Second Division, District 11

Chartered September 26, 1919 - Our 102nd year.  

December 2021


Seasons Greetings! 


December 1, 2021

Status of Elmhurst American Legion events and programs due to Co-Vid-19:

We are pleased to announce that most Elmhurst American Legion programs have returned to regular operations while keeping social distancing, mask wearing as directed, and State of Illinois capacities in place. Federal CDC and state updates on the Delta virus variant are being complied with.

Changes regarding Delta corona virus will be monitored and observed at the Post as they become available. We want to thank all of our Patrons for their continued support during this uneasy time. We will continue to do our part by serving you every day.


​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 



All 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 1 



2021 - 2022 T.H.B. POST 187 OFFICERS

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

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

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

2ND JR. VICE-COMMANDER....................................... Jim Kleinow 

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


2ND VICE-PRESIDENT ................................................... Leslie Uher 

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

SECRETARY .............................................................. Patricia Nacyk 

HISTORIAN ....................................................................... open.......

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

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS .................................................... Judy Keinz

ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMS.......................Teddie L. Mitchell 



COMMANDER .......................................................... Mark J. Snider

SR. VICE-COMMANDER ................................ Charles J. Ostrowski

JR. VICE-COMMANDER ....................................... David J. Novotny 

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




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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. Volunteers who wish to, 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 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.



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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, Post Commander




Section 4 




June 18, 2021

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! 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 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 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




July 3, 2020

To the wonderful patriotic citizens and businesses of the Elmhurst community, join our Post as an Advertiser, 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. 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. 

You may also may wish to be a sponsor or booster of the Post. See tab "Advertising, Supporters" for our three categories of recognition: Advertisers, Boosters, and Sponsors. Existing organizations taken from the discontinued print version of The Sniper will be contacted to upgrade their copy to a web format if they wish to do so. 

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

--Mark Snider, Website Editor       




Section​ 5 




May 23, 2021

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. Volunteers who wish to, 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.   




June 18, 2021


Post Member Bruce Dubiel has issued us a membership challenge this summer- "I would like to propose a challenge to every member of the American Legion in Elmhurst, to contribute an extra $100.00 with their dues this year to support our Post 187."

--Bruce Dubiel, THB Post 187 Member

Great idea Bruce! All Post members, please try to add something extra to your annual dues to help out the Post while we are dealing with the consequences of the pandemic. $10, $20, $50, or $100, or any extra amount you are comfortable with, is greatly appreciated. 



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, 2021

Greetings Fellow Sons,

With the new membership year starting, the new per capita dues amount has increased to $15 per member. For all 2021 dues, please make sure you are paying the correct amount on written checks. As of January 1, 2021, all per capita dues will be $15 per member. The increase is due to 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, Sons of Legion Commander 
--Bob Blewett, Sons of Legion Adjutant




LEGION ENROLLEES:  October / November

New Post and Auxiliary members:  No change

New S.A.L. Members: No change

Transferred in:  No change


Welcome to you all !! 

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. Volunteers who wish to, 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.   



December 2021 

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!  




October/ November 2021 


Carol Helen Jurewicz, age 93, a longtime resident of Elmhurst, passed away November 8, 2021. She was born January 7, 1928, in Chicago to the late Wesley and the late Helen Witt Hofert. Carol was very active in her community. She was a member of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, Elmhurst Women’s Club, Elmhurst Republican Women’s Club, where she was a past president, Elmhurst American Legion T.H.B. Post 187 Auxiliary, acting as chair of the Poppy Day on some years. She was an early longtime member of Christ Church of Oak Brook.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph “Joe” N. Jurewicz (2020) since May 19, 1951; loving mother of Ellen Cluskey, the late Paul Jurewicz and Claire (Clay) Taylor; grandmother of John (Nicole) Cluskey, Bethany (Timon Anderson) Cluskey, Suzanne (Joey) Wiemken, Thomas Jurewicz, James Jurewicz, Mary Jurewicz and Wesley Taylor; great-grandmother of Julia Meza, Eleanor Cluskey, Amelia Cluskey and Hudson “Teddy” Cluskey; and she was aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was from 2-4 PM on Saturday, November 13, 2021 with a Funeral Service being held at 4 PM at Elmhurst Community Funeral Home – THE AHLGRIM CHAPEL, 567 S. Spring Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Private interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Info – Elmhurst Community Funeral Home – THE AHLGRIM CHAPEL, 630-834-3515 or In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be made to American Legion T.H.B. Post 187, 310 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126 or Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carol Helen Jurewicz please visit our Tribute Store.



