American Legion Post 305,
Caledonia, Mi.
9546 Cherry Valley
Telephone Number 616-891-1882
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American Legion Post 305 - April - 2019
SAL
ALR


                                                  From the Legion Commander

Hello Legion Family,     

April will be continuously busy for our Legion with our Fish Fry’s. We will continue this great meal every Friday of
Lent up to and including Good Friday prior to Easter. Our Fish Fry’s would not be a success without our tremendous
volunteers. Kelly and myself want to wish everyone a wonderful Easter holiday season.

Last Month we started of with our Breakfast which is always a success, then we went right into our Polish Meal
headed up by Tom and Donna Basarabski. The Polish meal was a tremendous event and a Big Thank You to Tom
and Donna and the many volunteers that make this event happen. I do have to say sorry for all that missed out on
this meal due to the overwhelming response. We ran out of orders before 5pm which was not expected.

The Legion will be having another raffle coming up very soon and this time it will be a Henry Rifle. After the
paperwork is all done we will have flyers out and start selling tickets.

Our next Legion meeting we will have a guest from the 5th District to keep us up on everything going on within the
District and Department. Also, we will be having nominations for our upcoming elections in May.

Again Thank You All for the continued support to our Legion without you all nothing would be possible

Upcoming Events for the Legion:

Fish Fry’s Continuing until Easter and Henry Rifle Raffle.

Look forward seeing you at the Legion

“Veterans Still Serving”

                                                                                                DanYablonski





                                                                          From the Auxiliary President

Happy Spring!  Hopefully the good weather is here to stay and Spring is right around the corner!

We had our regular meeting on 3/13/19.  We accepted nominations and will be voting on officers and executive board
members at our April meeting.  The inducting of the officers will be done at the May meeting with a Pizza party to
follow.  Our next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 4/10/2019, at 7pm.  Please join us for happy hour prior
to our meeting at 6pm.  We will have “free” daycare for anyone that has children and would like to come to the
meeting.    

This year we worked with the National Junior Honor Society at Duncan Lake Middle School.  They made welcome
baskets and blankets for Community Rebuilders.  Community Rebuilders works with the homeless veterans to find
them a home.  These welcome baskets and blankets will be given to the Veteran to welcome them to their new home.  
See our facebook page for pictures.  

Our next Euchre Tournament is on Saturday, 4/6/2019 and this is our soup competition so please bring your soup in
to be judged.  The cost is $5 for all you can taste  and the winner will win half the money.  Please sign up by noon and
Euchre starts promptly at 12:30pm. Come join in on the fun!
We have met our goal of 208 Auxiliary members! Yay!  Auxiliary membership renewals should be renewed by now but
if you haven’t, please contact Jenny Baisch at 616-308-9848.  The bartenders will not serve anyone that has not
renewed so please have your cards with you.  

Department of Michigan will be celebrating the Auxiliary 100th Anniversary at the Department Convention in
Kalamazoo – June 26-30, 2019.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know and I will get you the
information.  

May 11, 2019 is the Memorial Banquet. Please let me know of any Gold Star families – need information before
5/1/2019 for the banquet.   If anyone would like to attend, please reach out to me for details.  

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with any questions, concerns or ideas.  Contact Information is:  Penny
Kirk (President): penny.kirk@hubinternational.com / Cell #616-914-2652.

Thank you all for your support to our American Legion Post 305!

God Bless you, our Military and Veterans!  


                                                                                                Penny Kirk




                                                                              From the SAL Commander

Wishing everyone a happy April and welcome back Daylight savings time. It’s nice to enjoy the sunlight again after a
long winter. Once again welcome back all of the Legion members who winter away from wind and snow of West
Michigan.

I wish to thank all the members who attended the last SAL meeting on 3/11/19 and enjoyed the awesome pizza from
Three Brothers Pizza in Middleville. During our short meeting, we discussed the upcoming Spuds Steak Fry on April
26th. Please try and attend the next meeting as we roundup our volunteers and appoint task. Also discussed is the
Road Cleanup on May 11th. Please mark your calendar for that morning to help pick up the SAL section on 100th
street. Many hands make light work.

Next meeting is April 8th; social time begins at 6:30 and meeting starting at 7:00pm sharp. We will be taking
nominations to fill the SAL commander position, with voting at the May meeting. Stop in and give your input.

