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2860 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Bay View, Wisconsin 53207
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November 2016 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!




Life is so constructed
That the event
Does not
Can not
And will not
Match the expectations ~
Quote from Bronte


Memorial Day Ceremony
l O:OO - Cemetery service on Kinnickinnic Avenue
(Upon completion all individuals should return to the Post)

1 1:00 - Ceremony outside Fulton Street door - Auxiliary, Post, S.A.L.

11:30 - Election of Post Officers

12:00 - Lunch and socialization







American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180The activities of the Post have been minimal since your last newsletter. There has been some cleaning and minimal repair work but no realearth shattering news. The Post membership has a notable item. The Post is going to combine the official June 14th Flag Retirement day ceremony with Boy Scout troop 208.

The Flag Retirement ceremony, county officials permitting, will be held at Humboldt
Park in the area of the park pavilion. Starting time is to be approximately 7:00 p.m. and running to 8:00 p.m.

The Boy Scouts assigned as flag bearers will be set up to follow the Post 180 honor guard to each of the four stations set up for flag inspection. Once those inspections are completed the Scouts will be brought to the Post Commanders position. Upon completion of the Commanders duties the flags will be retired in the burning container.

All members, family and friends are welcome to come. lt will not be a long ceremony but if you feel it is needed bring a lawn chair for your comfort.

For God and Country,
Steve Wesolowski, Commander
George Washington - Bay View Post 180


Help -- Assistance -- Help

Membership, I know it's short notice but the Post needs some help with the Flag Retirement ceremony. I want to fire up Post members. Any duties at the Retirement site will take minimal effort on your part. lt could be tending the fire pit where adult supervision in necessary or it could be assisting in the service itself by sitting at one of the stations. The station duties basically require the attendant to do a cursory inspection of the "non-serviceable" flag as well as reading a brief message before releasing the flag bearer on to their next station. Please consider and advise the Post of your interest by leaving a message for me at (414)793-7976.

For God and Country,
Steve Wesolowski, Cmdr.
American Legion Post 180

Membership, On Friday, May 26, 2017 There is going to be a ceremony at the Lance Sijan Memorial site. The ceremony should take place at 10:30 A.M.

An escorted Legion Riders ride will take place, beginning in an unknown Bay View staging site at this time. The ride will conclude at the Memorial site where Governor Walker is scheduled to be one of the speakers. The Governor may also be a rider in the Legion Riders parade. This would be a good opportunity for the Post to show the community that we do exist and that we do take pad in civic events.

Air Force Captain Lance Sijan was shot down in VietNam and captured. He was able to escape but unfortunately was recaptured and again held as a prisoner. Capt. Sijan subsequently died while in the custody of the Viet Cong. Capt. Sijan's dedication to duty, patriotism and his service to both God and Country was recognized as being above and beyond the call of duty and he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Therefore, see what you can do about attending to pay tribute to a true war hero who also was the first Air Force Academy graduate to be awarded the highest military honor for military service.

For God and Country,
Steve Wesolowski, Cmdr.
American Legion Post 180



American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180

Hello All!
Spring is sprung and that means it's time for officer elections. The next meeting, Tuesday May 2nd is an important one! I've said it before and it remains true as ever, we need your participation to make the Post work. Come make your voice heard.

For those of you not present at the last meeting, the Post has decided to donate $1,000 to the Fisher House here in Milwaukee, what a great show of our Post's generosity and embodiment of "veterans caring for veterans". lf you have ideas for ways our Post can help support different causes, either those involving veterans or civic projects in our community, then come let us know about them.

We also have Memorial Day coming up, with the opportunity to show our support for those who've gone before us. We'll be installing flags at grave sites as well as hosting our annual holiday get-together. Your support is needed!

Additionally in June, we're looking to support a local Boy Scout troop as they retire old flags in an honorable way. This will likely take place on Flag Day in Humboldt Park, and again, we need participants to help support this worthy cause, and to show our support ofthe boy scouts who've decided to take on this
important cause. Lots of things are going on; it's time to get involved. See you at the next meeting.

Ian Nunn
First Vice



FINAL ROLL CALL The Post 180 membershiP made its presence known at the funeral ceremony for both Albert A. Geldon and HarveY D. Nylund both of whom were summoned by the Supreme Commander within a week of each other.

