Johnston-Blessman Post 38





Thank you to all who came out on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, and supported our fundraiser for the Old Glory Honor Flight, Appleton.

Your generosity helped us surpass last year’s amount by over $500, for a total of $6,516!!! What an accomplishment and it could not have happened without all our faithful patrons and businesses who supported this fundraising event.

Additionally, we also want to thank all of those who spent countless hours putting this fundraising event together, those who dedicated their time and talents in ensuring this went off without a hitch and most of all those wonderful cooks who provided all with deliciously prepared food. Outstanding job!!

The funds raised will be presented at an official meeting in the weeks to come.

Again, thank you from the Appleton American Legion, Post 38 family!

To learn more about this worthwhile organization and how it supports our veterans, please visit here: Old Glory Honor Flight, Inc



JUNE 2023


JUNE 10, 2023
On Saturday, June 10, 2023, our Appleton American Legion Post No. 38 family showed up in full force for the Annual Appleton Flag Day Parade.
In addition to our Post, we had Legion family marchers representing Department, and the Black Creek and Kimberly American Legion families. Thank you to ALL came out and joined us in the time-honored event.
The below link recaps that the parade by WFRV. They will be re-broadcasting the parade on this Saturday, June 17th at 11:30 a.m.:
Cermonial first pitch, american legion leadership
june 8, 2023
On June 8, 2023, members of the American Legion leadership threw out the ceremonial first pitch at our beautifully landscaped Don Hawkins Baseball Field. It was a beautiful day and fun was had by all in attendance.
Listed are the members and their position with our Appleton American Legion Post No. 38 Family.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 38 President
Linda Breitzman
American Legion Riders District 9 President
Paul Heit
Sons of The American Legion WI Squadron 38 Adjutant
Allen Watry
American Legion Post 38 Commander
Ed Domek
Additional photos can be viewed in our Photo Gallery under Ceremonial First Pitch 2023. 

installation of new officers 

june 5, 2023

During the May 2023 Post 38 meeting, the following individuals were elected to the positions listed below. Their installation occurred on Monday, June 5, 2023. Congratulations to these members for their willingness to serve our Appleton American Legion Post 38 and our areas’ veterans.

Adjutant: Dave Baumann

Chaplain: Bob Johnson

Members at Large: Vernon Noel and Eric Jones





MAY 2023

Monday, May 29, 2023
On Monday, May 29, 2023, our very own Scarlet Guard Color Guard made the ABC nightly news during its "America Strong" segment. They were highlighted for their participation in Memorial Day events across the nation.
The Scarlet Guard Color Guard was highlighted for their participation in the Appleton Cemetary Veteran Salute Tour honoring our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen at Cemetaries across the Appleton area.
There is no greater honor than to recognize those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedoms and our Scarlet Guard continually rises to the occasion paying tribute and honoring our fallen loved ones.
Our sincerest thanks and appreciation to those who serve in our Scarlet Guard Color Guard, headed by Eric Stadler.
(The Scarlet Guard is seen marching in the traditional blue uniform with the scarlet (red) berets, parading the colors. The video of them begins at 0:41 seconds)




Congratulations are in order to Migeal Babino, who recently received this Award of Appreciation for spearheading the long and tedious job of Club 38's kitchen remodeling job.

As a result of his unfailing efforts, coordination with several area contractors, and steadfast commitment to Post 38, his efforts resulted in a facility that will long be able to serve our most valuable assets - our customers!
Migeal is Third Vice for 9th District and is also Vice Commander. 
Again, congratulations Migeal on a job well done!

APRIL 2023

APRIL 8, 2023
Thank you to everyone who showed up on Saturday, April 8, 2023, for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and our annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Our event could not have been this successful without all the wonderful people who showed up and participated.

A heartfelt “thank you” is also in store for our staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event a success. Without their assistance, Post 38 would not be able to host such events. 


April 2, 2023
On Sunday, April 2, 2023, Appleton American Legion Post No. 38 hosted Crossroads Productions Inspirational Concert, along with a delicious Broasted Chicken buffet. This event was a huge success and all those in attendance were surely uplifted by music and song. Here are some highlights from that event.


February 2023


Our very own winner whom Appleton American Legion Post No. 38 sponsored, Mya Koffie is the winner of Wisconsin Oratorical Contest. She represented the 9th District and participated in the State Oratorical Contest held on February 11, 2023 at Ripon College.
Mya will continue her journey and will represent Wisconsin at the National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis April 21-23, 2023.
Congratulations to Ms. Koffie on her outstanding accomplishments and we wish her the very best at Nationals.
See State article here: (1) Facebook

Pictured: Oratorical Winner Ms. Mya Koffie, Wisconsin Auxiliary President Linda Coppock, Wisconsin American Legion Commander Julie Muhle, and Oratorical Chair Robert Stone.

