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Legion Post 56
Lea, MN 67007
Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin
February started out to be a slow month but turned into a very busy month with
lots of activities being booked for the American Legion. We will be having
breakfasts on every Sunday of the month.
Starting with February 7th the Archery Club has a breakfast. On the 14th the
Pelican Breeze has booked a breakfast and on the 21st the Noon Kiwanis is having
a Belgian Waffle event. The 28th is our regular Post breakfast, so as you see
we will need many volunteers to make sure we continue to keep our reputation as
the place to go for Sunday morning breakfast. We would appreciate it if you
would consider volunteering for one of these mornings so some of our regular
volunteers can have a well deserved break.
The Board continues to look for ways to generate extra income for the Post and
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
We continue to have our Wednesday night bingo and are watching closely our
Sunday night bingo to see if this will produce a profit. I would like to thank
all those who have worked both of these nights.
Gambling has continued to help us with finances and contributes whenever they
can as allowed by law. Be sure to thank these people for all they do to make
sure that our gambling operation runs smoothly. Not only do we have the ladies
who operate the ticket booth but we have our behind-the-scenes people who run
the office and take care of the many reports that have to be sent to the state.
On February 19th at 7:00 PM we are having a benefit for the Honor Guard at
Southwest Little Theater to raise funds so they can continue their much valued
service to the community and surrounding area. This will be a group from
Branson, Mo. and should be a very enjoyable evening. Continue to watch for more
information on this.
Since the city has turned us down on our proposal for a sign on the front of our
building, I have had to consider a new Commanders Project. With the help of the
Honor Guard I have decided to replace all carpet, both in the dining room and in
the bar area. Any financial help would be greatly appreciated.
We would like to reach our membership goal and encourage people to send in their
dues and invite other qualified people to join.
Please continue to support our American Legion so we can continue our mission of
honoring our past and present Veterans.
For God and Country
Rex F. Stotts
Help A Neighbor Month;
At least that will be the theme as we have 12 different non-profit
events at the legion this month. We will have a breakfast here
every Sunday in February, along with other events so please watch
the calendar. As, you may have noticed we have discontinued the
buffet for the winter. With the weather being so unpredictable it
made the potential for loss on the buffet to great. So we are
offering our regular menu and a few specials each Thursday night and
will continue to seat in the back. Also, we have changed our lunch
menu, and we have more choices now for lunch. So stop in and help
support your American Legion.
Here are two challenges for the members of Post 56.
The first challenge is to get more contributions for this monthly
bulletin. Letís call these written or typed comments letters to the
editor, or better yet, comments from and for the postís members.
These comments should be positive and concise. As I stated earlier,
letís avoid any political foolishness or any comments that insult
anyone. Iím no longer in a position to say these commentaries
should include the authorís name. That decision is up to someone
The second challenge is for some other post members to volunteer for
this editor position, or whatever else it is. I have made several
attempts to let someone else who is younger and a lot more active in
post activities to become the editor or whatever.
Thus, after eight or nine years, I will positively terminate my
involvement with this monthly bulletin at the end of May, and
hopefully even earlier.
Judi Olson, the nice person and
fellow veteran who handles the Dollar-a-Month (D.A.M.) aspect of
post activities, retired in December 2009 after 27 years of
employment with Security Bank Minnesota. However, she will continue
to take care of the D.A.M., and that certainly deserves a super
Happy Valentineís Day!!
Winter is slipping by at a fast rate and spring should be just
around the corner.
It has been decided to postpone the spring salad luncheon until
April. You will see more about it in the next newsletter.
The next Auxiliary meeting is on Feb. 3rd with a board meeting on
The nominating committee will soon be looking for officers for
2010-2011. Please consider saying yes if asked.
Remember also that we have many scholarships to be awarded each year
both locally and in the Department. If you have any questions call
me or Angi Larsen.
Remember to bring items for the Ronald McDonald house to our
WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE FOR AMERICA
A display of Freeborn County Women in Military Service will be presented on
March 21st and March 28th, 2010 at the American Legion Post 56 in Albert Lea,
Minnesota. The displays and photos are intended to provide recognition to these
women who, throughout history, have served with particular sacrifice and
achievement. This display will kick off on Sunday, March 21st with a breakfast
at the American Legion Post 56 hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 447 and
continue on Sunday, March 28th with a breakfast hosted by American Legion Post
56. If you would like to share your experiences, pictures, slides, posters or
memorabilia, please contact the American Legion Post 56, the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 447 or the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 16 at 507-373-7993 and a
veteran member will get back to you with further information on displays.
may also contact our coordinator Dave Olson at 507-373-0791. Your
experiences and display items would be appreciated by March 17, 2010.
Attention Vietnam Era Veterans (
The State of Minnesota has established March 29 of each year as a
special day to honor Vietnam veterans. As part of the local recognition
program, area veterans are organizing a display from Freeborn County
Vietnam era veterans who were assigned to military units throughout the
world in any branch of service in support of military operations between
1960 and 1975. This display will kick off on Sunday, March 21st
with a breakfast at the American Legion Post 56 hosted by Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 447 and continue on Sunday, March 28th with
a breakfast hosted by American Legion Post 56. If you would like to
share your experiences, pictures, slides, posters or memorabilia, please
contact the American Legion Post 56, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
447 or the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 16 at 507-373-7993 and a
veteran member will get back to you with further information on
You may also contact our coordinator Dave Olson at
507-373-0791. Your experiences and display items would be appreciated by
March 17, 2010.
OMAR MONROE DAHL
Born June 21, 1921. Died Jan. 13, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army
during World War II and was a member of the American Legion, VFW and
the Honor Guard
Larry and Mary Schroader In Memory of John Steffen
Orvis and Betty Rake In Memory of Marshall Bendixen
Post 56 Donation
Ruth Strand In Memory of Bob Dahl
Arnie and Pat Mulso Donation
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Orin Bye
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Lila Glantz
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Bill Brown
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Stu Evenson
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Barney Bjerke
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Ozzie Evenson
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Gene Evans
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Casper Jacobs
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Clarence Schroeder
Bob and Betty Guenther In Memory of Freeman Jacobson
Lavonne Christensen Donation
Honor Guard Donations
CloverLeaf Lions Donation
John and Linda Eisterhold Donation
Lowell and Barbara Peterson Donation
Don and Irene Weber In Memory of Neal Kuyper
Rev. Sandra and Warren Tonsing Donation
Wes and Cynthia Halvorson Donation
Please 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.
The American Flag at the
American Legion Post 56 is being flown in memory of Charles
Thank you to the family.
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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