WAVP update as of 11/20/15: Lower level floor concrete floor has been completed. Steel supports, concrete core deck installed and 3” concrete floor poured on that, which is the floor for second level. Steel for stairwells is scheduled for delivery, other steel and exterior walls also scheduled for delivery. For those that are in warmer climates, we have been under a week of rain, strong wind and now winter snow warnings, so some work has come to a temporary halt.
*This past month, we have lost two wonderful gentlemen, Veterans, family men, and community members. It was my pleasure to share time with them being involved in Veteran’s activities, but even better when we could just sit and visit, sharing our experiences and family stories. I wish to express to the families of Harold Lindeman and Harry Janssen; my prayers and God’s Blessings to all of you and know they left our world just a little better.
*I express my “Thanks” to all that attended our membership dinners, both the Men and the Ladies. Your support is extremely important at this time as we prepare in the next 12 months to move into our new facility. I realize and understand that some individuals are disappointed that more information is not provided, but we are trying our best at providing information in pictures on the web sites, slide show presentation on the one TV and occasionally with the Table talk/Latest News pieces I write. I spend on an average, between 20-30 hours per week volunteering as custodian/maintenance at the Post or meetings/writing/etc. and like some of you, exasperated that things are not progressing faster. Let me assure you, that there are other members on the board that put more hours than that into this project and will continue to do so. BUT: the WAVP is now under construction, progress is being made and we are at a point that the involvement of ALL our organizations and supporters are needed. Do you have a vision of what the WAVP could be doing; for Veterans, for our community, for our schools, or something outside the box, please contact me, James Brandau or Carl Benning. Ideas without leadership are like a ship without a Captain, going nowhere. WE NEED YOU.
*My thanks to everyone that came to the Veterans Day activities at the Centre’, the volunteers, Bremer County VA, WAVP Honor Guard, Speaker Carl Benning and the biggest THANKS to Jim Vowels and the WSR Band. AMVETS will not be the coordinator for Veterans Day 2016, but I would hope that it will be in the new facility and we pack the place. With vision, volunteers and a “Captain”, Veterans Day 2016 should be one for the history books.
*REMINDER: 2016 memberships are due for all, so please renew now and if you were a past social member, stop at the Canteen and renew as a 2016 WAVP Patriot Supporter. Many of our past social were and are more supportive of the WAVP than some of our Veterans and I accept and appreciate that.
*Christmas season and holidays are upon us, and if you are looking for a special long lasting gift for a young Veteran, think of a Tribute brick recognizing his service. Are you thinking of a year-end donation, then add to your pledge or make another donation to the WAVP. YUCK, but tax time is just around the corner.
*From my Family; we wish all of you a “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Holidays” and safe journeys. Try making someone’s holiday just a little better by: adding something to the Auxiliary’s box at the Canteen, a toy in “A toy for tots box”, if your church has a giving or gift tree, donation to Bremer County VA for Veterans or homeless shelter, or loose change in a red kettle. We still live in the greatest country in the world and the generosity of Americans when a disaster strikes elsewhere is proof of that. Sometimes the greatest gift you can give is your time; visit a sick or home bound friend, help or assist someone to church, volunteer someplace or complete the phone call you have been thinking about for the last year. Truthfully, I need to take some of my own suggestions. May God Bless all of you.
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