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The WAVP will continue to be closed at this time. No meetings planned for April. There has not been anything added to the calendar for events at this time. If things change, watch for email updates, Facebook updates, or something posted in the paper.

This is a difficult times for everyone, but we will stay strong and stay united.

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The health and safety of our members is our greatest concern as cases
of 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise. Older adults, and
those specifically with diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease may be
twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. As such, most people
on Medicare will naturally be at a higher risk.
The CDC is asking anyone with symptoms to call their health care
provider or local health department for guidance before seeking care to
avoid spreading  germs to others.
However, if you develop emergency warning signs – pain or pressure in
the chest, disorientation or confusion, a blue tint in your face or lips, or
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath – seek medical attention.
We all need to keep our wits about us and know that this all will pass.
Thank you RON IHDE      319 276 4662  or  319 290 6762

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When you receive the monthly email notification for the newsletter, the entire articles are not included in the email. The messages and the calendar information are too big to send within an email. To view an entire article or to view the calendar you must click on the heading of the article (example: Commanders column) (or on your phone, tap the heading). This will take you to the actual website where you will have a drop down box from the HOME tab for the various articles. You can then read the entire article. There is also a tab on the top to view the calendar. When you hover over a date it will give you more information about a certain event. Also, on the top is a tab for tributes which includes a memorial page for those members we have lost. There is also a tutorial tab that you could read through to give you more information to navigate through the website.

Other helpful tabs include the “links” tab. Check out these links to access helpful information.

If you are still having issues pertaining to the newsletter and the website, please contact me at or call 319-230-9318 Mary Steinbach


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You may already know, but we would like to call your attention to two important upcoming events at the Waverly Area Veterans Post.
WAVP will host a Mental Health/Suicidal Prevention Training Seminar on Oct. 11 from 8am – 5pm.  The purpose is to teach community members skills on identifying and responding to a person who may be experiencing mental health/suicidal issues.  Since 22 veterans take their own lives every day, it is very important for us fellow veterans to be able to identify and respond to any suicidal tendencies.  Please spread the word throughout the community to encourage participation.  There is no cost; however, pre-registration is required to “,” or call WAVP Board Director Gary Wood at 319-239-3374.
The second noteworthy event involves the lawsuit brought by WAVP vs. Bremer County Board of Review regarding property taxes.  The WAVP Board feels strongly that non-profit organizations, like veteran groups, should be exempt from all property taxes.  This case is scheduled for October 23 in Bremer County District Court at the courthouse in Waverly.  Since the judge’s decision will definitely impact our organization, we would strongly encourage your attendance at this trial.
As you ponder any mandatory distributions from your IRA’s, and your personal contributions for year-end, please keep WAVP in your thoughts.  We still have a $380,000 debt obligation.  Any questions, give us a call.  Thanks!!
Darrell Blasberg                          Carl Benning
WAVP Board Chair                     WAVP Board Vice-Chair
319-352-1182                             319-352-3012

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At this time I don’t have all the information on our Newly Elected National Officers, but here is AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Officers:

President- Dee Baggett from Florida

First Vice President- Joan Shirek from Wisconsin

Second Vice President- Karin Simmons from Alaska

Third Vice President- Amy Stopyra 

National Chaplain- Mary Lanphere from New York

Sgt. At Arms- Debra Gass from Indiana

Treasurer- Barbara Guth

Americanism Officer- Denise Rodzen

Scholarship Officer-Peggy Liss

Hospital Chair- Cyndi Rice

We congratulate them all and wish for them a very successful year!


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Support our Veterans at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines

A terrain therapy garden outside of Central Iowa’s Veteran’s Hospital in Des Moines will provide an abundance of benefits for our hospitalized Veterans. The therapy garden will assist recovering veterans in achieving their rehabilitation goals and have a positive impact on the overall well-being of veterans, visitors and staff.

By providing an outdoor rehabilitation space, it will ensure the success of Veterans when transitioning into independent community living. The garden will encompass a variety of terrain elements including river rock, mulch, sand, gravel, pavers and uneven steps; all surfaces faced in the community on a daily basis.

The Therapy Garden will provide rehabilitation in a safe outdoor environment for Veterans to practice a variety of skill sand encourage hospitalized Veterans to engage in life’s activities again. It will include areas such as gardening, golfing, shuffle board, and other areas for enjoying the outdoors again.

To learn more, visit the website Donations to this project may be sent to Mary Steinbach Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Hospital Chairman 901 7th Ave. NW Waverly, Iowa 50677

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Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies President-Donna Fischer 2004, 2007-2008 and Current Local #79 Waverly President




Waverly’s AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Donna Fischer remembered for service to veterans and our community






She advocated for them, supported them, and met with senators and legislators to ensure that veterans’ rights and benefits are honored.

Donna Fischer, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President for Waverly’s Post 79, will be greatly missed.  “We were truly honored and privileged to have those last times with her,”

A 1966 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School, she started working at Lutheran Mutual in November of 1966 and retired from CUNA Mutual in June of 2017.

As president of the organization, Donna was especially proud of the work the group’s 132 current members.

Donna joined the Waverly auxiliary in 1996, and became the local president from 2000 to 2012 and from 2017 to 2019.

At the Department level, she served as the AMVETS Department of Iowa Ladies Auxiliary Second Vice President. Prior to that, she had also served as Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President in 2004 and again from 2007-2008.

Donna held, for many years, the office of National Executive Committee woman, and in that role she would lobby various senators and congressmen to protect veterans’ rights and benefits.

Donna was exceptionally proud of the Ladies Auxiliary annual scholarship fundraiser, which sustains scholarships for excelling students. Donna was instrumental in developing the Monthly Food Night program which was and still is the biggest fundraiser for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.

Donna was at the helm of the Ladies Auxiliary during the historic flood of 2008, which destroyed the AMVETS building in Waverly. Eventually, after years of community fundraising and joining forces with the other veteran organizations, the AMVETS found its new home at the state-of-the-art Waverly Area Veterans Post.

“From the very beginning, when she became involved in 1996, she was passionate about veterans ”

“She was a big part of all of us and she will be greatly missed,”