APRIL 2020
Post Phone n: 201-796-9667
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,Apr. 10, 2020 @ 7:30 PM


     I hope this finds everyone well. As you all know with the uncertainty of the time I would like to encourage you to keep yourself healthy and safe. Remember we are resilient people with God on our side. Keep your faith strong. 
     For those that might not know we are still having our St. Patrick’s dinner dance Saturday night March 21st 6 pm to 10 pm . If you feel up to it please join us. You are more than welcomed.
     Just some news regarding the Memorial day’s  parade, I will be the Grand Marshal this year. I has honored to be asked and excited to do so. I hope to make you all proud.
On Friday May 1, 2020 we will be hosting a Blood drive from 2 pm to 7 pm. The Red Cross will be here with their staff taking donations. You can schedule an appointment by going to More information will be on our website and Facebook page.
     Also heads up. We are joining the VFW in hosting a membership beefsteak dinner for both organizations on Thursday May 7 from 6 pm to 10 pm it will be held at our post at 17-08 River Road, Fair Lawn. The member’s cost will be to bring a veteran and the cost of the guest veteran is to bring their DD-214 or separation paperwork with them. Also this is a membership dinner for all, to include Sons of the Legion, Legion auxiliary  and legionnaires. Please make sure everyone invited to join has proof of military service of the veteran. Looking forward to this being a successful event. Please know if you have served overseas you are eligible to be a member of both the VFW and the American Legion. Make sure to mention it to your guests.
     If you need any assistance with anything please let us know. We are here for you, veterans, family members and our community.


1.) Veterans Council: Mon. Apr. 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM.
2.) Regular meeting: Friday, Apr.10, 2020 at 7:30 PM.
3.) Hospital Party: To be decided when virus concerns are resolved.
4.) Blood Drive: Fri. May 01, 2 PM to 7 PM at our post.
5.) “Beefsteak Dinner” Recruitment Event: Thu. May 07, 2020 from 6 PM to 10 PM.


1.) VETERANS COUNCIL: Meeting Monday, April 6, 2020 at our post at 7:30 PM.
Memorial Day weekend events are as follows. Our American Legion will be the host post. Our commander, Madeline Morales Barrett has been selected as the Grand Marshall. Council Chairman David Boone will furnish the Chaplain. Don Morris and Jerry Greenwood of our post will organize the firing squad. Flags will be placed on veterans graves at Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery on Sat. May 23 at 11:00 AM. The VFW is offering a “Pizza Party” at the Van Riper Ellis Church, following the Flag Placement. A Memorial Service will be held at the cemetery on Sun. May 24 at 2:00 PM. The Parade will start from Pollitt Dr. Radburn on Mon. May 25 at 10:30 AM. Please be at the startup point by 10:00AM to form up. Memorial service at Memorial Park at end of parade.
2.) Nomination of Officers: Need to nominate officers for 2020-2021. All current members are eligible to hold office. Please consider becoming active and participate. We need you to take part in creating and keeping an active and vibrant post.

Current Officers Are:
Commander: Madeline Morales Barrett                   Chaplain: Lurressa Thomas
1st V. Cmndr: Don Morris                                        Sgt. At Arms: Bob Fatovic
2nd V. Cmndr: Jack Delaney                                   Service Officer: Open
3rd V. Cmndr: Jerry Greenwood                              Historian: Open
Appointed Officers:
                Finance Officer: Jim Mc Ginn                   Adjutant: Rudy Willemsen

3.) HOSPITAL PARTY: No Hospital Parties or visits until further notice, due to coronavirus concerns.
We are quickly approaching our goal of 100%. 127 members having renewed already from our post out of the 152 in total from last year. Please either send in your renewal or renew online ASAP. We are trying to get all membership renewals in since it helps the post financially, and also frees us up to do other things.
If you have questions, please contact our Membership Chairman, Don Morris (
5,) BOYS STATE: We will be sending only two delegates to “BOYS STATE” this year, due to shortage of finances. We had to replace both of our heating and air conditioning units this and still have a leak to fix in the roof and an expanding pot hole in the parking lot to fix when the weather permits.
6.) A FaceBook page has been developed for our post. Look for “American Legion Post 171” on FaceBook and watch it grow. Leave your comments and suggestions.
7.) NOTE: For up to date information on our post and activities, visit our website at 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.


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
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