Joseph R. Kieras, 78, Lombard, IL February 5, 1943 - October 12, 2021 

Joseph R. Kieras, Sr, age 78, of Lombard. Beloved husband of the late Barbara, nee Kenealy; loving father of Joseph R. Kieras, Jr and Jill (Drew) Uhlir; devoted grandfather of Morgan, Jenna, Jordan, and Jason Uhlir; brother of Maryann Hiles, and Sharon Weiss; father figure to many nieces and nephews. Joe was a sharpshooter in the Army while stationed in Colorado Springs, he was a building inspector, had a real estate license and was a professor at College of DuPage where he taught welding classes.

You might only catch a glimpse of Joe sitting in the morning sun, having "hot, hot tea" and reading the Tribune, or playing his weekly pinochle game at the Elmhurst American Legion, where he was a Sergeant at Arms and perpetual fish fry volunteer. He was a lifelong Sox fan an avid gardener and member of the Villa Park Garden Club. He rustled a menagerie of creatures from horses to peacocks, or whatever oddities his wife or kids brought home. Joe dabbled in politics and was a precinct captain in York Township. When he retired from running big machinery, Joe drove a car for the township senior transportation program.

Visitation was Sunday, October 17th, 3-8pm at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd. (3 blks. S. of Roosevelt Rd.) Lombard. Funeral Monday, 10:45 am from the funeral home to Christ the King Church. Mass 11:30 am. Interment Assumption Cemetery. Memorials to St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 N Main St. Chamberlain, SD 57325, are appreciated. Funeral info: (630) 932-1500.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joseph R. Kieras please visit the Knollcrest Tribute Store.
To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Joseph R. Kieras, please visit the Knollcrest Tribute Store.





Section 6 



MEDICARE WORKSHOPS: Medicare Solutions 4 Seniors 

October 7, 2021

American Legion #187 offers Medicare workshops

Medicare can be confusing and  the decisions you make may be overwhelming. You are not alone- we are here to help! Come to this free Medicare informational meeting sponsored by Medicare Solutions 4 Seniors. Meetings will be held at the Elmhurst American Legion Post #187, 301 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, IL. 

Friday, October 15, 10:00 am.

Monday, October 18, 10:00 am. 

Thursday, October 21, 10:00 am.

Monday, October 25, 7:00 pm.

Thursday, October 28, 10:00 am.

Monday, November 1, 7:00 pm.

Thursday, November 4, 10:00 am.

Tuesday, November 9, 10:00 am.

Saturday November 13, 10:00 am.

Tuesday, November 16, 10:00 am.

Thursday, November 18, 10:00 am.

Monday, November 29, 10:00 am.

Thursday, December 2, 10:00 am.

Monday, December 6, 10:00 am.

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7. This meeting is for anyone who is Medicare eligible and wants to learn about the important Medicare decisions available. Please call 1-800-205-5176, or email to reserve a spot. Refreshments and hand sanitizer will be provided. Masks are required and social distancing will be respected.   

--Ed. Information above provided by The Elmhurst Independent Newspaper, October 7, 2021 edition.  




November 30, 2021

We recently were asked if there had been a Thanksgiving dinner for recruits this year. Due to restrictions enacted as a result of corona virus and other logistical issues, the dinner was cancelled. However, the dinner was approved to be held on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021. ALL attendees, volunteers, participants, and vendors will be required to present their CDC card at the door to verify they are currently up to date on corona virus vaccination status. Those who cannot provide proper documentation will be denied entry to the Post.  

