New renovations have American Legion Post 577 looking grand for 50th anniversary

Most folks are surprised to learn that you don’t have to be a veteran to use the clubrooms at Arcade-Phalen American Legion Post 577. The Post, located on Arcade Street, is open to members and their guests. 

Its renovated rental hall seats up to 250 people, and is available for banquets, receptions, parties and family reunions. 

With a modern, fully equipped kitchen, a stage for a DJ or live band, ample room for dancing, a bar area and WiFi connections, it’s an attractive, affordable space for any special occasion.

“Over the years the Post has become not just a place for veterans to go, it’s also a local place for the community to meet, celebrate birthdays, celebrations of life, weddings, church events, Scouting activities and even other Legion posts,” Post Commander Lane Stunkel says. “It’s an alternative meeting space -- a community center.” 

Over the last 2 years, Post members embarked on a major renovation project to remodel and upgrade their building. The work included new heating and air conditioning systems, new lighting fixtures and remodeled bathrooms. 

Also, the Post now has a beautiful new, customized hickory bar handmade by American Legion volunteers. 

There are also eight new, large flat-screen TVs that are tuned to all the home team games, and there are drink specials at the bar throughout the games. 

The Legion Post has a new food menu Wednesday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu comes with 30 years of experience and talent from chef Kirk and his wife Carlene of KC’s catering. They have a set menu but rotate items, and are always trying new recipes. 

“We like to pop in something new to have people try, and then see what they like,” Carlene says. 

On Wednesdays, Kirk’s fresh, homemade pizzas are served up piping hot from the oven, something that’s much anticipated by Legion regulars every week. 

The Legion Post is a popular spot on Thursday nights when there’s Big Money Bingo, then on Friday nights there’s free Bengo, and Karaoke on Saturday evenings.

Post 577 was chartered in 1966 and moved into its current spot in 1967 during the height of the Vietnam War. 

The building had been a YMCA bowling alley, machine shop, and dry cleaner before the Legion transformed it into a place for service members to come home to. 

Half a century later the Post is still on the East Side and still serving military veterans, their families and the greater community. It’s the only remaining St. Paul Legion with an active Club. 

The American Legion is a patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to mutual helpfulness and is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization. 

Legion members also focus a great deal of their time on giving back to the community. Post 577’s members volunteer almost 4,000 hours every year. 

The Post’s Vice Commander Johnny Angelo says the desire to give back to the community is something that is instilled in veterans from their time in the armed forces. 

“Since 9/11 this is the first time we have an all-volunteer military. So for the first time it’s people doing this because they want to, not because they have to. You’re doing it for the larger picture; knowing there’s something bigger than yourself,” he says.

“And that attitude comes back into Post 577.” For the members, Lane says, “It’s a matter of giving back.”

The Legion Riders are involved in several motorcycle charity events and community parades throughout the year. Legion members also volunteer for the Salvation Army, offer flag retirement, visit patients at the VA Hospital and organize blood donation drives. 

The American Legion Post 577 is planning a 50th anniversary party in late summer. Keep an eye on the Post’s website and Facebook page for updates on the celebration and other events, or to schedule your own party in the Post’s spacious, renovated rental hall.

 

Club Room Events:

Wednesday:

• Buy a ticket before the drawing at 7pm for a chance to win $577.00 $5.00 a ticket

Thursday:

• Big Money Bingo!!! 7pm in the hall, 

10 games

- Games 1-4 and 6-9, 

$1.00 for a            3 face card

- Game 5, Progressive Coverall, $2.00 for a 

3 face card, $300.00 cash prize

- Game 10, Progressive Coverall, $2.00 for a 

3 face card, 

$1,000 cash prize

Friday:

• The BEST Meat Raffle in Town! Starts 5 pm in the Club Room,        cost $1.00

Saturday:

• Afternoon Bingo and Meat Raffle. 

Starts 2 pm, 3 sessions

License #00935

 

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