AMERICAN LEGION T.H.B. POST 187
100th Year Anniversary, September 26, 1919 – September 26, 2019
Contributors and Advisors to The Sniper and Website:
Rosemary Draine, Peggy Krihak, Dan Bruno
John Scudder, Bill Shanklin, Leigh Holzwart, Sean Gaertner
Website Editor: Mark Snider
WE NEED UPDATES, ARTICLES, AND CURRENT INFORMATION!
All contributors who wrote articles previously, and any new contributors, are asked to submit articles now.
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2018 - 2019 T.H.B. POST 187 OFFICERS
COMMANDER ....................................................... John A. Scudder
SR. VICE-COMMANDER ......................................... Rus C. Strahan
1ST JR. VICE-COMMANDER ............................... Peggy D. Krihak
2ND JR. VICE-COMMANDER..................................... Jim Kleinow
ADJUTANT........................................................... Robert T. Blewett
RECORDER ............................................................... Mark J. Snider
FINANCE OFFICER .......................................... Albert M. Bertolani
CHAPLAIN/SERVICE OFFICER ....................... Matthew J. Kramer
HISTORIAN ......................................................... Leigh E. Holzwart
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS .................................... William R. Shanklin
T.H.B. AUXILIARY UNIT 187 OFFICERS
PRESIDENT ............................................................ Peggy D. Krihak
1ST VICE-PRESIDENT ..................................................... Pat Nacyk
2ND VICE-PRESIDENT ............................................... Donna Fisher
TREASURER ....................................................... Cher Smith-Conrad
SECRETARY ...................................................................... open.......
HISTORIAN ........................................................................ open.......
CHAPLAIN ......................................................................... open.......
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS .................................................. Judy Keinz
ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMS................................. open.......
SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION OFFICERS (T.H.B. SQUADRON 187)
COMMANDER .......................................................... Mark J. Snider
SR. VICE-COMMANDER ................................ Charles J. Ostrowski
JR. VICE-COMMANDER .......................................... Dave Novotny
ADJUTANT............................................................ Robert T. Blewett
CHAPLAIN ..................................................... Wayne M. Rutkowski
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS ......................................... C.A. "Bud" Jason
POST, S.A.L., AND AUXILIARY MEETINGS:
Post and Sons of Legion Meetings are held together at 7:00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month:
January, February, July, August, September, October, and November.
There is not a meeting in December.
In March, April, May, and June, Post and S.A.L. meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday
of each month at 7:00 pm.
Post Corporation meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
Auxiliary Unit Meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of February, March, May, June,
September, October, and December.
The regular Auxiliary Board meetings are held the second Monday of March and October at 6:00 pm,
and the last Monday of August at 6:00 pm.
In the event of illness or death, please contact the Post Home at (630) 833-7800, or one of the appropriate officers listed below. Commander: John A. Scudder (630) 935-8489, Chaplain/Service Officer: Matthew J. Kramer (630) 279-6404, Auxiliary President: Peggy Krihak (630 654-8099, S.A.L. Chaplain: Wayne M. Rutkowski (630) 953-2183.
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY DATES:
World War I: April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918.
World War II: December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946.
Korean War: June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955.
Vietnam War: February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975.
Lebanon/Grenada: August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984.
Panama: December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990.
Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 to cessation of hostilities.
All Service Personnel: 1990 until Present.
100 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES, 30TH BIRTHDAY, 2018 and 2019
April 23, 2019
T.H.B. Post 187 is honoring 100th annivcrsary dates in 2018 and 2019. The first three Elmhurst World War I residents, Ernest Timrott, killed in action June 3, 1918, Marines; Richard Hintz, killed in action July 19, 1918, Army; and Kinsley Buck, killed in action June 19, 1918, Marines; had 100 year anniversaries in 2018.
In 2019, the 100th anniversary birthday of the Post will occur. T.H.B. Post 187 was named after the three men, and the Elmhurst Legion was chartered on September 26, 1919.
On April 23, 2018, the current Post building had its 30th birthday. See a building history of the T.H.B. Post 187 on page 4 of our Post History tab on this web site.
Additionally, our 4th annual Military Ball will be held at the Post on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7:00 pm.
Please look for updates in The Sniper and on the www.americanlegionthb187.org website for upcoming memorials and events that may be planned.
As always, we are looking for event ideas and volunteers for any upcoming anniversaries. If you are a family member of a past Auxiliary President or Post Commander, we would especially appreciate your contributions. We ask Post members, past Officers, and the public to provide assistance as well. Stop by the Post or call us at 630-833-7800.
