Newsletter – JULY – SEPTEMBER 2017


Congratulations to all of our newly elected officers. I look forward to working with all of you. Our Post will have our American Legion Family Installation of Officers. This will be held on July 18th at 8 p.m. Our Annual Picnic will be held on August 19th. Come out and renew your membership and renew friendships with those attending.

On Flag Day, the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) held our annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. The American Legion Family participated. It was a very moving patriotic ceremony.

Remember our veterans and those serving in the Armed Forces.

God Bless America and Post 1080.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Commander for 13 years.

Andy Hinch, Commander


Welcome to summer. I hope you are enjoying the warm weather as I am. There have been some changes and new information for your use and I will outline as follows:

Membership: The membership year is again closing this month and we should hit 100% which is difficult to do and thank you for renewing as the Post and the Legion need your continuing membership. Your dues help keep the Post going and helps the Legion fund the scholarship programs such as Premier Boys State, The Oratorical Contest, Boy Scouts and numerous others. Post 1080 had an Oratorical Contestant this year who finished third in the State and won a scholarship. We also sent two High School Students to Premier Boys State and hopefully they also will win scholarships. Premier Boys State has the Samsung Scholarship program which includes a $20,000 scholarship for Dependents of veterans with priority given to Dependents of the Korean War Era veterans.

The National Organization has raised the dues the Post pays for each member by $5.00. We have had other increases which we did not pass on but regrettably we find we must raise our dues by the amount of the increase effective the membership year of 2018, which starts July 2017 with the new dues being $40.00. We are pleased to continue our early renewal program which gives you the chance to get free dues. A separate letter outlining the program is being sent to each of you and contains the details. Please renew early using the Special Program.

We are offering a 5 year membership which saves you $25.00 when you purchase. You will need to purchase the 5 year membership for $175.00 vs. 5 years of separate payments of $40.00. You will also receive a GOLD membership card for you to use. You will also receive annually your regular card showing your years of continuing membership. Another benefit is you will not be paying annual dues for 5 years. If you choose to use the on-line renewal, you will find the 5 year option is not available. You can only get the 5 year program by renewing through Post 1080.

POPPIES: The Memorial Day weekend was our annual Poppy Drive and again it went well. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped during the drive and to those who contributed money for the Poppies. Remember any money received MUST be used for veterans and their families.

V A Changes: Here are two recent changes that you will need to know:

1. The VA has provided medallions for tombstones in private cemeteries. They are offered in three sizes and are free. You will need to check the cemetery to make certain they are allowed. The change here is they were approved for veterans from 1990 to current BUT now can be used for all veterans dating back to WWI. You will need to complete a 40-1330M to obtain.
2. You can now check to see if you qualify for burial in a National Cemetery now instead of at time of passing. Getting approval also includes your spouse and handicapped minors should they pass before the veteran. Use form 40-10007 for the pre-determination.

Both forms can be obtained on-line or at the VAC located at 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, IL or any other VAC if you live in different Counties.

Thank you for allowing me to be of service to you.

For God and Country


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Today I wish to discuss a misconception I hear often from Christians concerning the Bible and the “hereafter”. Often when I ask someone who says they are a Christian if they are going to be with the Lord when they die they say something like “I sure hope so; I hope my good deeds outweigh my bad deeds when I die.” Well, the Christian Bible doesn’t exactly teach that point of view and I wish to share with you my understanding of this. Psalm 5.4 tells us that nothing can be in God the Father’s presence unless it is perfect. And Romans 3.23 tells us that all have sinned and are imperfect. In fact, James 2.10 (and Deut. 27.26) tells us that it takes only one sin per lifetime to condemn us. So, it’s not a balancing act or any weighing scale done at the end of one’s life pitting good deeds against bad deeds that determines one’s fate. Because Christians believe that Jesus lived a perfect life (2Corinthians 5.21 and 1Peter 1.19) and did not sin yet paid the price anyway (the price of death-see Romans 6.23) you might say that Jesus has earned a “free pass” so to speak. And He’s the only one with a “free pass” since He’s the only sinless person in human history. He hadn’t sinned yet paid the price anyway. And where is Jesus sitting right now? Well, He’s sitting next to God the Father (Psalm 110.1 and Colossians 3.1). And what do you think He is doing there? Well, He’s waiting for you. When you get there, He’ll be using that free pass for you. All sins will be forgiven and wiped away!!!!!

Keep in mind that God does indeed want you to do good deeds. Matthew 6.20 talks about “laying up treasures in heaven.” Christians should keep trying to be good people and do good works. But salvation depends on what Jesus did for you on the cross and not on a weighing scale of good deeds vs. bad ones at life’s end. And for Christians, salvation is a free gift (Eph 2.8-9) earned with Jesus’ blood on the cross for all who accept Him!

Chaplain Marvin “Buck” Balsley


Don Walden never knew how to sit still. With every project he encountered, he had visions of improvement and accomplishment.

As put by one of our ALR members, his feet never hit the ground. He was always on the move, from past Commander of American Legion Post 1080 to numerous volunteer causes. He was dedicated to his wife, Carol (57 years), family and friends, the Navy, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and the Joliet community. We will all miss his involvement. His knowledge on so many programs for the Vets was truly amazing. Don, the ALR admired you and will miss you.

As always, our thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve our country.

May God Bless the U.S.A.

The American Legion Riders


The SAL will be having a Pig Roast on October 22nd. There will be a band, drinks and 50/50 raffles. Further details will be forthcoming. All proceeds will go to the Veterans!


