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Commanders Call – September 2017

August is just about over. Man Oh Man! Where does the time go?School has started again, then it’s time for football.

Just a reminder to mark your calendar.  Oct 11th is the membership dinner for the AMVETS, Auxiliary, and the Son’s. Social hour 5 pm, dinner 6pm.

August 18 was our first fish fry in approximately 9 years. It was a great success. People enjoyed themselves and thought the fish was great. We would like to thank everyone for coming and hope to see them next, September 15th 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Thanks to all the people that put in hours organizing and working the fish fry. Special thanks to Tim and Tom Miller from Sumner for guiding us through the first fish fry. Check your WAVP calendar so you don’t miss out on all the activities.

Condolences go out to the Meyer Family. Herb passed away August 12. Herb has done so much for the AMVETS and the Waverly Shell Rock School. It would fill a book with all of his accomplishments. He will be greatly missed.

Also, our condolences goes out to the Schuler Family. Ken passed away August 1st.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

 

Commander

Bob O’Hare

bobohare201@gmail.com

319-404-2311

Commanders Call – August 2017

 

Bob O’Hare, Commander Post 79

I would like to send my condolence’s out to the Norman Herman Family.  Norm passed away Saturday, July 8th. Norm will be missed, our Prays go out to the Family.

It’s hard to believe that July is over already. The Heritage Day Parade was on the 15th of July. There was a good turn out even though it was hot and humid. There were many people standing along the parade route saluting the flag and cheering.

Check the calendar for all of the events going on this month at the WAVP.

Thursdays are food night (can’t go wrong there).  AMVETS Steak fry’s, third Saturday of each month (call in before 3pm on Saturday to reserve your steak. The phone number is 319-483-9287). There is also a short order cook the other nights.  Please help us put together a list of people to volunteer at all these events. If you are interested, please give me a call. Let’s make the WAVP a big success.

The Membership dinner is the 11th of October. It will be combined with the  Auxiliary & Sons again this year. Social hour is at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. Will have more information later.


First Fish Fry at the WAVP August 18th
We will serve from 5:30 until 8:00 to the first 300 people.  The menu will be: fish, potato salad, baked beans with a roll for $10.  We will need volunteers. If you wish to help call 319-404-2311.

Veterans Appreciation Night August 24th
This is a free event for area Veterans or Active Duty and one guest.  Attendees will enjoy a buffet provided by the Texas Roadhouse followed by a short program and self-guided tours of the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum of History & Science.

Guest are required to pre-register at gmdistrict.org/vetnight2017 or call 319-234-6357. Seating is limited and registering early is encouraged. The Museum is located at 503 South Street, Waterloo.

Des Moines Homeless Veterans Stand-down
The Des Moines Homeless Veterans Stand-down will be held beginning on Friday evening September 15, 2017 at 5PM and run through Sunday noon on September 17, 2017. This is one of the premier stand-down events around the Country. AMVETS is a principal sponsor of this event and Des Moines Post 2 and Cedar Falls Post 49 have supported it for many years. This year the event will be held at E12th and Des Moines St which is the former site of Des Moines General Hospital immediately north of the State Capitol. Approximately 1600 veterans are served each year through this event, receiving, medical, mental health, or spiritual counseling, meals, clothing, haircuts, VA benefit or job counseling, as well as a festival like entertainment event on Saturday evening. As in past years, it takes many volunteers to pull this event off. Volunteers may contact Kimberly Neal at 515-669-3732 if you would like to assist with this event.

Veteran’s Day at the Fair
Vets Day at the Fair August 14, 2017 – Any Member of AMVETS wishing to participate with a float needs to contact Meghan Larkin at the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Camp Dodge. Parade begins at 11AM. Stop by and visit the AMVETS booth along the Grand Concourse at the Veterans Affairs booth.

Iowa AMVETS Fall Golf Tournament
The Iowa AMVETS Fall Golf Tournament will be held at Plum Creek Golf Course in Fredericksburg Iowa on Saturday September 23, 2017. Originally the tournament was scheduled for September 9th but now has been rescheduled for September 23, 2017. The 2 person best shot tournament will have a 10AM shotgun start. Scoring will be Flighted and there will be special hole prizes. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 27 teams that sign up. The registration fee is $40 per person which equals $80 per team. Registration fees are available on the Department website.

 

Bob O’Hare, Commander

bobohare201@gmail.com

(319) 404-2311

Commanders Call – Bob O’Hare – July 2017

Commander Bob O’Hare bobohare201@gmail.com 319-404-2311

Summer is here and the kids are out of school.  Be alert to kids playing when you are driving.

