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Commander’s Call

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This will be the last call to get an engraved brick placed at the Veterans Tribute.  For an application blank, go to our website:  waverlyvets.us, then click on veterans tab, then click on tribute tab.  There you will find the application.  Any questions, call Carl Benning at 269-9541.
The deadline for scholarship applications is April 15.  These are available for high school seniors and underclass members at college.  Applicants must be a direct relative (also aunt, uncle, sibling) of a veteran.  Forms are available from the high school guidance office or at WAVP. 

Latest News

The WAVP will continue to be closed at this time. No meetings planned for April. There has not been anything added to the calendar for events at this time. If things change, watch for email updates, Facebook updates, or something posted in the paper.

This is a difficult times for everyone, but we will stay strong and stay united.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary

How do we move on and continue to do what we need to do for our Veterans and those that are still serving? I will do more e-mail messages to our Auxiliary members with updates and news. If you you have not given me any changes to you email address, now is the time. Send me a message mjonlyu@outlook.com with updated information. As of right now there will me no meeting in April and the WAVP continues to be closed. They will be have a meal on Thursdays with curbside pick up. Last week’s meal was a success serving around 70. This is just one way we can continue to do what we do. I am also working on setting up a way that we can video conference our meetings. My daughter set up something like this for our family and was comforting to be able to facetime with my siblings, daughter, and many of my nieces and nephews.

One thing that we will have to do this month is our 6 month reports. If you have anything to report for volunteering, monetary donations, clothing and household donations, etc. please get that information to me. Email me the information mjonlyu@outlook.com or if you happen to come to Hy-Vee you can bring me the information. 

Another way to help support the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is to give a monetary donation to the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. Normally our biggest fundraiser supporting the Department is held at the Spring SEC in April. Since we have not been able to get out there to sell raffle tickets and the meeting is cancelled, I am asking that if you would like to give support to mail a donation to me: Mary Steinbach                                                                                                                                               901 7th Ave. NW                                                                                                                                             Waverly, Iowa 50677

Lastly, April is a month that we start looking for Offices for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. If you currently hold an office and are interested to keeping that position, let me know. If you would like to hold a different office, let me know, if you are not an officer and would like to set up into one of the offices, let me know. Currently many of us hold multiple positions and it would be great if we could get more people involved. not only as officers, but (when we can again) attending the meetings, bringing new ideas and programs to help our Veterans, our community, and our youth.

Thank you for your continued support. We are STRONG, we are Iowans pulling together to get things done and make things work. Stay strong, stay healthy, and stay home as much as possible.



Chaplain’s Message

A Prayer for Strength When Weary

Lord, I’m weary. My energy is sagging, and my motivation is lagging. And I am so in need of you. I need your strength and your fresh touch to get back on track again. Your Word says the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that’s true, then I need your joy to replace all the bone-tired parts of my mind, body, and soul.

The pressures of life sometimes push me into a corner, rendering me helpless to move forward. A hundred voices call my name, and I feel paralyzed at times to answer, not knowing where to turn. Lord, help me not to quit, to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty.

I need your strength to say no when I’m tempted to surrender to harmful things, or when selfishness clings to my clothes and won’t let go. I need your strength to say yes, when cowardice and fear nudge me to deny the convictions of my heart. I need your strength to reach out in love to those both close to me and all around me. When don’t I need your strength, God?

You are my rock, and I run to you today, believing that you will lift up my heavy arms, that you will fuel me for the tasks you’ve given me, and that your joy will completely consume the weakness of my life and make me strong again. I don’t want to stay grounded, crippled by limitations and failed attempts. I’m tired of feeble efforts. Lord, I want to mount up with wings like an eagle and not just fly. I want to soar.

Military History – April 2020

Military History:  Believe it or not, but even old retired guys and younger working guys run into a time, where you just don’t catch up, therefore our Military History segment is going off center.  So “April, a month of firsts” contains some facts throughout our history that helped shape our country.  Many of them way before us or our Grandparents, but these “firsts” have had an impact on our lives and how we live, if we think deep enough.  More information on any of these can be found through Wikipedia or some key words in any trusted search engine.

