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Legion Post 56
Lea, MN 67007
Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin
we are getting ready for football and World Series – can you smell
it in the air? Really I
bet it is chicken you smell on Thursday or Friday night.
Say, beer also goes good with the game and all that and more
can be gotten here at the Legion.
Fall is a beautiful time of the year as it brings great
colors, bountiful crops, crisp air and membership dinners.
Yes we will still have two of them but somewhat different
this year. The first
will be on Monday September 11th from 5:30-7:30pm and
the second will be on Monday October 9th from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Paid up Legion, Auxiliary, SAL, and social members free and
all other $5 each. The
menu will be grilled chicken breast, baked potato, green beans, but
plus dessert (ice cream & brownie) sold by the Auxiliary.
We will also be selling meat packs so bring a couple extra
dollars plus we will have a donation bowl for the D.A.M. account.
Let’s be thankful and generous for our freedom and also
support our troops for defending us now.
about TROOPS we can get involved at Post 56 a couple of ways.
First, word has come to us that American troops of the 134th
BSB are having a fundraiser to help school age children in
. We would like your
help to help with this fundraiser.
Check the ad square listing the school supplies needed and
then bring them to the Legion. If
you prefer you may donate money to pay for postage of the supplies.
Make the check out to Post 56 marked postage.
Thank you for your support.
second way to help troops from our area is to help with Daybreakers
Kiwanis as they will be holding an auction at the Armory on Saturday
October 7th starting about 10 am.
Money raised will be used to buy supplies for the troops
themselves such as jerky, movies, foot power, etc.
If you have items you would like to donate all or part of the
money for please call Arnie at 377-2391 and leave a message.
Flyers will be around later.
a little correction on the Commander project.
The cost will probably be more like $4,250 installed (forgot
to check that part out). Hopefully,
you will help me soon so that we can get them installed – say
maybe before Christmas. Thank
Post and members received a nice thank you letter from 1st
District for hosting the convention here on May 19-21, 2006.
We also received a thank you from
attendee and he will share with us at the Post meeting on September
18th so come and listen to what he has to say.
can you help the Post make some money and still give yourself a
bargain? Let’s try it.
We would like to team up with Herberger’s in
at Northbridge mall and sell $5 coupon booklets to people.
The person gets a $10 coupon on any purchase plus other
discounts and the cost is only $5.
The Post will get $5 for each booklet sold so stop in and buy
several and save, save, save. Thanks
for your support.
are a couple of events to help support veterans fight for benefits
and share information. One
is on September 13 at
convention center from 8am-4:30pm and the other is in
on October 18-20. More
information on hallway bulletin board.
you would like to help sell meat packs on Friday nights please leave
your name at the bar as we will need helpers each Friday night (at
least two). We want to
have meat raffles available every Friday night from about 6-7:30pm
but can vary if need be. Thank
is full of eventful dates: 2nd
– V-J day, 1945 Japan surrender, 4th – Labor Day –
thank you to the working/worked people, 11th – Patriot
Day and 1st membership dinner, 14th – Star
Spangled Banner written – 1814, 17th – US
Constitution approved – 1787, 18th – the Great Air
Force established – 1947 (sorry a little slip), 24th
– Legion Breakfast.
God and Country
goodness did the summer go by fast….August is behind us and
September has arrived. Hope
you all had an enjoyable summer.
Lots of stuff going on up here this month.
1st – Jim Westeng will be celebrating his
retirement from UPS beginning at 7:00 pm.
I’m sure he’s looking forward to many of you coming in
and wishing him well. September
Deer Hunters Assoc. will be holding their annual Habitat Banquet in
the dining room – Social Hour 6:00 pm – Dinner 7:00 – tickets
will be available at the door. September
11th – the membership dinner serving from 5:30-7:30 pm.
September 20th – Freeborn County Township
Banquet serving at 7:00 pm. September
23 – Freeborn County Pheasant Habitat Inc. will be hosting their
annual Banquet here also – social 5:30 pm.
Don’t forget to come join the fun with Laurie’s Karaoke
Korner September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
few final notes….we now have Pizza Corner Pizza available in the
lounge during the times our kitchen is closed.
