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Upcoming Events in 2019  (Mark your calendars)

February 17 - Daytona NASCAR Race event 
March 16 - St. Patrick’s day ( DJ, drinks ) 
April 27 - Spring Clean ( volunteers needed ) 
May 26 - Indy 500 event 
June 6 - CornHole begins for 10 weeks every Thursday ( July 4 no CornHole ) 
August 11 - Membership day ( Pitch-in, volunteers needed ) 
August 15 - Last day of CornHole 
September 11 - First Responder day 
September 14 - Bike Ride in ( trophies, tenderloins, rain date September 21 ) 
October 26 - Halloween Party ( DJ, drinks, Pitch-in, costume competition) 
November 7 - Darts begin for 10 weeks every Thursday ( no darts Nov 28, Dec 26 ) 
November 28 - Closed Thanksgiving 
December 24 - Christmas Pre-game ( hours 1pm-7pm, drinks, Pitch-in ) 
December 25 - Closed Christmas 
January 1 - Corn-beef and Cabbage ( normal hours ) 

Post January 2019 Newsletter     #47

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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 

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

Jan 27th - Signing of Vietnam Peace Accord, 1973 

Post Commanders Corner- 

Comrade Commander Chris Baldwin 

Comrades, Sisters, and Brothers, I hope this newsletter finds everyone doing well. We are over half way through 2018-2019 year. As far as charitable events and contribution, we conducted 6 community support projects that included National Children’s Home, Veteran’s assistance, local school support, Kids Camp, etc. Our honor guard conduct 18 funerals in November as well. In all, we accrued 25 hours of community service and donated $2,440.00 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.  

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. December was a very busy month. We had a Beef Stew dinner on December 1st that proceeds went to funding the Christmas stockings that were delivered by Santa and 6 Auxiliary members on December 13th to the Roudebush VA Hospital. Sixty stockings were stuffed and passed out to patients. It was an honor to be a part of this. The patients and staff were very appreciative of our organization taking the time to visit and deliver the stockings to the patients. Thank you to everyone that organized, stuffed the stockings and delivered them. A job well done. The Kid’s Christmas Party went over very well. We had a large turn out which was very nice. Santa and his elf were very busy. The kid’s enjoyed themselves. Thank you to everyone that organized, bought gifts, wrapped presents, donated money, prepared food, set up and cleaned up. I would especially like to thank Santa and his elf for coming so far to celebrate with us. The families we sponsored for Christmas appreciated all the food and gifts that they received. I want to thank everyone that donated all the wonderful gifts, food and money so we were able to help these families when they were in need. December was very rewarding. Our organization worked together and made a lot of good things happen. Everyone should be proud. We are starting 2019, I hope everyone has a safe New Year. If you haven’t been in the Post for a while, you should come in on a Friday night and try one of the dinners and see what is going on or come to a monthly meeting. The meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm at the Post. See if there is anything you would like to volunteer for or participate in. I would like to welcome all the new Auxiliary members that were voted in at the December 5th meeting: Cindy DeMartino, Bob Dhondt, Mark Korreck, Christina Stensrud, Michael Sweazey, Richard Sweazey and Robert Sweazey. Welcome back transfer member, Martha Sturgis. The next Auxiliary meeting will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Post. Hope to see you there. 

May God bless you, our families and our military here and abroad. 

Respectfully, Janet Riddle, President VFW Auxiliary 

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 Jan

Jan- 2 nd - 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 

Mar 6th – Post and Auxiliary Meeting @ 7 p.m. 

Mar 24th - Start of Kosovo Campaign 1999 

Mar 31st - End of Operation Restore Hope- Somalia 1995 

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

Jan 4th - Fish Basket w/ Homemade Coleslaw, Fries, and Hushpuppies- $10 

Jan 11th - Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Roll- $10 

Jan 18th - Country BBQ Ribs w/ Mac-N-Cheese and Baked Beans- $10 

Jan 25th - Friday Steak Dinner, Potato, Role, and Side Salad- $13.00