Are we all on the same page? Winter needs to leave and Spring has to grace our lands. On that I think we can all agree.
On Tuesday, February 13th, the Auxiliary hosted the Bergen County Auxiliary meeting at our Post. After the meeting, sandwiches, salads and dessert were served. We had a fairly decent turnout of Unit 170 Auxiliary members which was very nice.
We held bingo at the Paramus Veterans Home on March 5th and April 2nd. The Veterans were at the tables way before we arrived raring to go. As always, they had a fantastic time. Our next bingos are May 7th, June 4th, July 10th and August 6th. Volunteers are needed and welcome. Bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. and volunteers are requested to be at the Home by 6:45 p.m.
At our March meeting we nominated officers and they were unanimously elected at our April meeting. Our new officers are Roberta O’Dowd (President), Madeline Madden (1st Vice President), Patti Diaz (2nd Vice President), Ellen Caroselli (Treasurer), Dale Behnke (Sgt-At-Arms), Peggy Iurato (Chaplain), Fran Muller (Historian) and Dale Coleman (Secretary).
On Saturday, March 17th, the Auxiliary hosted their annual St. Patrick’s dinner dance. It was a sold-out affair with 121+ people attending. Food was cooked by our very own Mark O’Grady and his staff and Jim Morton was our DJ for the evening. He had everyone up and dancing. We had an additional surprise when the Bergen County Pipe and Bugle Corp. showed up and entertained us. Tommy Orr won the hat lottery, Mark O’Grady won the 50/50 and Judy Galumbo won the 2 free tickets for next year’s dinner/dance. A very special extra thanks to Mark O’Grady and his staff, Bob Salvini and Ron Behnke for the beverages, Ellen Caroselli, our bartender, Karen of Kraus Candy and all who donated door prizes, to the decorating and setup committee and, of course to Dale Behnke and her crew for making it all possible. A great time was had by all.
On April 18th, the Post 170 Family held a farewell/retirement party for Bob and Loekywho are moving to Florida. There were over 200 people in attendance. Tommy Walker was our emcee, dJand entertainer for the evening, the Bergen County Pipes & Bugle Corp. performed at the beginning of the evening and even had Bob up on the dance floor leading them. Speeches were given by different organizations and our Post officers and gifts were presented. All who attended had a great time and I know that Bob and Loekywere sincerely touched by the evening.
We started our Poppy distribution at Shop-Rite in Rochelle Park on April 21st and envelopes are going out in the mail as we speak. Thanks to all who stood outside at Shop-Rite and also those who stuffed envelopes. Remember when you receive your envelope to please be generous…the proceeds go to our Veterans.
On April 22nd, we took off for the Sands Casino in Bethlehem after breakfast at the Post. As always, there were drinks and snacks on the bus. The 50/50 was won by the Fitzpatricks; the seat game was played and Dot Bartkeand Skip shared the winnings and the horse race was won by our own “Queen B” Dale Behnke. A great time was had by all…although not all of us were winners.
On May 28th, the Memorial Day events start at 8:00 a.m. with Church Services at Sacred Heart Church followed by the American Legion Post 170 Memorial Day Services at the Monuments by the Midland School. If you plan to march, line up is at 11:00 a.m. at the Mack Building on Passaic Street. This is an event you will not want to miss. We will have Sailors and Marines from Fleet Week as well as Veterans from the Paramus Veterans Home, the Police Pipe & Drums of Bergen County, the Blue Chip Chorus and more joining us at the Post and in the parade. After the parade, the Committee will provide hot dogs, soda, popcorn, a DJ and a clown for the children at our Post.
The Convention at Wildwood starts June 6th thru 10th. Friday afternoon is the 170 “Family” cocktail party at 3:00 p.m. There is no cost but it is a “pot-luck” event so everyone is expected to bring some food to share. We also need people to pitch in setting up and cleaning up. Saturday is the Parade. There is a tram car for those unable to march.
More events are listed on the Events page. Our next meeting is May 10th.
For God and Country,