THE SNIPER Newsletter




Second Division, District 11

Chartered September 26, 1919 - Our 103rd year.  


January 2023



January 1, 2023

Corona virus updates via and

As the corona virus situation is changing weekly we invite you to check out The CDC and MSN's websites. When we at the Legion have posted data from the internet, it seems to become obsolete very quickly.   

MSN Coronavirus (COVID-19) ( provides data and updates from many sources which may give you better information than we can provide here and stay timely. There are many other good sources on the web as well, including the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( 

Our goal here is to give our Legion membership starting points for Covid-19 updates. As always, if you exhibit symptoms, please contact your physician.

As of February 28, 2022, all Elmhurst American Legion programs returned to normal operations. We encourage you to wear a mask indoors at the Post if you so desire. We will continue to monitor state and national developments on any recent changes regarding the virus.




Section 1 



​Volunteer Contributors and Advisors to The Sniper and Website:

Bob Blewett, Dan Bruno, John Scudder, Gladys Novotny,

Bill Shanklin, Toby Scudder, Al Bertolani, Sean Gaertner

 Website Editor: Mark Snider 



2022 - 2023 T.H.B. POST 187 OFFICERS

COMMANDER ........................................................John A. Scudder

SR. VICE-COMMANDER ...........................................Rus C. Strahan

1ST JR. VICE-COMMANDER ...............................................Ty Clark

2ND JR. 

ADJUTANT............................................................Robert T. Blewett

RECORDER ................................................................Mark J. Snider 

FINANCE OFFICER ...........................................Albert M. Bertolani

CHAPLAIN/SERVICE OFFICER ......................................Larry Slater 

HISTORIAN ..........................................................Leigh E. Holzwart 

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS .......................................William R. Shanklin



PRESIDENT ........................................................... Corrine Popelka

1ST VICE-PRESIDENT .............................................Gladys Novotny 

2ND VICE-PRESIDENT ...........................................Rene' Trajkovich 

TREASURER .......................................................Cher Smith-Conrad 

SECRETARY .............................................................Gladys Novotny 


CHAPLAIN ............................................................. Rene' Trajkovich 

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS ......................................................Terry Boys



COMMANDER .......................................................David J. Novotny 

SR. VICE-COMMANDER ............................................Mark J. Snider


ADJUTANT............................................................Robert T. Blewett

CHAPLAIN ......................................................Wayne M. Rutkowski

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS ............................................C.A. "Bud" Jason



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 1:00 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: Larry Slater (630- # needed), Auxiliary President: Corrine Popelka (630- # needed), S.A.L. Chaplain: Wayne M. Rutkowski (630) 953-2183.




Section 2 




1. Your membership card is a passport to friendship and hospitality.

2. Rehabilitation of the Veteran and his family is always our prime concern.

3. The American Legion Legislative Program is your link to your senators and congressmen.

4. The American Legion Baseball Program is second to none. 

5. Premier Boys State is a week to shape a lifetime.

6. Special Olympics is a person to person program.

7. Oratorical is the youth of the day speaking out on the Constitution.

8. Like sports? The American Legion has it.

9. Gifts to hospitalized war Veterans.

10. The tenth and final reason for belonging to the Illinois Department of the American Legion is spelled out in three

little letters...Y-O-U!



As of July 30, 2019, the American Legion’s eligibility criteria immediately changes from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government. No other restrictions to American Legion membership are changed.

To Elmhurst and surrounding town residents: If you are a Veteran in your 20's, 30's, or 40's (or any other age), are a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a Veteran, living or deceased, who served during the above dates, we welcome you to stop by the Post.

We are looking for new members to join the Post, the Women's Auxiliary, and the Sons of the Legion to take us through the 2020's and beyond. Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans are especially welcome. Members who choose to volunteer can oversee programs, coordinate events, and move into chairperson, leadership, and officer positions that are available for dedicated citizens who want to make a difference in our towns. Or, if you'd rather take time out to relax, attend our events, and meet other members, you are welcome to stop by or call 630-833-7800.   



T.H.B. Post 187 honored 100 year anniversary 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 September 2019, the 100th anniversary birthday of the Post occurred. T.H.B. Post 187 was named after the three men, and the Elmhurst Legion was chartered on September 26, 1919.

See a history of the T.H.B. Post 187 at our Post History tab, and Our People tab, on this web site.



