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AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50  Pictured is the second Life Jacket Loaner Station the AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50 sponsored and was built by AMVETS members Deric Bilgrien and his father John Bilgrien.  The Life Jacket was placed at the Solberg Lake boat landing.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50  Pictured are AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members Dolores Gradinjan and Lonnie Sherry with the school supplies and clothing that was donated to the Prentice and Ogema Elementary schools.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Post 50   On September 12, 2017 AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members  Lonnie Sherry and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan delivered the donated school supplies, clothing, tennis shoes and snow pants to the Prentice Elementary school and the Ogema Elementary school from the auxiliary. Pictured are: Superintendent Randy Bergman, Dolores Gradinjan and some Elementary students with the supplies and clothing the Prentice School received.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Post 50  On Sept.8, 2017, Linda Warner, Prentice a member of the First Lutheran Quilters, attended the AMVETS Ladies Aux. monthly meeting and presented the five quilts the Prentice quilters gave to the Auxiliary to be given to those local veterans going on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in Sept. and Oct. of 2017. The veterans who received a beautiful lap quilt were: George Valiga, Lawrence Wang, John Buchta, Joe Heizler and Ed Simpson.  The Prentice ladies who made the quilts were: Linda Warner, Bev Hora, Bonnie Uhren and Dee Burke. Pictured is Linda Warner with George Valiga and the quilt he received.

Post 6440 Bloomer WI, along with the VFW and American Legion held a Flag Retirement Ceremony  Thursday, September 7.

AMVETS Post 99 Ladies Auxiliary.
 Child Welfare Chair Yvonne Reno headed up the Auxiliary Backpack Project with backpacks full of school supplies for local students.  Pictured are Auxiliary Members Diane Benzschawel; Chris Mahloch; Deb Mahon, Auxiliary President; Mark Holzman, MPSD Superintendent; and Yvonne Reno.

Don Murray, owner of the Top Hat, and other friends a, had a fund raiser for AMVETS Post 99.  They had a bike wash, music, by Bare Bones Blind, raffles, and food.  AMVETS members participated with selling the food. 

Post 99 Auxiliary members putting goodie bags together for AMVETS King Weekend...pictured from left:  Deb Mahone, Robbie Huss, Linda Dufek, Diane Benzschawel and Jodi Larson.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 13 AMVETS Auxiliary Department Darlene Hempel during the Auxiliary Department school of instruction. It was held at clubhouse of AUXILIARY 13, Redgranite, WI

AMVETS District 4 picnic. The men were retiring 1507 flags. And then they had lunch and a meeting afterwards. 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 13 Mary Woiak, Dawn Fadrow, Dale Fadrow and Greg Woiak Sr, attended a free Veterans lunch at school of Engineering in Wautoma WI. It was for all Veterans and organizations in Waushara County. They also got a tour of facility and speakers were there as well. Last picture is of AUXILIARY Member of AUXILIARY13 Dawn Fadrow and Mary Woiak. 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 13 Pictures from donation to Back school Bash for Waushara County. First picture is list of supplies. Second picture is AUXILIARY Member of AUXILIARY 13 Breanna Monette  and Mary Woiak co chairman of Child Welfare. They went shopping for this and this is what they received. And last picture is Mary's granddaughter Brielle Anderson and grandson Kaiden Woiak, who helped deliver all the supplies to Waushara County Human Services with Mary.

Brielle Anderson granddaughter of Greg and Mary Woiak of Post 13 and AUXILIARY 13 of Redgranite. Cleaning up ditches from homes on Double EE  Redgranite WI. They ended up with bag full. And Granddaughter Brielle Anderson volunteering at King helping residents with miniature golf. 

AMVETS Post 99, 99 Auxiliary and a representative from VFW 659 hosted an ice cream social at St Mary's Nursing Home in Manitowoc.  The veterans were honored with gifts and everyone enjoyed bingo and ice cream. All veterans and Post members had their picture taken for the event.

AMVETS Post 50 , Phillips Wi. Was give a chance to raise fund for their programs by Brigadoon Winery, Tripoli, WI. Food menu was Brats, Hamburgers, hot dogs & chips. The day was a great success. All food was sold.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50  The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary held their annual “A Slice of Pie” and Flag sale fund raiser during the Fourth of July weekend.  All money collected went to helping send our 5 local veterans who will be going on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight which will be going on September 11, 2017. Pictured standing l tp r are: Auxiliary members Nicole Krenzke, Rita Laatach, Lonnie Sherry, Winnie Kolanowski, Etola Foytek, Marilyn Flietner.  Seated are the veterans who will be going on the Sept. 11th Honor Flight out of Mosinee Airport. They are: Lawrence Wang, John Buchta, Edward Simpson, George Valiga and Aux Pres. Dolores Gradinjan. Missing from the photo are Joe Heizler who will go on the October flight and Auxiliary member Mae Mattison who did an awesome job of flag selling to help pay for the flight.

