Goetz-St. Louis Post 522 Monthly NEWS NOTES

Commander  Joe Leone,  1st Vice Cmdrs:  Frank Schmidt, 2nd Vice Cmdrs: Mike Glime, Finance Ofcr: Al Yancey,

Adjutant: Mike Grimm, Chaplain: Pat Farley, Service Officer: Mark Baldwin, Historian: Dan Goetz, Sgt at Arms:  Mark Rostagno


February 2021 Meeting of Post 522 was called to order by Commander Joe at 7:00pm on Wednesday 3/17/21.

New members David Landskron attended his first meeting.  Also, Herman Sirianni joined us as a new transfer from Post 0027 in Cudahy.  Welcome, gentleman.

Roll Call taken.  Service Officer and Historian not present

February minutes were read and approved.

Treasurers report from February:

  Notes:  1) Building fund to accumulate funds for upcoming major repairs and possible building expansion.

              2) Value of Bar-related inventory at 2/28/21 is not reflected in these numbers 

Treasurers report for Feb was read and approved

Post 522 Commander’s Message:

With summer rapidly approaching and with the virus in our rear view mirror, things are heating up at Post 522.  Make sure that you join us for our fun-filled family events.

Post 522 has really become a hot spot for the Hubertus community.  We have strengthened our ties in the community.  When you stop in, do not be shocked that your neighbors are already here.  

I look forward to seeing you at the post.  Without you we are just an empty building.  With you we are a thriving American Legion Post with a unified community.

Thank you for all of your support.   

Your friend and neighbor, Joe Leone

Committee Reports:

No Service Officer Report


1)  Membership has increased from 85 back to 90 members in past month.

2)  Platoon Leaders concept being developed to improve communication, keep closer to members. We have firm commitments from 4 members to to serve as Platoon Leaders, and have talke to 4 others, so far.  We need 8 or 9 Leaders.  We will continue to develop this position and get the slots filled.

3)  We have updated a target list of 18 local unaffiliated Legion Members who may be recruited into Post 522.  Exec Board will consider and approve a plan to market our post to them.

Building:   An architectural engineer has reviewed our current facility for potential future expansion. Executive Board will take their input under advisement.

Kitchen:   Mike Glime has found kitchen equipment which may be available to our Post at no charge.  Mike is following up with officials from The Hairy Lemon to gather more details on the equipment, its condition, potential “fit” into our current facility, and estimated installation costs.

Motion was made, seconded, and passed to purchase a new, larger grill to support our brat fries.  Al Yancey is authorized to purchase from Costco.

Bowling Team:   Post team is now back at full strength and moved up to 10th place.

Scheduled Events:

Brat Frys – first event is 4/17.  Additional dates will be known after this weekend

Sat  5/15 Post Social and Hall Dedication to Post 522 founders, Gib and Rosie

Schmitt Hall Dedication.  Hors d’oeuvres at 3, Program at 5, More food


Mon 5/31 Chicken Dinner and Memorial Day Flag Retirement Ceremony; Members free

Sat 6/12 Pig Roast

Sat 8/14  25 Sportsmen Picnic (Post Closed)

Sat 8/21 Corn Roast

Sat 9/11 Oktoberfest at the Post

Sat 9/18 Golf Outing

Sun 11/7 or 11/14  TBD  Presentation by TimYauck on the story of WWII tank commander from Sheboygan who was killed in action, and spotlighted in the book Spearhead, by Adam Makos.

RE: Events, we had 3 visitors who spoke to us and generously offered their services as Post resources.

Tim Yauck (member) and his father-in-law Stan Larson (Sr Vice Cmdr Menomonee Falls VFW) have offered to do a professional presentation at our Post to tell the story of Carl Kellner of Sheboygan who was killed in a tank battle in Cologne, Germany in 1945.  Tim’s research showed that very few people or Wisconsin knew of this Silver Star recipient.  He is intent on telling the story so that Lt Kellner and others are no longer forgotten.  Post5 522 will host this presentation in November this year. 

Cheryl McShane (wife of SAL member John McShane) is a professional and fantastically successful event planner and spoke to us about a “Food Truck Event”.  She is willing to arrange and co-ordinate a  large group of food trucks at Post 522 as a fundraiser event.  She suggested that the Post should be having another event going on at same time, which the food trucks would compliment.  Great potential for a significant, marketable family event.  Executive Board will be working on another activity to pair it up. 

Old business:

Joe has not yet received meeting date from Carl.  Need to set up training meeting with the St Gabriel Boy Scouts soon.

Skipper Scholarship review committee now consists of Craig Blawat, Kerri DeTroye (ALA), Steve DeTroye, JoAnn Schmitt (ALA) and new SAL member Adam Freund.

Jim Boden is awaiting your in-uniform photos for our new displays.  Drop off photos of yourself, as well as those of your close relatives in their military uniforms.  Please provide as pdf, if possible.  Otherwise we will scan photos you provide and return them to you.  PLEASE send those pics in today.

Sporting Clays Shooting Event on Friday 5/7 at Wild Wings in Campbellsport, sponsored by Forever Remembering (they provide services and materials for veterans’ cemetery memorial projects):   We have paid for a 4-person team, and to date we have only 2 shooters.  See any oifficer or let a bartender know if you would like to be part of this tournament team.

New Business:

Commander Joe took informal survey on how much of our post income should be dedicated to charitable donations. 

Commander Joe took informal survey on growth-rate expectations of members.

We considered helping the Shriners with onion sales this year. 

Standard Operating Procedure is being written to assure our bartenders are aware of their duties and that they are performed consistently.

Executive Board will be writing a job description for a Bar Manager.   

Elections in May for new officers.  Please contact any officer if you are interested in being nominated for any of our offices (Commander, Vice Commanders, Service Officer, Chaplain, Sargent-at-arms, Historian).  We can also answer any questions you would have about the duties of each of these positions.   We also have 2 appointed positions (Adjutant and Finance Officer) for which you may wish to be considered.   Again, if you are interested in any of these opportunities, please ask an officer.   The Board plans to put out the nominees list at our April meeting, although nominations can be taken from the floor at any meeting prior to the actual election.  

For the good of the Legion:


We will be adding SAL news to this publication each month, and distributing these minutes to all members and SAL members.   

Guest Stanley Larson urged everyone to make time to visit The Highground, Veterans Memorial Project near Neilsville, WI.  Originally named the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the park is a tribute to all fallen veterans and as an honor to all surviving military personnel.    

Sick Call:  John Kleiss is recovering from open heart surgery in early March.  John has our prayer and our best wishes as he works thru his rehab

Jody Giacoletto (ALA), wife of Steve is scheduled for surgery.  Please keep Jody and Steve in your thoughts and prayers. 

Next Meetings are:      Wed  APR 21  7PM

                                      Wed  MAY 19  7PM

            Meeting Adjourned

                                     SAL – SQUADRON 522

                          Commander:  Ryan Zittel

                         Vice Commander:  Bill Schmitz

                          Adjutant:  Jon Ferus

                          Finance Officer: Al Yancey

                                                                        News Notes : 3/17/21

There was not a meeting scheduled in March.

SAL Membership as of 3/17/21: 32 members

These are key issues needing attention of our SAL Squadron:

1)  Need a calendar of 2021 events (Testicle Festival, Ice Golf Outing, …)

2)  Need other creative events to raise funds for Veterans’-Related Causes or repair/refurbishmenbt of Post 522 buildings

3)  Need 3 Platoon Leaders who will be able to quickly and personally contact small segments of the SAL membership in case of emergency, urgent news, special communication.

4)  May 21 is Officer Election Night.  Nominations should be made in April, if possible.