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Some Important Upcoming Dates, Announcements, and Information

Membership Message from 1st Vice Commander Steve Nelson

This is a reminder that everyone should have 2018 Membership Card right now! If you don't have a 2018 card you need to contact me to get one or pay your membership dues now! If you don't have a 2018 membership card that means your membership dues are due now! Pay now!! I will be knocking on your door soon, because I'm feeling better! Thanks. Steve

Construction Corner

We have several construction projects in the works as Commander Mathison mentioned. As most of you know, our cooler installation and sanitary drainage projects are technically complete, however we still have to finish the ceiling and texture & paint the walls in the bar room. Charlie Nelson and Gary Hess will be spearheading that effort and will be communicating regularly with as many members as possible about upcoming work days to finish that project before Memorial Day. Thank you to Matt Semke for taking charge of the Cooler Project!

Long Range Planning Committee Update

After analyzing Post 116 surveys, the committee recommended more attention in three areas: requests to shorten regular monthly post meetings, timeliness of delivery of monthly newsletter, and sustaining membership.

At the most recent gathering the committee enthusiastically elected to put our energy into membership.

Ongoing membership renewal and new memberships are vital to Post 116 and the American Legion in general. In addition, there is consensus to have programs in place to encourage new members to be active and involved. We are hopeful to coordinate with the post membership committee to take the enthusiasm to the next step, to benefit the Auxiliary, SAL, and regular Legion member rolls.

American Legion Riders News

Wisconsin District 7 American Legion Riders have a pretty full calendar of events coming up! April 21st is the Annual Flood Run which many members will ride in order to promote our Legacy Scholarship Ride. May 12th is the Freedom Honor Flight which we will attend to greet the Veterans and their families as they arrive at Colgan Air Hanger #4 at 5:00 AM, stand a flag line as they board the plane, and stand a flag line again as they return that night. We will also hold our monthly District meeting after the flight takes off on the 12th.

May 16th we will be assisting Veteran residents at the Tomah VA fishing tournament. May 20th we will be grilling and selling brats at the Holmen Festival Foods. May 26th we will be presenting Colors at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in honor of Memorial Day. June 10th we will be in the Butterfest Parade in Sparta and hold a District meeting after the parade. June 16th will be the 7th District Legacy Scholarship Run, leaving from Onalaska Post 336, heading through Coon Valley to Viroqua Post 138, then on to Sparta Post 100, Holmen Post 284 and back to Onalaska. This is in conjunction with Onalaska American Legion’s Community Days celebration.

This just takes us into June and we have a lot more to report on, so stay tuned for more District 7 Legion Riders news!

Badger Boys State

Congratulations to Ronald Inglett for his selection to attend Badger Boys State! Ron is the son of Patti Inglett and is a resident of Coon Valley. We look forward to hearing about your experience at Badger Boys State!

E-mail Issues

In the eternal battle to keep costs down, the Newsletter Editor has been collecting as many e-mail addresses as possible to streamline the distribution of the newsletter. We have been fairly successful in this effort. However, the newsletter editor hit a snag when his home computer decided to cannibalize one of its Outlook files and thus, for now anyhow, newsletters will not go out to everyone in Gary’s e-mail address roster until he can fix his computer issues. Hopefully that will happen soonest and everyone will get this newsletter. In the mean-time, please share the information in this newsletter with as many members and recipients as possible, especially the Thursday February 15th meeting date. The date of the February meeting was posted in error in the January newsletter, so that might throw some people off. We wouldn't want that to happen if at all possible.

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 garyhess@centurytel.net and you will be added to the e-mail roster and taken off of the mailing roster. Thank you!

Military Trivia - Impress Your Family and Friends With Some of These Little-Known Facts

1. 30 of the 43 Presidents served in the Army, 24 during time of war, two earned the rank of 5-star General (Washington and Eisenhower) and one earned the Medal of Honor (T. Roosevelt)

2. Less than 28 percent of Americans between the ages of 17-23 are qualified for military service, that’s only about 1-in-4.

3. Only one President (James Buchanan) served as an enlisted man in the military and did not go on to become an officer.

4. The Department of Defense employs about 1.8 million people on active duty. It is the largest employer in the United States, with more employees than Exxon, Mobil, Ford, General Motors, and GE combined!

5. The Department of Defense owns worldwide 29,819,492 acres of land worldwide.

6. The United States has 737 military installations overseas alone.

7. The Navy’s bell-bottom trousers, are commonly believed to be introduced in 1817 to permit men to roll them above the knee when washing down the decks and to make it easier to remove them in a hurry when forced to abandon ship or when washed overboard. In addition the trousers may be used as a life preserver by knotting the legs and swinging them over your head to fill the legs with air.

8. The Coast Guard seizes 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine worth $9,589,000.00 everyday.

9. The Coast Guard is smaller than the New York City Police Department.

10. The English Bulldog, also known as "Teufel-hunden," or "Devil Dogs," is the unofficial mascot that symbolize the ethos of the Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines. The U.S. Marine Corps earned this unofficial mascot during World War I, when many German reports called the attacking Marines "teufel-hunden," meaning Devil- Dogs. "Teufel-hunden" were the vicious, wild and ferocious mountain dogs of German Bavarian folklore. The traditional name for each and every bulldog is Chesty, named after legendary Marine Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller.

11. The U.S. Army was in charge of exploring and mapping America. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an all Army affair. Army officers were the first Americans to see such landmarks as Pike's Peak and the Grand Canyon.

12. The Air Force's F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.

Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (WALLECA)

The Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (WALLECA) is a program for high school students who have completed their junior year and are in good academic standing. The program provides a first-hand experience and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies.

The program will offer physical fitness training coupled with classroom instruction and hands-on training. Topics of instruction include criminal law, constitutional law, patrol procedures, criminal investigation procedures, traffic crash investigation, evidence gathering techniques, arrest techniques, taking fingerprints, testifying in court, public speaking, leadership skills, report writing, interviewing techniques, crisis intervention, use of control and firearms training.

The 2018 program will run June 18-22, 2018. For more information or to submit an application, go to: http://www.wilegion.org/page/content/programs/wisconsin-american-legion-law-enforcement-career-academy

click on the registration link and complete the application prior to February 26, 2018.

If you are an adult and want to volunteer, you must pass a background check. Go to the same web address. There is a link there for the background check.

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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.

 

2018 Renewal Notice in the Mail or Email

Everyone should have received their 2018 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 2017 on it, then it is expired and your membership needs to be renewed as soon as possible!

Membership Totals to Date

Membership Totals to Date

2018 Paid Membership - 182

2018 Membership Goal-195

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

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 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.