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July/Aug 2018




Time flies; it seems as if I just finished writing the May/June letter and Scott suggests that I need to do it again. Here goes. Yes, time does indeed pass very quickly for most of us. The motto I have chosen for the up coming year reflects on just that thought. The motto I have picked is: “Our Future is Forward; but Never forget our Past”. We must never forget the people, the events, the occasions that have brought us this far. It has been a good ride; but it is a rapidly changing world, and we must change with it or we shall wither and die. Change is hard. Some do not like change, some resist change and yet other people are in denial. But change is moving at a pace that is difficult to keep up with it. Twenty years from now, most of personnel that have the charge of the duties of running this Post will be gone. Need I say more for the most part, the last two months have gone by smoothly. We have a new Club Manage, Colleen Scheler who is getting into the swing of things; learning the ropes per se. Welcome aboard, Colleen.The Post will start another year with a full slate. The results of the election on May 15th are as follows: Commander-Charlie Silver, 1st Vice-Ray Kane, 2nd Vice-Open(Dick Seppala volunteered to fill that position), 3rd Vice-Ralph(John Bob) Forge, Sgt. At Arms-Forrest Bailey & Warren Coombs, Finance Officer-Dennis Franz, Chaplain-Jim Kaempfer, Service Officer-Bob Cripe, Adjutant-Gary Winter, Historian-John(Butch) Duff. I thank all of you for stepping up and taking a position. I look forward in serving you for another year. JULY 1st---POST INVENTORY STARTING AT 7:300 AM HELP!        The Dept Convention is the 3rd wkend in July; if interested in going, contact Dennis Franz. Blackies Gone Fishing is the 3rd wkend in July; give it your support and spend some time with these kids. Post picnic is the last Sunday in July. Come and enjoy the fun; horse shoes, bean bags, brats and beer. What more could you ask for? Heritage Days is a weekend of food, frolicking and enjoying a beverage or two. There will be music, a parade and vendors on the street. Come on down and check us out. Enough already! All for now, see you in the club room.

Charlie Silver, Commande



The 2019 year is upon us and the dues for the SALS and the Legion are due starting now. Membership is an important aspect of the Legion.  Through Membership dues and Legionnaire participation (Voluntary and Financially) we can do more for all American Legion projects (National and locally). The Veterans of the Past and the present are needed to serve you and the community.  Thanks for all of your help in advance and for your help in the Past. We need to have volunteers here to help in the overall upkeep and participation in events in our Club and to also help in the advancement of American Legion Sponsored Programs.  Congratulations to our new members and transferee’s. There is not enough room in this Newsletter to thank you for joining us. Our members are getting older and tired and need some young members.  Talk to your Military Friends and have them come down to a meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Ask for the 3rd Vice Commander John Forge and he will introduce you at the Meeting.  The Meetings start at 7:30 PM. We will have the 2019 Legion Membership Cards available at the Post by July 1st.  Our Membership Fees are still $40 for Legion Members and $15 for SAL (Sons of the American Legion).

Gary Winter and Dennis Franz, Legion and SAL Adjutants



Suicide .. such a cold and frightening word.  It is an uncomfortable conversation to have, but in light of the 2 decades of alarming trend in the US, remaining silent is certainly not working.   First some facts.  Suicide rates in the US have reached the level of a national health emergency. This year an estimated 45000 people will take their own lives (that is twice the number of homicides in America).  The highest rates of suicide is from folks between the ages of 45 and 54 with white males making up 7 out of 10 cases.  They will use guns over 50% of the time followed by hanging then poisoning.  People who are thinking of taking their own life can hide it very well.  However, studies tell us that the person who can often make a difference is YOU, the person reading this newsletter.  Because of shame and stigma many people will not reach out to family or close friends…but they might confide or share their feelings to a casual acquaintance, perhaps to someone at our legion.   Mental health professionals say that if someone says they are feeling empty and hopeless, trapped with no solutions, or suggest in any way that their life is not worth living…listen carefully to their story and take them seriously.  Ask them directly “Are you thinking of harming yourself or taking your own life?”  They also say listen to without judging, avoid giving advice and very importantly, help them feel that they are not alone. Encourage them to seek help and then keep in touch with them.  An excellent resource for them or for you, if you want to learn more about this issue, is to contact the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  If you are a veteran press 1 after the number.    

Jim Kaempfer, Chaplin



Hello, ladies!