As always, we are looking for volunteers for any upcoming anniversaries, holidays, and events. If you are an Afghanistan or Iraq Veteran, Legion Member, or family member of a past Auxiliary President or Post Commander, we would especially appreciate your contributions. We ask Corporation members, past officers, and the public to provide assistance as well. Stop by the Post or call us at 630-833-7800.  

-- Ed.



Section​ 3 





May 4, 2022

Dear Post, Auxiliary, and S.A.L. Members:

Welcome to all new and returning T.H.B. Post #187 Members to the Elmhurst American Legion!  2022 has started out to be a great year as the covid virus wanes. We recently came off a wonderful Lenten Season with our Friday Fish Fry dinners and weekly bands attracting record crowds not seen since before the pandemic. Wednesday Bingo and weekday Blue Plate Lunch service are coming back strong. The Post Home will take advantage of this improving situation by supporting numerous events planned for this year. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming events. The Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast and Spring Plant sale is on May 7th. We currently have Medicare 4 Seniors meetings on May 9 and June 13 to help those turning 65 to enroll in Medicare. Following that, we celebrate Armed Forces Week from May 16-21, in cooperation with Mission BBQ. Mission BBQ will be serving free sandwiches to our branches of military veterans. This culminates with Elmhurst having its 104th Memorial Day Parade on May 30 at 9:30 am.  

If you have high school boys and/or girls in your family or grandchildren of the same age, be sure to check out what Boys State and Girls State has to offer them with American Legion sponsored programs. The programs have returned to Danville, IL at Eastern Illinois University and are held on June 11-17 for Boys State and June 19-25 for Girls State.    

This fall our premier fundraiser, The Nashville Songwriters Event, will return for its third time at the Post on November 12th, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Check our website for upcoming information and ticket purchasing. We will go live shortly and the tickets will sell fast!     

All of the above information and more is available within this website. As you drive past by the Post, take a look at our readerboard sign for current event information. Or better yet, stop on in. The colored message board advertises 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.

Out of a membership of over 400, we have just 15-20 men and women who actively get the job done at T.H.B. Post 187 - volunteers for Fish Fry and Dessert Table; the Scholarship Committee; BINGO; the Table Set-Up Crew; Event Volunteers; this Website and its Newsletter, THE SNIPER; - 15-20 people cannot continue to carry the load. Please remember to support your Post by attending events, volunteering, or donating funds, goods, or services. Thank you.

-- John Scudder, Post Commander





Section 4 




November 25, 2022

Donations of Christmas decor. We have realized that we have minimal decorations for the outside of our Post.  If anyone has any artificial trees, wreaths, or lights in good shape that they are able to donate, please call Bob Blewett and arrange to drop them off at the Post. Thanks for your help.  

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, coronavirus, 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! Regular dues price is $45.00 per year. 

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 6:00 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 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  630-833-7800 or 815-822-0779.


Congressional Veteran services - U.S. Representative Sean Casten, District IL 06:

January 8, 2023


My name is Humberto Zermeno.  I am the congressional aide for Congressman Sean Casten in the new Illinois Congressional District 06. I am reaching out to all the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFWs) in the new district to offer our services. 

Our office is here to assist any veteran obtain the status of a Veteran Affairs (VA) claim for service-connected disability, payment of education benefits, or answer any questions the veteran may have about medical care at VA facilities, and other casework issues pertaining to the retrieval of service records and missing awards / medals. 

Please share my contact information with any service member who may need some assistance!

Humberto Zermeno, Congressional Aide

Office of U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06)

800 Roosevelt Road, Bldg. C. Suite 210

Glen Ellyn, IL. 60137

Office (Main): (630) 520-9450   Mobile: (202) 981-3104

-- as posted by Bob Blewett, Post Adjutant  630-833-7800 or 815-822-0779.



January 1, 2023

To the wonderful patriotic citizens and businesses of the Elmhurst area community, join our Elmhurst American Legion Post as an Advertiser, Individual Booster, or Sponsor. 100% of the monies raised are given back to the community. This website is a non-profit volunteer publication of T.H.B. Post 187 for the benefit of Veterans and Members to read about programs and events occurring at the Post. Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for our children; give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families. Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects. 

If you are a local citizen, business entity, or organization, and would like to advertise on our website, please contact the Post at 630-833-7800. We will have someone get back to you. We will work with you on donation rates, publication terms, and on what category you'd like to appear in (see below), the size of copy (partial page shared with others, or full page self standing), and whether it is in color or black and white. We can also include links to your own website. Per the Legion website administrator,, the copy should be in a jpeg format for the best appearance on the site. 

