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Commanders Message

Uff da! Day light savings time has got me tired at night, hopefully, I’ll have enough strength to write this newsletter!?

James and Amy Lou Onshus, thank you for your generous $1,000 donation for area veterans, the first $500 went to a veteran that had a house fire, Philip Lambert.

I would like to thank the Coon Valley firing squad for doing such a great job at Gilman Gronvolds funeral. He was a non-member of our legion post, but it didn’t matter to our post, we will salute any veteran whose family request a military funeral. Most cases we can do this great honor and I don’t know of any we have turned down? We have a great Sergeant of Arms, Dan Hofslien, who organizes these ceremonies and the best trumpeters in the state, Charlie Nelson and Rolv Ihle. At this funeral Roger Mathison presented the colors to the family, a tough task todo in most cases, but this one was hard, thank you Roger!

The next 30 days we will focus on membership and veterans! We will be contacting members who haven’t paid dues yet, and check on members we haven’t seen in awhile to see how they are doing? To see if the American Legion can do anything for them? I expect everyone in our post to make these calls (at your own time frame) and check on our valuable veterans. Our goal is not to push paying legion dues, but to see how our veterans are doing? This is a National Event Called “Buddy Check” planned for March 11-18th, but we will do this on our own schedule.

Our regular meeting is at 7pm, Thursday, March 21st! A wonderful meal will be served by our great Auxiliary, and the Vernon County meeting will follow at 8pm. Roger Mathison has mentioned some State officers might attend!? Please come and visit with our county wide and state veterans!

Uff da, I made it without falling asleep, see ya soon!

April 14th Legion Palm Sunday Breakfast, 8‐12pm (see enclosed work schedule)

Palm Sunday Breakfast Baked Goods and Quilt Raffle will be done April 14th!!

All members need to bring in a baked good for people to buy at the breakfast, and bring these in the day before or day of the breakfast, put goodies in sandwich bags or wrapped or sealed.

Virginia Nerison donated a lovely quilt to be raffle off at a legion function, this will be done at this breakfast….

Details, Details, Details….


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 - 165

2019 Membership Goal– 186

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!

February Bucket Drawing

No bucket drawing

50/50 Drawing in February

Not done

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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