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George Washington Bay View Post 180
2860 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Bay View, Wisconsin 53207
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January 2018 George Washington Bay View Post #180
2860 South Kinnickinnic Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Any notifications of deceased members should be directed to our
Membership Chair, Shirley Wood, at 414-489-0247.
Thank You!



Happy New Year from George Washington Bay View Post 180

The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
It's tradition to ring in New Year's with family and friends because the first people you see will
either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away

More vehicles are stolen on New Year's Day than any other holiday, statistics from the National
Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.

Time Square New Year's Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban.
Back then, a 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was
dropped. Now, however, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with
2,668 Waterford crystals.

The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not
lowered because of wartime restrictions.

In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year's Day to bring good luck .


American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180


Hello Legion Family, I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season and are staying warm. 2018 will bring with it some important changes for the Post, and your involvement is critical. We require your input and participation so that these decisions can be made for the future of our group. Please give some time and consideration to the information below, and make plans to attend the next general membership meeting.

This past November, the House Committee recommended to the Executive Board that the property be liquidated, and three contingencies be considered. Those options are: A) to purchase a smaller property for use as a "closed post" (i.e. no tenant, not for public use) B) rental of a smaller property to be used as a closed post, and C) hold post meetings "at-large" in a suitable facility, likely on a per diem basis.

On November 30th the Executive Board Voted to accept the House Committe's recommendation that the building be sold.

The Board further recommended that option A - the purchase of a smaller property for use as a closed post - be presented to the general membership for a vote. At the December general membership meeting, a non-binding vote was taken of those members in attendance. The majority voted to support the motion to sell, as well as move forward with option A Therefore, at the February 6th, 2018 general membership meeting the following recommendation will be voted on: That George Washington Bay View Post 180 should move to liquidate the Memorial Building and all related property, and purchase a smaller facility to be utilized as a "closed Post".

I urge you to come express your opinions and vote on this matter. All are welcome to attend.

lan Nunn



American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180

It's later than we would like, but not too late. As of December 1 sth there were a few members who had not yet renewed membership for 2018. If you haven't renewed, please make it a point to send your 2018 dues payment now. Membership dues are $50; and $30 for members with 50 or more years of continuous membership.

You are important to our organization. Your membership allows us to support a number of programs that are of value to your fellow veterans and to the communities in which we live. Don't delay, send your dues payment today!

Our Veterans Day ceremony and social were well attended this year. For those who
were unable to attend, refreshments and light dinner were included in the social. We received some comments from attendees that holding the social in the evening allowed members and guests to attend who
would normally be involved in other day activities. Our Veterans Day activities have been held on November 11 1h centered on the 11th hour, and going forward it is appropriate to continue holding those activities on November 11 1h. However, the social could certainly be held in the evening.

Attend a membership meeting and let your fellow Legionnaires know what you think.

Our next planned social event will be included in our Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies on Monday May 281 h, 2018.

Developments will be reported in upcoming issues of the Informed Legionnaire and will certainly be discussed and voted by the membership at General Membership/Business meetings before the date. The next scheduled General Membership/Business meeting will be Tuesday February 6th, 2018 at 7:00PM.

See you there.
Gregory Roth, PC
1st Vice Commander



I am happy to say that I have not been informed of any illness or the passing of Post 180 members or their families. Although it isn't a pleasant thought to think of the passing of any of our members, I am pleased to inform you that as of this date, 11 Dec 17, the Post has only lost three members. They have passed on to Post Everlasting where they will serve forever.

My next Service Officer message advisement will come in the year 2018 and hopefully with luck it will be a shorter message than what is noted above.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and hopeful that you and your families have a very joyful holiday season.

Also, please read the article below containing some helpful information you may want to use:

"Every veteran - past, present, and future - can now prove their military service without the added risk of identity theft ," Buchanan said, noting that millions of veterans have been unable to document their service without carrying around official military records.

"These ID cards will make life a little bit easier for our veterans and serve as a constant reminder that our brave men and women in uniform deserve all the care and respect a grateful nation can offer."

To request an ID card, veterans must visit www.Vets.Gov, click on "Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card" on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

When ordering online, veterans will need to upload a copy of a valid government issued ID (driver's license/passport), a copy of a recent photograph to be displayed on the card and will need to provide service-related details. Once ordered, the Veteran ID Card will be printed and mailed directly to the veteran.

