The Veterans Memorial to be built in Greendale is always in need of money in order to make the construction begin. Bob ZOLANDZ, who is our 1st Vice Commander and Firing Squad Captain, made the following suggestion. He said, "We have approximately 600 members at our post. If 80% or 480 members bought a brick, we would have $48,000 towards completing the memorial." So, to all of our readers, please consider making a very worthwhile donation by purchasing a brick for only $100. This is truly a good cause and your name will be inscribed in one of the most beautiful and patriotic memorials around. We ask that you think about it very seriously and contact any one of our officers listed on our Officers Page. They will be happy to share with you how you can make your donation. Thank you very much for your time and thank you for your service. You have made a difference to America!
Warm regards from all of us on the Post 416 Veterans Memorial Committee.
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Greendale Veterans Memorial,
We hope this newsletter is informative, however, if you have any questions please contact Tim Baranzyk (414-628-7081) or Ken Kieck, (414-421-8621) or log on to our web site, at greendaleveteransmemorial.org for answers to your questions.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
On September 15, 2015, The Greendale Village Board agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee to build the memorial at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Southway. The terms and responsibilities of each party were specified in this written agreement. We now have three years to raise the required funds to build this memorial. Special thanks to the village trustees, village staff and our legal counsel for making this happen.
FUND RAISING COMMITTEE FORMED
The Veterans Memorial Committee approved formation of a special fund raising committee with Tim Baranzyk as the sub-committee chair. More volunteers are needed to make this committee successful. With civilians and veterans working together to develop lists of individuals and corporations to solicit, we will achieve our financial goals. Contact Tim Baranzyk (414-628-7081) for more information or to send prospective donor names. We need this information!
Please check our web site (greendaleveteransmemorial.org) for a picture of the planned veteran’s memorial, tax deductible donation information, and order forms to purchase a brick or block to memorialize all donations. (Remember, you do not have to be a Greendale resident to purchase a brick/block, nor do you have to be a veteran to make a purchase/donation.) Make all checks payable to the American Legion Foundation and write on the memo line “Greendale Veterans Memorial.” All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be sent to verify each donation. Those wishing to make a tax deductible donation without the purchase of a brick/block should follow the same procedures.
We are very pleased to announce that VFW Post 10519 recently donated
$500.00 toward the veterans’ memorial. Large donations like this help to
move us toward the final goal.
PUBLICITY COMMITTEE FORMED
Our web site (greendaleveteransmemorial.org) has been updated along with a Face Book page with the latest information regarding progress on the memorial. We appreciate the work of Kristin Dodds and Eileen Soto who worked on these improvements. We also appreciate the work of Bob Naffier who has added information to the Legion web page regarding events and information connected with the memorial. All of this is designed to keep our friends and supporters in the communication loop.
Additional volunteers are needed for the Publicity Committee. Contact Tim
Baranzyk (414-628-7081) to add your name to the list of volunteers. Please
consider using your own Face Book page and email lists to inform friends,
relatives and neighbors about the memorial project. Not only Greendale
residents, but residents in surrounding communities have expressed an
interest in this memorial project. We appreciate their interest and support,
and hope they follow-up with a financial commitment.
Several companies, including Northwest Mutual Insurance Company, GZA Environmental, The Sigma Group, R.A. Smith, Inc. and Metropolitan Survey have been instrumental in assisting the committee up to this point. All their help is sincerely appreciated!
We also appreciate the work of committee members Bill Kewan for the original memorial design concepts, and Harold Krueger for the original construction drawings. Their work provided the committee with a tangible starting point for the final construction plans which is being submitted to the Village Trustees and Village Planning Commission.
Contact committee co-chair Ken Kieck if you have questions about the village approval procedures or construction timelines. Special thanks to Ken for his help in securing a donation of all the granite needed for this memorial. His contacts in the construction industry have been invaluable and saved the committee thousands of dollars.
2016 PLANS TO BE DISCUSSED
The Veterans Memorial Committee meets the second Monday of each month in the American Legion Post 416 Squad Room, 6:30 to 8PM. They are accepting new volunteers who would like to participate in a variety of important activities. Discussion items include the possibility of holding another pancake breakfast, selling advertising space on restaurant place mats, promoting the sale of our pens and pins, another Vet Fest event, selling more engraved bricks/blocks to those wishing to commemorate their support of the memorial, and of course, a second movie showing of the WWII documentary, “Lucky Strike.”
The committee will continue to have a presence at the annual Fourth of July parade, Village Days and Hay Days events, and donation buckets at various village events. Also in discussion is the development of a power point presentation which could be shown to various community groups in order to increase their awareness of the veteran’s memorial project.
SINCERE THANKS FROM ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
We sincerely appreciate all veteran and civilian help in working to make the Greendale Veterans Memorial a reality in the near future.
Tim Branzyk, Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Kieck, Co-Chair email@example.com
Jay Chadwick, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Pier, Treasurer email@example.com
Sally Chadwick, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Kewan, Member email@example.com
Harold Krueger, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Harold Kuehnel, Member email@example.com
Bernie Schroedl, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tom Slota, Member email@example.com
Judy & Ron Wishman, Members firstname.lastname@example.org