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Commander’s Message:

I hope everyone is getting over the long hard winter we had and spring is finally here. With people coming back from down south, Roberts Post will be looking for a busy April, May and June.

On March 15th Roberts Post celebrated its 95th birthday. Our guest speaker David Frymen, a 20 year active duty Army Veteran and doing 5 tours in Iraq & Afghanistan, spoke what it means to serve his country and the freedom we have every day. Again, thanks to Cheryl Jassak, special events/planning Associate for the Sitrin Foundation, on having David speak.

Also speaking were the representatives from our Post who attended Boys and Girls State. They talked about their experiences and thanked us for sending them. It was a good job done by our local high school students. Thanks again, to Alby Lacombe for chairing Boys State.

Our evening was highlighted by a 60 year award to David Hughes, WWII Veteran, for continuous membership in Roberts Post.

Our fish fries have been going on since March 7th and will be ending on April 18th. Again, I would like to thank all the people for their help on getting these started and working hard to the last one. Without our Auxiliary and SAL this would not be possible, every year. Great job everyone!

In March Bob Leahy and Bev Seifried chaired the committee to up-date and correct names on the Honor Roll in the village park. The completion of this will be done by the end of April.

Please check the attached calendars for up-coming events and don’t hesitate to volunteer to help. Note that the Installation of Officers for 2014-15 will be Saturday, May 10th with social time at 2pm. The Installation and dinner will be starting at 3pm. Come and welcome our commander and his new slate of officers.

The new slate of officers are: Dick Roberts, Commander; Gary Wedgewood, 1st Vice; Harold Clawson, 2nd Vice; Steve Ballard, 3rd Vice; Ray Doucette, Adjutant; Tom Heburn, Finance Officer; John Damon, Chaplin, Historian is open; Art Farr, Sgt. At Arms; and Service Officer – appointed.

Our Executive Committee is: Dave Williams; Mike Buczkowski; Barry Gates; Bob Leahy; and Alby Lacombe.

As May and June will be busy months for us, don’t forget our Memorial Day Service & Parade on May 26th, Monday at 11:00am. The parade begins at 10:30am sharp! Let’s everyone come and support our Veterans, Legion, and take time to honor our American heroes!

On June 5th, Thursday, at 7pm, is awards night at HP auditorium. Come and support these students for all the hard work they have achieved. This year Roberts Post is awarding 4 scholarship awards to help further their education.

In closing, my first year as commander is drawing closer and there are so many people I would like to thank. Thanks to this community for all the support that you’ve given us so we can do our job in giving back to the Veterans who made this country what it is. Remember our servicemen around the world who defend our freedom and pray for their safe return to us and their families!

Veterans Serving Veterans,
Commander Richard Roberts

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Ladies Auxiliary:

Hello ladies! Spring is finally here! Our fish fries are over and I want to thank every one of you who worked so hard to help make them the success they were.

Elections were held at the first meeting in April. The officers for the coming year are: Deb Roberts, President; Alice Shaler, 1st Vice; Beverly Seifried, 2nd Vice; Heather Wilson, 3rd Vice; Sue Wedgewood, Treasurer; and Bobbie Owen, Secretary.

Our Easter party was a huge success. “Thank you” to all the ladies who worked so hard on it, the Easter Bunny for doing such a fine job with the children, and the two young ladies who did the face painting. As usual, Earl Lindsey was a big hit with his DJ abilities and we thank him for helping. THE H. P. Fire Department brought in the Easter Bunny and helpers on their fire truck, a big “thanks” to them.

May is going to be a busy month. The installation of officers will be May 10 at 3:00pm at the Legion. Cocktail hour will be from 2:00 – 3:00pm, installation, and then dinner after. I f you would like to attend please call the Legion @ 865-9901 or me @ 865-5756. May 17 is the County Auxiliary meeting at our Post at 12:00pm. May 26 is our Memorial Day observance. I don’t have too much information on this right now.

Sad news to report about our member Cheryl Gates’ daughter! She was killed in an automobile accident in California. Our condolences go out to Sheryl and her family. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the family please get in touch with me. Thank you!

I am very happy to report that Alice, membership chair, reached 100% in our membership quota. Great job, Alice! We are

getting new members on board and we are very happy to have new ladies with us. Unfortunately we have had to raise our dues for

the 2015 year. It is complicated to explain, but let me tell you it is not by our choice, because we really do not want to do this and we do not make money off your dues. The dues for 2015 will be $23.00 for senior members and $7.00 for juniors. We hope we will not have to consider another increase for at least four years.

To make sure we have enough money in our treasury we have been doing fundraising. Over the last two months we have don an Easter dinner basket raffle with tickets sold at the fish fries. We have also done a craft fair for the first time at the Legion and we will do that again in the future. We also have the Lions Club dinners as a source of income, but we need to do more. Any suggestions you might have to help with the fundraising plans, please get in touch with me. There are a lot of programs and people out there who need our help and support. Let’s make sure we are there for them. Our main duty is to our veterans and our active military, but we are also there for our community.

