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Long Range Planning Committee
The Long Range Planning Committee has developed a survey which you will find as an insert in this newsletter. Please take the time to fill this survey out and return it to the address on the survey, or you can drop it off in the flag disposal box which will be checked daily for returns. Commander Hess thanks the Committee for the quick action and the thought that went into the survey.
Coon Valley WI American Legion Post #116 2017 Survey
Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete and return this survey (see below). Post 116’s Long Range Planning Committee will compile & analyze the information gathered. Think of it as a physical exam. It is a good practice to have them on occasion to measure our health. If we think we are healthy now our membership will provide good feedback. That in turn will be helpful in keeping Post 116 healthy and tuned in to the needs of our Post in the future.
Post 116 Long Range Planning Committee
*American Legion *Sons of the American Legions *American Legion Auxiliary
Coon Valley WI American Legion Post #116 2017 Survey (See pages 5 and 6 of April 2017 Newsletter for hard copy; You can also print it out from the web site by downloading the Newsletter and printing pages 5-6; also the survey can be access by clicking on this link: click here! Note:If you sign your name at the end of the survey (which is optional), your name will only be used by the committee and will not be released to anyone else. Please note: Only one newsletter, electronic or mail version, is sent to each Legion family household. Copies may be made for each Legion, SAL, and ALA member of Post #116.
Thank you for your participation!
Surveys may be returned:
1. By mail. Please include postage on the self-addressed part of the newsletter survey. Simply, tape and drop in the mail or for printed surveys: Drop in a long envelope and address it to:
American Legion Post #116
Long Range Planning Committee
P.O. Box 314
Coon Valley, WI 54623 - 0314
2. Drop into the flag collection box located outside the Legion Hall
Or fill out the two pages, make a PDF copy of the two pages, and attach the PDF copy to the ....
3. E-mail Response to: See below:
Ryan Chambers – email@example.com
Matt Semke – firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Nelson – email@example.com
Calvin Manske – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Callan - email@example.com
THE AMERICAN LEGION
DEPARTMENT OF WISCONSIN
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
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.
E-Mail Receipt of the Coon Valley American Legion Newsletter
As always, we are trying to find ways to be economic with our expenses and one way that all of us can contribute to that is to have the newsletter e-mailed to you instead of receiving it via US Mail. This saves us costs in publishing as well as in postage costs. If you would like to have your newsletter delivered to you via e-mail, please send your e-mail address to Commander Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to the e-mail roster and taken off of the mailing roster. Thank you!
2017 Renewal Notice in the Mail or Email
Everyone should have received their 2017 Renewal notice in the mail (or email) by now. Please take care of your renewal promptly, while the notification is fresh in your mind. Our Legion can't exist without membership. Just as a friendly reminder, each membership year begins in July, so if the membership card that you currently possess says 2016 on it, then it is expired and your membership needs to be renewed as soon as possible!
Membership Totals to Date
2017 Paid Membership - 180
2017 Membership Goal-197
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.
Barroom Entrance to Legion Hall
A great big THANK YOU goes out to Wes Guy for running this issue to ground, including getting options and bids to construct a vestibule to the barroom entrance. Ultimately, the issue that initiated this research was ice damming up on the roof over the door and dripping water on the sidewalk and after Wes presented all of his figures, the body decided that the appropriate measure would be to add heat tape to the gutters, and possibly the roof edge to allow the melted ice to drain onto the ground via the gutters and downspouts. Wes took on this project alone after the passing of Larry Torgerson and he devoted a lot of time to it. So if you see Wes and you are in a position to do so, buy him a beverage.
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 email@example.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
Long Range Planning Committee
SEE SURVEY AT THE END OF APRIL, 2017 NEWSLETTER! Many of you may know but some of you might not know that we have established a Long Range Planning Committee. This committee comprises of three Legionnaires, one Auxiliary and one SAL member. The goal is to help provide a comprehensive vision for the future of Post 116 as an organization and for the building and grounds. All positions have been filled on this committee and we look forward to receiving some outstanding ideas for the long-range plan.
100th Anniversary of the National American Legion
Planning is in the works for the 100th Anniversary of the National American Legion and each Post is being asked to contribute something to the National American Legion website. Past Wisconsin State Historian Frank Mathison has volunteered (actually he already had things in the works!) to update the History of Post 116 for the National Legion’s 100th Anniversary sometime when the weather gets cooler in the next several months. In doing so he will be updating the current Post History pamphlet. He could use someone to help him type up the information as well as layout the History pamphlet on a computer. If you are good at typing and computer literate please contact Frank Mathison! In addition if anyone has any ideas of anything else that would be of historical interest that we could send to the National website about Post 116, please run it by Frank Mathison.
Paid Up For Life (PUFL) has never been easier
American Legion members interested in the discounted Paid Up For Life 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 firstname.lastname@example.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: Have a look through this link (Click here for word document) regarding web usage and data transfer since the beginning of the web site in late 2008 through part of June, 2013. Looks like we have stabilized web usage for now.
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.
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.