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January 2018  Edition  #35

In this Issue:

Post Events and Activities Next 30 Days

Post Commanders Corner

Auxiliary Presidents Corner

Post Committee Updates

Community Support and Post Events

Canteen Menu

 In Memoriam


Post Events and Activities Events Next 30 Days

Poker every Tuesday at 7 pm

Dinner every Friday Night 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Euchre every Saturday at 2 p.m.

February 7th- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

February 14th- Valentine’s Day

February 15th- Sinking of USS Maine, 1898

February 25th-  Chili Cook Off 1pm -4pm, see flyer for details

February 28th- Liberation of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, 1991


Post Commanders Corner- Comrade Commander Chris Baldwin

Comrades, Sisters, and Brothers,

        I hope this newsletter finds everyone doing well. It’s hard to believe that we are already through our Seventh month of the 2017-2018 year. In the month of January, we conducted 23 community support projects that included National Children’s Home, WCHS Robotics Team, veterans assistance, doctor visit assistance, etc. Our honor guard conduct 18funerals in January as well. In all, we accrued 139 hours of community service and donated $624 to various organizations and charities.

       As we all know this is the time of year that we look at next year’s leadership plan.  Over the last few years we have struggled to fill our leadership positions. There has been no shortage of comments and suggestions on what we need to do, but few Comrades are willing to not only fill these positions, but more importantly to conduct the work that is required of these positions. If we are going to continue to be a relevant organization in our community, we need more Comrades involved. Involved in Post events, in canteen events, in community support and veteran support events. We need leaders that have vision, that can develop sustainable plans and measures of effectiveness to ensure we are meeting our operational and our strategic goals. We should have multiple people running for the same positions so that our membership can hear their individual plans and decide who is best to fill the position, not just only person running and obtaining the position by default. Our organization provides a great service to our community and the veterans within our community, we need leaders’ that will continue this tradition. Over the last few years, we have worked hard to establish policies and procedures that have reduced the amount of time required for many positions. I hope that many of my fellow comrades inquire about the requirements of various positions and that we have multiple people consider and run for leadership positions for the 2018-2019 year. 

       In closing, I’d like to welcome our new member(s): no new members in January. Additionally, we’d like to welcome members that have transferred to us from other Posts; No new transfers in January.  As always, I want to thank everyone for their continued support and dedication to our great organization. We hope to see you at the canteen for some of the upcoming events that we have scheduled.  May God bless you and your families, our current service members, and veterans all around the world, and may God Bless America.     


Christopher R. Baldwin

1SG (R), USA

Post Commander


Auxiliary Presidents Corner- Janet Riddle

Dear Comrades, Sisters and Brothers,

      I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. There wasn’t a lot of activities going on in January. Hopefully everyone has settled into the new year and ready to set and meet new goals for 2018.  The Auxiliary is hosting the St. Patrick’s day party on March 17, 2018. The food will start at 7:00pm and the d.j. will start at 8:00pm. Come and have a great time. We will hold nominations and election of officer’s for our 2018-2019 year at our April meeting. Please start thinking about it, if you are interested in a position. Also, if you have any questions about a position, please feel free to ask. The July meeting is the first meeting of the 2018-2019 year.

      We did not have any new or transfer members in January. If you know someone that may qualify and is interested in becoming a part of our organization. Please send them to our Post or have them call the Post and we can talk to them. To be eligible the applicant must be at least 16 years of age and a citizen of the United States. They must also be a husband/wife, widower/widow, father/mother, grandfathers/grandmothers, sons/daughters, brothers/sisters of a person who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Those eligible for membership in the VFW are those that have received a campaign medal for overseas service; have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay. For more information you can go to vfwauxiliary.org. Step- and adopted parents, children, siblings (and half-siblings), grandparents and grandchildren are considered the same as biological parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren and may join the VFW Auxiliary under their VFW eligible veteran. Proof of service is required for eligibility and must be obtained by the applicant. There are several ways to obtain that information. Please call the Post and speak with an Auxiliary member regarding membership or one of us can call you back. 

   Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Post. Hope to see you there. May God bless you, our families and military here and abroad.


Janet Riddle, President 

VFW Auxiliary #6978

Post Committee Updates 

1.       PAO and Community Support Committee- We are still looking for a group of people to revitalize these much-needed committees.


2.       House Committee: Chairman Comrade Tabor Siedl.  If anyone has any suggestions or issues that they’d like this committee to review and discuss, submit them to our Post e-mail at vfw6978webmaster@gmail.com or you can write/type a letter and place it in a sealed envelope and give it to one of our canteen associates, not later than Tuesday of each week.


3.     Visitation Committee: Chairman Comrade Don Metcalf-If you are having issues or just need someone to talk to please reach out to us.  If any members know of anyone that needs a visit, please contact us at vfw6978chaplain@gmail.com or call the post at 317-535-4041.


Community Support and Post Events


February 7th- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ p.m.

February 14th- Valentine’s Day

February 15th- Sinking of USS Maine, 1898

February 25th-  Chili Cook Off p.m. -4 p.m., see flyer for details

February 28th- Liberation of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, 1991

 Veteran Centric Community Support Project- TBD


March 7th- February 7th- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

March 17th- St. Patrick’s Day Party 8pm-12am, see flyer for details

March 24th- Start of Kosovo Campaign 1999

March 25th- District Mgt 1030 @ Bloomington

March 31st- End of restore Hope- Somalia 1995

Veteran Centric Community Support Project- TBD


April 4th- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Veteran Centric Community Support Project- TBD

Friday Night Dinner Schedule- Dine in or carry out available (Change subject to cook’s discretion)

February 2nd- Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, and  a Roll- $10.00

February 9th-  Hand Breaded Shrimp w/ Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce, and Steamed vegstables- $11.00

February 16th-  Meatloaf , mashed Poattoes and Gravy, and Green beans- $10.00

February 23rd-  Friday Steak Dinner, Potato, Vegetable, and Side Salad- $13.00


 In Memoriam:

Our thoughts and prayers go the family of the recently deceased member(s) of Post 6978.


Comrades Stephen Stohocker and David Church