AMERICAN LEGION EAGLE

 

Volume 21 No.2 November 2015

 

Commanders Message

 

 Moving Forward with Video Gaming

This project has been in active play since April, but is now finally coming together. We now have our McLean County Liquor License, our State of Illinois Liquor License and our State of Illinois Video Gaming License. It has been a learning experience for us all, but I would especially like to thank Dave Turnis. Dave is our finance officer and has been heavily involved in the entire process from insurance, to internet access, to applications, and finally to the seemingly never ending follow-ups. Our three gaming machines are in place and we will be open for gaming and liquor sales on the 3rd of December. Our hours of operation, at least initially, will be Thursdays  , Friday and Saturdays from 4-8 p.m.

Consider stopping by and giving the machines a whirl. This is going to be a quiet, restful parlor operation, so if you and the wife like to get out and try your luck, but aren't into the noise and hubbub of most commercial operations, come on in.

This is entirely a volunteer operation, so if you have an interest in assisting, please give us a call at the office, 309-828-3641.

 

Roy Jones, Commander

 

New Officers for 2016-2017

 

Commander                        Roy Jones                              

Senior Vice Cmdr.               Rick Ross                                    

Junior Vice Cmdr.                Rick Gererdo                              

Chaplain                              Larry Lohmeyer                         

Sgt at Arms                          Bill Rainwater                              

                                                                                          

        

 

 

 

Don’t Forget Our Website

The url is: http://www.americanlegionpost56.org If you have suggestions for this site please contact webmaster Rick Ross. The post website is now linked to the American Legion Department of Illi­nois website.

 

Post Everlasting

 Since our last newsletter the following post members have passed;

Roy G. Anderson Jr., Richard Garabrant, Gene Peterson, Clinton Short Jr.., Vivian Stockdale, James L. Taylor, Edward Thetard

 

Membership

Membership stands at 156 for the current year with about 80 more needed to reach our goal for the year. If you haven't yet renewed, Please send in your renewal form.

 

If you need a new one let us know, just call the office. Early renewal this year takes on a new urgency for the post. At the National Convention delegates voted to increase the per capita assessment on members by $5.00. That brings their share of our duesto $31.00. With our dues at $37.00, that leaves the post with a very narrow margin. Your executive committee has decided to hold the line and we will not be passing this assessment to you. If your renewal is processed before January20th, the per caita will be accessed at the current lower rate saving the Post $5.00 per member

 

While we hope the gaming operation adds strength to our financial picture, it will take time to do that. In the meantime , help us weather the storm and renew early.

Internet Access

One of the requirements for gaming is to have internet access, in order for the gaming transactions to be immediately available to the Illinois Department of Revenue. While that is part of the necessary gaming infrastructure, there is a pleasant side effect for post members. As a result of our Frontier account, our members now have access to the Post WI-FI network for personal use. If you need a quiet place to surf, consider dropping by the Post. Once you have entered our password, the network will immediately recognize your device whenever you are within its range. Check with one of the officers for the password.