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Veterans Welcome Home Picnic July 19, 2018 was held at Happy Daze Bar & grill Kennan, Wi. It was sponsored by The Kennan Legion Post. Around 90 veterans and family's attended. Donations to the Honor Flight were made. One from the AMVETS Post 50 and Auxiliary of $9500.00. One from the Combined effort With AMVETS, Legion and VFW $4500.00. One from Happy Daze for $1000.00. A fine time was had by all.

Peter & Tim in Waupun with "Heroes' Hunt for Veterans"

Post 99 The AMVETS Post 99, Auxiliary and volunteers playing bingo, serving ice cream and honoring our Veterans at the first of 8 nursing homes in Manitowoc for summer 2018.

May 31, 2018 AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wi conducted their annual “Hooked on fishing not on Drugs” youth fishing program. The Post purchased fishing poles and tackle for all the student in the fourth grade to keep and take home. It was a great day for fishing. Many parents and grand parents attended. This is the eleventh year of this program. For more information on the AMVETS contact the Price county VSO .

Post 30 attended the June 9th Appleton Flag Day Parade with tributes to the theme of Army and Vietnam, memorializing those who died for our Freedoms and those did come home. Their name sake Myron Palmbach of Greenville is buried at Ft. William McKinley Cemetery (Manila-Phillipines). There was also a 200th Anniversary of the Flag Act and unveiling of the New “Flag Act” Stamp at Houdini Plaza earlier that day.

May 31, 2018 AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, WI conducted their annual “Hooked on fishing not on Drugs” youth fishing program. The Post purchase fishing poles and tackle for all the student in the fourth grade to keep and take home. It was a great day for fishing. Many parents and grand parents attended. This is the eleventh year of this program. For more information on the AMVETS contact the Price county VSO .

AMVETS POST 50 Phillips, WI and Prentice VFW conducted their annual “Hooked on fishing not on drugs” youth fishing day. May 29th the Fourth grade class was given fishing poles and tackle. The kids can take the pole home after they were done fishing. They were taken the to the lake for a day of fishing.
It was the perfect day of fishing. All the kids caught fish. This is the 11th year the AMVETS have conducted this  program. For more information of this program contact a AMVETS post 50 Phillips member.

Members of AMVETS Post 99 Honor Guard preparing to deliver 21 gun salute in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. From left: Leroy Free, David Soukup, Jim Chizek, Dan Czekala, Pat Gadzinski, Paul Balaska, Vic Herrmann, Larry Yax and Henry Carmody.

AMVETS Post 99 and Auxiliary laid American Flags at all veterans graves in Calvary Cemetery in time for Memorial Day 2018. Ed and Chris Mahloch, Roger R Dufek and Larry Yax.

Roger R Dufek salutes the fallen veteran as he places an American Flag at each grave in Calvary Cemetery for Memorial Day.

Cleaning the AMVETS Post 99 Park. Ed Mahloch, Tom Seiler, Larry Yax and Roger Dufek

Tom and Kathy Muench owners of Boetlers Jewelers donated diamond earrings to Yvonne and Davis Reno for AMVETS Post 99 Memorial Picnic in the Park. The annual fundraiser at 4310 Conroe St. in Rapids supports their many veteran, military and community projects and programs.

This is from Post 127 in Ladysmith in Rusk County:
The 7 women members are:
L-R. Betty Kries USCG, Kathleen Paulson USNR, Lisa Stipetik USA, Linda Derek USAR, Judi Novak USAF, Rachael Rosalowski USMC, Lynda Battles USN. Not pictured Andrea Sieg USA, Ashley Schemenauer USA All recruited in the past 9 months. Is the smallest Post in the county and to have all 5 branches of the military represented.

At the December monthly meeting AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 50 found out that Patti and Hank Thomas had a grandson, Dean Freeman, who was stationed in Afghanistan.  The Ladies Auxiliary voted to make up Care Boxes that they would send for Valentine’s Day to Dean and his 17 fellow troops who were stated with him.  On January 19, 2018, the AMVETS Auxiliary packed up the three large boxes and mailed them.  The Auxiliary is very grateful to all those who donated goodies that were placed in the boxes. Pictured above are AMVETS Auxiliary members: Marilyn Flietner, Lonnie Sherry and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan.
Standing behind the ladies is Andy Sherry who the Auxiliary is very thankful for, who helped carry the large boxes into the Post Office to be mailed.

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary donated 10 new Winter jackets to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Along with the jackets Honorary Member Helen Krucky made matching hats and mittens to go with the jackets. The Auxiliary hopes the jackets will find good homes. Pictured, holding some of the jackets, left to right are: AMVETS Auxiliary members Dolores Gradinjan, Carol Lapp, food pantry director Pat Scowcroft, Lonnie Sherry and Linda Schweikert.

