Lysle Rishel Post 68


American Legion Post 68 July 2024 Newsletter.

please keep scrolling down the page to see Junes newletter

Commander’s Notes

Thanks to all who made the Memorial Day Ceremonies a success: Chaplains Dave Warnken and Susan Branson, the Hutchinson Municipal Band (& Brass Quintet), Matt Mock of Reno County Veterans Memorial Board, The Legion Color Guard (JoeO’Sullivan, Don Glover, Lukas Giles and Shane Tracy), John Harlow and the Legion Riders.Independence Day is coming up. We plan to support the Patriots Parade with the Legion Riders and our Color Guard. (I can use more members for the Color Guard. Ifyou know someone who can help email, text or call me.) The Riders will also go to the Sterling parade, so no lunch this year.We are supporting the Legacy Run again this year.The Reno County Museum is working on an exhibit featuring Veterans and Memorabilia of Viet Nam. Mindy Canfield will attend the Post meeting and provide moredetails. Oral histories will be recorded by appointment.

ALA Notes

I want to thank everyone who helped out with the Memorial Weekend activities we had to do. We started early on Saturday morning putting out flags on graves atEastside Cemetery along with the big flags around the outside area. We did two Memorial Day programs. One was done at the Reno County Veteran’s sight in South Hutchinson and one at Eastside Cemetery. We have small stick flags ordered for the 4th of July Parade and we will need to have parade walkers to pass these flags out. If you can help, please let the Post (620-662-0573) or myself (620-694-9839) know. Will need to be at B & Main by 9:30 that morning to get the flags and be ready to walk. A “free will” lunch at the Post 68 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM following the parade serving hot dogs, brats, baked beans and chips. Next meeting will be June 24, 2024, when we have our installation of officers for 2024-2025 year. The 2025 Auxiliary dues are being collected starting July 1, 2024. The dues are now $36.00 and may be paid to Vicki Tracy, 407 E 36 th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502, or at the Legion Office or online at https://www.legion-aux.org. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings. President Edie Griffin

SAL Notes:

Membership cards for 2025 will be in soon!  Our dues for 2025 will remain the same at $35 (or $20 for junior and dual members).  Please mail them to the Legion at 730 West 4th, Hutchinson, Ks 67501.  If you have recently moved, please include that information with your renewal so that we can mail your membership card to the correct address. Or you can stop by the Legion and leave your renewal in the drop box next to the office door. I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

Rider notes

On behalf of our director Warren, I'm writing these notes for you while he is still recovering in rehab. He appreciates the well wishes and the prayers. If you want to see him, he's at Diversicare rm 142 across from the Alley. Other than our director going down in the rain during the escort of Olen Mitchell it went off as planned. I was amazed by how many WPD cycles showed up to assist in the escort to Wichita airport. By the time you get this, the Legacy run will have already happened. We again donated to the cause. Thanks to all who participated. We continue to have fellow vets needing assistance with bills in these hard times. I'm glad we have the funds to support them. Keep up the good work. We have the July 4th parade at 1000. Sterling has asked us to ride in their parade again this year. It will start at 1700 hours instead of 1400. Should be cooler (or not). Rider meeting and burgers have been postponed because of the 4th. If you'd like to join us in the vet recognition ride to Colorado Springs, there is still time to get a room and join us. That's all for now riders.

NJCAA Committee

We are still looking for volunteers for the 2025 NJCAA Tournament, here are just a few of the committee’s that need help.  The House Committee, Sales Committee, and Media Committee.  This is not just for one week out of a year we have committees that work year around. Please contact me if you or someone you know would be willing to help my cell is 620-694-7642 to discuss.  Ron Chadwick Tournament Chairman


