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August 2018  Edition  #42

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

Cornhole Tournament every Thursday at 7pm

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

Aug 1st- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Aug 12- Member Appreciation Day. Details TBP

August 31st- End of Operation Iraqi freedom, 2010

Veteran Centric Community Support Project- TBD


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 second month of the 2018-2019 year. In the month of June, we conducted 25 community support projects that included National Children’s Home, Veteran’s assistance, Community Support Projects, etc. Our honor guard conduct 14 funerals in June as well. In all, we accrued 82 hours of community service and donated $3455.00 to various organizations and charities.

       As we continue on this journey of continued growth and prosperity, please don’t forget that not long ago we were struggling to make end meet. This is also how I come to meet many Veterans throughout our Commmunity. Lets continue to remember why our Organization exists and why we have a facilty, and maybe more importantly, why we need to continually strive to grow and be better, not just as an organization but as individuals and community members.    

       In closing, I’d like to welcome our new member(s): no new members in July. Additionally, we’d like to welcome members that have transferred to us from other Posts;  no new members in July.  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. The Peoga 4th of July parade was very nice. Our comrades lead the parade as the Color Guard and the auxiliary walked behind them passing out candy and buddy poppies. We had 9 auxiliary members there and passed out 96 buddy poppies. It was very hot that day but felt very rewarding to participate in it.

   I would like to remind everyone that we are still collecting items from the Camp Atterbury Wish List for the USO. Copies of the wish list are at the Post and we have sent out an email with it too.

   The Town of New Whiteland will be hosting the 2018 "Party in the Park" Community event on Saturday, August 25th. The event will kick off with a local parade that starts at 11:00amand a festival type event in East Park behind the Fire Station that will run from 12(noon)-5:00pm. There will be several food truck vendors, local vendors, a deejay and bounce houses plus more activities. We will have a membership booth at the event. If you are interested in volunteering to work the booth, please stop by the Post or call the Post to sign up. We have shifts available from 12:00pm-2:30pm and 2:30pm-5:00pm. At least come out and enjoy the event.

   We have a small group that meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm to crochet lap blankets for the VA hospital. If you are interested in participating in this please stop in and join us.

   The Annual Indiana Day at the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan is set for September 23, 2018. The 7th and 11th Districts are joining together to put together the annual bus trip on September 22-23. The 7th District members will depart from Greenwood Post #5864 at 10:00am. The cost of the trip is $100.00 per person. This includes round trip bus transportation, one overnight stay at the Ramada in Lansing. Reservations and monies are due by September 1, 2018. Contact person for questions and reservations is Keiston Holloway at 812 887-6130 or keistonholloway1963@yahoo.com. Checks should be made out to the 7th District. Be sure to put NHC Bus Trip in the memo line. 

  The Penny War has begun. We have 11 Districts in the state of IN for the VFW auxiliary. We are all competing to fill up jars with pennies to see which District can collect the most. All pennies will be used for the VFW National Home for Children's Wish List. There is a copy of the Wish List with the jar, if you are interested in seeing it and donating toward it. All other change and paper money donated in the jar will go to the President's Special Project which is Pets Healing Vets. Pets Healing Vets is a program facilitated and funded by the Humane Society for Hamilton County that pairs shelter dogs and cats with qualifying Hoosier veterans who suffer from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) at no cost to the veteran. They pair Hoosier veterans with emotional support pets. Pets Healing Vets offers to cover the following expenses for the life of the pet as needed: 1) The adoption fee and all pre-adoption vetting (spay/neuter, vaccines) 2) Basic obedience training and continued training/behavior support as needed. 3) Post-adoption general medical care. 4) Food (including any special diets or supplements and 5) Extraordinary or emergency medical care for injury or illness as funds permit. Pets Healing Vets is fully funded by the Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) and relies 100% on donations, grants and sponsorships. If you have questions about this program, call 317 773-4974 or email: petshealingvets@hamiltonhumane.com. If you are a veteran interested in applying for an emotional support pet through this program, go to http://www.petshealingvets.com and fill out the online application. Applications are reviewed weekly and you will be contacted by a HSHC team member to discuss the next steps. So please come in and donate your change to these two great programs.

   I would like to give Don and Barb Metcalf a huge thank you for volunteering to help the auxiliary get the new Auxiliary Lifetime Board built. They allowed a few of us auxiliary members to help build the board and teach us basic woodworking skills and safety practices. It was a great experience and very interesting. Thank you again.

   I would like to welcome new member David Carter to our auxiliary. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Post. May God bless you, our families and our 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


Aug 1st- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Aug 4th- Dog Tag Triatholon

Aug 12- Member Appreciation Day. Details TBP

Aug 25th- New Whiteland Party in the Park

August 31st- End of Operation Iraqi freedom, 2010



Sep 2nd- Dog Tag’s Clay Shot at Atterbury Shotting Complex- 12-6 p.m.

Sep 2nd- VJ Day, Japan Surrendered, 1945

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

Sep 11th- Patriots Day

Sep 14th- Greater Whiteland Community Day

Sep 15th- Post Fish Fry

Sep 21st- POW/MIA Recognition Day



Oct 3rd- Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Oct 9th- Start of Operation Eduring Freedom- Afghanistan 2001

Oct 18th- Recognition of Womenin Miltary Service

Oct 27th- Halloween


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

Aug 3rd- Loaded Nachos- $8.00

Aug 10th-  Homemade BBQ Pork, Baked Beans, and Cole Slaw- $10.00

Aug 17th- Chicken Kabobs with Baked Potato and Salad- $10.00

Aug 24th-  Fish Dinner with Garlic Potaoes and an Ear of Corn- $12.00

Aug 31st-  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.


Comrade Mark Sevier