Greendale American Legion Post 416   6351 W. Grange Avenue, Greendale, WI  53129  Pho: 414-421-3371
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This page was last updated: March 20, 2015
Notice: Our next "General Membership" meeting is on Thursday, March 19th at 7:00pm. 
(The General Membership meets the 
3rd Thursday of every month)
(No meeting in July or August)
Thank you for visiting us!

Notice: Our Firing Squad will be meeting in the Legion Hall on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00pm.
(Meets the 2nd Thursday of every other month except no meeting is held in July or August. Instead, we meet in May and June, then take the summer off)
Our Meeting Schedule!
Notice: Our Executive Committee will meet in the Squad Bay at the post on Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm.
(Always meets the 1st Thursday of every month)

IMPORTANT DATES IN March 2015

1st    Bingo in Memorial Hall 6:00pm for
         Firing Squad

3rd    Bingo in Memorial Hall 9:45am for
         Firing Squad

4th    Vietnam Vets 6:30pm

5th    Executive Board Meeting 7:00pm

5th    MLC - Badger Detachment Meeting
         7:30pm

7th    Pancake Breakfast 8-noon for
         Ventura Crew 416

8th    Bingo in Memorial Hall 6:00pm for
         Post

10th   Bingo in Memorial Hall 9:45 for
          Firing Squad

12th   Firing Squad Meeting 7:00pm

12th   S.A.L. Meeting

15th   Bingo in Memorial Hall 6:00 for Post

17th   Bingo in Memorial Hall 9:45am for
          Firing Squad

18th   4th District Meeting 7:30pm 

19th   General Membership Meeting
          7:00pm

22nd  Pancake Breakfast 8 - noon - 
          Young Marines

23rd  VFW Meeting 6:30pm

24th  Bingo in Memorial Hall 9:45a, for
         Firing Squad

29th  Bingo in Memorial Hall 6:00pm Post

31st  Bingo in Memorial Hall 9:45am for
         Firing Squad


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A message to all of our readers about Personal Security.
"Security." This is one of those words that put you on the alert...whether you want to be there or not. But let's face it. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In these days and these times, you have to be cautious. 

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Things We Do

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You and I can make a video production that will rival anything you see on television. And if you don't want to do that, just get the action shots and call me at 414-520-0538. I'll work with you on how to transfer the pics and stories to me electronically or we can meet and I'll pick them up. What the heck? We can even visit over a cup of coffee...I'll buy!

Thanks for your help! Give me a call if you have any questions.
Bob Naffier
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Whenever someone asks, "What does The American Legion do?"; tell them to take a look at this!
It's easy!

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Please join us. We are veterans still serving America!
Located at 6351 W. Grange Avenue, Greendale, WI 53129
If you want to speak to someone about joining, call 414-421-3371.

Also:
Enjoy a night out at Ray and Dot's, 414-421-1960
The Gift of Giving Back
Some of our members have fallen on hard times but still would like to keep up their membership. We could use your help in the form of a financial donation to help cover their dues. Any amount will be graciously accepted. You do not have to pay the full membership fee of $30.00. It is our experience that many of whom we have helped in the past have come back later to help someone else. That's what "leaving no man behind" is all about. We thank you for your generosity in advance. Please watch for your name to be published in the newsletter and on this website as another way of saying thank you. If you choose to remain anonymous, your request will be honored. 

Sincerely yours,
The Membership Committee

PS. Please make checks payable to American Legion Post 416 and write "MEM GIFT" in the memo section. Mail to Greendale American Legion Post 416, 6351 W Grange Ave, Greendale, WI 53129.
Dear Members
Latest In The News!
Special Meeting of Greendale Electorate Coming Up On April 28, but also, don't miss THIS on April 18!
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A Special Meeting of the Greendale Electorate will be held for Greendale residents on April 28, 2015 at 7:00pm. We need YOU to be there to show your support even if you are not a Greendale resident. Please bring along your Legion or VFW cover to show you are a veteran. Additionally, something else is happening on April 18th. But first, let's talk about April 28th.

On that day a special meeting will be held to discuss and vote on the transfer of the land located on the northeast corner of Southway and Broad Streets. This is the same land proposed for the Veterans Memorial

The Greendale School District will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium at Greendale High School. The purpose of the meeting is for community consideration of whether to transfer the School District property back to the Village of Greendale. As you know from in the past, the School Board voted down the Veterans Memorial from being built on that of land.

​Both the School District and the Village of Greendale have owned this land at various times and intervals since 1950 when it was ceded to the Village by the Federal Government. With no school purpose evident now or in the future, the Board of Education has set the meeting to gather community input on the transfer of the land, per Wisconsin Statute 120.08(2)(a) and (b).

