July 2, 6pm, Brian Bergan from the Waverly City Council will be at the Post to receive feedback regarding the city’s fireworks ordinance. Particularly, he needs to hear from veterans and veteran families about the impact of the 2-week window for allowing fireworks. Brian was one of “swing” votes to allow the two week period.
2. July 16, 6pm, is the WAVP annual meeting.
3. WAVP Board is appealing the Bremer Co. Board of Adjustment’s ruling that we owe property tax based on our activities. We have failed to obtain info as to what those activities consist of. Therefore, we have enlisted a law firm from Des Moines to assist the WAVP Board. The case is scheduled for Sept. 10-11 in District Court in Bremer Co.; we need your support at this trial. More info next month.
4. The construction loan has been carried by the State Bank since the beginning of construction. The remainder of this loan (380,000) has been taken over by the AMVETS, American Legion, and VFW. Since the interest rate has been lowered, it saves WAVP some costs and yet gives more return to the three organizations than the current CD markets. Seems like a win, win situation. Remember, this is still a loan to be repaid!
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.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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 email@example.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
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
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