April – June 2018

COMMANDERS CORNER

During the General Meeting in May, nominations from the floor will be made for all offices and for delegates to the convention in July (11-14). During the month of June, we will hold our annual Election of Officers. Please come out and vote. July 17th will be the date for our annual American Legion Family Installation of Officers. This installation is for Legionnaires, the Auxiliary, the Legion Riders and the S.A.L. More election info available from the Senior Vice Commander, Gary.

Our General Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out and be active in the operation of YOUR post.

Remember to assist our veterans.

God Bless America, our Veterans, Servicewomen and men, and Post 1080.

Thank you for allowing me to serve.

Andy Hinch, Commander

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is time for new officers to step up and continue the success of your Post 1080. Officer nominations and elections are being held in May (nominations) and June (elections) for the 2018-2019 term. If you have never served as an officer, do not be concerned because complete training and support are provided to you. Your leadership and guidance are needed and your success and needs are important to the Post.

All positions are open to you so pick one out and all you need to do is ask. The requirements of being an officer include being a member in good standing which means your dues are current for 2018 and you attend the General and Board meetings. The General Meetings are the 1st Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. and the Board Meeting is the third Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The following are available to you:

Commander: Duties include presiding over all meetings, wakes and other post activities. Hold position of Chief Executive Officer of the Post and will supervise over business and affairs of the post.

Senior Vice Commander: Will assume the responsibilities of the Commander while the Commander is unable. Will support the Commander with post operations when needed. In addition to his other duties, he is responsible for membership.

Junior Vice Commander: Duties include assisting the Commander particularly in patriotic observances of all kinds and in developing post activities and in the entertainment features.

Finance Officer: Duties include being in charge of all financial activities of the Post. This includes taxes, insurance, payrolls, etc. He will provide a written monthly report to the members at the General Meeting. He will make recommendations on the use and raising of funds for the post. He will have one of the required signatures on post checks.

Adjutant: This important position is key to the operations of the American Legion BUT is not involved in the daily operations of the Post building and operations. This is a highly honored position in the American Legion. The Adjutant receives all American Legion correspondences and gives to the appropriate Officers. The Adjutant handles the records including renewals and members cards. The Adjutant records the General and Board meeting and prepares the minutes for subsequent meetings. The Adjutant reports to the Commander and makes recommendations to the Commander on important American Legion matters. This is not an elected position but is extremely important to the operations of the American Legion. Just ask to be considered.

Post Historian: Duties include photographing post events and recording events of the Post. He shall also perform other duties that pertain to the office as directed by the Post.

Chaplain: The Post Chaplain is charged with the spiritual welfare of members by providing divine, but non-sectarian, service and dedications, funerals, public functions and post meetings. He will follow ceremonial guides as recommended by the national or department. He is the chairman to the sick committee.

Sergeant-At-Arms: Duties include security and preserve order at all meetings and perform other duties as assigned to him by the Post Executive Board.

Trustee: Duties include conducting inventories as required and maintain internal control of the Post operations. This is a three year position unlike the others that are one year.

SR. VICE COMMANDER

The weather is finally getting back to what I like and I hope everyone enjoys. Membership this year is proceeding but we are behind previous years. We have been able to meet 100% targets for combined renewal, new member and transfer members for past years but as always, your efforts are required to meet this year’s goals. If you have not yet renewed 2018, please do so immediately. We are continuing the 5 years’ option where you save $25.00 by purchasing this option. You also receive a GOLD membership card and do not have to worry about renewing for 5 years. You can also purchase a Paid Up For Life card which can only be purchased online at www.illegion.org. They have an option to save $100.00 of the cost, please consider. You can also renew your annual dues online using your debit or credit card.

Please watch the newsletter for upcoming events and always put the Post picnic on your diary. We are also putting together a committee to have something special for the American Legion 100th birthday. The actual date is March 15, 2019 but our celebration will probably be on a different date. If you wish to be involved in the planning or want to add something special to this celebration, please let us know.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have just completed the state portion of the American Legion High School Scholarship Constitutional Oratorical Contest and I am pleased to announce one of our area speakers won the state competition and will be competing at National in Indianapolis in April. Our area speakers finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the state competition. Area speakers have won awards totally over $13,075.00 to date and our National contestant will be striving for the National scholarships of $18,000.00 for first, $16,000.00 for 2nd and $14,000.00 for 3rd. This is a great Legion program and our High School aged speakers are wonderful young people. Eligible speakers can be any of the four years of High School. If you know anyone interested in competing next year, please let me know as soon as possible.

