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 There will not be a meeting in September. Look for more information on the Sons of AMVETS membership drive and dinner coming in October.

Please keep all of our soldiers in your prayers as we mourn the loss of another tragedy.  God bless all who have served to protect this country and those who are currently serving.

We salute you.

Jim Trask

Keep our veterans, service members, and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Sons of AMVETS News

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The Sons of AMVETS, as its name implies, is a nationwide organization comprised of the sons of American veterans who are members of AMVETS or a deceased veteran who would have qualified to be an AMVETS member. The Sons play an active role in promoting AMVETS’ legislative agenda, providing services to hospitalized veterans and supporting charitable initiatives. Take a look into your past to see if you can become a member of Sons of AMVETS, or know someone who can join and get them involved.

Upcoming events at the WAVP are Saturday steak nights, a monthly fish fry, and a monthly breakfast. Remember these? We also have Food Nights on most Thursdays, hosted by the various Service Organizations involved with the WAVP.

As we start a new year, please remember our veterans, past and present, along with their families, and what they have contributed and sacrificed for the freedom we have today. Not only does the Sons of AMVETS support our military families, we also work hard in our community and award scholarships.   

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The Sons of AMVETS are proud to annouce that Isabella (Ella) Canny has received the $500 Al Bock memorial college scholarship. Ella was selected based on her essay, her involvement with Retrieving Freedom, and a volunteer at the WAVP. Ella’s parents are Dave and Cyndi Canney.  Her grandparents are Carl and Wanda Benning. Ella will attend Wartburg College. She is pictured with Sons Commander, John Mohlis.

Could you be a leader?

Have you ever been inspired by a leader in our organization? Have you ever thought, “I can do that,” or “I have ideas I would like to share?” Being a leader does not always mean becoming an officer. It starts with your dedication on helping veterans, veteran families, and participation in your community.

Good leaders are reliable, have good communication skills, are open-minded, patient, willing to learn, and willing to teach. The benefit of becoming a leader is the reward of knowing you make a difference. Leaders bring fresh ideas to the meeting, learn more about the Auxiliary, and work closely with prospective members and assisting them with obtaining the necessary paperwork that proves their eligibility.

Sadly, if an Auxiliary has no one ready to fill its leadership rolls, it may close. This has been the case across Iowa this year. Make it a priority to cultivate future leaders. Reach out to friends and family that are eligible. Use our youth, supporting their projects in the community, and they may become future leaders in our Auxiliary.

Submitted by Mary Steinbach AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79, president

The above articles was written for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, but it needs to be a part of the AMVETS and the Sons of AMVETS. Without the growth of AMVETS, both the Auxiliary and the Sons of AMVETS are limited to growth in membership. Every member should be recruiting AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS future members.

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 John wants to thank  Dita Boorom, Norma Groen, Genie Schmidt for the work they do keeping up with the landscaping, flowers, and gardens around the WAVP.

The Sons will be awarding scholarships again this year. Your continues support of the can box at the WAVP makes this possible. Watch for more news about the scholarships in the upcoming newsletter. 

The Sons of AMVETS are looking for a few Sons members to get involved with the various projects. There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and talents. A big way would be  becoming an officer and attending the meetings. Contact John to find out more.

John Mohlis, Sons of AMVETS Commander 319-290-7524


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The Sons would like to invite all members to become more active by attending meetings and learning what can be done for our Veterans, the community, and items for the WAVP. Through the donations of cans and bottles we are offering scholarships again this year. Forms are available at the High School Office, at the WAVP or on the Website under the scholarship tab. If you know of a student who would qualify, please pass this information onto them.

Thank you for your continued support

John Mohlis, Sons of AMVETS #79 Commander

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The pool team that the Sons sponsor, surprised John Mohlis with some professional pool balls for their pool table. It was very much appreciated. 

The picture shows the team presenting the pool balls to John.

DJ Perry, Chris Adams, John Mohlis, Commander of the Sons, Erik Nennenga

Not pictured:  Scott Swinton, Stu Gray, Stephen Walters



We appreciate everyone’s help with the can bin and following the rules.  It makes the sorting so much easier and no broken glass in the bin prevents cuts.  The Sons were able to give $500 to WAVP for snow removal with money from the cans.



The Sons of AMVETS continue with the can collection at the WAVP.  When they are redeemed the money is used for various projects including the scholarship fund. There has been an issue with glass bottles not in the original container box and have at times causes some of the bottles to break. We ask that you separate the cans from the bottles and use the correct collection bin. Signs are posted. If we continue to have issues with broken glass we will not longer accept glass of any kind. Your donations are appreciated, but please be respectful when placing them in the proper containers.

Thank you.

Keep our service members safe and keep their family members in your prayers.

John Mohlis, Sons of AMVETS Commander

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There will be no meeting in January.

I would like to thank Santa for the gloves for doing cans.They are appreciated. I’m working on a beer bottle rack to keep bottles out of the bin.  If you have other project ideas for the Sons of AMVETS, please be sure to contact me or one of the other members. As part of your generous can donations, the Sons of AMVETS were able to donate $500 to the Bremer Co. VA office for providing gift bags to Veterans in Care facilities throughout Bremer County.

Remember our veterans in the coming year. 

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I wish to thank everyone who have renewed their membership for the 2021. As always, we are looking for members to attend meeting, getting involved in ways that  the Sons of AMVETS can work together for the WAVP and for our Community. We do a lot for providing scholorships, but know if we can work together we can do more.

John Mohlis, Sons of AMVETS Commander.