Welcome back from our summer break. It's time to pay our dues again, $45.00 for the 2018 year. Saturday, September 2nd is our All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet from 8am-10:30am. Open to the public. The Executive Board will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5th at 7pm. The next Legion General Meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30pm. The SAL is having a Steak Fry on Saturday, Sept. 16th from 4-8pm. Open to the public and open liquor license that day. We just finished our second Texas Hold 'Em of the summer. Many THANKS to all who volunteered! (Legion, Sons, and Aux.) Without you, this big money maker would not happen! The next one will be in November, so look for the sign-up sheet at our meetings and on the lounge door.
Over the summer our Post members were involved in activities around the community. We held the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies at five Cemeteries, led the 4th of July Parade, and were the Color Guard, Firing Squad, and Flag Folding Ceremony presenters at the dedication ceremony of Middleville's Veterans Memorial, to begin their Heritage Days Celebration. Our American Legion Riders attended the Yankee Springs Memorial Day service, a Memorial Ride from Grandville Post 179, a POW/MIA Veteran Benefit ride from Reds in Middleville, and will assist and ride in the Red, White and Blue Event on Sept.16th sponsored by Boondox, leaving from our Post that day.
There have been a few significant improvements made to the Post and grounds this summer. New LED lights were installed in the parking lot and under the canopy at the front door. (Thanks to Bill VanPortFleet for getting rebates for the replacements.) Todd Grinage, Dan Erskine, and myself secured donations of crushed asphalt to cover the dirt parking area in the back lot. And a sincere Thank You to Alaska Excavating for donating their time and equipment to spread the piles of crushed asphalt. No more parking in the mud! The biggest renovation was done to the Hall bathrooms by a few dedicated members. (They will be recognized at a laterdate.) The walls were tiled, new toilets, sinks and fixtures were installed. Thanks guys, for doing all that back breaking work. This redo was all made possible by a most generous donation from our Sons of the American Legion. A BIG THANKS goes out to our SONS! Thank you also to the Auxiliary for donating the mirrors.
I hope everyone had a great summer. See you soon, Wally Brodock Jr.
From the Auxiliary President
Just as schools have begun a new year, so has our Auxiliary. Your 2018 dues of $30.00 are now due. National has not yet sent out the dues letter, but consider this as your first notice. Make checks payable to American Legion Auxiliary Caledonia Unit 305. Send them to our NEW Membership Chairman, Jenny Baisch, 7730 Broadview Dr. S.E., Caledonia, MI 49316-8073. Remember that the Junior Auxiliary Members DO NOT receive a dues notice. Their dues are $5.00, so send a note listing their name, along with their payment. You can also pay dues to the bartender in our lounge, have your card available. GET A RECEIPT. New this year, any member who has provided an email address on their application will receive their dues notice from National via email. So check your junk mail box to allow the email.
Our Sons of the American Legion Squadron 305 donated funds to update the bathrooms in the hall, along with the Legion, and we now have new tile walls, new vanity sinks and commodes, and soon a diaper changing table. The Auxiliary did our part in the renovation, by providing new mirrors and wastebaskets. Many thanks goes to the guys who worked long and hard to get this makeover completed. Your "sweat equity" is much appreciated!
Our next Auxiliary meeting will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 7pm. The 6pm Social Hour will precede the meeting. Check out the new menu items and drink specials.
Wishing everyone a happy Labor Day weekend,
From the SAL Commander
Hello Fellow SAL Members,
Just a quick introduction to SAL members about myself.; My name is Tony Huver and I was elected as the new SAL commander at the last meeting in the spring. I have lived in the Alto /Caledonia area for most my life. Like many of you, I chose to become a SAL to honor someone special. That person is my father Dan, a post 305 legionnaire. I look forward to continuing the great leadership that post 305 is accustomed too. I am already overwhelmed by the support that I have been given by many former commanders and mentors of our post.
Our next SAL meeting is September 11th, social hour starting at 6:30 pm followed by the meeting at 7: 00 pm sharp. The September meeting will be swearing in of the new officers, please try and attend and enjoy dinner on us.
I would like to mention that I started a Facebook page called ‘Caledonia Post 305 Sons of the American Legion’, where we can post upcoming events and request for volunteers. I know of many members who would like to volunteer but may be out of the loop on the current needs. Hopefully this will get more members involved.
The following are the new officers elected to serve our post for the upcoming term: First Vice President Terry Noffsinger, Second Vice President/Membership Daryl Penfold, Adjutant Jim Gless, Finance Officer Kirk Kemp, Sargent at Arms Larry Marzean, Historian Jerry Huver, and Chaplain Randy Eggers.
One note on Bingo, it has been voted on to suspend Bingo as there is a lack of volunteers to take over as the Chairperson of Bingo. If you are interested please contact an Officer ASAP.
Lastly a reminder to start renewing your membership cards for the 2018 calendar year. Please see Daryl Penfold to renew. Stop by and check out the new menu items at the kitchen, you will leave happy and full. Tony Huver
P S: Breaking News Spuds Steak Fry 9/16, Open License, Steak Grilled by Spud and Mr. Bill, Baked Potato, Salad, Roll and anything else we may come up with! Sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. SAL members if you renew your membership dues that day we will buy you a draft beer! Time is 4:30-7:00 pm. College Football will be on all the TVs and this is Open to the public. Please Share info with your friends. September is a perfect month to eat steak, watch football and drink beer!
ALR DIRECTOR NEWS
Greeting from the Legion Riders!
It has been a long and busy summer but we are quickly approaching fall and a cooler riding season. The national Legacy Run just finished in Reno, NV and we were lucky enough to be represented by two of our own riders, Dennis and Julee Peterson. Thanks to both of you for bringing and presenting a $1400 check from our post to the Legacy Run! That charity does a lot of great work for the children of our brothers and sisters killed while serving their country. Project Red, White and Blue, sponsored by Boondox motorsports, will be starting from our post on Saturday September 16th with registration at 11 AM and kickstands up at noon. All types of vehicles are welcome, this is an event to support our veterans and a great turnout would help a lot. Also please join us on Wednesdays for our Wednesday rides, we meet at the post at 6 and ride out to have dinner somewhere, returning about 8:30. Hope to see you all there and ride safe! Dan Wisniewski
“Hope everyone has enjoyed their summer” Let us say, Hello September. We are trying something different. Keep an open mind & support your Legion. Kitchen serving times have changed—Look at your Legion calendar. There is going to be a lunch menu served 12-3pm M-F. A New dinner menu served 5-8pm M-W & F. Thursdays we will be serving the lunch menu also with a “Special of the day” serving 12-8pm. Kitchen closed 3-5pm M-W & F. Sundays Open 12-6pm only for Detroit Lions home games. 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/29, & 11/12.
Pot luck or delivered foods may be brought into the lounge area Saturdays and Sundays when open. Bring enough to share: )
New fall beer assortments coming. Give them a try and let us know your feedback. If you’re interested in certain kinds let your server know.
Boondox sponsored “Red, White & Blue Run” Legion Hall event *see flyer in lounge and website if interested. Sept. 16th.
Hall rental is available. Just call Cami Sterken at post for information when needed. In the hall we host monthly the Michigan Blood Drive, Sept 25th 12-7pm. It is a great thing to be able to give the gift of life. Come on in and give your donation, Look at your Legion calendar, web site, Face book and whiteboard in lounge for all up and coming specials and activities. Cami Sterken
Your membership Chairperson, Legion, Auxiliary and SAL, now have the 2018 membership cards available. Help them out by renewing your 2018 membership before the end of the year. It makes their job so much easier.
From the Webmaster
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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