NEWSLETTER, May 2018

MAY, 2018
JACK DELANEY – COMMANDER
201-796-8459, Cell: 201-370-6701

EDITOR: Rudy Willemsen, 973-427-8122
PRINTING: Courtesy of MASTER BUSINESS FORMS 973-594-8743
SERVICE OFFICER: Nick Magarelli, 201-794-5314
HOSPITAL VISIT: Nick Magarelli, 201-794-5314
MEETING NOTICE: Friday, May 11 at 7:30 PM
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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
COMMANDERS MESSAGE

This month we will be celebrating “MEMORIAL DAY”, a time to remember our military service personnel, past and present, living and deceased. We revere the sacrifices all of these people have made and are making to preserve our freedom and way of life. May we never forget what our country stands for and strive to keep it great and honorable. Participate in your towns Memorial Day Program and show respect for our flag our country and our service personnel. Post officers are being nominated for 2018/2019. Please considering taking inactive part in your post operation and programs.

DATES TO REMEMBER

1.) Veterans Council meeting: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Legion Post.
2.) Regular meeting: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
3.) Regular Auxiliary Meeting: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:30PM.
4.) County Legion Meeting: Saturday, May 12, 2018.
5.) Hospital Party: Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Meet at the Veterans Home a 7:00 PM.
6.) “Roll Call & Breakfast”: Wyckoff YMCA, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM.
7.) “FIRE WATCH FESTIVAL”: Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018. (See below).

CURRENT OPERATION NOTES

1.) VETERANS COUNCIL: “Memorial Day Weekend Schedule”:
a) Saturday, May 26 at 11:00 AM: Flags will be placed on veterans graves at Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Flags have been ordered and need to be picked up..
b) Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 PM: A Memorial Service will be held at the cemetery.
c) Monday, May 28 at 9:00 AM: American Legion Post 171 Memorial Service at our post.
d) Monday, May 29 at 10:00 AM the Parade will form up on Pollitt Dr., near the Radburn train station and will start off promptly at 10:30 AM. Get there early as parking is at apremium.
e) There is a planned parade stop at the municipal building, where the post commanders, who are positioned directly behind the color guard in the first rank will Right Face andmarch to the monument and place a wreath then return to the formation and the parade will resume.
f) Parade will continue to Memorial Park Veterans Circle for a final Memorial Service. The Veterans Of Foreign Wars will be the host post and will provide the Flag and color guard. Nicholas R. Felice of VFW Post 281, has been selected as the Grand Marshall.
2.) “FIRE WATCH FESTIVAL”: A community event to be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12-01 1st Street, Fair Lawn. There will be a Veterans Information & Outreach Fair (10 – 1pm). Veterans & Military Appreciation Concert (12 – 5pm). Car & Motorcycle Show (10 – 5pm), Raffle Prizes for Veterans and Military, Food and Children’s Activities. Put this event on your calendar. For more information and registration forms for those who wish to display and participate visit www.firewatchfestival.org .
3.) HOSPITAL PARTY: Tuesday, May 15, 2018. We had decent participation on our March visit to the veterans home and can always use a few more. Be at the Paramus Veterans Home by 7:00PM. This event lasts only about an hour. All are encouraged to attend.
4.) At the last County meeting, Laurianne Kuipers from Memorial Middle School was selected as “School Teacher of the Year” and has been nominated for the same honor at the state level. Alan Krutchoff, President of “The Adopt A Soldier Platoon” and one of our members was selected as runner up “Legionaire of the Year”. Congratulations to both of our nominees.
5.) “FLAG RETIREMENT” Ceremony was held on Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 at the Parks Dept. in Memorial Park. At this ceremony we retire old and unserviceable flags. A light lunch was provided after the retirement, for members of the Parks Dept. and veteran participants.
6.) “Boy’s State”: We will be sending four delegates to Boy’s State in June of this year. Our Service Officer and town Veteran’s Liaison Officer, Nick Magarelli, has started the selection process of four delegates and their alternates. All must be high school juniors.
7.) “Roll Call & Breakfast”: Wyckoff YMCA, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM. Keynote speaker is E.J. Tim Foley and Daniel Lasko. All veterans are honored guests of the YMCA. Additional tickets are $15/each. Contact: Jennifer Sauer, Phone: 201-891-2081 Ext. 117
Email: JenniferS@wyckoffymca.org
8.) Nomination of Officers: Need to nominate officers for 2018-19. All current members are eligible to hold office. Please consider becoming active and participate. We need you.
9.) NOTE: For up to date information on our post and activities, visit our website at http://alpost171.org. Updated information can be found here before it can be sent out by NEWSLETTER or by other means. Visit the site often. Get familiar with it’s content.