AMVETS Ladies Aux Post 50  On the Fourth of July the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary hosted their fifth annual “Slice of Pie Sale”  All proceeds from the pie sale went to sending our 5 local veterans on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.  Pictured are: Pres. Dolores Gradinjan Winnie Kolanowski, Destiny McCallie, Lonnie Sherry and MaKala Nachtrab.

AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50  Pictured are Aux. members Dolores Gradinjan and Mae Mattison selling flag of the Fourth of July for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50  On June 13, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Aux Post 50 sponsored and ran their 25th American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Phillips Municipal Building. A total of 115 units of blood was collected. Pictured are Auxiliary members l to r:Etola Foytek, Winnie Kolandnowski, Lonnie Sherry, Linda Schweikert, Marilyn Flietner and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan

AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50  On July 21, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Aux held a Brat Sale at Pick ‘n Save grocery store.  All the proceeds from the sale went to sending local veterans on the Never forgotten Honor Flight. Pictured are Aux. members Carol Lapp, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Winnie Kolandnowski, Lonnie Sherry and husband Andy Sherry chief cook.

AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50  AMVETS Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan with Third Grader Emily Lamy, who won second place in the Auxiliary Americanism poster/essay contest.

AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50  AMVETS Commander Post 50 Doug Rasmussen and Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinja stand with Ashlyn Kropp, who won First Place at the state level in the Americanism Flag coloring contest. Her entry was sent on to the National Convention.

AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50  Students from Phillips, Medford and Butternut schools took part in various contest sponsored by the AMVETS over the last school year, and six of those students have taken home state level honors for their entries. Pictured are Butternut student winners with AMVETS Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan, showing off their certificates and American flag kits. Winners are l to r: Second grader Alli Lueloff, First place; Third Grader Kayla Buchert, third place; Kindergartener Madison Meindl, second place; and Fourth grader Kendra Pritzl, first place winner. They were winners in the AMVETS Against Drugs and Alcohol Abuse.

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wisconsin Made a $3000.00 donation to the “Never Forgotten Honor Flight” at the 15th annual “Veterans Welcome Home Picnic”. Pictured are Mike Thompson from Never Forgotten Honor Flight and Douglas Rasmussen Commander Post 50.

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wisconsin along with the American Legion and VFW held the 15 annual “Veterans Welcome Home” picnic. It started with the dedication of the “1967 Vietnam memorial”
About 100 people attended the picnic.

AMVETS Post 99, Auxiliary and Sons of AMVETS visited veterans at River Wood Estates for bingo and an ice cream social.  The veterans received gifts and all the residents were invited for bingo and ice cream.
From left front:  Carl Domoneski, Bill Kretsch, Hildegarde Rebeneck, Marvin Pozorski and Marvin Baker all veteran residents received cookies donated by Subway in Rapids.
Back row left: Gio Flores, Bella Bolden, Linda Dufek, Carolyn Swaboda, David Spindler, Chris Mahloch, Ed Mahloch, Roger Dufek holding Subway cookies, Dennis Scherer, Fred Giesler, and Diane Benzschawel.

AMVETS & Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips, Wisconsin Sponsored a Honor Flight float with local Veterans that have been on the “Never Forgotten Honor Flight”

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wisconsin conducted their 10 annual “Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs” program
It was held with the 4th grade class in Phillips on Solberg lake.
It was also held in Prentice 4th grade  with the support of the Prentice VFW at Buccaneer pond.
100 hundred fishing poles and tackle was purchased and given the the students to keep.
All student had a great day of fishing.

AMVETS Post 50, Phillips
On June 14, 2017 the AMVETS, along with the American Legion & VFW held their annual Flag Disposal ceremony at the VFW Hall in Phillips. Pictured are the members who participated in the Flag Disposal Ceremony.  AMVETS Auxiliary Pres. Dolores Gradinjan also helped with the disposal of flags.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
Dolores Gradinjan received the PCREA 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award at the spring Price County Retired Educators’ meeting, which was held on April 11, 2017 at AJ’s Restaurant in Park Falls.  Along with the certificate, Dolores received an Outstanding Volunteer pin and a  letter of commendation from the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association.  She received the award based on her number of community service volunteer hours.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
In October, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan went to Phillips Middle School sixth grade teacher Brent Edwards with an idea. She asked him if the students might be willing to raise money to send a local veteran on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Students immediately began collecting donations. The student council put on a dance, with all proceeds going towards the Honor Flight project. The students raised $600 for Phillips veteran Joe Heizler to take part in the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.  Standing l to r are: Sara Tucke, Jensen Weik,Autumn Bell, Rachel Callow, Justin Revie, Alyssa Huffman, Devynn Delasky, Joel Nyberg, Samantha Morrone, Andrew Degroot and AMVETS Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan.  Seated are vet Joe Heizler and Phillips Middle School sixth grade teacher Brent Edwards

