POST 3 (February 2020) NEWS LETTER

District 15 POST 3

123 S. 84th St. Suite L

Lincoln NE 68510

(402) 466-3958

Post meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of each month At the Elks Club

5910 South 58th at 7:00 p.m.

All members are invited to attend

From The Commander

I comprehend that this world of ours, especially as seem from our amazing American shores, offers some tempting delicacies as far as one’s career, playtime, and family history are concerned. What I’m getting at is this: where has our moral and ethical compass gone? Why is it that we veterans as well, beyond the pall of our collective military experiences, seem to be caught up in our socio-culture’s distinct lack of accepting responsibility for our own actions.

It starts with the children. They grow up, partially maturing as they age, managing not to absorb any worthwhile notion of taking the lead on any action they have or are doing. The as adults themselves, not only can they not pass on what they don’t know, they have no personal awareness of any worthwhile mindset. 

We need to be examples, not mysteries, of what our children’s lives should be as future adults. We are Nebraska Legionnaires, We stand for goodness and life, not bad things and death. Why don’t we choose, like our Four Pillars programs and services, to help our younglings to explore

the better things in life, like service, accountability, and courtesy. Hey! That sounds like you and me serving our country at one time, and now serving our community as Legionnaires.

Come join the throng of your fellow Nebraska Legionnaires to show your families the better way to go. 

Rev. Dr. William Jackson

ALP 3 Commander

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb, 11, 2020, at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80. 

From the Adjutant

Well, we have made it through the first half of winter.   Want to wish all a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Take the time to visit the Post’s website:

For those who have not paid their 2020 dues, you should have received a notice from National during the past two weeks.  

If you know you have paid your 2020 dues and by chance not received your 2020 card, please call and let us know.   They do get lost in the mail, or by chance sent to the wrong address.

Again, if you have a son, daughter, grandchild, etc. who will graduate from high school this spring and is thinking of going on for some form of post-secondary education, remember the Post has three $ 500.00 scholarships that it will award this May.  

If you happen to know of any families of veterans who are in need of a burial plot, Post 3 has a number of plots that have been donated to the Post.   The plots are in the Lincoln Memorial Park


Again, thanks to all those who have paid their 2020 dues.  When we see a veteran, ask if they belong to a Post, if not, ask why not?    You would be surprise how many have never been asked to join a VSO.  So, when you Thank a Soldier for his/her service, tell them that they need to join a VSO, and tell them about the American Legion.

Ed Schnabel,

Post 3 Adjutant

American Legion Riders (ALR)

Your ALR met on January 16, 2020, and installed officers for the coming year. Marty Timberlake, Nebraska State ALR Liaison, served as installing officer. The 2020 officers are: Bruce Gubser, Commander; Ray Paulson, Vice Commander; Mike Streeter, Secretary; Dave Dietz, Treasurer; Ray Gilbertson, Sergeant-at-Arms; and, William Smisek, Ride Captain. While there isn’t much riding going on in these winter months, a few souls have braved the elements and cooler temperatures to “get their knees in the breeze.” The Chapter will use these cooler months to get some good plans in place for when the weather warms up. Some items on our tentative schedule include dinner/lunch rides, a couple of Poker Runs, and a potential gun raffle. Our next meeting is February 20th at the Denton Legion Club, with dinner at 6pm and the meeting at 7pm. We welcome all motorcycle riders/owners of a motorcycle with an engine greater than 350cc, regardless of make/model. If you ride, please come on out and join us.


We have   0 new members and 0 Transfer-in, in Dec. 

As of   Jan. 31 2020, Post 3 membership for 2020 stands at 1322, 90.3 percent of our 2020 goal.

VA Coffeehaus Please join us on the third Friday of every month from 11am – 1230 pm in the Auditorium of the Lincoln VA, 600 South 70th Street. If you would like a Flyer Please let me know. 

TAPS for Jan. 2020 

Name                                                 War      Yrs   Death     

Baker, Albert E.                             Vietnam 01 12/27/2019

Behm, Larry G.                              Vietnam 27 01/07/2020 PUFL

Czeschin. Alvin H.                        WWII 60 01/07/2020

Delorm, Richard T.                      Korea 48 12/16/2019

Faas, Melvin R.                             WWII 38 01/29/2020


Regular Meeting of American Legion Post 3
Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
January 14, 2020

The colors being in place, Commander William Jackson opened the January 14, 2020, meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 with about 20 Legionnaires and guests present.

The minutes of the December meeting were read and approved.

Ed Schnabel gave the finance report for the month ending December 31, 2019, showing a balance on hand of $35107.12.   Ed also reported over the last 5-6 years, the interest earned on investments and deposited into savings amounted to $23,981.  Two of our current investment accounts currently are valued at about $240,000.

Veterans of the various war eras were asked to stand and be recognized.

Ed Schnabel reported that membership stood at 1274 --- about 88% of goal.  Steve Bartos also made a few comments about membership on the state and national levels.

ody Schmale reported for the Legion Riders.   She announced that Bruce Gubser had been elected as their new commander and would be installed on Thursday.

Steve Bartos reported for Boys State.  He indicated that information had been sent out to the schools and also to potential donors.

Gerry Wolf reported briefly on the Oratorical contest.   Lincoln did not have a contestant this year.

Gerry Wolf also reported for the Honor Guard.  He announced that the Honor Guard participated in 217 events in 2019, 158 of which were funerals.

Ed Schnabel reported that we will be sponsoring Law Cadet students again this year, and the selection process will take place later.

It was announced that Voiture 103 will meet next Tuesday.

Commander Jackson announced that the District 15 Convention take place at the February meeting.   Delegates to the national convention will be selected, and a new District Commander and Vice Commander need to be elected.

Ed Schnabel commented on the bill currently moving forward in the legislature to shelter some military retirement pay from state income taxes.

Ed Muggy explained that the Legion Riders have been meeting at the Denton American Legion.   He then made a motion to donate $300 to the Denton post in appreciation for being able to meet there.    After a proper second and discussion, the motion was approved.

Upon motion by Muggy and a proper second, the post donated $300 to the Buddy Check program currently being held on the 22nd of each month at the Foundry.   The donation is intended to help pay for refreshments.

Curt Sanford reported that 116 Legionnaires --- 6 from Post 3 --- registered for the Mid-Year Conference in Kearney.  Fred Craigie provided some information about what events take place at the Mid-Year Conference and encouraged everyone to attend in the future.

TAPS was read, and the meeting was closed in proper form at about 7:40 PM.

Steve Bartos