A new year is here and I hope 2016 will be a good year for all of us. We are off and running for a good membership drive. The future of the VFW organization is to get young and new vets involved. We can no longer be content with this in the way we have always done. Our growth will depend on new members. We have a great group of members that have done so much and so often. Many hours have been worked long and hard and we could use some help. We are hoping a few more of our members can help us out this year. If you can help us with two to three hours a month, it would help all of us and our club. Everyone has a special talent that would help in one way or another so please step up and give us a call.
This has not been a big month for our club but February looks like it could be much better. So this could be the time to help in any way you can. No more than I do to help out, I get a good feeling knowing I did something to help out the VFW. We had our annual inventory Jan 1st and a small group did a good job. With this task Jim and Shelly
have done such a great job. With everyone's help it went pretty darn smooth. One thing for sure after a year with more hands on I have learned to appreciate all the work the charitable gambling staff do for us. I don't think most members realize how important they are to our club. Thank every one of you. You have done so much for all of us.
Shelly is in Florida now and I am sure she is having a great time. It is my understanding when she comes back to work she will have a new last name, so make sure you give her and Jeff a good welcome back with congratulations.
We will be looking for new officers in a few months. So please step up and get involved. We could really use your help.
February Birthday Celebrants
Happy birthday to the following February birthday celebrants: Steve Arnold, Doug Cassman, Brittany Christopherson, Cindy Eischen, Lyla Engfer, Raymond Frie, Sherry Gulbranson, Jerry (Halsey) Hall, Judy Jensen, Clark Johnson, Joel Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Marlene Johnson, Steve Mihalchick, Gearld Mikkelson, Pat Mohror, Kelsey Nelson, Doug Pardo, Lorraine Nomeland, & Martha Wegener.
Don’t forget to visit the Club on your birthday for a complimentary beverage. Please contact either Helen McLain (320-859-4384) or Mike Kral (320-859-5643) if your birth date in not included.
Remember membership night on Fridays from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. During this time, alcohol beverages will be served to all Vets and Auxiliary members at a fifty-cent reduction. Also, all Vets & Auxiliary members who attend the Post or Auxiliary meeting will receive a fifty cent reduction on alcohol beverages after the meeting until closing. The courtesy of displaying a membership card to receive this price break would be appreciated by the bar.
My goal this month was to start the newsletter with an update on the Armed Forces Memorial expansion. Things are still at a stand-still. Our contactor has been working day and night to get all his work done. I check in with him daily to see how close we are. So again, I will say it should be soon.
Membership is a big part of all VFW organizations survival and we are no exception. If you know of an eligible Vet, try to let him or her know how important they are to our VFW. We need to have numbers to be strong and to carry the message that our Vets need help and support from our government. Wars have come and some are gone but these men and women should never be forgotten.
Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day. Once again, we will have a program at our school. If you can, please come and support what you as a Veteran have worked so hard for.
Some of our snow birds have started to go south and a number of them do a lot of volunteer work at the past. So we will be looking for help to replace them. I hope a few of you can find time to help out in one way or another. Our charitable gambling has helped our community and post in a number of ways. So if you can, let Don T. and Steve M. along with all the workers know that you appreciate all they do. It will make all of them aware that we appreciate their hard work. Without charitable gambling, we would not be able to function the way we do. Thank you once again.
Dear Auxiliary Sisters,
Another beautiful fall day, and harvest is going full blast. Do you have your garden all ready for winter? Also safe travels for our members heading to warmer temps.
We gave $100.00 to the children at the National home, $200.00 to Armed Forces Center in Minneapolis Airport, $500.00 to Christmas at the veterans hospitals, $158.00 to Veteran's Family Support program, $100.00 to After Prom party at OHS.
We are not having a meeting for the month of November. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
Events that are going to be happening: Please mark your calendar. November 11, 10:15 am, Veterans Day program at public school. November 27th at 1:00 pm decorating the Post for Christmas. December 5th, Christmas party, Post and Auxiliary at 5:00 pm social, 6:00 pm banquet. December 13th, 10:00am 5th District meeting, bring some Christmas cookies and empty tins, to purchase some goodies. December 16th monthly meeting at the post home, 7:00 pm. Bring something for the food pantry instead of gift exchange, and some Christmas goodies to share.
Please help with the Post decorating, we need both Male and Females. Many hands will make short work of the work!
Remember NO MEETING in November! Next meeting is Dec.16th, servers are Linda B., and Judy J.