Steve Wesolowski Service Officer

Next General Membership meeting Tuesday,February 6, 2018




Happy Holidays to you all!!

I hope the New Year brings you all good health and happiness. PLEASE don't forget those dues.

Shirley Wood PP
Membership Chair
414-489-024 7
Auxiliary meetings begin again in May 2018
Please watch The Informed for reminders


Angie Paniagua
Unit President
angiequiltz@outlook. com




Fellow Members of Post #180 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. I hope that you have a joyous Holiday Season.

The SAL is sponsoring a 9 Pin Tap Tournament to benefit various charities on Saturday January 13, 2018. There will be two shifts, the first at 10:00 am and the second at 2:30pm. The cost is $25.00 per bowler and includes a small meal. This will be held at Motion Plus Lanes in Cudahy on Carpenter Ave just off of Packard Ave. We would love to see a lot of members down here including the Legion, SAL and Auxiliary. Even if you can't bowl we would like for you to come and support us. We have many nice raffle prizes as well as our famous Jello Shots.

Dues are due so please call Bob Wood at 414-315-8125 to make arrangements to get them paid.

Until next time,
Tony Fluder
SAL Commander



Memorial Building Hall Available for Member Events Our main floor hall is now available for use by George Washington Bay View Post 180 Legion, SAL andAuxiliary members for personal events.

The bar, restaurant and main hall in our Memorial Building are currently operated by our tenant, Little Demarinis Pizza, under terms of the lease agreement. Little Demarinis Pizza has agreed to make the hall available to Post members for personal events on 12 days each lease year.

The lease year runs from July to June. The following coditions apply: Member using the hall must be in good standing (current year dues paid). Member must contact the House Committee and provide the date for the personal event. The House Committee will make initial contact with the tenant to determine availability. Contact House Committee member Paul Wood at 414-217-4560.

The House Committee will inform the member if the date is available and provide contact information. All subsequent event arrangements will be made between the member and Little Demarinis Pizza.

Each member is allowed use of the hall for one personal event each lease year, limited to 12 days each lease year for all Post 180 members, and hall availability. Hall use will conform to Little Demarinis Pizza hall operation hours.

The member will sign a hall use ccntract with Little Demarinls Pizza, must be present during the event, and must be the point of contact for all hall use questions. The member will be personally responsible for any damage to the hall subject to terms of the hall contract. The member will not be charged any hall rental, usage or clean-up fee. lf required by hall contract, the member may be required to make a refundable security deposit. The member will use Little Demarinis Pizza for all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served. Member to negotiate pricing with Little Demarinis Pizza. The member may use food service provided through Little Demarinis Pizza, or food service provided by the member or member selected catering service. Affixing temporary decorations with any fastening devices to walls, ceilings, doors, floors, woodwork is not permitted. Making your Post membership better, the House Committee.

Greg Roth
House Committee Chairman



George Washington Bay View Post 180 Memorial Brick Program Update     PDF
We are approaching the half way mark for memorial brick orders. A maximum of 140 bricks were available at the beginning of the program and the Executive Committee has discussed reserving a block of memorial bricks for future Post members. If you have been thinking about placing an order, the Fund Raising Committee recommends you order now. If you are curious about the appearance of the bricks and display location, stop in at the Post and take a look at our memorial wall located inside the Kinnickinnic Ave. entrance. Memorial bricks can now be ordered by all interested persons. Membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary or SAL is no longer required, and there is no restriction on the number of memorial bricks a person can request. A donation of $100 is recommended for each brick ordered. This is an opportunity to honor those who may be loved ones, those who have served our country, or to extend a gesture of appreciation. Don't miss this opportunity. Order forms for memorial bricks can be obtained by contacting Steve Wesolowski at 414-405-7892, Paul Wood at 414-762-2988 or Greg Roth at 414-482-2256. You may also request an order form by contacting us through email at Greg Roth
Fund Raising Committee Chairman View the PDF for Ordering your Post 180 Memorial Brick
Order form
Brick Inscription Example

For additional Information, contact us via email at
or by regular mail at 2860 S Kinnickinnic Ave,
(Attention Fund Raising Committee), Milwaukee, WI 53207. 

Greg Roth
Fund Raising Committee Chairman


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George Washington Bay View Post 180
2860 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Bay View, Wisconsin 53207



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