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AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare

Bob O’Hare Commander    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

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


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Bob O’Hare

Bob O’Hare Commander

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


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


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AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare

Bob O’Hare Commander

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

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.

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AMVETS Commander
Bob O’Hare

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

Phone 319-404-2311

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Commander’s Call – October 2017

Bob O’Hare

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

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.



Bob O’Hare


Commanders Call – August 2017


Bob O’Hare, Commander Post 79

I would like to send my condolence’s out to the Norman Herman Family.  Norm passed away Saturday, July 8th. Norm will be missed, our Prays go out to the Family.

It’s hard to believe that July is over already. The Heritage Day Parade was on the 15th of July. There was a good turn out even though it was hot and humid. There were many people standing along the parade route saluting the flag and cheering.

Check the calendar for all of the events going on this month at the WAVP.

Thursdays are food night (can’t go wrong there).  AMVETS Steak fry’s, third Saturday of each month (call in before 3pm on Saturday to reserve your steak. The phone number is 319-483-9287). There is also a short order cook the other nights.  Please help us put together a list of people to volunteer at all these events. If you are interested, please give me a call. Let’s make the WAVP a big success.

The Membership dinner is the 11th of October. It will be combined with the  Auxiliary & Sons again this year. Social hour is at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. Will have more information later.

First Fish Fry at the WAVP August 18th
We will serve from 5:30 until 8:00 to the first 300 people.  The menu will be: fish, potato salad, baked beans with a roll for $10.  We will need volunteers. If you wish to help call 319-404-2311.

Veterans Appreciation Night August 24th
This is a free event for area Veterans or Active Duty and one guest.  Attendees will enjoy a buffet provided by the Texas Roadhouse followed by a short program and self-guided tours of the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum of History & Science.

Guest are required to pre-register at or call 319-234-6357. Seating is limited and registering early is encouraged. The Museum is located at 503 South Street, Waterloo.

Des Moines Homeless Veterans Stand-down
The Des Moines Homeless Veterans Stand-down will be held beginning on Friday evening September 15, 2017 at 5PM and run through Sunday noon on September 17, 2017. This is one of the premier stand-down events around the Country. AMVETS is a principal sponsor of this event and Des Moines Post 2 and Cedar Falls Post 49 have supported it for many years. This year the event will be held at E12th and Des Moines St which is the former site of Des Moines General Hospital immediately north of the State Capitol. Approximately 1600 veterans are served each year through this event, receiving, medical, mental health, or spiritual counseling, meals, clothing, haircuts, VA benefit or job counseling, as well as a festival like entertainment event on Saturday evening. As in past years, it takes many volunteers to pull this event off. Volunteers may contact Kimberly Neal at 515-669-3732 if you would like to assist with this event.

Veteran’s Day at the Fair
Vets Day at the Fair August 14, 2017 – Any Member of AMVETS wishing to participate with a float needs to contact Meghan Larkin at the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Camp Dodge. Parade begins at 11AM. Stop by and visit the AMVETS booth along the Grand Concourse at the Veterans Affairs booth.

Iowa AMVETS Fall Golf Tournament
The Iowa AMVETS Fall Golf Tournament will be held at Plum Creek Golf Course in Fredericksburg Iowa on Saturday September 23, 2017. Originally the tournament was scheduled for September 9th but now has been rescheduled for September 23, 2017. The 2 person best shot tournament will have a 10AM shotgun start. Scoring will be Flighted and there will be special hole prizes. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 27 teams that sign up. The registration fee is $40 per person which equals $80 per team. Registration fees are available on the Department website.


Bob O’Hare, Commander

(319) 404-2311

Commanders Call – Bob O’Hare – July 2017

Commander Bob O’Hare 319-404-2311

Summer is here and the kids are out of school.  Be alert to kids playing when you are driving.


I am looking forward to working with all the new officers in the coming year.

Check your calendar for all the events coming this month at the WAVP.  The AMVETS will be hosting a streak fry every 4th Saturday of the month.

Volunteers are always needed.

The AMVETS State Convention was held June 9th through the 11th   in Marshalltown.  Congratulations to Maria Kuiper a graduate of Waverly Shell Rock High School and daughter of Kevin and Kristen Kuiper.  She was sponsored by Waverly Post 79.  She is a recipient of a $2,000.00 scholarship.

