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American Legion Post 577, the East Side’s best kept secret
American Legion Post 577
1129 Arcade St.
Saint Paul, MN 55106
The Arcade-Phalen American Legion Post 577 at 1129 Arcade St. is perhaps the best kept secret on the East Side, but it’s getting to the point where it’s hardly a secret - this Club is picking up some serious steam.
If you want to go there on a Friday night for some good deals on beer, meat raffles, bar Bingo or for the pull tabs, “you’d better come early, because just about every seat in the house is taken,” says manager Greg Spiess.
The Club is open for events and has got East Side written all over it, from the cheerful neighborhood clientele, to the comfortable decorations and friendly atmosphere. Saturday evening there is great karaoke in the Club Room. You can rent out the Legion’s spacious, recently spiffed up banquet hall for private parties, too. Along with new Club Room management, the Post reinvested in the building, and completed a substantial renovation of the hall.
The Legion has been on Arcade Street since it started up in 1966, serving as a community resource for all. Post 577 has supported various neighborhood get-togethers including Johnson High School hockey events, Booyas, the Polish American Club meetings, Neighborhood Night Out, fundraising events, baptisms, birthdays, coming out parties and more, and they have no plans of slowing down.
The group also runs charitable gambling, earning money to give to local organizations, while bringing the fun of Bingo, pull tabs and meat raffles to patrons.
And most importantly, the Arcade-Phalen American Legion Post 577, North End American Legion Post 474 and the Legion Family (Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Legion Riders) at Post 577 are valuable assets to the veterans community. The Post is a second home to many veterans, young, old, male, female; their members include veterans going back to World War II, and all the way up to Afghanistan and Iraq vets.
Visit the East Side Post and you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome by gentlemen like Post member Bud Nasby, and John Weiss, the Post’s commander. “My wife says the Post is like my second home,” Nasby says, grinning. He’s been with the group 46 years, serving twice as commander of the Post, and he loves the place.
Weiss and Nasby both say they’re hoping to draw more young vets to the Post, both to have them as members and gain more diversity in the Post. “It is, after all, the Legion Family serving veterans,” says Weiss.
“A lot of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are disabled,” Weiss says with a tone of concern, adding the Post can help the young men and women to connect with veterans’ resources.
“We believe veterans deserve what they need,” Nasby says.
“If you’re an eligible veteran, we want you in the Post. Period,” Weiss says. “We have a lot of different activities for veterans and their families, such as our Legion Riders program. Our chapter is moving along, with membership growing, so come in to the Legion and get information on the Legion Riders, as riding season is coming soon.”
Check out our website at www.arcadephalenlegion577.org to see the schedule for all of our Legion Family meetings. And for the public at large: come on by, it’s a classic East Side place. What’s a better organization to support than one that gives back to the veterans and the community?
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