This meeting will be held solely to decide on whether the property should be transferred from the School District to the Village and a vote will be conducted among the Greendale residents in attendance. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Jacobsen, Secretary to the Greendale Board of Education, at 414-423-2702. Don't forget, you need to be there by 7:00pm on April 28th in the Auditorium. 

Now about April 18th. This is on a Saturday. We will be gathering at 10:00am. The American Legion Post 416 will be putting on a program at the site located at Southway and Broad Streets. The Firing Squad will be posting colors as part of the program. The purpose of this is to attract media attention and to get the word out about the upcoming vote on April 28th. We will include placing hundreds of American flags into the ground for display. These flags are the same ones that were placed at the site last fall by the residents of Greendale to show their support of the Veterans Memorial. We lovingly removed them to protect them from the harsh winter elements. They will now reappear on the land starting on April 18th.

So what do we need? We need every available veteran, every Firing Squad member, every Auxiliary member and all Sons of The American Legion, every resident of Greendale and every resident of all surrounding towns to be at both events. Even if you can't vote because of where you live, please be there to show your support. To help get he word out, we will be advertising this through our websites, on facebook and in emails and through the distribution of posters and fliers to be hung up at various businesses and other locations in the community. It is important that we have a strong showing and we need everyone's help. No exceptions! With your help and with the assistance of the media, we hope to make a huge and very positive impression. Please be there!

If you have any questions call Tim Baranzyk at 414-628-7081 or Ken Kieck at 414-421-8621. Don't hesitate to call.
Venturing Crew 416 - These Amazing Kids
By Bob Naffier

On Saturday, March 7th, I attended a pancake breakfast put on by Venturing Crew 416 at Post 416 as a fund raiser for some of their activities. What is the Venturing Crew you might ask? Who are they? What do they do? What are they about? Well here are some answers for your questions.

The Venturing Crew is an extension of the Boy Scouts of America, except both boys and girls can join.That's right! When you think about it, it's easier to transport kids to one location than it is to multiple places. Plus the parents have the opportunity to focus their attention better. They can consolidate their time, efforts and resources to help make it even better for the kids. It's a win-win situation for all. 

They call themselves "Venturing Crew 416" because they are sponsored and supported by The American Legion Post 416. The American Legion has been a long-time supporter of kids playing baseball, going scouting, doing competitive shooting sports and other activities. It is part of who we are and what we do. Supporting children and youth is one of the four pillars in which The American Legion stands so tall. Our support for children and youth started long ago when orphans of our fallen heroes needed help and later we found that all children and youth really need and appreciate our help. Kids are like us. They like to achieve things and they like goals. The Venturing Crew is a great place for that and The American Legion is right there for them. 

​So back to the pancake breakfast. When I entered the front door of the Post, I noticed there were two young Venture Crew members and two adults seated with them at a long table. They were collecting money for the tickets to get in. The second thing I noticed was that the kids were counting out change manually. They did not have a machine or a calculator or a computer telling them how much change to give back to their customers. They had to work through the process themselves. It got me to thinking how important this kind of talent is. In other places of business, if the computer goes down, people panic. Only one or two employees, if any, may really know how to make change. But with the guidance of the adults from the Venturing Crew, these young people knew exactly what they were doing.

Once inside, you could get as much food as you wanted and members of the Crew were serving coffee, cleaning the tables, doing kitchen work and all kinds of other things. They were so professional that I was truly impressed (as you can tell). I sat down at a table across from a Boy Scout leader and she filled me in on what the Venture Crew is all about. She was a major source of information who was proud to tell me about the many things these kids do. Later, I discovered this person was not just a scout leader, she was also Kathleen Wied-Vincent, one of the candidates running for the Greendale School Board. I found Kathleen to be a delight and discovered that her interest certainly is in the welfare of children and youth. 

The next person I talked to was Karen, the mother of one of the kids. She was also a wealth of information! She talked about Matt who was selling popcorn to help raise funds for a two-week event he wanted to attend. The name of the program he wanted to participate in is called Boundary Waters and just wait until you hear about this. Boundary Waters is a program where the first week is spent clearing brush from various outdoor pathways. The second week is spent canoeing 90 miles from Ely, Minnesota to Canada, a true workout where only the strong can physically survive. Then I learned of another youth called Lena, who was working toward going to something called "Sea Base" located in Florida. Sea Base, as it turns out, is a scuba diving course that kids can take to learn about diving and improve their diving skills. These are just some of the examples these kids are involved in and they are not getting this stuff for free. They're working for it! It is good to know that such kids really exist and are so willing to apply themselves to accomplish their goals. Nice going Venture Crew!

Thank you for serving!
For more information about the Greendale Veterans Memorial go to:
 www.Greendaleveteransmemorial.org
Left to right: Matt, Victoria, and Brandon
The Crew after cleaning up the Post
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Scout Leader, Kathleen
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