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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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November 2021

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

As Veteran's Day approaches let me THANK all our members for their service and their families.

Also, as mentioned in previous newsletters MEMBERSHIP is a top priority this year so let me bring you up to date on what is happening in that regard.

First, Post 180 is running a MEMBERSHIP ad in the Bay View Compass in October and November. I am told that as a follow up the Compass will also feature an article on our Post sometime aŌ er. If you live in Bay View pick up a copy, its free.

Secondly, I received an article from a friend of mine entitled "OLD "VETERAN'S ORGANIZATION ARE FADING AWAY" which recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. I found it interesting and thought I would share the following comments from that article with you.

1. The American Legion now has about 2 million members down from 3 million in 1946. One reason for the decline is simply the decline in numbers of veterans. Another reason is that younger veterans don't join clubs the way older generations did. Partly this refl ects a general decline in community organizations, a sociological transformation as observed by Robert Putnam in his book "Bowling Alone", Americans are just not joiners like they use to be.

2. Numbers are also shrinking because many veterans from the past 20 years carry a more ambiguous sense of both their military experience and their relationship to established American institutions. "Vets now don't look for comfort in person at clubs", said Alexia Hodgson, an Army Second Lieutenant. Social media, she suggests, fills the gap. Phil Klay a retired Marine and novelist states, "We tend to be more issue focused than the old organizations" and yet, he admits, it's important to keep memories alive through local rituals.

As we continue to try to attract new members and wonder why they are not joining these comments "kind" of helps to understand the lack of interest. With that being said, we should feel good about the great work that Post 180 does and continue to try to increase our ranks. The work is gettng done but with less and less people.

We cannot and will not leave our fellow veterans and their families behind no matter what generation, so even though our numbers are small Post 180 will continue to fulfill our MISSION!


Hope to see you at our Veteran's Day program as you are all invited. Please see the Second Vice Commanders report enclosed for details.

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

Commander: Robert Gregory Schlemm PC





Fall Clean-up time!


Fellow legionaires,

Winter is fast approaching; winterizing time is here. Remember "Baby it's Cold

You Few who have not yet paid your 2022 dues, please go to and use
your credit card (save 1- 2 %, depending on card), it's painless. See the last newsletter
for all the good stuff available on the website. Or put a check in the mail, either way

Wait until December. You may not remember.

Our Ad that we decided on is in the October 2021 Bay View Compass, back page,
please pick some up and keep with you.

I get mine at Piggly wiggly on Oklahoma and Chase (just inside exit door). Tell any
Vet's you meet to text my number so we can set up a talk time, and give them a copy.

I hope to see you all at On The Clock for our 1st Tuesday of the month meettngs,
and for the Veterans day dinner. (see 2nd Vice message) Good food, drinks and
friends as we remember those that went before us, those that never came home,
and those we lost in the War on Terror.

"If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep
to the slaughter." ― George Washington, Gen. Ret. 1st President.

Pete Stanich, PC
1st Vice Commander




American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180


Dear Post Members,

As a reminder Post I80 will be hosting a Veterans Day program the evening of Thursday November 11, 2021 at On the Clock Bar and Grill 4301 S. Howell Ave.

Cocktails at 1800 with a short program and dinner to follow at about 1845.

All members and their significant others are invited. Dinner and two cocktails per person will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing you then.

Stephen Palen
Second Vice Commander




PoppyThe Poppy Season is just about over; however, we did make 2 more distributions at ON THE CLOCK. One was called Harvest Fest which netted us $45.00. The other was called Bobtober Fest (named for the owner of On The Clock) which netted us $102.00. We have one more Poppy Distribution at the Associated Bank on KK on November 5th which will probably be the last distribution this year. I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays for both Thanksgiving & Christmas. Please don't forget Veteran's Day November 11th to honor all our Veterans. I hope to see you all at ON THE CLOCK for a short Memorial Program & a wonderful Free dinner with complementary beverages.

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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