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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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MARCH 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
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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

Well, 2022 has begun and it seems that we might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as far as this nasty pandemic. We will see and, in the meanti me, please continue to stay safe.

As a prelude to normalcy, I received a phone call from the Bay View Fourth of July Commission asking if we would still like to participate in the parade this year. Well, I sure would like to be there, but our Color Guard numbers continue to dwindle. I will bring it up at our next business meeting on March 1, so if anyone is interested in joining us, please feel free to attend the meeting and express your willingness to represent your Post as part of the Color

As our fiscal year passes, we look to the future and continue to try increase our ranks. It has been a struggle but we seem to be able to pick up a few here and there for which we are very grateful. Throughout the nation it seems that the younger veterans are not interested in these types of veteran organizations any longer as their lives are busy and even more complicated because of the pandemic. As stated, many times, please remember we are all recruiters and you never know when you may bump into someone who maybe interested.

So, talk up your Post when you get a chance, and emphasize ALL the GOOD that we do for our community and our veterans.

As a reminder at the May 3, 2022 Business Meeting we will be holding election of Officers. Please mark your calendars to attend to provide your input on the new fiscal year's Post leadership.

Thank you again for your support to our veterans and your service!

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

Commander: PC Robert Gregory Schlemm





Spring Fever is arriving soon!

Hello my fellow Legionnaires,

I hope all had an enjoyable holiday season and are getting prepared for the coming warm weather, and gettng the vacations in.

We have 5 Members who did not renew this year. Unless they pay, we cannot renew their years of service to The American Legion and next year they will fall off the rolls.

This will be short, as I am in Post Covid-19 recovery, and the after effects are causing me some problems. I'm told they may last a couple of months. I will try and get back to people, but there might be delays. Hoping none of you get it.

"The great intellectual and moral defect of the present day … [is] the habit of dwelling on appearances, not on realities…." from page 653 of the 1988 collecti on of Lord Acton's writings (edited by the late J. Rufutier of June 1st, 1880, to Mary Gladstone (ellipses and brackets original to J. Rufus Fears)

I think we can relate now. -Pete


Pete Stanich PC
1st Vice Commander




American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180


Dear Fellow Post Members:
I hope this message finds everyone in good health. Even though it is a bit early I thought I would inform the membership about the upcoming Memorial Day event.

We are planning a ceremony at the Sijan Memorial in front of the Milwaukee airport as we did last year. After the ceremony we will meet at On the Clock for a meal and drinks sponsored by the Post.

Till we meet again.

Stephen Palen
Second Vice Commander




PoppyThe poppy season is quickly approaching. The last weekend of May, May 27th & 28th we will be distributing poppy's at various locations. I will be looking for Distribution Volunteers in early March. If you have a few hours of freetime I could really use your
help on that weekend. You can contact me at 414-481-2075 or
I will also be contacting various businesses asking for their permission to distribute Poppies on May 27th & 28th. I will make up business location sheets that you can sign when you have decided where you want to distribute. I would also ask all the volunteers to attend the May Business Meeting @ 6:30 PM on May 3rd to pick up your Poppies & designate the location you want to distribute from. Let's have a great turn out for our Poppy Program.

Thanks for your help,

San Countryman | Poppy Chairman




I hope everyone has/had a safe and happy holiday. Just a reminder that dues are due. If you need further information you may contact Bob Wood at: (414) 315-8125.


Tony Fluder | Commander for the Sons of the American Legion





During the past several months the Investment Committee continued to monitor stock market and economic conditions, looking for an opportunity to invest additional funds in our most aggressive investment account. The Investment Committee believes the US economy remains strong and looks at stock market declines as investment opportunities. Unfortunately each of the several market pull backs over this period have lasted no more than a few days, reventing the Committee from making additional investment commitments. We currently have a block of money positioned to invest at the next opportunity.

Over the past year each of the three investment accounts Post 180 holds has experienced a market gain corresponding to the level of risk; the most aggressive account having the largest percent gain. We continue to hold tion. As approved by the membership, the mid-level risk account will be liquidated overtime and funds moved into the most aggressive account.

Post 180 held a Veterans Day ceremony and social November 11th at On The Clock Bar and Grill. I found the ceremony, which included remembrance of our MIA/ POW's, thoughtful. Jason Haas, outgoing County Supervisor for the Bay View area, gave a brief commentary about ongoing plans to renovate the WW 1 monument in Humboldt Park. And of course the social aspects of the evening were well received.

The next Post 180 planned social event will be a Memorial Day Ceremony in May 2022. I encourage Post members to attend. Planning will be discussed at upcoming membership meetings and agenda published in the Informed Legionnaire.

My best to you and family in the New Year.

Gregory Roth
Finance Officer






Come, O blessed Spirit of knowledge and light grant that I may perceive the will of the Father. Show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for your glory and my own salvati on, looking ever beyond them to You and Your eternal reward.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6

For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. Luke 9:56

Jesus came to give life more abundantly. John 10:10.

He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds, He comforts. Luke 4:18

Lord, save us from the cold hearted hatred of that serpent Satan.

Steve Weslowski,
Chaplain – American Legion Post 180





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






In reference to Legionnaire advertisers, we now have 10 businesses that have purchased advertisements in the Legionnaire. A big thank you to our Commander, Robert Schlemm, & our Service Officer, Steve Wesolowski, for obtaining these 3 new advertisers Lincoln Financial Advisors, K P Accounting & Tax Service LLC, & Jason Zierer Roofing & Remodeling.

I would also like to thank my Financial Advisor, Marc Messinger, for the ½ page Edward Jones ad. Let's hope that some of our other members can secure some more advertisers. The income from these advertisers helps defray the costs of the printing of the Legionnaire.

San Countryman | Editor in Chief



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


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