We also still have Freedom Isn’t Free T-shirts available
for $10 each.
a wonderful month. I
look forward to seeing you soon.
and Beverage Manager
decided to discontinue the Legion Heritage part of this publication
for a few months. As a
replacement, I’ve found a Tribune article I wrote in 1992 about an
early aspect of the post’s history.
particular article was revived because of an inquiry by a local
citizen. He wanted to
know if Post 56 ever had a prize-winning drum and bugle corps.
He may have assumed this was a group of local men or even
75 yeas ago the people of
had the opportunity to enjoy seeing and hearing one of the most
distinctive and now nearly forgotten, marching groups in this part
of the nation. This
musical group with a solid beat featured one instrument in two
versions. They were the
16 women of
’s American Legion Auxiliary Drum Corps who followed their baton
waving leader in many area parades.
incentive for the local lady drummers came when a delegation from
’s Leo Carey Post 56 attended the American Legion state convention
in August of 1928. A
group of ladies marching in a parade as the Hibbing Auxiliary Drum
Corps really impressed the local delegation.
decision was made that fall to organize a similar unit in Albert
Lea. According to Legion
regulations, this drum corps had to be a separate unit, be
self-supporting, and have at least 16 members.
A dozen of these members had to also be members of the
of the first real problems faced by the new group of enthusiastic
ladies was based on musical talent.
No one knew how to play a snare drum, or even a bass drum.
This situation was solved with a series of weekly lessons
taught by Casper Hanson. He was a Legion member who was also
the instructor of the then very active VFW men’s drum corps of
right there may be the answer for this particular citizen.
the next issue we’ll continue with more details about the drum
playing ladies of the Post 56 Legion Auxiliary.
September upon us, I hope you all have enjoyed this wonderful
summer. So we had a few
hot days……that’s heat we can store up in our body for
the time this reaches you, we will have held our annual membership
luncheon, on Wednesday August 23.
I hope you were able to attend and renew your membership if
you hadn’t already. It
is never too late. Just
send in your membership reminder and $18 check to Treasurer Rita
22563 770th Ave.
, Albert Lea.
is important for all American Legion Auxiliary members to contribute
their dues each year so we can sustain our treasury enough to fund
all the community activities we help finance every year.
And, as always, our goals is to help our veterans coming back
from overseas all the time. It
is our duty to show them our appreciation.
we are anticipating our next salad luncheon, a fundraiser, which
will be held Wednesday October 25, 11:00 to 1:00.
Wanda Christensen will be chairing it and we count on lots of
help and donations for it.
the coming year I hope we can initiate some more fundraisers and we
want to encourage people to contribute to our new Veterans Memorial,
which is to be built by the
September 6th, at 7:00 pm, will be our first membership
meeting of the new season, and the board will meet at 5:30 pm the
same day, since the first Monday is Labor Day.
wide rule spiral notebooks
pack #2 pencils
pack colored pencils
August 8, 1920. Died
July 22, 2006. She
served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1944 to 1945 at
, and in the Army Reserve for eight years.
She was a member of the American Legion, and was an organizer
of the Freeborn County Women’s Veterans Organization.
October 20, 1928. Died
August 14, 2006. He
served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948, and was a member of the
American Legion, the Elks and the Eagles Club in Albert Lea.
Memory of Don Turnbull
& Irene Levison
Gift to the Honor Guard
Memory of Mark Staloch
& Sandy Norby
Memory of Don Turnbull
& Ruth Porter
to the Honor Guard in Memory of James Lair
& Betty Guenther
Memory of Ruth Pleiss
& Bernice Otterson
& Selma Engebretson
Memory of Don Turnbull
& Mrs. Richard Knutson
Memory of Don Turnbull
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 October issue will be Wednesday following the Post
meeting. This will be
the deadline policy in the future!
of August 23, a total of 1,778 of the paver bricks and 34
sponsorships have been sold to honor those who served in the
nation’s armed forces. There’s
room for more paver bricks and more sponsorships!
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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