AMVETS Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips made a $100 donation to the Price County Sheriff’s Department towards  organizing their Annual Safety Education Program geared toward all children and adults. The department has received very positive and encouraging feed back from the children, adults and teachers. In cooperation with the Department, child safety and drug education materials will be provided for children, pre-school and older, as well as Internet Safety, ID Theft and material for our senior citizens. These materials have been designed exclusively by National Child Safety Council, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Pictured from Left to right are AMVETS Auxiliary members Linda Schweikert, Sheriff Brian Schmidt, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Lonnie Sherry and Carol Lapp.

Mary L Woiak Child Welfare AUXILIARY 13, collected over 1,584 toys. Mary had two stores she collected from ,started from Nov. 17 and went til Dec.7th. Collected  for her local AUXILIARY and distributed to Jed Hazen of Top Hats and they distributed to 3 families Plus donated to another organization,plus they donated to Weekend Wish, Mary also donated to hands of hope,and few other organizations,plus gave to families who needed toys. Next year she is working with Top Hats to make her simple toy collection be bigger and help more. She will also be going to Weekend Wish and seeing how they help Veteran families,Fallen Police officers families as well as firemen fallen families,caretakers,and disabled children. She will get more info to share with all Posts and Auxiliaries.

Auxiliary 13 and Post 13 delivered our two Veteran Families food, gifts, gas cards, haircut certificates. Pictured is Mary  L Woiak chairman child welfare and co chairman community services, President Darlene Hempel, and Commander Gary Rodencal. Second picture is President Darlene Hempel and Mary L Woiak, Third picture is with Commander Gary Rodencal. Both families really needed our help this year. 

Bloomer AMVETS December 21, Post 6440 Vice Commander Paul McElroy and Commander Darren Knutson with
the 18 2017 Christmas gift baskets for veterans living in the Bloomer and Cornell nursing homes. The baskets
contain oranges, apples, candy, toothbrush and toothpaste, and a nice pair of winter weight socks.

AMVETS Post 50 & Auxiliary, Phillips, Wi held their Christmas party at Donnie’s Road Side Dec 18, 2017.
The special event of the evening was the presentation of a “Blue Star Banner” to Blake & Kay Pluemer.
Two of their children are in the Air Force, 1lt Paige Pluemer and Cadet Pierce Pluemer.
Pictured from left: John Staples, Deric Bilgrien, Deb Metzker, Blake & Kay Pluemer, Commander Doug Rasmussen, Gail Redmond, Ed Simpson
Games were played after the meal. A fine time was had by all.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips    On November 10, 2017 AMVETS Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan and Commander Douglas Rasmussen paid a special visit to all those veterans living at the Aspirus Regency House, Aspirus Duroy Terrace Apartments abd Lakeside Villa and presented all six veterans, living in those homes, with a container of treats.  Pictured above are: President Dolores Gradinjan and Commander Doug Rasmussen with Matt Kelly who also happened to be celebrating his 95th birthday on Veteran’s Day.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips   On November 10, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary paid a visit to each of the class rooms at the Phillips Elementary school, before the Veteran’s Day program and give each child three gifts for Veterans Day. The gifts were patriotic pencils, patriotic stickers and a red, white & blue lollie pop. Pictured above are auxiliary members Pam Kreiling and Dolores Gradinjan in Mrs Kaliska’s Kindergarten room.  The auxiliary also visited the Middle School and High School and gave each student a patriotic ink pen. All Veterans and auxiliary members were invited to eat at the High School, where they  enjoyed a delicious meal.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips   On November 3. 2017 AMVETS Auxiliary members Linda Schweikert and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan paid a visit to Hope Lodge and the Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield, WI . The auxiliary purchased $400 worth of supplies that the Homes had listed on their Wish Lists.
The supplies were then divided equally between the two homes. The reason the Auxiliary  donates to the two homes is between of the large number of people from Price County who use them on their visits to the Marshfield Hospital.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips    On Monday, December 4, 2017 AMVETS Auxiliary member Linda Schweikert and Dolores Gradinjan paid a visit to the Aspirus Duroy Terrace Apartments, Aspirus Regency House, Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home and Lakeside Villa with a large box of small treats and stuffed animals which the various homes could use as prizes for their weekly Bingo games.  Pictured above are: Sue Bushman from Lakeside Villa, auxiliary members Linda Schweikert and Dolores Gradinjan.

Latest Greenhouse Community Living Center on Zablocki VA Medical grounds grand opening.

