Our Post Chaplain, John Damon is now in a nursing home. He would enjoy visitors or cards. For further information please contact our Commander at 865-5756.

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Leon R. Roberts Post 161 November/December Newsletter

Commander’s Message:

Well, 2016 is moving by pretty fast with leaves falling and everyone catching up on their outside work, we all know what’s coming! As you know October and November are busy months around the Legion.

Fish Fries have started at the Post and will run every Friday from 4:30-8:00pm until November 18th, we could use help on Fridays on prep in the morning and during the fish fry in the evening, that’s one thing we don’t refuse is a helping hand, so bring the family out for great food and our fabulous salad bar!

As you know there will be no fish fries on Nov.11th due to Veterans Day!

On November 7th at 7pm the Holland Patent High School music Dept. will be presenting the Veterans Concert for all Veterans. Let’s show our support as the students do a wonderful job in showing their hard work and dedication, also the respect to all our Veterans in our community.

On November 11th Roberts Post will be having its annual Veterans Day Ceremony starting at 11:00am at the Post. All members are welcome as well as Veterans from our surrounding communities. Also if you have pictures of your service days, bring them in to share with us.

Later in the evening we will be having our Veterans dinner at 7:00pm with cocktail hour at 6:00pm. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass and make this a fun evening of good homemade food and saluting our Veterans. A signup sheet will be at the bar.

Don’t forget your Cash Bash tickets if you haven’t sent them in yet the drawing is December 4th, we have extra at the Post!

Remember, the American Red Cross Blood Drive will be on Monday, December 19th, from 12:00 noon till 7:30pm at the Legion. Sponsoring a blood drive is an important community responsibility and it requires advance planning to ensure success. Help us reach our goal that is needed to support the patients in your community.

As always, we truly appreciate your continued support of our Post and we look forward to your support in the future.

As the holidays approach this year let’s remember all those in nursing homes, hospitals, etc. that they need us to make their day a little brighter.

In closing, I can’t say enough for all the support you have given me and the Legion throughout the year. When they say Legion family, it means our Legionnaires, Auxiliary and SAL that do so much. Without all of these people doing what they do, we couldn’t do what we do for our community, youth and most of all our Veterans. I personally want to thank each and every one of you for what you do here at Roberts Post!

Be safe and enjoy the holidays wherever you may be!

For God and Country
Commander Richard Roberts

Ladies Auxiliary:

Hello Unit 161 Members! It’s time for the Nov. – Dec. newsletter. The Nov. meeting on the 7th will start at 5:45 pm and end at 6:30 pm. The reason for this time change is the HPCS Music Dept. will be performing a Veterans Day tribute at 7:00 that night in the high school auditorium. Many of us attend this every year and this year will be no different. Hope some of you can come and enjoy what our youth do to show veterans how much their service to our country means.

I can tell you it has been a busy Sept. and Oct. We updated our standing rules and will be voting on them at the Nov. meeting. I can’t report on how the Halloween Party went because that isn’t happening until Oct. 31 at the HP Hose Co. Our fundraiser using, the evening lottery numbers for Nov., is going quite well. This is one of our main means of fundraising to support various requests and programs that come to us. Thank you to all who are selling these tickets – GREAT JOB! Thank you to Diane for all the hard work spent on this effort. There will also be the Oneida Co. ALA meeting at Roberts Post on Sat. Nov. 19 at noon. You are more than welcome to come, just let us know so we can have enough lunch for everyone.

November will be busy with our Veteran’s Day event, a chili cook-off on Nov. 12, Thanksgiving, and the end of our Fish Fries for the fall. There will be “NO” Fish Fry on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. That is the day we have our Veterans Ceremony at the legion. December will bring decorating the Post for Christmas, getting poinsettias out to people to make their holiday a little brighter; sunshine baskets to make it happier; and helping a veteran’s family enjoy the Holiday Season a little bit more.

Alice is doing a great job with membership. We are over 60% of our quota for the year and we have new members and are pleased to welcome them to our unit. We work hard, have fun, and serve our veterans and community well. Please if you would like to join or know someone who might like to, get in touch with Alice, me, or any of our Auxiliary members.

If any of you have a way to access Facebook, please look up the Leon R. Roberts Unit 161 page. We post things there to keep everyone updated on what is happening or has happened.

Yours, “in Service, not self”,
Debra Roberts, President


Hello fellow members! Hope this finds you well and enjoying the fall. Brace yourself! Winter is not far behind. As of this writing we are currently at 132 members with a quota of 206 or 64% for 2017. That’s great for this time of the year but we need to push to get to 100%. Remind your friends or send your dues in if you haven’t yet. With that in mind, if you get a notice from Headquarters that you haven’t paid your 2017 dues, check your card. If it says 2017 great! Ignore the notice. If it says 2016 and you think you have paid, give me a call at the Post 865-9921 or my cell 404-7891 and we’ll check it out. Remember we are always looking for new members or those who might wish to transfer to our home. Thanks to all those who have been helping out on dinners, Fish Fries, and NFL Sunday. These activities help fund all we do for our community and local Veterans. Sometimes the “pool” of helpers gets a little thin so we do appreciate any effort made to assist.

