Support our Veterans at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines
A terrain therapy garden outside of Central Iowa’s Veteran’s Hospital in Des Moines will provide an abundance of benefits for our hospitalized Veterans. The therapy garden will assist recovering veterans in achieving their rehabilitation goals and have a positive impact on the overall well-being of veterans, visitors and staff.
By providing an outdoor rehabilitation space, it will ensure the success of Veterans when transitioning into independent community living. The garden will encompass a variety of terrain elements including river rock, mulch, sand, gravel, pavers and uneven steps; all surfaces faced in the community on a daily basis.
The Therapy Garden will provide rehabilitation in a safe outdoor environment for Veterans to practice a variety of skill sand encourage hospitalized Veterans to engage in life’s activities again. It will include areas such as gardening, golfing, shuffle board, and other areas for enjoying the outdoors again.
To learn more, visit the website VATerapyGarden.org. Donations to this project may be sent to Mary Steinbach Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Hospital Chairman 901 7th Ave. NW Waverly, Iowa 50677
We started our July meeting with the draping of the charter, honoring Donna Fischer’s life as an Auxiliary member. Donna’s brother Jim, and sister in-law, Michelle, and good friend, Julie Anderson were in attendance. Donna will truly be missed from our Auxiliary.
There will be no Auxiliary meeting in August, due to AMVETS National Convention held in Louisville, KY. Mary will be attending the week-long event and will share the experience at the September meeting. September is the kick off for the membership drive. At the meeting we will discuss the membership dinner held in October. An invitation has been sent to our new Commander to attend the September meeting, introducing himself and talk about his goals for the 2019-2020 year. I encourage a large turnout at the meeting supporting him and our Auxiliary.
On July 20th we were honored to have Brenda Taylor from Central City, the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President, along with her PRO, Connie Silver, be part of the Heritage Day Parade. Mary Steinbach drove Wanda Benning’s convertible with Madam Taylor. Afterwards Mary and Amy took them to lunch downtown and did a little shopping. Then it was to the WAVP where once again we were honored to host 8 officers from National Sons of AMVETS and two Department of Iowa Sons of AMVETS officers. John Mohlis, local Sons Commander, gave them a tour of the WAVP. All were impressed with the building and the ability to bring 4 Veterans organizations together under one roof, working together for the benefit of Veterans and their families. It was a joy meeting with them before they had to depart to Evansdale for a steak supper.
Please keep the following members in your prayers: Shirley Wehrhen who was hospitalized and Marge Dietz. If you know of any members that are ill or just needing a “Thinking of you” encouragement card, Contact Chaplain Nancy Edwards 319-573-3454 with the information.
A BIG thank you for those helping with the July Food night of grilled hamburgers. We served almost 60 meals. A special thank you the the grill masters-Bob O’Hare and Carl Benning. The August food night will be held on Thursday, August 22. The menu will be grilled
pork loin sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, white Texas sheet cake and Jello
poke cake. Through you continued support of the food night, the Auxiliary is able to fund local, State, and National projects including scholarships and the White Clover Fund.
The White Clover is the official flower of AMVETS.
The white clover is a perennial with trifoliate green leaves, stems that root at the nodes and white flowers. Occasionally, the plant produces a four-leaf aberration.
It is a four-leaf clover symbolizing the four states in which the
four branches of U.S. Armed Forces were drawn.
Four leaf clovers can be found around the world and traditionally represent good luck for those that find them.
The White Clover is symbolic of the universal struggle for freedom. It means “Remember Me.”
Donations are used to support and assist local veterans in the area in need, whether that means providing meals and transportation to a homeless veteran, funding an entertainment program for patients at the local VA medical center or helping the family of a local veteran support themselves.
Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or email@example.com
Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. Psalm 4:6, NIV
Lord our God, with all our hearts we come before your countenance. Our hearts shall always be in your presence, asking, longing, and believing that you will guide our affairs aright. Protect us, for you are our God and Father. Protect all who are in danger or who must go into danger. Make known your great love and your living presence to the hearts of the dying. Draw our hearts together so that we may have community in you, our faith and hope set on you alone. Protect us during the night, and help us to be at peace about all our concerns because they are in your hands. Every concern of every person is in your hands. We ourselves are in your hands, Lord God, our Father, and there we want to remain. Your hands can heal and restore everything. Praised be your name! Amen.
Protect all who are in danger or who must go into danger. Say a prayer for all currently serving in our military, in all capacities. Keep them safe.
