January – March 2018


Happy 2018, I wish you the best of everything. Stay safe during the winter weather. Remember our veterans and their families. Our General Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings begin at 8 p.m. Your participation will be greatly appreciated. Serving as a member of our Color Guard or as a volunteer for a project or post function is a gratifying experience. Service to the community, state and nation. By attending meetings and by volunteering, we are honoring our pledge to serve. Come out and find out what you can do to help our fellow veterans.

May God Bless our Veterans, our Military and God Bless America.

Thank you for allowing me to serve.

Andy Hinch, Commander


Happy New Year to all and your Post has been very busy since our last newsletter. We have done many good events and have done some that I have not enjoyed but are a part of what veterans do for fellow veterans. Yes, I am speaking of wake and funeral services for members who have moved on to the Post everlasting. This is an important part of the legion as we provide our veteran comrades a respectful farewell. Now for the good events. Your Post provided the firing squad for the November 11th Veterans Day ceremony at the Will County Courthouse, participated in parades, held the annual kids Christmas party, provided live entertainment in our lounge and participated in several Veterans functions in our area.

We can do this because of you and your membership. The Post is having a good membership year but we are slightly behind last year. If you have not yet renewed for 2018, please do so. Please remember we are still offering a 5 year membership at a $25.00 discount and it includes a gold colored plastic membership card. Remember your membership provides the Legion the
strength of numbers to assure you and other veterans the benefits earned by your service to our country.

The Legion is truly family and we have numerous scholarship programs coming up for your kids and grandkids. Please contact me at the Post to discover what is available to your family.

Have a great 2018 and remember your Legion family is here to help you if you need it.

Gary Stieg, Senior Vice Commander


It has been six months since I took this job as Jr. Vice. For the most part it’s been quite a ride. I’ve had fun and I am still in the learning mode so please bear with me. I have made mistakes, but I hope I’ve learned from them.

I think we have had many successful events. We had a good picnic, a successful Thanksgiving and we were part of the women’s Auxiliary of New Lenox’s Pub Crawl. “Elvis” was in the house and we had another successful kids Christmas party. We had food for the Army/Navy football game which always brings out plenty of friendly competition among veterans. We brought in new bands to entertain in the lounge a couple times a month along with the regular crowd favorites and will continue to do so.

I want to thank everyone who has helped me with my job (Andy Hinch, Gary Stieg, Bob Sleyko, Tom Horn) and a special thanks to Georganne.

Here’s to a good 2018. Happy Holidays to all.

P.S. Please let me know if you have any good ideas!

Terry Whitney, Jr. Vice Commander

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This time I’d like to talk to you about evolutionary theory as it relates to Bible teaching. At times you may hear that evolutionary theory and Bible can stand side by side and go hand in hand together. Nothing could be further from the truth. Under evolutionary theory life occurred by accident and not as a creation of God. If life is just an accident, then God has no plan for your life. Jeremiah 29.11 tells us that God has a plan for our lives. Also, if it is all an accident then there is no standard of morality and right and wrong and there’s no judgment day or day of reckoning. The Bible has the 10 commandments and says that there is an unchangeable standard of right and wrong that spans all time periods and all societies. This standard is not “relative”. A day of judgment is clear in the Bible (Rev 20.11-15; Matt 13.49-50; Matt 25.31-46; psalm 9.7-8; Ecc 3.17 and Ecc 12.14). Darwin felt that the Black race was closest to monkey and that the White race was the most evolved. Needless to say, Darwin was a white guy! The Bible teaches us that there is only one race-THE HUMAN RACE descended from Adam and later Noah after the flood! While traveling in South Dakota a couple summers ago, I visited Mt. Rushmore where 4 president’s faces are carved out of a mountain side. I suppose one could argue that after zillions of years of weathering rain, wind, ice, snow, cold etc. that these faces accidentally appeared on the side of this mountain. OR, one could believe that intelligent life climbed up there only 70 or 80 years ago with a few sticks of dynamite and a hammer and chisel and carved it out. I’ll let you choose which is more likely. In conclusion, do you really think it all goes black when you die? What if after you die as an evolutionist you can still hear, see, think and are perfectly aware of your surroundings? You might say to yourself “I think I’m in trouble” and do you know what? You’d be right.

Chaplain Marvin “Buck” Balsley


November 11th (Veterans Day) was a cold blustery day, but the enthusiasm of the crowd warmed the hearts of the people who came to recognize and thank our veterans.

The event was dedicated to Don Walden, a man who worked endlessly to help and aid veterans.

With thoughts of Dominic Cap and Don Walden, the Riders will be making our annual gifts to local Veterans organizations.

Because of your support, you make our success possible. Thank you and may God bless.

As always, may God bless the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve our country.

American Legion Riders


Season’s Greetings from the Auxiliary!

As you read this newsletter, you probably can’t believe that 2017 is in our rearview mirror already! Happy 2018!!

The Auxiliary has had a busy couple of months! We had a Flea Market/Bake Sale on September 23rd. Thank you to Mary Stacel for all of her work in coordinating our vendors! Many of our members worked the Flea Market, baked items for our bake sale, made a monetary donation and/or attended the sale; thank you!!!

We very much enjoyed being a part of the SAL’s Pig Roast on October 22nd. Congrats to the SAL for a very successful fundraiser. We are certain that the VAC was very happy with their generous donation! Way to go!

