North Branch Post #85
By Ron Rollins, Adjutant
- Membership Meeting: Sept 13th @ 7:00PM
- Auxiliary Meeting: Sept. 13th @ 7:00PM
- SAL Meeting: Sept. 20th @ 7:00PM
- Legion Riders Meeting: Sept 1st @ 7:00PM
- Coffee Talk with the CVSO: Sept. 20th @ 9:00AM
Rick Hals, Post Commander
Greetings to all. At the last Post meeting we talked about the midsummer total receipts. I am happy to inform those who were not there that it was very good considering a few major obstacles. I’m happy to say the total for the weekend was only a few thousand dollars less the record year of 2021. The Legion Hall is looking pretty rough so, on Sept. 6th we will be scrubbing the floor of the hall. If anyone would like to help for a few hours it would certainly be appreciated. We will not wax it until the B,F&A meets. We are also talking about repainting the walls.
One last note, the National Wild Turkey Federation will be having their bingo in the hall on Sept 21st. Carene will need help with set up and serving food so please try to help out.
The next meeting is on Sept. 13th, I hope to see you there.
Michelle Still, Auxiliary President
September 1st is here and it kicks off a busy month. The auxiliary is still taking donations for our school supply drive. Donations can be brought to our next meeting on September 13th or dropped off at the Legion Hall. And, cash donations can be left at the club. Thank you for your support.
Camille Wentz, Legion Riders Director
The Riders continue to co-host weekly dinner rides with the Forest Lake American Legion Riders and have had as many as 18 bikes attend. The partnership with Forest Lake has been beneficial to both groups, and a lot of fun!
We are starting our plans to support veteran families during Christmas and are excited to do some good with the money raised during the Christmas in July Ride. We have continued to receive donations towards the ride since the event which is amazing.
Special thanks to Road Captain Andy Specht and Chaplain Ed Chromey who organized and completed the flag and flagpole replacement at the Howlin’ Wolf Creek Bar. This establishment has been a huge supporter of veterans and the Riders and we wanted to show appreciation.
The Constitution and Bylaws subcommittee have been working on our by-laws and will present proposed changes to the group at an upcoming meeting.
Randy Koivisto, Sgt At Arms
Our POW/MIA chair cover has gone missing. Notice to all active members to please check your stash to see if someone accidentally took it home, or know where it is, please let us know. This is used during all of our official events & meetings of the American Legion.
Ron Rollins, Adjutant
As a charter member and first Director of the NB Legion Riders I want to brag a little about the Legacy Scholarship fund.
“The Legacy Fund provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as for children of post-9/11 veterans with a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This year’s total marked the eighth time the Legacy Run has surpassed $1 million raised for the Legacy Fund and has raised more than $16 million since 2006.”
In 2010 Minnesota had their own run. Since then, the Department of Minnesota is the ONLY Department to raise over one million dollars for this fund.
This year the entire nation raised a record $1,324,548 for these children. On motorcycles spending their own money on fuel, hotels, and food, while enjoying the company of others while raising this money for the kids.
On the National American Legion website says it best. MINNESOTA is number #1 at National Convention!
“The Department of Minnesota American Legion Family again topped the floor donations with $155,000, but several other departments delivered substantial donations. Both the Departments of South Carolina ($97,549) and Missouri ($94,514) approached the six-digit mark, while the Departments of Ohio ($84,855) and Virginia ($83,000) rounded out the top five. Ohio’s state Legacy Run netted more than $74,000 in just its second year.”
Congratulation to all the riders for a job well done!!
- Sept. 2nd V-J Day in 1945
- Sept. 8-11th Legionville Camporee
- Sept. 10th Harvest Rally (10th District Rally1PM; Department Rally 3PM) Pre-purchased meal tickets required- Legionville
- Sept. 11th Patriot day
- Sept. 14 (1814) Star Spangled Banner Written
- Sept. 15th-18th Riders Romp- Legionville
- Sept. 16th POW/MIA recognition Day
- Sept. 18th (1947) U.S. Air Force established
- Sept. 24th Forest Lake American Legion Toys for Tots Ride- Forest Lake.
- Oct. 27-29 Department Fall Conference- St. Cloud
Congratulations to Bob Ruetimann who received his 10 year membership pin at the August meeting.
Ruetimann is pinned with his 10 years of service to the American Legion by 1st Vice Commander Mark Johnson.
Carene Johnson, Club Manager
Join us for the Minnesota Viking games! We will have drink specials, food, and a chance to win a 50 inch TV! One will be given to the season winner of the football picks and we will draw for one at the end of the season!
Hope you can join us.
SAL Members: Note the new meeting time of 7PM (1900hrs) which was approved by the membership at the July meeting.