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On May 9th the times for the Installation of Officers have changed. Social Hour will start at 4:00pm. The installation itself will start at 5:00pm with Dinner to follow.

Sorry for any inconvenience may have caused.


Commander’s Message:

I hope everyone is getting over the long hard winter we had, signs of spring are finally here. Roberts Post is looking forward to the upcoming months of great activities.

Our fish fries have come and gone but there are many people we must thank for all the hard work making this a success. Steve Ballard, our fish fry chairmen, did a great job making sure we had everything we needed for the seven weeks. “Great job” to all the organizations that came in to fund-raise for each of their teams. Also, our Auxiliary, Jr. Auxiliary, SAL and Legionnaires who worked so hard to make this successful every year, great job everyone!

On March 7th, Roberts Post had our water station at Adirondack Bank for the “Heart –Run- & Walk”, doing our share for a great cause. On March 14th, our Post celebrated the Legions’ 96th birthday, great food was had and people talked about how the Legion began from 1919 till now. Again thanks to all for interesting evening of facts about our Legion. At our April Legion meeting, our Post awarded Boy State certificates to Garett Williams and Roy Garett for attending boy’s state in 2014. Thanks again, to these two students from Holland Patent School for representing our Legion.

Note that, the Installation of Officers for 2015-16 will be Saturday, May 9th, with social time at 4pm. The Installation and buffet will be starting at 5pm. Come and welcome our commander and his new slate of officers.

The new slate of officers for 2015-16 are; Dick Roberts, Commander; Steve Balland;1st Vice; Harold Clawson, 2nd Vice; John Gates, 3rd Vice; Ray Doucette, Adjutant; Tom Heburn, Finance Officer; John Damon, Chaplin; Historian is open; Art Farr, Stg. At Arms; and Service officer – appointed.

Our Executive Committee is: Mike Buczkowski, Barry Gates, and Gary Wedgewood with two open slots.

Just a reminder, that we still have two months to get our 2015 dues in. I would like to thank Gary Wedgewood for doing a great job on this year’s membership. Right now we are currently at 95%, that’s 2nd in the county! So let’s try to reach our goal for 2015! As May and June will be busy months for us, don’t forget our Memorial Day Service & Parade on May 25th, Monday at 11:00am. The Parade begins at 10:30am sharp! Let’s everyone come out and support our Veterans Legion, and take time to honor our American heroes!

On June 4th, Thursday, at 7pm is awards night at the 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.

Important Dates: Roberts Post Jr. Legion Baseball begins June 1st; County Convention, June 6th, 9:00am at Utica Post 229; Department Convention July 15th – 18th Buffalo. NY.

In closing I can’t say enough for all the support the Legion has given me though out this year, we have done so much for our youth, community, and our veterans, who need us more and more every day! I’m proud to say that I’m a veteran and proud to be a member of Roberts Post #161. 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


Ladies Auxiliary:

Ladies of 161, this is the last letter until September. It is so wonderful to see the grass getting green, the trees budding, and daffodils blooming. The last two months were busy and the next two months will also see a lot of activity.

Installation of officers will be May 9 at 5:00pm at the legion. Officers are: D. Roberts – President; A. Shaler – 1st Vice; S. Piseck – 2nd Vice; M. Herringshaw – 3rd Vice; R. Owen – Secretary; S. Wedgewood – Treasurer; K. Lemieux – Chaplain; K. Lemieux, Historian, and M. Clarke – Sgt-at-Arms. Thank you to my outgoing officers, you were amazing this year and made my job easier. I am looking forward to the new members getting involved and making the upcoming year as successful as last year. It will be quite exciting.

May is Poppy month and there will be Memorial Day activities. We are hoping to have our Junior Auxiliary members be the Poppy Princesses in the parade again, they were so cute and did a fantastic job last year. Our junior members were quite active this year making Christmas and Valentines cards for our veterans in area nursing homes and working fish fries. We hope to get them more involved in the coming months with some of the functions we do.