AUXILIARY NOTES

1.) AUXILIARY MEETING: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM. All members are urged to attend. We need your inputs to plan ahead to make meaningful and joyful events.
2.) We must select officers soon for the coming 2018 – 2019 years. We need nominations for Vice President, Secretary, Historian and Sergeant At Arms.
3.) We are sending two girls to “Girls State”, Linit Freydensn and Amina Tokakova.
Aidee Willemsen, President

MESSAGE CENTER

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Terri La Cagnina, Helen Metelow, Barbara O’Byrne, Dave Ryan, Ted Strysko.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: To Dave & Pamela Break, Bill & Elaine Burns, Jack & Pat Molenaar.
NOTE: Please notify the Editor of any newsworthy information you wish published. Entries must be received no later than the 15th of the month prior to publication. If any birthdays or anniversaries are missing or incorrect please notify me: Rudy Willemsen at 973-427-8122 or e-mail to rudaid@optimum.net.
Rudy Willemsen
Editor

 

NEWSLETTER – April 2018

APRIL 2018
JACK DELANEY – COMMANDER
201-796-8459, Cell: 201-370-6701

EDITOR: Rudy Willemsen, 973-427-8122
PRINTING: Courtesy of MASTER BUSINESS FORMS 973-594-8743
SERVICE OFFICER: Nick Magarelli, 201-794-5314
HOSPITAL VISIT: Nick Magarelli, 201-794-5314       
MEETING NOTICE: Friday, April 13 at 7:30 PM    

 SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
COMMANDERS MESSAGE

Spring is upon us. Our service to our veteran comrades and to the community can not be put on hold. There are needs that continue year round and programs that need your support and inputs. Your attendance at our regular meetings is important and we encourage you to come down, participate and socialize. Also, we will soon be nominating candidates for officers of our post for the 2016/2017 year. Any current member is eligible and encouraged to run for office. Help is always available so don’t be shy. Jack Delaney, Commander

DATES TO REMEMBER

1.) Veterans Council meeting: Monday, Apr. 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Legion Post.
2.) Regular meeting: Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
3.) Regular Auxiliary Meeting: Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 at 7:30PM.
4.) County Legion Meeting: Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018.
5.) Flag Retirement: Wednesday, Apr, 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Parks dept. .
6.) Hospital Party: Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018. Meet at the Veterans Home a 7:00 PM.
7.) “FIRE WATCH FESTIVAL”: Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018. (See below).

