Well it's November, the weather is changing, and we set our clocks back.
Our E-Board met on Monday, Oct. 30th at 7pm. The Post General Meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 1st, with 6:30pm social hour and the meeting at 7:30 pm.
Our monthly Breakfast Buffet will be on Saturday, the 4th, from 8am to 10:30am. Then the Euchre tournament is at noon.
The following Saturday is Veterans Day and our ceremony will be held in the Hall at 5pm this year. Please join us to honor those men and women who fought and continue to fight for the freedoms we enjoy everyday. Refreshments provided by the Auxiliary.
We will be having Texas Hold 'Em, at Russo's Kings Room on Division Ave., Thursday Nov. 16 thru Sunday Nov. 19. This is the big money maker for our Post and your help is greatly needed! We have two shifts each day, and three people are needed for each shift. It is easy to do. If you have never done it, we will put you with others that have worked it before. There is a sign up sheet in our Post by the Lounge door. 24 slots need to be filled to have this event. Please sign up for at least one shift.
Have a great month and a Happy Veterans Day, Wally Brodock Jr.
From the Auxiliary President
Hello Auxiliary Sisters.
The last of the leaves are falling off the trees, another Halloween has come and gone, and we are in November.
Our monthly Euchre will be on Saturday the 4th, sign up at noon and play begins at 12:30pm. Snacks to share may be brought in.
We, members, will be providing the appetizers and desserts for our Legion on Saturday, November 11, for the Veterans Day Ceremony at 5pm in the Hall. So please donate something delicious, drop off that day from noon-4:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Yankee Candle Fundraising sales will end on November 15th. Catalogues and order forms are available in the Lounge. Remember, there are many things to purchase other than candles. We receive 40% of our sales, that's 40 cents of every dollar, is our profit. Please place an order soon.
The 8th hour program at Duncan Lake Middle School is going well. Penny Kirk is educating a small group of students about Veterans, the American Legion Family, and projects for the Troops. Volunteer Veteran guest speakers, from our Post, are informing the kids about their military service. The kids really enjoy interacting with those Vets! The kids are also making blankets and putting together welcome home boxes for returning Military Personnel. They are going to hold a lunch hour bake sale to raise the funds needed for these projects. The Auxiliary voted to make a matching donation to them.
We are also in the planning stage for our annual Legion Kids Christmas Party on December 9th. If you are interested in being on this committee, please attend the November Unit meeting.
The next Unit Meeting will be Wednesday, November 8, social at 6:30 and the meeting at 7pm.
Thank a Vet. And have a Happy Thanksgiving. Terri Brodock
From the SAL Commander
Happy November Friends and Members, First off I would like to thank those who attended the October Meeting and the many fundraising ideas that where brought up. The more ideas and volunteers we have, the stronger our squadron is and the more we can help Post 305, our Veterans and our community. A big thank you to Cami for the Sloppy Joes that where provided for the SAL meeting, we all did our part to make sure there was not much left for leftovers. By the time this newsletter hits the press we will have completed the 2nd Spud Steak Fry. As always I would like to thank the many volunteers and attendees who have helped make this a success and a grand time for all involved. Thus far we have made money and hope to continue to host a steak fry whenever there is an open date. If you feel you would like to help, please ask what you can do or let someone know and we will find a “little project for you to do.” Huge thanks to the Kitchen and Cami’s team of fine bartenders and servers. There have been many days that our lounge has been a packed house of people waiting to try the new menu and the girls are patient answering questions on the new items. If you have not stopped in to sample the Post 305 new outstanding dinner menu please make a point of it. The value and quality is second to none. Our next Sons of the American Legion meeting will be November 13th. Social time starts at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00pm sharp. If you have never attended a meeting I encourage you to stop in and see what it is about. I will have you out in about an hour, plus the Sons will provide dinner. We will hopefully be finalizing a few ideas on fundraisers and always look for fresh ideas. We are only as strong as our members and volunteers are. Let Mr. Bill, Spud and the gang show you how it’s done.
I wish the best of luck to the Post 305 hunters. Please be safe and remember, if you are in a tree stand use a safety harness. Be sure to bring in the summer sausage and jerky samples for all to sample and critique. Happy Thanksgiving to all and be sure to pause to give thanks to live in the greatest country on earth. If I have not met you in the lounge or at a meeting, please introduce yourself to me. No guarantee I will remember your name but I will remember your face. See you at the next meeting,
ALR DIRECTOR NEWS
Greeting from the Legion Riders!
Another riding season is winding down and it has been a great one. We had our final meeting of the year in October and the Wednesday rides will cease November 8th. Our next meeting will be on February 10th where we will plan our Annual Spring Riders Party in April.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in any of the Rider events this past year. We had a fantastic party in the spring and raised $500 for the American Legion Riders Legacy Fund, we rode many Wednesdays together and I enjoyed riding with all of you. I greatly look forward to our future events together. See you in February. Dan Wisniewski
Thank you all for your patronage and volunteerism to this fine establishment. Continued support is greatly appreciated in helping us move forward in these ever changing times. New price changes have taken effect as of Oct 16th. Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding Kitchen serving times—Lunch menu served 12-2:45pm M-F. Dinner menu served 5-7:45pm M-W & F. Thursdays we will be serving the lunch menu also with a “Special of the day” serving 12-7:45pm. Pot luck or delivered foods may be brought into the lounge area Saturdays and Sundays open. Bring enough to share : ) Sundays Open 12-6pm ~ 11/12, 11/19, 12/3 & 12/10 Breakfast Buffet “All you can eat” First Saturday of every Month serving 8-10:30am New fall beer assortments have arrived and are still to come. Give them a try and let us know your feedback. If you’re interested in certain kinds let your server know. Daily specials and events displayed on various boards in post. In the hall we host monthly the Michigan Blood Drive, Nov. 27th, 12-7pm. It is a great thing to be able to give the gift of life. Come on in and give your donation, Hall rental is available. Just call Cami Sterken at post for information when needed. Look at your Legion calendar, web site, Face book and whiteboard in lounge for all up and coming specials and activities. May everyone take care and enjoy the Holiday’s.
Still looking for some of your membership renewals for 2018. Dues are, Legion $45, Auxiliary $30 and SAL $30. If your dues are not paid by December 31st the January newsletter will be the last one you receive till your dues have been paid. Help us get our 2018 membership drive completed by years end. Thank You.
Firing Squad and Color Guard
Our Post has a long standing tradition of providing military style funeral arrangements for our Post Legion members as well as parades, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Homecoming and Christmas. With the march of time, many of the troops are experiencing physical situations limiting their ability to perform these duties. For those members from the Lebanon/Grenade, Panama and Gulf war era, please consider being a part of this tradition. You served your country honorably, why not your community? You will be proud you did.
From the Webmaster
For you Snowbirds, please let us know what your address will be by calling the Post at 616-891-1882, by either email at firstname.lastname@example.org or US mail at 9548 Cherry Valley, Caledonia, MI 49316. Also, it would be helpful to know when to Start and Stop your newsletter to the winter address. Thank you.
BRICK WALL OF SUPPORT- REMINDER
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. Call the Post at 616-891-1882 for details.
American Legion Post 305, Caledonia, Mi. 9546 Cherry Valley Telephone Number 616-891-1882