I am looking forward to joining the
American Legion Riders of Post 712 on the 4th of August on their
annual fundraiser ride. They will be having a post-ride event
immediately afterwards at the Post. We all hope that the weather
will be accommodating and they will keep the sunny side up.
Of course there will be the official installation of officers on
Tuesday August 7th, at 7 pm. Congratulations to all the officers
that have agreed to serve for the upcoming year.
At this time the kitchen is officially closed for everyday use,
however we will still accommodate special events. While the
closure is only temporary, guests are welcome to bring in or
order food from outside the Post, that is, until the kitchen is
up and running again. There will be no dinner after the next
I am taking responsibility in the cancellation of our picnic
this year. With the cost of what a caterer would be and the
kitchen in disarray, I thought that it would be in the best
interest of the Post finances to cancel.
The condenser on the cooler downstairs broke and we lost all the
draft beer. It is undetermined at this time when or if we can
afford to fix the cooler and to restock the cooler once fixed.
If we just put a “band-aid” on the cooler, it could break down
again. Until we come up with a viable solution, there will be
only bottled beer available to purchase.
Expenses have been enormous this year as our Post building is
getting older and equipment is wearing out, so we will need help
and ideas in fundraising. Please let me know if you would like
to volunteer in planning fundraisers.
By the time this newsletter comes out, I will have hopefully met
with John Dillon, the President of the Riders; Mary Ann Marunich,
President of the Auxiliary; and Gary Hartman, Commander of the
Sons, all of whom do so much for our veterans and are to be
commended for their leadership.
We are presently working on getting our membership cards out.
There is a lot involved behind the scenes than just mailing out
the cards. We appreciate your patience!
Working with our adjutant Thad Weidmann has been quite an
experience. He has an enormous workload and we have been working
to alleviate some of the pressure put upon him.
The Post is still in need of a Chaplain. This is a valuable, but
not a difficult position. It requires being able to read prayers
and attend memorial services and meetings. Please let me know if
you would consider volunteering for this much needed position.
While working at the Post one day, I by chance discovered some
photographs of years gone by. The meetings downstairs were full
and the upstairs filled with people having a good time. I
wondered what it would take to have that kind of Post again.
Don’t members care enough about the organization they belong to
and leave their animosities behind to attend and support Post
712, or will they bail out and go to another place that is much
more active? Do they care if the Post closes its doors for good?
Time will tell!