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Commander’s Call

Well it’s June, l think, one day it is 40 and the next it is 70 or 80.

I would like to thank everyone that has helped with any of the Memorial events. Those that helped putting up and taking down the Avenue of Flags and the small flags at the graves in seven cemeteries, also the crosses for Flanders Field. lt takes many volunteers to plan and hours of work to make it happen. Thank you to everyone who gave their time.

Thank you to all the Auxiliary Presidents and the Daughters of the Revolution for their  part in the Memorial Day activities. I would also like to thank the Amvets Auxiliary for the lunch they prepared and served.

My term as Commander is coming to a close and the new Commander will be taking over. This will be my last news letter.

Thank you.

Bob O’Hare, Commander

2019-2020 AMVETS Officers

Commander    Ron Ihde

1st Vice Membership    Steve Van Helten

2nd  Vice Programs    Ed Abben

Adjutant    Jon Kaiser

Finance    Carl Benning

Judge Advocate    James  Brandau

Historian    Steve Van Helten

Service  Officer    Bob O’Hare

Commander’s Call

Just thinking out loud here, but maybe we have got winter behind us. Wasn’t Easter Sunday a great day?

We lost another member of the Amvets family, Past Commander Donald Leisinger. He will be missed.

May 8th at the Amvets meeting is the date to submit your name for one of the officers position on the Amvets board. My second term as Commander will be up in June. I will not be submitting my name nor will I except any position. It’s time to bring some new blood into the group with new ideas and take the Amvets into the future.

Let’s remember at the WAVP we have a Breakfast ( Second Saturday ), Fish Fry( Third Friday ), Steak fry (three Saturday’s a Month) and Thursday night meals.

There is a short order grill and special meals put on by Gail and Meredith. These meals are great. We can compete with anybody.

If there are any Question or concerns Call (319) 404-2311 or Email me at Bobohare201@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Bob O’Hare

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 waverlyvets.us 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 Bobohare201@gmail.com or (319-404-2311). Bob O’Hare, Commander

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 bobohare201@gmail.com 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.

Commander’s News

February News Letter The middle of January and Mother nature has let us know that yes we do live in Iowa, single digit temperatures with snow and wind. I would like to thank all the people that volunteer their hours doing work preparing for all the events at the WAVP. We could not have all of these events without your help. I want to especially recognize the Color Guard, who participated in three funeral in three consecutive days. Beryl Peck’s funeral was Monday the 14th, James Miller was Tuesday the 15th and Don Dietz Wednesday the 16th. These three men gave many years of service to the AMVETS and VFW.

I would like to address closing the WAVP and canceling the fish fry January 18th and 19th. The decision was made listening to the weather reports on TV and radio. with that said, in hind sight the decision would have been different. Agree or disagree life goes on.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. 319-404-2311 or bobohare201 @gmail.com Bob O’Hare, Commander Post #79

Commander’s News

Well I hope everybody had a very good Christmas and New Year. Now we start out with 2019. Hard to believe. Did anybody make a New Years Resolution to do more volunteering this year? lf so my phone number is (319) 404-2311. Or you can E/Mail me at bobohare201@gmail.com. Don’t forget we have the breakfast on the second Saturday of every month. The fish fry is the third Friday of every month and the Amvets steak fry is the forth Saturday of every month. The Amvets Family lost another member Paul Hogue. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Paul, however I was part of the Honor Guard at his Funeral. It was a very nice service and I met his wife and loving Family.

I will be away from my desk the week of December 24th if you have a question or concern while I’m away give Carl Benning a call. Questions or concerns my phone # 319-404-2311.

 Thank You Bob O’Hare Commander Post # 79

Commander’s News

December 7th is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Lets bow our heads for the sacrifice that so many made I have been absent from my duties after my surgery on November 7th so I don’t have much for the news letter. I would like to Thank Carl Benning for covering me will I was absent. The AMVETS donated $150 to LZ Phoenix and $150 to Iowa Veterans Home from the money selling raffle tickets on membership night. We have 25 members that have not paid their 2019 dues. Please send your dues to Carl Benning or myself. AMVETS PO Box 93 Waverly, Iowa 50677.

Veterans Day, we at the WAVP lost a great Marine, Roger Metzger. He was involved in so many things. He reminded me of the ever ready bunny. People have no idea how many hours Roger put in. Things just got done. Semper Fi my brother. You will be missed. Lets step up and volunteer in Rogers honor. He has left big shoes to fill.

 

 

December 8th WAVP Breakfast 7:30 till 10:00 O’clock.

December 12th AMVETS meeting 7 PM.

December 20th Amvets Ladies Aux. Hors D’oeuvres 5:30 PM.