Ed Domek, Post 38 Commander; Allen J. Watry, SAL Squadron 38 Adjutant; Linda Coppock, Wisconsin Auxiliary President; Mya Koffie, Appleton North High School; Julie Muhle, Wisconsin Department Commander; Migeal Babino, Outagamie County Commander and Debbie Thomas, 9th District Commander


 On Monday, February 6, 2023, Appleton American Legion Post 38 held its Four Chaplains Ceremony in remembrance of four Army chaplains who acted in the spirit of heroic sacrifice and humanitarianism onboard the U.S.A.T Dorchester as she sank to her watery grave.
The four Chaplains were onboard the ship were; Reverend George L. Fox of the Methodist faith, Jewish Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Father John P. Washington of the Catholic faith, and Reverend Clark V. Poling from the Dutch Reformed Church. Witnesses to their heroic acts remember their unfailing courage, comforting support, and prayers for the many distressed individuals onboard. As the ship was sinking, these men of faith offered their own life jackets so others could be saved. They epitomized their oath of service to both God and country.  
Post 38 had the honor of hosting Wisconsin Department Commander Julie Muhle, 9th District Commander, Debbie Thomas, and Wisconsin Auxiliary President Linda Coppock to witness and to support our Post in honoring such gallant bravery.
Also, in attendance and providing ceremonial support was our own, Scarlet Guard American Legion Color Guard, with Eric Stadler as the chairperson.
Additional photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery under Four Chaplains Ceremony 2023.

Video of the Scarlet Guard can be viewed on our Facebook page:

Commander Domek escorting the Wisconsin Department Commander Julie Muhle (L) and Wisconsin Auxiliary President Linda Coppock (R) to their seats at the start of the ceremony.     

January 2023

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all those who purchased tickets for our Holiday Cash Raffle. This year we were able to raise $8,190.

Your support of this event will assist us in providing scholarships to high school students; aid in assisting veterans in need, support Honor Flights; support youth baseball and will help in keeping Post 38 a vibrant place for those who want to share in fellowship, food and fun.

The lucky winners of this year’s raffle are:

 1st Prize Winner: Larry Burger

 2nd Prize Winner: Joe Miller

 3rd Prize Winner: Jarrod Coulter

 Congratulations to our winners and what an exciting way to start the new year.           

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 The below story took a bit of coordination in writing, but after working with a behind the scenes contributor, we are ready to post!
After almost 2 years of planning and countless hours of coordination, American Legion Post 38, finally opened their newly remodeled kitchen in June 2022.
As a bit of a back story, the Legion’s kitchen was in dire need of an upgrade. After not passing inspections, and several structural and mechanical setbacks, Post 38 had to temporarily shut their kitchen down. Additionally, the Legion’s dated kitchen would have to permanently close if the kitchen was not made code compliant. This would have been a catastrophic financial setback for Post 38. Our own Legionnaire, Migeal Babino lead the coordination of this effort with UA Local 400.
Demolition of the kitchen began on May 16, 2022, and was substantially completed on June 3, 2022. UA Local 400 Business Agent Kirk Rademaker and UA 400 Plumbing Instructor Bruce Dietzen together with eight (8) plumbing apprentices throughout the Fox Valley area led the UA 400 contingent on this project.
On Monday, November 7, 2022, UA Local 400 was honored along with The Boldt Company, Bassett Mechanical, Coenen Mechanical , Sargent Electric, Construction & General Laborers Local 330, and Viking Electric. These fine organizations as well as their crews of dedicated individuals donated time, materials, labor and other resources for this huge undertaking.
Also, an integral part of this project was the SAL (Sons of the American Legion). These members provided countless hours in preparation and cleanup. Without their help, this project would not have met our timeline.
American Legion Post 38 is eternally grateful to these organizations and the efforts they personally put into to the remodel of our kitchen facility.
Business Representative from Sponsoring Companies and Post 38 Commander, Ed Domek (far right)
Post 38 Commander and 9th District Representative, Migeal Babino

We were overwhelmed by the fabulous turn out for our Dinner/Breakfast with Santa events on Friday, December 16th, and Saturday, December 17th.
Santa was busy keeping all the boys and girls happy with their treasures and ensuring he had all their requests on his list for Christmas eve's delivery.
There is a lot of planning that goes into something like this, and it cannot happen without our wonderful volunteers. These individuals spent countless hours procuring gifts, setting up/tearing down, decorating the hall, and those who helped in preparing the foods served.
We'd also like to thank all those who braved the cold to come and support our Post. It is awesome people such as yourselves and your families who make our Post a happening little place to be.
Happy Holidays to All!


On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, the whole American Legion Family (Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and SAL) participated in the Appleton Christmas Parade, one of the largest parades in the State of Wisconsin. 
We had a great response this year and Post 38 was well-represented during this time-honored event. A heartfelt "Thank You" to ALL who took time out of your busy schedules to brave the cold weather and represent our American Legion Post 38!
Appleton American Legion Post 38 was well represented on Saturday, September 24th during Appleton’s 40th Octoberfest Celebration.
The Octoberfest Block Party is one of Appleton’s biggest events and attendance was estimated at over 200,000.
Post 38 manned a wristband and beer ticket booth, were we had 26 volunteers throughout the day. In total, approximately 145 manhours were donated. This was truly an all hands on-deck event, and we meet the challenge head on. Thank you to all of those who graciously gave of their time and talent. 
You represented your American Legion Post with pride. Thank you to all who helped with this event!




Page Updated: 4 June 2023



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