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
    On Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips manned the Hospitality Table at the 34th Annual Czech-Slovak Community Festival which was held at the Phillips High School in the Commons area.  The auxiliary was in charge of selling the 10 different flavors of Kolacky at the
Hospitality Table. A total of 11,000 kolaches were baked by the local ladies. There also was a Kolacky eating contest, or enter the home made kolacky baking contest. The festival was very well attended.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
On June 13, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary host their 25th American Red Cross Blood Drive that is held at the Phillips Municipal Building.  The auxiliary is responsible for calling and scheduling the donors, running the blood drive the day of the event and scheduling different local groups to host the meal for the Red Cross crew and providing the 40 dozen cookies needed for the donors. A number of the auxiliary members also donate blood during the drive. The Masonic Lodge furnished the meal and cookies for this drive and the Phillips Lions help with the set-up and taking down after the drive. Pictured above are those AMVETS Auxiliary members who worked at this drive. They are: l to r Etola Foytek, Winnie Kolanowski, Lonnie Sherry, Linda Schweikert, Marilyn Flietner and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan.  Missing from the picture is Carol Lapp.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
On June 9. 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary held their first Brat Sale at Pick ‘n Save in Phillips  All proceeds from the Brat Feed will go to sponsoring a local veteran to go on the Wixconsin Never Forgotten Honor Flight. There are two flights scheduled to leave this Fall on September 11, 2017 and October 9, 2017.
Pictured l to r are auxiliary members Carol Lapp, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Winnie Kolanowski, Lonnie Sherry and her husband Andy Sherry who who was the chief Brat Cook.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
On May 23, 2017 AMVETS Auxiliary members Carol Lapp and Dolores Gradinjan spent a number of hours, putting mulch and flowers around the Lidice Monument located at Sokol Park in Phillips for the celebration of the 75th Czech Fest that is held in Phillips on June 16-18, 2017.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
President Dolores Gradinjan is pictured with the finished project that her and Carol Lapp completed with the mulch and flower planting at the Lidice Memorial located in Sokol Park in Phillips.  A Lidice Memorial service is held during Philips Czech Fest on June 16-18. The Czech Fest is held in memory of those who lost their lives in the Village of Lidice on June 10, 1942. The monument was built and dedicated at Sokol Park in 1944.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips    Miss Emma Lamy, Third Grade student at Phillips Elementary School won Second Place in the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Americanism contest titled “Why It is Important to Vote.” She will receive her check at the State Convention that is being held in Green Bay, WI on June 23-26. Pictured are Third Grade Emma Lamy and AMVETS Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan

AMVETS Post 30 is partnering with Community Blood Center of Appleton. We are looking for some Heroes to Save lives. Blood donors will help AMVETS too because each blood donation awards AMVETS Post 30 a  monetary donation that we can use to fund Veterans programs.
Please advertise this in and around Appleton area and on your web sites to do what we can during one of the most needy times of year for blood. 
June 28th Mash Blood Drive.  You can sign up on line and walk ins will be taken as well.
For information, click here >>> Mash Blood Drive

Dennis Scherer, Commander of AMVETS Post 99 in Manitowoc  presents $500 to Kyle Bryntesen, Business Development Director for the Salvation Army to assist with the fire victims from Parkview Haven.

Post 99 crew at Calvary Cemetery placing flags at all veterans graves for Memorial Day 2017.  From left front:  Debbie Luchsinger and Chris Mahloch. 2nd row: Linda Dueno-Dufek, Roger Dufek and Ed Mahloch, back row: Larry Yax, Bill Johnson and Mike Mahon.

May 23, 2017 AMVETS Post 13 Commander Gary Rodencal, and Leon Rinke 1St Vice and Robert Rauth from Post 13, receiving 900.00 check from Redgranite Correctional Institution, to use for our different things for community and our Veterans.

On Friday, April 14, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, along with the help of the Easter Bunny delivered 80 Easter Basket to the residents living at Aspirus Regency House, Duroy Terrace Apts, Aspirus Primrose Corner, Rosewood Terrace and LakeSide Villa LLC Pictured are Auxiliary members Carol Ponshock, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Marilyn Flietner, the Easter Bunny and Judy Atchley, and Duroy residents Muriel Cress and Helen Kubiak.

