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Commanders June, 2022 Message

Commanders Message:

I just want to start off by saying thank you to everyone that helped make Memorial Day a success. I also want to thank you for electing me as your commander for one more year. Your support makes the legion a great organization to be a part of. During Memorial Day and other events at the Legion, we have received many compliments on how good the legion looks. This is due to the hard work of some legionnaires that dedicate their time and equipment. I want to thank Ben Baker, Harlen Helseth and Mike Callan for the outstanding job making the floors shine better than any barracks I have ever been in. There are many others that take care of the legion behind closed doors, just know that I thank you and your deeds do not go unnoticed. We have some events coming up that could use some volunteers so if you are willing to help out come on down. I would love to see a large crowd at the legion on meeting night as the new slate of officers get sworn in.

Commander Wesley Guy

Post Announcements:

Post Announcements:

Our June Meeting we install new officers as follows:

Commander: Wes Guy

1st Vice: Mike Callan

2nd Vice: Richard Zube

3rd Vice: Vacant

Sargent of Arms: Dan Hofslien

Historian: Frank Mathison

Service Officer: Harlan Helseth

Finance Officer: Roger Mathison

Adjutant: Charlie Nelson

If your interested in the 3rd Vice position, please contact Steve Nelson or Frank Mathison. Congratulation's

to our new officers and thank you for accepting these positions!

June 25th CV Trout Fest

CV Canoe Races on August 27th, future post meeting will discuss possibility of serving breakfast

for this event?

Our lunch for our meeting night will be left-over chicken! Yummy!!

Here’s Ben Bakers card, I was asked to add it to this newsletter as follows:

Please pay your legion dues now! Contact Commander Wes to make payment arrangements or go pay online on MyLegion.org! It’s that simple!

We’re looking for a person or persons to mow our legion lawn this year, please help us out, let Commander Wes know if your interested!?

Badger Honor Flight!

WW II: December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946

Korean War: June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955

Vietnam War: February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975

If you served ANYWHERE at ANY TIME, in ANY BRANCH, and in ANY COMPONENT (Active, Reserves, or National Guard) during the above dates you are considered a Veteran of that war/conflict. In addition, have never flown on any Honor Flight Network flight.

See also for detail:  https://www.badgerhonorflight.org/.../veteran-applications/

*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 hospital clinics or call 800-232-0233 for other information.

2022 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!

Coon Valley American Legion Post 116, PO Box 314,      Coon Valley, WI 54623

 

 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.

2022 Memberships are due now! Pay online (mylegion.org) or mail it to legion enclosed mailing address, or come to legion meeting night. Thanks!

Coon Valley American Legion Post 116, PO Box 314,      Coon Valley, WI 54623

Membership Totals to Date

2021 Paid Membership - 163

2022 Paid Membership - ?

2022 Membership Goal- 173

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 2022 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 - 150

2021 Membership Goal– 173

2022 Paid Membership - ?

2022 Membership Goal- ?

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.