100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY, MAY 18, 2019
April 23, 2019
To Auxiliary, Legion, and Sons Members:
The Elmhurst American Legion is celebrating its 100 year anniversary on May 18, 2019 at our Post Home. Doors will open at 3:30 pm, and entertainment will start at 5:00 pm.
A complete dinner buffet will be available, and there will be a variety of entertainers for your listening / dancing pleasure. We will also be having a raffle table with numerous interesting and fun items. See the blue tab on our website home page for additional information.
All this food, fun, and entertainment can be yours for $25.00 per person.
Please contact Cathy Gray, our event chairperson, for tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the Post bar. Cathy can be reached at 630-816-0811. Thank you for your participation, and most of all, have a great time!
--Cathy Gray, Event Chairperson
COMMANDER’S MESSAGE - UPDATE NEEDED
Dear Post and Auxiliary Members:
New Year 2017 has begun and it brings with it some great projects which will enhance our Post Home. The Legion will be partnering with Home Depot in remodeling the Normandy Room from top to bottom. This project will include wallpaper, paint, carpeting and a dance floor. We have already installed new LED lighting. These renovations will allow us to market the room with an updated image which will showcase the capabilities of our banquet room for weddings, other special events and large meetings. Bob Blewett is the "ramrod" on this project. Thanks, Bob!
Next on our list is a new digital sign which will replace our out-of-date ones and the various banners facing Butterfield Road. The multi-colored message board will advertise various Legion events, Blue-Plate Lunch specials, upcoming entertainment, Friday Nite Fish Fry and wedding information. This is a 21st-century means to get our messages across to the public.
Our Thanksgiving Day festivities hosting the recruits from Great Lakes Naval Training Station were outstanding. About 45 recruits were treated to a homecooked turkey dinner with everything imaginable on the tables and the meal was served family-style so they would not have to stand in yet another line! My sincerest thanks to all those who volunteered part or most of their holiday time to make this annual event take off like a rocket!! A special thanks and shout-out to Cher Smith Conrad (our own military "mother hen") for putting it all together. Heaps of thanks, also, to "Chef Janice" for volunteering to cook the turkeys, hams and veggies for the feast. Baking coordinator was Past-Commander, Bob Daniels. As always, Bob, everything was great! Past-Commander, Peggy Krihak, did an outstanding job in putting everything in place. These people deserve all the kudos the Post can give them.
Last, but certainly not least, a HUGE round of applause to the Elmhurst Public Library for the use of 15 laptops for the "boots" to communicate to loved ones around the world! It was a great sight.
Out of a membership of over 500, we have just 15-20 men and women who actively get the job done at T.H.B. Post 187 - volunteers for Fish Fry; the Scholarship Committee; the Table Set-Up Crew; our newsletter, THE SNIPER - 15-20 people cannot continue to carry the load. Please remember to support your Post!!
-- John Scudder, Commander
ADJUTANT REPORT: UPDATE NEEDED
Nov. 18, 2017
Normandy Room- I would like to personally thank all the volunteers that helped remodel the Normandy room. The Home Depot Foundation provided not only the funds for the project but Volunteers. They not only helped remodel the room but also cleaned and replanted and removed trees outside of the Legion. Home Depot also provides All Veterans a 10% discount. We had a few Post members help. I would also like to thank the Local Carpenters Union 1185, they stepped up and laid all the flooring. Thank you one and all.
Dues Notice Alert!! The dues notices are sent out by the by the State. Sometimes the notices cross in the mail. Feel free to contact me if you believe there is an error so we can fix the issues.
We are in need of new members! Our membership is declining due to the passing of our comrades and others not renewing their memberships. Members are men and women who share not only a common past but also help our Veterans get and keep the benefits they need and deserve. Do you have any relatives, friends or neighbors who might be eligible to join the American Legion? Ask them to join or transfer to our Post. We will welcome them! If any Post member brings in a candidate for membership at the regular dues price of $40.00 - and that person is eligible and has all the proper discharge information - the Post member will receive a gift certificate for our Friday Night Fish Fry dinner.
Volunteers are needed. As you know our post needs volunteers to make activities more successful so if you have one day or evening a month to spare, we could use your help at Fish Fry, Wednesday Night Bingo or any of the various parties we have, or on various projects around the Post Home. Please give me a call, or stop by the Post during Fish Fry or attend any of our meetings and talk with us.
