July 2022

Nine Honor Guard and Carolyn provided honors at St Peter's Lutheran Church for their Independence Day Service.

We lost Legionnaire Larry Wiersema, a thirty two year member. Nine members of the Honor Guard performed military rights. Along with Carolyn performing taps.

Honor Guard performed last rights at the Fulton Marina with 7 present and Carolyn performing taps. Commander Zuidema led the detail and presented the flag. The Carroll County VA Director Wayne Leonard also joined the detail.

17 Legionnaires were at our monthly meeting. It was the second of four cookouts. Ken Brainerd and Travis Lewis volunteered to cook. Ken did all the work, but Travis got a pass since his wife just had their fourth (all boys) child on Wednesday. Mark Steele brought in some excellent brownies (that no doubt his wife made :) Ken Petersen brought in some vegetables from his garden.

It was voted on to take suggestions through the end of September for what to do with the remaining $9,100 of the COVID grant. The money is to be spent on building envelope projects.

NO new projects will be undertaken until the countertop along the west wall is finished.

August meeting is on the 8th with Travis Lewis getting a chance to redeem himself at cooking.

We rent the Post hall as a small venue: 328rental.com $25 an hour. We are currently booked for a rental on the 16th of August with the same outfit (First Mile Development) that rented on the 25th.

Jerry Brearton was awarded the Public Relations/Information Exchange Award at The American Legion Department of Illinois' 103rd Convention held in Springfield IL. The award was presented due to Brearton's continued efforts in keeping the community aware of programs, presence, local activities and promotion of the renovated Post hall rental availability.

Our next major event is the Retired Flag Ceremony at Grove Hill Cemetery on the last Sunday of September (25th)

June 2022

Saturday the 4th at 9 A.M. - flags were recovered from Grove Hill where they had been planted for Memorial Day in record time and volunteers avoided getting wet by the onset of rain

Volunteers for flag retrieval were:

Legionnaires: W. Brackemyer, R Brands, J.W. Brearton, T. Jones, B. Linder, K. Petersen & L. Zuidema

High School Students: Mark Cyphers and Zayden Boonstra along with teacher B. Bartoz

Community: Lyndsay Workman

Sauk Valley Community College Impact Program Volunteers: Anna Blevins, Emma Christin, Carlee Hawkins, Samantha Hamilton, Brooklyn Hall & Ana Hall along with two of their moms.

Jerry Lyndsey wrote a nice article about Memorial Day - http://thecity1.com/memorial-day-2022/

Article about our ribbon cutting - http://thecity1.com/american-legion-post-328-ribbon-cutting/

Four new members recently: Jaz Johnson, Travis Lewis, Austin Brands & Vern Latwesen

The Lions Club left some "gently used" flags that were replaced during the Avenue of Flags drive. They are available at no charge for yourself or others.

Monthly meeting on the 13th with 16 Legionnaires present. We ate pizza in lieu of a cookout due to schedule overcrowding. The Flags were sorted and bundled for next Memorial Day. One volunteer (and her mother) from Sauk Valley IMPACT program assisted. Sarah Wetzell and her mom Christina Wetzell.

Ron Wiebenga is now a Paid up for Life (PUFL) Member.

We lost Bob Landheer, a 35 year member of the Post. https://www.bosmarenkes.com/obituaries/Robert-J-Landheer?obId=25192531#/obituaryInfo Nine participants of the Funeral Detail performed Military Rites along with Taps by Carolyn.

The Honor Guard will fire three volleys for St Peter's Lutheran Church Independence Day Service.

Visit our website often, I can assure you that it isn't static: https://www.morrisonamericanlegion.org/

Sauk Valley CC Impact Program Volunteer assisted in setting up the Post for photographs for the rental flyer. Sarah Wetzell and her mom Christina Wetzell

On Tuesday the 21st Larry Zuidema, Dennis VanZuiden, Ken Petersen, Bob Brands & Jerry Brearton attended the Whiteside County Board Meeting to find out if our grant request for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) produced any positive results. The request was very painstaking because we are a nonprofit and we had to emulate a regular business in regards to the quantity of paperwork submitted. We received the amount requested so it was worth the effort!

Word on the street is that Georgia Pacific is low on paper needed to print membership cards. Please be patient.