Have a safe and happy summer.

Any questions or concerns please contact me:


Commanders Call – June 2017

Ted Lanske

*Welcome to summer and some new Officers on board.  AMVETS Post 79 had their election of Officers with final installation at our meeting in June.  This will be my final comments as Post Commander, but look forward to working with our new Commander and his Officers.

*Reminder:  To all parents and grandparents of young children, mark June 2-4 on your calendar.  Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 2, 3 and 4 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend.

“Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for Iowans to reconnect with fishing,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “Invite a kid, your best friend or your mom to come along. Have some fun and create new memories.”

*These are your Officers for 2017-18:

Commander Bob O’Hare   319-404-2311

Post Commander – Bob O’Hare
1st Vice Membership – Steve Van Helten
2nd Vice Programs – Edward Abben
Adjutant – Jon Kaiser
Finance – Carl Benning
Judge Advocate – James Brandau
Historian – Steve Van Helten
Provost Marshall – Larry Hansen
Service Officer – Cory Stephens
Public Relations – Ted Lanske
Chaplain – Gary Phillips

*From your new Commander in his own words:

*My name is Bob O’Hare.  I will be taking Ted Lanske’s place as Commander.  I have big shoes to fill.  With the help of all the AMVETS members, I hope I can make it work half as well as Ted.

I will tell you my background.  I’m a life member of the AMVETS, life member of the Marine Corps League, and a board member of the WAVP.  During the 1990’s I served three terms as Commander of AMVETS Post 79.

Some of the goals I have is increasing membership.  I hope to increase the steak fries to three or four a month with the help of the other organizations.  With the four organizations working together, we can get a fish fry going again at the WAVP.

To accomplish all of this we will need many volunteers.  Let’s talk to family and friends and get a volunteer list started.  If you have any questions or concerns my email address and phone number are as follows:    Phone   319-404-2311


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Commanders Call – May 2017

Ted Lanske

*I wish there was space and time to “Thank” everyone that has supported our activities during the many years I have served as Post Commander, State Commander and various other positions.  The list is long and many over the years are no longer present, but had an influence on my life.  I truly appreciate those of you that have sat with me or allowed me to sit with you as we shared thoughts on various aspects of our Veteran’s organizations.  Friendly disagreement adds to the strength of a healthy organization and should never be put down, and an honest response is invaluable to maintaining integrity.  It is far better to state “I don’t know or have the answer, but will find out and get back to you”, then trying to live on B.S.  or lies.  I may not always have been successful, but as Commander, I have tried to be open to everyone’s opinion, but many times have supported what I felt was best for AMVETS at that time.

*REMINDER:  The election of Officers for 2017-18 will take place May 10th, with the meeting starting at 1900 or 7:00 p.m.  This is a terrific opportunity to become involved, showing support for Veterans with very little time involved.  If you have questions, I am willing to have coffee with you and discuss it.

*The VFW has the responsibility of promoting Waverly’s Memorial Day activities, but ask all of you to support the day’s activities along with our neighboring communities.  Reminding you now, that the parade route will be different with the closure of 1st St and Bremer Ave. NW.

*Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 is hosting the “Vietnam Traveling Wall” from May 17-May 21.  Volunteers are still needed and if interested:

Volunteer to help at The Wall That Heals
Follow the directions below:
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page:
2. Enter your email address
3. Sign up! Choose your spots
If you are having trouble, email Donita Krueger at and she will send you a link, or
there is a sign up sheet at AMVETS Post 49

*As we look forward into May, let us remember; school will be coming to an end and sidewalks will be full of young bicyclists and children with no thought of danger.  It is up to us to slow down, be more vigilant (especially with the construction areas) and protect them.  If you have children or grandchildren, try to instill the reasoning of wearing a helmet and awareness of their surroundings.  The same should be said of water activities.  It is so heartbreaking to hear or read of a young child drowning in a farm pond or hit at an intersection.  We all need to be more aware of what and where we are and less time worrying about the chirping cell phone.  I wish all of you a truly SAFE and WONDERFUL SUMMER.

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