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Commanders Message:

Greetings my fellow Legionnaires!

Its my pleasure to greet you for the first time as your new Commander. Un-fortunately, I will not be at the July post meeting because I will be out of town but I look forward to shaking everyones hands at the Post Everlasting meet-ing in August. I would like to remind our members that we are having regular post meetings again with a meal served. We have several important dates coming up over the next several months and I would love to see some new and old familiar faces around the post. Be sure to attend when possible and remember, if you are able, we are always looking for vol-unteers. Frank still has some 100-year books for sale if youre interested but they are going fast.

Wes Guy

Commander Post 116

Some Important Upcoming Dates, Announcements, and Information

Post News:

*Legion jackets are in, please get yours ASAP! Your cost is $75.

***Please look at the CV Business Association website for locals events! Website is CoonValley.org. Contact Geoff Lenser, at 452-3663, to add events to this site.

****Covid Shots have been available at the new LaCrosse VA Clinic, Valley View Mall. Call them for appointments and questions at 608-784-3886. Covid Vaccine Shots are also available at most area pharmacies or call 800-232-0233 for other information.

******See attached/enclosed information from Frank Mathison, Historian, Thank you Frank for doing such a wonderful job on our 100 Year History Books!! Post 116 has voted that all net proceeds from the sale of these books will be applied toward debt reduction of our flood relief loan at the bank. Please support your post be purchasing our history.

Frank Mathison

Post Historian

608-606-0156

History Books:

Thank you Frank Mathison for publishing the Posts 100-yr history books, please contact him at 608-782-0996 if you wish to purchase a set, at a cost of $40.

2021 Memberships are due now! Pay online (mylegion.org) mail it to legion enclosed mailing address, or come to legion meeting night, thanks! See also below for additional details! Paid Up For Life (PUFL) Membership has never been easier!

2020-2021 Service Award Winners are as follows:

Congratulations to these two nominees from CV Post 116 for winning their respective awards at 2021 WI State Convention in Middleton. They will be forwarded on to the National Con-test.

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: Gary Helgerson

Teacher of the Year: Amy Adam

 FINALLY: THE POST IS TRYING TO GET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN EMAIL AS MANY MEMBERS AS POSSIBLE! THIS WOULD BE FASTER, EASIER AND LESS COSTLY TO THE POST. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SHARED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, PLEASE CONTACT CHARLES NELSON AT #608-452-3018, or email  cnelson@trane.com TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION! LIKEWISE, IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS, AND WISH TO RECEIVE REGULAR MAIL, LET HIM KNOW THIS AS WELL!

Coon Valley Veterans Memorial: The granite has arrived at Krause Monument. They are working to place names/symbols on the different sections. Priority will be given to the section that the soldier stands on...in hopes the soldier will be the first item back in its original and proper place.

2020-2021 Memberships are due now! Pay online (mylegion.org) or mail it to legion enclosed mailing address, or come to legion meeting night. Thanks!

Membership Totals to Date

2021 Paid Membership - 167

2021 Membership Goal– 173

Topics of discussion for next meeting:

We will be voting to have an October Calendar Raffle

We will be voting to have our annual December fundraiser at the legion hall, formatted as we did the 100-yr anniversary drawing last March.

Vernon County Tickets are available for purchase at 5 dollars a piece, please buy or sell! See Wes Guy for tickets! Tickets need to be turned in and sold before August 2nd.

Post Everlasting will be done at August 18th meeting night! We will need volunteers to be on the firing squad. No uniform is necessary. Members recognized and honored are: Donald Kammel, Jack Fletcher, Merlin Lenser, Lee Rudie, Eugene Danielson, David Sorenson, Larry Hooverson, Orlin Clark and Monroe Johnson.

Westby/Coon Valley American Legion Baseball Calendar Raffle winners are:

July 1st Sherman Erlandson July 9th Josh Bendel

July 2nd Mark Jacobson July 10th Rita Erlandson

July 3rd Dean Anderson July 11th John Nelson

July 4th Dennis Peterson July 12th Kim Hatlan

July 5th Lisa Vatland July 13th Richard Anderson

July 6th Charles Nelson July 14th Amy Ellefson

July 7th Lois Dunnum July 15th Kris Bergdahl

July 8th John Blihovde

Thanks to all who helped with the landscaping before Memorial Day and other great deeds performed!

Logger Game: Post 116 purchased 6 tickets for July 26th game, please contact Gary Grethel if you wish to purchase tickets at $12 a piece. This is a fundraiser for the 7th District Legion, that they will use to support a legion program.