On November 12th we are having a Chili Cook Off. It seems that we have some great cooks who want the bragging rights. First prize is $100.00, so give it a shot. Cost to enter is only $10.00. If not cooking you can always judge. For $3.00 you get to taste some great chili, get three tickets to vote, and a free drink ticket. All proceeds will benefit Holland Patent Football and a local Veteran’s family for the holidays. Come on down and enjoy some great chili and friendships!

Yours in service,
Steve Ballard

Sons of the American Legion:

The day light hours are becoming ever so shorter as summer turns into the season of fall. The bold greens of our majestic trees change to a cascade of beautiful reds and golden yellows. Eventually the colors fade and the tired trees shed their leaves that go away. The colors that stand the test of time are those of our great flag, the red, the white and the blue. These colors stand true because of the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve this great country in times of peace and in times of war. Many have served; many have paid the ultimate price so that we may live in a nation of the free, a nation of the brave. This should never be taken lightly!

It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that the cession of fighting between the Allies and the Germans was declared to end WWI. It was one year later President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day. In May 1938 Congress by statute declared Armistice Day a federal holiday. It was not until 1954 that November 11th was changed to Veteran’s Day. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan stated: ”Veterans Day gives all Americans a special opportunity to pay tribute to all those men and women who throughout our history, have left their homes and loved ones to serve their country. Their willingness to give freely and unselfishly of themselves, even their lives, in defense of our democratic principles has given our great country the security we enjoy today.” Please reach out to as many of our brave service men and woman to say “thank you”, they will understand.

We have been very busy at the Post with meetings, Friday Fish Fries, Sunday NFL Football, multiple activities and dinners. Please check the calendar and if available, any help would be greatly appreciated. “Many hands make light work.”

Just a reminder the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 161 meet the first Monday of each month at 7PM. The Oneida County SAL meets the third Sunday of each month at 1PM. The schedule of hosting American Legion Posts is available. Please make all attempts to attend; we all have something to contribute which will make the SAL a greater organization.

The 2016-17 membership cards are here. Presently we are at just over a 25% renewal rate. Please consider renewing your membership sooner than later.

I would like to wish everyone a very safe holiday season full of blessings and cheer. Remember it is better to give than it is to receive; please consider a person or family less fortunate then ourselves.

For God, Country and our Veterans
Pete Chambrone, Commander SAL

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Leon R. Roberts Post 161 September-October Newsletter

Commander’s Message:

Summer is almost over and our Post is anticipating busy months ahead for the Legion and the community. July and August went by fast, I hope everyone enjoyed the warm summer that we had.

Again, I would like to thank the Legion for letting our members from Roberts Post 161 on attending the Dept. Convention in Binghamton, New York this year from July 13th thru July 16th. Oneida Country was represented well by our Legionnaires and also from 5th District as well!

Also, had the pleasure to meet John B. Sampson our new Department Commander, a 40 year Legion member from Cattaraugus County. He is a Viet-Nam –era Veteran while severing in the Navy. He leads the New York State American Legion which consists of more than 113,000 members and some 900 Posts throughout 62 countries, with the affiliated organizations of the Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, which the total jumps to nearly 200,000. Commander Sampson will be visiting Oneida County sometime in October, a time and place to be announced.

Congratulations to George Dorn on being elected as our new County Commander, I know all the Posts in the county will work together on making our county proud!

Also our own Holland Patent graduate Debbie Kryczkowski of Oneida County and 5th District is our new ALA Dept. of NY Auxiliary President, congratulations to her she will make our county and district very proud of all her accomplishments.

Once again September and October will here soon, many things will be coming up in the weeks to come. Remember school will be in session, so watch out for our children and youth, they play a big part of our programs thru out the school year.

As you know October will be the start of Fish Fry’s which will begin on October 7th. The Legion, Auxiliary & SAL play a big role in making this a successful event each year. We need the help from anybody who would like us to serve you and the community. We’re looking for people who would like to cook or prep., call me or the Post 865-9921.

Just a reminder, our 2016 Cash Bash Raffle is underway. Tickets are $20.00 and 27 prizes in all will be drawn on December 4th, Sun. @ 5pm.

Important Dates to Remember:

Sept.1, VJ DAY 1945; Sept. 4, Labor DAY; Sept.11, Patriot Day; Sept. 16 POW/ MIA Recognition Day; Sept. 24, Gold Mother’s Day; Oct. 9, Columbus day

In closing I can’t say enough for all the support the Legion has giving me though out the year. Veterans need our help; Roberts Post will always be there when asked

Thanks to everyone who support us and our community.

Veterans serving Veterans,
Richard Roberts, Commander

Ladies Auxiliary:

Hello Ladies of Unit 161.

