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George Washington Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695

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George Washington
Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695

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From the Commander


1st Vice Commander 

Third Vice Commander

Finance Officer


Chaplin's Corner

Any notifications of deceased members should be directed to our Membership Chair, Shirley Wood, at 414-489-0247.

Thank You!


100 Years

Commander of George Washington Bay View Post 180 of the American Legion

To all of the Family Members of our George Washington Bay View American Legion Post 180


With the New Year upon us it is my pleasure to report that the State of George Washington Bay View American Legion Post 180 is in GREAT shape.

We continue to fulfill our mission and in this, and upcoming newsletters your Officer reports will include examples of the great work that is being done. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read these reports so that you too can become better informed.

Please join me in thanking your elected Officers and the dedicated members who come to our meetings. ALL of them have been doing Yeoman's work to keep things ship shape and running properly. Without their support and hard work I would not be able to report such great progress.

Also thanks to your Investment Committee (PC Roth and PC Nunn) as it is my pleasure to report that your Post 180 is MORE FINANCIALLY STABLE THEN EVER BEFORE!

With all these wonderful things happening I do however have a small wish list. Please consider helping me in making these New Year wishes come true.

Wish #1: I wish to see more of our Legion family attending our programs. Remember, we are ALL invited! Legion, Aux, Sons members and their families. So PLEASE consider attending and participating in the upcoming Memorial/Veterans Day programs this year. It would be great to see us all together again.

Wish #2: INCREASED MEMBERSHIP! We cannot continue this good work without as many of our members "who can", join us at our meetings. Also, remember that we are ALL RECRUITERS!

So, PLEASE consider talking up YOUR Post 180, to any and all that are interested and qualified.

All veteran brothers and sisters, young and old alike, are encouraged to apply at only $35/Year.

Increased membership support for the possibility of leasing are own building is also needed as you will read about further in this newsletter.

Last but most importantly may the Good Lord continue to bless all those who have served, those who are now serving, and their families.

Thank you!


Yours in Service to our Veterans, Post, Community, State, and Nation,

Commander Robert G. Schlemm




If you have a question or comment about American Legion policies or benefi ts feel free. If you have some interesting story or experience serving your country that you want to share with the members.

Still Serving America



American Legion George Washington Bay View Post 180

Hello all!!

Happy Winter! Stay Warm!

We have one new member to add to our roster via a transfer. Michael Harloff was in the Army as a Medical Specialist.

As always, everyone is encouraged to assist in recruiting efforts. Please check with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to join. The requirements to join have changed. It now allows membership if you have served on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or you are still serving.


"With President Trump's signature on the LEGION Act, the extension of the ongoing declared period of war was extended back to Dec. 7, 1941. The congressionally approved act is a way to honor thousands of veterans who were killed or wounded on duty during periods not previously considered at time of war.

Finally Congress has acknowledged the service and sacrififi ce of at least 1,600 veterans who died or were wounded in previously undeclared periods of war," said American Legion National Judge Advocate Kevin Bartlett . "This new law honors the memories of those veterans while allowing other veterans from those previously undeclared eras to receive all the American Legion benefifits they have earned through their service.

The LEGION Act - Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act — also redefifi nes The American Legion's membership eligibility dates. The eligibility now span from Dec. 7, 1941, until a time when the U.S. is no longer at war, as determined by Congress."https://


1st Vice Commander
Brooke Smith
Our next General Meeting is on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 7:00 pm. We are meeting at On the Clock Bar & Grill. (4301 S. Howell Ave.)
I am looking forward to seeing you on March 3rd!

Please contact me with questions / concerns.




PoppyPoppy month is coming up soon. May is Poppy month. I am always looking for volunteers to distribute Poppies and collect donations. At the April General Meeting,

On April 7th, I will have the Poppy supplies. This consists of Poppies, baskets, and collection containers. I will also have sign-up sheets and letters of acceptance from our local businesses. I have 12 different locations for distribution. If you have 3 or 4 hours on either Saturdays or Sundays during May, please consider volunteering for the Poppy distribution.

Thank you in advance for your help.

