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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  

Commander’s News

The weather was outstanding for the Heritage Day Parade. So happy to see the number of veterans be a part of the parade.

The standing and saluting for the flag and veterans by the people who came to watch.

We have lost another member of the Amvets family, Chuck Austin . Our prayers go out the family.

There will not be an AMVETS meeting in August. The next Meeting will be September 12th .

The decision to not mail out the news letter has been postponed until after the membership meal. This will give everyone the opportunity to give us their e-mail address.

Due to multiple events scheduled at the WAVP, there will not Be a fish fry in August. The next fish fry will be September 21st

The next event will be the Amvets food night, August 23rd.

The AMVETS steak fry will be Saturday, August 25th.

Any question or concerns please call me (319) 404-2311

Bob O’Hare Commander Post # 79

Commander’s Call

Bob O’Hare
bobohare201@gmail.com
319-404-2311

The fourth of July is fast approaching with all the excitement that goes with the holiday especially for the younger kids lets be careful out there.

Do to the cost of printing and mailing the news letter and the fact that address maintenance is expensive ( $ 1.54 for every news letter returned ). Starting Sept. 1st the news letter will be sent out electronically only. If you have not been receiving your news letter electronically, please contact me or Mary Steinbach (mjonlyu@outlook.com) with your Email address. If you do not have Email there will be copy’s made and left at the bar.

The officers feel that we can use the $ 150.00 monthly expense for other ways to help Veterans. If you have any thoughts about this considered change, please express them to any officer or come to the next meeting ( the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at the WAVP ).

The officers for the 2018 / 2019 year

Commander Bob O’Hare

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 Cory Stephens

Chaplain Marv Behrens

I would like to thank you gentleman for your time and service.

Korea : Armistice Without Peace July 7, 2018 10-Noon Sullivan Bros. Iowa Veterans Museum Waterloo

John Lee, president of the Iowa Korean War Vets, will discuss the significance of the Korean War Armistice, including highlights from the June 12 summit in Singapore.

The event will be held in the middle of the Korean War exhibit which closes on July 14. The program is open to the public: free admission for Korean War Vets; $5 for all other veterans; $ 10 for all others.

The Amvets Steak Fry will be July 28.

Any question or concerns please call me (319) 404-2311

Bob O’Hare Commander Post # 79

June Commander’s Call

AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare
2017-2018

Now that school is out, be aware of all the kids out enjoying their activities and those traveling on motorcycles.

The AMVETS family lost two members in May- Duane Huisman and Marvin Walston. We send our condolences to the families of these two veterans. We also send condolences to the Ray Mehmen family. Ray was often at the WAVP for meals and socializing.

Wednesday, June 13th we will be voting for officers. Please give serious consideration of putting your name in for one of these positions.

I would like to say Thank You to everybody that volunteered to make Memorial Day a great success. It takes a volunteers to set up Flanders Field, place grave markers and flags, and to set up the Avenue of Flags. The service at Kohlmann Park for the Navy Veterans lost at sea, the parade to Harlington Cemetery, the Speakers, the 21 gun salute, and the playing of Taps is a deserving tribute to those that have paid the ultimate price serving our Country so that we may remain “The Home of the Brave”.

My highest regards goes out to Jim and Valerie Mormann for the time and dedication for the gift of the “Guardian” (stained glass window) that is a welcome addition to the chapel. Also, to John Mohlis for the his time and talents building the stand and frame. This addition to the chapel is a “must see”.

The AMVETS steak fry will be June 23rd. If anyone would like to work a steak fry, give Carl and Wanda Benning (352-3012) or Bob and Sally O’Hare (404-2411) a call and we will work with you to show you how it is done. They are a lot of fun.

I would like to invite everyone to come down to the WAVP for all of the activities and have a good time. Bring your friends. There is something going on for everyone.

Bob O’Hare

Commander Post #79 Waverly, Iowa

Questions or Concerns

(319)-404-2311

bobohare201@gmail.com

Commander’s Call

AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare
2017-2018

AMVETS News

Finally we may be done with the snow here. It is the end of April and still not real warm.

Well it’s that time of the year to elect the new officers to take the Amvets world into the next year. Please lets all set down and think seriously about stepping up and making this your Post. Help us take the Amvets post 79 into the future with some young blood at the helm helping Veterans.

Waverly Area Veterans Tribute – the Committee (Dave Vobr, Charlie Meyer, Ed Abben, Carl Benning) has found a new brick supplier, since the former supplier retired. All existing orders will go in this week in order to have them installed by Memorial Day. New orders will be accepted any timer; we will have new order forms on the website soon. The sizes remain at 4”x8”, 8”x8”, and 12”x12”;

prices remain at $50, $100, and $150 respectively. Any questions, please call 319-352-3012 or 319-269-9541.

