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302 S. Lake St. PO Box 123, Boyne City, Michigan

Ernest Peterson Post 228





Vol: 96 Issue: 1                                                                              Spring 2016



REGULAR MEETING at the Post          Thursday, February 4

Veteran of the Month 6:15 P.M.

Potluck Dinner 6:30 P.M.

Post and Auxiliary 7:30 P.M.

Department of Michigan Winter Meeting at Flint Holiday Inn     Friday-Sunday February 12-14

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS at the Post  for the Boyne Area Chamber     Thursday, February 18 5:30 P.M.

AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS at the Post     Monday, February 22 6:30 P.M.

MARCH 2016

REGULAR MEETING at the Post          Thursday, March 3

Veteran of the Month 6:15 P.M.

Potluck Dinner 6:30 P.M.

Post and Auxiliary 7:30 P.M.

19th District Association at Elk Rapids     Sunday, March 13 11:00 A.M.

AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS at the Post     Monday, March 28 6:30 P.M.

APRIL 2016

REGULAR MEETING at the Post          Thursday, April 7

Veteran of the Month 6:15 P.M.

Potluck Dinner 6:30 P.M.

Post and Auxiliary 7:30 P.M.

AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS at the Post     Monday, April 25 6:30 P.M.



         The Post 228 Chapter of the American Legion Riders continues to grow as a program of the Post.   

We have 11 official members with another 15 that have expressed an interest in joining.   Membership

is open to any Legionnaire, Auxiliary member or Son from any Post, and we have members from

Post 227 in East Jordan and a Minnesota post.  ALR dues is only $12 in addition to the appropriate

Legion, Auxiliary, or SAL dues.  Over the Winter months, while our bikes are resting quietly in

storage and we itch to be on the road, we are planning for our riding season activities.

         Coming up, we’re hoping to have our first Annual Poker Run in June, looking forward to recruiting

at bike nights at Boyne Mountain, and maybe Vanderbilt and Rapid City, and planning on

informal rides most Sundays (weather permitting).   Each member is buying his or her own American

Legion Riders back patch, and then purchasing identifying upper and lower rockers with “Post 228"

and “Boyne City, MI” embroidered from the Chapter supply.   Being identified as Legion Riders

will help us recruit more Veterans when we attend bike nights and rallies next season.  Sergeant at Arms

Roger Knutson made a plaque for our Chapter.   This will let us participate in the “Grab and Run”

where we go to other Chapters and claim their plaques, sort of like “Capture the Flag”, only long

distance on motorcycles.

         If you’re a rider, come on out and help us promote two of the best things in America at the

same time: Motorcycles and The American Legion!







          A couple years ago, The American Legion put out the word they were looking for a motto, a catch phrase to tell in just a few words the purpose

and meaning of the American Legion.   I quickly sent back the phrase “We Are America, Past, Present and Future.”  Whatever comes to mind when

you think of the United States, there is probably an American Legion Member somewhere in the picture. Even something as mundane as a visit

to the grocery store, attending a religious service, walking your dog, attending a festival, or riding a motorcycle can bring you into contact with

another Legion member.   Or at least a Veteran.  World War 2, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Cold War, Panama/Grenada/Lebanon, the First Gulf War,

the Second Gulf War, and any time in between, men and women have been serving our country, making our country the best it can be.

           It is because of the shared experience of military service that the American Legion Exists.   It is the basis of the phrase “Still Serving America”,

because most of us who are Veterans have this strange desire to do the right thing,  To contribute, and to continue to contribute long after

our obligation has ended.  For 97 years, Veterans have been supporting each other, their communities, and the country as members of

the American Legion. 

          So that’s the “Present” and the “Past”.   What about the “Future”?   Oh, yeah. That’s the part where you come in.  It is up to you, the

American Legion Member, the Legionnaire, to determine the future of the American Legion, at least in Boyne City. I have read

recently about Honor Guards and even Posts no longer able to participate because of age.   They report not being able to get volunteers

to commit.   I wonder if they ASKED anyone.  If we don’t ask, veterans won’t know that we need their help.   If we don’t ask, other Veterans

won’t know that our basic premise is respecting each others’ service.   If we don’t ask, the Veteran who is looking for that chance to

contribute will get asked by someone else, or just figure that there is nothing out here for him or her.   If We Don’t Ask, we take away

the “future”.   We can’t count on someone else doing it for us.  

     The 100th Anniversary of The American Legion is coming.   Where will we be?   How will we commemorate 100 years? Let’s make

sure we ARE America, Past, Present, AND Future!