December 21st WAVP Fish Fry 5:30 till 7 pm.

December 22nd Amvets Steak Fry 5:30 till 7 PM.

Any questions or concerns:

Bob O’Hare, Commander

Commander’s Column

November News Letter
well it,s time to write the news letter again. lt’s finally a nice
sunny day in October and boy the weather that we have been
having it’s anybody’s guess what November is going to be’
veterans day is fast approaching . November 11 is a Sunday
this year. So with everybody going to church, the program will
start at 1300 instead of 1100 ( it will be 1100 in California)
A light lunch will be served.
This year marks the 100th year since the end of World War L.
There will displays of WW L memorabilia. The main speaker
will be Mr Jim Vowels, Waverly Shell Rock. He will speak on the
history of the drum and fife corps that led troops into battle
during WW L. Waverly shell Rock is the only high school
known to have a drum and fife corps in lowa.
As November approaches we give thanks to our veterans
and remember the families that have lost their loved ones
so we can enjoy the freedoms we have.
Commander Bob O’Hare

Commander’s News

The membership dinner for Amvets, Auxiliary, and Sons is Wednesday, October 10th. Social hour is 5:30 with dinner at 6:30.

There will not be a fish fry in October.

If you have not sent us your email address, please bring it to the membership dinner. Many e-mail addresses are not current or updated. If you have updated your e-mail recently, please send the updated address to mjonlyu@outlook.com. Any questions or concerns contact me at bobohare201@gmail.com or 319-404-2311.

We will have information on “Planning your legacy” available at the dinner.

2019 Annual Memberships are now due!

Thanks to those who have already paid their 2019 memberships; this will allow a free meal at our upcoming membership dinners. All life members also receive a free meal; however, we ask for your consideration of a donation to cover the expenses.

AMVETS is the most inclusive veterans service organization, with over 250,000 members, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. The percentage of veterans serving in legislative bodies (national, state, and local) continues to decline; therefore your voice, through membership, is more important than ever. AMVETS has been at the forefront of public policy related to national defense, homeless veterans, adequate funding for veteran programs, veteran employment and training, POWI4IA

accountability, and flag protection.

Review the AMVETS mission statement: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.

Even though the number of active duty service members is less than fifty years ago, their needs are more complex and continuous. Agent orange, burn pits, TBI, PTS, and amputees are but a few problems being addressed; all have related issues that must be addressed. There are many side benefits that are included with your membership. There are too many to list here, but please review all the membership benefits listed on the national organization’s website: www.amvets.ors.

Commander,

Bob O’Hare

If you have questions or concerns contact me at 319-404-2311 or Bobohare201@gmail.com.

WAVP Update

As highlighted at the annual meeting a few months ago, the Board is pleased that the operational budget is being met and in the black!

With all current facility costs, equipment purchases, and in-kind gifts totaling approximately $4.5 million; there is still an outstanding facility loan of $380,000 of which $40,000 is covered with outstanding pledges. Since the Board is anxious to lower this debt, we encourage all individuals and families to consider a gift to WAVP. Your gift(s) may take whichever form provides the maximum tax benefits: cash, securities, insurance proceeds, IRA required minimum distribution, real estate, personal property, etc. All donations are tax deductible under the IRS Code; please review your personal situation with your tax adviser.

All contributors will be acknowledged on the wall of Honor unless the contributor wishes to remain anonymous. The Wall is located in the hallway on the upper level and is updated frequently. To date, more than 1000 individuals, families, and businesses have made contributions to this project!

WAVP is becoming more popular as an event venue. In addition to many birthday, anniversary, and graduation parties, there are several Christmas events as well as 19 wedding/wedding receptions booked for 2019.

We hope all community members will continue to generously support the Waverly Area veterans post because they believe this new facility is a valuable community asset.

AMVETS News

AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare
2017-2018

Boy, it’s hard to believe that school has started. Where has the summer gone. Labor Day has come and gone.

Thanks to Rich and Janell Miller and Carl and Wanda Benning for the showing of Admiral Koeneman’s funeral service at Arlington Cemetery and also for the lunch.

Save the date, October 10th will be the membership dinner for Amvets and Amvets Auxiliary. More information will be in the next news letter.

If you have not sent in an email address to receive the news letter, please take time to do that. You can send it to me and I will see that it is put on the list.

I would like to thank Dave Farran for all his time and effort and also the color guard that participated in the presentation of the book, 41-29244 (B-24 Double Trouble), to the Waverly Library. Special thanks to the family of Second Lieutenant Edwin H. (Heine) Pries for the donation of the book.

If you have questions or concerns contact me at 319-404-2311 or Bobohare201@gmail.com.

Commander

 Bob O’Hare