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Vernon County Banquet

The Coon Valley American Legion Post 116 is honored to serve as the host for this year’s annual Vernon County American Legion Banquet. The event will be held on March 3rd, 2018 at the Coon Valley Legion Hall at 105 Park St in Coon Valley.

The evenings’ activities will begin with a social hour beginning at 5:30 with the banquet meal being served at 7:00. Menu will include baked ham, meatballs & mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert at a cost of $12.50 per person.

The high light of the banquet program will be the presentation of the County Service Award winners; Firefighter & EMT of the Year, Law Officer of the Year, and Teacher of the Year.

Main speaker for the evening will be David Gough. David is a past National Vice Commander of The American Legion and one of the founders of The American Legion Riders. He is also a past Commander of the Wisconsin American Legion and is Chairman of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee for the Wisconsin American Legion. David is also currently serving as a member of the Internal Affairs Commission of The American Legion. We are looking forward to David Gough to continue to being a strong voice for Wisconsin at the national level of The American Legion.

David, and his wife Donna, have been very active in their home community of Darlington and have spear-headed many community projects that have benefited the area, and David is currently President of the city council in Darlington.

Please join us in an evening of comradery with members of the Vernon County American Legion as well as dignitaries from throughout the state, and celebrating the mission and successes of The American Legion.

All Legion Family Members are welcome! That includes Auxiliary and SAL. Reservations are requested by February 24th by calling Roger Mathison at 452-3965 or by email at cvpstcmd@mwt.net. For Legion Family Members, please help the Auxiliary out by bringing something for dessert: bars, cookies, etc.

Thank you!

Our Post has once again been blessed to receive a very generous donation to our building projects. This is in the form of a $12,000 grant from Organic Valley. A big thank you goes out to Past Commander Ron Hoff for going before the Board of Directors and making a successful presentation. Organic Valley has always been very supportive of Post 116 by donating eggs and milk, etc., to our various fundraisers. Please be sure and patronize them when you go to the store.

Our Finance Officer Roger Mathison has paid off our $15,000 loan at the bank so we do not incur any more interest. The loan we have at the bank is considered a Line of Credit Loan with a maximum of $20,000. This way, when our other projects are completed we can borrow against our line of credit. When you flush the toilet now in the clubrooms, you can be assured it’s an "interest free" flush.

A big thank you goes out to our members that braved very cold conditions to present the colors at the Snowflake Ski Tournament opening ceremonies at noon on Sat. February 03. Those participating : Squad Commander Rod Ofte, Frank Mathison, Steve Nelson, Charlie Nelson, Mike Miller, Ron Miller, and SAL member Devin Nelson.

Lunch Committee: Charles Lind & Roger Starkey

Commanders Message:

Greetings Coon Valley American Legion Family:

This will be mentioned elsewhere in the newsletter but just a reminder that our meeting this month is early and because of Lent it will be on the third Thursday, which is February 15.

Details will also be noted elsewhere in the newsletter, but I would like to invite everyone to the Vernon County Banquet being hosted by our Post on Saturday evening, March 03, 2018. Our very own hard working Mike Miller is the Vernon County Commander and let’s show him we support him. All Legionnaires and their spouses, all Auxiliary members and guests, and all SAL members and guests are invited. You will enjoy a fantastic meal and are in for a very fun evening. We need your support.

Our Post has once again been blessed to receive a very generous donation to our building projects. This is in the form of a $12,000 grant from Organic Valley. A big thank you goes out to Past Commander Ron Hoff for going before the Board of Directors and making a successful presentation. Organic Valley has always been very supportive of Post 116 by donating eggs and milk, etc., to our various fundraisers. Please be sure and patronize them when you go to the store.

Our Finance Officer Roger Mathison has paid off our $15,000 loan at the bank so we do not incur any more interest. The loan we have at the bank is considered a Line of Credit Loan with a maximum of $20,000. This way, when our other projects are completed we can borrow against our line of credit. When you flush the toilet now in the clubrooms, you can be assured it’s an "interest free" flush.

A big thank you goes out to our members that braved very cold conditions to present the colors at the Snowflake Ski Tournament opening ceremonies at noon on Sat. February 03. Those participating : Squad Commander Rod Ofte, Frank Mathison, Steve Nelson, Charlie Nelson, Mike Miller, Ron Miller, and SAL member Devin Nelson.

Thanks to everyone for all you do and all the support you give me.

You are what makes the post tick!!!

Frank Mathison, Commander Post 116

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!

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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