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Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin
Fellow Legion Members;
Thanks for helping me complete my Commanders project of paying off the one note
of $8,900 plus interest. I received great support by our members. Now can we
as members increase our usage of the club by coming in and having lunch, dinner,
or have a social drink now and then every week.
I hope all have had a great start on the New Year but I am ready for it to warm
up any day. My message for this month is that we have looked at our expenses
and we have done some majors changes. However, our expenses our not are true
problem. It is the lack of support from our members, who never come thru our
doors nor spend any money here. So, my request is that you please stop up to the
Legion enjoy an item off of our menu, bring some friends and have a good social
You may have noticed that the club seems to be very busy on certain nights.
Todd and others are working hard to keep the club busy in hopes it can produce
some income to pay expenses. You can help if you join by attending any of the
fundraisers for an organization, a fish fry, or a breakfast.
Here are some of the events we have coming up: Always, every 4th Sunday is Post
56 breakfast; archery club breakfast; Post meeting on 3rd Monday of month at
7pm; Vietnam display in March; Post Everlasting in March; Memorial Day in May;
Big Red Power show in June; and Korean War display in July, several local
fundraisers for different organization, so there is always something going on.
You have heard that Post 56 is going to the 'Dogs' - you are right so be ready
to stop in an participate. Stop on up on Friday the 28th as we hope to have our
first of many Dog Races, it is a new game that we are very excited about.
At Post 56 we are blessed to have many volunteers but I know some of you may be
willing to help but they don't call me. We have prepared a list of areas that
we know we can use volunteers and ask that you look it over to see if there is
any area you feel you could help. If not sure call the Post and ask for the
adjutant and/or leave a message and he can get back to you. You will find the
list in the flyer.
And, finally we started with our January breakfasts helping youth groups of
churches that are willing to participate by giving them $1 for each of their
members that eat breakfast at Post 56. So help your youth groups out by eating
Stay Warm and Please Support Post 56
We Need You
Can you help as a volunteer in any of these areas or events:
-Post breakfast - every 4th Sunday 7:30am-12:30pm
-Sell meat raffle tickets - every Wed. 5:30-7:30pm
-Help Wednesday night bar bingo - 5:30pm-9:30pm
-Sell Mega bingo tickets Wed. nights - 6:30pm-9:30pm
-Sell dog/horse racing tickets
-Work on Tom & Jerry days (Thanksgiving & New Years)
-Do the Legion flyer (once a month by 3rd Friday of month)
-Help with doing special cleaning (such as air cleaner, lights, windows, floors,
-Help serve 'Big Red Power show' at fairgrounds - June 20-25
-Clean the sidewalk (at least the first snow of the day)
-Make sure the flag is at proper staff each day
-Help during special fundraiser events
To All Auxiliary Members
Besides supporting our Auxiliary Programs, we do things with in our
community. For example, recognizing our teachers in November,
distributing poppies to Vets in the nursing homes and give all
members who are confined to their homes and living in a nursing home
a poinsettia at Christmas and other things.
One of our long time members, Billie Bergeson, has made
quilted lap robes for the VA. Over time Iím sure she has made 100ís
and donates all of them. So I want to acknowledge her and thank her
for all has done.
If you have any paperback books, especially large print, and would
like to donate them to veterans, please bring them to the club
sometime and they will be taken to the VA or to one of the veterans
Think, spring, It is only two months away.
KOREAN WAR ARTIFACTS SOUGHT
Seabee veterans of the Korean War are asked to contact the
Foundation if they have artifacts that they wish to donate to the
Seabee Museum. Although the Museum has a great many artifacts from
that engagement, additional items would enhance the options to
choose from, as the focus narrows on presenting the story of the
Seabee effort in Korea. Individuals wishing to donate items
can call Foundation President Bill Hilderbrand at (228)
865-0480 or send a message to infoaseabeehf.org
Shrimp, Lobster, Walleye
Prime Rib, NY Strip
Sunday February 13th
5:00 - 8:00
Superbowl Party - Sunday February 6th
Welcome To Post 56
It has been a while since I have written a letter to let you know
what all is going on. On, February 1st it will be the beginning of
my 4th year as club manager. Where has the time gone? There has been
many changes over this time. We have expanded our menu, we have
updated lots of our equipment. We have retired over $70,000 in debt.
With all of that being said. Our weekly income in the last year has
steadily decreased. In order to try to offset this decline some
major changes needed to be made. So, starting in February I will no
longer be a paid club manager. I have taken a job with Three Eagles
Communications, they own KATE Radio and FM100 radio to name a few.
They have offered me a position in sales, with the understanding,
that I stay on in a volunteer basis to run the club. My plan is to
volunteer 15 hours a week and still handle all day to day
operations. So, if you need to get a hold of me you can reach me by
leaving a message at the club, if it is an emergency they will give
you my cell number. Otherwise I should be in the club from 5:30 Ė
7:30 each evening. We have a great club here in Albert Lea, but in
order to continue to be here this decision had to be made. This was
not the only change, as we have eliminated one custodial position,
cut back kitchen staff and food service staff. The estimated saving
to our club will be in excess of $3,000.00 per month.
So, now I am going to ask you to consider a few things. When, you
see something that needs to be picked up or you can help in some
area please Volunteer. If you see a new face, welcome them. This
club needs all of us to succeed. So, please join me in continuing to
make this the greatest Club to belong to.
In closing, I want to thank everyone who has been with me and help
me. I have the greatest group of employees, many of whom donate time
to help with various causes related to the Legion.
Todd Utpadel, Club Manager
Born March 28, 1930. Died Dec. 11, 2010. Served during the Korean
War. A member of the Legion, VFW and an active member of the
Born Dec. 1, 1950. Died Dec. 27, 2010. Served in the US Navy.
Worked for Cedar Valley Services and was a member of the Fountain
Lake Sportsmenís Club and the American Legion.
Born Feb. 27, 1923. Died Jan. 6, 2011. Served in the US Navy. A
member of the American Legion and Kiwanis II. Was a self employed
Born May 18, 1922. Died Jan. 11, 2011. Served in the US Army. A
member of the American Legion and VFW. Worked at Wilsonís and later
purchased and operated Sorensonís Meat and Lockers on the north
Edmund/Angie Nelson Honor of
Bev & Denny Haugen 25th Anniversary
Jim/Darla Godtland Mem of
Swede/Ann Oberg Mem of
Honor Guard Donations
Bill/Marilyn Danielsen Mem of
Family of Gilbert Larson Mem of
Bob Levisen Donation
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
Craig Loehr-Dave Syverson Ford,
Graceland Cemetery, Jim & Dudes Plumbing & Heating, Shoff
Chiropractic, MPeters Enterprises, Church Offset Printing,
Security Bank Minnesota, American Legion
Post 56 Auxiliary, Christian Floor Covering, Embroider-4 Seasons
Advertising, Hillcrest Cemetery, Auto Serve-Rick Loberg, Doors &
Floors, ING Financial Partners-Arnold Mulso, Motor Inn Co., Bayview
Freeborn Funeral Home, Scott's Office Products, GreenLea Golf
Course, Nelson County Market, Century 21 O'Byrne Realty
The deadline for the March issue will be the Wednesday following the
post meeting. This will
be the deadline policy in the future!
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.
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