Our last meeting is the first Monday in June. It will be informal (yea!) but yet informative and I hope a lot of you will come.

Don’t forget we are still selling quilt tickets for the fundraiser for Sue and Gary Wedgewood’s son, Scott, who was hurt last year in Florida. The winner of this quilt will be drawn on May 26, 2014, at the Legion. “Thank you” to all who have worked so tirelessly on this fundraiser. And a really big “thank you “ to all who have worked so tirelessly on this fundraiser, and, a really big “thank you” to all who have supported it so generously.

This has been an interesting and informative year for me. I hope I have done a job that made you proud. I have many ladies to thank for all their help in mentoring me this year. You all know who you are and I am grateful to have you in my life.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy summer.
Yours in service, Debbie Roberts

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Sons of the American Legion

Last meeting we had five members present. We had at least three at our Fish Dinners but were short 2 – 3 people. The same ones show every week.

Membership: We currently have 82 members. There are 16 non-paid members and they are listed on the board at the Post. Some members pay very late each year. Our cards will be out in July. The dues are $15 for seniors and 10 for junior members.

Our current officers are: Bob Stanger, Commander; Pete Fenton, 1st Vice; Jim Owen, 2nd Vice; John Bieksza, 3rd Vice; Larry Meus, Treasurer; Tim Santamour, Adjutant; Pete Chambrone, Chaplain; Ted Heburn, Sgt. At Arms; and Artie Stark, Historian.

Yours in Service,
Bob Stanger, SAL Commander

Commander’s Message:

As winter is still hanging around, spring is just around corner. Roberts Post is gearing up for a busy March and April.

I hope all will take advantage of activities coming soon and enjoy our up-coming events. Lenten Fish Fry Dinners will be starting March 7th and end April 18th. Help is always needed on Friday for prep work and to set up, so a helping hand for a couple hours is always welcome. Our youth organizations will be working some of the fish fry dinners, so let’s support them as well as the Legion.

Again many thanks go out to all the people who helped and donated their time in making the Benefit for Scott D. Winkler a great success. Gary & Sue Wedgewood can’t thank you enough for the money that was raised and to all the Legion Posts in our county. This wouldn’t have been a success without the effect of our Unit Auxiliary. Thank you ladies!

As you know the Nominating Committee will be submitting a slate of officers for the coming year, anyone interested contact me or Bob Leahy at the Post.

On March 15th, Saturday, the Post will be having its upcoming Legion Birthday Observance. A signup sheet will be in the bar area for those attending. Bring a dish to pass around, as we celebrate our 95th birthday. A guest speaker will be attending as well as speakers for Boy’s & Girl’s State. So, come and enjoy good food and support our children and youth programs.

Just a reminder, check out our boxes in the bar area donations and supplies for the V. A. Clinic, Andy’s Platoon and Easter Raffle.

Remember to report deceased members of your Post or those who are ill at home or in the hospital to our chaplain, let’s not forget what they did for us as Legionnaires and their country.

As always, keep our servicemen and women in your thoughts and prayers that they return home safely to a grateful nation.

Veterans Serving Veterans,

Richard Roberts, Commander


Ladies Auxiliary:

Ladies of Unit 161,

Hope your Jan. and Feb. went well. It has been quite a winter and is eagerly looking forward to spring. I hope your Christmas and New Years were wonderful. At Christmas, we were able to help a veteran’s family with a dinner and some presents. We also gave Jack Boak, a 50 year member, a very nice Christmas gift. We made food baskets and bought poinsettias to help brighten the holidays for some of our members and community members. Bev Seifried delivered handmade hats and mittens to our two elementary schools in the H.P. school district. A special thank you to Rosellen R. Nieman for all the hard work and time spent on making a lot of these items.

I wanted to go to Mid-Winter conference, because I really need to learn more so I can be a better president for all of you. But circumstances beyond my control happened and I had to stay home. Maybe next time, because I am determined to do a good job for all of you!

On Feb. 1, we hosted the Oneida Co. Junior Auxiliary Valentine card making day. The cards were made for Veterans in Oneida Co. nursing homes. We had a wonderful turnout and want to thank everyone who came, especially the Girl Scouts. You all are amazing. Because of the enthusiasm of these young people involved in this project, we had about two hundred more cards than we needed. So we were able to include some of our active military personnel as recipients of some of these cards.

March and April will be busy for us. Fish Fries start March 7 and end April 18. As always, you might get asked to donate something for the salad bar or asked to work. If you can help in that way, it would be greatly appreciated.

