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Post December 2018 Newsletter     #46

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November 2018  Edition  #45

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.

Veteran Centric Community Support Project- TBD

Dec 5th- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Dec 7th- Pearl Harbor Day, since 1941.

Dec 24th- Post Christmas Party, see flyer for details

Dec 25th- Christmas Day

Dec 25th- Canteen is Closed

Dec 31st- New Year’s Eve



Post Commanders Corner- Comrade Commander Chris Baldwin

Comrades, Sisters, and Brothers,

        I hope this newsletter finds everyone doing well. We are already half way through 2018-2019 year.  As far as charitable events and contribution, we conducted 4 community support projects that included National Children’s Home, Veteran’s assistance, Community Support Projects, etc. Our honor guard conduct 14 funerals in October as well. In all, we accrued 58 hours of community service and donated $325.00 to various organizations and charities.

           As 2018 ends, it’s hard not to look back and reflect on the growth we’ve made over the last year. Our financial position continues to grow in the right direction, our membership is increasing, we’ve established new community and business relationships throughout our community, and we have shared many great gatherings and events at the canteen. We hope that everyone has a great and safe holiday season this year. May your 2019 be filled with success and happiness in your endeavors. 

     Important Notice to all Members- Last month we notified all members that if they wanted to receive the Newsletter via US Mail, they needed to notify us NLT Nov 15th. As of today, Nov 20th, there has been only 2 members request the newsletter. Therefore, we will discontinue our bulk mail process effective this newsletter.

      In closing, I’d like to welcome our new member(s): no new members in November. Additionally, we’d like to welcome members that have transferred to us from other Posts; Billy Gaines in November.  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. I would like to thank everyone that helped with the chili lunch/dinner and those that came in and ate and bought on raffles. We raised $350.00 for the President’s Special Project which is Pets Healing Vets. I would also like to thank everyone that helped prepare food, set up and maintain the food for the Veteran’s Day Dinner and those that cleaned up afterwards.

  The Post and Auxiliary Holiday Food Drive has been going well. We have assisted 3 families for Thanksgiving. There is an Angel Tree at the Post with gift ornaments for anyone that would like to take an ornament and return the item to the Post so it can be delivered to the families. We are still collecting non-perishables for Christmas as well. The last day to drop off items is Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.

   The VA Hospital in Indianapolis Christmas Party is on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 6:30pm. Santa will be there and we will pass out Christmas stockings. If you would like to go, be at the Post at 5:30pm. It will be a fun and exciting time.

   We are having a Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at the Post from 10:30am-12:30pm. There is a sign-up sheet at the Post. Stop in or call the Post to sign-up. Santa and one of his elves will be there to greet the children and pass out gifts. This will be for children ages 0-12 years and food will be provided.

   The end of the year is coming and if you are an annual member that hasn’t paid your dues for 2019, please do so, so it doesn’t lapse.

   There is a pitch-in at the Post on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th, 2018. The Post will open at 1:00pm on this day. There is a sign-up sheet at the Post for the pitch-in. Hope to see you there. We wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year’s.

   I would like to welcome our new Auxiliary members, Maggie Thistleton and Heather Wininger to our organization.

     Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of our Brother, Jack West of Whiteland, IN in his passing on Sunday, November 4th, 2018. May God give you comfort.

   Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Post. May God bless you, our families and our military here and abroad.


Janet Riddle, President 

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


Dec 5th- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Dec 7th- Pearl Harbor Day, since 1941.

Dec 24th- Post Christmas Party, see flyer for details

Dec 25th- Christmas Day

Dec 25th- Canteen is Closed

Dec 31st- New Year’s Eve



Jan- 2nd- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Jan 27th- Signing of Vietnam Peace Accord, 1973



Feb 6th - Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Feb 14th- Valentine’s Day

Feb 15th- Sinking of the USS Maine, 1898

Feb 18th- Presidents Day

Feb 28th – Liberation of Kuwait- Operations Desert Storm 1991


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

Dec 7th- Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Baby Golden Potatoes, seasoned broccoli, and a roll- $ 11.00

Dec 14th- Pam’s Homemade Beef Stew with Grilled Cheese- $8.00

Dec 21st- Sautéed Shrimp with Roasted Potatoes, and Veggies- $10.00

Dec 28th- Friday Steak Dinner, Potato, Role, and Side Salad- $13.00


 In Memoriam:

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