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!


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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Lenten menu is here!

We have a great selection of meals for you this Lenten season. Come on in and check it out!

–> Check out our Lenten Menu.

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Online Military Exchange benefit open to honorably discharged veterans

From ABC Alabama Redstone local news:

“Starting in November, honorably discharged veterans will be able to access the online stores of military exchanges like the one on Redstone Arsenal. The new benefit will not apply to the actual brick-and-mortar stores, but veterans will be able to shop at any service’s exchange website. The online benefit will be available starting on Veterans Day, November 11. “

Read the entire story here.

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Commander Column – March

Greetings to Everyone!!

Well, it seems that we are heading into spring!! I for one am ready for winter to be over but I’m sure we’ll have a couple more snowfalls just so “Old Man Winter” can make one last stand!

Good news!! We have hired a new General Manager!! I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to get our club going in the right direction! Her name is Lindsey Green and she started a couple weeks ago! Please stop in and introduce yourselves to her!

There are tons of events coming up and we are going to need lots of volunteers! It seems that we are always depending on the same volunteers every year. We can’t continue this way if we want to be a successful Post! We have over 1,100 members of this post and for some reason we can’t even get 20 people to come to a meeting. Why is that? Let’s focus on getting more members involved in our activities! I went to a Legion Post in Spotsylvania, VA this last weekend and I found this poem on their membership table. Please take a moment to read this and think about it what it says……

Do You “Just Belong”?
Are you an active member, the kind that would be missed at an event?
Or are you quite content that your name is just on the membership list?
Do you attend the meetings and mingle with the flock?
Or do you stay at home and criticize and knock what others are doing?
Do you take an active part to help the work along?
Or are you just satisfied to have that card in your wallet/purse and “Just Belong”?
Do you ever take a stand for things you think are right?
Or just leave the work to a few volunteers and talk, instead of fight?
Think it over, Member; you know what is right and what is wrong.
Are you an active member, or do you “Just Belong?”

This is not meant as a shot or dig at anyone, it is not an attempt to make anyone feel as though they are a lesser person or member of the American Legion. I also know that we have more than a few members that, due to health or other reasons, are not able or capable to leave their home or hospital to attend a meeting, much less attend a dinner, dance or Legion Event.

But, as your Commander, I feel it is my responsibility to ask you a straight and honest question.

Why did you join the American Legion Post 1776 Family?

We are a FAMILY!! We need to stick together to help all our veterans…young and old alike!Don’t just sit on the sidelines…. Let’s do this together!!

Commander Carla

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Hello again Fellow Legionnaires and Legion Family

Donations for Month – FOR VETERANS AND COMMUNITY :

  • Flaming Pine Youth Camp
  • 3rd District Presidents Project
  • MS Golf Tournament
  • Velvetones
  • Eastview HS Adaptive Physical Education
  • Eastview Lightning Softball
  • A.V.H.S. Trap Shooting Club
  • Rice County Steam And Gas
  • National Security and Foreign Relations Committee
  • Dakota County Voiture 1457

As you can see everybody and their brother is asking for donations. Each month I have a formula to figure out what the total donations can be. Some organizations get their requests cut, and sometimes the Gambling Committee recommends a small bump up.

Even though I haven’t met the new Club Manager yet, in conversations that I have had she seems to have several good ideas to help with profitability. Did you know that by State statutes Gambling is forbidden from using any monies on bar improvements that must come strictly from the Post and Club proceeds?

Our Wednesday night Bingo has been a huge success, and for that I would like to thank Leanne and the great group of sellers and callers. As far as callers go we are working on that on an ongoing basis. If you know of any improvements in the Booth or Bingo Operation drop me an email at gambling1776@charter.net and I will respond to your queries.

Well until next month, still serving Veterans and Community!

Marv Jarvis, Gambling Manager Post 1776

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2017 Chili Cook-off

American Legion chili cook-off was a success! First place was Wayne Brinton! 2nd place was Bruce Bigler and 3rd was Carla Osness Tappainer!! — with Alta Marie Bennetts at Apple Valley American Legion.

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