CURRENT OPERATION NOTES

1.) “ST. PATRICKS DINNER/DANCE”: Held on Saturday, Mar. 10 could have been better attended but there were other conflicting events on the same night (Knights Of Columbus) and there was little support from the other veteran posts. However, those that did attend had an enjoyable evening and there was an abundance of good Irish style food. Containers were provided for take-out after the party. Thank You to all who participated and to those who helped to set up.
2.) “FIRE WATCH FESTIVAL”: A community event to be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12-01 1st Street, Fair Lawn. There will be a Veterans Information & Outreach Fair (10am – 1pm).  Veterans & Military Appreciation Concert (12 – 5pm).  Car & Motorcycle Show (10 – 5pm), Raffle Prizes for Veterans and Military.   Food and Children’s Activities.
Put this event on your calendar. For more information and registration forms for those who wish to display and participate visit www.firewatchfestival.org .
3.) HOSPITAL PARTY: Tuesday, April 17, 2018. We had decent participation on our February visit to the veterans home and can always use a few more. Be at the Paramus Veterans Home by 7:00PM. This event lasts only about an hour. All are encouraged to attend.
4.) At the last County meeting, Laurianne Kuipers from Memorial Middle School was selected as “School Teacher of the Year” and has been nominated for the same honor at the state level. Alan Krutchoff, President of “The Adopt A Soldier Platoon” and one of our members was selected as runner up “Legionaire of the Year”. Congratulations to both of our nominees.
5.) “FLAG RETIREMENT” Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 at the Parks Dept. in Memorial Park at 10:30 AM. Rain date Thursday, Apr. 19. At this ceremony we solemnly retire old and unserviceable flags. A light lunch will be provided after the retirement for members of the Parks Dept. and veteran participants.. Each veteran post is urged to have at least two members attend to aid with the burning of the flags. All veterans are invited. Please wear your service caps.
6.) Memorial Paver Program Update: The town council, through the Veterans Liaison Officer, Nick Magarelli, are extending the Memorial Paver Program so requesting memorial pavers will be an ongoing, at any time event. Cost has to be determined.
7.) “Boy’s State”: We will be sending four delegates to Boy’s State in June of this year. Our Service Officer and town Veteran’s Liaison Officer, Nick Magarelli, will start the selection process of four delegates and their alternates soon. All must be high school juniors.
8.) “Habitat For Humanity”: of Bergen County indicated they might like to get involved in helping veterans. Jack Delaney indicated they might be interested in helping the “Home For Heroes “ project or doing home repair for needy veterans in Bergen county.
9.) Nomination of Officers: Need to nominate officers for 2018-19. All current members are eligible to hold office. Please consider becoming active and participate. We need you.
10.)NOTE: For up to date information on our post and activities, visit our website at http://alpost171.org. Updated information can be found here before it can be sent out by NEWSLETTER or by other means. Visit the site often. Get familiar with it’s content.

AUXILIARY NOTES

1.) AUXILIARY MEETING: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
2.) All members are urged to attend. We need full participation and your inputs to plan ahead to make meaningful and joyful events. Also we must select officers soon for the coming 2018 – 2019 years.
3.) The “Italian Night Dinner/Dance” went well with about 67 attendees. We had many compliments on the food, provided by Nicholas Marino “Your Personal Caterer” from Hawthorne. A big Thank You to DJ “Dr Bonz” for donating his services, Dave Molenaar (Bartender), our auxiliary for providing dessert, those members of Post 171 who helped with the setup and takedown and to my daughter Cindy Willemsen Aukamp for making the center pieces. A special Thanks to guest Nancy Williams for her generous donation. Thanks to all who came and supported our Auxiliary program. The success of this program will allow us to send two girls to “Girl State”. Aidee Willemsen, President

MESSAGE CENTER

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Marty Etler, Jim Lomauro, Yuri Metelow.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: To Harold & Kathie Taylor.
NOTE: Please notify the Editor of any newsworthy information you wish published. Entries must be received no later than the 15th of the month prior to publication. If any birthdays or anniversaries are missing or incorrect please notify me: Rudy Willemsen at 973-427-8122 or e-mail to rudaid@optimum.net.

