April 2019 Post Talk

Post Talk
NORTH BRANCH POST # 85
By Glenn Pierce, Adjutant

Meeting Schedule:

  • Bar Finance & Accounting April 8th at 6:00 pm
  • Membership Meeting April 9th at 7:00 pm
  • SAL Meeting April 16th at 6:00 pm
  • Auxiliary Meeting April 9th at 7:30 pm

Michelle Still, Auxiliary President - HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO THE AMERICAN LEGION! Let us continue to work hard in our support of the American Legion by participating in and contributing to their purposes.

April 7th - 13th is National Volunteer Week. The American Legion auxiliary community service program is all about working together and making a difference for our veterans, their families and our communities. Our programs promote visibility in our local communities so be sure to where your ALA identification. I want to know: What inspires you to serve? I have a treat for anyone who emails me back, or calls me, to tell me who or what inspires them.

Our next regular meeting is April 9th at 7:30 PM, and don't forget our Mother's Day Memorial

Banquet on May 1st at 6:30 PM.

Glenn Pierce, Adjutant - The American Legion came to life in Paris, France, March 15 to 17, 1919. War-weary members of the American Expeditionary Forces who had fought to victory in World War One and remained in Europe, restlessly awaiting passage home, gathered for what became known as the Paris Caucus. In the months that followed the armistice of November 11, 1918, they had time to think about life after the war and what they might do. In support of their wounded comrades. In honor of the fallen. To help surviving spouses and orphans. To protect the democracy they pledged their lives to defend. And to chart a new course for future generations of Americans. These troops envisioned a different kind of veterans association. It would be like none before it, or any that would follow. The American Legion would be built on strengthening the nation – not serving themselves – through four primary pillars of volunteer work on behalf of: Veterans. Defense. Youth. And Americanism. Of course, the organization made a high priority of compassionate care and treatment for disabled veterans returning to civilian life. Such care and treatment were desperately lacking in the United States at the time. But The American Legion would reach into many other layers of society, some of which puzzled the public. Why, for instance, does a veterans group operate a nationwide youth baseball program? A speech contest? A mock government for high school students? Why the emphasis on naturalization and citizenship for legal immigrants? And is it really a veteran’s job to build city parks, install swimming pools, carve out hiking trails, form 3 community bands, manage ambulance systems, rescue flood victims and lead Boy Scout units? The American Legion would spend the next century firmly establishing that such purposes strengthen the nation.

Glenn Pierce, Gaming Manager - On Tuesday, March 26 HF293 (combined receipt rate reduction) and HF294 (sales tax exemption) were heard in the House Tax committee. Our thanks to chief authors Rep. Lien (HF293) and Rep. Dettmer (HF294) for their help and support. Thanks to Glen Jenkins of St. Paul Fire Relief and Tony Chesak of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association for testifying in support of tax relief. Thanks to Tom Deegan, President of the NE Mpls. Lions club for his letter in support of tax relief that was included in the record. Both bills were held over for possible inclusion into an Omnibus Tax bill. We are now where we need to be in both the House and Senate. Bills for possible inclusion cover combined receipt rate reduction, donation exemption from the gambling tax and sales tax exemption of our paper games and electronic revenue share. Link to the video of the hearing https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hjvid/91/892159

If you have not contacted your state senator or state representative, you still have time to do that. Find out who represents you at https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/ We need to keep reminding our legislators of the importance of relief prior to the Omnibus Tax bills being released late April / early May.

Randy Koivisto, 1st Vice Commander - Why all the smiles? Post 85 members Ron Rollins, Jim Johnson, Randy Koivisto, and Larry Lattimore, are shown receiving an award from our National Commander Brett Reistad, for meeting our membership goal. The award was presented at the Anoka post recently. Kudos to all of our hard working members that make it possible!

The American Legion Family Bowling Tournament rapped up another season last Sunday, March 31, 2019. North Branch American Legion Post #85 had 16 participants competing for the prizes.