NEWSLETTER – December 2017

DECEMBER 2017
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, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

COMMANDERS MESSAGE
I would like to wish all of you and your families a Blessed Christmas a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year. We will be having our Holiday Dinner/Dance on Saturday evening, December 16, 2017. This is a joint event organized by a committee made up of members of each of the veteran posts of Fair Lawn. Come join us for a great night of comradeship, dinner and dancing. Bring your spouses, partners and friends and get to meet your fellow members. Now is a good time to get familiar with your post if you have not been able to be active. All are welcome.
Jack Delaney, Commander.

DATES TO REMEMBER
1.) Regular Meeting: Fri. Dec. 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
2.) Regular Auxiliary Meeting: Fri. Dec. 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
3.) JOINT POST HOLIDAY PARTY: Fri. Dec. 16, 2017 from 6 to 1o 10:00 PM.
4.) Knights Of Pythias Breakfast for Veterans: Sun. Dec. 17, 2017. 9:30 to 11:30 AM.
5.) Hospital Party: Tues. Dec. 19, 2017. Meet at the Paramus Veterans Home at 7:00 PM
6) USS INTREPID: Wed. Nov. 28th. Offering all veterans a free tour and dinner on the ship.
Call (212) 245-0072 for information and reservations.
7.) VETERANS COUNCIL: NO MEETINGS DURING DEC.,JAN. FEB. Next meeting Mon.,
Mar. 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

CURRENT OPERATION NOTES
1.) ANNUAL JOINT POST HOLIDAY PARTY: A joint post Holiday Party is being planned for Saturday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 10 PM. Setup members from all posts should be at the American Legion Post at 10:30 AM on Sat. the 16th, toreador the hall. Madeline Morales-Barrett from the American Legion is coordinating this effort with members of the other veterans posts in Fair Lawn. The team members should contact her ASAP at 201-741-0946. Food will be catered, open bar for the first hour and cash bar thereafter with a DJ. Cost is $25 per person.
PAYMENTS HAVE TO BE RECEIVED BY DEC. 1. NO EXCEPTIONS.
2.) Veterans Council: Memorial Paver Program: The program has been completed and all pavers have been installed. There is one paver error correction to be made and this should be done shortly.
3.) A “Veterans Day Program” celebrated at the Fair Lawn Borough Hall on Saturday, November 11 At 11:00 AM and was well attended. A great program was also presented at Memorial Middle School on Fri. Nov. 3 and it was terrific as usual. Veterans also visited Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Fair Lawn High School.
4.) Donations were made to the “Camp4Heroes” – $500.00. A camp being built to provide support and treatment for veterans and first responders suffering from PSD. Also to the “George F. Act Nursing Scholarship” Dinner Dance. – $50.00.
5.) Reminder: The American Legion Dept. of NJ needs a copy of the DD214 of each officer of our post ASAP. Give to Commander Delaney or send to American Legion Dept. Of NJ, Building 5, 2nd Floor 171 Jersey St., Trenton, NJ 08611.
AUXILIARY NOTES
1.) AUXILIARY MEETING: Next regular meeting: Friday. Dec. 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
2.) “Boys State” and “Girls State” delegates attended a special meeting on Friday, Oct, 27, 2017 and related their experiences and answered questions.
The delegates from left to right and the offices they ran for and won are:
“Boys State”: Adam Janski – Not present
                        Daniel Livshen – Freeholder
“Girls State”:  Faith Keenan – Girls State Governor
                        Isabella Gonzales – Freeholder
                        Sunzida Ahmed – Mayor
Note: Faith Keenan was our alternate delegate and was sponsored by another post.Isabella Gonzales is the granddaughter of our past 3rd Vice Commander, Tony Gonzales.
3.) Membership cards have been sent out for the year 2018. Note: The dues is $20.00.
Please send dues to Betty Cosentino, 4-16 Bergen Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
4.) WELCOME: New member AUDREY C. TRACY.
5.) We will have an Italian Night on Wednesday, February 28th. Italian food will be provided by “Nicholas Marino, Your Personal Caterer”. There will be music for dancing.More information on this event will follow in the coming NEWSLETTERs.
Aidee Willemsen
President
MESSAGE CENTER
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To: Joseph Fruscianti, John Holman, Mary Mc Carthy, Debbie Rosenzweig, Marie Scialdone, Lorraine Wengenroth.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: To: Joe & Nancy Peccini, Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Schiller.
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 – November 2017

