07-11-2019 History is made; American Legion is celebrating 100 years & the Coloma Post has firs


THIS KUTE KID IS… Nolan Quinn, age 3, of Watervliet. Nice “kewpie” hairdo, Nolan! His parents, Cory Quinn and Jayme Diehl, think he is one special little guy. His loving grandparents are Charles and Mary Quinn from Benton Harbor and Joe Diehl from Hartford. Nolan has Bill and Amy Loshbough as bonus grandparents and Karli Loshbough as a special auntie.


History is made; American Legion is celebrating 100 years

& the Coloma Post has first female commander

The Coloma American Legion is celebrating two milestones during the years of 2019-2020. On February 16, 1919, a group of 20 officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I founded the legion. One officer, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Jr., proposed an organization of veterans and for veterans. In March, 1919 about 1,000 officers and enlisted men attended the Paris Caucus. They adopted a temporary constitution and the name The American Legion. In May, 1919, the Legion held a second caucus in St. Louis. It completed the constitution and made plans for a permanent organization with headquarters in New York City. In September, 1919, Congress granted the Legion a national charter. The first convention convened in Minneapolis on November 10-12, 1919.

MILESTONE FOR COLOMA AMERICAN LEGION… Command of Post 362 is given over to first female commander. Kelly Disbrow (right) took command from Richard Kelemen on June 17.


Today the Legion is the world’s largest veteran’s organization with over one million members, of which over 60,000 members are in Michigan. There are three groups to Coloma Post 362: Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion. Post 362 in Coloma was chartered February 3, 1926. On June 17, 2019, Coloma made history for the Post by electing and swearing in its first female commander, Kelly Disbrow. Kelly is an Army veteran who served from 1987 – 1995 during the Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Liberation of Kuwait. She took her basic training in Fort Jackson, SC and went to AIT School in Fort Eutis, VA. She has been stationed in Stuttgrat, Germany and was in Saudi Arabia from Dec. 1990 to May, 1991. Kelly is a 13-year paid up for life member of Coloma Post 362. Members of Coloma Post 362 congratulate her and wish her a successful coming year.

Lioness become their own Lions Club in Coloma; awards presented at recent installation meeting

Recent changes by Lions International By-Laws have propelled the Coloma Lioness Club to become a Lions Club. After 41 years of community service, the 26-women members voted to form their own Coloma Lioness-Lions Club rather than merge with the existing Lions Club in the community. The women do intend to work closely with the other veteran club in sight and hearing projects and some special community needs. At the recent Installation and Celebration of Service evening for the Coloma Lioness-Lions Club, Sherri Ulleg was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. Sherri has just completed her first full-year of service with the club. Debbie Friday and Valerie Krieger were named co-Lioness-Lions of the Year. Debbie is a Charter Member, serving 41 years, while Valerie has been a member for 25 years. The dinner was held at the Blackbird Waterhouse in Coloma with several dignitaries from Lions Clubs across Southwestern Michigan.

AWARD WINNERS… At the Installation and Celebration of Service evening for the Coloma Lioness-Lions Club, Sherri Ulleg (left) received the Distinguished Service Award. Sherri has just completed her first full year of service with the club. Debbie Friday (center) and Valerie Krieger (right) were named co-Lioness-Lions of the Year. Debbie is a Charter Member, serving 41 years, while Valerie has been a member for 25 years.


Currently, the members are working on the Glad-Peach Prince and Princess Fundraiser to be held the first weekend in August. On August 10, the club will partner with the Berrien Community Foundation on a school supply and backpack drive for community children. Camp Leo has been a project the club has worked on for many years. This year, Carnival night for the handicapped campers will be August 6, and the club has planned to pass out slime packets and present the most improved Male and Female Camper trophies. Over the years, the club has held hundreds of fundraisers from bake sales, Fashion Shows and Bunco nights and a Rocking Chair Marathon to name a few! Recipients of their charitable projects include scholarships for Coloma High School seniors, Christmas presents for needy families, the North Berrien Food Pantry, SADD, Youth Baseball/Softball, Family Crisis Center and various Lions Club projects such as Leader Dog, Michigan Service Foundation, Michigan Eye Bank, and Welcome Home for the Blind. Officers for the 2019-20 year are: President Beth Kraiger, 1st Vice President Jo Ann Camp, 2nd Vice President Sandra Archie, 3rd Vice President Sherri Ulleg, Secretary Debbie Friday, Treasurer Sandy Kraemer, 1-year Director Carri McCarthy, 2-year Director Margot Mason, 3-year Director Judi White, Sight and Hearing Chair Missi Peek, Membership Chair Toni Wood, Tail Twister Rochelle Ulleg, Sunshine Chair Reggie Leedy, and Immediate Past-President Erica Hensel.

American Legion Meet and Greet is this Saturday

Coloma American Legion Post 362 has scheduled an Open House Meet and Greet for Saturday, July 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and meet the new officers for the Legion, Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion for 2019. It is also a good time to get any questions answered about the American Legion. Light refreshments will be served. Members are anxious for everyone to meet the new crew.

GIRLS STATE PARTICIPANTS… Tri-Cities girls attend 2019 American Legion Auxiliary Michigan Girls State. Elena Alvarado (left), daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Alvarado, attends Watervliet High School. Vanessa Crisenbery (right), daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jason Crisenbery, attends Coloma High School. Michigan Girls State program is held a Michigan State University. It is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary to organize the girls to learn the government system. The girls have to be in their junior year of school or 17 years of age, and need to be enrolled in public, private, or home school. Anyone in this area interested in knowing more about this please e-mail to szewilensg.s@gmail.com.



Praise and worship service at Flaherty Park this Sunday

New Hope Community Church is conducting Praise at the Park this Sunday, July 14 at 11 a.m. It is a free Praise and Worship Service in Watervliet’s Flaherty Park followed by a cookout, games and fellowship.

Church car wash, Saturday, July 20

Watervliet Free Methodist Church, 7734 Paw Paw Avenue, is holding a Car Wash Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will help fund a chartered bus trip to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky for the children and teens of the church. The trip is planned for August. The children’s and youth’s ministry teams at Watervliet Free Methodist Church extend an invitation to the community to support this project. The trip is a great opportunity for kids to learn the truth about God’s miraculous love and marvelous creation.

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