April, a month of First’s

“not just April Fool’s Day”

April 2, 1792 – Congress established the first U.S. Mint at Philadelphia.  David Rittenhouse, an American scientist, was appointed the first director of the mint by President George Washington. Two lots were purchased by Rittenhouse on July 18, 1792, at Seventh Street and 631 Filbert Street in Philadelphia for $4,266.67. The next day, demolition of an abandoned whiskey distillery on the property began. Foundation work began on July 31, and by September 7, the first building was ready for installation of the smelting furnace. The smelt house was the first public building erected by the United States government. A three-story brick structure facing Seventh Street was constructed a few months later. Measuring nearly 37 ft. (11 m) wide on the street, it only extended back 33 ft. (10 m). The gold and silver for the mint were contained in basement vaults. The first floor housed deposit and weighing rooms, along with the press room, where striking coins took place. Mint official offices were on the second floor, and the assay office was located on the third floor. A photograph of the Seventh Street building taken around 1908 show that by then the year 1792 and the words “Ye Olde Mint” (in quotes) had been painted onto the facade.

April 3, 1860 – In the American West, the Pony Express service began as the first rider departed St. Joseph, Missouri. For $5 an ounce, letters were delivered 2,000 miles to California within ten days. The famed Pony Express riders each rode from 75 to 100 miles before handing the letters off to the next rider. A total of 190 way stations were located about 15 miles apart. The service lasted less than two years, ending upon the completion of the overland telegraph.

April 3, 1995 – Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to preside over the Court, sitting in for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist who was out of town.

April 4, 1887 – The first woman mayor was elected in the U.S. as Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, Kansas   Her election was a surprise because her name had been placed on a slate of candidates as a prank by a group of men who were actually against women in politics and hoped to secure a loss that would humiliate women and discourage them from running.   Because candidates did not have to be made public before election day, Salter herself did not know she was on the ballot before the polls opened.   When, on election day itself, she agreed to accept office if elected, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union abandoned its own preferred candidate and voted for Salter en masse, helping to secure her election by a two-thirds majority.

April 6, 1896 – After a break of 1500 years, the first Olympics of the modern era was held in Athens, Greece.

April 8, 1913 – The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified requiring direct popular election of U.S. senators. Previously, they had been chosen by state legislatures.  The amendment was proposed by the 62nd Congress in 1912 and adopted in 1913 upon being ratified by three-fourths (36) of the state legislatures. It was first implemented in special elections in Maryland (November 1913) and Alabama (May 1914), then nationwide in the November 1914 election.

April 12, 1981 – The first space shuttle flight occurred with the launching of Columbia with astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen aboard. Columbia spent 54 hours in space, making 36 orbits, then landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

April 18, 1942 – The first air raid on mainland Japan during World War II occurred as General James Doolittle led a squadron of B-25 bombers taking off from the carrier Hornet to bomb Tokyo and three other cities. Damage was minimal, but the raid boosted Allied morale following years of unchecked Japanese military advances.

April 30, 1789 – George Washington became the first U.S. President as he was administered the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets in New York City.




Putt Putt After Party – Patriots Hall

Putt Putt After Party – Patriots Hall

Music in the Bar – Drew & Jesse – 4:00 PM to 7:00PM !

Live Music at 4:00 PM to 7:00PM with Drew & Jesse!  Enjoy some music in the company of friends!  

Thursday Dinner at the Club – Beef and Noodles (AA) – Cancelled!!!

Thursday Dinner at the Club – Beef and Noodles sponsored by the AMVETS Auxiliary. What better way to show your stove your appreciation than giving it the night off and having dinner at the Post!  Meal will consist of Beef and Noodles, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and a monster cookies for just $8.00! – Cancelled!!!