IDAHO FALLS POST 56 SEPTEMBER 2009
Message from the Commander
It looks like summer is fast com- your Department Officers and see is growing in our Post, we have re-
ing to a close with lots of great how the American Legion works cruited several new members and
activities being completed by your on a bigger scale, Veterans day is we are all part of our membership
American Legion Post. We have coming up with its normal activi- team. You should carry around
conducted many graveside services ties, we are going to try to have a an application for the Legion in
for Veterans - in my opinion it is Veterans Day/membership drive your pocket and ask people if they
one of the most important things combined effort dinner this year are a Veteran and tell them about
we do to serve Veterans and their - stay tuned for more informa- our great programs and see if they
families. We have conducted nu- tion, we will continue to conduct would like to join and help us out.
merous flag ceremonies, manned a graveside honors for all Veterans Never be afraid to ask. If you
booth for the 4th of July, had our - call Wayne Schneider to help us ever have a question or need help
annual picnic and the list goes on out, we will also continue to go to talking to someone please let me
and on. Are you involved in your schools, Churches, scouts, etc. to know. I am here to help and will
Post? It is not only a great way to provide flag programs and colors continue to serve.
give back but it is also a great way - call Ron Walquist to help out in
to stay active. Lots of things com- that area, and the list goes on and — Bob Skinner - Post 56 and
ing up to get involved in - Area C on. If you want to do something District 7 Commander
has a meeting in Idaho Falls and that is very rewarding all you have
this is a great opportunity to meet to do is get involved. Membership
War Bonnet Rodeo
I am sure that everyone knows that the War Bonnet us - just bad news that the Rodeo did not happen this
Roundup Rodeo did not happen this year. Given year. Next year we plan to do it up big since it will
the downturn in the economy and the fact that the be the 100th anniversary of the War Bonnet Rodeo
majority of our sponsors (Bish’s RV, Smith Group, so we are planning a big splash for the event next
Sportsman’s Warehouse, Docutech, etc.) are having year. More to follow as we get closer to next year.
a tough time it looked like our sponsors would not Thanks for your patience.
have been able to help us much this year. Without — Bob Skinner
sponsors the Rodeo could not happen because the
people through the gate does not equate to enough
money to make the Rodeo happen. For a time it POST MEETINGS
looked like the Chukars might take over the Rodeo Post 56 meets the 1st and 3rd
which would have resulted in us losing the conces-
Monday each month at 7:00 p.m. at the
sion stand earnings - a major fund raiser for us. Now
the same team will run the Rodeo next year and we Veterans Memorial Building,
will have the concessions as before. Good news for 485 Constitution Way, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Message from the Adjutant
The 2010 Membership Year began The 40/ 8 Veterans Organiza- considering a PUFL at the current
on July 1. 2009. Membership re- tion has a Nurse Scholarship rates need to submit their request
newal has been good to date with Program to assist a student with by September 21, 2009, so that
61% renewal for 2010. In these tuition in an accredited nursing the application can be processed
troubled economic times it is im- training program. The program and received at National Head-
portant to have a voice speaking collects aluminum cans as a fund quarters before October 1st.
for the veterans. THE AMERI- raiser. If anyone wishes to donate
CAN LEGION speaks for all aluminum cans for the scholar- — Al Arnold
veterans at the national and state ship program, please contact Bob Post 56 Adjutant
levels. I urge each member to Skinner.
renew your membership and ask UPCOMING EVENTS
your fellow veterans to join us in We have received
securing the benefits all veterans information from Fall Area C Meeting
have earned by proudly serving National Headquar- September 26, 2009
our nation. ters that dues for Area C Meeting (Districts 6, 7, and 8)
Paid Up For Life Meeting will be held at the Idaho Falls Parks
The American Legion telephone (PUFL) will be in- and Recreation Activity Center located on
number has been consolidated creased significantly Skyline Drive near the Airport
with other Veterans Service beginning October Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
Organizations. The American 1, 2009. The dues
Legion, VFW, and Veterans Help- will be about $200 to POW/MIA Activities
ing Hands Outreach Center have $300 more than the POW/MIA Luncheon 9/15/09 at Red Lion
a common Phone Number, (208) current rates, but a 150 Tickets available
528-8387. 3 year payment plan POW/MIA Observance 9/18/09
will also be available. For Information contact Mike McLendon
Veterans Day/Membership Dinner
AMERICAN LEGION POST OFFICERS November 7, 2009
2009 – 2010 A combined American Legion and VFW dinner
in the Veterans Memorial Building
Commander Bob Skinner 529-9423 Social Hour 5:00 p.m. with Dinner about 6:00
1st Vice Commander Ron Walquist 419-0959 p.m.
