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George Washington Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695
1-262-666-1002

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THE INFORMED LEGIONNAIRE
VETERANS SERVICING VETERANS
AND THE COMMUNITY

American Legion
George Washington
Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695
1-262-666-1002

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June / July 2022

 

From the Commander

American Legion Holding Company

1st Vice Commander

Second Vice Commander

Third Vice Commander

SAL Notes

Finance Officer

Chaplin

Service Officer Report

Editoral


Any notifications of deceased members
should be directed to:

Contact Post Service Officer and leave a message.
414-666-1002


Thank You!

 

COMMANDER

100 Years

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

Summer has arrived and as a reminder there are no Post General Business Meetings in July and August. However, know that your Executive Board will still be meeting on the third Thursday of each one of those months to conduct Post Business. I hope to see as many members as possible at the next General Business meeting September 6, 2022 at 1900.

Election of officers for fiscal year 2022-23 was held at our May Business meeting and they were installed on Memorial Day (see the list of your new Officers enclosed). I again want to thank the membership for electing me Commander for the fourth year in a row. Also let me take this opportunity to thank all those who have served our Post as elected and appointed officers in the past and offer my continued support for those newly elected.

Please be advised that we have two openings for First Vice Commander (Membership) and Third Vice Commander (Poppy coordinator). These are very important and eventual positions so if anyone is interested, please let us know.

I was pleased to see about 30 members at our Memorial Day Program and I would like to thank Second Vice Commander Steve Palen and all those who participated for a job well done.

Please note that Bay View will be having their 4th of July Parade and as usual your Post will be represented with our Color Guard.

Remember we are all recruiters so talk up your Post and let's see if we can substantially add to our ranks this year. Dues are only $35 a year and we continue to serve our veterans and our community.

Thank you for your service.

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

Commander Robert Gregory Schlemm PA

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AMERICAN LEGION HOLDING COMPANY


Dear American Legion Holding Company Members,

First and foremost, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

We received your addresses from the Wisconsin State American Legion Headquarters as being a member of the National Holding Company.

As you live in our area, we invite you to strongly consider joining our Post and as a courtesy you will be receiving a copy of our quarterly newsletter until the end of this year.

Please take a look at it, as it contains vital information on who we are and what we are doing for our veterans, and our community.

If you are interested in transferring to our Post, please call our phone number (262) 666-1002 and we will get back to you to begin the transfer process.

Hope to see you !

Respectfully,

The Officers and Members of George Washington Bay View Post 180

P.S. Take a look at our website. Just Google ``Post 180''.

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1st VICE COMMANDER

 

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.

Respectfully,

Pete Stanich PC
1st Vice Commander
262-899-2123

pestanexsf@yahoo.com

 

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2nd 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

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3rd 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


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SALS

 

Here is my report on the letters/survey as of 6/15/22 that were sent out to all the SAL membership:

Total number of letters/surveys sent out: 42
Total number of surveys returned: 16 (38% RETURN)
Total Positive Responses: 4
Total Negative Responses: 8
Total number of responses who are willing to hold an office: 2
Total number of ``Other" responses: 2
Total of surveys returned as NON DELIVERABLE: 2

Comments that were submitted:
- "Other x2'' Whycan't we be a dues paying squadron only?"
- I am leaning toward reactivating, however my involvement was limited.
- David and Daniel are NOT interested.
- Could you please send my membership card as I have not seen one for two years.
-With current life and family commitments we do not have the time.

I AM EXTENDING THE DEADLINE TO JULY 29 TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL SURVEYS!
THE STATUS OF THE SQUADRON DEPENDS 0N YOUR INPUT!
SO PLIASE SEND IN YOUR SURVEYS OR EMAIL ME YOUR
COMMENTS AT robert.schlemm@gmail.com
DO NOT PAY ANY DUES UNTIL AFTER THE STATUS HAS BEEN DETERMINED.
I WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH THE MEMBERSHIP AFTER 7/29/22.

PC Robert G. Schlemm

SAL Member and Post Commander George Washington Bay View Post 180
aipfiii@aol.com

 

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FINANCE OFFICER

 

Thank you for electing me as Finance Officer for another term. As always the interests of the Post are paramount in my thoughts and improvement of our financial position is my personal goal.

We will finish fiscal year 2021/2022 under expense budget in most categories and exceeding budget in a few categories including Legion Awards, Ads and Promotions and Supplies and Services. Unbudgeted expenses were approved in these categories by the membership for an awards plaque, recruiting ad, and recruiting banner. All were worthy purchases, and budgeting for 2022/2023 will be improved. Preliminary budgeting took place in June and a final budget will be presented to the membership at the September 6th 2022 General Membership Meeting.

The investment environment remains uncertain due to continuing events such as the war in Ukraine, inflation rate and Federal Reserve driven interest rate activity. The value of our current investment portfolio remains below its value as of January 1, 2022 and we have made no additional investments. We continue to hold a substantial gain. There has been what appears to be a stabilization in the investment markets over the last several weeks, but in my opinion it is too soon to tell whether this calm period is just another "head fake". The Investment Committee will continue to look for appropriate investment opportunities.

If you have questions about our investments or finances, please make it to the next General Membership meeting on September 6th 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Come for meeting discussions, and stay for after meeting refreshments. I hope to see you in September.

Gregory Roth
Finance Officer
414-482-2256
gmsroth@sbcglobal.net

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CHAPLIN'S CORNER

 

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

 

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SERVICE OFFICER REPORT

 

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

 

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EDITORIAL

 

I have a request. If you have an e-mail address, please send it to me so that we can contact you with any important information that may be coming up.

Thanks for your help.

San Countryman Editor-in-Chief
countrymanks2@aol.com

 

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American Legion
George Washington Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695
1-262-666-1002


 

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