 

I am looking forward to working with all the new officers in the coming year.

Check your calendar for all the events coming this month at the WAVP.  The AMVETS will be hosting a streak fry every 4th Saturday of the month.

Volunteers are always needed.

The AMVETS State Convention was held June 9th through the 11th   in Marshalltown.  Congratulations to Maria Kuiper a graduate of Waverly Shell Rock High School and daughter of Kevin and Kristen Kuiper.  She was sponsored by Waverly Post 79.  She is a recipient of a $2,000.00 scholarship.

Have a safe and happy summer.

Any questions or concerns please contact me:

 

Commanders Call – May 2017

Ted Lanske
319-240-0734
tedsph98@aol.com

*I wish there was space and time to “Thank” everyone that has supported our activities during the many years I have served as Post Commander, State Commander and various other positions.  The list is long and many over the years are no longer present, but had an influence on my life.  I truly appreciate those of you that have sat with me or allowed me to sit with you as we shared thoughts on various aspects of our Veteran’s organizations.  Friendly disagreement adds to the strength of a healthy organization and should never be put down, and an honest response is invaluable to maintaining integrity.  It is far better to state “I don’t know or have the answer, but will find out and get back to you”, then trying to live on B.S.  or lies.  I may not always have been successful, but as Commander, I have tried to be open to everyone’s opinion, but many times have supported what I felt was best for AMVETS at that time.

*REMINDER:  The election of Officers for 2017-18 will take place May 10th, with the meeting starting at 1900 or 7:00 p.m.  This is a terrific opportunity to become involved, showing support for Veterans with very little time involved.  If you have questions, I am willing to have coffee with you and discuss it.

*The VFW has the responsibility of promoting Waverly’s Memorial Day activities, but ask all of you to support the day’s activities along with our neighboring communities.  Reminding you now, that the parade route will be different with the closure of 1st St and Bremer Ave. NW.

*Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 is hosting the “Vietnam Traveling Wall” from May 17-May 21.  Volunteers are still needed and if interested:

Volunteer to help at The Wall That Heals
Follow the directions below:
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page: http://signup.com/go/KCx7jF
2. Enter your email address
3. Sign up! Choose your spots
If you are having trouble, email Donita Krueger at donitakrueger@gmail.com and she will send you a link, or
there is a sign up sheet at AMVETS Post 49

*As we look forward into May, let us remember; school will be coming to an end and sidewalks will be full of young bicyclists and children with no thought of danger.  It is up to us to slow down, be more vigilant (especially with the construction areas) and protect them.  If you have children or grandchildren, try to instill the reasoning of wearing a helmet and awareness of their surroundings.  The same should be said of water activities.  It is so heartbreaking to hear or read of a young child drowning in a farm pond or hit at an intersection.  We all need to be more aware of what and where we are and less time worrying about the chirping cell phone.  I wish all of you a truly SAFE and WONDERFUL SUMMER.

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Commanders Call – March 2017

Ted Lanske
319-240-0734
tedsph98@aol.com

*I would like to express my condolences to family and friends of Eugene (Gene) Gaulke (AMVETS)-D.- February 2, 2017 and Norma Briner (Auxiliary)- D.- January 23, 2017.  Gene always had a twinkle in his eyes and heartwarming smile and just enough mischief to keep things interesting.  Norma was a dedicated Auxiliary member and contributed what she could until her health limited those abilities.  May we all hold them in our hearts, prayers and memories.

*I would like to remember and express condolences to Jim Lahr’s and Ruth Rosol’s family and their friends.  Although not Post 79 members, they were Post 79 family and through the years supported our activities.  I am thankful they shared a portion of their lives with me and proud to call them friends.

*To Cyndi and Lyman Campbell, on the passing of Cyndi’s Mother, Barbara (Bobbi) (Ecker) Blatchford.  Bobbi was well known and Ecker’s Nursery was generous over the years to many community activities including AMVETS.  May we also keep Cyndi and the Ecker family in our prayers and share the memories with others.

*On a lighter side:  the weather has been un-winter like, but let’s not be fooled because we still have March Madness, which could be sports or snow.  The good news is that spring is not far away and the days are noticeably longer, so please stay safe, watch the weather, and get the grill ready.

*Department of Iowa Scholarship forms were dropped off at the high school, but they are accessible on line:    http://www.amvetsiowa.org/News-.html  and scroll down to a pdf for scholarship 2016-17.  National AMVETS also has scholarships, forms accessible through National web site.

*My newsletter for March is shorter than most newsletters, and now looking at two more (April/May) to complete my term.  Minus the few months I missed, that adds up to approximately 135 newsletters.  Thank you again to everyone who has ever made a comment regarding the newsletter.