Commanders Notes: 
 Thanks to all of you for entrusting me with the position of Commander. I hope to live up to your faith. 
I was told that this is a slow time of the year, but maybe not. 
Memorial Day is upon us and there are ceremonies at both the South Hutchinson Veterans' Memorial at 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 27th and at Eastside Cemetary at 11:00 
a.m. Thanks to all who are participating and everyone else is invited. Lunch at the Post starting at 11:00. 
School awards will have been presented by the time you read this. Thanks to John Harlow for getting these organized and to several members for helping with the presentations, Mak McGaughey, John Harlow, Larry Collins, Bruce Branson and me. We can send 13 delegates to the Department Convention in Topeka. So far, we have Loxi Sykes, Bill Sykes Jeremy Ehart, Dave Warnken, Mike Jury, Markas Sereles and myself. So, anyone else interested should contact us now. 
We are close to reaching our membership goal for the year. If you have not paid your dues, please help us and get that done now. And let us know if you if you have the name of a new prospect. There are too many veterans out there who should be members. Ask them to join. 
ALA Notes: 
We have Memorial weekend coming up in just a few days and many of the family members of Post 68 will be involved in putting flags out at the Eastside Cemetery on Saturday May 25th starting at 8:00 AM.  If you are available to help, we would love to have the help.  The Sons of the American Legion does the same thing at Fairlawn Cemetery, and they will be adding approximately 25 new flags to the ones they already put out so I know they will need help also.  On Monday there will be a Memorial Day Service at 9:00 AM at the Reno County Veteran’s Memorial in South Hutchinson and a 11:00 AM Service at Eastside Cemetery. A “free will” lunch at the Post 68 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, so please come for hot dogs, brats, hot link and chips.  
Department Convention is May 31st thru June 2nd in Topeka, Kansas.  Please plan to attend and enjoy fellowship with Auxiliary people from all over the state of Kansas. 
Information is in the web site https://www.Kansasala.org. 
Next meeting will be June 24, 2024 when we have our installation of officers for 20242025 year. 
The 2024 Auxiliary dues are now being collected and if not paid by Dec 31, 2023 you are delinquent.  The new dues are now $36.00 and may be paid to Vicki Tracy, 407 E 36th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502, or at the Legion Office or online at https://www.legionaux.org.  We look forward to seeing you at our meetings.  President Edie Griffin.     
SAL Notes: 
Summer is finally here, and we are kicking off summer with Memorial Day weekend.  Looking forward to seeing everyone out at Fairlawn to put up flags for the weekend starting Saturday morning at 0800!  First, I would like to say thank you to several members who helped install more flagpole holders out at Fairlawn Cemetery to be put up over Memorial Day weekend.  I appreciate all of the time and hard work they have put in to installing the new flagpoles.  Second, SAL will join the local Civitan's group to help place flags in front yards around Hutchinson.  We will go out early Monday morning to place the flags in front yards, then out again in the evening to take them down.  It will be a busy weekend, but well worth the time!  Don't forget to come out for lunch on June 8th for Chicken Fried Steaks and again for supper on June 13th for hamburgers and our monthly meeting!

Rider Notes

Fellow riders. By the time you read this, the Memorial Day Activities will be a thing of the past.

I want to thank all of those who were able to participate in these events. I also need to inform

you all that I will not be present at the June 6th meeting as I will be at the USBC Open

Championship Bowling Tournament in Las Vegas, NV. Some events to keep in mind if you are

wanting to do some riding. June 21 to June 23 will be the Kansas Legacy Run, money raised

goes towards the American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation (VCF) starting in 2024,

instead of the Legacy Scholarship Fund. Another ride of length is the Ride For Veterans, and

was organized by James Greer of Leonardville, KS as a means to raise money for the Prevention

of Veteran Suicides. This money will go to various Veteran Organizations distribution.

Our next meeting will be on June 6th, and hope the meeting will be a full house. I hope that

some of you put on your thinking caps about what, we the riders can do as projects to enhance

our organization but also the community as a whole. Don’t be bashful about bring forth ideas

that you think the riders might be interested in doing. Presenters of awards to young people of

our high schools in and around Hutchinson are needed for next year. After having done my first

one, I will tell you that it is not that hard of a task to do. So please give that some thought.


Now for the fourth part of the RIDERS CREED.


4. Each rider is first a member of the American Legion Family. I will actively participate in and

support their endeavors.