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Legion Post 56
Lea, MN 67007
Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin
you believe it, December came and went so fast that I’m not sure I
got to enjoy it but I did get to Christmas in the City, 1942 Armed
Forces Radio program, Harmony Junction, Kids Christmas program at
church, a meal or two at the Legion, deliver poinsettias, ring the
bell, attend birthday parties, celebrate the birth of Christ, have
an anniversary, and yes work. So
I guess I had fun. Now
get ready for 2007 – who would have thought I would be alive yet!
we had a great turnout for our early New Year’s Eve meal and party
and you were able to attend the Albert Lea Sesquicentennial end of
us at the club New Year’s Day for Tom & Jerry’s from
9:30-noon, then music with Donnie Klossner from noon-4pm along
with food being served. Start
the year out right.
you look back on 2006 you may remember that there were some bad
times but then think also of the good times.
What could you have done to make something better?
Remember not everything has to be done with money (but that
seems to be the way today) so maybe volunteer, work on a project,
help a friend or neighbor, or just pray.
Now that I have said that the Post is entering a more
expensive time of the year, when bills go up and income seems to
drop some so if you feel inclined to donate to the D.A.M.
account (used to pay unexpected repair, notes, and the like) it
would be greatly appreciated.
are several fish fries coming up, some good parties, and some
entertainment, like maybe Elvis in February and an adult comedy show
in March so be watching and listening.
Also, the Post will be hosting a fundraiser to help with the
cost of poinsettias that were given to veterans in December, so be
watching for that.
you again to all the volunteers that helped throughout the month of
December on projects and with your donations.
Without it we couldn’t accomplish anything.
Also thank you to everyone that helped with financial support
for my Commander’s project as it is now completely complete.
Please bring a friend in for a meal, a drink, or just visit
and show off your Post. Thanks!
anyone interested in keeping the club open?
If you are then come to the January Post meeting on January
15th at 7:00 pm.
in January to remember: January
1st – Begin New Years;
January 27 – signing of the Vietnam Peace Accord;
January 3 – My wife’s birthday.
God and Country
New Year’s! Hope you
all had a warm and wonderful Christmas.
I’d like to thank everyone for all the patronage and
support you’ve given us this past year.
is going to be another busy month, with Christmas and retirement
parties. Fish Fry’s
1st – join us for Tom and Jerry’s from 9:30 am –
noon, then stay and dance to the music of Donnie Klossner from noon
till 4:00 pm. Basket
specials will be available during that time also.
January 8th – a board meeting at 6:00 pm.
January 15th – 6:00 pm supper followed by the
post meeting at 7:00 pm. January
20th – the High School Spanish Club’s Fish Fry.
January 27th – The Arlan Kleinbeck Cancer
Benefit from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, serving spaghetti and garlic
toast. January 28th
– the post breakfast serving from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm.
us January 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
for Laurie’s Karoake Korner. There’s
always great food, fun and entertainment.
I’d like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.
and Beverage Manager
was my intention to explain several details about the new Freeborn
County Veterans’ Memorial in this issue.
However, former commander Ethmer E. Wright, a World
War II veteran, wrote a letter to the editor of the Tribune, which
was published in the December 19 issue.
This excellent letter lists the members of the committee
which made this memorial a reality, and a letter worth reprinting in
this publication. Here’s
Veterans Memorial erected on the Court House lawn is very
impressive. It is one of
the most important projects built in
for a long time. Once
day my wife and I spent quite some time looking at it, reading names
of so many veterans. We
looked for the names of her two brothers, our son and also mine.
We saw so many names of veterans we knew and also many names
of people we didn’t know that had served our country.
It was a very sad and sobering feeling when you read the
names of men and women who gave their lives for our country in time
of war. Now that the
flags are flying with the lights shining on them, it really gets
you to all the veterans and their families and everyone else who
donated money and time so this Memorial could be built.
big “thank you to Jon Rhiger and the Committee Members;
Fred Stein, Dennis A. Smith, Eldon Schmitt, Duane Becker,
Kenneth Nelson, Dale Grotsun, Gary Newman, David Mullenbach, Arnold
Troe, Cassandra Maiden, Allen Engen, Lester Shaunce, Forrest
Claussen, Jose Avelar, Jr., Larry Young, Jerry Morstad & John
Eisterhold for all the meeting and hours spent to complete this
worthy project. JOB WELL
NEW YEAR to everyone. We
hope 2007 brings blessings and happy times to everyone.
you missed our December 6 Christmas Party, you missed a good one.
For a “potluck” with no planning whatsoever, there was a
fabulous assortment of food, all delicious.
And, of course, being entertained by the Albert Lea High
School Chorale always warms the cockles of my heart.
It is just thrilling to see those young people all dressed up
and looking so smart and just singing their hearts out.
They put you in the Christmas mood if you aren’t already.
was good to see some of our people out ringing the bells for the
Salvation Army. They
raise money and do so much good and the gift tags they hang on their
“Angel Trees” gives everyone an opportunity to share Christmas
with children less fortunate.
Saturday, December 16 we delivered Christmas Poinsettias to about 30
shut-ins. It is so much
fun to bring a little cheer to people who cannot get out and about.
the evening’s supper and entertainment we held a short business
meeting. First District
President Pat Miner was our special guest and she spoke to us about
the work of the Auxiliary. Pat
Johannsen volunteered to chair our next Salad Luncheon in
February. We know she
can count on good help and donations from everybody.
It was voted to buy some more soup cups and salad plates for
urge everyone to attend the Legion sponsored Armed Forces concert
held in the Lighthouse on December 15 and 16.
is our custom, there will be no board meeting or membership meeting
in January. Our next
regular membership meeting will be Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm.
The board will meet the previous Monday, February 5 at 5:15.
By then we will be thinking Valentines!
God and Country
October 2, 1934. Died December 8, 2006. He served in the
U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Viet Nam Wars, and a member of
the American Legion.
|Dave & Sue Olson
|Fern & Vernon
|Orvis & Betty
||In Memory of Ruth
|Jim & Judi Olson
you for your contributions to the Dollar-A-Month fund. All
contributions support the Post 56 club facilities, maintenance &
continued growth of our organization
To make a donation, click on the link to our D.A.M.
Fund Account Page.
deadline for the February issue will be the Wednesday following the
post meeting. This will
be the deadline in the future!
of December 19th a total of 1,989 of the paver bricks and
39 sponsorships have been sold to honor those who served in the
nation’s armed forces. There’s
still room for more paver bricks and more sponsorships!
check with Jon Rhiger indicates the dedication of the now completed
Freeborn County Veterans’ Memorial will be held at a future date
to be announced.
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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