We hope you also may consider being a sponsor or individual booster of the Post. See tab "Advertising, Supporters" for our three categories of recognition: Advertisers, Boosters, and Sponsors. 

Thank you in advance for your interest and support of T.H.B. Post 187! 

--Mark Snider, Website Editor       




All Sniper contributors who wrote articles previously, and any new contributors, are asked to submit articles now.

Without your help, the Sniper topics will not change. You may drop them off at the Post in Cafe 187, or email

us at, or mail it to the Post via US Mail. Please put a contact number or

email address in your email for confirmation. Spam will be deleted.  Thank you. 




Section​ 5 





We invite you to become a Legion Member 

To Elmhurst and surrounding town residents: If you are a Veteran in your 20's, 30's, or 40's (or any other age), are a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a Veteran, living or deceased, who served during the dates of April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government, we welcome you to stop by the Post.

We are looking for new members to join the Post, the Women's Auxiliary, and the Sons of the Legion to take us through the 2020's and beyond. Members who choose to volunteer can oversee programs, coordinate events, and move into chairperson, leadership, and officer positions that are available for dedicated citizens who want to make a difference in our towns. Or, if you'd rather take time out to relax, attend our events, and meet other members, you are welcome to stop by or call 630-833-7800.   




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 Springfield, 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 purchasing food, heat, the corona virus, or medicine costs. 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 other member's dues. If you know someone in need, or if you wish to pay someone's dues, please notify Bob Blewett at the number below.   

--Bob Blewett, Post Adjutant, at 815-822-0779. 




April 29, 2022

Greetings Fellow Sons,

With new members signing up, the per capita dues amount has increased to $15 per member as of Janaury 1, 2021. For all 2023 dues, please make sure you are paying the correct amount on written checks. The rates are based on both a $3 National increase and a $3 Detachment increase, that were passed at the Detachment and National Convention in 2019. If you have any questions, please reach out to me or Bob by email.
Thank you for your continued membership.
--Mark Snider, Senior Vice Commander, Sons of Legion 
--Bob Blewett, Sons of Legion Adjutant



LEGION ENROLLEES:  November / December

New Post and Auxiliary members:  None reported.

New S.A.L. Members: 

Transferred in:  None reported






Section 6 




January 2023

To our members who have been out ill, in the hospital, or recuperating from injury/surgery:


Wishing all of you the very best from the Post!  




December 2022 / January 2023 

No reports at this time.  




June 23, 2022

The City of Elmhurst has a Veteran's Memorial Commission that oversees the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park. The former honoring of a Veteran program has been discontinued. However, if there is someone you would like to honor during a planned ceremony, please contact the Veterans Memorial Commission at the Elmhurst City Hall, 209 North York Street, (630) 530-3000. 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, and you have a copy of the Veteran’s DD-214 (or Enlisted Record & Report of Separation).

If you would like to participate in Veterans programs that the city offers, or would like more information or have questions, please go to their website:




Section 7 





January 29, 2023

LUNCHES ARE ON A TO BE ANNOUNCED BASIS AS WE ARE IN NEED OF A COOK.  Please call Bob Daniels below if you would like to volunteer.  

Lunches are currently from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on occassional Saturdays. Carry out is available. An upcoming lunch is on February 11, 2023: Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, and Veggies, $7.00

Because we had only one cook 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 Saturday Afternoon 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 $7.00), and also attended past 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 




September 13, 2022  

Corporation Board Member Vote- T.H.B. 187

The Corporation Board of the Legion held their 2022-23 installation meeting, membership vote, and ratification on September 13, 2022, at 6:00 pm after the Post meeting. The Board and Committee elected officers are listed below. 


Corporation Board 2020-2021

President                         Rus Strahan                                       1 year, 9-23

Vice President                 Bob Blewett                                       3 years, 9-25

Secretary                         Tom Augustyn                                   1 year, 9-23

Secretary                         Don Page                                           1 year, 9-23  

Treasurer                         Bill Shanklin                                      2 years, 9-24 

Board Member                Larry Slater                                       3 years, 9-25

Board Member                Dan Bruno                                        2 years, 9-24

Board Member                Al Bertolani                                       3 years, 9-25

Board Member                Bob Daniels                                      2 years, 9-24

ad hoc Board Member    John Scudder                                   Post Commander


Committee members (3 each) were also elected for Indoor, Outdoor, and Bar oversight.