We participated in the ceremony on Veteran’s Day at the Courthouse. We are proud of our member, Betty Peterson, for again leading the Pledge of Allegiance! Thanks to Sue Bustin for making a beautiful wreath that was placed at the Courthouse. It was a cold and windy morning, but the Legion Honor Guard was present and did a fine job as always. During Veteran’s Day “week”, many Legion members visited area nursing homes and/or assisted living homes.

We visited Hope Manor by the VA Clinic in Joliet in November. Hope Manor provides permanent residences to veterans who have been unable to find housing. The VAC has done an unbelievable job with Hope Manor. The Auxiliary has received donations so that we may help provide for some of the basic needs for Hope Manor residents. Hopefully as time goes on, we all will have a chance to visit/tour Hope Manor.

The Auxiliary would like to thank the Legion, SAL and the Riders for their generous donation of money and time toward the Children’s Christmas Party held on December 9th! We are sending a huge thank you to 11th District member, John Reece, for being Santa this year! As many of you know, Jim Condon has retired from being Santa. We cannot thank Jim enough for being Santa for so long! If you see Jim, please thank him for being so kind. Also, Bob and Jane have stepped away from the Christmas party after a hundred-year run. Jane made the crafts for the kids to use this year; thank you, Jane. Terry Whitney has taken over the office of Junior Vice. Thanks and good-luck Terry! The Christmas Party was fun, and it was great to see so many members and their families! Thank you to the Legion Family members and our Auxiliary members who decorated, volunteered, attended and/or gave their time to make the party a success!

We thank everyone who purchased poticas from us these past weeks. Our potica pick-up was December 9th. December 9th was a busy day at the Post! Poticas in the morning, Kid’s Christmas Party in the afternoon and then the Army/Navy game (or is it Navy/Army?) in the late afternoon! Hope you were all able to come and share in the fun! Maybe we ran into you at the Wreaths Across America at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery on December 16th? That’s a beautiful event.

The Legion Family Easter Party has been set for March 24, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00. Please see the newsletter flyer for more information.

We will be having another potica fundraiser in the Spring. The pick-up date will be March 24, 2018 with an order cut-off of March 19th. Please see the newsletter flyer; extra order forms are also at the Post. Please know that all monies raised by the Auxiliary during the year go directly to benefit Veterans, active military and military families.

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!

We encourage and invite all members to attend our Auxiliary meetings! If you’re an Auxiliary member and haven’t been to a meeting in a while, please come to one in 2018! We are waiting for you! If you are eligible to join as a member, please join! The meetings are held at Post 1080 on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Our upcoming meeting nights are February 1st, March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd and June 7th (no meetings are held in January, July or August). We plan on working on a Veteran’s Valentine’s project on February 1st at 6:00. Please join us at 6:00 if you are able. Our regular meeting will start at 6:30.

The Auxiliary is looking forward to 2018 and is excited to see what the year has in store for the Legion Family, the Post, and our Joliet community! We are very proud of our Veterans, to be able to help with Veterans, veterans’ issues, the military, and to be part of this American Legion Family. We are always looking for more ways to be involved. If you have any suggestions on how the Auxiliary may be able to make more of an impact in this community, please share your ideas with any Auxiliary member! If you’d rather, please email me at loripeterson@outlook.com, and I will pass your ideas on to the Auxiliary.

Thank you to everyone who has helped the Auxiliary in ANY WAY in 2017! Thank you! Thank you to Georganne who keeps the Post running! As always, thank you to the Legion Family for including us in your events! Please remember our veterans in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you, Auxiliary members, for all you do for our Veterans and military!

Our Auxiliary members hope that everyone had a peaceful, joyous and happy holiday season. Let us not forget those who were unable to be home this holiday season; those who may never come home, and those we have lost. Please remember to keep our Veterans who are in the hospital, nursing home, or a veteran’s home in your thoughts and prayers. Let us reach out to any Veteran that may feel alone during these days and every day. It’s not always a joyous time for everyone.

With sincere thanks and best wishes in 2018 to all Auxiliary members,

Lori Peterson, Auxiliary President


Our holidays will soon be upon us. We wish every member a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

Congratulations to all Auxiliary members who have paid their 2017-2018 dues. We still have members who owe for 2016-2017 dues and 2017-2018 dues. Please send in your payment of $25.00 so we can keep you on our roster and 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


Our Heavenly Father, on this Holy Christmas day, our hearts are filled with solemn joy and gratitude for the gift of the Savior, Christ the Lord, For the fullness of His grace, and for His redeeming love, we humbly join in ceaseless praise and thanksgiving.

In Thy infinite mercy, Our Father, grant to us and to all others, the spirit of kindness, goodwill and charity. Hasten the day when men shall again hear the angel chorus paying homage to Thee, the Prince of Peace, singing again the glad tidings “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will.” Amen.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, that we, who rejoice in celebrating the nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may never cease to be grateful to Thee for Thy divine gift. May our actions at all times be directed toward good works and helpful ministrations, which are pleasing to Thee.

MaryAnn Whitney, Auxiliary Chaplain


January 12, 2018 – Joe & Rita in the lounge 8:00-11:00

January 26, 2018 – Half Baked Potatoes 8 p.m.to midnight

February 16, 2018 – Blended Entertainment 8 p.m.

March 9, 2018 – Tom Edwards 8 p.m.

March 16, 2018 – Paul & Jay 7:00-10:30

March 24, 2018 – Potica pick-up

March 24, 2018 – Children’s Easter Party 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.