Olson, Jr. Past Pres - Janet Scherb and Executive Board - Carol Smith and Karen Cibert.

Our next meeting will be September 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Have a great summer!!

Bonnie Schneider
Auxiliary President



UPComing Events

UPComing Events
July 3rd - Burger Baskets
July 3rd - Parade
July 14th - 4pm House committee meeting
6pm - Legion board meeting
7pm - V.F.W. meeting
7pm - V.F.W. AUX. Meeting

July 14th - Legion Board Meeting
July 16th - Wind Down Wednesday
July 17th - Fish Fry
July 20th - 8am-12:30pm VFW BREAKFAST honoring Korean war veterans
July 21st - 7:30pm Post meeting
July 27th - 8am-12:30 AMERICAN LEGION BREAKFAST honoring Korean war veterans


American Legion Post 56 Mortgage and Debt Reduction


Goal: $85,000

Current:  $85,403


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





90 - Served in the US Marine Corps during WWII.  Died May 27, 2014.  Member of VFW and Albert Lea Post 56.

94 - Army Veteran of WWII and was held as a POW for more than 30 months. Died June 6, 2014.  Member of VFW, DAV and Albert Lea Post 56.

Post 56 Monthly Donations


D.A.M. Donations


Ray/Ruth Porter

Mem of Clayton Severtson

Norman/Barbara Seberson

Mem of Omar Helland

Odean/Gerri Berg

Mem of Casey Dziura

Odean/Gerry Berg

Mem of Joe Jensen

Don/Elaine Ehrich


Arliss/Maxine Bachtle

Mem of Paul Sparks

Reid/Sherry Ulve

Mem of Keith Ulve


Honor Guard Donations


Family of L. Richard Bryson

Mem of L. Richard Bryson

Roger/Clarice Bakken

Mem of Merlyn Thisius

Albert Lea Eagles Auxiliary


Paul/Nancy Gilman

Mem of Merlyn Thisius

Chuck Vollum



Mortgage and Debt Reduction


  Thomas Jacobson                                       Mem of Donald E. Jacobson
  David and Susan Olson                               Mem of Merlyn Thisius
  Muriel Engen                                              Mem of Merlyn Thisius
  Allen and Barb Tullberg                               Honor of 50th Wedding Anniversary
  Donald and Elaine Ehrich                            Mem of Frank OíBrien
  Donald and Elaine Ehrich                            Mem of Elton Ruble
  Eleanor Nolting                                          Mem of Bob Nolting


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


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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July 2014

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 Burger Night

with nightly menu

5-8 pm



  Bar Bingo 6 pm

Evening Menu 5-8 pm

  5 pm Pizza & Beer Special $15

Independence Day

Evening menu with

Specials 5-8 pm


11 am Lounge Open


6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Club 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

5 pm Pizza & Beer Special $15



Karaoke with Laurie

starting at 8 pm

Evening menu with

Specials 5-8 pm

11 am Lounge Open

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8 am -12:30 pm

Post Breakfast


Lounge Closed

Legion Board

Meeting 6 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

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8 am -12:30 pm

VFW Post Breakfast


Lounge Closed

Post Meeting 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



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 8 am -12:30 pm

Post Breakfast


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


 5 pm Pizza & Beer Special $15






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