On Thursday April 13, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary hosted a baby shower for a young mother.  She received a large assortment of gifts from the auxiliary. Those members who attending the shower were: l to r  Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Judy Atchley, Rita Laatsch, Carol Lapp, Marilyn Flietner, Lonnie Sherry, Winnie Kolanowski, Etola Foytek, Carol Ponshock and Linda Schweikert and in the center the young lady the shower was held for.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips   On February 14, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary visited the Lakeside Villa Assisted Home in Phillips and held a Valentine’s Day party for the residents living there. Valentine cards were handed and the residents played Valentine Bingo. After everyone received prizes the residents were served hot chocolate and valentine cakes

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wi
Post member presented a “Blue Star Banner” to Bill & Kelly Falk. Their daughter Hailey is serving in the U.S. Army.
From left back District commander Richard Jesky, John Trewyn, Post Commander Douglas Rasmussen, Kelly & Bill Falk, Wayne Stade, Adam Frye.
Front, Deb Metzker, Deric Beligren, John Staples

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, WI
Post member presented a “Blue Star Banner” to Parents Of Dakota Olson who will be entering the U.S. Army after graduation.
From left rear District Commander Richard Jesky, John Trewyn, Post Commander Douglas Rasmussen, Angela Keller, Dakota Olson, Steve Olson, Adam Frye
Front from left Deb, Metzker, Deric Beligen, Wayne Stade, John Staples

5/8/2017 Redgranite. Following are pictures from AMVETS Post 13 and Auxiliary 13 members being installed by Armin and Sandy Condradt and new Post 13 Commander Gary Rodencal 

Michael Etheridge, Executive Director of the Haven of Manitowoc County (a Men's homeless shelter) receives a check from AMVETS Post 99 Auxiliary President Karen Spittlemeister to help support the program.

2017 - AMVETS State Dartball Teams
 Team: Old Schoolers Sat. Mar 18 Day 1 Ed, Marv, Jada, Jean, Paul, Chris, Bill & Tim

 Team: Old Schoolers Sun. Mar 19 Day 2 Ed, Doug, Chris, Armin, Paul, Jada & Jean If any: 12th Place

  Team: Conroe Bugs Day 1 & 2 Larry, Dave, Les, Cory, John, Jim, Rick, Jodi & Dick Hey: 4th Place

 Team: Post 99 Guys & Gals Day 1 & 2 DC Bill, Mark, Candy, Lynn, Karen, Mark, Marvell, Diane, Dennis & Jim

Area children participated in an Easter Egg Hunt put on by AMVETS Post 99 and hosted by Yvonne Reno, Child Welfare Officer on April 15,2017.

April 6th. The Walter Miller AMVETS Post # 5 of Menomonee Falls is proud to announce the 70th anniversary of the building of the Menomonee Falls World War II Monument. Read Article.

AMVETS 2017 - Post 99 White Clover Drive with 2016-17 Department Commander Bill Forry Mar 31- Apr 01 Pictured are Dan, PC Dennis, DC Bill, Mike & Ed at a WCD collection location and Chris, Les, Larry, PC Dennis, DC Bill, Lynn, Mike & Ed WCD workers and collectors. Larry and Ed - WCD Chairperson

December 2016 Manitowoc – (From L) AMVETS Post 99 2015 -2016 Post Commander PDC Dennis Scherer presents plaques for 2016 of Special Recognition for many years of outstanding service within the Post 99 Honor Guard to post members: Dave Soukop - Co-Chairperson, Henry Carmody - Chairperson (Since 1972) and Larry Yax - Co-Chairperson.

December 2016 Manitowoc – AMVETS Post 99 2015 -2016 awards by PDC and Post Commander Dennis Scherer (R). From (L): Post members Mike Mahon - Community Service Award, Larry Yax – Special Recognition with Military Honor Guard and Ed Mahloch – Post 99 ‘AMVET of the Year’.

Following is a letter Tim Thiers received from our last Veteran we assisted with the TVDF(Terminal Veterans Dream Fund).  Signed by Wendy & Mike McDonald.
Letter from Mike McDonald regarding AMVETS TVDF

March 25th. The following pictures are from Command Bill's and President Sandy's testimonial, taken by our ace photographer, Mary Woiak-

On Saturday, February 4th, AMVETS Post 33 held its 10th Annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser at Johns Bar in Beaver Dam.
For the past 10 years owner John Beil has graciously offered his facility at no cost to AMVETS Post 33.
His staff prepares all of the spaghetti, meat sauce and salad for several hundreds of people at around cost.
Post 33 Members along with the Leipsig 4H club Served all you can eat spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad and desert, milk & coffee.
The desserts are mostly baked and donated by post members & their spouses.
Along with the Spaghetti feed the post holds a silent auction with Items donated by various area business & post members.
There was also a 50/50 raffle and donations were collected for Honor Flight.
Several state officers & their spouses attended, Post 33 thanks them for their support.

