Commander’s Message – May 2017

Greetings to Everyone!

Well, I think spring is finally here!! All the trees are budding and tulips are coming up!! I’m so thankful for this time of year!! Everything is new, fresh and clean!! Speaking of being clean…we have scheduled a clean-up day here at the Legion on May 20th! If it’s raining, we will do it the 21st. I need a volunteer to organize the day since some of us will be at the 3rd District Convention that day. Please call me if you are willing to help with that. We plan on doing a general cleaning of everything….power-washing the pavilion and patio, washing windows, picking up garbage and anything else that we can see that needs to be done. I will be getting the boy scouts to help out also. It would be nice to get this all done before the 4th of July!!

Dates to keep in mind are May 20th for the 3rd District Convention in New Prague and July 13th – 15th for the Department Convention in Mahnomen at the Shooting Star Casino. There is also another event that you should consider attending and that would be the MN American Legion Training that will take place June 23rd – 25th at Legionville. There is no cost for this and you can stay right there for no charge. This is for all members who would like to learn more about being part of the leadership for the Legion. I will put a link to the registration form on our website or you can contact me and I will print one out for you if you don’t have a computer.

Don’t forget about elections this month! We need everyone to come vote!! Make sure you bring your current dues card with you. I’m in need of a 2nd Vice Commander for this upcoming year. Right now we don’t have anyone in line for that position. We will also be taking nominations for all offices before the meeting on May 16th.

The 4th of July will be here before you know it! Tickets for the raffle will be ready to sell very soon. Remember, this is our biggest fundraiser for the year so we really need to sell as many as possible. If you want to sell tickets to earn your dues for next year, you must sell 75 tickets! You have to check out all 75 at once so we can keep track of them. It was just too hard to do when people were taking 10 or 20 at time to sell. We will also need a ton of volunteers for that day and I’m looking for a Grand Marshall. If you know of anyone who we should honor that day, let me know.

We are getting close to starting the new Disabled American Veterans group here at the Legion. I’m working closely with the State and National leaders to get this going. If you are interested, please contact me to get your name on the list.

We are still looking for a kitchen manager! Keep your ears open for anyone you think would be a good fit for the Legion!

Here is something for you to think about this month…..

The truth of the matter is that you ALWAYS know the right thing to do.

The hard part is DOING it!” – Norman Schwarzkopf

Commander Carla

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May 2017 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network of Apple Valley

May 2017

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network of Apple Valley exists to serve Veterans, those actively in the Military, 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, and the special abilities you have.

Good to see many of you at the Apple Valley Home and Garden Show! Thanks for stopping by to say hello.

Some recent examples of how we have done this:

  • Last month we helped with a car repairs, household moving, and several referrals. If you are in need of assistance, know of a military family needing help, or if you can help provide assistance, such as lawn care, ride to VA or an appointment, home repairs, or car repairs, etc., please contact us 952-923-5014.
  • The monthly Military Appreciation Dinners are growing in attendance, but there is still room for you! We partner with the Legion to provide excellent meals, which BTYR serves to Veterans at no charge. Preregistration is requested – just RSVP at or leave a message on our phone at 952-923-5014. The next Appreciation Dinner is the 18th of May at the Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776.
  • If you were not at the April Appreciation Dinner you missed an excellent presentation by Len Hagenson. He recently returned from a deployment to Quatar. Many fascinating pictures and stories – and he answered questions from the audience. Thank you Len!
  • The May Appreciation Dinner Speaker is scheduled to be the 34th Division Commander, MG Jon Jensen, who is also a resident of Apple Valley. Please join us for a very interesting evening!
  • Please note we will not have an Appreciation Dinner in June or July due to the many activities of summer. Our next dinner after May is August 17th.

Upcoming Events:

May 4th, 2017: General and Board meeting, 6:30 pm at AV American Legion Post 1776

May 13 and 14: See you at Von Hansen’s in Apple Valley

May 18th, 2017: Military Appreciation Dinner at 5:30pm.

May 29th, 2017: Memorial Day (observed)

June 1st: General and Board meeting, 6:30 pm at the AV American Legion Post 1776

No dinner in June

No meetings or dinner in July

August 3rd: General and Board meeting, 6:30 pm at the AV American Legion Post 1776

August 17th: Military Appreciation Dinner at the AV American Legion Post 1776

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

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Rest with God Megan Marie. We will miss you.

Our sweet Megan Marie has made her way to heaven to be in eternal peace… It breaks all of our hearts to see you gone too soon … You were a breath of fresh air and everyone loved you and your beautiful smile! It still seems very unreal… You were a sweet girl that could ‘rock the bandana like no other!’ Rest in peace Megs, we will miss you SO MUCH… Love you.