We will be in contact with the Navy for other updates on the dinner, particularly regarding the new Omicron virus. We otherwise expect the same set up and procedures as were used at previous Thanksgiving dinners. 

Please chack back for more updates. Thank you for your participation and volunteer efforts. 

--John Scudder, Post Commander   





June 23, 2021

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 remaining 2021 or 2022 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, or at this web address:

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.

For more information or questions, please go to the website:





Section 7 



Lunches are from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm most Saturdays. Limited seating per CDC regulations, and carry out is available.

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 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 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 




October 27, 2021  

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

The Corporation Board of the Legion held their 2021-22 installation meeting, membership vote, and ratification on October 26, 2021, at 6:00 pm after the Post meeting. The Board and Committee elected officers are listed below. 


Corporation Board 2020-2021

President                         Al Bertolani                                       1 year, 9-22

Vice President                 Bob Blewett                                       1 year, 9-22

Secretary                         Tom Augustyn                                   2 years, 9-23

Secretary                         Don Page                                           2 years, 9-23  

Treasurer                         Bill Shanklin                                      3 years, 9-24 

Board Member                Larry Slater                                       1 year, 9-22

Board Member                Dan Bruno                                        3 years, 9-24

Board Member                Rus Strahan                                      2 years, 9-23

Board Member                Bob Daniels                                      3 years, 9-24

Post Commander             John Scudder                                           ----


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




Normandy Room Banquet Receives 2019 Best of Elmhurst Award

Elmhurst Award Program Honors the Achievement

ELMHURST July 31, 2019 -- Normandy Room Banquet has been selected for the 2019 Best of Elmhurst Award in the Banquet Hall category by the Elmhurst Award Program.

Each year, the Elmhurst Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Elmhurst area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Elmhurst Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Elmhurst Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Elmhurst Award Program

The Elmhurst Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Elmhurst area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Elmhurst Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Elmhurst Award Program

Elmhurst Award Program


-- 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, Corporation President



Section 8 



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.  




August 29, 2021






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


Baseball gear is now available- Support our teams! Shop for your Muddogs gear for friends and family, or yourself, at our Muddogs Team Store.


See you in spring training, 2022!  


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





September 3, 2021

Our previous pre-corona virus Military Ball was last held at the Post on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7:00 pm. 

Due to the Legion holding its 2nd Nashville Songwriter's Fundraiser on October 16, 2021, we will not have the Military Ball this year. At this time the status of next year's 2022 Ball is undetermined. Our primary concern is members heath risks and potential disease transmission of the delta virus from attending such an event. Please check back for updates regarding any change in status for 2022. 

Please look for updates in The Sniper and on the website for upcoming memorials and events that may be planned.




November 20, 2021 


   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 the Post pay for the music we've been enjoying each week, and gives attendees a chance at the jackpot.

Weekly Bands Entertainment has returned 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.

Congratulations to our winner, Timer. On Friday, November 19, Matt "Elvis" Alban played at the Post and generated a $284.00 jackpot. Diners donated to the Post's 50-50 raffle to allow Laura to become the winner and take home $142.00. Laura's ticket number was #180035. Please note that winnings can be made into donations to honor birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, donating to the Post, 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 Post. Remember to come back to the Post and support these bands and upcoming new bands through the raffle contest.  


Peaches Beach Party 



Johnny Gray




Sling Blade


Flash Baxter



The Rt. 66 Band


Swing Forward





McLennon Band


Liz Goss


Matt "Elvis" Alban  






April 29, 2021

The Queen of Hearts game has resumed at the Post

Stop by at the Elmhurst American Legion and try out 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 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. 