The next large scholarship event is Premier Boys State and Girls State. They are held in June and to be eligible the student must have completed their Junior year in high school or be the same age if home schooled. If chosen at these events, two participants of each is selected to go to Boys Nation or Girls Nation and will compete in Washington, D.C. in August for US congress seats. They will also have a meeting with the President of the USA. Applications and sponsorship are available at the Post or online. Please see the website or contact me for more information and sponsorship.

Please see the Legion website for other scholarship opportunities. Applications for police academy are available at the Post.

POPPY DAYS

Poppy Days are approaching and will be held on May 25th and 26th this year. If you want to participate and help collect, please let us know. Remember, by purchasing a Legion Poppy you support the veterans in our area.

Thank you for allowing me to serve.
GARY STIEG, SENIOR VICE COMMANDER

JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER

As we come to the end of our first quarter of 2018 we have done some good things since I took this job but there are things that still need to be done.

When you get this newsletter, the kids Easter party will be over. We do hope it will be a success as we have a new Easter Bunny – Thank you Andy.

My wife Mary Ann and I are still going out and listening to different bands hoping to get new ones to come in here as well as old. If you know any, let me know.

Poppy days are coming up so give us a hand.

Remember the 100 years anniversary is coming up and we need ideas.

Hope to have a good picnic again this year with the band being Mary and the Troublemakers, so hope to see you there!

Again, thanks for all the help I have gotten this past year and this year. A special thanks to Georganne.

Remember what Easter is about.

Thank you again and God Bless Vets and God Bless America.

Terry Whitney, Jr. Vice Commander

ADJUTANT

I understand some members continue to receive renewal notices even after they’ve paid their dues. Sorry, but this is life with computers! Until your renewal paperwork is processed at the state and national levels and updated in their computer, you are considered “not paid”. Sometimes it takes a while but it’s nothing to worry about. Don’t let it bother you! The Post stays current with paid membership but sometimes paperwork doesn’t flow the way it should. If you should get a renewal notice and you’ve paid your dues, check with the Post then throw the renewal notice away. If you have any questions, call the Post.

CHAPLAIN

As many of you know, as chaplain, I do about 20 to 25 wakes and funerals each year for fallen veterans from our post. Several of the local funeral home people have my cell phone number. When they call, my first question has to do with whether or not they know about the faith of the departed veteran. If it turns out that the departed was a person of faith I usually rest assured that my job in consoling and dealing with the grief of the family will go more smoothly. If they were Catholic or Protestant, for instance, I can remind the loved ones that if they are also persons of faith that they will see and be with their departed loved one again. In the 3rd chapter of the book of Wisdom (in the Catholic Bible) it says that only a fool upon looking at the passed away remains of a person says they are dead and it is over forever. It goes on to say that Christ has taken that person into His righteousness and that the departed one is at peace at last. In 1Corinthians 15:54 it says that death is swallowed up in victory. The apostle Paul talked about being absent from the body but present with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:8). Death is something we all have to face sooner or later. But we need not be afraid or filled with fear and anxiety. For we have the hope (not wishful thinking but expectation) of eternal life in a better place. For the Christian, believing in Jesus is fourfold. First, there needs to be confession of sin, then repentance, accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, and finally choosing to follow Him. That last one is a clincher. Satan and his demons “believe” in Jesus as a person. They know who He is and know He is God. They know all about Him but would never accept Him as Lord and would never choose to follow Him. And what does that involve? Well, Jesus said it best in Matthew 22:37-37. Love your God with all you heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor (fellow man) as yourself. And “fellow man” includes people of other faiths as well as nonfaith people. It’s not “over” upon death. You’ll spend eternity somewhere (Daniel 12:2 and Matthew 25:46), either with the Lord or not. You always get to choose (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). God never takes away that choice.

Chaplain Marvin “Buck” Balsley

AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS

As the 2018 riding season approaches, let’s not forget our riding safety check list:

• Tires (proper air pressure and the general wear and tread)
• Fluids (check proper levels and look for any leaks under the bike)
• Headlights and Taillights (make sure high and low beams are working)
• Turn signals (working properly)
• Brake lights (try both brake controls and make sure each one turns on the brake light)
• Clutch & throttle (make sure they are working smoothly)
• Mirrors (clean & adjust before riding)
• Brakes (back & front levers hold the bike firmly when fully applied)
• Horn (make sure it works)

A walk around should be made before every ride, not only for your safety but for everybody’s.

As always, May God Bless the U.S.A. and the men and women who serve and have served.