“26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:26

Rest with God Megan Marie. You will be missed here on Earth.

There is an obituary on white funeral website as well. We have a donation box set up at the podium for the family. Also, a basket to put memories, stuffed animals, etc.

[Update on Service]
Memorial Service was held 2 PM Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. So., Mpls, MN; with a visitation one hour prior to service. Following the service there was a remembrance for friends and family at The American Legion, Post 1776, 14521 Granada Drive, Apple Valley, MN. R.I.P our sweet Megan! In lieu of flowers, you may donate memorials to Meg’s favorite charity:

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Honey Jack is back!

Let me preface this posting by saying I don’t drink a lot. But I do have my one shot of Jack Daniels a day (purely for medicinal purposes – see the 11 health benefits of it). Anyone at the Legion will tell you I am more at home with a cup of coffee than a beer. With that being the case, imagine my surprise when I heard that my favorite liquor was in stock!

I had the pleasure of having breakfast with Carla (our Commander), Joe and their lovely daughter this morning. Where I was reminded by Joe that the Post now has Jack Daniel’s Honey liquor behind the bar.

If you have not tried this liquor over ice you do not know what you are missing! It is so smooth and tasty that I find stopping at just one may is difficult to do. It is the perfect after meal drink.

I’ve been a fan of Jack Daniels for decades and Honey Jack as I call it, for the past few years. Come on in folks and try it. You’ll like it.

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Sunday Brunch Buffet – $10.95

The Sunday brunch buffet at the Legion runs from 8am to 12 noon. Come on down and join us! $10.95. It is available every 1st Sunday of the month.

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April Message from our Commander

What a month we’ve had! It’s gone from 65 degree weather to snow storms and rain then back to the 60’s all in one week!! I don’t know about you but this is a little confusing to me and I’m in desperate need of seeing green grass and flowers!!

I hope everyone has had a chance to meet Lindsey Green, our new general manager! She is doing a fantastic job! Stop by and say Hi!!

We had an awesome start to the Lenten Fish Fry last month and I think everyone is happy with the food. St. Patrick’s Day was also a huge success and the corned beef was amazing!! I heard that there was a lot of green beer consumed that day!! Also, the 40 and 8 had a fantastic meat raffle!! Thanks to all the volunteers that are helping with the big meal events!! You are the backbone of our club and we all appreciate the extra time you put in to help us out!!

I want to do a special shout out to the Auxiliary for the fun meat raffles and horse racing that they did on March 11th!! Everyone had a great time and the club was packed that day!!

The chili contest was a great success! There was more than enough chili go around and everyone had a good time! Next year, we plan on doing a Daytona 500 Chili Cook-off and we will also have some surprise games and contests to go along with that!!

Don’t forget the real meaning of Easter and make sure you spend some quality time with family and friends!!

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine. ~ Dwight L. Moody

I hope everyone has a Blessed Easter!! ~ Commander Carla

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All you can eat fish fry! 5:00pm


Come join us for the best darn fish fry in town! All you can eat from 5pm until 10pm.

Our complete Lenten menu is here.


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Meat Raffles today 03-23-2017 at 16:30 hours

Meat raffles start at 4:30 pm (16:30 hours) today! Come on down to Post 1776.

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St. Patrick’s Day! Corned Beef & Cabbage!

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 An Irish Toast

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

It’s my favorite time of the year! St. Patrick’s Day! It’s the time the Irish in me comes out thanks to Gandma’ McGettrick and the time of the year the Chicago River flows green AND SO WILL THE BEER at Post 1776!

We also have corned beef and cabbage with fish fry from 11am until 4pm and our spectacular Lenten Fish Fry with the ALL YOU CAN EAT fish fry starting at 5pm for $11.95.

Oh and all Catholics now hear this: His Eminence has given us a dispensation for this Friday!! Eat all the corned beef you want! He didn’t say anything about green beer however.

So come on down and get your GREEN on!



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Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction SUNDAY 3-12-2017

There is a spaghetti dinner and silent auction being held for the Rosc Family today from 1pm to 5pm at the Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776.

David and Kim purchased their home only to find everyone began to have health problems. A doctor confirmed their problems were mold related and after moving out of the home their symptoms have begun to disappear. They have since rented a town home but are paying on both: Their house and the town home. They also lost their case for remediation through arbitration and now face $125,000 in attorney fees, mold remediation, and the cost of renting their temporary home.

There are hundreds of items at the silent auction and proceeds go to benefit this veteran and his family.

Channel 5 ran a story on them recently and there is a go-fund me page setup if you would like to donate.

So come on down! The dinner and silent auction begin at 1pm and the benefit runs until 5pm.

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