On March 1, we will be setting up a water station in front of Stewart’s for the Heart Run and Walk runners who start in Barneveld.

The legion birthday will be March 15, with cocktail hour 6:00 to 7:00 and a covered dish dinner after. There will be a speaker and what he has to say should be very interesting. Hope many of you will be able to come.

The Auxiliary is having an Easter basket raffle as a fundraiser during the fish fries. If you could donate a non-perishable food item for the basket, that would help us out a great deal. We will also be holding the quilt raffle until Memorial Day for our Sue Wedgewood’s son Scott. If you are interested in helping sell the raffle tickets at the fish fries, please get in touch with me.

On April 5, we will be having a vendor and craft show at the legion as another fundraiser. It will be our first one and we hope it goes well. There will also be light lunch foods for sale. There are so many programs out there for our active military, our veterans, and women and children. That is why we are working so hard on fundraising. People need us!

Good wishes to Mary Briggs that the surgery she had on her hand will correct the problems she was having. Good wishes to our former president Brenda Carnright on a speedy recovery from her surgery. Bev Seifried gave us a little scare, but she is doing very well now. Bev Stark is doing well and making lap robes for our veterans at the Sitrin Rehab Center. If anyone would like to send Jean Cady or Jane Drury a card, let me know and I will get their addresses to you.

I am happy to report that our Bobbie Owen is going for 5th District President. Way to go Bobbie, we are behind you 100%.

Have a safe and happy spring.

Yours in service,

Debbie Roberts, President


Sons of the American Legion

I hope everyone doesn’t like this cold spell. We had three members at our last meeting. We bought the Legion a 60” TV for the dining room. Seafood dinners start March 7th. All help is welcome; mornings 8:30AM and nights 3:30-4:00 till closing. We currently have 34 paid members.

Yours in Service,

Bob Stanger, SAL Commander

Debbie Roberts, President

Fair pay and benefits needed to maintain quality volunteer force

WASHINGTON (Feb. 25) – The leader of 2.4 million member American Legion says a Pentagon budget proposal unveiled Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel endangers America’s national security and that downsizing force structure and benefits will lead to an exodus of quality men and women from the Armed Forces.

“Secretary Hagel warned about a ‘hollowed force,’ and The American Legion is concerned that this budget is leading us rapidly in that direction,” National Commander Daniel Dellinger said. “Cutting forces to pre-World War II levels makes no sense in a world where countries such as North Korea, Iran and Pakistan could become viable nuclear threats to our very existence.  Moreover, we do not know the exact nature of future wars and conflicts. The American Legion believes that we must be prepared for any scenario.”

Dellinger called it “unconscionable” that the Pentagon is proposing that members of the military pay for part of their housing allowances out of their own pockets. “Whether it’s cutting commissary subsidies or increasing TRI-CARE deductibles and co-pays, these benefits are well deserved and available to anyone willing to serve.  Military life is much more challenging than private sector careers. The American Legion will continue to call for an end to sequestration and insufficient defense budgets.  Providing for the common defense of our nation is a responsibility required by the U.S. Constitution.”

American Legion officials said that although the organization strenuously opposes the current budget proposal, they appreciate the transparency shown by the secretary of defense and look forward to future discussions.

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Commander says Legion won’t rest until all planned cuts to

military retiree benefits are off the table.

(WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014) — American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger says he has mixed feelings about a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives that partially restores planned cuts in cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) on pensions for military retirees.  By a vote of 326-90 on Feb. 11, the House approved an amended measure that would restore full annual COLAs for most working age military retirees.  However, it continues to apply a controversial COLA cut to future pensioners who first enter the military beginning this year.

“What the House did is commendable on one hand and rectifies an unfortunate earlier move to restore full COLAs only to veterans with disabilities,” Dellinger said.   “However, this action still falls short of reversing the COLA cut for all eligible military retirees, current and future.  Again, as in targeting the Department of Defense for sequestration, this legislation places the responsibility for correcting a financial catastrophe – that is, the unruly national debt – almost solely on our servicemembers.  While we applaud the House for taking another step forward, we will continue to push toward a full repeal of military pensioners’ COLA cuts.”

The bill in question, S. 25, is not law and may never be.  The House and the Senate are expected to study the measure in conference when the House returns from a Presidents Week break on Feb. 25.  In the meantime, the Senate is considering its own measures to repeal the COLA cuts contained in a budget and deficit reduction agreement reached by Congress last December. Since then, The American Legion has led the charge, joined by many other veteran and military service organizations, in opposing any benefit reductions for military retirees.

Contacts: Marty Callaghan:202-263-5758/202-215-8644, mcallaghan@legion.org or Craig Roberts: 202-263-2982/202-406-0887, croberts@legion.org. A high resolution photo of Nat. Cmdr. Dellinger is available at www.legion.org.

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