Wow! This past year has flown by! I am honored to serve again as your President for the upcoming year!  The year was definitely a great learning experience for me and I feel much more prepared going into this 2nd term! I am excited to see what this year holds for our Unit! At the 3rd District Convention our unit was presented with awards/plaques for: Nationalism and for Junior Membership! Congratulations & thanks to those Committee Chairs and all who helped us succeed!  Also, congrats & welcome to this year’s elected & appointed Officers: Lori Carey (1st Vice), Tonya Forge (2nd Vice), Sharon Langness (Sgt of Arms), Gayle Arntzen (Treasurer), Berta Chapman (Secretary), Marilyn Witzel (Chaplain), Ruth Conrad (Exec Board & Gambling Rep), Sharon Langness (Exec Board), and Marian Franz (Exec Board). **Special congratulations to Lynn Duffy who was installed to the highest 3rd District post of President!!! Please plan to come to the July kick-off meeting!!! Topics to cover include: July Picnic, Convention Recap, Gone Fishin’ Event, Heritage Days, Volunteer Opportunities, Budget & By-Laws planning, and goals for this year! I’m very excited about our new Junior Auxiliary program that is being started under the leadership of Amy Mogren & Emma!! I look forward to all the opportunities before us and I welcome any ideas you have! Your support in making 2018-201 great is truly appreciated!!

Stefanie Kittelson, President



Receiving services at the VA is very beneficial to all veterans who qualify.  To receive any benefit, a veteran MUST BE ENROLLED in the VA system and should not wait until they need VA services. To do this an application called a“MEANS TEST” needs to be completed and filed with the VA to determine their classification.  This can take several weeks so time is of the essence.  I have the forms and can help you.  One can also contact Washington County Service Officer Steve Despiegelaere @ 651-430-6859 and Fax 651-430-6832. Volunteer to give rides to a Veteran in Metro Area (Call Legion for Contacts, Phone #’s and available days @ 651-459-8016) - Contact Ellen Nelson at the Hastings Vets Home at 651-539-2444 for volunteer opportunities - Come down to the Club and renew old friendships with ones that you haven’t seen for a while. Your help and involvement in YOUR LEGION POST 98 is always needed and appreciated.  YOUR LEGION NEEDS YOU!!! Bloodmobile is here on June 26th  starting at 11 AM.

Bob Cripe, Service Officer



Bar Hours of Operation:  Bar Opens at 11 AM Sunday thru Thursday, 

10 AM on Friday and 10 AM on Saturday.  The Bar will close on Sunday and Monday nights at 10 PM unless there are customers present.  Otherwise we close at 1 AM.  Your business keeps us open.  We are looking for waitresses also.


If you have any questions, ideas for improvement or other suggestions place a note in the suggestion box located in the bar or fax us the information at 651-459-8778. Any other communications leave with the Bartender. Please print your name and telephone number so if we have any questions we can contact you and have you come to our House Committee meetings to find out our decision or to discuss yours.  If your name and a contact number are not on your suggestion it will be impossible to tell you what we have done.


Please Contact John Wright (leave a note with the bartender in an envelope to John’s attention) if you are interested in being on the Post Honor Guard.  We are looking for a number of dedicated volunteers to help honor deceased members. He keeps a list and will contact you when you are needed.



Flag folding procedures and symbols

The traditional method of folding the flag is as follows:

(A) Straighten out the flag to full length and fold lengthwise once.

(B) Fold it lengthwise a second time to meet the open edge, making sure that the union of stars on the blue field remains outward in full view. (A large flag may have to be folded lengthwise a third time.)

(C) A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge.

(D) The outer point is then turned inward, parallel with the open edge, to form a second triangle.

(E) The diagonal or triangular folding is continued toward the blue union until the end is reached, with only the blue showing and the form being that of a cocked (three-corner) hat.

Meaning of Flag-Folding Program

The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

In the U.S. Armed Forces, at the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.


Symbols for the Folds of the Flag
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born. The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.” After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.


"There shines the Emblem of The American Legion, it is your badge of distinction, honor and service. It stands for God and Country, and the highest rights of man. Of its several parts, each has a meaning."

Every part of The American Legion Emblem has a meaning, a rich symbolism that a glance does not reveal.

The Rays of the Sun form the background of our proud Emblem, and suggest that the Legion's principles will dispel the darkness of violence and evil.

The Wreath forms the center, in loving memory of those brave comrades who gave their lives in the service of the United States, that liberty might endure.

The Star, victory symbol of World War I, signalizes as well honor, glory and constancy. The letters U.S. leave no doubt as to the brightest star in the Legion's star.

Two Large Rings the outer one stands for the rehabilitation of our sick and disabled buddies. The inner one denotes the welfare of America's children.

Two Small Rings set upon the star. The outer pledges loyalty and Americanism. The inner is for service to our communities, our states and the Nation.

The words AMERICAN LEGION tie the whole together for truth, remembrance, constancy, honor, service, veterans affairs and rehabilitation, children and youth, loyalty, and Americanism.





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