AMVETS Post 57 in Howard held a meat raffle at Shoot's Bar on Saturday, January 7th. The funds raised will be used to assist veterans in the Green Bay area. Following are some of the volunteers.

AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50 Phillips   Eleven students from the Phillips Middle and High School received Certificates of Recognition from the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary.  The certificates were in recognition of their volunteering in distinguished services for the AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50, Phillips.
Pictured from l to r in the back row: Dakota Olson, Christian Makovsky and Joshua Carlsen for their help in construction of the Life Jacket Loaner Station that is located in Lionite Park. Next Boy Scouts Grant Willers and standing in front of him Colin Overby for their help in planting the evergreen trees behind the Lidice Monument at Sokol Park.  Front row l to r Brandon Shipley and Loren Sauter for their help in setting up tables at the Armory. Not pictured but who also helped with the table setting and Armory clean up were Brooke Spacek and Mason Sauter.

From Wreaths Across America, 17 Dec16, King, WI. submitted by Paul Probst, AMVETS Post 30

 "We are not here to decorate graves. We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives."   Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America

Bloomer Post 6440 Members (left to right) Jim Hudacek, Ron Clutter, Paul McElroy, Tom Vodacek, and Post Commander Darren Knutson with 300 pounds of turkey donated by the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Wisconsin. The turkey will supply meals for local low income veterans and the Chippewa Falls Veterans Homeless Shelter.

Auxiliary 13 President Darlene Hempel, Parliamentarian Lynda Taylor and Mary Woiak, 3rd vp, community service rep went shopping for Christmas family and Post 13 Commander Gary Vanderperren delivered a truckload of food and gifts for this young family.

Bob and Jackie Rhode of Amvet Riders of Post 13 Redgranite Wi, ringing bells for Salvation Army. At Shopko in Wautoma, WI

AMVETS Post 50, Phillips  On November 13, 2016 the AMVETS Post 50 conducted their first Veteran Day Breakfast, which ran from 8:30 to 12:00 at Club 13 Restaurant and Lounge in Phillips.The proceeds from the breakfast will be used to send veterans on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in 2017. Along with the breakfast the Post held numerous raffles.The Post is very grateful for the support of the community making the fund raiser a great success. Pictured are, on the left Commander Doug Rasmussen, Bob Phillippon John Staples, Tasha Staples, Britt Bilgren and Deric Bilgren.  On the right: Tony Lueck, Deb Metzker, Joe Fox and Dewy Metzker

AMVETS / AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips  On November 11, 2016 at the Phillips Middle School/ High School Veterans Day program Commander Douglas Rasmussen accepted the check in the amount of $600 from the Student Council members.  The Auxiliary is doing a fund raiser with all school in Price County.  Each school is trying to raise enough money to send a local veteran on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in one of the 4 flights that will take place in 2017.

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips  On November 11, 2016 the AMVETS and the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary participated in the Phillips Elementary Veterans Day Program.  AMVETS member Joe Fox was the guest speaker. Pictured in their gold jackets were the veterans who attended the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. The students made an Honor Wall honoring veterans of the students.

Newspaper picture of Redgranite Post 13's POW Ceremony and MIA at First Lutheran Church of Poy Sippi

Redgranite Post 13 doing Veterans Day at Redgranite Elementary School and Pleasant View Elementary School. And the kids at Redgranite Elementary School raised 145.00 for the Honor Flight

November 10 - Members of AMVETS Department of Wisconsin attended a Milwaukee Bucks game at the Bradley Center, during Military Appreciation Night. Information about AMVETS was presented by PDC Alan Willis, Dept 1st Vice Jim Ruppel, PDC Dennis Barrington, PDC Jim Tratz, Post 1051 member Bob Szymkowiac, and PNC Duane Miskulin, along with officers from the Milwaukee Police Department, and Milwaukee Bucks dancers.
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Ron Hansen on behalf of TREA donates $600 to Post 99 Auxiliary.  Pictured are Karen Spittlemeister, Dennis Scherer, Diane Benzschawel and Ron Hansen.

Adopt a Teacher Program at AMVETS Post 99.  Chloe Cigler a 6th grade teacher at Monroe Elementary School and Principal Bill Bertsche each received a check for $750 to use for their class and school.  Pictured are from left: Commander Dennis Scherer, Auxiliary President Karen Spittlemeister, Bill Bertsche, Chloe Cigler and Auxiliary Child Welfare officer Yvonne Reno.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips   On September 24, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary held their Walking Taco fund raiser during the Fall Harvest Festival. With the money they made from the bakery sale the auxiliary made a donation to the State Scholarship Fund.  Over $500 was also collected for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Pictured are auxiliary members, l to r: Judy Atchley, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Linda Schweikert, Winnie Kolanowski, Carol Ponshock, Marilyn Flietner and Mae mattison.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips  On October 11, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary of Phillips hosted the American Red Cross Blood Drive which was held at the Phillips Municipal Building. Phillips donated 119 units of blood the best drive held by the group.  All together the three communities Park Falls, Phillips and Prentice, in Price County, donated a grand total of 180 units.  An awesome drive!