Greetings from the Auxiliary. Happy Summer! Best wishes to all of our veterans and their families. The Auxiliary members are looking forward to seeing Legion family members and fellow Auxiliary members at Post 1080 this summer. The Auxiliary sincerely thanks the Legion for allowing us to share in the activities offered at the Post. It is our honor to be associated with Post 1080. More specifically, thank you to the Officers of the Legion, SAL, and Riders. We enjoy sharing ideas and activities with you. A big welcome to all new Auxiliary members! We are happy you joined!

The Auxiliary had a busy and successful year. Through fundraising efforts, such as poppy money raised, potica sales, and our March 11th dance, we were able to donate a great deal of money to many veteran-related organizations, as well as contributing to the Post’s Christmas and Easter parties.

We had our election of officers on June 1st. We have three new officers for 2017-2018. Thank you to these members for serving: Betty Peterson, First Vice-President, Jerri Parker (newly elected) Second Vice-President/Membership Chairperson (Terry Stieg will be membership co-chairperson); Mary-Anne Whitney, Chaplain; Mary Stacel, Treasurer; Janet Hughes, Sergeant-at-Arms; Carole Oikion (newly elected) Asst. Sergeant-at-Arms; and Patricia McReynolds (newly elected) Historian. A huge thank you to our outgoing officers, Nancy Wilda, Barb Guardia and Magda Good. Thank you to everyone who came to a meeting this year, anyone who supported the Auxiliary in any fashion, and those who will continue to support us. I would like to especially thank Sue Bustin for her wisdom and support this year as the Auxiliary secretary.

Our next meeting is September 7th at 6:00. Please note the earlier start time for this meeting (6:00). We will have two speakers relating to veterans and veteran housings. We regularly meet on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 (no meetings in January, June and July). To all of our Auxiliary members, please try to come to a meeting! You joined for a reason! If you have not been to a meeting lately, you have all summer to get ready.

We were honored to have our State of Illinois (Department) Auxiliary President Luella Buske, Department First Vice President Marsha Haag, and Jan Martinka, President of the 11th District at our Guest Night on May 4th. We combined our Guest Night with Gold Star member night. Our Gold Star member, Vern Kabat, joined us. Vern’s brother was killed in WWII.

Thank you to all who participated and/or contributed to the Post’s successful Poppy Days on May 26th and 27th.

Please come to the Post Picnic on August 19th! It is a fun time; the food and music is always great! The Legion generously puts on the picnic, and the Auxiliary is very appreciative. You can also pay your dues for next year at the Picnic.

The Auxiliary is having a flea market on Saturday, September 23rd from 9-2 at the Post. Instead of just a flea market, we are hoping to turn it into a community day. We are working on the details but we hope to add more vendors, a cook-out, kids activities, etc. If you have any ideas, please let us know. We are always looking for ways to be more involved with the Post and the community. Please email me at if you have any suggestions and/or comments.

Thank you to all of our veterans for their sacrifices. Please remember our Veterans, active military, military families, and first responders in your thoughts and prayers. Please also keep our Legion family members in your thoughts.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Auxiliary President, Lori Peterson. On a personal note, I would like to thank my mom, Betty, for all of her love, support and guidance in my first year as president.


Happy Summer Ladies! I am in the process of closing out the 2017 books. If you still owe dues, I am still collecting them. Remember, please do not pay your 2018 dues until after August 1st. Again, this year you will be able to pay your 2018 dues, $25.00 at the Post picnic in August. Please make check payable to ALA #1080. Checks are the preferred method of payment for dues. Cash is fine but please make sure it is in an envelope with the correct amount, your name, member number and phone number.

I would like to “Thank” all of the ladies of the Auxiliary for this past year. It truly has been a pleasure being Membership Chairperson. During this past year, I have learned a lot and met some very nice Auxiliary members. For the 2017/2018 year, your new Membership Chairpersons will be Terry Stieg and Jerri Parker. I’m sure you will be as helpful and kind to them as you were to me. Many, Many Thanks!

Nancy Wilda
Auxiliary Membership Chairman


A Freedom Blessing:

May you always have your life in God’s Hands.
May Liberty surround you.
May your Pursuit of Happiness always come true.
May you have Health and Coins in your pocket.
May the sun shine in your life.
May the Rainbow always follow the rain.
May you always know a Friend is near.
May God fill your Heart, Our Country and the World with Peace.
May God Bless America and place His Love in your Heart.

MaryAnn Whitney
Auxiliary Chaplain


I would just like to remind everyone about some of the things Post 1080 offers that you might have forgotten about:

Discount rate on hall rentals for all members.

We have flags for sale. 3 x 5 Polyester $25.00, 4 x 6 Polyester $35.00 and
3 x 5 POW Nylon flags $30.00.

Cruise night takes place the first Thursday of each month from May thru September at 6:00. In case of inclement weather, it will be held on the following Thursday. Come out and look at all the old cars and get something to eat and drink!

The restaurant is open Tuesday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Different specials every day and homemade soup.

The bar is open Mon thru Thurs 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday & Saturday until 2 a.m. and Sunday until midnight.

Occasionally there is entertainment in the bar on Friday or Saturday night. If you would like to know, just call the office and I will let you know what is coming up!

Georganne Lambert


July 21, 2017 – Thunder Road Band 8 p.m.
July 29, 2017 – Singer and Acoustic Guitarist Shannon Patino
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. DATE CHANGED TO FRIDAY JULY 28TH!!!!!
Aug. 18, 2017 – Thunder Road Band 8 p.m.
Aug. 19, 2017 – Membership Picnic
Sept. 8, 2017 – Tom Edwards 8 to midnight
Sept. 23, 2017 – Auxiliary Flea Market
Oct. 22, 2017 – S.A.L. Pig Roast