Albert A. Geldon was a Korean War army veteran. Harvey D. Nylund who some of you remember as "Don" has accomplishments of being a Korean war Veteran, a Marquette University graduate, a Disabled American Veteran and a member of Masonic Lodge #265 but I do not have any knowledge of what branch of the Armed Forces in which he served. The Nylund family arranged for a family only ceremony to be held for "Don" but that date is unknown to the Post membership as well as the funeral home preparing him for his final resting place. The family declined to have any ceremonial service by Post 180.

For God and Country,
Steve Wesolowski
Service Officer





Legion Oratorical Contest to Be Held at Post 180

George Washington Bay View Post 180
will host an American Legion Oratorical Contest in our Memorial Hall
Tuesday December 6th, 2016
7:00 p.m.


It's about to happen again. Last year, for the first time in decades, Post 180 held an American Legion Oratorical Contest and, as you may recall, our sponsored student made it to the Regional competition at Ripon, WI. As of this newsletter, we have a high school student interested in competing in the 2017 contest. lf all parties come together, the Post 180 competition would be held at our General Membership Meeting Tuesday December 6th, 2016.

The 4th District competition would be held in December as well but at a different location, followed by the Regional Competition at Ripon Saturday February 11,2017.

Updated information about the contest will appear on our website: Do plan on attending the December membership meeting. Your presence will make the contest even better, and it will mean a lot to the participating students.

January 14th 2017, a Day for Oratory

Isaac Hoeschen, a high school junior and Bay View resident, will present his oration at the annual 4th District American Legion Oratorical Contest January 14th 2017 at Greendale Post 416, 6501 W Grange Ave, Greendale, WI. The contest begins at 11:00AM and will end at 2:00PM, or earlier, dependent on the number of participating students. Isaac is sponsored by George Washington Bay View Post 180 and was the successful contestant at our Oratorical Contest held in December 2016. All Post 180 members and guests are invited to attend the 4th District contest. I am sure Isaac will appreciate your support, and you will like the orations, coffee and conversation.

Greg Roth, PC




As another AuxiliarY Year draws to a close, I would like to thank the women who are so dedicated to this Unit. This year has been a tough one. We have had multiple illnesses and as our numbers of active members continue to dwindle, we will soon need to make some tough choices about the future of our Unit. I would like to ask each of you, what can you do for Unit?

What can you do to ensure that the George Washington-Bay View Unit #180 continues its legacy of serving the Veteran? Could you show up for a meeting? Could you pay your dues on time, so that we don't have to hound you? Could You rePort service hours? Each one of us is needed to do what we can to make our organization a success. Are you doing what You can? Our final meeting of the year will be in May. Please take the time to observe the upcoming patriotic holidays. Memorial Day is not about a daY off and cook outs.
Please take the time to observe the true meaning of the day, memorializing those who gave everything in defense of our country and our freedoms. I leave you with one of my favorite poems on Memorial Day by Kelly Strong.

Freedom is Not Free
I watched the flag Pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease'
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so Proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the Years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' Planes shot down?
How many died at sea?

How many foxholes were soldiers'graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler Play
And felt a sudden chill'
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children'
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a grave yard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

Angie Paniagua
Unit President
angiequiltz@outlook. com



Just a reminder to all Auxiliary members to please keep in touch regarding illness or loss of a loved one. A card or phone call is always welcome when recuperating from illness or just being homebound, especially during the cold winter months. Please call and contact me on behalf of anyone you are aware of who would like some cheer sent their way or a condolence due to a loss.

Thank you and I wish you all well this holiday season and best wishes in the coming New year!


Mary Schmitz
414-481-1 306



Auxiliary Members, Sure looks like spring is here, a time for garden planning and outdoor activities. One very important thing to do is pay your 2017 dues. To date there are 94 paid and 14 unpaid. Please let me hear from you. Our Unit has paid for 2 girls to attend Badger Girls State from June 18th to the 23'd. Both girls attend St. Francis High School.

Please make an effort to attend our meetings; your input is important and some functions are planned before we break for summer.

Be safe and God Bless, Shirley Wood PP
Membership Chair



Fellow Members of Post #180 The SAL will hold its Annual Lunch Meeting on April 30th at 1:00 the K Ranch. This is our election of officers and distribution of our donations from the proceeds of our Bowling Tournament. The cost is $22.00 per person. lf interested
please contact Bob Wood 414-315-8125 or myself.

Please watch the newsletter for the results of this meeting.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

Tony Fluder
SAL Commander

P.S. I don't know how the Legion Bowlers did, but I do know that they had a great time.



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


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



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