November 2018

From the Commander:

Another month behind us and now the holidays are staring us in the face. Where has time gone?

I would like to thank all the volunteers that showed up on post clean-up day, a lot was accomplished, and couldn’t have been done without our wonderful volunteers. Thanks again to each and everyone of you.

The upcoming month brings Veterans Day, recognition for all of our great service men and women from the past and the present.

Do not forget our veterans day ceremony at the post all the details are on the board, we have a guest speaker and the outstanding ham and bean dinner to follow.

Please come and join us this next month for one of our wonderful meals, Pizza Night – first Friday of the month, Steak and Catfish – the second Friday of the month and as always are prime rib dinner on Sunday afternoons. Hope to see you there come help support the post.

Thank you.
For God and Country
Bart Colvin

Mission Statement:

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.

From the Auxiliary President:

November, the month of giving thanks.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The end of the war happened at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, so that’s why November 11 was chosen. Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day, a legal holiday in the U.S., honors all who have served in the nation’s armed forces, whether they are living or dead. Thank you to all who have served and to those who continue to serve.

Thank you to the ladies who have contributed items for our monthly basket raffles, to Dianna for putting the baskets together and to everyone who purchases raffle tickets. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to Diane Shockley for painting the 2 benches. They look great!

Thank you to all who volunteer at our Post. From dinner nights, to clean up days, to simply taking out the trash. Your help means a lot and is greatly appreciated.

With winter approaching, the Domiciliary is in need of hats, gloves, scarves and individually wrapped snack items. Beth Applegate will be delivering on Tuesday, Nov 19th. If you wish to donate, please have your items at the Post no later than Monday, Nov
18th. The Domiciliary collection box is in the banquet room. Thank you Beth for delivering.

Mark you calendar for Sunday, Dec 2nd , the annual Kids’ Christmas party. Bring the kids for some Christmas fun, music and Santa. Open to everyone. Lunch at noon with Santa coming at 2:00 p.m.

Our next meeting will be Monday, Nov 12th at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

God Bless our Troops past, present and future

Mission Statement:

In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.

From Post Service Officer:

Why We Honor Veterans Day

Each year, Veterans Day proudly stands as a nationally recognized remembrance on November 11th for those living oath takers who stood up to serve as America’s Guardians of Freedom at whatever the cost. Some are remembered, others forgotten.

The veteran’s love and commitment for our country and family knows that freedom comes with a demanding and unpredictable price. Many returned home from their service experience indelibly branded, even scared by the impact on their bodies and minds. All too many suffer all the way to their grave. Veterans solemnly realize that if the United States loses its freedom, there is no place to go. Therefore, our prepared military stands to carry the baton of liberty that we may live in peace.

Make no mistake, the United States uniquely stands as the home of the free because of the brave. America’s wars continuously impact veterans, military families, and our country’s very soul. Without our veterans’ service, there would be no peace.

Monuments and memorials are erected throughout our land to remember the valiant endeavors and heroism that our military personnel of their era sacrificed to preserve freedom. All veterans in some manner contributed to our nation’s history.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs 2016 GDX, Indiana had 418,000 veterans residing in Indiana. The VA tax free compensation and pension benefits provided to eligible Indiana veterans and their dependents $1,347,665,000. These benefits relieve some of their burden, enhance their quality of life and contribute to Indiana’s economy.

We are behooved to realize that the price of military service leaves widows, fatherless, and broken-hearted parents behind. Their lives forever changed. They pay a price in their own way. We dislike war, but we must love and actively support our nation’s warriors. This writer knows this pain because he lost a son four years after he returned from Iraq.

Sadly, 20 veterans commit suicide a day. Twice as many unsuccessfully try. The VA stands committed to improving its outreach and services to honor those who served.

Make an effort this Veterans Day to thank a veteran for serving. Offer a helping hand. Volunteer at the VA or American Legion and make a difference. Show you appreciate your freedom because they served you and our county.

The American Legion provides a way for you to support those who served. It’s the right thing to do! Ask us how you can help.

At your service,
Rick Baum

From Post Adjutant:

Minutes from Joint Meeting:

Regular Meeting October 8, 2018

  • Convened 19:00
  • Meeting opened in due form by Commander Bart Colvin.
  • Auxiliary reports that member Chrissy Koenig’s mother passed away. No details on arrangement yet.
  • Beth says post clean up is scheduled for Oct 27th. Starting at 9am until done. Anyone wanting a specific project done please let Beth know.
  • Bart thanked all for helping on Josiah’s ride. All money has not been totaled but looks like a good turnout. Rick reports that winter us upon us and the homeless males and females need clothing and shoes.
  • Minutes read and approved. Tom read the financial report which also approved as read.
  • Sick call. Tom Woodrum, Kenneth Stone, and Dave Konija. Please keep all in prayers.
    Unfinished business.

  • Cleaning crew has been talked to and it looks like things are improving.
  • Point of Sale system is up and running. Training this Thursday. Be patient with everyone. Still new.
  • Soft Tub was again discussed, and motion made to not raffle tub as to many tickets need to be sold.
  • Veterans day is November 10th here at the post. Going to have a meeting the 22nd or 23rd of October to discuss the days events. Stuart believes his neighbor is involved with the High School Band and going to check if they are available for the Veterans Day program.
  • The commander reports that any complaints or bitches be reported to him and not discussed at the bar.
    New business

  • Rick reports that September 21st was National Recognition day for POW’s and MIA’s. There is a group called the “National League POW/MIA Families” group. For $25 a year, the post can become an associate member. Rick would like our post to be involved. The Son’s or Auxiliary can also be involved. Individuals are also welcomed. Tabled till next meeting.
  • Steve King wanted to know if the dishwasher can be fixed before Catfish and Steak. Bart says it will be taken care.
  • Bart says a new Sal member, Steve Shepard, still wants to do a poker tournament here at the post. It will be all volunteer help, so everything will be above board to the gambling rules set forth by the lottery commission. Bart will be the “organizer” and Steve Shepard will be the assistant. There will be one set of books. Motion made and passed to go ahead with the poker night.
  • Army/Navy game is December 9th. There is a chili cook-off and a smoked drumstick special.
    Good of the Legion

  • Rick has concerns about the Military Relief Fund. Adjutant Will Henry is no longer Adjutant of the American Legion of Indiana. You may get something in the mail to clarify what is going on. Rick also reports that he has packets for anyone in need of help. Some families may qualify for up to $2500.00.
  • Tom said he has a gentleman who wants to donate money for a “guardian” to attend the veterans honor flight. Bart is going to give an application to Curt Borcherding.
  • Adjourned at 19:50

From the Club Manager:

November Calendar

Dates to Remember:

2nd – Legion Pizza Night 5-8pm
3rd – Pampered Chef Party 2-5pm
4th – Prime Rib Dinner 4-7pm
6th – SAL Meeting 6pm
9th – SAL Steak & Catfish Dinner 5-8pm
10th – Veteran’s Day Program and Ham/Bean Dinner 11am
12th – Legion/AUX meeting 7pm
17th – Fundraiser for Bobby Musgrave, Spaghetti Dinner/Bake Sale Raffle 4-7pm
18th – Prime Rib Dinner 4-7pm
20th – ALR Burger/Pork Chop Dinner 5:30-8pm
27th – ALR Meeting 7pm