Stained Glass Window for the Chapel at WAVP – Progress is being made rapidly! Fore those who don’t already know, Jim Mormann is making a beautiful patriotic scene out of stained glass. You can follow his efforts on Facebook (search for Jim Mormann). In addition to his progress on the project, Jim has included some very meaningful thoughts regarding this project. Send him a note of appreciation for his commitment to this effort! Official dedication of the completed window will be held on Memorial Day.

On April 20 the Color Guard preformed at Admiral Koeneman’s memorial service. I heard that there is a video of the firing squad and the excellent job that they did. I would like to see it.

Well I guess that I have rambled long enough. If there are any question or concerns feel free to call or text.

Commander Bob O’Hare Post # 79

Phone # (319) 404-2311 Email bobohare201@gmail.com

Upcoming Meetings:
         AMVETS State Convention, June 8-9-10 at Marshalltown
     Waterloo Honor Flights, May 22, late Sept., early Oct.

Commander’s Call

Bob O’Hare
bobohare201@gmail.com
319-404-2311

It’s finely spring, maybe we survived winter after all. Now lets keep a close eye on all the bicycles and walkers that will be out there.

Starting March 26 road construction starts on Bremer Ave. again, but it sure will be nice when it’s all done.

On March 17, several Amvets and Auxiliary Members attended the Foreign Food Day at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown Iowa.

Local, Department, and National AMVETS and Auxiliary members at Foreign Food Fair

Everyone really enjoyed  the day. More members should give it a try.

Well it’s that time of year again to start thinking about taking the step of putting your name in the hat for a term as one of the officers of the Amvets board. New members with new ideas are a good thing.

If there are any question or concerns Email me or give me a call.

Commandeer Post # 79

Bob O’Hare Email is bobohare201@gmail.com

Phone number is (319) 404-2311
Upcoming Meetings:
     Iowa Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, April 4 10am at Iowa Veterans Home
                            July 11 at Gold Star Museum in Camp Dodge   (meetings are open to the public)
     AMVETS State Exec. Committee, April 21-22 at Richmond
    AMVETS State Convention, June 8-9-10 at Marshalltown
     Waterloo Honor Flights, May 22, late Sept., early Oct.

Did you Know: With your paid membership you have benefits for discounts and offers  for car rentals, Travel and lodging, home and office supplies, cell phone plans, USAA banking, credit, financing, insurance and more! You can get a complete list of details and programs at www.amvets.org/membership/benefits/

Please continue to support the Auxiliary on their food nights and AMVETS on their Steak nights. These two activities raise money to be used for scholarships, community projects, and supporting Veteran’s needs and their families.

To find out more about what you can do to help, plan to attend the monthly meetings.

Commander’s News

Bob O’Hare
bobohare201@gmail.com
319-404-2311

When you’re down at the WAVP please take a moment and step in the small meeting room and take a look at the east wall and see the work that is displayed there. Many thanks go out to MJ Steinbach, John Mohlis, Jim Borglum for the effort, work and donation for this outstanding past and present AMVETS History. I would like to thank the decorating committee for all the work of hanging it on the wall. Great job.

Please be careful walking around this time of year with the freezing and thawing and all the ice that it causes.  We don’t want anybody hurt.

If everyone has had enough snow and cold and is ready to have it warm up you have my vote.

A few weeks ago Carl Benning, David Farran and I went down to Adell Iowa to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery for Robert Dorpinghaus’s funeral. I was very impressed with the cemetery. A lady at the main building said she started working there before the first veteran was buried there. She sat down and explained the whole process to the three of us. We have some application for pre-registration for burial determination forms at the bar if anyone is interested casket plots or crematorium space.  They are available to all veterans at no cost.

Please check your WAVP calendar for steak fries, fish fry, Saturday morning breakfast and Thursday food night.

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.

If you have any question feel free to e/mail me or give me a call.

Thank you

Bob O’Hare

Commander AMVETS post # 79

 (319) 404-2311

If there are any questions regarding AMVETS membership, please e-mail membersupport@AMVETS.org.

Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2018.  For details on these $2000 scholarships, simply google “Iowa AMVETS scholarships”.

Upcoming Meetings:
     Iowa Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, April 4 10am at Iowa Veterans Home
                            July 11 at Gold Star Museum in Camp Dodge   (these meetings are open to the public)
     AMVETS State Exec. Committee, April 21-22 at Richmond
    AMVETS State Convention, June 8-9-10 at Marshalltown
     Waterloo Honor Flights, May 22, late Sept., early Oct.

AMVETS News

AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare
2017-2018

Bob O’Hare Commander bobohare201@gmail.com    Phone   319-404-2311

Since Commander Bob O’Hare is in sunny Texas, I will attempt to make everyone aware of current and upcoming events.

