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Commanders Message:

August is here, and I can’t believe it! Where did July go?

Our Trout Fest Breakfast was a success. Not just that we made money, but we served many new customers. I noticed a lot of families came through the line, little children with wide eyes grabbing their plate containing delicious sausages and a pancake.

Our August meeting is Post Everlasting. We will be remembering and honoring James Hammes, Norman Oliver, Leon Minor, Howard Moilien, Steven Kapanke, and James Torgerson. I sent each family a letter of invitation and have started to hear from these families already. People I’ve heard from are very thankful were doing this! There won’t be a regular meeting, just the Post Everlasting portion and then the meal.

Some of the projects we have to address in the near future are fixing the cooler in the storage shed; we use this for our Chicken Q’s. Replacing the handicap door on south side of building, and redirecting the water flow away from the sidewalk at the bar door entrance.

Enjoy August!

Steve Nelson, Commander Post 116

2018/2019 Post 116 Officer Elections:

As many of you know, we held officer nominations/elections at the May Regular Post Meeting. We had tremendous participation and had many people step up for the positions available. Thank you to all of the new officer elects! You have much experience in front of you and the membership will support you 100% in your position.

Following are the new officers who will be sworn in at the June meeting:

Commander: Steve Nelson

1st Vice Commander (Membership): Matt Semke

2nd Vice Commander (Children & Youth): Ryan Chambers

3rd Vice Commander (Americanism): Wes Guy

Finance Officer: Roger Mathison

Sergeant at Arms: Dan Hofslien

Historian: Francis Mathison

Chaplain: Michael Miller

Service Officer: Ronald Miller

Thank you to all of you for stepping forward to be a part of the leadership team at Post 116.

Please remember, all officers are expected to be present at the Executive Committee Meetings, which are held on the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm.

Details, Details, Details….

National Convention August 24 through August 30

As most everyone knows, the National Convention will probably never be closer to us as it is this year when Commander Denise Rohan proclaims the convention convened in Minneapolis. This is an excellent opportunity to go to Convention as a guest, observe the processes and even participate in some educational sessions. Consider taking a trip to Minneapolis, even if just for one day.


By now, you should have received your membership renewal notice for the 2019 membership year. Please attend to renewing your membership as soon as possible. If you have a computer, tablet or smart phone, you can renew online at if that is more convenient for you. The "Renew" tab is at the top of the web page. You can use the online renewal feature to submit payment of your annual membership dues, set your account up for automatic renewal using your credit or debit card and to eliminate paper renewal notices by setting your account to have your renewal notices delivered via e-mail.

The American Legion remains the most powerful voice in America on behalf of Veterans, their families and communities across the nation. By renewing your membership, you are helping to ensure that Veterans’ continue to receive the benefits that they are entitled to.

Membership Totals to Date

2019 Paid Membership - 99

2019 Membership Goal– 195

Military Pranks

Many of us, when were "newbies" and didn’t have a whole lot of experience in the military, had pranks pulled on us in a good-natured way of "initiating" us into the unit. Some pranks pulled were: sending new person after a bucket of steam, 100 ft of flight line, left-handed monkey wrench, or relative bearing grease. Another prank is the "Sea Bat", where the crew on a ship has a mop bucket turned upside down and everyone is standing around looking at it. When new guy shows up and is naturally curious, the crew has him kneel down and peer under the bucket when the nearest deckhand grabs a wet mop and whacks the new guy across his backside! How many stories like this can we collect? If you have one, let me know!

American Legion National Legacy Scholarship Run

The National Legacy Scholarship Run will be coming to Onalaska Post 336 on Wednesday, August 22nd after a stop in the Onalaska Cemetery to lay wreaths at the graves on Post 336’s namesakes, Otto W. Struck and August B. Klandrud, both of whom were killed in action in World War I. The ride should be arriving at the cemetery around 4:40pm. Then on Thursday morning the ride will be departing Post 336 at 7:30am to head up the river towards Anoka, MN.