Indoor                              Outdoor                           Bar

Al Bertolani                     Larry Slater                      Rus Strahan

Bob Blewett                     Don Page                         Bob Daniels

Tom Augustyn                 Dan Bruno                       Bill Shanklin 


Thank you to the members of the Corporation and Officer Boards for your participation.

--Bob Blewett, Post Adjutant






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.

-- Al Bertolani, Past Corporation President



Section 8 




September 2, 2022

Richard Reichert, President and CEO of Community Bank of Elmhurst, along with his sons, have embarked on a cross country motorcycle trip to San Francisco to raise money for the Elmhurst American Legion, T.H.B. Post 187.

On the first day of their trip, September 2, they departed from the Legion Post after the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry membership breakfast. They were led by Elmhurst Mayor Scott Levin (riding a motorcycle) and accompanied by friends. 

Mr. Reichert, his sons, friends, and Mayor Levin traveled on to Madison, Wisconsin, where they stopped at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and raised money there for T.H.B. Post 187. Mr. Reichert and his sons then carried on and crossed the Mississippi River on their way to San Francisco. The first day was dedicated to Mr. Reichert's grandfather, William F. Reichert, who served in France in World War I with the 138th infantry. 

You can follow their trip to San Francisco on the web at You Tube. On You Tube, search for "Reichert Motorcycle trip American Legion" or check the "Rich Reichert" You Tube channel. Or you may click on their first day link here: (263) Motorcycle Trip Day 1 - YouTube  


Motorcycle supporters: Post Commander John Scudder (L), Mayor Scott Levin (C), and Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Shanklin (R). 

-- Gladys Novotny, Auxiliary 1st Vice President 



PODCAST: The E-town Low Down

February 9, 2020

The Elmhurst podcast site, The E-town Low Down, broadcast an interview on December 24, 2019, with our Post's Sergeant at Arms, Bill Shanklin. Bill shared his experience jumping over Normandy in June, 2019, as a tribute to those who did so on D-Day, 75 years earlier. Shanklin, serving the Army Special Forces in the 1960's, made this most recent jump at the age of 75. 

You are welcome to listen to it or download it at this link:

-- Ed.  




March 26, 2022




ATTENTION: Unfortunately due to the corona virus and its variants the last two years, the Muddogs have disbanded for the 2022 Season.

Whether we have a 2023 season depends on many factors, including the severity of the virus next year. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for your past support of the American Legion Muddogs Baseball Team.


For more information on the teams, see the "BASEBALL" tab on this website, or go to the Muddogs Facebook or web site pages.​


 -- Ed., with thanks to the Muddog's coach and webmaster, Mike Biondo




January 28, 2023 


   The infamous raffle ticket donation fishbowl  



Come join us each Friday, for our Friday Night Fish Fry followed by our weekly band and participate in our voluntary 50/50 Raffle. The donated money raised from these raffles helps pay for the bands who appear here each week, and gives attendees a chance at the jackpot.

Weekly Bands perform on Friday nights in Cafe 187, and occassionally the Normandy Room. See the "Bands! Bands! Bands! Friday Nights" tab for details and scheduling of upcoming performers.

Our winner for January 27, 2023, was Char H., who's number was chosen as the winner of the $80.00, 50/50 jackpot. Char's winning ticket number was #230255. Trilogee was able to generate a $160.00 jackpot for this weeks drawing. Congratulations to Char on her winnings! 

And congratulations to Larry D., who on January 20, won a $185.00, 50/50 jackpot. Matt "Elvis" Alban generated a $370.00 jackpot for that weeks drawing. Larry had left the building, but did put his phone number on his ticket. Larry's winning ticket number was #390929. Congratulations to Larry on winning the prize. Look for Matt "Elvis" Alban to return to the Legion on June 30, 2023.  

Please note that winnings can be made into donations to honor birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, donating to the Post, to our band that night, or any other special event that you wish to remember.

So come visit the Legion Post Home in beautiful south Elmhurst 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 support of these fundraisers.

Below are some of the bands who regulary perform at the Legion. Remember to come back to the Post and support these bands and upcoming new bands via our 50/50 raffle contest.  


Peaches Beach Party 



Johnny Gray




Bruce Gibson Quartet


Swing Forward






Flash Baxter




JP and Jenny V James and The Flames




Matt "Elvis" Alban  






The Fabtones



Nix Slate



The Rockin' Eldorados




May 21, 2022

The Queen of Hearts game is available to play at the Post. 