2nd Vice Commander Jim Sparks 524-2215
Finance Officer Bob Woods 522-1883
November 11, 2009
Sgt-at-Arms Bill Robinson 524-3806 8:00 a.m. - Flag Raising at Veterans Memorial
Chaplain Wayne Schneider 522-5319 9:00 a.m. – Post Everlasting Ceremony in Veter-
Historian Richard Zopff 552-5330 ans Memorial Building
Executive Bd. Member Floyd Hensley 522-0149
Tommy Ogawa 522-5962 Food Convoy
John Mucci 529-3620 November 20, 2009
Service Officer Jerry Schmidt 221-1724 Food Convoy to Pocatello Veterans Home
Adjutant Allen Arnold 529-0445 November 21, 2009
Food Convoy to Boise Veterans Home.
Past Commander Richard Webber 523-7072
For Information Contact George Donahue at
Quartermaster Leroy Meyer 523-7306
Message from the Auxiliary
Three members from our unit Auxiliary Americanism Program. in the mail, remember you don’t get
served on the staff at Syringa Girls reminders for Junior members, so
State this year, Toni Gimpel and President Chris has asked for include their $3.00 when you send
Shannon Clements were Deans members to assist in the collec- your $25.00 into Lianne. The Mem-
and Adrean Casper was Legislative tion manufacture coupons for the bership year is from August 1 until
Chairman, Idaho Falls sent 10 del- Military Commissary project. Just July 31 each year, and you’re consid-
egates to Girls State. They excelled cut out the coupons in the Sunday ered delinquent after December 31.
in their cities and counties as they paper and any magazines you might Please help our unit make our goal
learned about the political process have, these coupons can be used by and assist us with the many projects
and how our government works as military families stationed overseas that the paying of our dues permit
they established their parties and at their base commissaries, as a bo- us to do for our Veterans, their chil-
then ran for city, county and state nus they can have an expiration date dren and our community.
offices. up to six months expired and still
be used. Chris asks that you bring We meet at 7 PM on the third Mon-
Once again our unit assisted with them with you to meetings or get day of the month. Please call for
the Field of Flags and tied over 200 in touch with any officer and we’ll a ride if you need one, and try and
yellow ribbons that were put on the arrange to get them from you. So invite your neighbor to join with us.
flags for the “Title of Liberty Pa- bring your coupons and we will add
rade” on June 27th. Sylvia Hansen them to what we collect and send Looking forward to the Area C
worked alongside Colleen Ham- out monthly. Meetings in Idaho Falls on Sep-
mond, both unit members, as they tember 26, 2009, as our own Li-
We are also recording our Service/
prepare annually for this event that anne Christesen is our 7th District
gets National recognition for ourVolunteer hours and if you need in- President and will be conducting the
formation on meeting.
AMERICAN LEGION that please
AUXILIARY OFFICERS call President SPECIAL NOTE--At this year’s
2009 – 2010 Chris. Department Convention, Idaho
Falls Unit took first place in the
President Chaplain You should History competition.
Chris Holden Joyce Stultz be getting
522-2119 529-2468 your mem- — Toni Gimpel - Secretary
bership re- Bonneville Unit #56
Vice President Sergeant-at-arms
Lianne Christesen Shannon Clements
Secretary/Treasurer Executive Board
Toni Gimpel Members
522-5693 Norma Hart
Historian Sylvia Hansen
Sherry Dokos 782-0041
THE AMERICAN LEGION
IDAHO FALLS POST 56
P.O. BOX 50275
IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO 83405-0275
Bonneville County Veterans Ceremonial Team
I had the distinct privilege of going to Boys
The Bonneville County Veterans Memorial has a busy year.
The team provided Military Honors for over 90 Veterans. State again this year and serving as one of the
The Team, along with the Idaho Military Honor Guard, is Boys State Counselors. What a great experi-
privileged to provide a final tribute to a deceased veteran. ence interacting with the leaders of tomorrow.
The request for Military Honors is usually requested and Our Post sent six boys and two of them were
coordinated through the Funeral Service Provider. elected Governor and Lt. Governor. Hav-
ing two of our boys elected to the two top
The Team is getting smaller due to passing and illness of
spots in the organization speaks volumes to
our members. If you would like to join our team, please
give me a call. the quality of boys we send from Idaho Falls.
You can be very proud of the boys and their
If any members or former members of the Veterans accomplishments. I would like to send more
Memorial Team no longer desire to participate in Military boys next year and am already working on
Honors, we would appreciate the return of jackets and ways to make that happen. If you would like
coats so they will be available to new members. to become involved in this effort please let
Wayne Schneider – 522-5319
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