Maxon-Van Eps American Legion

Post 368

 Backus  Minnesota 56435

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The Club hours are Monday through Thursday open at 2:00 PM
Friday, Saturday and Sunday open at 12:00 PM
10:00 AM on Breakfast Sundays, the 2nd Sunday of the month


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Members of the Backus American Legion Auxiliary met Sat., Nov. 29, to pack holiday gifts for shipment to service men and women serving at home and abroad. Fourteen boxes were prepared for relatives of Backus area families serving in the military and several others were shipped to a 250-member unit deployed overseas from Camp Ripley. The boxes included snacks donated by the Hackensack Countryside Coop.; homemade candy, cookies bars and breads provided by Auxiliary members; "cool tie" neck wraps to help protect troops from heat exhaustion and playing cards donated by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's Northern Lights Casino. Cool ties and mailings were provided with labor and financial assistance from the Auxiliary, the Backus Legion, the United Methodist Church of Pine River, the Masonic Lodge of Eveleth, Minnesota Masonic Charities and the Grand Masonic Lodge of Minnesota. A card included in each box wished the troops a Merry Christmas, a safe return home and included the following message: "Hope your holidays away from home can be a little brighter with these gifts." The project is an annual effort of the Backus Auxiliary and won the unit an award from the National Auxiliary in 2011 for the best troop support program in the United States. From left, front to back are Kathy Thaler, Judy Johnston, Judy Deibel, Karyl Kading, Sue Wolf and Kathy Bruno. From right, front to back, are Patti Schmiesing, Auxiliary President Jean Dawson, Mel Taylor, Virgie Tostenson and Lynne Gagnon.


The Backus legion Auxiliary will not resume the monthly breakfast until March 8, they thank you for support

Christmas Appreciation Party (4 pages)



Christmas parties for adults and children, a gift-giving program for needy children, gifts for the troops, Christmas Eve Day reception, and New Year’s Eve dinner and dance are included in holiday activities sponsored by the Backus American Legion and Auxiliary.


The Kids’ Christmas Party, for children 10 and under, is from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13. It includes a goodie bag, gift project, visit from Santa Claus and a complimentary lunch.

The post is also participating in the Hackensack Area Chamber of Commerce annual Giving Tree program which provides gifts for children from needy families in the Backus-Hackensack area. Tags with the ages, gender and Christmas wishes of children from those families will be attached to the post’s lounge Christmas tree beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3. Those who want to provide a gift should pick up a tag and return it with an unwrapped gift to the Legion by Friday. Dec. 19.

Sunday Dance
Backus American Legion
Frankie Lamb’s
Frankly Country Band
Country, Pop, Old Time, Swing
Sun., Dec. 21, 2-6 p.m.

The post is hosting a Christmas Eve Day reception Wed., Dec. 24, with complimentary Tom and Jerries and hors d’oeuvres from noon to 4 p.m. when the clubrooms will close.

Christmas Eve

Please stop in Xmas Eve Noon to 4 p.m.
Complimentary Tom & Jerries & Hors D’oeuvres
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
 from the Management, Staff And Volunteers
 at the Backus American Legion
“Where Good Folks Go For A Good Time”

New years eve

new years

Looking for a good deal New Year’s Eve. The Backus Legion has it…..a gourmet Italian meatball, Romano cheese and bacon pasta dinner with roasted garlic potato soup, garlic bread and dessert….for just $8 a plate, served from 5 to 8 p.m. or until gone.  The Frankie Lamb Band, playing classic country, pop, old time and swing, appears from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. as the New Year arrivescomplete with a complimentary champagne at midnight. No entertainment cover charge, voluntary donations accepted. No reservations necessary. Dine and dance  New Year’s Eve at the Backus Legion “Where Good Folks Go For A Good Time.”

The annual New Year’s Eve Party is Wed., Dec. 31. A special pasta dinner with soup and dessert will be served from 5-8 pm., and the club’s short order and pizza menu will also be available.

Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band, playing classic country, pop, old time and swing will appear from 8:30 pm to 12:30. No reservations are necessary.


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All New Bingo
Shorter - 12 game session
New Games!
Progressive Jackpots!

Friday at 7:30

 Sunday Bingo at 2 p.m.

  No Sunday Bingo on 3rd Sunday of Month
(Dance Sunday) or on June 22 (4H Golf Tourney)


Officers for 2013-2014

Club Newsletters

Food Menu pg 1

Food Menu pg 2


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Manager Terrie Griep's Bulletin Board

Free Hall & Kitchen Rental to Non-profit Organizations, Private groups & Parties
Ask us about catering.

Reserve our Beautiful Facilities for Your Function.

Call Manager Terrie Griep for Information & Reservations at 947-3156
Cell phone 218-821-9544



Since our charter, Maxon-Van 368Eps American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.


To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

To maintain law and order;

To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state
and nation;

To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;

To make right the master of might;

To promote peace and goodwill on earth;

To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice,
freedom and democracy;

To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual


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