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September 25, 2021



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November 12, 2021

Honor Flight Chicago brings WW II vets out to Washington D.C., at no charge to them, to visit the World War II Memorial. It is a great organization doing a great job honoring our troops from the Big War. 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: 

November 6, 2021

Highlights from our 99th flight

We did it! Four flights, 10 weeks, 437 senior war heroes honored. The 2021 season was short, it was quick, and it was a RESOUNDING SUCCESS!!
With the completion of HFC99 last week, Honor Flight Chicago flew 11 WWII, 65 Korean War, and 361 Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C., in 2021 to thank them for their service, their sacrifice, and to say WELCOME HOME.
We were the very first Honor Flight hub in the entire country to return to action with HFC96 on August 18. We flew all year in a bigger plane with more veterans (shoutout D.C. Guardians, especially!). In addition to flying one regular Honor Flight Chicago mission per month, we also put the long-awaited and historic Operation HerStory — the first all-female veteran flight from Illinois — in the air in early October.
What we are most proud of is this: Our hub led the way in the return to flight during this pandemic. The office fielded call after call from other hubs asking “How did you do it?” “How did this work?” Our answer first and foremost was simple: our volunteers. We have always been proud of our volunteer family, but after this year we are positively bursting. YOU. ARE. THE. BEST.
Our efforts this year have gone a long way toward spreading the positive message of Honor, Thanks, and Inspiration not just in Chicago but around the country. In addition to being featured on every single news network in Chicago, Honor Flight Chicago missions this year have been highlighted on NBC’s Nightly News with Lester Holt and the TODAY Show; ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir; and on Veterans Day be on the lookout for heroes from HFC99 on CBS This Morning.
Flights may be over for the year, but we are still as busy as ever. Make sure to sign up for the Virtual or In-Person Operation Education 5K Fundraiser happening now (or in-person on Saturday, November 6, at Morton West HS in Berwyn!). We are hopeful that our annual Hockey Classic will make a return in 2022, as well.
And most exciting of all, the 2022 flight season will kick off with our biggest milestone to date: HFC100!
See you then!
Edna Ho and Doug Meffley
Directors, Honor Flight Chicago


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.




October 18, 2021

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.

Unfortunately at this time, due to Covid, the resultant breakthroughs, and delta variance, the program has been suspended until further notice. 

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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October 27, 2021

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 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 14, 2021


Joanne Shulz and Leslie Uher are needing bakers for the Dessert Bar at the Friday Fish Fry starting in Ocotber 2021. Please call Joanne at 630-833-8249, or Leslie at 630-935-2329, if you would like to sign up for the Dessert Bar. Until we can get more volunteers, the dessert bar will be on hold until approximately when Lent starts on March 2, 2022. Normally, the dessert bar dates each year are from January through May, Fridays, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. From June until October there is not a dessert bar. October through December, Friday hours resume from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. Check back for more information that we will update when available.     



Auxiliary Meetings this year until further notice are cancelled at this time due to corona virus. The Auxiliary Executive Board meetings were cancelled as well. The next Auxiliary meeting and Executive Board meeting are undetermined at this time.     

Membership dues for the coming year are $28.00 for senior members and $5.00 for junior members.  

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. 

-- Corrine Popelka, Auxiliary President 




November 14, 2021


The 2022 scholarship application process will be opening soon during the holiday season. 

This year's 2022 scholarships due date will be March 15, 2022.    

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 scholarships available ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to qualified Post and Auxiliary Unit family members. 

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 in good standing at an accredited high school, college, or university.  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.  


For more information, email Ruth Valentino at

--Ruth Valentino, Scholarship Chair


Attention: Scholarship Committee Volunteer Members wanted to assist in reviewing applications.

Please contact Corrine Popelka at the Post, 630-833-7800, if interested.  










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Dates to remember:


Auxiliary Meetings



Executive Board Meetings:

The Post Corporation Board Election occured on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm. 


Every Friday: - Fish Fry, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Dessert Bar is January to June, and October through December. Check above heading leading with "Dessert Bar Bakers..." 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 members celebrating their birthdays during this month! We hope you are able to enjoy your "Special Day" in whatever manner suits you most.

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