American Legion Riders

AUXILIARY PRESIDENT

Greetings from the Auxiliary. Hurray – Spring is here!!! The Auxiliary is looking forward to the warmer weather, longer days and upcoming activities at Post 1080.

It was great to see so many Legion family members and their families at the Easter Party on March 24th! We would like to thank our new Easter Bunny, Andy Ntova. Andy graciously agreed to be the Easter Bunny when our faithful Easter Bunny, Jim Condon, retired/hung up his ears. Thank you to Andy and Anneta, his wife (our newest Auxiliary member). And thank you, Jim, for the contributions of time and money you made over the years as our Easter Bunny. Thank you to the Legion Family for all of the time and money that they gave to make the party fun for all!

Thank you to all who ordered poticas! It is an important fundraiser for the Auxiliary. Thank you to our members who volunteered their time to help make the potica fundraiser a success!

Please join us for our Auxiliary Meetings held at the Post at 6:30 p.m. Our upcoming meeting dates are April 5th, May 3rd, and June 7th. A question was asked of us at an 11th District meeting—why we originally joined the Auxiliary. It’s a great question to ponder—“Why did you join the Auxiliary? Hopefully, your main reason is pride in serving Veterans, our military, and serving our community. Do you know that our Auxiliary has almost 200 members (Senior and Juniors) and only about a handful attend our meetings regularly? To all of our Auxiliary members, please try to come to an upcoming meeting. You joined for a reason and you would always be welcome!

Thursday, May 3rd is Guest Night/Gold Star Night at our regular meeting. The start time for this meeting will be 6:00 (30 minutes earlier than our normal time). We are hoping to have guests from the Department and/or District.

Nominations for our Auxiliary Officers will be held at our May 3rd meeting and voting will be June 7th.

We are looking forward to the annual Pie/Ice Cream social at the Manteno Veteran’s Home on April 14, 2018 from 2 – 3:30! Everyone is invited to visit with our Manteno veteran friends! It’s really an afternoon you may not want to miss!

ALA-Illini Girls State at Eastern Illinois University provides a program to promote patriotism and the democratic process for our teens who have completed their junior year in high school and maintained at least a C average or higher. Girls should be interested in government and current events. The Auxiliary pays for their trip and transportation. If you know a girl who would be interested in attending, applications are available online (www.ilala.org). ALA-Illini Girls State is from June 17-23, 2018. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

May 25th and 26th are Poppy Days! Please sign up at the Bar if you are interested in collecting money. Volunteers are greatly needed and very much appreciated!

Don’t forget Flag Day is Thursday, June 14th. Please visit the Post for details for the Flag Day observance ceremony.

Thank you to Georganne and to the Legion Family who continue to make Post 1080 a great place to gather and maintain friendships!

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

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Auxiliary President.
Lori Peterson, Auxiliary President

AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN

Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy Easter. We are still seeing the white stuff but hopefully Spring is right around the corner.

August 1st, I will start collecting for 2019 dues. We have not yet reached 100% paid dues from our membership. We are at 85%. Help the Auxiliary continue to help our Veterans by paying your dues.

Thank you to all the Auxiliary members who have paid their 2017-2018 dues. We still have members who owe for 2016-2017. After 2 years of not paying your dues you will no longer remain on the membership roster. Please send in your payment of $25.00 so we can keep you with our American Legion Family. You can pay your dues at American Legion Post 1080 or mail your dues to me at:

16244 Tomahawk Lake Court
Crest Hill, IL 60403

If you have any questions regarding payment of your dues please call me. My phone number is 815-556-8676.

Thank you for all you do to support us. Enjoy the coming days and God Bless all of you.

Terry Stieg, Membership Chairman

AUXILIARY CHAPLAIN

Let us all take a few minutes to thank the Lord for all his Gifts. Keep in mind our Veterans that are protecting our Country. Many are away from their families and need prayers for protection. Like most of us, we take the Lord and Veterans for granted.

Remember, keep them in your prayers always.

MaryAnn Whitney, Auxiliary Chaplain

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, March 30th – Half Baked Potatoes 8 p.m.

Friday, April 13th – Thunder Road Band 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18th – Amer. Leg. Band Fundraiser at Portillo’s in Shorewood 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, April 27th – Half Baked Potatoes 8 p.m.

Friday, May 4th – In the Pocket 8 p.m.

Friday, May 25th – Half Baked Potatoes 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday May 25th & 26th – Poppy Days!

Thursday, June 14th – Flag Day

SAVE THE DATES

Membership Picnic – Saturday, August 18th.

S.A.L. Pig Roast – Sunday, September 23rd