VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for 4th of July!!

Yes – we need volunteers to help us with a 2 to 3 hour shift for the Post 1776 4th of July celebration! Please sign up on the sheet in the Legion (just ask if you don’t see it), or call Linsey at 952-431-1776. Thanks for helping out.

We are also looking for Korea war veterans to ride in the parade cars for Post 1776. If you are a Korean War veteran or know of one, please contact Linsey at 952-431-1776.

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Flag Day Ceremony 06-14-2018

Post 1776 Flag Day Ceremony 06-14-2018.

We have the gallery below showing the dignified disposal of the American Flags that have served and flow proud.Commander Carla Tappainer on trumpet.

A second video shows and tells the tale of the folding of our flag as our Commander narrates.


Bonus Video. You will like this very much…

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon June News

<The BYTR news article did not make it into the June newsletter, so we are posting it here and adding it to the online newsletter later today>

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network of Apple Valley exists to serve military personnel – both those currently serving and Veterans – and their families, by assisting them any way we can. Your help and support has been and continues to be very much appreciated! Please join us by contributing your time and talents, using the special abilities you have.

Some recent examples of how we have served:

  • This past month we have provided a food card to a Veteran and his family in need; helped another Veteran with a utility bill; and another Veteran trying to get home to western Minnesota. If you know of a military family needing help, or you or another Veteran needing assistance, please contact us 952-923-5014.
  • At our Military Appreciation Dinner in May we honored Commander Carla as she successfully completed her 3-year term. She has been a wonderful friend of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and we wish her well in her next position. Over 130 joined us to hear great words from Mayor Mary.
  • The next Appreciation Dinner is August 16th. Note there are no dinners in June or July. We partner with the Legion to provide excellent meals, which the BTYR serves to Veterans for a voluntary donation. Preregistration is encouraged so we don’t run out of food. Just RSVP at yellowribbonav@gmail.com or leave a message on our phone at 952-923-5014. All dinners are at the Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776.
  • We honored High School graduates who entering Military Service at Apple Valley and East View High Schools. At two separate ceremonies we had the pleasure of honoring 29 grads who have enlisted in all branches of the Service.
  • If you or someone you know is looking for a job, there a couple of opportunities we’d like to share with you: 
  • Upcoming Events: Veterans career fair July 18 (more info next month), and landscaping company needs workers who are hard working, reliable, with a drivers license. Will train. Positive working conditions, in business 25 years. Hourly rate DOQ, flexible hours PT or FT.  Call Tom 612-961-3859 or Diane 952-484-4217

June 7th – Regular Board Meeting 6:00 pm at the Apple Valley Legion

July 18 – Career Fair

August 9th – Board meeting

August 16th – Appreciation Dinner

August 18 & 19 – Fund raiser with Von Hanson’s

Please join us as we proudly serve our Veterans, their families, and currently serving military members.

~Glenn Sonnee ~

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Memorial Day Ceremonies Monday May 28th

We had a great Memorial Day ceremony on Monday the 28th honoring those who gave so much so that we could remain free. Post 1776 in Apple Valley is the 2nd largest American Legion Post in Minnesota, and we have some the nicest people and veterans right here at our post. It was a touching ceremony today. Very touching. I want to thank all who attended and presented. Thanks to Lloyd Cybart who did such a fantastic job organizing the event (as he has done in past years).

And a very big thank you to our out going Commander, Carla Osness Tappainer who is now our 3rd District Commander. You will be missed at the Post. And also a big thank you to the City of Apple Valley for your support.

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05/17/2018 – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Military Appreciation Dinner

Tonight’s dinner is the last one for a couple of months and was well attended. 130 attended though 109 had RSVP’d ahead of the dinner. Still, everyone was accommodated.

Our Commander Carla Tappainer is stepping down after leading Post 1776 for the previous three years. We’ve seen many changes at the post including the hiring of a professional General Manager in Linsey Green who is doing a fantastic job.

Our kitchen is profitable and the comments we get here through the web site and through Google all point to one of the best places for Veterans and their families to come to for some fellowship, good food and music.

