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Commander’s Call

Sun is shining so we are off to a good start.

Next Month is the time to put your name in to be nominated for one of the position on the board to be an AMVETS Officer. There are several things in the works to be voted on. It would be a great time to get your ideas heard. lt’s a great day to be an AMVET.

The AMVETS lost another Life Member Eldon Kratchmer. His funeral was March 9th.

The interest income off the Cd’s has reached its maturity in the amount of $2,403.00, of that amount $1,000 will be given as scholarships. Amvets Post 79 will be offering (2) $500.00 scholarships to high school graduates or undergraduate college students.

Applications can be picked up at the high school guidance office, or the Veterans Post. For further info, please call Bob O’Hare 404-2311) or Carl Benning (352-3012). The forms must be returned by April 30, 2019.

lf you have an idea on what you would like to see happen with the remaining money come to the meeting on April 10th so your thoughts can be heard. The 2019 order for the bricks for the Waverly Area Veterans Tribute will be sent in by April 15, 2019. Brick application forms can be found online at and click on Tribute Brick application forms, or the forms can be picked up at the Veterans Post. lf you have any questions, please call Carl Benning (352-3012). There are lots of activities happening: steak fries, Saturday breakfasts, fish fries, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, receptions, business meetings, customer meetings, Wii bowling, food nights, etc. Operational finances are “in the black”; in spite of January and February snow removal which was over $4000 each month. The Board of Directors calls your attention to the fact that there remains an outstanding loan of $380,000 for the facility. Even though the tax laws have changed, it is still advantageous to contribute a charitable gift. Contributions of “Required Mandatory Distributions” from IRA’s can be particularly advantageous; always consult your tax advisor. lf you have any questions or concerns contact me or (319-404-2311). Bob O’Hare, Commander

Auxiliary News

Donna Fischer 319-352-1358 or

Membership Chair Mary Steinbach reported that we currently have seven new members, 99 renewal members, and 21 life members for a total of 127 members. Our quota for the year is 146 members and there are 12 members who have not yet renewed.

Please be thinking of someone to take over second and third vice for the upcoming year.

At the April meeting we will talk about a new starting time for AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary meetings.

The scholarship information has been distributed to the schools. Scholarship forms are due April 17th.

The deadline for the current six months’ reports is April 15. A time will be set at the next meeting to complete the reports.

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary National President, Barbara Valley will we visiting Iowa in April. The Waverly AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary has extended an invitation to her to visit the WAVP and join us for a meal on April 10.

The Honor Flight variety show will be held on April 13th. Tickets are available for purchase at HyVee.

Sons of AMVETS

Spring is here and time for Spring cleaning. As you clear out the garage of cans and bottles accummulated over the winter, remember to donate to the Sons of AMVETS for their scholarship fund. You can find the can collection bin and the WAVP.

May will be election of new officers for the Sons of AMVETS. Please consider taking an office and becoming more involved with the Sons and and AMVETS organizations. 

Chaplain’s Corner

When our faith stands at the grave,
grieving for a stone that’s rolled away,
forgive us.

When our faith is short of understanding
though the truth is there to see,
forgive us.

When our faith, beset by doubt, sees no further
than an empty tomb today,
forgive us.

Bring to mind the cry of Mary,
‘I have seen the Lord!’
and grant us faith to believe!

Commander’s Call

There are still a few members that have not paid their dues. Please contact Carl Benning 319-269-9541 or Bob O’Hare 319-404 -2311. If you have any question or concerns contact me 319-404-2311 or Bob O’Hare Commander Post # 79 f Commander. I will not be renewing my position on the WAVP Board.

Election for Officers will be May 8th at the AMVETS meeting. I have been Commander for 5 years (not consecutive). My 3 year term on the WAVP board is up in June.

I feel that it is time to let someone else take the reins and lead us into the future. Hopefully someone that has new ideas so that we have a bright future for the AMVETS and the WAVP. With that being said I will not run for the position of Commander nor will I accept the position of Commander. I will not be renewing my position on the WAVP Board. AMVETS will need to appoint someone for this position.

This started out to be a nice winter until we got to February. Now all it wants to do is snow with storm after storm. Hopefully Mother Nature gets this out of her system.

There have been changes made on the steak menu:

  • 8 oz. sirloin $12.00
  • 8 oz. ribeye $14.00
  • 5 oz. Fillet $16.00
  • 8 oz. New York Strip $14.00 (this replaces the T-Bone)
  • 12 oz. Iowa Chop $10.00
  • 9 oz. Chicken Breast $9.00
  • All other menu prices are the same

Still a great meal for a great price and a fun night.

Latest News

3 Reasons You Should Join a Veteran Service Organization

This articles was taken from a VFW newsletter, but it applies to all the Veteran’s Service Organizations. In the near future, older Veterans will be gone and younger Veterans are not joining, and the programs we support will be in jeopardy. Who will be there to perform military rites, color guards for sporting events and parades, and making sure the benefits of all Veterans are protected and preserves on the Government level? Encourage everyone you know that qualifies to belong to a VSO or an Auxiliary, or Sons. Submitted by Mary Steinbach, Membership Chair, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #79

 Sarah Maples 

Courtesy of VFW

It took me a long time to join a veteran service organization. To be honest, before I joined one, I didn’t fully understand the value of being part of these groups. You may have similar reasons for not joining: You may think they aren’t relevant to you, or maybe you think you won’t be welcome. Or that you have to wait until you leave active duty to join. Or maybe you simply picture a bunch of old guys in funny hats sitting around drinking and smoking in a dark and dingy bar.