Thanks to my Post 305 family for the cards and kind words during the passing of my father last month. I would like
to thank the Post Honor Guard for their presence and involvement. It meant so much to my family.

See you at the Legion,
                                                                                                Tony Huver




                                               American Legion Riders-ALR News

Hi   Riders
Well the weather is warming up and we will be riding again. Our weekly rides will start so check the board for more   
information. Please try to make our next meeting we are going talk about rides.    
Ride Safe
                                                                                                            Wally Brodock
                                                                                                             ALR Director

                                                        Membership Committees

If you know of anyone eligible to be a member of any of our three groups, please take a moment to share with them
all the things we do and support. Invite them in to the Post and give them a tour.


                                                           From the Webmaster

Plan to attend one of our Memorial Day Services. Better yet Join the crew that gather each Memorial Day to pay
tribute to all our war dead and those that have served our great land.


                                                                            AMERICAN LEGION
                                                                 CALEDONIA MEMORIAL POST #305
                                                                      
 Memorial Day MAY 27, 2019
                                                                       Alaska               9:00 AM
                                                                       Blain                  9:45 AM
                                                                       Dutton             10:30 AM
                                                                       Holy Corners   11:15 AM
                                                                       Caledonia        12:00 PM

We need some new members to join us this year in the five parades we do. Those of you who have served are welcome

to wear your Military Uniforms to take part in these ceremonies. We older members are getting a little more tired
with each passing year and would love to work with younger members to carry on this Post tradition of 65 plus years.
Please consider sharing your coming Memorial Day with fellow Veterans. For details check with the Post at 616-891-
1882. Better yet, come to the Legion meeting Wednesday night April 3rd at 7:30 or 6:30 for dinner and social hour
before hand. We are in great need for new younger faces as we will be missing a number of our longtime Honor
Guard members dew to medical issues.


                                                   From the Lounge Manager
Welcome April

We have a free Library in lounge. Come on in and help yourself to a good book or magazine.

Bada Bingo and Karaoke available every other Friday and Juke box available to play your favorite songs. The Legion

will be open Sunday April 7th, 14th, 28th 12-6pm Closed Easter Sunday. Come on out and support * Bring a Dish or
Munchie to pass.  New “Tuesday Taco Bar” served 5-7pm with Happy Hour Prices available on Drinks 5-7pm.  
“Legion Fish Fry Buffet” is serving 5-7pm during lent -April 19th. SAL Steak fry 5-7pm April 26th.  We are very
appreciative towards the people who participate in our food services provided. Always remember that Volunteers are
the key to our continued success.

Legion offers pizza when kitchen is closed. Crackers n Cheese, Peanuts and chips also may be purchased for

consumption. Always fresh hot popcorn available too.  *Outside food may be brought into the lounge when kitchen is
closed.  Goodie Bags are available for purchase. Thanks for your support! If anyone can donate individual wrapped
items to put in bags, we are accepting. Crackers, cookies, candy, etc. All monies raised goes to helping purchase
lounge needs.

Thank you to all who took part in our raffles. These are very helpful to generate funds for our many various

programs that we contribute to. If anyone has an item to donate to raffle, let me know.  Michigan Blood Drive is
always in a great need of donors. April 22nd 12-7pm Come on in and give the gift of life. Open to members and the
public. Michigan Blood Drive is always thankful for the generosity of our community for giving. Let’s keep up the
support!

The
legion has many various volunteer positions available if anyone has extra time on their hands. Inquires can be
addressed to the Commander, Sal & Auxiliary President or Post Manager.

I would
like to give Thanks to our great staff and volunteers for the continued support towards the Legion! Everyone
is doing a stupendous job!

Look at
your Legion calendar, web site, Face book and whiteboard in lounge for all up and coming specials, activities
and events. Interested in renting legion hall and kitchen? Big events and small, Call and ask for post manager.


                                                                                                Cami Sterken

                                                BRICK WALL OF SUPPORT

Bricks may be purchased by anyone wishing to show support of our Post, you do not need to be a member of the
Legion, SAL or Auxiliary. Bricks may also be purchased in memory of friends or family who have or are serving in
the military. Contact the Post for questions.