Alice does a terrific job as membership chair. It is not easy. We need members because some of us are getting older [imagine that] and can’t do as much as we used to or would like to. If you know anyone who might be interested in joining please tell them to get in touch with Alice or any member. At the June meeting we will be honoring our milestone members for their years of service. Alice also does a special presentation at a meeting when we have a new member join. We are a great team and we work together well for our veterans, our children, our active military, and our community.

We have held a few extra fundraisers this year and have been able to make more donations to organizations relying on help from outside sources. That is what we are all about – helping!

Department Convention is being held in Buffalo, N.Y. from July 15 – 18. Some of us will be going to that and hopefully we will come back with some new ideas and new ways to serve our veterans and the community where they live.

If you would like to send a “hello” or “thinking of you card” to Jack Boak, Sylvia Davis, Karen McMahon, Stan Brown, Ursula Walker, Rod Walker, Jane Drury, Jean Cady or any member of the legion – I’m sure it would brighten their day to know someone was thinking of them. Any of us would enjoy knowing that.

Our own Bobbie Owen, current 5th District President, will become past 5th District president in July, and her homecoming is being planned for Sept. 5, 2015 at the legion. Please try to attend this event, she has done a super job this year as their president and we need to show her how proud we are of what she has accomplished.

It has been a wonderful year and I am hoping to have a lot more events and good news to report to you in the September newsletter. Thank you for having confidence in me – you make me proud to be part of the Leon R. Roberts Unit 161 team.

Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer! Love to all of you.

Yours in service not self,
Debbie Roberts


Sons of the American Legion:

Pete Chambrone, Tom LaRock and I attended the fundraising dinner for the incoming Department Legion Commander Jim Yermas to meet him and hear some of his ideas.

My thanks to those who worked the Horseshoe Club dinner so we could attend the fund-raiser and thanks, also, to all that helped with the spring fish-fries. Our Squadron gained $155 from the 50/50s.

May 10 the SAL is doing a Mother’s Day Buffet Breakfast 8:00am till Noon. We need lots of help to man the kitchen and dining room and make this a success. Tickets are $8 with children under 5 free. Tickets are available at the bar for pre-sale. Members can sign out some tickets and do some pre-sales to help make this event a winner.

John Bieksza, Commander

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Commander’s Message:

As you know this winter has not been kind to all of us but spring is not that far away.

I hope all will take advantage of the upcoming activities and events in the coming months. Lenten Fish Fry Dinners will be already started by the time you get your newsletter. Feb. 20th – April 3rd are the dates for the dinners. Take outs are available – call 865-9921. Help is always needed on Friday for prep and clean-up. Our youth organizations will be working some of our dinners, so let’s show our support for them as well as the legion.

It’s is election time again. If you would like to run for an office or the Executive Board, please notify the Post Nominating Committee. Bob Leahy or Ray Doucette, no later than March 9th. If you do not submit a letter of intention prior to the membership meeting, you can still be put on the ballot by being nominated off the floor at the meeting, but you must be present and accept the nomination. Elections will take place on April 14th at the Legion meeting. Installation of officers will be on May 9th Sat. 2015.

On March 14th, Sat., the Post will be having its upcoming 96th Legion Birthday Observance. Cocktails at 6 pm; Dinner at 7pm. A sign- up sheet will be in the bar area for those attending. Bring a dish to pass as we celebrate the Legions birthday. Also attending will be students who attended Boy’s State and will speak of their week long experiences at Boy’s state. So come and enjoy good food and support our youth programs.

I just want to take time and thank Roberts Post for letting our members attend “Mid – Winter” in Albany, NY on January 23rd & 24th.

Helpful information was learned at the meetings, which we brought back to our Posts. Ten members from our Legion, Auxiliary, and SAL attended the meetings. Next year we hope to have more!

A reminder to those who go south for the winter or go out of state for a while, you can get your newsletter by e-mail. Just send you E-mail address to robertspost161@gmail.com and Tom Waters will receive them and send your newsletter to you. This will cut our cost in mailing and the cost of getting letters back with the wrong addresses.

