July has certainly been a busy month so far. We had a great day at the West Union 4th of July parade. Spent a few days helping the construction crew at the Memorial Site. Also with the lawn mowing and checking on the new storage shed. A few unexpected jobs came up after the power outage. We lost a freezer, a motor in the kitchen and could possibly have more things come up. Mike Kral and Rick Loxterkamp have done a great job making sure things are in working order at all times.
The Viet Nam Memorial wall was in Sauk Centre the 14 - 17th. Our color guard was on hand for the opening ceremony on the 14th. My nephew's name is listed on the wall so that made it a little emotional for me. If you have never seen it in Washington DC or on the traveling wall, you have missed such a special memorial. If you ever hear of it being close at all I would suggest you try to visit, you won't be disappointed. August has some special days too. One is the salad luncheon, always tasty salads and fun too!! We have our post picnic on August 14th. Also the regular fish fry on the second Friday. And of course our regular post and auxiliary meeting.
Mike Kral will be looking for volunteers for help parking vehicles at the county fair. Fair board members really appreciate this job our post helps with.
Have a cool and fun last half of summer.
At the July meeting $500.00 was donated to St. Cloud VA for the veterans recreation program. $250.00 was donated for grocery cards and Rainbow Rider cards to be given to area veterans who need assistance through the Alexandria VA Clinic.
Upcoming – Salad Luncheon will be held on August 11 th , from 11 am – 1 pm cost is $6.50 per person at the VFW post 7902. Also don’t forget the Post and Auxiliary Picnic on August 14 th , from 11:30 – 12:30.
Next month’s meeting is August 17 th at 7 pm, Lunch committee is Kathy F, Vickie L and Ardell S.
Hello Comrades, Brothers and Sisters:
We wanted to update the members about how well our poppy sales have done this year. Several of us went to the Twins Game for Armed Forces Day at the Park. We arrived about 1030am got together when the gates open up at 11am. We did wonderful this year. We had several new people there working hard for our veterans. Of course our Mike Kral was again the big winner. See below for Twins Game Totals. Mike Kral $516.75 Donny Neumann $296.80 Kathy Fystrom $225.12 Bruce Johnson $178.64 and Sharon Johnson $144.00. Grand total for the Game $1361.31 the best we have ever done. Thank you to all who helped especially our new people Donny Neumann, Bruce and Sharon Johnson.
Here are the final total for our poppy campaign for 2016 mailing $1,084.00 Poppy Cards $466.00 Poppy Day $830.88 Twins Game $1361.31 Grand Total $3742.19. We are $606.00 above last year’s totals. As Mike said we are setting a higher standard for ourselves. You know what that is wonderful.
Thanks to all Kathy and Denny Fystrom
Thanks to all who continue to respond when called to help with our many volunteer activities. The storage shed on the east side of the club is complete except for the ramps into each door. A decision on the purchase of a Club lawn mower will be made at the July Post meeting. Fundraisers for the month of August are: fish fry on the 12 th & roast beef dinner on the 26 th . We’re still looking for enterprising individuals to start a new monthly activity. A monthly chicken dinner would be fantastic. Once per month is not a great commitment and being involved with projects usually is satisfying and fun.
Thank You & Congratulations
Thank you Ginny Earl for your undying dedication to Post 7902 and its Auxiliary. Ginny just completed her eighth consecutive year as Auxiliary President and previously served as President from 1988 through 1991 for a total of twelve years. During those years, in addition to her many duties as President, she also coordinated Voice of Democracy, Patriots’ Pen, numerous other Americanism projects, spearheaded many Teacher of the Year sponsorships and more often than not when a great meal was served from the kitchen, Ginny was at the helm as head cook. Thank you Ginny and it is hoped that there is still some enthusiasm left in the tank and Post 7902 and Auxiliary will be the beneficiary. Also, congratulations Kathy Fystrom on your installation as Department of Minnesota Auxiliary President. Kathy has been a dedicated Post 7902 Auxiliary member for many years and only those who have served in her current capacity as Department President can appreciate and know the dedication and commitment Kathy will experience during the next year. Post 7902 and its Auxiliary are truly proud to be home Post to the Department of Minnesota President. Good luck, Kathy, during your year of service to the Department and thank your for all you’ve done for Post 7902.
August Birthday Celebrants
Happy birthday to the following August birthday celebrants: Timothy Aaser, Rose Alcott, Everend Anderson, Nancy Baufield, Kathy Berg, Jo Berninghaus, Tom Beyer, Larry Bruzek, Dean Chapman, Kerry Drabek, Timothy Earl, Babe Greiner, Andrew Herickhoff, Russ Hevern, Gill Hillesheim, Philip Jensen, Lauren Kennison, Kathy LaFrenz, Joyce Lenz, Dan Rooney, Dick Vangstad, & Joyce Watson.
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 personnel.