Post and Sons of Legion Meetings are held together at 7:00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month: January, February, July, August, September, October, and November. There is not a meeting in December. In March, April, May, and June, Post and S.A.L. meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Check the calendar on the website tab, "Events Calendar", for meeting dates. If you are present, you could find yourself leaving a bit richer from our “Split the Pot” door prize or the Membership Attendance Drawing (worth $200) if your number is picked. S.A.L. members are most welcome to attend all Post Meetings.
Post Corporation meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
IMPORTANT !! Please send in your DD-214s if they are not already on file with us. We need them in case your family cannot find your original. It will be needed to ensure you receive every benefit to which you are entitled when you pass away. This has become a problem when members transfer in. If you need to order a copy, you can go online to http://vetrecs.archives.gov or call the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis at 1-877-827-9026.
Honor Flight Chicago … Is taking applications for those Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I do have the applications for those who are interested. Honor Flight also will take applications for Volunteers. This is a FREE trip for those veterans. There is a cost for the Volunteers.
-- Bob Blewett, Post Adjutant 815-822-0779
MEMBERSHIP NEWS: UPDATE NEEDED
As of April 1, 2019
Welcome to you all !!
Get Well Soon:
To our members who have been out ill, in the hospital, or recuperating from injury/surgery:
Raymond Zonchek, bypass surgery, rehabbing in LaGrange.
Joe Kieras, recuperating at home.
Don Kempf, recovering at home.
Wishing all of you the very best from the Post!
We have received many questions regarding dues payments. We do not send out notices; they are mailed from the Department of Illinois and may cross in the mail with your payment. If paying online, we do not receive those dues until they are processed by State, so please bear with us.
It has come to our attention that some members have problems paying their dues because of circumstances beyond their control. It could be a matter of food, heat, or medicines. Some of these individuals are long-time members. If you would like to help them out, add a donation to your dues payment or make an outright donation to members’ dues. If you know of someone in need, or if you wish to pay someone’s dues, please notify Bob Blewett, Post Adjutant at 815-822-0779.
ELMHURST VETERANS MEMORIAL:
Do you have a loved one, neighbor or friend that you would like to honor with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park? If so, now is the time to reserve a date to do so. However, to have the date you would like to reserve on the 2018 schedule, apply now to be sure it’s available. There is no charge to honor a deceased veteran. If there is someone you would like to honor during a Sunday afternoon ceremony, please contact the Veterans Memorial Commission at the Elmhurst City Hall, 209 North York Street, (630) 530-3000, to obtain an application form. Forms may also be picked up from the display rack in the Doug Chant Room at the Post Home. Complete the information requested, then submit it, along with a copy of the Veteran’s DD-214 (or Enlisted Record & Report of Separation), to the Veterans’ Memorial Commission at the Elmhurst City Hall. The Veteran you wish to honor does NOT need to be a member of the American Legion. The only requirement is that he, or she, be honorably discharged.
-- Rosemary Draine - Member, Elmhurst Veterans Memorial Commission
IN MEMORIAM: UPDATE NEEDED
Fred L. Simeoni, 87. Member of the Post. Passed away February 5, 2019. Memorial contributions in Fred's name may be made to the American Legion Post 187, 310 W. Butterfield Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON LUNCHES:
February 9, 2018
Because we have only one cook (me) for most all of the lunches, future lunch menus will be posted on the bulletin board near the restrooms in the Legion Cafe 187 lounge. If you wish to volunteer to cook on any Saturday, please contact me at 630-833-7800, or sign up on the aforementioned board. Plan to cook for about 25-30 people. Anything you wish to cook is fine. You will be reimbursed for expenses.
Since September, 2015, the S.A.C. lunches have generated enough funds to purchase the following equipment for the Legion amounting to a value of $8,163.00. Besides the purchases in past reports, we have recently purchased a commercial kitchen range and bar beer bottle cooler totaling $2,598.00. We have bought 24 items prior to these that I won't list for lack of space here. The list is available on request.
These items were able to be purchased because of the people who have come in for a good lunch on Saturday (usually just $5.00), and also attended brunches. We hope to keep up the lunches, but I need time off to do home projects too.
Thanks to all the people who come regulary for our lunches!
-- Bob Daniels, Past Commander
Corporation Board Election and Installation, 2018-2019
October 13, 2018
On September 25, 2018, the Post's Corporation Board elected and installed the following persons to the positions and committees below for the 2018-19 calendar year. Thank you to all members who participated and accepted the positions.