Whatever reason you may have for not getting involved with a VSO, let me give you three reasons why I think you should reconsider.

1. You get the opportunity to make an impact.

Many who have served say that one thing they enjoyed was being part of something greater than themselves. VSOs can give you that, too.

While almost all VSOs are active in their communities, many are also active on the national stage, developing and advancing policies and laws that improve services and benefits that millions of service members, veterans, their families and survivors receive. They testify to Congress and walk the halls of the Pentagon, taking the concerns and complaints of those who serve and have served to the ears of the very individuals who can address them. (And, if you are still serving, saying things you and your leadership may not be allowed to say.)

Many VSOs offer opportunities for leadership positions at the local, state, regional, and national levels, giving their members the opportunity to be actively involved in the advocacy process. The Forever GI Bill, troop pay raises, correcting 12304b benefit discrepancies for Guard and Reserve mobilizations, declassification of toxic exposure-related documents, and Department of Veterans Affairs accountability are just a few of the legislative and policy areas VSOs have fought in the last year alone.

2. It’s where your battle buddies hang out.

At its heart, a VSO is a military alumni network. They are places where those who don the uniform can come together and enjoy one of the things they enjoyed most about serving: the people.

The mission and composition of VSOs vary: Some require service overseas, others are comprised of disabled or wounded veterans, still others may focus on minority groups or even a shared religion. But all of them are built around bringing together individuals with a common background in a place where they can share camaraderie and develop relationships.

Social opportunities may include regular local meetings, national conventions, annual retreats, monthly dinners or drink meetups, community service projects, business or employer networking events, movie previews, travel opportunities, group workouts, and even formal balls and galas. Whether you are looking for a lead on a job, social support after relocating to a new town, advice for what to expect when you transition off active duty, a place to do yoga, or even just a place to tell a story without having to explain the acronyms-there’s a VSO for that.

3. They have access to resources and information.

One of the advantages of an alumni network is that those who have gone before are willing to reach back and assist the next generation. VSOs are no different: Philanthropy and service are key tenets of VSOs and they offer a variety of different kinds of programs and assistance, often for the both the veteran and his/her family, to include surviving dependents. Services often include scholarships and fellowships, financial need grants, employment and education help, discharge upgrade services, caregiver support and legal advice, to name a few. Several are also accredited by the VA to file and assist with disability claims, including for those transitioning off active duty.

Additionally, they are often the best place to find information on what’s happening in the military and veteran communities. Through magazines, newsletters, webinars, podcasts, meetings, guidebooks, research projects, and social media, VSOs work hard to find the most important and latest information about the topics that matter to their members and many have access to people and places that you may never have access to on your own, to include the people and organizations responsible for overseeing services, policies, and benefits for service members, veterans, and their families.

Veteran service organizations aren’t just places to drink a beer — though many offer that if that’s what you’re looking for. They are organizations that provide a variety of benefits to their members, their communities, and to the broader military and veteran populations as a whole. And the more members they have, the more they can do on all fronts.

If you don’t yet belong to a VSO, I challenge you to put aside any stereotypes or preconceived notions you may have and go explore them. Check out their social media. Subscribe to their newsletters, or walk-in to the closest post, service platoon, or chapter. See what they have to offer and how you can contribute. What do you have to lose?

If you aren’t sure where to start, you can check out VA’s VSO directory. It breaks out which VSOs are nonprofits chartered by Congress, which are accredited to assist with VA claims, and provides contact information for them and others.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Donna Fischer 319-352-1358 or

As of our January meeting the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary had 4 new members for a total of 122 members. The AMVETS Auxiliary did not meet in February due to the bad weather. We will have a lot to report at our next meeting. We will also have a Draping of our Charter in memory and to honor our past local Presidents who are no longer with us.

We have scholarship forms available now for the local and Department of Iowa Ladies Auxiliary. If you would like a form, contact Nancy Edwards or one of the officers and we will make sure to get you the form. Forms are also available at the High School Office.

In March, the ladies will be serving our “famous” Beef and Noodles meal on March 28th. Our food night meals help fund our scholarship fund and also the many project in which we donate. Plan to attend. We thank you for your past support and am grateful for your continued backing.

Chaplain’s Corner

What a delight it is each year to welcome the newness and freshness of springtime. Wherever you live, whatever the climate, spring is a reminder that resurrection is possible, and renewal is wonderful. It’s enough to make a person want to pray. And what better prayers can we offer at this time of year than a springtime prayer such as the following:

 A Hymn of John Newton

Lord, afford a spring to me,
Let me feel like what I see;
Speak, and by your gracious voice,
Make my drooping soul rejoice.

On your garden deign to smile,
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon your presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.

(Adapted from A Hymn for Spring by John Newton)

Whether you welcome this new season with the above, or pen a paean of praise that is all your own, may a new season of prayer blossom in your heart and life.