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!
ONE OF A KIND
Waverly’s AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Donna Fischer remembered for service to veterans and our community
She advocated for them, supported them, and met with senators and legislators to ensure that veterans’ rights and benefits are honored.
Donna Fischer, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President for Waverly’s Post 79, will be greatly missed. “We were truly honored and privileged to have those last times with her,”
A 1966 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School, she started working at Lutheran Mutual in November of 1966 and retired from CUNA Mutual in June of 2017.
As president of the organization, Donna was especially proud of the work the group’s 132 current members.
Donna joined the Waverly auxiliary in 1996, and became the local president from 2000 to 2012 and from 2017 to 2019.
At the Department level, she served as the AMVETS Department of Iowa Ladies Auxiliary Second Vice President. Prior to that, she had also served as Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President in 2004 and again from 2007-2008.
Donna held, for many years, the office of National Executive Committee woman, and in that role she would lobby various senators and congressmen to protect veterans’ rights and benefits.
Donna was exceptionally proud of the Ladies Auxiliary annual scholarship fundraiser, which sustains scholarships for excelling students. Donna was instrumental in developing the Monthly Food Night program which was and still is the biggest fundraiser for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.
Donna was at the helm of the Ladies Auxiliary during the historic flood of 2008, which destroyed the AMVETS building in Waverly. Eventually, after years of community fundraising and joining forces with the other veteran organizations, the AMVETS found its new home at the state-of-the-art Waverly Area Veterans Post.
“From the very beginning, when she became involved in 1996, she was passionate about veterans ”
“She was a big part of all of us and she will be greatly missed,”
Summer has officially started and our Auxiliary is still hard at work throughout the community. Just recently we were able to help a local female veteran get back on her feet. Thank you to those helping at the June Food night and those contributing desserts. We will have another Food night on July 25th, serving burgers, baked beans, chips, and an ice cream treat. By supporting our Food Night Fundraisers we are capable of contributing to our Department and National projects and giving local scholarships. As AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members, if you are not able to attend meetings or be active on any of the projects, as least come and support us on our Food Night Fundraiser. Meals are usually only $8.00, plus you get to spend time with other great Auxiliary Ladies!
We will be having a meeting on July 17th and not one in August. At the July meeting we will pay tribute to Past President, Donna Fischer. Meeting time is 6:00 at the WAVP.
Department of Iowa President, Brenda Taylor, will be here for the Heritage Day Parade. Local Auxiliary members are asked to walk behind the convertible in showing support and recognizing AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79. If you are able to be part of the group, meet at the starting point, the sale barn parking lot, by 10 am on July 20th.
At the AMVETS Department Convention held in June, Waverly AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary was awarded numerous Certificates of Achievement including: Gavelier Award for most signing new members, Department Hospital Chairman’s award, Child Welfare Award, Iowa Department Award for signing most renewals, Past Department President’s award for 5 or more new members, Past Department President’s Award for bringing back former Auxiliary members! Although it is nice to be recognized for the work we do through the Auxiliary, it is more rewarding to know that as an organization we continue to support Veterans and their families.
Also at the Conventions I am proud to announce the donation that was made, from the Department of Iowa, to the Des Moines VA Therapy Gardens. This garden is being built to help Veterans with their physical Therapy, using natural terrains, sidewalks, uneven ground, and will also provide a quiet outdoor space for gathering thoughts and calming fears. Most physical therapy is only done indoors on flat floors. This gardens helps with getting back into a regular society and learn to move in the real world. If you would like to know more about how you can help, contact me Mary Steinbach Department of Iowa Hospital Chair 319-230-9318 or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
In Memory of Donna Fischer
A precious one from us has gone.
A voice we love is stilled.
A chair is vacant in our Auxiliary
Which never can be filled.”
“We have come to give by our simple token, official expression of the grief of this Auxiliary. May we bow our heads in prayer?”
Chaplain: “Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of those who depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, felicity. We give Thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those Thy servants, who have finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors. And we beseech Thee, that we with all those who are departed in true faith of Thy Holy Name, may have perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and in soul, in Thy eternal and everlasting Glory, through our Lord. AMEN”
Chaplain: “O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered, accept our prayers on behalf of Thy servant departed, and grant her entrance into the land of light and joy in the fellowship of Thy saints; through our Lord, the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight; through our Lord, to whom be glory for ever and ever. AMEN.”