It’s time to start receiving the newsletter again. Hope you all have had an enjoyable summer and been able to do the things you like. Many things to tell you that have been done and many things we need to think about and do in the coming months.

Two of the most memorable things we participated in were the Retreat at Sitrin for Veterans and their families and the convention in Binghamton.

We are hoping to be asked to do the Retreat again next year. We worked with the Legionnaires and SAL to cook and serve a picnic supper for all who attended this weekend event. So many wonderful families were there to relax and enjoy the moment.

The convention was quite an experience. We elected our own Debbie Racquet Kryczkowski as Dept. president for 2016 & 2017. She will do a great job for all of us and her project this year is “TAPS” [Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors].

The theme for this year is “We are Family”, meaning the Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and SAL are going to work together more than usual. I think that is super and I know all of Roberts Post 161 is going to do that [we have already started].

There were amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws that were attempted to be made but the county units only chose to adopt the ones that were good for all the counties in NY.

Our executive committee has made some standing rules changes that will be talked about at the Sept. meeting and then voted on for acceptance of the changes. Don’t forget our monthly meetings are the 1st Monday of each month @ 7:00 pm except for Sept. which is the 2nd Monday.

Fish Fry’s will be starting in October and workers will be needed for them. We also will start to talk about the annual Halloween party we do at the HP Hose Co.

The Remsen Barn Fest is Sept. 24 & 25, The Commander and I will be there selling 50/50 tickets for the Stars and Stripes fundraising efforts which go on just about all year. We will also be selling tickets based on the nightly Lottery numbers draw for the month of November. Any questions get in touch with me.

We are trying to get our junior members more active in things that are happening in our unit. The idea of the girls having their own Junior Auxiliary shirts is one that has been brought up. We also have some plans for activities for the Juniors to do. That will be announced in the next newsletter.

Membership never has a time off. Alice has been active with new members joining and we are always pleased to welcome new ladies into our ranks. There is much to do and it is never ending. Remember: “We are here for our Veterans, the children, AND our community”. “We are Family!”

If you know of anyone who is ill or not feeling well or just might need a thinking of you card, please let me or any member know. I have some names for you to consider sending a card to: Jean Cady, Jane Drury, Jean Farr, Sylvia Davis, Joyce Schweinsberg, Ceil Pianella and Phyllis Diurnal. We send our condolences to our member, Jeannine Damon, on the loss of her mother who was 100. God blesses her and her family.

Please remember our Veterans and active duty men and women and their families in our prayers.

Yours in service,
Debbie Roberts, President


Welcome back members of Roberts Post 161! Summer is winding down and the most beautiful time of the year is nearing in Upstate New York. I don’t know about you, but my summer has been full and hectic.

2017 membership drive has started and as of this writing we have 90 members who have renewed their membership. Thank you! If you have gotten your card it should be stamped as an “Early Bird” on the front of the card. Everyone who renews by October 1st will get stamped “Early Bird” and invited to our early bird dinner on October 22nd.

On Sept 11th we’ll once again be kicking off NFL Sundays at the Legion with the kitchen in full swing each Sunday from 3pm to 8pm. Come join your fellow members and watch a game or two and enjoy some great wings and burgers. Also, if any members would like to “bond” in the kitchen help is always welcomed! As we have all been reminded too many times this past year, taking the time to spend time with fellow Legionnaires is a luxury we should not take for granted. Hope to see you at a meeting or football game soon!

Yours in service,
Steve Ballard, Membership Chairman

Sons of the American Legion

It is that time to welcome everyone back from a very nice and well deserved summer break. As the newly elected SAL Commander, I am humbled to accept this role with honor as it is a privilege to lead the SAL. I received my SAL eligibility through my late father and both grandfathers who were all US Army veterans. I would like to thank SAL Cmdr. Bieksza for his years of dedicated service as our local Cmdr. and wish him the best in his new role as Oneida County SAL Vice Cmdr.

I would like to extend my gratitude to our members who marched in the Memorial Day Parade and participated in the Memorial Day ceremony. In July the SAL along with our Legionnaires and Auxiliary had the distinct honor to provide, cook and serve a meal to our veterans and their families during Sitrin’s Stars and Stripes veteran’s retreat.

Up and coming events include the Camroden 9 Golf tournament on September 17, 2016. Proceeds will benefit the SAL supportive programs. Contact Shawn Fallon at 315-725-3144 to sign up or for details.

SAL meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7PM. The September meeting will be on 9/12/16 due to the observance of the Labor Day holiday. Please make all attempts to attend; we all have something to contribute which will make our SAL a greater organization.

Membership cards for 2016-17 are here. Please consider renewing your membership sooner than later.

For God, Country and our Veterans
Pete Chambrone, Commander SAL

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Leon R. Roberts Post 161

Our first meeting of the season will be held September 13th at 7:00pm

All members are welcome. We all hope to see you there.

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