Stop by at the Elmhurst American Legion and play our Queen of Hearts game at the Post. You might just win some $$$$ and help the Legion too!  Tickets can be purchased at the bar in Cafe 187. The drawing is weekly on Wednesdays and is generally between 8:00- 8:30 during Bingo. The current weeks' jackpot is on our pylon sign readerboard as you drive by the Post. 



The game consists of a standard deck of cards with 2 (two) jokers for a total of 54 cards. Cards are shuffled, numbered 1 through 54, and placed face down in the locked cabinet. Tickets are sold for $1.00 (one dollar) each. Print name and phone number on each ticket, then place in the large drum. If the person does not plan on attending the drawing, he or she must write a number of one of the remaining cards on the front of the ticket. If that ticket is drawn, someone from the Post will pull the corresponding numbered ticket from the board.

On drawing day, a random person will pull one ticket from the drum. If present, the person who has the winning ticket will pull a number from 1 to 54. The corresponding numbered card on the board will be pulled. If that number is the Queen of Hearts, then that person wins. If not, the game continues until the Queen of Hearts is pulled. But, if both Jokers are pulled before the Queen is found, the rest of the cards will be removed and a new deck of cards will be put in its place and the game continues. All other tickets in the drum will be discarded. Drawings will be held on Wednesdays, the time is still being worked out as we resume. 

Payouts are 60% of the money to the winner, 20% back to start the next game, 20% to the Post for improvements to the Post or towards benefits the Post gives out. Payout is in the form of a check from the Legion. Tax requirements are the responsibility of the winner.

GOOD LUCK!  Questions? Call the Post at 630-833-7800.  

-- Ed. 



Section 9 




January 10, 2023



Please see this link for current calendar: 

Division/District Meeting Dates – American Legion Department of Illinois (


Please see this link for district and division map:

District/Division Map – American Legion Department of Illinois (






December 3, 2022

Honor Flight Chicago brings WW II, Korean, and Vietnam vets out to Washington D.C., at no charge to them, to visit the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. It is a great organization doing a great job honoring our troops from the above three wars. Please click below to find out more about their organization and how you can be put on the list for a visit.


Our Mission Will Continue - YouTube


Below is from the Honor Flight Chicago website: 


October 19, 2022

Highlights from our 106th flight

I needed the Honor Flight. I needed that void filled. I was finally and properly welcomed home from war.”

That was the message we received soon after HFC106 last week from Vietnam Veteran Bill Starr. He was one of 113 Veterans aboard our season finale, and one of 790 total veterans we honored over seven flights this season. Each and every one of those heroes needed their Honor Flight Chicago experience, and we are so deeply proud of our entire organization from top to bottom for providing it.

Last week one WWII, 8 Korean War and 104 Vietnam War veterans flew to Washington, D.C., on an unseasonably chilly day to close out our 2022 campaign. With their Welcome Home at Midway, we flew 12 WWII, 64 Korean War and 714 Vietnam War veterans all told this year. That’s nearly 800 lives directly impacted by the sincere and heartfelt love and gratitude you – our volunteers – bestowed upon our heroes. It’s also the most veterans we have honored in one year in a decade!

The 2022 season was one for the books! It was our first full season since before the COVID-19 pandemic began, featuring the return of the Pipe and Drum parade and the Frankfort Brass Band at Midway. We kicked it off with our historic 100th flight in April. June marked our biggest flight ever with 119 veterans on board. In July we celebrated Operation Education with a themed flight promoting our mission’s expansion in local schools. September saw the bittersweet milestone of our first flight without a WWII veteran.

Through it all our dedicated orange shirts turned out in droves month after month. We are proud to have welcomed literally hundreds of new volunteers into the family, and also thankful for those long time volunteers who returned for one final season this year after over a decade of service to our mission. You will be missed!

We now turn our focus toward the 2023 season. Stay tuned for information on the next edition of Law Enforcement Hockey Classic in March. The flight season will look quite similar to this year’s; we even start with another huge milestone on our very first flight: our 10,000th veteran to experience the life-changing honor, thanks and inspiration of an Honor Flight Chicago trip to Washington, D.C.! We’ll see you then!

Edna Ho and Doug Meffley
Directors, Honor Flight Chicago

Episode 42: Jerry Sperry, One of the Korean War’s Chosin Few (

Honor Flight Chicago’s mission is to Honor, Thank, and Inspire by building awareness and appreciation of the debt of gratitude America owes its veterans for their service and sacrifice for our nation.