Position Member name Term expiring
President Rus Strahan 2 years, 9-20
Vice President Bob Blewett 1 year, 9-19
Secretary Jim Kleinow 2 years, 9-20
Treasurer Bill Shanklin 3 years, 9-21
Board Member Al Bertolani 1 year, 9-19
Board Member Joe Jurewicz 1 year, 9-19
Board Member Dan Bruno 3 years, 9-21
Board Member Mike Mis 2 years, 9-20
Board Member Bob Daniels 3 years, 9-21
Post Commander John Scudder
Committees: Outdoor Indoor Bar
Joe Jurewicz Al Bertolani Rus Strahan
Jim Kleinow Bob Blewett Bob Daniels
Dan Bruno Mike Mis Bill Shanklin
--Al Bertolani, Board Member
Normandy Banquet Room and Cafe 187 Rental Information
If you are planning an event such as a birthday, wedding or anniversary party, please consider renting one of the rooms at your Post Home. The Normandy Banquet Room is ideal for large gatherings, it can accommodate 220 people. Cafe 187 can accommodate 75 people. Packages are available for buffet or family-style dinners, or dinners "by the plate".
As a Legion member, you will also receive a discount off the cost of the regular room rental. For details and menu items, click our website tab "Normandy Banquet Room Rental Information." Or, call the Post at (630) 833-7800, or stop in any weekday and speak to Pat Klouda, Banquet Manager, for information and to see if the date of your event is available.
-- Peggy Krihak, Past Corporation President
Sept. 21, 2018
The Elmhurst podcast site, etownlowdown, recently brodcast an interview on August 31st with our own Commander, John Scudder, Sergeant at Arms Bill Shanklin, Military Ball Chairman Mark Mallon, Alderman Mark Mulliner, and Cool Cars Under the Stars Director Paul Mason. It is a very informative, interesting, and sometimes humorous interview about the Elmhurst American Legion, the upcoming Military Ball on October 27th, and Cool Cars Under the Stars.
You are welcome to listen to it or download it at this link:
BASEBALL - ELMHURST AMERICAN LEGION T.H.B. POST 187 MUDDOGS BASEBALL
April 6, 2019
MUDDOGS 2019 BASEBALL SEASON
MUSIC FRIDAY/ KARAOKE 50-50 RAFFLE:
The raffle ticket fishbowl
Come join us each Friday for our Friday Night Fish Fry followed buy our weekly band or karaoke and participate in our voluntary 50/50 Raffle. The donated money raised from these raffles helps the Post pay for the entertainment we’ve been enjoying each week.
Sling Blade performed on April 19, 2019, and we had a jackpot of $167.00 for the winner. The band generously stepped in to perfom at the Post on short notice after a cancellation. Thank you from the Post!
Johnny Gray performed on March 1, 2019, and we had a jackpot of $164.00 for the winner.
The following attendee(s) at our Friday Night Fish Fry went home a bit richer than when they arrived:
"Denise" won our drawing with number 0147883 on April 19, 2019. She had left for the night, but did put her name and phone number on the back of her ticket. So, it does pay off to fill out your tickets in case you leave.
Jim Pierson won our drawing with number 0147231 on March 1, 2019. He graciously donated his entire winnings to the Post. To that: Jim, thank you very much from all the members here at the Post!
Congratulations to our winner(s)! Please note that winnings can be made into donations to honor birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, to the Post, or any other special event that you wish to remember.
If you haven’t been around lately, why not come on down to the Legion Post Home to enjoy a delicious Fish Fry or other dinner, purchase a few raffle tickets, or enter the Queen of Hearts Fundraiser drawing? Perhaps YOU will be our next lucky winner! Many thanks to all donors for your continued support of these fundraisers.
QUEEN OF HEARTS FUNDRAISER GAME:
January 3, 2019
Now at the Elmhurst American Legion! Come try out our Queen of Hearts game at the Post! You might just win some $$$$ and help the Legion too! A new game started January 2, 2019. To increase the jackpot, this time the game rules are slightly changed per below. Tickets can be purchased at the bar in Cafe 187. Drawing is weekly on Wednesdays during BINGO at approximately 8:00 pm.
QUEEN OF HEARTS GAME RULES
GOOD LUCK! Questions? Call the Post at 630-833-7800.
HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO, MAY 4, 2019 FUNDRAISER:
See tab on front page of the Post's website for May 4th fundraiser information this year.
Honor Flight Chicago brings WW ll vets out to Washington D.C., at no charge to them, to visit the World War ll Memorial. It is a great organization doing a great job honoring our troops from the Big War. In 2019, Honor Flight Chicago will fly Vietnam era veterans to Washington D.C. Please click on the link below to find out more about their organization and how you can be put on the list for a visit.
