The American Legion Department of Colorado District 8 Spring Convention Westcliffe, Colorado May 13, 2023
Tip-A-Vet Event – Success!
On Saturday, April 15, Silver Cliff Mountain Inn & Restaurant, fondly called “Willie’s” Place, hosted the American Legion Post 170 Tip-A-Vet Program Event. This was the same day as the 9 News Health Fair at the Custer County School, where a discount was offered for those that wanted to have a delicious breakfast or lunch. Veterans from the Post served, bused and dish washed for customers, who were generous and enthusiastic in helping local veterans and their families in need of help. Sue Menz also donated her marvelous baked goods to help in the efforts. The event was a success and $1712 was netted to help local veterans with the Post 170’s Veteran’s Assistance Fund. Thank you Willie and Cheryl for lending your restaurant along with each of their staff and Post 170 Veterans who helped with the event. And thank you all for coming!!
By Ted Ballard, The Valley Beat and Senior Vice Commander, American Legion Post 170. (Thank you to “The Valley Beat” for the write up and photo’s
The American Legion Post 170 Westcliffe Annual Awards for 2022-2023
Legionnaire of the Year – 202-2023
Volunteer of the Year – 2022 – 2023
Membership Longevity Awards
Michael Benetti – 40 years
Chris Ueberroth – 35 Year
Citation For Meritorious Service
Dave Kline – Commander, Sons of the American Legion
Michael Tyler – Vice Commander, Sons of the American Legion
Joe Studerbaker – Veterans Service Officer
Jurgen Schwanke – EC at Large / Wreaths Across American Chairman
Michael Robinson – Historian / SAL Advisor
Jim Qualey – EC at Large / Past Post Commander
Jeff Parcells – Sergeant at Arms
Larry Lowe – EC at Large /Past Post Commander
Joy Lowe – Adjutant
Carol Kennedy – Junior Vice Commander / Chaplain
Michelle Frazier – EC at Large
Earl Fox – EC at Large Tent & trailer Chairman
Robert Dreher – Finance / Public Affairs Chairman
Michael Benetti – Judge Advocate
Ted Ballard – Senior Vice Commander
Special Citation of Meritorious Service
Richard Posadas – Commander
Certificates of Appreciation in support of Post 170
Cliff Lanes Rancher’s Roost – Melinda Ruzanski, Manager and Staff
Donna Adams, Rancher’s Roost
4 March 2023, American Legion Chili Cook Off
The American Legion Post 170, Auxiliary Unit 170 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron sponsored its first chili cook off on Saturday, March 4, Lange Hall at Hope Lutheran Church. The entire community was invited to attend.
The fun started at noon as the chili chefs brought their treasures for the competition. Attendees ranged from little kids to big kids, they all became “judges” of the eleven different flavors, including pork chili, beef and pork chili, red chili, green chili with beans, some were spicy, some were mild. After tasting each chili, the “judges” voted for their favorite and then settled down to a full bowl of their tasty choice.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 170 complemented the chili with their bake sale. Items included cookies, chocolate treats, brownies, pumpkin bread, cake pops, and cupcakes just to name a few. Sons of the American Legion Squadron sold sodas and water to complete lunch.
Chili chefs came from all three groups as well as our community family and friends. One team of chefs were husband and wife competing against each other. Guess who won??!!
Trophies were presented for 3rd, 2nd and 1st prizes, along with refund of their entry fees and they already head up on the list of cooks for the NEXT Chili Cook Off. Trisha Schoenfelder won third prize but by no way was it a less tasty delicacy. Marilyn Kieffer won 2nd prize with another fabulous chili and Marilyn Kieffer won 1st prize. YES that’s right, she won 1st and 2nd a double batch of outstanding chili. We say Marilyn is the “Queen of Chili.” Congratulations to all entries because they were all winners. The veterans were the real winners because all proceeds go to The Legion, Auxiliary and Sons program for Veterans, Affairs and Rehab. These programs are available to any veteran, widow or family in Custer County. VA & R are Americanism programs.
Special thank you for everyone that had a chili entry, all the “judges” and all who worked really hard to make this event happen. Everyone had a “rootie, tootie” good day.
Carol Kennedy, The American Legion Post 170 Westcliffe Jr. Vice Commander/Chaplain
Left to Right: Marilyn Kieffer, “Queen of Chili.” Richard Posadas Post 170 Commander, and Trisha Schoenfelder
21 February EC meeting the SAL were awarded the following:
2022 Detachment of Colorado Membership Award
2022 Detachment of Colorado Joseph Bokan Memorial Award
2022 Detachment of Colorado Americanism, Award
2022 Detachment of Colorado William D. Abbey Memorial Award
Left to right: Mike Robinson, Michael Tyler, Post Commander Richard Posadas, SAL Commander David Kline, and Larry Lowe