Events / Calendar
American Legion Post 56
Well, fall is
officially here now and October brings out an array of things to look
for. Speaking along that line October has Columbus Day celebrated on
the 10th (really the 12th), US Navy established
on the 13th in 1775 with Navy on the 27th, and
set your clock back on the 30th as daylight savings time
ends. Now for the good stuff. Check the calendar both in the flyer
and the internet for various events but remember Saturday October 15th
starting about 5:30 pm for the membership recognition dinner. Swiss
steak this year so come for a fun night.
In September the
Legion sponsored a family greeting and healing time for the Corey
Goodnature family and donations were given to the Corey Goodnature
Memorial Fund for use by his children. The Goodnature family was very
appreciative for the support. We are still in need of a Tuesday night
bingo manager – which is not a full time job as Bill Neff will still
help out with ordering supplies, etc. Interested please call the club
and talk to our gambling manager Kyle.
Don’t forget that
the Legion has a breakfast most every 4th Sunday of the
month. Please check the calendar as sometimes there may be a change
due to a fundraiser. Check it out and bring a friend(s).
Another event to
keep in mind is a dinner show featuring “The Great Pretender” on Sat.
Nov. 12th. Should be a fun evening.
I would like to
thank all my comrades that have helped fill in the gap for me as I
have had to help with my mother (in Grand Rapids) in serving as a care
Vice says membership is coming in very slowly so hopefully the
membership dinner will add to our number which is currently only 600.
I would also like
to let you know that if a group has asked for donations and they
haven’t received something, it isn’t necessarily that we don’t want to
give to them it may be that we can’t. Simply, gaming is down and
allowable expenses have increased which decrease the amount we can
give to various organizations.
We appreciate your
continued support of Post 56 and thank you.
For God and
Commander Post 56
Magnus Fossum served
as the seventh commander of Post 56 in 1924-25. He was born on Feb. 27,
1887, in Manchester Township and became an Albert Lea resident at the age
of four. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. At one time he
was the assistant cashier at the Albert Lea State Bank, and alter worked
at the local post office. Fossum died on Dec. 1, 1956, and is buried at
Lisle F. Aitchison
served as the post’s eighth
commander in 1925-26. He was born during 1897 near Forest City, Iowa, and
grew up in the Lake Okoboji area. He was a veteran of World War I
military service and came to Albert Lea in 1919. His firm, Aitchison
Lumber Co., was located on West College Street for 15 years. The man some
folks called “Aitch” was also involved in the lake ice business, then
started LeSota Tool Co. which was located at the corner of West Clark
Street and North Newton Avenue for many years.
He died on Oct. 2,
1955. His Tribune Obituary said, “When the Legion post inaugurated its
now discontinued Christmas toy program, he was its first Santa Claus and
was instrumental in keeping its program going for many years.”
Ed Shannon, Editor
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Hall & Kitchen available at no charge to non-profit organizations
for fundraisers or meetings.
We have had such beautiful weather lately, let’s keep the ones that
have not been so lucky in our prayers.
Auxiliary Board meeting will be on October 3rd at 5:00pm. Our
next Auxiliary meeting will be on October 5th at 7:00pm at the
club. Our Girl Staters will be our guests and speak about their
experiences at Girl’s State this summer. Please come and show them our
interest in this worthwhile project.
Soup and Salad Luncheon will be held on October 26th, 2005 from
11:00am – 1:00pm. The cost is $5.00. If you are called to furnish a
salad please say “yes”.
Membership Suppers will be held on October 15th and November 15th,
both Saturday evenings. The Auxiliary will again have brownies and ice
cream for $1.00. If you are willing to bring brownies or help serve them,
please call me at 373-3767. Thank you.
will be hosting the 1st District Convention on May 20-21,
2006. I need a planning committee now but will need others later. If you
are willing to help with this please call me at 373-3767. Thank you.
“Let Freedom Ring”
At Arms...............Scott Rasmussen
To help promote
Freeborn County Veterans’ Memorial, here’s a review of the
three aspects of this future project which will evolve at the
corner of East College Street and South Broadway Avenue.
are the individual paver blocks or bricks which cost $100 each.
The proper form and more information is available at
office in the old courthouse or a the Legion Club.
become a Sponsor/Donator of $1,000 or more and have a 3” by 5”
metal plaque displayed with your name/company name/or
organization, to be placed in the Freeborn County Veterans’
Memorial, to commemorate your sponsorship/donation, please make
a check out to “Chamber Foundation” and annotate “Freeborn
County Veterans’ Memorial” on the Memo line. Mail this
completed form and check to Freeborn County Veterans’ Service
Office, P.O. Box 1147, Albert Lea, MN 56007-1147.
those Veterans from Freeborn County, who were Killed in Action (KIA)
will be honored free of charge with a different colored brick
with their Name & War that they were KIA, in an area designated
for KIA in this Memorial. This will NOT require action on the
part of the KIA families.
As usual we’re
having Laurie’s Karaoke corner every Friday this month. Also have a
couple other things this month. First of all there is a fish fry Oct.
1st held by the Fountain Lake Sportsmans Club so come in
and have some of the best fish in town. On Oct. 15th there
is a membership dinner and on the 26th of October is the
Auxiliary Luncheon. Mmm good. Finally, I would like to thank all of
the volunteers we’ve had around the club helping out. So thanks to
everyone and all the members for everything.
See you here
of September 21, a total of 1,089 of the paver bricks and 21 sponsorships
have been sold to honor those who served in the nation’s armed forces.
Born October 12,
1918. Died September 16, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps
during World War II, and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He
was a member of the American Legion.
Born March 13, 1922.
Died September 5, 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War
II and was a member of the American Legion and VFW.
Born January 15,
1920. Died April 23, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army during World
War II and was a member of the American Legion.
Born August 9, 1927.
Died September 3, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during
World War II and was a member of the American Legion.
Born February 26,
1931. Died September 9, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War and was a member of the American Legion.
Robert & Doris
in honor of "Billy C"
Memory of Melvin Conner
Lester & Lois Anderson
Cornelius & Julia Slegh
Donation to Honor Guard in Memory of
you for your contributions to the Dollar-A-Month fund. All
contributions support the Post 56 club facilities, maintenance
& continued growth of our organization
deadline for the November issue is October 19, There will be no exceptions!
447 VFW meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at
the American Legion Post 56 Clubrooms @ 7:00pm. Come and join VFW Post
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