San Countryman
3rd Vice Commander





The investment Committee met with our BMO Harris Financial Advisor on Monday January 27th 2020. The Financial Advisor presented two additional investment instruments for our consideration: a Vanguard Managed Account invested 80% in equities and 20% fixed instruments, and a BMO Harris Fund invested 100% in large cap dividend paying stocks. After considering potential risks and required minimum investment, the Commitiee members recommended staying with our existing investment accounts and membership present at our February 4th 2020 General Membership/ Business meeting did not disagree.

My personal preference was for a new investment in the BMO Harris Large Cap Dividend Fund, but the minimum investment amount was in my opinion to high. We are planning to invest additional funds in one of our current holdings: BMO Harris Balanced Fund which is invested in 60% equities and 40% fixed instruments. Additional funds will be invested incrementally based on a pullback in the market and/or on advice of our Financial Advisor. If you have an investment opinion, the membership would certainly like to hear from you at our General Membership meeting.

Our financial objective is to grow investment principal and use earnings to fund operations including a headquarters facility. Speaking of a headquarters facility, another building is available on the old 440th Campus at Mitchell Field. The rent is quite reasonable and some Post members consider this property a viable headquarters option. As before, Post 180 needs a commitment from members willing to help manage this property. We need to hear from you at our March 3rd, 2020 General Membership/Meeting. Do plan to attend, join the conversation and enjoy the refreshments.

Greg Roth
Finance Officer
Phone: 414-482-2256



Post Members,

Being a member of Post 180 gives you the opportunity to attend and be involved in numerous social/ charitable events. This past year and again this year, members attended a Mardi Gras dinner and fundraiser for the South Side Scholarship fund, of which the Post is now an annual contributing member. Not only did members get to attend this event for FREE (dinner, beer/wine/dessert and dancing all included) but we were also able to support this long time institution, that to -date has donated over $50,000 in scholarships. Plus, now the Post is able to bring forward its own applicants for these scholarships, be it a new college student, an adult going back to school, or someone entering a trade program. Next, several members attended the South Side Scholarship foundation's summer pig roast at the South Shore Yacht Club. This again was at NO EXPENSE to the members...not a bad way to spend a summer afternoon!

In November, a large group of members were decked out in their best formal wear as they attended a formal military ball at the Marriott hotel in downtown Milwaukee. This was in support of the Military Veterans Resource Center at UWM, so not only were we supporting a great veteran and community resource, but members got to dress up, enjoy fine dining, complimentary drinks, and great comradeship at NO EXPENSE to the members.

Over the George Washington holiday, members will be attending the annual Bay View Inter-Organizational Council's banquet at the K-Ranch. Supporting this local Bay View institution through our registration fee as well as a large advertisement in the program, and again at NO EXPENSE to the members, is just another way being an active member of Post 180 really pays off !

As you have read, their are multiple ways the Post benefits you above and beyond everyday discounts at hotels, restaurants, the State Fair, and so forth! Post 180 allows its members to enjoy numerous local, community-supporting events at NO COST to you personally. Free food, free drinks, all while benefiting organizations that benefit our community. Isn't it time you took advantage of all that your Post is offering?!?!

Do you have programs, groups, organizations that your Post should be supporting, events we should be attending, or opportunities we need to know about? Attend your meetings and let us know! There are multiple ways for you to be involved and take advantage of all the Post has to offer. For the minimum price of $35 annually, no one can say that the Post doesn't make it worth your while!! Have I mentioned there's complimentary food and drink at each meeting. Look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas.

Ian Nunn

Ian Nunn
Adjutant, P.C.






American Legion Birthday March 15

Happy Birthday


O God, Judge over nations, be with us as we come together this day to pay tribute to our American Legion birthday. We rejoice that we are a source of support to our country. Help us with Your guidance in the work of our great organization. May our activities be counted among the good deeds that please You. We ask for the strength and ability to do the tasks You set before us. Keep us concerned about the welfare and improvement of our community, the safety and pride of our home, and the moral and spiritual values that guide our community living. We ask Your blessing upon our members. All of this we ask "For God and Country."



Chaplain Charles Cortte



American Legion
George Washington Bay View Post 180
Milwaukee WI 53207
PO Box 70695



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