Leon R. Roberts Post 161, Meeting tonight 9/13/2016, 7pm


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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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American Legion Post 161 Sons of the American Legion



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Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day at the Post 161


Memorial Day Service & Parade on May 30th, Leon R. Roberts Post 161 will be having our Parade and Memorial Day Service. The Parade begins at 10:30am sharp! The Service will be at 11:00am. Let’s everyone come out and support our Veterans and Legion. Take time to honor our American heroes!

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