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips   On October 28, 2016  the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary visited 120 residents at the various Homes: Aspirus Regency Home, Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home, Duroy Assisted Living Apartments, Aspirus Rosewood, Aspirus Primrose Center and Lakeside Villa Assisted Living and presented each resident with a Trick or Treat bag of goodies furnish by the Auxiliary Pictured are Dolores Gradinjan, Carol Lapp and Liver Saver volunteer Ginmger Geng.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips During the months of Sept 18, 2016 - Oct. 30 2016 the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry conducted their "Food For More" challenge.  With this challenge they had the opportunity to stretch their dollars in support of their food pantries.  For every dollar donated to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Feed My People Food Bank would match it with a pound of food, up to 5,000 pounds! The AMVETS made a donation of $100 and the AMVETS Ladies  Auxiliary Post 50 made a $150 donation. Pictured l to r are: AMVETS Commander Doug Rasmussen Marge Handschke, Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan and auxiliary member Carol Lapp. 

Post 13 October 30 - Mary Woiak of Post 13 Redgranite handed out candy from our post and handed out AMVETS and Auxiliary fliers, as well.

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wis received a Donation for the " Never Forgotten Honor Flight' from the Price Country Tavern League. The donation will be matched be the state.
Picture from left: Wayne Stade, Dan Virnig Tavern League president, Doug Rasmussen Commander, Deb Metzker, Deric Belgren
The fund raising breakfast will be held November 13, 2016 at Club 13, Phillips.

October 23 - AMVETS Post 13. Mary Woiak and Gregory Sr , along with Dale and Dawn Fadrow went to the Vietnam Moving Wall and Oshkosh Military Museum. Following are the pictures.

Gregory Woiak Sr/Mary Woiak and Dale and Dawn Fadrow more pics from Vietnam Moving Wall

Gregory and Mary Woiak and Dale and Dawn Fadrow of Post 13 at Oshkosh Military Museum

October 23 - The Chapter 8 riders received checks today from their July fundraiser. Included in the donations was a $500 matching funds from the tavern league of Wisconsin.

Manitowoc Chiefs Young Football donates to the AMVETS Post 99 "Boxes for Troops" project.  Boxes are sent to deployed troops 4 times a year.  Anyone with family or friends serving overseas can submit addresses to be added to mailing list.  For more information call Mary Pohl, Americanism chairperson at 1-920-901-7358.
Pictured are from left Front:  Ryan Fischer, Adrien Flores and Brysen Roulette, Chiefs players.
Back row left:  AMVETS Commander Dennis Scherer, AMVET members Roger R Dufek and Ed Mahloch with Auxiliary member Christine Mahloch.

AMVETS Post 50, Phillips, Wi attended the Taylor County Veteran Outreach program  to represent the AMVETS August 2016. This year it was dedicated to the Vietnam Veterans. Taylor County VSO Jeff Hien spoke to the group. Senator Dave Zein spoke to the group on his time in Vietnam. Each veteran received a Vietnam challenge coin. A Huey helicopter gave ride to all the Veterans and their families that wanted to ride.

AMVETS Post 50, Phillips, Wi dedicated 6 new Veteran Legacy Stones at the Veterans Memorial ball Field located behind the Phillips Elementary School on Turner street. The family members were invited to the dedication program. A new sign was installed on the fence to help the community find the ball park.
New stones can be purchase from the AMVETS Post 50 Phillips or contact the Veteran Service Office.
The next stone placement will be in the spring.

