NEWSLETTER February 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, Feb. 14, 2020 @ 7:30 PM



February is almost here  I hope everyone is well. We have some events coming up.

February 3, 2020 to March 16, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm the 6 week-Vets Chat and Chew program will be on its way.  The program consists of six 2 hour sessions, one time per  week for 6 weeks. Food information will be introduced that can  help you start to feel better. You will create, share meals together and learn food lifestyle changes from the techniques of  a nutrition consultant. You will learn how to cook meals from a  professional chef. Healthy, simple and inexpensive recipes will be introduced. Please come by, visit and break bread. James and I are participating this session.

As you well know I would like our auxiliary to be reinstated.  Since the changes that all spouses  can join please let’s speak to our husbands, wives, fathers , mothers and daughters to join so we can have a vibrant  Auxiliary once again.

Also please lets’ get our Sons of the American Legion Squadron on the map. We need active SAL members back into action. We need you.all.

We have a Facebook page that we need for all our members to like us, really LIKE us. So if you have Facebook, we need Friends. Please like & follow us. We will be putting information on there more often. Thanks to Rishi Soneja for taking on this task. Remember we have a website Social media is what is going to get us exposure..

We have openings for a post Historian and a Boys State Chairman that need to be filled. I was told by County that we have let the High school choose our boys in the past. According to the rules we are to make the final choice not the school so we must review the candidates  and make the choice of the who will represent us. 

I need the email addresses to all my members since we only meet once a month and not everyone can make the meeting.  I would like to be able to share information with all of you. Please email me at with your name so I can update the email contact list for the post. thank you in advance.

There will always be obstacles and challenges that threaten to derail your road to success. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to life’s inevitable obstacles so you can overcome setbacks with confidence.  

For God and Country,

Madeline Morales-Barrett


1.) Veterans Council: NO MEETINGS till Mon. Mar. 2, 2020 at 7:30 PM.        

2.) Regular meeting: Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM. 

3.) Hospital Party: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020. Meet at the Veterans Home at 7:00 PM     

4.) County Dinner Dance: Sunday. Mar. 1, 2020 from 1 to 5 PM.

5.) “St. Patricks Day Dinner/Dance”: Saturday, Mar. 21, 2020.


1.) “ST. PATRICKS DINNER/DANCE” Will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 6 to 10 PM.  An Irish fare catered dinner will be offered. There will be a DJ for music and your dancing pleasure. One hour of open bar from 6 to 7 PM. There will be a 50/50 drawing. For tickets and reservations contact the following: Madeline , 201-741-0946. Cost: $25.00 per person.

2.) HOSPITAL PARTY: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. We need better participation. Need at least four. Preferably more. Be at the Paramus Veterans Home by 7:00 PM. This event lasts only about an hour. All are encouraged to attend.3.) 2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

We are quickly approaching our goal of 100%. 123 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 (

4.) Bergen County American Legion Dinner/Dance, Sunday, March 1st, at the Graycliff Manor 290 Moonachie Ave, Moonachie from 1 to 5 PM.. Cost is $45.00 per person. Call Mike or Linda Carroll at 201-933-1814 for information. Make checks payable to “Bergen County Dinner Dance”.

5.) 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.

6.) SAL:  Please lets’ get our Sons of the American Legion Squadron on the map. We need active SAL members back in action. We need you.all. To all post members: If you have a son, grandson or great grandson, sign them up for the “Sons Of The American Legion”. No age limit. These members are necessary to maintain the post building and support future veterans. Members will have all benefits now enjoyed by post members. Dues at this time is $8.00 per year. Call: Jack Molenaar at 201-797-5957 for information.

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 Veronica De Vries, Betty Cosentino, Martin Kenney, Pat Molenaar, Mike Gandet, Jack Leonard, Phyllis Fano, Richard Dusek.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY:  To James & Madeline Barrett, Joe & Dottie Plaza.

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

Rudy Willemsen