Freedom Honor Flight will resume this year, with two planned flights!

Flight 25: September 11, 2021

Flight 26: October 9, 2021

Canoe Race will be August 28, 2021

August 29 – Post 116 will host a breakfast for the community, which will also ensure the canoe race clean-up volunteers can be fueled up for a hard days work if they so choose.

Coon Creek Area Veterans Memorial: The hope was to be able to have the statue of the soldier placed back at the Memorial in time for Memorial Day this year. Unfortunately, this will not be pos-sible. Everything is moving forward with the replacement of the soldier and the walls that were damaged, with the proofs being approved at the beginning of May.

The Coon Valley American Legion approved donating $500 this year to the Village of Coon Valley for the purpose of replacing worn flags and hardware that are displayed on highway 14/61. This is a standing motion for Post 116, to donate each year to this purpose, in an amount up to $500 based upon the need.

Landscaping: Post 116 will continue to need help removing the old landscaping mulch, down to the fabric, and replacing with new mulch. This needs to be completed before Memorial Day. Some of the existing mulch is over 10 years old, and could basically be considered 5 to 6 inches of dirt. Do not just place the new mulch over the existing. There is a large pile of mulch to use, once an area has been cleaned, next to the Veterans Memorial. The old mulch/dirt needs to be loaded up and hauled to the Village of Coon Valley compost area.

Important Upcoming Dates

 

Building & Grounds Planning Committee

The members of this new committee are Wes Guy, Harlan Helseth, and Gary Grethel. The purpose of the committee is to keep a list of any item, big or small, that that has been discussed previously or recently, and prioritize them in an ap-propriate way based upon needs, resources, etc. For the items that boil to the top of the list, the committee will research what the actual need is, outline exactly what will be required, and put together a definitive request for quote that can be given to any contractor so Post 116 is ensured to get back comparable quotes. No item will move forward without body approv-al. The committee will report at each monthly meeting. One of the first items being looked at is the replacement of the blinds in our Post.

The building loan, for the flood repairs, currently sits around $10,000.

THE AMERICAN LEGION

DEPARTMENT OF WISCONSIN

PREAMBLE

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peach and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE

Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as "Sons of The American Legion" for the following purposes:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order, to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism; to preserve the memories of our former members and the associations of our members and our forefathers in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which The American Legion stands; and to assist in carrying on for God and Country.

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY

PREAMBLE

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order, to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations during the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to participate in and contribute to the accomplishment of the aims and purposes of The American Legion; to consecrate and sanctify our association by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

Membership

By now, you should be receiving your membership renewal notice for the 2021 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 www.legion.org or www.mylegion.org 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.

Paid up for Life!  See here! for PDF file to download and see below!

New membership 2020 year starts, please pay your dues on-line on Mylegion.org or mail in at the below address, pay them right away, then your done with it!! Or you can pay at the monthly meeting!

Please make your check payable to C.V. Legion Post 116 in the amount of $40.00 and send to: Coon Valley American Legion Post 116, PO Box 314, Coon Valley, WI 54623

Membership Totals to Date

2021 Paid Membership - 167                                                  2021 Membership Goal– 173

Military Uniform Retirement

How many of us have old military uniforms that we will never use again? How many of us have old military uniforms that will be left behind when we die? While there is no prescribed measure to dispose of old military uniforms, it was brought forth at the last meeting to come up with some sort of ceremony similar in nature to the flag retirement ceremony as a way to respectfully dispose of old, unserviceable military uniform items. A big thanks to Ryan Chambers for researching this subject! We will be crafting such a ceremony in the near future. If this is something that you would be interested in being a part of, please let Commander Hess or Adjutant Nelson know.

Pass along to fellow veterans

Veteran Tickets Foundation, wanted to let you know about their great organization. They give out free event tickets to all kinds of things all across the country.

Stuff like football, baseball, soccer, basketball, concerts, zoo passes, plays and more!

You can sign up using the following link. http://www.VetTix.org/ref/252926 When you do, and verify your service you will get an additional 15 VetTix Lottery Coins to start off with!

Ever Thought Of Being On A Department Committee?

If you have ever thought about being on a department standing committee, check out www.wilegion.org under About—> Commissions and Committees. You can check out the purpose of each committee and find an application form.

