Lillian Larson ( Greenwood ) Post 114
The American Legion
3050 Co. Rd 496
Ishpeming, Michigan 49849
July – September 2019
I’d like to pay special gratitude to the folks in our House Committee for their extraordinary efforts resulting in our best-ever Community Picnic in August. Tom Sharland, John Tyrrell, Mike Fraser, Mike Michell, Joyce Cote, Penny Strongman, and Kaitlyn Nault. Thru your heroic efforts, we were able to raise enough funds to sponsor four veterans to Washington D.C. on the recent Honor Flight. Also the generous donations by Auto Value; Peninsula Glass & Auto; Blimpies; Mullins Garage; Dave’s Collision Center; Carpet Specialists; Empire Mine/CCI; and United Steel Workers /Bell Hospital; and to members John Snyder and Ray Jutila.
In addition, I would like to especially thank those who volunteered their labor to relocate the hall porch (south) to the north side of the hall, and to build a new porch on the south end, with full ramp, to facilitate entry & exit the hall for those with wheelchairs and heavy equipment. This is a vital safety measure in case of emergency, and to negate the need for passing through the canteen area. Dean Stephens led the effort, with a lot of help from Mike Michell, Greg Grund, Dan Sharland, John Tyrrell, Steve Olsen, and John Spagnola. Can’t thank you guys enough.
And I appreciate all the others who’ve volunteered to participate in recent civic functions: Flag Day; July 4th parade float; Jacobetti Vets visitation (including their Memory Care Unit); Bingo at the Jacobetti Center; POW/MIA Ceremonies; and Highway Cleanup. It pleases me to no end to see all the community support and veteran care our collective team has provided recently, Good job, all.
- Scott Marietti, Commander
Thank you very much to everyone who helps out with our Ladies’ Auxiliary. More help is always needed. Just a reminder, dues for 2019 are now being processed ($28). Every 4th Thursday of each month is Spaghetti night. Meetings: Oct 24th; Nov 28th is Early Bird Party for everyone who’s current paid; and Dec 12th. Kids Christmas Party tentatively scheduled for Dec 15th. Here’s to a very successful year.
- Penny Strongman, Auxiliary President
Sons of the American Legion
Fall is here, and time to think about your 2019 membership. So far we only have 17 paid for 2019. If you’re not one of them, you can pay the $25 at the canteen & get a receipt, and I will get your cards to you as soon as possible.
With Fall comes more activities at the post. We have Women’s and Men’s Pool, Smear on Sundays, the Jacobetti Vets every other month. Kids & Vets Christmas Parties. So come out to your post and enjoy (even better, volunteer) the fine events.
Our Breakfasts and Hamburger Nights are doing so well that we could use more help on these days. We need people to come out to learn the way we work together so as to be prepared to fill in for someone when we find ourselves shorthanded. In fact, should we succeed in gaining additional volunteers, we could possibly have additional Breakfasts and Burger Nights throughout the month.
Our meetings are on the Second Sunday of each month at 6:00 PM. Hope to see you at our post.
- Mike Michell, S.A.L. Commander
Thank you so much for all the wonderful support from our Legion Family for our recent activities. We were able to raise enough funds to send 4 veterans to D.C. on the recent Honor Flight. Coming up next month is the Oktoberfest and Chili Contest. Corn Hole/Bean Bag Toss Tournaments will be scheduled for teams throughout the upcoming winter months, and a lot of live music activities... And we’re always looking for input from our membership for events. If you have any suggestions, we ask you to please contact one of our members. Hope you’ll all come out to enjoy the forthcoming activities at your Post 114
Also a reminder that we are supporting the annual USMC-sponsored Toys for Tots with a Special Breakfast Sunday, December 9th from 9-12 AM.
- Tom Sharland, Penny Strongman, Mike Michell, Co-Chairs
I’m happy to report we have a new member of our (bartending staff) team, Lance Miller. We are excited to have him. I would like to announce our upcoming Oktoberfest Saturday, October 20th, 1-5 PM. Come out and try our many different flavors and fantastic food. Public welcome. Feel free to call the Legion for additional information. Also, a reminder of Bobbie Niemi again performing at our New Year’s Eve Bash. He’s even offered an additional performance on the 28th, for our regulars in the bar area. And don’t forget the polka band dances Oct 13th; Nov 3d and Dec 8th.
- Joyce Cote, Manager
Membership: 2019 membership now 134. Need 204 to reach 100%. Since our last letter, we have welcomed these 5 new members: Jeffrey Schultz, and Kevin Brouillette (Ishpeming); Sonia Kornewich (Negaunee); Russell Ruuti (Republic); Stephanie Barshaw (Marquette) and Eero Taisto (Michigamme).
Taps: I am pleased to have a negative report for this quarter. Please continue remembrance for those who’ve passed from our ranks, with gratitude for their service to our nation.
Jacobetti Vets will be here again on Tuesday, October 9th from 10:30 – 2:00 PM. Always looking for volunteers to help assist those in wheelchairs, helping serve dinner and assistants at Bingo. Please consider coming in. We have as much fun as our visiting vets.
Also like to ask any of you folks receiving this newsletter to let us know if you have a valid email address for which we can send subsequent offerings. This would help us reduce postage expenditure.
In closing, please note that I will be absent from December through March (Florida awaits). I encourage you to get membership renewals and other administrative needs brought to my attention before then. In my absence, I’m asking for volunteers to help out with correspondence, membership and newsletter preparation. Please give it a thought.
Richard Sharland, Adjutant