This is an excellent opportunity to shake hands with National Commander Denise Rohan, of Verona, WI. There will be several 7th District Legion Riders participating in the ride, including Gary Hess.

If you have never seen the sight of 400-plus motorcycles in one group ride into a city, this is your opportunity! It is one impressive sight! Last year, nationally, the Legion Riders raised $1.24 million!

June Bucket Drawing

The following members had their numbers drawn for the bucket drawing but were not present:

Rod Ofte Kyle Bethauser Robert Seiler David Fladhammer Don Langaard Joshua Harr Chuck Lind Jim Gustafson Eric Stafslien Mary Schmidt

David Mashak Evelyn Williams Jim Weber Stuart Peterson Gary Gilbertson Ruth Rupp James Onshus Robert Jothen Merlin Lenser Allen Bushek

Ron Hole Tony Herald Daryl Brye Don Kammel Austin Holen

Bernie Roesler Lee Rudie Michael Sheldon Howard Moilien Larry Hooverson

Kevin King Mike Machak Ty Mathison Ken Rupp Sig Molland

Lester Bagstad Jon Koula Steven Mader John Halvorson Jim Schmidt

Charles Wuensch Julia Drapela

John Thurk was the last number drawn and he was present. He won $10.00. Congratulations John!

American Legion Regional Baseball Tournament

The Westby/Coon Valley Legion baseball team won against Stoddard and Viroqua in the first two games, but were defeated by Fennimore and Prairie du Chien in the third and fourth games to get knocked out of the regional tournament. Fennimore won the Regional to advance to the State Tournament in Osseo. The junior team lost to the La Crosse North Stars in their first game and lost to Prairie du Chien in their second game, eliminating them from the tournament.

Carter Bergdahl, of Westby, represented Westby/Coon Valley on the Stripes team in the American Legion Baseball All Star Game, held Sunday at Miller Park following the Brewers-Rockies game. The Stars team won the game 6-3. Carter played 3 innings, playing in all three outfield positions, one per inning, and had once one at-bat, flying out to deep left field.

July Daily Baseball Raffle Winners

July 1 - Harold Olson, Westby July 2 - Paul Kabat, Westby July 3 - Michele Frydenlund, CV

July 4 - Steve Humfeld, Chaseburg July 5 - Kathy Korn, Westby July 6 - Barry Bergum, Coon Valley

July 7 - Ovidia Gilbertson, Buffalo City July 8 - Sherry Grass, Holmen July 9 - Kevin Steenburg, Westby

July 10 - Lisa Dwyer, La Crosse July 11 - Denise Grass, Westby

July 12 - Anthony Seelow, Chaseburg July 13 - Adrian Hendrickson, Westby July 14 - Russ Cornford, CV

July 15 - Bonnie & Mark Anderson, Westby July 16 - Kyle Larson, La Crosse July 17 - Bleachers Pub, Westby

July 18 - Jamey & Amy Evenstad, Coon Valley July 19 - Bob Erickson, Westby July 21 - Roger Melby, Westby

July 22 - Becky Lipski - Westby July 23 - Lavonne "Spanky" Felton, Viroqua July 24 - Dan Hofslien, Chaseburg

July 25 - Roger Anderson, Coon Valley July 26 - Monte Hagen, Westby July 27 - Darrin & Shana Berg, CV

July 28 - Kim Ward, Viroqua July 29 - Gary Daines, Westby July 30 - Ally Rudie, Westby

July 31 - Chaseburg American Legion Post 202

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for the raffle. It is greatly appreciated.

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.

Proper Disposal Of The American Flag

There is a proper ceremony for the disposal of the American Flag, which usually involves collecting up all of the unserviceable flags, an inspection by the Sergeant at Arms followed by burning. Such an event was held on September 11th at Chaseburg Post 202. We had our flags retired at this ceremony. We collect flags from throughout the community through our flag disposal drop box. It is located in the parking lot at the southwest corner of the banquet hall. Please use this for disposing your flags and let your friends and neighbors know about this as well.

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