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George Washington Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695

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George Washington
Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695

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May 2022


From the Commander

1st Vice Commander

Second Vice Commander

Third Vice Commander

SAL Notes

Finance Officer


Service Officer Report

Editor's Corner

Any notifications of deceased members
should be directed to:

Contact Post Service Officer and leave a message.

Thank You!



100 Years

To ALL of the Family Members of our George Washington Bay View American Legion Post 180

Spring is on the way and I am sure we all will be glad to enjoy some good weather again.

As mentioned, election of officers for fiscal year 2022-23 will be held at our General Business meeting May 3, 2022 at 1900. So if you can, please plan on attending.

At our April Business meeting the following donations were voted on in fulfillment of our mission for fiscal year 2021-22 and I thought it prudent to provide that list.


Young Marines and local Boy Scout Troop
Honor Flight (WE WALK YOU FLY)
Bay View Southside Scholarship Fund
VA Zablocki Spinal Cord Center
VA Zablocki Women's Health
Camp American Legion
Green Beret Fund
Bay View High School Lance Sijan Scholarship
International Red Cross Ukrainian Relief

For a total of over $2,500.00. These donation funds come out of our budgeted donation account and monies collected during fiscal year 2021-22 Poppy distribution.

As our numbers decrease our resolve to fulfill that mission still remains strong.


Also don't forget you are all invited to our Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30, 2022.

Please see the details within your Second Vice Commanders report enclosed.

Yours in Service to our Veterans, Post 180, Our Community, State, and Nation

Commander: PC Robert Gregory Schlemm





Summer is almost nigh!

"But no one is, or can ever be, expert in redesigning or `resetting' an economy (and, much less, redesigning or resetting the larger society). No one is, or can ever be, expert in repatriating supply-chains webs in ways that actually increase the economic prosperity and security of fellow citizens. No one is, or can ever be, expert in making society more diverse, equitable, and inclusive in a way that actually achieves greater harmony, social cooperation, and justice. No one is, or can ever be, expert in doing any of the many aspirational schemes that daily pour forth from the mouths of professors, pundits, and politicians -mouths attached to brains the ignorance of which is matched only by their arrogance."

-G. Gaus, Open Society and its complexities.


Pete Stanich PC
1st Vice Commander




American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180


Fellow Post Members,
I hope everyone out there is as excited as I am for spring and the warmer weather.

As of now we are planning a program for Memorial Day, and the agenda is as follows:

The day starts at 1000 Hrs. at the Sijan Memorial followed by a luncheon and program at On the Clock Bar and Grill with food and drinks (2) per person limit, provided by the Post.

Till then stay safe and healthy.

Stephen Palen I Second Vice Commander




PoppyApril showers bring May Poppies. It's almost Poppy time. I have 8 Poppy Volunteers for Poppy Distribution on May 27 & 28th. I will have a Poppy distribution meeting on May 3rd @ 6.30 PM at On the Clock restaurant. I will assign businesses to each volunteer & hand out Poppy materials (Poppies, Baskets, & Money collection cans).

Volunteers can turn in their money to me @ 3725 S. Lenox St. Milwaukee. If you have any questions I can be reached @ 414-481-2075.

I have also mailed out 200+ donation letters to all members & 10 Permission letters to the appropriate businesses. I think we are ready for the Poppy Distribution campaign to begin.

San Countryman I Poppychairman




I believe some of you have received the attached letter from Tony Fluder. If not,I felt it prudent to put it in this newsletter.

To Tony, Debbie, and all the SAL membership, their wives, and daughters who worked so hard in the past to fulfill the mission, we offer our heartfelt thanks!

Tony, you did an outstanding job THANK YOU AGAIN !

As a SAL member and a SAL Past Commander I would like to see the Squadron active again, as I know the pandemic.slowed things down a lot. Please email me if you are interested in meeting as I would like to get an idea of those who still would like to carry on the tradition. At last count there are 44 paid up members.

Contact me at Please leave a phone number or email address and any comments, if there is a positive response it would be my hope that we could get together sometime in June to hear everyone's opinion.


"Robert G. Schlemm George Washington Bay View Post 180

Fellow Members of Bay View Post 180, After much thought and considerati.on, I have decided to step down as the Commander of the Sons of the Legion. I no longer have the time or ambition that the post deserves. I hereby resign as your Commander and no longer wish to be considered for any other position on the governing board.

I believe that I have given enough of my time to this Post and now it is time for me to step back and enjoy some leisure time.

This letter is effective immediately and I hope that someone will step up and take on the role of Commander in June."

Yours Truly,

Tony Fluder





As approved by the Executive Committee, the Investment Committee liquidated two of three investment funds managed through BMO Harris Bank. Proceeds from the two liquidated funds were invested in a new BMO Harris portfolio that is more heavily weighted in equities. In short, we are accepting some additional risk for the potential of a greater return. The investment committee intends to monitor performance of this new investment over the next several months, comparing results to the sole fund remaining from our original investments initiated in 2018/2021. If average return outweighs the risk, the intent is to keep the new investment.

The current Investment environment is quite uncertain due to events such as the war in Ukraine, level of inflation and Federal Reserve driven interest rate activity. Our investment portfolio has decreased in value since the beginning of the year, but much less than the decline in various stock markets. Our portfolio has a substantial gain, a small portion of which we are now using to fund Post operations and donation activity.

Investment gains creates opportunities to provide some financial support to worthy organizations identified by our membership. At the April membership meeting donations were authorized to Red Cross-Ukraine operations, Camp American Legion, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Green Beret Foundation, and other causes.

please do make it to the next General Membership meeting on Tuesday May 3rd at 7:00PM. Come for meeting discussions, election of officers for 2022/2023, and stay for after meeting refreshments.

I hope to see you in May.

Gregory Roth
Finance Officer





Post everlasting Transfers

Raymond O Schaetz left us while at his seasonal residence in Florida on February 21, 2022 at the age of 100. He was a 23 year Post 180 member and a WWll Vet.

Charles Cortte transferred on March 10, 2022. For those who may not know, Charlie was a 22 year member who held various Post officer positions such as Commander, Vice Commander and prior to my appointment, Chaplain. Charlie was an Air Force Veteran who served in Vietnam. Upon his return to Milwaukee he eventually became a Milwaukee Fire Fighter, and worked in the Milwaukee Fire Department Medical Units as a Medical responder.

Steve Wesolowski, Chaplain





The Post Executive Board often requests the membership to advise the Board of potential new members. The recent changes in eligibility requirements now allow almost anyone who has served honorably, since WWII to be able to join the Legion and Post 180.

I mention this because two members of our Post transferred to Post Everlasting. They are Ervin G. Kaye, a 59 year member, and James M. Soike, who was with the Post for 11 Years. They passed away and transferred on November 18, 2021 and October 14, 2021 respectively.

Respectively Submitted,
Steve Weslowski, Chaplain






Please remember to notify the Post when you have a change of address. You may notify
Peter Stanich, who is the First Vice Commander. He can be reached at

Also, remember that our advertisers help to defray the cost of this newsletter. Please patronize them when possible.

San Countryman I Editor in Chief


American Legion
George Washington Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695


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