As many of you are already aware, the NFL has rejected a Super Bowl program ad by the national AMVETS organization.  The ad was very simple; a flag carried by an honor guard, the AMVETS emblem, and two words at the top of the ad “Please Stand”.  It was because of these two words the NFL rejected the ad.  The same ad has been approved by the NBA and the NHL.  For all details and the national commander’s response to the NFL, simply google “AMVETS NFL.”

If there are any questions regarding AMVETS membership, please e-mail membersupport@AMVETS.org.

Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2018.  For details on these $2000 scholarships, simply google “Iowa AMVETS scholarships”.

Upcoming Meetings:
     Iowa Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, April 4 10am at Iowa Veterans Home
                              July 11 at Gold Star Museum in Camp Dodge   (these meetings are open to the public)
     AMVETS State Exec. Committee, April 21-22 at Richmond
    AMVETS State Convention, June 8-9-10 at Marshalltown
     Waterloo Honor Flights, May 22, late Sept., early Oct.

  Waverly Connected – Feb. 22 – 7:30 am at WAVP

This is a Chamber sponsored program and will be an excellent opportunity to showcase our facility to all Chamber members.  WAVP will provide coffee and rolls, followed by a brief program, and will conclude by 8:30 for tours of the facility.  If you would be willing to assist in any way, please notify Carl Benning or Bob O’Hare.

Please review the calendar for all upcoming events, participate in them, and even better, assist with any of the events you are able!

Submitted by Carl Benning

 

Commander’s News

Bob O’Hare
bobohare201@gmail.com
319-404-2311

Bob O’Hare Commander bobohare201@gmail.com

Phone   319-404-2311

Membership – We have 11 new members for 2018 to date! Thanks for supporting veteran causes both locally and nationally! The 2018 dues should be paid by Jan. 1 to maintain your membership status. According to our records, there are a few remaining to pay (Don Barr, Bev Besh, Burton Boevers, James Boyd, Al Conklin, Jeff Evarts, Noel Fry, Jeff Hay, Brian Killion, Brian LaRocque, Larry Swann, WilliamWestendorf, Nicholas Williams, Lester Zelle).

You can mail your $35 dues for 2018 to P.O. Box 93, Waverly, IA 50677, or jump to a life membership for $250.

Tribute – We are locating a new brick supplier. There are several new applications on file; we hope to have all installed this Spring. Applications can be found on the AMVETS Post 79 website, or call Bob (404-2311) or Carl (352-3012).

WAVP Finances – Here are a few interesting facts: Over 98% of all pledges have been made (there are a couple years remaining on some), We are approaching 1000 total donors, Over 66% of all funds raised have come from veterans and veteran families, more than $575,000 has been documented as “gifts-in-kind”. Although there is still an outstanding debt, the daily operations are “in the black”! As we approach the end of 2017, please consider an additional gift to WAVP. These gifts can be in the form of stocks, IRA distributions, insurance proceeds, cash, etc. Any questions can be directed to Chair Darrell Blasberg, Vice-chair Larry Buchholz, Vice-Chair Jim Brandau,

or Vice-chair Carl Benning. Thanks for all considerations!!

WAVP – As you are aware, Sara has resigned as general mgr. (yes, the decision was hers). Sara has done a great job in “getting this ship out of port” the past 16 months. Meredith is filling in as interim manager, while the Board is taking some time to reflect as to where we are and where we want to go.

I will be away from my Post December 27th until February 3rd . Any questions contact Steve V. 352-6763 or Carl B. 352-3012.

Thank you Bob O’Hare Commander 404-2311

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I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who may not know me. I am Meredith Keelan. the General Manager for the WAVP. I was born and raised in Westchester, Il, a suburb of Chicago. I first came to Waverly in 1972 as a student at Wartburg. While there I was in the Wartburg Choir and was one of the 16 women who founded the Softball program- 1973. I graduated in 1976 with a BS in Biology and Education. Right after, as there were no teaching jobs, I worked as a Bartender at the late-great Red Fox Inn and also for Fred Jaspers, at the Waverly G&CC, also in the Pro shop. I served a short tour in the US Navy at OCS-NETC, Newport RI, before moving to Van Vleck, Texas a small (Janesville) town where I abused Junior High and HS students for 35 years, teaching Science, Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. I also coached JH and HS girls sports for 9 year. I served 6 years as the towns’ Fire Chief. Really! I returned to Waverly in 2016 after retiring and live in NW Waverly with Thelma and Louise my 2 Terriers. I have previously bar tended at Prairie Links G&CC (Centennial Oaks) and managed the bar there prior to coming to the Post. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our Veterans and this Post as the General Manager and look forward to meeting you all, face to face.

Meredith Keelan