American Legion Post 690
February 2024 Newsletter

Post 690 Club Room
Is Open 6 Days a Week
Monday - Closed
Tuesday to Thursday - 1pm to 11pm
Friday & Saturday - 11am to 1am
Sunday - 11am to 11pm
As we put a cold and snowy month behind us, activity among the Legion, Sons, and Auxiliary is really picking up!!! Planning is underway for Fish Fry Fridays scheduled for February 16 through March 29, the Friday before Easter.

Preliminary planning for the Post’s 100th Birthday celebration (TENATIVELY scheduled for Saturday June 22). Ed Behrens is making preliminary inquiries concerning permits and such to hold a Street Fest type event centered on a large tent like what we have for outdoor bingo during the Village’s Street Fest… so far, no decisions nor commitments have been made. HOWEVER, we need a Chairperson and an involved committee. If you are interested and available, and/or have suggestions please let Ed or me know.

As Post Commander, I want to thank the Auxiliary and Sons for all the SUCCESSFUL events and fundraisers they sponsor… and Legionaries for stepping up as volunteers. As you all know by now, the Adopt a Sailor event was EXTRAODINARY. The committee “knocked it out of the park”!

I also want to thank Ernie Stremel, and ALL the numerous people who were involved in a significant project to greatly improved the Post’s appearance and upgrade with the new stairs, awnings, and lighted Post sign. It was a LOT of work, including gathering required documentation (THANK YOU Fran Kelch), permits, and completing forms necessary for securing a Grant from the Village of Palatine as well as from concurrent Grant from our neighbor, Palatine Bank & Trust… THANK YOU Village of Palatine, THANK YOU Palatine Bank & Trust !!!

On a closing note, the month of February is significant for the American Legion, as you can read below:
February 3, 1943 - An extraordinary act of heroism occurred in the icy waters off Greenland after the U.S. Army transport ship Dorchester was hit by a German torpedo and began to sink rapidly. When it became apparent there were not enough life jackets, four U.S. Army chaplains on board removed theirs, handed them to frightened young soldiers, and chose to go down with the ship while praying.

Four Chaplains:
Lt. George Fox, a Methodist;
Lt. Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi;
Lt. John Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest;
and Lt. Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister

American Legion posts nationwide remember Four Chaplains Day with memorial services that pay tribute to the courageous chaplains and the brave young men who lost their lives on that fateful night. The American Legion Illinois 9th District will conduct the memorial service co-hosted by Merle Guild Post 208 Arlington Heights on Saturday February 3rd at 11am.

Thank YOU, … Auxiliary… Sons of the American Legion… Legionnaires… and Volunteers for ALL you do.

Mark Cramer - Commander Post 690

Veteran's Movie Night

Monday, February 26th

2 Segments of Masters of the Air

Food, drinks and fellowship starting at 5pm.
The movie begins at 6:30pm.

It's All Free!

All Veterans are invited.
Legion member or not.
Bring a guest veteran with you.
Click for a preview of this month's movie.
Club Room

We have drink specials, video gaming, free popcorn and lots of friendly people. Open to the public.

February Specials
Love Potion #9
Truly Blackberry Lime $4

$1 Jello Shots - Drunken Mocha & Raspberry Cream
$1 Pudding Shots - Strawberry Champagne

Video Gaming at Post 690

Come out to the post and try your luck.

Club Room is a great place to meet up with friends and family.
We are open to the Public, members and non-members.

Click on the link to find out about upcoming events.

Saturday, February 3rd starting at 9am
Follow the link to register. Walk-ins Welcome.
Four Chaplain Day at Post 208 February 3rd at 11am
 Merle Guild Post 208, 121 North Dou Merle Guild Post 208, 121 North DouMERLE GUILD AMERICAN LEGION POST 208
121 North Douglas Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Every year, American Legion posts nationwide commemorate the selfless acts of the Four Chaplains on or near Feb. 3, designated Four Chaplains Day by Congress in 1948. Through interfaith services, memorial ceremonies and other solemn events, members of the American Legion Family lead their communities in honoring the chaplains and 668 other men who died when Dorchester sank. 

It's hard to believe we are already a month into 2024. February is a busy month for the Auxiliary with two bingos and Fish Fry starting on the 16th.

Thank you to Marie Klanang who helped to organize the District 9 Bowling event. Also, Marie will be stepping into the role of Chaplain for the Auxiliary for the remainder of the 2024 year.

Thank you also to Eileen for setting up the Blood Drive on February 3rd. Please come out and donate to help the community.

We are still looking for more volunteers to lead committees.
Please contact one of us if you are interested.

“New month, new intentions, new goals, new love, new light, and new beginnings.”
― April Mae Monterrosa

Erica Bartnicki and Jill Robertson
Co-Presidents, Post 690 Auxiliary

Payday Raffle Winners

 Congratulations to the Payday winners in January.

January and February 2024 winners will be posted after the February Auxiliary Meeting.
January and February winners will be posted in the March Newsletter and the Club Room.

Come out for a night of fun. February 10th and 24th
Doors open at 6 pm with the Early Bird Game at 6:30 pm.
Bring your adult family and friends. Win cash prizes.
Full cash bar. Video gaming and strip cards available in the Club Room.
Must be 21 years or older.

Post 690 had 8 teams with 40 people bowling and many members and guests attended to watch. A great time was had by all.
Need A Great Spot For A Party or Event?
The Post 690 Club Hall just might be the spot for you.
Take a look at what we have to offer at a really attractive price.

The Sons of the American Legion are excited about 2024 and the plan we have to give back to our Veterans and the Community. This is the backbone of what the Sons do to continue to be a strong organization. One of the recent give backs was donating $500 to the Palatine food pantry. 

If you would like to become a member or know someone who would, please follow this link for more information an application.  

Mike Rocha, SAL Commander

Downtown Palatine Business Association

Join the Downtown Palatine Business Association for our 1st ever Valentine's Day Bingo!

Stop by your favorite Downtown Palatine Business (listed below) to grab your bingo card. Visit the other downtown business locations to receive a stamp (no purchase required).

You have until February 13th to hit a bingo. Once you do, leave your bingo card with the final business you visit to be entered in a raffle to win a prize pack of gift cards from participating businesses!

DPBA Members:
-FoxGlove Cottage -Cook, Cork & Fork -Peak Yoga & Wellness
-Craft Collective -American Legion Post 690
-EyebroWOW -Movement Improved Pilates
-JL's Sports Bar -Sweet C's Cafe See less
More Upcoming Events
February 11 - Super Bowl
March 16th - Paint the Town Green
March 31st - Easter

See for more details.
American Legion Post 690
122 West Palatine Road
Palatine, IL 60067