May 2018 Post Talk

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

Meeting Schedule:

  • Bar Finance & Accounting May 7th at 6:00 pm
  • Membership Meeting May 8th at 7:00 pm
  • Auxiliary Meeting May 8th at 7:30 pm
  • SAL Meeting May 15th at 6:00 pm

Darcy Doble, Commander - I think spring is finally here! Get out and enjoy this nice weather while we have it. Memorial Day the Legion will be having ceremonies at local cemeteries along with the Auxiliary and VFW. I hope everyone can attend one of the ceremonies.

Randy Koivisto, Selection Committee - It’s that time of the year again! The election season is upon us, and no groaning allowed. Commander Doble is stepping down after three years of leading Post 85, so we are in search of a new Commander, along with other officer positions. Besides the Commander position, we will be electing a new 1st Vice-commander, 2nd Vice commander, Finance officer, among others. Now is your chance to get involved at a higher level, in a local organization that is approaching 100 years old! All nominations will be respectfully considered. Join us at the next general membership meeting on May 8th, at 7pm.

Orv Otterness, Post Service Officer - It is almost time to see what the MN Legislative Session has done for the veterans of MN. Thank your representatives for the past session and for their service this year. The Federal Legislators are still in session and will be until October so if anything they can do for veterans comes up, please contact them on those issues. On the local level, the County Veterans Van will need to be replaced and they will be asking for donations. Drivers take the van to the VA in Minneapolis every even day of the month and every odd Monday they make a trip to the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. Check with your County Service Officer for any changes that might be made.

If you know any veteran who is not a member of the legion encourage him or her to join. Numbers count at the State Capitol and in Washington DC. And down the line those veterans may have time to be active in our local Post. Thank you for being a member.

Jill Bigley, NBALR Director - North Branch American Legion Riders (NBALR) is a volunteer organization dedicated to Veterans, active, retired or disabled, military families, local area families and worthy benefits with other organizations.

Our active season, the part of the year we all wait patiently for (and let’s be honest...didn't think it would come this year) has officially taken off. Our first event was held on April 7th which was our Spring Veterans Dinner. We couldn't have asked for a better turn out. We want to say "Thank you", to all who bought tickets and to all who came out to our event that made this such a success. We honestly could not have done it without you!

Our next event that we have is our Annual Brat Stand at County Market on May 11th, 12th and 13th. If you are in the area please stop by and say "HI" get yourself a brat or burger. All proceeds raised go towards our helping the Veterans in anyway we can.

Also, know that we are always looking for new members and welcome them to our "Family". If you’re interested in becoming a Legion Rider, please stop in to one of our meetings. They are held the third Friday of the month except for June - September as this is our busiest months. Our next meeting will be held on May 18th at Post 85 in the upstairs room.

The ALR strive to Honor our Veterans, families and the community, "All Gave Some, Some Gave All"

Glenn Pierce, Gaming Manager - Did you miss your chance for a Coach Purse at our recent bingo event? Is so we have 2 Coach Purse 3 piece sets we are raffling off this Month. Tickets are $3 each and available at our pulltab booth. The drawing will be held after bingo on May 31st. Our next Coach Purse Bingo Event will be held Friday during Midsummer. Due to popular demand we will have a grill on display in the club room for some lucky winner at our pull tab booth.

Michelle Still, Auxiliary President - We congratulate Kayla Lenzmeier who has been selected as our Girls State Citizen. She will represent our unit and community this June.

As I prepare annual reports for the Department of Minnesota, who then passes the information on to National Headquarters, I am amazed at the impact our small unit has on our veterans programs and in the community. I am proud to be part of an organization that contributes over 28 million volunteer hours serving veterans and communities. Over $1 billion was projected as resources raised and spent on helping veterans and military families. We are no small part of these accomplishments. Our unit donated over $4300 directly to veterans programs and our community. I can only guess at the amount of hours our members have spent serving our veterans and military families. Remember, your membership makes this possible.