Veterans Day 2017
Philips Elementary school hosted breakfast with the Veterans, all Veterans were invited. AMVETS Post 50 member Emily Nerison was the guest speaker.
All Honor Flight members were invited to program. The kids all did their parts. A flag folding presentation was conducted with the meaning of every fold explained.
AMVETS Post 50 member Don Paulus was the guest speaker at the middle school.
The high point of the day was firing the 105 Howitzer by C battery 1 / 120 FA , Marshfield. Both young and old fire it.
After the program AMVETS and Auxiliary members visited and gave a gift to all vets in the assisted living homes.
Nov 11 a Veteran's information and benefits programs was set up, new members were signed up also

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips     On October 30, 2017 the AMVETS Auxiliary made up Trick or Treat goodie bags and delivered them to the residents living at the Aspirus Regency House, Duroy Terrace Apartments Assisted Living, Aspirus Primrose, Aspirus Rosewood and Lakeside Villa LLC apartments.  A total of 78 bags of goodies were delivered to the residents. Pictured are the AMVETS Auxiliary members who assisted in the Halloween project, at Duroy Terrace Assisted living apartments.  They are: Auxiliary members Marilyn Flietner, Dolores Gradinjan, WWII AMVETS member Laddie Holoubek with his beautiful plaque he received from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, Linda Schweikert and Winnie Kolanowski. The residents were delighted with their Halloween goodies.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips  Pictured above is Pres. Dolores Gradinjan with AMVETS member Laddie Holoubek.  Laddie was one of the first veterans who attended the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.   Laddie is a WWII veteran.  He just received this beautiful picture from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips   Miss Alli Lueloff, daughter of Dave and Lisa Lueloff of Glidden won First Prize at the AMVETS National Convention that was held in Norfolk, Virginia in August.  Alli attends the Butternut Elementary School and was in Mrs. Brenda Setterman’s Second Grade class.  Alli drew a poster and wrote an essay in the AMVETS Against Drugs and Alcohol Abuse contest grades K-2. Her unique poster stated “OWL” Never Use Drugs.  For her efforts she received a beautiful plaque and a gift card in the amount of $75. Pictured l to r:  Mrs Brenda Setterman, Alli Lueloff and Aux. Pres. Dolores Gradinjan

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips     Kendra Pritzl daughter of Nate and Cindi Pritzl of Butternut won Second Place in the AMVETS Against Drugs and Alcohol Abuse Poster/Essay contest at the AMVETS National Convention which was held at Norfolk, Virginia in August.  Kendra attends the Butternut Elementary school and was in Mrs. Ronda Dural’s Fourth Grade class. She received a gift card in the amount of $75.  Pictured l to r are:  Mrs. Ronda Dural, Kendra Pritzl and AMVETS Auxiliary Pres. Dolores Gradinjan

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips    On September 20, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 host a birthday party for all residents having a birthday in the month of September.  The party was held at the Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home in Phillips.  A total of 55 residents attended.  A polka band played, cake and ice cream was served and gifts were given to the four residents having a birthday in the month of September. Pictured l to r are those  Auxiliary members who helped at the party: Winnie Kolanowski, Etola Foytek, Linda Schweikert, Dolores Gradinjan, Lonnie Sherry and Carol Lapp.

 AMVETS Ladies Aux., Post 50 Phillips   On October 17, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Aux. host their 26th American Red Cross blood drive at the Phillips Municipal Building. The Phillips  Masonic Lodge furnished the meal for the workers and the 35 dozen cookies for the donors were baked by the Auxiliary members. A total of 108 units of blood was collected that day.  Great drive considering their were 23 No Shows. Pictured l to r, are those auxiliary members who worked the drive: Winnie Kolanowski, Linda Schweikert, Marilyn Flietner,and Lonnie Sherry. Kneeling: Pres. Dolores Gradinjan and Etola Foytek.

The Manitowoc Chiefs Youth (5th - 8th grade) Football is supporting AMVETS Post 99 Auxiliary again this year by collecting items for the 'Pack for the Troops' program which distributes to current members in the military from the  tri- county area.  The Auxiliary will be doing a holiday mailing in November.  Anyone who has family or friends serving overseas can call our Americanism Chair, Mary Pohl at 920-901-7358 to share address.  Pictured from L to R front row: Coach Tim Boldt, Gavin Froelich, Bryce Walsh, Angelina Junk, Nikko Saengphaphat and EJ Freis. Second row L to R:  Auxiliary Members Chris Mahloch and Mary Pohl.

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.


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Post 3 Outlook - January 2016 - Thanks to Kathy Hawkins

Post 4 - August 2018 -  Thanks to Dennis Burdick and Mike Mahoney
Post 7 Bugler July 2018 - Thanks to Ron Griffin
Post 30 June/July 2018 - Thanks to Kimberly Craddock

Post 32 All Newsletters - Link provided by John Nebelsiek

Post 33 August 2016 - Thanks to Connie Martinson

Post 37 November 2017 - Thanks to Tom Wolf

Post 45 - August 2018 - Thanks to Bob Dessort

Post 51 - June 2018 - Thanks to Bob Gamble
Post 60 - July 2018 Scuttlebutt - Thanks to Jim Ruppel

Post 99 - August 2018 Go-Getters - Thanks to Annie Dueno-Spindler
Post 128 - July 2018- Thanks to Lenny Shier

Post 654 - July 2018- Thanks to Mike Hanke

Post 911 - June 2018 - Thanks to Wayne Amborn

Post 1032 - July 2018 - Thanks to Jack Cummings
District 8 October/November 2017 - Thanks to Mike Hanke