Carla was honored at the dinner tonight by the City of Apple Valley (Mayor Mary presented the honor) and by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon for her selfless service to Post 1776. We will miss your leadership Carla but we know you’ll still be around.

We wish you all the best in your role leading the Legions 3rd District. All the best.


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The Old Country Boys Band – 7pm

Old Country Boys Band

Friday May 11th

7pm – 11pm

$5.00 Cover

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Chamber Gala – Friday May 2nd 2018

You may not have known this… but the American Legion Post 1776 was one of three finalists for business of the year with the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce. We did not make it, Uopnor won the honor this year yet it was still an honor to be considered.

Here a few photos of the event! We all had a good time and our Post was well represented.

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Kentucky Derby & Hat Contest & Cinco de Mayo

A lot was going on at Post 1776 today!

What a great turn out today for the Cinco de Mayo celebration and the Kentucky Derby and our hat contest! There were meat raffles, and horse racing and more.

Joe Tappainer won the crowd favorite and the judges favorite for the men’s hat competition with the Brain (er… Brian) coming in a close second.

Pam our lovely barmaid won first place in the women’s contest with our Commander Carla Tappainer winning the crowd favorite.

More photos will be posted tomorrow after I recover from the celebration!!

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May is Poppy Month


May is Poppy Month – The red poppy is the official symbol of remembrance for the American Legion Family—we distribute and wear the poppy before and on Memorial Day to honor our nation’s war dead. Every year the Auxiliary purchases poppies that are made by veteran’s and distribute them for donations that support the welfare of veterans, active military and their families.

Our ladies will be in the Legion throughout the month of May — this is an American Legion Family Program so please be generous!

On Friday and Saturday – May 18th and 19th we will be in the community —- we need volunteers from the Post, SAL and the Legion Riders, get a friend or spouse to volunteer with you !!!


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Proposed Bylaw changes – VOTE April 17th

Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776

Proposed Constitution and Bylaw Changes:

In general, replace the title “Club Manager” with “General Manager” throughout the document.

ARTICLE III – EXECUTIVE BOARD – Section 3 – add new item f):

f) The Board will have final approval for termination of the General Manager or the Business Manager upon recommendation of the Operations Group.

ARTICLE IV – OPERATIONS GROUP – Section 2 – item a):

All members shall be notified by mail email or telephone at least two (2) days in advance of any special meeting.”

ARTICLE IV – OPERATIONS GROUP – Section 3 – merge items b) and c) and renumber the remaining subparagraphs:

Item b) …… “ for all financial affairs of the clubroom and kitchen, including purchasing, maintaining, sale and disposal of all clubroom and kitchen properties, per limits as defined in Article VIII, Section 3 1.”

ARTICLE V – ELECTIONS, INSTALLATIONS, etc. – Section 5 – add item c):

Item c) “ Because of the potential issues either real or perceived related to conflict of interest, favoritism or the potential for a stressful work environment, no member may serve on any board or committee of this Post that has oversight of an employee that is a relative of the member. For the purpose of this policy, relative means husbands, wives, live-in partners, domestic partners, parents, children, siblings, in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles of both marital and step relationships.”


..”except the Nominating Committee, of which he or she is not a member, unless he has completed a previous term as Commander.


Delete Section 1 as duplicate to the “CONSTITUTION – ARTICLE VI – FINANCE” and replace with the following to define in one place the various expenditure authorization levels and delete all others throughout the document.)

Section 1. Post 1776 non-operational expenditures (i.e., capital equipment, repairs, remodeling) limits are as follows:

Up To

General Manager $ 500.00

Operations Group

Normal 2,500.00

Emergency 5,000.00

Commander and Finance Officer 10,000.00

Executive Board 30,000.00

Section 3. Delete Item a) and renumber the remaining subparagraphs.

Standing Rules of Apple Valley Post 1776

GAMBLING COMMITTEE – Add new item (l)

(l) The Gambling Manager shall have final approval over all Gambling Employee hiring and firing upon recommendation of the Assistant Gambling Manager.


Delete Items (h) and (m) and renumber remaining items.

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