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, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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COMMANDERS MESSAGE
We are again approaching the holiday season and this year I ask you especially to remember our troops in your prayers. We remember the times when we were away from home and family during seasons past and the emptiness we felt. Now it is our children’s and grandchildren’s turn and we must let them know we are with them in spirit and they are always in our hearts. We had hoped the wars we had fought would have ended all this but it seems we will never learn. We must not give up hope and we must continue to support our troops, wherever they are and for as long as it takes. Our freedom depends on it.
I wish all of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING .
IN MEMORIAM
Albina R. Kunsaw, a active member for 26 years, passed away September 20, 2017. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Jerry Greenwood and Don Morris both have medical problems and we wish them a swift recovery. Rudy Willemsen was in the hospital for heart surgery and is at home recuperating.

DATES TO REMEMBER
1.) “Veterans Day Tribute”: Memorial Middle School, Fri. Nov. 3, 2017
2.) WYCKOFF YMCA 7th ANNUAL SALUTE TO VETERANS: Mon. Nov. 2017, 12:00 PM.
3.) Veterans Council meeting: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
4.) Veterans Visit: Warren Point School. Tues. Nov. 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM
5.) Veterans Visit: T.J Middle School. Wed, Nov. 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM
6.) Veterans Visit: FLHS. Tues. Nov. 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM
7.) Regular Meeting: Fri. Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
8,) Regular Auxiliary Meeting: Fri. Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
9.) “VETERANS DAY” Program: Sat. Nov. 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM
10.) Hospital Party: Tues. Nov. 21, 2017. Meet at the Paramus Veterans Home at 7:00 PM.
11.) JOINT HOLIDAY PARTY: Fri. Dec. 16, 2017 fro 6 to 1o PM.

CURRENT OPERATION NOTES
1.) “MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL”: Has planned a Veteran’s Day Tribute for Friday, Nov. 3 from 8:15 AM through 1:15 PM. There will be parents of local veterans who are on active duty in attendance, and they will answer questions about their feelings. All veterans are invited to attend.
2.) There will be Veterans recognition programs at the Warren Point school, T.J. Middle school and FLHS, on the dates and times listed above under Dates To Remember.
3.)  WYCKOFF YMCA 7th ANNUAL SALUTE TO VETERANS: Program & Luncheon. Mon. Nov. 6 @ 12:00 PM. Veterans – Free, Guests – $15.00. RSVP Required, 201-891-2018.
4.) “VETERANS DAY CEREMONY): At Fair Lawn Borough Hall, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:00AM sharp. All will assemble by 10:45AM. VFW will furnish the American flag. All posts will bring their own colors.
5.) Veterans Council: Memorial Paver Program: Our contractor, Sgobba Monument Co., has installed a few of the pavers and has assured me the balance will be installed shortly.
6.) ANNUAL JOINT POST HOLIDAY PARTY: A joint post Holiday Party is being planned for Friday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 10 PM. Madeline Morales-Barrett from the American Legion is coordinating this effort with members of the other veterans posts in Fair Lawn.. The team members should contact her ASAP at 201-741-0946. Food will be catered, open bar for the first hour and cash bar thereafter with a DJ. Cost is $25 per person.
PAYMENTS HAVE TO BE RECEIVED BY DEC. 1. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Watch for any final updates in the December NEWSLETTER.

AUXILIARY NOTES
1.) AUXILIARY MEETING: Next regular meeting: Friday. Nov.10, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
2.) Please plan to attend. We need more event planning for the year ahead.
3.) We had a coffee and cake social with some of the veteran members of our Post 171, after our last meeting and celebrated the birthday of James Barret, the husband of one of our members, Madeline Morales Barret. This was an enjoyable event.
4.) Membership cards have been sent out for the year 2018. Note: The dues is $20.00. Not $25.00 as previously stated, due to an error in communication with the county.
Please send dues to Betty Cosentino, 4-16 Bergen Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.
6.) A booklet Is being generated for the year 2017 – 2018, listing names and contact information of our members and scheduled events. We need your help to fill in possible events for the coming year. Your presence and ideas will be greatly appreciated. You are all needed.
Aidee Willemsen
President

