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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

 

Commander’s News

AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare
2017-2018

Bob O’Hare Commander bobohare201@gmail.com

Phone   319-404-2311

Hello to all AMVETS members. Can you believe Thanksgiving is over and we are looking at December. Where did the time go.

We have lost another AMVETS member. Orville Fox passed away October 22nd. Our condolences goes out to the family.

December 2nd is the LZ Phoenix Christmas Gala at the WAVP. Doors open at 5:00PM. There will be a lottery, and silent and live auction. Tickets are $60 with a limit of 250 guest. For more in formation go to www.lzphoenixchristmasgala.com.

I have been a member of the AMVETS since 1990. We had member and outside businesses volunteer to work the steak fries, fish fries and other activities. Since that time the Amvets has become a part of a larger organization, WAVP. With this move we have more activities needing more volunteers. I feel we have less then 1% of the members volunteering for these events. Ask yourself if you have helped in anyway with any of the events at the WAVP. We have a very nice building and to keep it that way and also profitable, so we can help our fellow veterans, volunteers are needed to work these events. Please let us know if you can help, the WAVP belongs to all of us.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Remember to thank a veteran.

Lets not forget to honor and support our veterans.

Commander News

AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare
2017-2018

Membership Dinner was well attended. Thanks to the Sons and past Commanders for the raffle prizes. And thanks to all who have paid their 2018 dues; the membership cards are being mailed out to those not attending the dinner. Several new members and a few transfers have joined Post 79. The guest for the dinner was George Cummings, National President of the Riders and his daughter, Courtney National Junior AMVETS. He spoke on what the Riders group represents and hopes of organizing more chapters. If anyone would like more information please contact me.

Veterans Day activities at the WAVP include the regular second Saturday breakfast from 7:30 to 10:00 AM. A brief program will begin at l1:00AM followed by lunch provided by several area businesses. There will be displays of military memorabilia from 10:00AM until 2:00PM. Please consider sharing anything you might have. Tables will be provided; however you will be responsible for the display. A special silent auction will be held for misc. bar lights, pool table lights, etc. and other items anyone wishes to donate. These items will be on display in Patriots Hall beginning Friday, November 1Oth and ending at 1:00PM on Saturday, November 1l’h . Don’t forget to sign up.

Let’s not forget our blessing on Thanksgiving Day.

Let’s not forget to honor and support our veterans.

Any questions or concerns call:

Bob O’Hare, Commander Post 79

bobohare201@gmail.com

Phone 319-404-2311

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Commander’s Call – October 2017

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

Mark your calendars for the annual Post 79 membership dinner on October 11th. Social hour at 5PM and dinner at 6PM. This includes all AMVETS members, auxiliary members, and Sons. Patriot supporters are also welcome. Your 2018 paid dues include the cost of the dinner.  Even though the dinner is included with all life memberships, please consider a donation for the meal expenses.

Thanks to all who have already paid your 2018 annual dues. To save postage costs, your membership cards will be given to you at the membership dinner. If any life members need new cards, make Steve Van Helen or Carl Benning aware of your needs.

Veteran’s Day Activities, November 11th

Tentative plans include the regular monthly breakfast and a brief program at WAVP. We plan to have space and tables available for display of any military memorabilia. Again, these are tentative plans; stay tuned for definite and additional happenings.

Please watch the calendar for all of the events at the WAVP. Volunteers are always needed. Please don’t wait for a call. Step up and volunteer.

Lets not forget to honor and support our veterans.

Any questions or concerns call:

Bob O’Hare, Commander Post 79

bobohare201@gmail.com

Phone 319-404-2311

Commanders Call – September 2017

August is just about over. Man Oh Man! Where does the time go?School has started again, then it’s time for football.

Just a reminder to mark your calendar.  Oct 11th is the membership dinner for the AMVETS, Auxiliary, and the Son’s. Social hour 5 pm, dinner 6pm.

August 18 was our first fish fry in approximately 9 years. It was a great success. People enjoyed themselves and thought the fish was great. We would like to thank everyone for coming and hope to see them next, September 15th 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Thanks to all the people that put in hours organizing and working the fish fry. Special thanks to Tim and Tom Miller from Sumner for guiding us through the first fish fry. Check your WAVP calendar so you don’t miss out on all the activities.

Condolences go out to the Meyer Family. Herb passed away August 12. Herb has done so much for the AMVETS and the Waverly Shell Rock School. It would fill a book with all of his accomplishments. He will be greatly missed.

Also, our condolences goes out to the Schuler Family. Ken passed away August 1st.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

 

Commander

Bob O’Hare

bobohare201@gmail.com

319-404-2311