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Commander’s Call

Being a commander here is somewhat different than in active military duty. Then we did what
the commander said no questions asked. Now we ask you all to help do what our goals and
projects are. I want to thank you in advance for when you come forward and get in the game.
Well enough of that for now.
My wife and I are coming up on 60 years married. Wow. We had 5 daughters we lost one
to cancer in 2009 will never get over that loss. We have 3 son in laws, 11 grand children
12 great grand children and one great great grand daughter.
For now my wife is in the Shell Rock nursing home following open heart surgery but is
having a hard time getting back on her feet. Having this going on I have not had much time
to do recruiting however I set a goal of at least 5 new members by meeting time.
My phone has been ringing off the hook from AMVET members asking for help to
improve the recruiting project going on now. HA! HA! I wish. Ok lets get moving on RECRUITING.
As you can see writing is not my strong point however I can talk up a storm. So come to
the monthly meetings on the second Wednesday at 7 PM and hear me.
Don’t forget work day on 9/11/19.
Thank you. Ron Home # 319 276 4662 Cell # 319 290 6762.

Commander’s Call

From the commander
I want to introduce myself. I’m Ron Ihde your new commander after an recent election which was a close race but I won out. HA! HA! In the next few months I will talk about my family and other things about me to help us all get better acquainted. I hope that I can meet each and everyone of you. When we meet up please introduce yourself, can’t promise I’ll remember your name but will try.
Now there is one thing we are going to do in a big way that I will talk about all the time. That is RECRUITING, RECRUITING AND RECRUITING new members. I have a plan that works and will share with you all. The next three months will be a good time to get this done. I will offer to help each one of you to get more new members.
Please come to our monthly meetings second Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
Thanks RON
Home phone # 319 276 4662 or Cell # 319 290 6762.
 
 
 
AMVETS Post 79 is pleased to announce three scholarship awards which are made possible by your support of steak nites, food nites, and other activities.  The recipients are:

Hanna Fanter (daughter of the late David Fanter) is enrolled at Hawkeye Community College to pursue a career in nursing.
Sadie Hansen (granddaughter of Stuart Thomson) is enrolled at Hawkeye Community College to pursue a career of human resource management.
Levi Williamson (grandson of Larry Williamson) is enrolled at Hawkeye Community College to finish a liberal arts associate degree.

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WAVP Updates

  1. 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!

Commander’s Call

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.

Thank you.

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

Commander’s Call

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.

Thank you.

Bob O’Hare

Commander’s Call

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

Commander’s Call

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 bobohare201@gmail.com 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.

Commander’s News

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

Commander’s News

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 bobohare201@gmail.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

Commander’s News

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