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To: Dan o’’Byrne, Bill Burns, Joseph Lauria, Nick Magarelli Sr. Joe Plaza
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: To: Dennis & Grace Weisbrod, Jack & Lori Delaney, John & Diane Antignane, Martin& Eileen Keeney, Al & Teri La Cagnina, Dan & Barbara O’Byrne, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Stewart.
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 – October 2017

OCTOBER 2017

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, October 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

COMMANDERS MESSAGE

The young men and women selected and sponsored by our post and Auxiliary, for the American Legion Boys’ State & Girls State Programs, attended a week of simulated government operations. There they learned how to campaign for various government offices. When elected they learn the function of the offices and get a better understanding of our democratic process. We are proud of all of our delegates and hope that our membership will continue to support this worthy program. We are planning a special meeting on October 27 with our delegates and we urge you to attend. At this time the delegates will relate their experiences at this event and you will have a chance to ask questions.

IN MEMORIAM

Louis Keller. A member for 40 years, passed away August 21, 2017. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

SICK CALL

John Holman is now in “LLanfair House Care & Rehabilitation Center”, 1140 Black Oak Ridge Rd., Wayne.

DATES TO REMEMBER

1.) Veterans Council meeting: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM.                                         2.) Regular Meeting: Fri. Oct.13, 2017 at 7:30 PM.                                                           3,) Regular Auxiliary Meeting: Fri. Oct. 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM.                                            4.) “Flag Retirement”: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM.                                                     5.) Hospital Party: Tues. Oct. 17, 2017. Meet at the Paramus Veterans Home at 7:00 PM.   6.) “Boys & Girls State” review: Friday, Oct, 27, 7:30PM.

CURRENT OPERATION NOTES

1.) HUNTERDON HILLS PLAYHOUSE: Regretfully we had to cancel this event, due to lack of participation. Refunds have been made to the few who made reservations.

2.) “FLAG RETIREMENT” Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Parks Dept. in Memorial Park at 10:30 AM. Rain date Wednesday Oct. 18. 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.

3.) “Boys State”: We had sent two boys as delegates to “Boys State” in June.                      The Delegates were: Adam Jinski and Daniel Livshen.                                                            These young men and their families will be invited to attend a meeting at our post on October 27, to relate their experiences at “Boys State”. A light repast will be available after the presentation. All our members are encouraged to attend, to meet these young people and show our interest in their participation in this American legion sponsored program

3.) Veterans Council: Memorial Paver Program: We have forty five applications for new memorial pavers. All have been processed and are being engraved at this time. Sgobba Monument Co,, our contractor, expects the engraving to be complete by October 1 and to install them shortly after.                                                                                                                       4.) We encourage all members to make every effort to attend our regular meetings. Without your inputs and support we can not generate social events and support various programs. Help from all members, no matter how small, is vital to our operation.                                                          5.) We are sending copies of our NEWSLETTER to other Fair Lawn veterans who are not known to be veteran post members. To these fellow veterans we extent a cordial welcome to attend our regular meetings, events and to become acquainted.                                                                  6) NOTE: For all of you who have internet access, for up to date information on our post and activities, visit our website at http://alpost171.org.

AUXILIARY NOTES

1.) AUXILIARY MEETING: Next regular meeting: Friday. Oct. 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM.           2.) Please plan to attend. Put your thinking hats on and help us to organize some activities and fund raisers, in order to keep this auxiliary alive for the new year and beyond.            3.) We had a coffee and cake social with some of the veteran members of our Post 171, after our last meeting, so we could get to know each other. This was an enjoyable event.  4.) We had sent two girls to “Girls State”. The delegate were Isabella Gonzales and Sunzida Ahmed. Also, one of our alternates, Faith Keenan, was sponsored by another post and voted in as Governor of Girls State. These young ladies will be invited to a special meeting on Friday, October 27, to relate their experiences.                                               5.) Membership cards have been sent out for the year 2018. Note: The dues is $20.00. Not $25.00 as previously stated, due to an error in communication with the county.   Please send dues to Betty Cosentino, 4-16 Bergen Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.               6.) A booklet Is being generated for the year 2017 – 2018, listing names and contact information of our members and scheduled events. We need your help to fill in possible events for the coming year. Your presence and ideas will be greatly appreciated. You are all needed.

Aidee Willemsen President

MESSAGE CENTER   

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To: Dave Break, Bill Burns, Joseph Lauria, Nick Magarelli Sr., Joe Plaza.                                                                                                                         HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: To: 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