Post 228 is currently at 110 members for the 2016 Membership Year, against a goal of 124. There are 39 members

on the roster who have yet to renew, and there are many more eligible Veterans in the Boyne Valley who have yet to be asked.

There is no reason for us to stop at the 124 mark. There is no reason we can’t grow this post to double that number by the 100th Anniversary.

Just Ask!

For God and Country,

Brian Morrison, adjutant

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The American Legion Auxiliary

A Service Organization for female relatives


deceased wartime veteran. This can be the wife, sister,

mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother, daughter,

granddaughter, or great-granddaughter. The Sponsor must be

a war-time Veteran and a member in good standing of the

American Legion, not necessarily Post 228.

FEMALE VETERANS can be a Dual Member of both the Legion and

the Auxiliary if you meet the qualifications as stated above.

Our meetings are the 1st Thursday after the Veteran of the

Month Flag Raising Ceremony and Potluck Dinner. If you

cannot attend the Ceremony or the Potluck, the business

meeting will start about 7:30 pm.

2016 Membership renewals are due now. Please contact

Sheila Crandell at 231-582-6058 for more information on

membership and programs. .

The Sons of the

American Legion

is for male descendants (son or grandson

[natural, step, or adopted]) of an AMERICAN LEGION

MEMBER or deceased wartime veteran. Squadron 228

memberships for 2016 are due now. If you have not yet

renewed, please send your $15 to PO Box 123, Boyne City,

MI 49712.

LEGIONNAIRES, please remember your sons and grandsons are

invited to join SAL. And you may be eligible for Dual

Membership as a Legionnaire AND Son. Several of us are.

Contact Ron Crozier at 231-675-6414 for more information

on membership and programs.

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Boyne Falls Pantry

and Resale Shop

For several years, Post Member Bill Cousineau has

had a special project going on in the Village of Boyne Falls.

Bill runs the Boyne Falls Food Pantry which provides basic

food needs to families throughout the Boyne Valley.

Located at the corner of Main and Center Streets in

“downtown” Boyne Falls, the Pantry, with support from the

Manna Food Project, supplies non-perishable foods and

some fresh produce and meats to nearly 150 families each


In the last couple of years, the Pantry has augmented

donations with income from the Resale Shop in the same

building. The money from the resale shop and any cash

donations help the Pantry buy some items in bulk from

wholesale outlets and provide special seasonal touches like

turkeys at Thanksgiving.

Hours for distribution at the Food Pantry are 2 p.m.

to 5 p.m. every Thursday. ANYONE IN NEED can use the

pantry. Bill will make special arrangements for any Veteran

who cannot make it during the regular pantry hours.

The resale shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on

Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on

Saturday. Donations of items for resale are always

welcome. And, of course, volunteers to help with the food

distribution and at the resale shop are gratefully accepted.

Contact Bill at 231-549-2230 for more info on how

you can help.

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We thank you for your support with our Community

Members Program and hope it has worked the way you hoped. If

you do not see your ad this quarter, it is because you have not

renewed. For others, this is your last issue. Please let me know if

you would like to continue your ads for another year.

Please look for additional opportunities to help with

American Legion Programs like Boys State, Student Trooper, and

the Oratorical Scholarship program coming through your

Chamber membership

This Newsletter is a production of Ernest Peterson Post

228 (Boyne City, Michigan), The American Legion, Department of

Michigan and is intended for ALL members of our Legion Family.

Please send your comments, suggestions, photos and story ideas to, or leave a message on the Post

phone at 231-582-7811. Be sure to visit our web page at and join us on FaceBook at

Opinions expressed herein are the views of the respective

authors/editor and do not necessarily reflect the official views and

position of the Post, The Department of Michigan, or The American

Legion National Organization.

Advertisements contained herein are paid ads from local

businesses who have joined our Community Member Program.

While we can not endorse or recommend any product or service

advertised, we do hope you will contact the advertisers to thank them

for supporting the Boyne City American Legion and its programs.

Brian Morrison, editor/adjutant


as mandated by Congressional Charter

World War I April 6, 1917 thru November 11, 1918

World War II December 7, 1941 thru December 31, 1946

Korea June 25, 1950 thru January 31, 1955

Vietnam February 28, 1961 thru May 7, 1975

Lebanon/Grenada August 24, 1982 thru July 31, 1984

Panama December 20, 1989 thru January 31, 1990

Persian Gulf August 2, 1990 thru Present

(including 1st Gulf War and War on Terrorism)

If You have served at least one day of Active Duty

in the Armed Services of the United States during one of

the above periods, you are eligible for membership in The

American Legion.



P.O. BOX 123




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