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Commanders Message:

Roger & Sandy Mathison and Judy & I have just returned from a very successful National American Legion Convention in Reno, Nevada. Our new National Commander is Denise Rohan from Verona, Wis. And our new National Auxiliary President is Diane Duscheck of Markesan, Wis. Roger Mathison was an official member of Denise Rohans’ campaign committee, and had the honor of standing behind her with the rest of the committee on stage as she took the oath of office.

President Trump was at the convention and signed "The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017" into law. He was there to "thank The American Legion for getting this done." He also said "The American Legion has a lot of power and they use it well." The bipartisan bill H.R. 2288 was crafted with much input from The American Legion. It is expected to shorten the average wait time for final appeal decision from 5 years to 125 days. This was the first time in history a President of the United States signed a bill into law at an American Legion Convention.

The 7th District Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, October 07, 2017 at Stoddard Post 315. Details for interested parties will be provided at our post meeting.

A check in the amount of $500.00 has been received from the family of deceased Post member Jim Hammes of Onalaska. The family was extremely grateful and impressed that 16 members turned out on a beautiful Saturday morning to pay final respects to Jim. I would also like to thank everyone who showed up, and especially Sgt-at-arms Dan Hofslien for making it happen.

Our next meeting will be on Weds. Evening, September 20. There will be an update on the cooler and sewer project. I’m surprised anybody would want to stay home when they know we’re discussing such exciting things as the sewer!!!

See you at the meeting!

Thank you, Frank Mathison, Commander Post 116

American Legion Regional Baseball Tournament

As many of you are aware, the American Regional Baseball Tournament had to be relocated from Coon Valley to Prairie du Chien due to the July 19 & 20 flooding of Coon Creek that left the ballfield under 4-5 feet of water and debris. This resulted in Westby/Coon Valley to have to make at least a 100-mile round trip every day of the tournament. The boys won 21-9 against Fennimore in the first round, lost to Viroqua 4-8 in the second round, beat Crawford 5-2 in the third round, and lost a close one again to Viroqua 3-4 in the final day of competition. Prairie du Chien won the Class A Regional Championship by beating Viroqua 11-2.

Two local teams who did well at the State Tournament were Holmen and West Salem, who both won state championships in their divisions. West Salem went on to take second place in the Division 2 Central Plains Regional Tournament in Wahpeton, ND, losing to Pierz, MN 5-3.


Much like the regional baseball tournament, Troutfest was severely affected by the flooding in July and had to be cancelled. We sincerely hope that they recovered all that was lost in the flooding, including their information booth, which was uprooted from its footings and floated downstream, after getting caught up on the Hwy 14/61 bridge across the creek. We look forward to partnering with Troutfest again next year.

Endorsement for National Vice Commander

A resolution was passed at the Wisconsin State Convention to endorse Roger P. Mathison from Post 116 as Wisconsin’s Candidate for National Vice Commander. The way this works is Roger will be a Vice Commander Candidate several years down the road. Roger has been representing Wisconsin and Coon Valley Post 116 at National Convention for many years and is well-known among the American Legion national leadership. This is a great honor to have a National Officer from our post. Congratulations, Roger!



July 1 Wayne Dwyer July 17 Cal Manske, Chaseburg

July 2 Peggy Fortun, Westby July 18 Lucille Theige, Westby

July 3 Brad Engh, Onalaska July 19 Andy Lipski, Westby

July 4 Jill Strangstalien, Westby July 20 Rod Engh/Shelly Fauske, CV

July 5 Garrick Olerud, Westby July 21 Orin Larson, Westby

July 6 Leon Borck, Coon Valley July 22 Bonnie Peterson, Chaseburg

July 7 Sam Cummer, Westby July 23 Gary Daines, Westby

July 8 Justin Wedwick, Westby July 24 Marilyn Bland, Westby

July 9 Sharon Sharratt, Westby July 25 Shirley Aarness, Westby

July 10 Janice Blihovde, Westby July 26 Seth Barstad, Westby

July 11 Rox Dwyer, LaCrosse July 27 Patty Meurer, Coon Valley

July 12 Greg Servais, Coon Valley July 28 Dawn Haakenson, Westby

July 13 Susan Anderson, Westby July 29 Sherman Erlandson, Westby

July 14 Kari Hanson, Westby July 30 Kevin Steenberg, Westby

July 15 Seth Barstad, Westby July 31 Shayna Davey, Westby

July 16 Mark Luebke, Westby

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and thanks to all who sold tickets. It was much appreciated by the team, coaches and players.


Adjutant Notes

American Flags for sale from the Legion

Don’t forget that Post 116 has flags available for sale to any member as well as anyone in our Community or beyond. This can be a great fundraiser for the American Legion so spread the word and don’t forget the Legion when you need to order a flag. The 3’ x 5’ flags are $25.00

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