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June                                                                                                     Edition #27


In this Issue:


Post Events and Activities Next 90 days

Post Commanders Corner

Auxiliary Presidents Corner

Post Committee Updates

Community Support and Post Events

In Memoriam



Post Events and Activities Events Next 30 Days

Poker every Tuesday at 7 pm

Euchre every Saturday at 2 pm

Post and Auxiliary Meeting June 7th at 7:00 pm



Post Commanders Corner Comrade Commander Mike Haggard

Greetings Comrades, Sisters and Brothers,

I hope this newsletter finds everyone doing well.

Congratulation to your new Post officers for the year 2017-2018; Post Commander Christopher Baldwin, Sr. vice Commander Donald Taylor, Junior vice Commander Keith Wood, Quartermaster Lisa Baldwin, Chaplain

Don Metcalf, 3 Year House Committee Tabor Siedel and 3 Yr. Trustee Jeff Steinsrud. Please give them the same support you have given to us and may you have a good year.

May was a very busy month starting with the Loyalty Day on May 1st. Also Buddy Poppy Day on May 13th and the 1st Annual Golf Outing on May 20th.

Loyalty Day was a small but inspirational ceremony. Thanks for those who participated and to Loretta Shonk for organizing the event.

Buddy Poppy Day was a huge success giving out 1,506 Poppies and raising over $1,300 for our relief fund. We had a total of 56 hours volunteer time. Special thanks go to Janet Riddle, Delbert Smith, Erika England, Linda Smith, Greg Baker, Charles Williams, Steve Sowder, Lisa Baldwin, Paul West, Steve Emery, Tonya Jones and Marta Corbin. Without these volunteers this project would not have been the success that it turned out to be. Again, thank you to everyone involved.

The golf outing was a success. Special thanks go to the volunteers that worked the course and also the volunteers who put the food together back at the Post. Also a special thanks to all sponsors and participants. Without volunteers and sponsors this event could not have worked out as well.

Corn hole is every Thursday night at 7 P.M.

On Saturday June 17th at 6 P.M. we will have an incoming/outgoing party for the officers and Post members. There will be food and a D. J. for this event. Hope to see everyone there. D. J. is from 8 to 12. Also on June 17th there is a walk, run, skip, crawl or roll for 22 minutes for suicide awareness of Veterans sponsored by Humana. See flyer at post.

Our membership percentage is at 98.6 percent. We just need a few more renewals or new members to make 100%.

As of this writing, Pam Baker is still making meals on the specified days. No menus have been published yet. Steak dinner will be on June 30th  from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.

In closing, I’d like to welcome our new members or those who have transferred to us from other Posts. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of our great Post. May God bless our Comrades and their families and God bless our troops and POW/MIAs and God bless the USA. 

Mike Haggard

Commander VFW

Post 6978


Auxiliary Presidents Corner – Janet Riddle

Dear Comrades, Sisters and Brothers,


I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. We had a very nice Loyalty Day service on May 1st. Thank you to everyone that participated. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped with the Golf Outing.

I would like to welcome our auxiliary officer’s for 2017-2018. President-Janet Riddle, Sr. Vice President-Rhonda “Chrissy” Hudson, Jr. Vice President-Mary Peyton, Treasurer-Karen Patrick, Secretary-Leslie Price, Chaplin-Barb Emery, Guard-Terry Patrick, Conductress-Barb Siedl, Patriotic Instructor-Loretta Shonk, 1st year Trustee-Melba Bullock, 2nd year Trustee-Juanita Emery and 3rd year Trustee-Barb Metcalf. May we all continue working together and continue to help make this a great organization.

It is that time of year; school is ending but will be starting again by the end of July. We will be collecting school supplies starting June 1st, 2017 through July 19th, 2017 to help local kids that are in need. Please bring your donations to the Post.

The next Auxiliary meeting is on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 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 #6968



Post Committee Updates

1.      House Committee: Our committee meets weekly on Wednesday night, 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. Please ensure you have your name, contact information, idea/issues clearly stated and suggestions for correcting an issue, included so we can properly discuss and reply to you in a timely manner.

2.      3. Visitation Committee: Chairman Comrade Don Metcalf – We know these can be tough times for many people, 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 and leave a message for the visitation committee. Emails and phone calls will be answered within 2-3 business days.

3.      Community Support Committee Chairman Comrade Tabor Siedl. All our projects are going well and we greatly appreciate all the support our members have provided thus far.


June Events and dates:


1.      June 6th – D Day 1944

2.      June 7th – Post and Auxiliary meeting at 7 P.M.

3.      June 9th – Friday night dinner 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.

4.      June 14th – US Army founded 1775/Flag Day and a Flag Ceremony at Christiania Place

5.      June 17th – Incoming/outgoing Officer’s party starting at 6 P.M. Also walk for Veterans suicide awareness. See flyer at Post.

6.      June 18th – Father’s Day

7.      June  22-25th – State Convention Indianapolis East Marriott

8.      June 25th – Korean War began 1950

9.      June 30th – End of 2016-2017 program year/Friday night steak dinner 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.


July Events and dates:


1.      July 4th  - Independence Day

2.      July 5th – Post and Auxiliary meeting at 7 P.M.

3.      July 21-26th – National Convention in New Orleans, LA.

4.      July 28th – Friday night steak dinner 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.