March & April dates to remember:

· County Meeting at Roberts Post# 161, March 16th 7 p.m. ( Let’s show our support from Roberts Post)

· Heart- Run & Walk, March 7th, Sat. (Roberts Post will have a table for the runners at the Adirondack Bank at 7:30 am in Holland Patent. Come and support these people who run for a good cause!)

· Veteran’s Victory Bowl, Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m. Vista Lanes ( Roberts Post will have a team to Benefit Sitrin’s Star & Stripes.)

In closing, my second year as commander is drawing to a close 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 county what it is. Remember our servicemen and women around the world who defend our freedom and pray for their safe return to us and their families.

Veterans Serving Veterans,

Richard Roberts, Commander


Ladies Auxiliary:

Hope you have been handling this winter pretty well but I am so looking forward to spring as I am sure you are also.

In January some of us went to mid-winter conference in Albany. It was very informative and we are going to try to do more things for our veterans, active military, their families, and our community in the future.

Before our monthly meetings begin at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of each month, we are going to have a ½ hour leadership meeting. This should help answer some questions about how and why we do things. The more knowledge and information will make us a more successful Auxiliary unit than we are now. And we are pretty darn good!

We are still doing the Lions dinners as a way to raise funds for programs that need additional help. To help make a little more profit on these dinners we are asking the members to make the desserts for them. You can get in touch with Alice Shaler or me if you would like to help.

Fish fries are here and the list of volunteers is set unless someone can’t do their shift, in which case, you might get a call asking for your help. In February we held a Valentine’s basket raffle and the winner was me. During Lent we will be having another raffle with the winning ticket drawn on Good Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Post. On April 11, 2015, from 10:00 ‘til 3:00, at the Post, there will be a Craft and Vendor show with light luncheon foods available to buy. There is a great need by veterans, active military, their families, and others for help. Unit 161 is going to be there for them because that is what we are all about.

The March meeting will be the election of officers for the 2015-2016 year. Here is the list: Deb Roberts – president; Alice Shaler – 1st vice; Sheila Piseck – 2nd vice; Mary Lou Herringshaw – 3rd vice; Roberta “Bobbie” Owen – secretary; Sue Wedgewood – treasurer; Kathy Lemieux – chaplain; Marion Clarke – sgt-at-arms; and Kathy Lemieux – historian. We are all doing our best to make our Auxiliary team as good as possible and I know we are succeeding because our members are # 1. March will also see us holding our Easter Party for the children. I will post more info about it on FB and in the STAR.

Empire Girls State is the end of June and Unit 161 has picked Julia Rabbia as our girl to attend. We will be anxious o find out about what she did, learned, and other experiences she had while there. We are hoping to get more girls interested in this program in the upcoming years.

February was Chapel of the Four Chaplains month for the Auxiliary, and if you don’t know what that is about, please look it up. I am sure you will be very glad you did. April is our Children and Youth month with special attention being placed on them and their programs.

Hopefully most of us are in fairly good health but we have a few members who could be better. A thinking of you card would probably be appreciated by Karen McMahon, Ursula Walker, Mary Shaw, and Sylvia Davis. If you need an address, please get in touch with me.

Alice is doing a great job with membership but she can’t do it by herself. We are thinking of having a tea and open house for ladies who might be interested in joining but aren’t sure what we are about. There will be more details about this in the months to come.

I am proud of Unit 161 and I want to say thank you to all members who are always able to help when needed.

Yours in service,

Debbie Roberts


Sons of the American Legion:

Pete and I attended the Midwinter conference in Albany and went to several information sessions. Remember that county SAL meetings are the second Sunday of each month. Everybody is welcome to attend.

My thanks to all those members who work Post functions like dinners. Please continue to help with Fish Fries. Check your membership card and make sure your card says 2015. If not, your dues are past due so please pay them promptly.

For God and Country,

Commander John Bieksza


Legion Membership:

We are currently 91% of quota and need 19 more to put us over the top. Please make sure you have paid your 2015 dues. Thank you.

Gary Wedgewood, Membership

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