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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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January 2022

Finance Officer

From the Commander

1st Vice Commander

Second Vice Commander

Third Vice Commander


Service Officer Report

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

Thank You!


Our fiscal year closed June 30, 2021 with Post 180 in good financial shape. We ended the year under budget in several expense categories, primarily due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and met budget in most other areas. Our conservative investment portolio continues to earn a good return, providing capital we can use to finance our mission and help make belonging to the American Legion attractive to our membership.

We opened a new, very conservative investment fund through BMO Harris Bank that the Investment Committee believes is a good alternative to certificates of deposit paying substantially less than 1/2%. This new, conservative fund is heavily weighted towards various bond and cash instruments with low exposure to equities. The fund should yield up to 3%, but could earn as much as 5%. We continue to hold two other BMO Harris investment funds each earning a greater return but with heavier weightings in equities, and correspondingly higher risk.

The Investment Committee is committed to good stewardship of investment funds. As market conditions permit, the plan is to increase exposure to equities up to investment limits approved by the membership.

The Post 180 Memorial Day observances on the weekend of and including May 31st was almost normal. The relaxing of most Covid-19 restrictions has made people more comfortable in social situations. Poppies were distributed at local businesses and well received by the public. A full complement from St. Veronica Church Boy Scout Troop 208, and Young Marines Detachment Milwaukee helped distribute flags for our fallen brothers and sisters at St. Adalbert, Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart Cemeteries. The observance ceremony at the Mitchell Field Sijan Memorial was well attended, as was the Post 180 Memorial Day luncheon at On The Clock Bar and Grill. The next scheduled social event is tentatively scheduled for Veterans Day in November. Event planning will be discussed at the next General Membership meett ng to be held September 7, 2021 at 7:00PM. I hope to see you at the meettng.

Gregory Roth
Finance Officer



100 Years

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

By the time this reaches you the holidays will have passed. Please let me take this time to express my many thanks to all of you who have served and those family, and friends that supported you along the way. Giving thanks for our blessings is what it is all about and a Happy New Year to all.

The good news is we have acquired a few new members since our last newsletter.

For further details take-a-peek at your First Vice Commanders submission enclosed.

The sad news is we lost a few who have passed recently. Three steps forward two steps back, regarding membership. Let us all remember we are all recruiters so if you know of anyone who would like to help to support our mission have them give us a call.

I was very pleased with our Veterans Day program put on by your, Second Vice Commander, Stephen Palen, as it was very professional and appropriate. I wish more of us could have attended but hopefully next year attendance will increase.

In the wintertime there always is a lull in the action, but rest assured your officers are on the job 24/7. Please note there is not a Regular Business meeting scheduled in January so hope to see you who wish to attend the first Tuesday in February at 1900 hours.

Please stay safe.

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

Commander: Robert Gregory Schlemm PC





Winter Wonderland


Fellow legionaires,

Greettngs and good tidings My Fellow Legionnaires,

As we bring 2021 to a close, I want to wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah,
and a Happy New Year.

I want to welcome our new Members Frank Mulvey, Jim Curry, and Rickie Borchardt. I hope to see our new members at the first Tuesday of the month meetings. There is, however, no meeting in January.

There are still a few members who have not paid their 2022 dues and are engendering losing their continuous years status. Remember, your dues support our donation
fund. Please go to and get an account, or into your account, and pay by
credit card, $35.00.

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny
over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson

If you see some veterans or know of any please talk up the Legion and see if you can get them to join. We are all recruiters for the American Legion. Have them text my number so I can talk to them. Any Questions, email me or text me.

"Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.

Pete Stanich, PC
1st Vice Commander




American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180


Dear Post Members,

Fellow Post Members,
It's that time of the month again. There is not much to report, except we had a good time at the Veterans Day dinner with the turn out of the County Supervisor and the appearance of Miss Sijan. The numbers were a bit sparse, but a good time was had by all. We also are looking at getting involved with the Humboldt Park restoration of the WWI monument. We are in the early stages and will try to keep you all informed on any progress.

Be safe during the holidays

Stephen Palen
Second Vice Commander




PoppyI would like to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, & Prosperous New Year.

Poppy News---- I have ordered 2000 more Poppies which will give us over 4000 Poppies to distribute in the New Year. In March I will be looking for volunteers for Poppy Distribution.


San Countryman
3rd Vice Commander,
Poppy Chairman & Editor






At the moment of death we will not be judged according
to the good deeds we have done or the diplomas we
have received in our lifetime. We will be judged according
to the love we have put into our work.
Life is an opportunity, benefi t from it. Life is beauty admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfi ll it. Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it. Life is struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fi ght for it.

Service Officer and George Washington Bay View Post 180 American Legion Chaplain





As of this date, October 7, 2021, I am happy to advise this membership that we have not lost any additional members i.e. NO transfers to Post Everlasting. I am also happy to report that I have NOT been notified of any members being sick, ill or hospitalized.

May we ALL stay happy and healthy through the coming years.

Steve Wesolowski, Service Officer

StayPositive Stay Safe



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


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