The centerpiece of our programming is the Day of Honor in Washington, D.C., visiting the memorials built in tribute to the service of our veterans from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. This trip is provided at no cost to the veteran and is intended as a heartfelt thank you for their service and sacrifice from a grateful nation. Honor Flight Chicago encourages community and student participation in all of our programs, and uses lessons derived from the Day of Honor trip in its Operation Education program, inspiring students to learn about the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

With the welcomed support of generous donors and a caring public, Honor Flight Chicago intends to continue its mission to include veterans of wars – past, present, and future – as we recognize the bravery, determination, and patriotism of our veterans.

About Honor Flight Chicago

Honor Flight Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing the service and sacrifice of America’s senior war veterans by providing all-expense paid trips for these heroes to visit the Washington, D.C., memorials built in their honor. Founded in 2008, Honor Flight Chicago is the largest hub in the national Honor Flight Network and has flown more veterans than any other hub.





September 25, 2022

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.

Cafe Liberty has resumed taking applications in 2022. They will continue to do so while monitoring the corona virus and its variants. 

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, for information or to apply. You may also call 630-868-3003 for information. The Dan Gibbons Foundation website may be viewed at .   

-- Ed.



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November 18, 2022

Cafe 187 is looking for Friday Night Fish Fry and Saturday night event people who can clean up our kitchen after used. Previous restaurant experience and basic sanitation knowledge needed. Inquire to Al Bertolani at the Post, 630-833-7800. 

Fish Fry Volunters needed! We are in need of chefs/cooks, servers, busboys, kitchen help, and susbtitute fill in people for our Friday Fish Fry. Servers get to keep any tips they earn. All volunteers are treated to a fish dinner at the end of restaruant hours. If intertested, please contact Al Bertolani at the Post: 630-833-7800.    

--Al Bertolani, Finance Officer, Post 187




February 2, 2020

Cher Smith Conrad will be hosting another care package, the Packages Abroad Project, for active duty troops in March. If you have toiletries, books, playing cards, etc., and you would like to donate for these boxes, please put them in the Doug Chant Room. A complete list of items needed is on the bulletin board in the bar area. You may also make a monetary donation to help cover the cost of mailing these boxes. Each box costs $19.00 to send. Contact Cher at 630-640-5771 with any questions, or to let her know you'd like to volunteer to help pack the boxes. Exact dates for packing and shipping will be forthcoming.

--Corinne Popelka, Auxiliary President 




November 18, 2022


The Dessert Bar at the Friday Fish Fry returned in September. More volunteers are always welcome. Please call Leslie Uher at 630-935-2329, if you would like to sign up for the Dessert Bar, on Fridays, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Check back for more information that we will update when  available.     



Auxiliary Meetings this year have resumed at 1:00 pm on the second Monday of February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December. The Auxiliary Executive Board meetings are to be determined and will be announced ahead of time.      

Membership dues for the coming year are $30.00 for senior members and $5.00 for junior members for the year starting with 2024. Current dues for 2023 are still $28.00

-- Corrine Popelka, Auxiliary President 




November 18, 2022

The 2023 scholarship due date is March 15, 2023

​Time is running out to remind those college-age students in your family to think about applying for an Auxiliary or Post Scholarship.

The Auxiliary has scholarships available for American Legion and Auxiliary members, their children, and grandchildren. To qualify, an applicant must be related to or be a member of T.H.B. Post 187 and be enrolled  at an accredited College, University or trade school.  Applications are available on line at our Post website:  Click on the "Auxiliary Scholarship" link or, "Scholarship" link, and follow the prompts to complete, print, and mail to the address on the application.  

 --Scholarship Committee


Please contact Corrine Popelka at the Post, 630-833-7800, if interested in any volunteer job.






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Dates to remember:


Auxiliary Meetings

Auxiliary Meetings are at 1:00 pm on the second Monday of February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December. 


Auxiliary Board Meetings:

The Auxiliary Executive Board meetings are to be determined and will be announced ahead of time. 


Every Friday: - Fish Fry, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Dessert Bar is  September through December.  Check above heading leading with "Dessert Bar Returns..." for more information.  

Featured bands regularly perform at the Post each Friday also. Check our main web page tab "Bands, Bands, Bands" for lineups and schedules. 





Congratulations to all Auxiliary & Post members celebrating their birthdays during this month! We hope you are able to enjoy your "Special Day" in whatever manner suits you most.

For January our best wishes go to: 

None reported.



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