La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program

The La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program is looking for volunteers that would be willing to help area Veterans that may need help in their lives. For more information call 608-785-6420 or go to lawmp.org

La Crosse Composite Squadron

The La Crosse Composite Squadron meets at 9 a.m. Saturday mornings at the CAP Center located at 2906 Fanta Reed Rd. on the east side of the La Crosse Municipal Airport. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. Adults seeking mentoring opportunities or opportunities to serve are invited as well. For more information, e-mail lacrossecap.pa@gmail.com or call Maj. Todd Mandel at 608-633-1496. Information is available on the unit website at http://caplacrosse.org or the unit’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/lacrossecap

Paid Up For Life (PUFL) Membership has never been easier

American Legion members interested in the discounted Paid Up For Life membership program can now easily join online: www.legion.org/join/pufl

Legionnaires who become a Paid Up For Life member will avoid any future increases to membership dues and will never have to pay annual dues or receive renewal notices. Other benefits include a lifetime subscription to The American Legion Magazine.

Once registered, members can either pay in full or pay in 12 monthly installments. Members may also print a personalized Paid Up For Life application from the web page and mail in their payment. Each Paid Up For Life member receives a permanent plastic card, as well as an annual paper card to verify membership in The American Legion. The annual card is mailed in July of each year.

For more information about the Paid Up For Life program: call (800) 433-3318 or email ia@legion.org

Post Constitution and By-Laws

Post 116 is working on creating a Post Constitution and By-Laws that will be used by the Post and turned in to State Headquarters. Committee members are Roger Mathison, Frank Mathison, Dan Hofslien, Michael Miller, Harlan Helseth. A draft will be presented at the September regular meeting.

Active Duty Map

We are looking for names and information to update our active duty map hanging in the banquet hall. Please help us with this!

Flag Display Cases available at the Vernon County Veterans Service Office

Constructed of rich mahogany colored hardwood and inserted with thick glass each dis-play case holds up to a 5’ x 9.6’ cotton flag. A die-cast, gold-plated United States Armed Forces medallion is centered onbod a bevel-cut double-mat. Easy open back panel and felt lined, scratch resistant bottom. Available with or without a 5’ x 9.6’ embroidered cotton Interment flag which is identical to those manufactured for the Veterans Admini-stration. Manufactured in the U.S.A. Outside dimensions: 26" x 13" x 3.5". The cost is $30.00 for the regular ones and $40.00 for Military specific ones.

Veteran’s Memorial Update and Information

The Coon Creek Area Veterans Memorial Committee is always looking for serviceperson’s who may be eligible for inclusion on the Veterans Memorial. If you think you are eligible, or if you know of anyone who should be eligible, please fill out or have the person fill out the information below and return it to one of the members of the Coon Creek Area Veterans Memorial Committee. John Thurk, Don Kammel, Melanie Role, Rod Ofte, or Charles Nelson.

MISC: Fire Inspection Report - Just a Reminder!

Post 116 had a fire inspection performed at our Post last year. There were no major issues found, but we need to make sure we maintain the 3’ clearance around the electrical panels and make sure exit and emergency lights work. Also, the calculated maximum capacity for the Legion are: Bar = 43 people and Hall = 234 people.

Misc.: Email notice for when to fly flag at half-staff:  Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff. Go to http://www.legion.org/flag/notification.

Misc.: Flag  Disposal Box:  Flag Disposal Box is mounted by the front of the Legion Building. Please collect and bring in flags so we can properly dispose of them.

 Misc: Member Roster: ALA, SAL, and AL member Rosters are posted in the main Coon Valley American Legion Hall.

Misc.: Web  Usage Update: will update soon!

Misc: Coon Valley American Legion Jackets: Coon Valley American Legion Jackets are available for sale. Please come to the meeting and purchase one. If you can not make a meeting contact an Officer and we will work on getting one to you. At least one member would like to order a jacket that is "long" so it will fit their arm length. If there is anyone else that may be interested please let Charlie know and he will see what a special order would cost.

Misc: Polo Shirts: There is some interest from people that would be interested in purchasing some of the blue polo shirts. Please let Charlie know if you are interested.

Misc: American Flags for sale from the Legion:

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.

  See Officers page for contact information

Misc.: The following forms were picked up at the County meeting:

If you are interested in seeing or reading additional information about the following, contact Charlie.

1) Buy a Brick for the Wisconsin American Legion Memorial Building Fund

2) Direct Deposit Forms for Federal Benefit Payments

3) Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute

Misc.: AED - Defibrillator

Several months ago Roger Mathison contacted the Lion’s about purchasing AED’s for the Legion Hall and the Village Hall as a joint effort between the two organizations. Since that time the Lion’s Club has purchased an AED that they donated to the Village Hall. The Legion will continue to look into purchasing one for the Legion Hall.