We are set up to rent out the Post as a small venue for events like birthdays, Jr High graduation, meetings, etc . Visit http://www.328rental.com

May Newsletter

May meeting on the 9th at the Post with 15 Legionnaires present.

Flag planting at Grove Hill on the 21st with twenty-two volunteers present. Eleven were Legionnaires. http://thecity1.com/1000-grave-flags-honor-vets/

Poppy Sales Friday and Saturday. VERY good results.

Legionnaire Ron Wiebenga gave the Post a very generous donation.

Fenton United Methodist Church annual Memorial Day event at the Fenton Cemetery - Had 5 riflemen there and the Sgt-at-Arms.

Ed Murney cleaned the stone tablets at the Veterans Park & Memorial

Memorial Day Parade: Dennis VanZuiden, Amy Johannsen, Bill Brackemyer & Lori Matlack marched with the Colors and Color Guard. Bob Brands, Jerry Brearton & Ken Petersen marched as Sgt-at-Arms and Legionnaires. Bob Brands, Terry Jones, Larry Saling, Jeff Steele, Dennis VanZuiden & Larry Zuidema fired the rifles for the 3-Volley Salute. Amy Johannsen & Lori Matlack placed the wreath. Jim Prombo was the emcee and the guest speaker. Very good turnout at the VFW/American Legion Pavilion.

The Grand Reopening was a great success. The Milk House donated and cooked 170 butterfly pork chops along with baked beans and pasta salad. All was eaten and no one got seconds. Best guess was over two hundred guests. Monetary donations also turned out to be very impressive.

This upcoming Saturday (4th of June) @ 9:00 we will retrieve the flags from Grove Hill Cemetery.

Monthly meeting on the 13th at 7:00 (1900) with a cook out prior (June,July,August,September). Two volunteers needed for the food if interested please contact the Commander at commander@morrisonamericanlegion.org or 499-5245.

Please find the two attached documents. Those were placed on the tables and throughout the Post during our Open House.

We are now an approved Volunteer Partner of Sauk Valley Community College. If you have a child or grandchild in (or soon to be in) high school (doesn't have to be Morrison) and think they may benefit from free tuition encourage them to check out https://www.svcc.edu/impact/

Our website is: https://www.morrisonamericanlegion.org/

Our Queen of Hearts Raffle website is: http://post328.com/

On Saturday the 2nd of April eight honor guard and Carolyn performed the service for John Reed at Oak Knoll cemetery in Sterling. It was a very cold and snowy day, picture on our website https://www.morrisonamericanlegion.org/ The three rifle volleys were perfect. The following Saturday nine honor guard were up to Grove Hill for Ted Luther's service.

April regular meeting at the Post with 19 present.

Post elections were held with some changes. More to follow on additional correspondence.

Adjutant Ken Petersen rented the Post for his family Easter dinner. Donation only for Post 328 members. Said it worked out real well. For rentals please go to: https://www.morrisonamericanlegion.org/building-rental-request


These items were completed by the Building Committee: handrails installed in the bathroom, mirror installed in the bathroom, backroom cleaned out and small shelf built for filing cabinet.

New roof project started on the 25th of April.

March Monthly meeting @ 1800 at the Post with fourteen members present. For the most part, the Post is complete on interior self-help and insurance contractor remodel / repairs.

We continue to hear comments like:

  • "I didn't know we were meeting at 6 vice 7" or "I get it confused with my _____ (name it) meeting / organization"

  • "I always forget whether it is a Monday or a Tuesday"

Our webpage: https://www.morrisonamericanlegion.org has the Post Schedule on it as a drop-down from the top. Additionally, we voted two years ago to have five meetings in the winter at 6 vice 7 (starting with the Veterans Day dinner). Please note: "Meetings are at: 1800 hours [November through March]; 1900 hours [April through October]"

The 103 birthday of The American Legion was celebrated along with Legionnaire Bob Brands 92nd birthday.

Seventy-two year continuous member John Reed died. John has been a Legionnaire since 1951. His graveside service is Saturday @ 11 in Sterling @ Oak Knoll. Eight (maybe nine) of the color guard will perform the volleys.

The Lions Club will be assembling new flags to conduit poles on the 19th of April @ 1:30 P.M.

2021 November.pdf