Below is from the Honor Flight Chicago website:
Honor Flight Chicago to fly Vietnam-era veterans beginning in 2019
CAFE LIBERTY- VETERANS CULINARY TRAINING PROGRAM
January 25, 2018
The Elmhurst American Legion is proud to announce that The Dan Gibbons Foundation has organized a program for veterans called Cafe Liberty. The foundation is best known for the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot here in Elmhurst on Thanksgiving Day. They have started Cafe Liberty, a veterans culinary training program for veterans who are unemployed or underemployed and looking to enter the culinary field.
This 11 week program, offered four times a year, will professionally train participants for a lifetime career in the food service industry, and/or serve as a bridge to an advanced culinary institution at no cost to the veteran. Whatever direction you choose, it is Cafe Liberty's goal to see you suceed.
If you are a veteran, or know of one who may be interested, please visit their website, www.cafeliberty.org for information or to apply. You may also call 630-868-3003 for information. The Dan Gibbons Foundation website may be viewed at www.dangibbonsfoundation.org .
-- Joe Kieras, Post 187 Member
"PACKAGES ABROAD" PROJECT: UPDATE NEEDED
AUXILIARY NEWS -
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT. . .
April 19, 2019
Volunteers Needed for Poppy Day:
We are asking for volunteers on Tuesday, April 23, to stuff envelopes for our Poppy Day donation mailings. It will be at 10:30 am until we finish.
We really would appreciate you considering signing up to volunteer to solicit donations for Poppy Day, May 23, 2019. We are also going to need people to solicit at Wilder Park on Monday, May 27, during the Memorial Day Parade. Times and locations are on the sign up sheet at the Post.
Donation receipt counters are also needed afterward at the post.
Please consider giving some of your time for this worthy cause.
Contact Corrine Popelka, 708-531-9496, or Peggy Krihak, 630-654-8099.
Dessert Bar hostess/host wanted, Fridays:
We are looking for someone to take over the Friday Fish Fry Dessert Bar. Hours on Friday are 6:00-8:30 p.m. From June until October there is no dessert bar. Call Peggy if interested at 630-654-8099.
Applications for Girls State are available from Judy Keinz. Please call her at 630-364-8774 to get an application.
Membership dues for the coming year are $28.00 for senior members and $5.00 for junior members. The increase is to cover a department increase.
Don’t forget … if you are in need of transportation to any of our functions or events, please call the post ahead of time and we can make sure you have a ride.
-- Peggy D. Krihak, Auxiliary President
February 6, 2019
The 2019 scholarship application process is now open.
This year's scholarships are due on May 1, 2019.
Now is the time to remind those college-age students in your family to think about applying for an Auxiliary or Post Scholarship. There are several scholarships available ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to qualified Post and Unit family members.
--Ruth Valentino, Scholarship Chair
Attention: Scholarship Committee Volunteer Members wanted to assist in application review.
Please contact Peggy Krihak at the Post, 630-833-7800, if interested.
SUNSHINE AND MEMORIAL: UPDATE NEEDED
BASKET RAFFLE: UPDATE NEEDED
AUXILIARY CALENDAR 2019
Dates to remember:
February 11: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
March 11: - Auxiliary Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
March 11: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
May 1: - Auxiliary and Post Scholarship applications are due.
May 13: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Nomination of Officers
May 21: - Post Everlasting, 7:00 p.m.
June 10: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Election of Officers
August 26: - Auxiliary Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
September 9: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
October 14: - Auxiliary Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
October 14: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
December 9: - Auxiliary Unit Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Christmas Party
Every Friday: - Fish Fry, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Dessert Bar is January to June, and October to January.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEMBERS !!
Congratulations to all Auxiliary members celebrating their birthdays during this month! We hope you are able to enjoy your "Special Day" in whatever manner pleases you most.
For April our best wishes go to:
COMING IN JUNE:
A special announcement to Auxiliary member Fae Gedz, who will be turning 100 years old on June 12! We mistakenly listed her in our March birthdays previously. It would be nice if our Post members could send a birthday card to her acknowledging membership in both the Legion and the Auxiliary on this occasion. Cards and well wishes can be set to her at the address below. Fae served in the U.S. Army.
Mrs. Fae Gedz, 1050 S. Euclid, #1306, Elmhurst, IL 60126-5170
--Peggy D. Krihak, Auxiliary President, 1st Jr. Vice Commander
100th Year Anniversary, September 26, 1919 – September 26, 2019
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