Memorial Day at the Monument was the largest crowd ever. Ten fleet sailors and an officer, a LCDR chaplain and Veterans from the Paramus Veterans Home helped us celebrate the day. They were given back packs filled with items donated by Post members and others and a challenge coin that represented the 100 year anniversary of the American Legion. The Sailors marched in the Parade and were applauded by everyone along the route.
Our next event was the American Legion Convention in Wildwood. We had 36 of the 50 rooms at the Imperial 500 booked. The Post had 17 delegates registered. Jim Deboer represented our SAL. Thanks to Bruce Amundson, Ray Caroselli and Ron Juliano for bringing down and returning the supplies to our Post. Thanks to Casey Wagner and her friend Amanda, Flo Amundson, Patti Diaz, Ellen Caroselli, Kim Havel, Roberta and those that I have not mentioned for helping with the setting up and packing up. See you all next year.
On June 14th, the Flag Retirement and Americanism event was held on the Pavilion. Thanks to our color guard (Ron Behnke, Ron Juliano, Lyle Welner, Jim Morton) and bugler (Paul Gauthier) for starting the evening off and to the Rochelle Park Fire Department for taking care of the flag burning. A special thanks to Chief Pete Donatelli for supplying the men. Congratulations to all who received awards and scholarships. Sandwiches and beverages were served afterwards.
Our “annual Classic Car Show” was held on June 24th and it was the biggest and best to date according to our event coordinators led by John Weeks, Nick and Steve Sans and Billy Pfaff. Thanks to all the Post, SAL and Auxiliary members who helped out and a special thanks to Bruce, Flo and Ardel Amundson who did all the grilling and to Dale Behnke and Patti Diaz who took care of serving cool beverages. Congratulations to all the trophy winners and to Curtis of Curtis Auto Repair Service for donating back his 50/50 winnings to the Post.
On Sunday, August 5th, The Post 170 Riders, SAL & Auxiliary and various other Posts, are hosting a Scavenger Hunt. See information on the 170 Riders Report. Just remember, even if you do not want to participate in the Hunt itself, there will be a bbq from noon to 5p.m. at our Post with good food, music and entertainment making this a fun-filled day for all. For more information and for tickets ($20 if you are riding in the Hunt and $15 for bbq only) call Colleen Pope (201-982-6087).
Our “annual family picnic” is scheduled for Saturday, August 18th with lots of food, beverages, music, and entertainment for the kids (see information on Auxiliary Report). Tickets ($20 for adults; under 18 free) are on sale at the Post lounge, by calling Roberta O’Dowd (201-913-0437) and at the Pavilion the day of the event.
The 9/11 Services will be held on the Pavilion at 7:00 p.m.
There will be no Post meeting in June or July. August 2nd is our next meeting and the capsule will be worth $75. The Executive Board will meet on August 9th.
Please call Roberta O’Dowd (201-913-0437) with your e-mail address so that we can notify you about upcoming events. Leave your name, telephone number, email address and membership number (which is on your card).
For God and Country,
Ed O’Dowd, Commander