American Legion 
Carl S. Martin  Post 635  Normal, Il. 
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108 ½ North Street / PO Box 402,  61761-0402
Phone: 309-452-1671
Email: info@post635.com

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        A Message from Our Post Commander 

                         Tom Laskowski

​It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as your Commander this term. 
I would like to wish all members and their families a Happy New Year.
Our Post has been a busy place the latter part of the year. Early Bird Dinner with the Boys and Girls State Delegates and their families, and the annual Christmas Party with children and grandchildren of Post members; making it a great success.
Projects this past year include the painting and sealing of the Post building outside east wall. Many thanks to Project Chairman Dave Toland and his volunteers. 
The next project is the tuck pointing of the lower front wall of the building. The basement front wall also needs tuck pointing. 
Jim Nagel has again done an outstanding job with the Boys and Girls State Program. Many thanks to Jim!
At the American Legion State Convention, Jerry Monical was recognized as the outstanding Post Chaplain in Illinois. Congratulations to Jerry! Jerry is also our Service Officer, and our Honor Guard Commander. Outside of Post activities, Jerry was recognized by the American Red Cross for his volunteer work and donating many GALLONS of blood over the years!
The Honor Guard and Color Guard have been very busy again this year, working with Evergreen Cemetery on The Vietnam Traveling Wall. The Honor Guard has performed military rites for 80 fallen Veterans. The Color Guard was involved in 69 events. 
Bill Warren, a member of both the Honor Guard and Color Guard, has retired at the end of 2016, after 23 years of faithful service. A very special thanks to Bill for his dedication to this cause!
Also, thanks to all members who volunteer for these services. Performing Military Rites at these funerals means so much to the families of our fallen veterans. We are indeed privileged to honor each of them. 
We need to also honor those that made this possible: 
Jerry Monical, Honor Guard Commander for 8 years. 
​Clayton James, Color Guard Commander for 21 years.
Butch Ekstam, who does all the calls for each event! Thanks goodness for Butch!  8 years.
Many of you may have noticed a member of the KodaRoamers Camera Club taking photos of our activities this past year. Betty Toland, wife of our member Dave Toland will continue taking photos until May of this year. These photos document what we do as a Post and what it is like to be a member. They will be presented at the Summer Art Show at the McLean Art Center this summer.
We have some members who have shown an interest in being involved with a Boy Scout Troop. I think this is a great project and good for our Post.
If you have not already done so, please contact Greg Struve via our Post email:  info@post635.com
with your email address. Letters from the Commander, and pertinent information will be sent via email instead of postal. This saves the Post a considerable dollar amount. 
Many times when we get our membership dues, we put it aside to pay later...and forget. When you get your due notice, please hold it in one hand and grab the checkbook with the other hand and send it in. Done; you don't have to worry about it now.
We thank you for your early payment...now you are eligible for the Early Bird free dinner with a guest!  For questions concerning Membership, please contact your Post Vice Commander, Chuck Downs via post email. 
It's been a great year and I thank you for all your support.

For God and Country

Tom Laskowski
Commander
Post 635
Normal, IL