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, WI member John Trewyn return from the "Never Forgotten" Honor Flight Oct 10th, 2016. Family members were escorted to the waiting area. Returning veterans were greeted by hundreds of people. All veterans groups were there to welcome all 99 veterans on the last flight of the season.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips   On October 6, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary made a donation of 30 winter jackets to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The auxiliary purchased these jackets ranging in size from 2T to Large size 12-14 for both boys and girls.  It is hoped by the Auxiliary that the food pantry will find a good home for them.  The Auxiliary will also donate jackets to our three local elementary schools located in Price County. Pictured are Food Pantry director Pat Scowcroft and Auxiliary member Linda Schweikert.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips    On September 21, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members hosted the September Birthday party at the Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home in Phillips.  At 2 o'clock Jim Pekol played music for the party.  The Auxiliary served cake and ice cream to all 45 residents.  The Auxiliary also bought gifts for those residents having September birthdays.  Pictured are: back row l to r Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan, Auxiliary members Carol Ponshock, Winnie Kolanowski, Jim Pekol who played the music, Lonnie Sherry, Linda Schweikert and Marilyn Flietner.  Those residents having September birthdays l to r: Marian Young, Rosalie Timmers, Lillian Pesko and Marianne Collins.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips
On Monday September 12, 2016 a check, in the amount of $2,500, was presented to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight from the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips.  The money was to pay for the five veterans who took the flight in September and the next flight in October.  Those veterans the Auxiliary collected money for were: Charles Morris, Butternut Willard Washatka Park Falls and Thomas Schmitt Park Falls.  John Trewyn and Dennis Schroeder from Phillips will go on the October 10, 2016 flight.  To date 2289 WWII, Korean War and Vietnam veterans had the opportunity to visit "their memorials" in Washington DC, at no cost to the veterans.  This is only possible with generous donations.  Pictured below are: l to r Never Forgotten Honor Flight Director, Janice Wendtland, handing the check AMVETS Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan and Director Sara Johnson.

The State Campout was the weekend of September 24th and 25th, here are some pictures, courtesy of Mary Woiak.

Commander Dennis Scherer, Roger Dufek, Davis Reno , Ed Mahloch and Karen Spittlemeister, holding checks received from Memorial Day Picnic profits to be used for Post 99 projects throughout the year.

Auxiliary 99 member Ann Kiel receives Appreciation Award from President Karen Spittlemeister.

On August 25, members of Auxiliary 60 were at Miller Park selling White Clovers at Miller Park prior to the Brewer game.
Pictured are Immediate Past Department President Elaine Ludka with the Famous Racing Sausages, and (back row) President Elaine and Aux 60 President Marvell Ruppel (front row Aux 60 members Dorie Jankowski and Debbie Janczak.

White Clover Drive at Sturgeon Bay August 30

White Clover Princess at Greenville Parade 27 Aug 16

White Clover Princess at Boyceville Parade 21Aug 16

On Sunday, August 28th, AMVETS Riders Chapter 13, our newest chapter, held their first annual Poker Run

Ruthie from Hideaway gave back her winnings from 50/50 to the AMVET Riders

Raffle prizes and Bartender (Gary Rhodencal) after RIDERS got back to club house

Denise Blader of Bladers Dakota Inn with AMVET RIDERS Post 13 as she gave her winnings from the 50/50 back to the riders.
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AMVETS Post 57 supported the Veteran's Services tent at the Brown County Fair on 20 August. Static displays and information about the AMVETS were available to any fair attendees.

Post 51 Family Picnic.

Post 51's Commander Beth Wartella presenting Andy Spittlemeister with a check for winning the Terry MacDonald Scholarship.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips In the poster drawing/essay contest "AMVETS Against Drugs and Alcohol Abuse" Butternut students in second, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Grade participated. The theme for this year's contest was "Be Smart, Don't Start." Kaycie Scherwinski, who was in Mrs Dural's Fourth Grade class won First Place at the State level with her poster. also winning was Fourth Grader Abby Lyons. She won second place with her entry. Eighth Grade Grace Wegner, in Mr. Barnes Eighth Grade class won second place with her entry. Pictured front row Kaycie Scherwinski and Abby Lyons. Back row AMVETS Auxiliary members Mae Mattison, Dolores Gradinjan and Grace Wegner.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members Mae Mattison and Dolores Gradinjan visited Butternut on Sunday during the Pioneer Days parade and collected donations to help send Vietnam veteran Charles Morris on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight which will leave on September 12, 2016. Pictured l to r are: AMVETS Auxiliary members Mae Mattison, Veteran Charles Morris and Dolores Gradinjan.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 held a "Slice of Pie" and flag sale fundraiser during the Fourth of July weekend. All money collected went to helping send two local Vietnam veterans to go on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight which will leave on October 10, 2016. Pictured standing are: l to r Judy Atchley, Judith Stanke, Linda Schweikert, Carol Ponshock, Carol Lapp, Winnie Kolanowski. Lonnie Sherry and Marilyn Flietner. Seated left to right Mae Mattison, veterans Pastor John Trewyn, Dennis Schroeder and auxiliary president Dolores Gradinjan.