NEWSLETTER March 2018

MARCH 2018
JACK DELANEY – COMMANDER
201-796-8459, Cell: 201-370-6701

EDITOR: Rudy Willemsen, 973-427-8122
PRINTING: Courtesy of MASTER BUSINESS FORMS 973-594-8743
SERVICE OFFICER: Nick Magarelli, 201-794-5314
HOSPITAL VISIT: Nick Magarelli, 201-794-5314
MEETING NOTICE: Friday, March 9 at 7:30 PM

__________________________________________________________________
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

COMMANDERS MESSAGE

In these times when there are great and ongoing demands on our military comrades we must show our support, not just for those of us who have served but for those that are continuing to serve. We must keep abreast of the needs of our service men and women and their families and offer aid in any way we can. Keep after your congressman to increase veterans benefits, VA healthcare, financial aid to those who served and are serving. Make it a personal task. Come to our meetings and get informed and active.

 DATES TO REMEMBER

1.) Veterans Council meeting: Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Legion Post.
2.) Regular meeting: Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
3.) Regular Auxiliary Meeting: Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 at 7:30PM.
4.) “St. Patrick’s Day Party”: Saturday, Mar.10, 2018. 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
5.) Hospital Party: Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018. Meet at the Veterans Home a 7:00 PM.
6.) County Legion Meeting: Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018.
7.) Veterans Information & Outreach Fair: Sat. Sep. 23, 2018. Times TBD.
Registration forms will go out soon.

CURRENT OPERATION NOTES

1.) “ST. PATRICKS DINNER/DANCE”, Will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 6 PM to 10 PM, A catered dinner will be offered. The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potato), shepherds pie, chicken Francaise, green salad with choice of two salad dressings, some vegetarian options, Irish soda bread, rolls and butter, coffee and tea. There will be a DJ for music and your dancing pleasure. One hour of open bar from 6 to 7 PM. The auxiliary will furnish desserts. For tickets and reservations contact the following: Rudy, 973-427-8122, Jack, 201-370-6701, Madeline , 201-741-0946. Cost: $25.00 per person. All reservations must be in by March 5. Make checks payable to American Legion Post 171 and mail to the post at 17-08 River Rd. Fair Lawn, NJ 07410. No payments at the door.
2.) Thanks to Don Morris and Jerry Greenwood for organizing the “Super Bowl Party”, held Monday, Feb. 5th.. About eighteen people attended and had a nice time with football, beer, hot dogs and snacks. Don donated a large screen TV to the post.
3.) HOSPITAL PARTY: Tuesday, March 20, 2017. We need better participation. The Veterans Home has been closed to visitors lately, due to flu problems. Jack Molenaar has checked and they will be open on the 20th.. Be at the Paramus Veterans Home by 7:00PM. This event lasts only about an hour. All are encouraged to attend.
4.) Phones Replaced at the Post:
Our voicemail may be accessed by anyone from anywhere…and also from the phones at the Post.
                  TO ACCESS FROM PHONE AT POST
Dial the Post phone number-201-791-9667
When prompted..enter passcode-1708…and press pound..#
Now in voicemail and can listen, save and remove messages..
                   TO ACCESS FROM OUTSIDE THE POST
Dial..201-820-9000
When prompted enter account number—201-796-9667
Then enter password..1708
Should now be in Voicemail…

Many have used this system for years and it provides the flexibility and ability to stay current on phone and Voicemail activity..
5.) NOTE: For up to date information on our post and activities, visit our website at http://alpost171.org. Updated information can be found here before it can be sent out by NEWSLETTER or by other means. Visit the site often. Get familiar with it’s content.

AUXILIARY NOTES

1.) AUXILIARY MEETING: Friday, March 9, 2018.
2.) All members are urged to attend. We need full participation and your inputs to plan ahead to make meaningful and joyful events.
3.) We w  ill be furnishing the desserts for the “St. Patricks Day Dinner/Dance”.
Aidee Willemsen, President

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Pat Muse, Sal Scialdone, John Antignane.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: None.
NOTE: Please notify the Editor of any newsworthy information you wish published. Entries must be received no later than the 15th of the month prior to publication. If any birthdays or anniversaries are missing or incorrect please notify me:
Rudy Willemsen at 973-427-8122 or e-mail to rudaid@optimum.net.
Rudy Willemsen
Editor