The weekend of the Flambeau Rama parade, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Post 50 members, Mae Mattison and Dolores Gradinjan continued the Auxiliaries Americanism fundraiser, of collecting monetary donations to help send local veterans on the upcoming Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Pictured along with the auxiliary member are the Park Falls veterans the Auxiliary will sponsor who will be going on the September 12, 2016 Honor Flight. They are: seated, WWII vet Willard Washatka and standing next to Dolores, Vietnam vet Thomas Schmitt. Not pictured is Vietnam vet Wayne Herbst who will be going on the October 10, 2016 flight. The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members are very grateful to everyone in Phillips, Butternut and Park Falls area for their generous contributions to our project. For without their help, our auxiliary would not have been able to personally fund the local veterans we will send on the two Honor Flights. The veterans we are funding are: WWII Willard Washatka, Vietnam Thomas Schmitt, Korea Charles (Sonny) Morris, Vietnam John Trewyn, Vietnam Dennis Schroeder and Vietnam Wayne Herbst.


AMVETS Post 99 and friends visited River Woods Place to honor veterans, play bingo and have ice cream sundaes.
From left front: Cyrilla Marcus (Navy) from Kindred Hearts, Carl Domonoski(Marines) Hildagarde Rebenack(Army). Back row left: Bill kretsch (Navy), Marvin Baker(Air Force), all of River Woods Place followed by: Dennis Scherer, Ed Mahloch and Roger R Dufek of AMVETS and Clarence Brunner with the Retired Enlisted Association.

AMVETS Post 51 recently held its Installation Banquet for the 2016-17 Officers.  All officers were sworn in by State Amvet Commander Bill Forry who is from Post 51.

Pictured from left to right are:
Bill Forry – State Commander

Cassie Slaney  --  State White Clover Princess

Beth Wartella – New Post Commander

Sandra Conradt – State Auxiliary President

The 14th Annual Veterans "Welcome Home" picnic was held July 21st, 2016 at the Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin. The dedication of the 1966 Vietnam Memorial stone was conducted be for dinner.
The seating of the "Honored Guest" at the POW/MIA table was conducted be for the meal.
About 100 veterans and there families attended the event.

AMVETS Post 50 Phillips Wisconsin members attended the Highground Desert Storm "Welcome Home" Honor stone Ceremony July 23, 2016. Forty stones were placed that day. 500 people attended the program.

AMVETS Post 99, the AMVETS Auxiliary and VFW 659 visited with veterans at Manitowoc Health and Rehab on July 26, 2016. All the veterans received hats and shirts along with a certificate of appreciation.
Pictured from front left:
Residents Dennis Bottesi, Leonard Schuh(WWII), Daniel Blitz(WWII, POW) and Eldon Riha.
Back row from left: Harold Kummer(WWII) representing VFW Post 659, Roger R Dufek, Dennis Scherer and Ed Machloch all from AMVETS Post 99.

During the AMVETS Department of Wisconsin 2016 convention Shawano AMVETS Post 10 donated $3,200 to Ken Wendt Chairperson of AMVETS Hospital and Service committee. The Hospital and Service committee oversees 8 Veteran Affairs hospital and nursing facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula. From left to right Stu Kohlin Post 10 CDR, Ken Wendt H&S chair.

The following pictures are from the 2016 State Golf Outing, courtesy of Stu Kohlin

Bloomer Post 6440 held a Brat sale on June 30 and July 1 and 2 at the Gordy's IGA in Cornell, WI.

AMVETS Post 99, VFW Post 659, The Retired Enlisted Association, Vietnam Veterans 731 and AMVETS Auxiliary and Sons of AMVETS honored veterans at Atrium Post Acute Care in Two Rivers, WI. The group honored veterans Albert and Alfred while playing bingo and serving ice cream to all the residents.
Pictured: Front - Albert Andrews. Second Row - Harold Kummer and Alfred Behrendt. Back Row - Ed Mahloch, Fred Giesler, SR, Dennis Scherer, Roger R Dufek, Clarence Brunner.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Phillips held a "Slice of Pie" and flag sale fundraiser during the 4th of July weekend. All money collected went to helping send two local Vietnam veterans to go on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight which will leave on October 10, 2016. Pictured. standing l to r: Auxiliary members Judy Atchley, Judith Stanke, Linda Schweikert, Carol Ponshock, Carol Lapp, Winnie Kolanowski, Lonnie Sherry and Marilyn Flietner. Seated l to r.: Mae Mattison veterans Pastor John Trewyn, Dennis Schroeder and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips The Phillips AMVETS Auxiliary made a float in which they had 12 local past Never Forgotten Honor Flight vets ride on. While the float was pulled they played the tape "God Bless the USA. People watching the parade stood up, clapped and cheered. What an Awesome experience.

AMVETS Riders Department Officers being sworn in by National 1st Vice President George Cummings.

AMVETS, Department of WI White Clover Princess with Robert Lund (Post 25, Chetek) and Lenny Shier (Post 128, Rice Lake) at AMVETS State Convention, Green Bay, WI.

Mark Reiling as the most famous sailor.

Post 13 is very proud of Commander Gary Vanderperren for winning both the Post Commander of the Year and the District Commander of the Year awards.

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