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*From Carl Benning, WAVP Board and Post 79 Finance Officer for the newsletter:

  1. Since we are spending over $1700 each year on the mailing of the newsletter, please consider giving us your e-mail address (you can drop it off at WAVP and designate it for the AMVETS newsletter, or enter your address on the front page of this site).  This will allow us more dollars that we can use for veterans’ services.
  1. There are over 180 AMVETS members in our local Post 79; however, only about 10 are present at the monthly meetings.  Pretty Sad!!  Decisions are made at these meetings; we would like more input and involvement from all members.  We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm.  This is YOUR organization!!
  1. We are looking for more activities to keep our members active.  Any suggestions?  If you are willing to help with any activity, let us know.
  1. Election of officers is around the corner; the “old slate” is getting tired!  Please consider volunteering for any office.

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Commanders Call – November 2016

Ted Lanske 319-240-0734 tedsph98@aol.com

Ted Lanske
319-240-0734
tedsph98@aol.com

*I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Wayne Platte.  Not mentioned in his obituary; Wayne had been a member of AMVETS Post 79 and a regular for several years, sharing stories, laughter and enjoying life.  On the occasions that we would have music, you would find Wayne on the dance floor, truly having a great time.  I will remember that twinkle in his eye and know there was a hint of mischief in the air.  Rest in peace and Thank You for serving our country.

*Although they were not members; but have family that are a part of our AMVETS family, I would like to offer my condolences to the families of Virgil Fasse and Roberta Ramker.  Please know that we understand the loss you feel and are willing to provide support, shoulder or a hug if needed.

*Due to scheduling conflicts, this newsletter is being written early, so if something is missed, please understand it was not intentional.

*Will provide an update or evaluation of how our combined AMVETS Membership dinner went, in the December newsletter, and would ask for input from those that attended.

*I want to THANK everyone that is friends on facebook  Amvets Post 79 and has “share” or “like” our various pages.  We reached a high during the week of October 2-9 of over 1400 hits, which I think is amazing.  President Mary Steinbach and I would hope that more of you would “share” and “like”, plus “invite” friends to our activities on facebook or share www.amvets79.us .  You may wonder “why should I care or take the time?”; so will provide two quick stories.  This past year I received phone calls: (1) from Des Moines from the Son in Law of a Veteran being buried in Iowa Falls asking how his Father in Law could receive a Veteran’s funeral, (2) from a Veteran in Oklahoma asking for help regarding accessing a phone number for an AMVETS Post in Norman, OK.  Fortunately, in both cases, I was able to assist them, BUT, that is the reach we have with our facebook and website. With the publicity of our new facility and because my name and phone number are available, I would expect questions and hope I can provide answers or direction.  A closer to home reason is that the more people we reach during fundraising activities, the increase in participation also increases the dollars raised and the assistance we can provide to others.  The ability to help others should be our mission.

*wavpTHANKS to everyone that attended, participated, or helped with the Grand Opening.  What a great day and everything went so well, it was almost scary.  It started with a beautiful day, great breakfast, meaningful program and so many people just sharing the day.  Thanks to Hy-Vee for providing the afternoon hotdogs and the busy staff.  A great way to start that 1st page, chapter 1, in a new book called WAVP.

* veterans-day1Mark your calendars for November 11th, Veterans Day 2016.  There are activities all over the State regarding Veterans Day and Waverly is no different.  The Marine Corps League is the VSO responsible for this year’s activities honoring the day at the Waverly Area Veterans Post.  Along with that is a host of volunteers providing many services throughout the day.  Watch for schedules that will be posted on line, facebook, newspaper and at the Post in the future.  Thank you in advance.

*happy-thanksgiving-1My family would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you make it a family affair.  If you are traveling, may your travels be safe and on time.  Now that we know the weather is starting to change, please realize patches of ice or frost could appear on the roadways, so give yourself extra time and be vigilant of your surroundings.

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Commanders Call – August 2016

Ted Lanske Accepting AMVETS Post of the Year 2015

Ted Lanske Accepting AMVETS Post of the Year 2015

*First, I wish to say “Welcome” to Sara Stephens, our new WAVP Manager.  May we all welcome her and do what we can to make the job easier.  There will be a huge learning curve as she needs to learn the building, the operations, equipment and the people.  Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself more than once or introduce a friend.  Thank you in advance.

*Bob O’hare is now officially my replacement on the WAVP board along with Carl Benning and James Brandau for AMVETS.  Effective August 1st, Jean and I will no longer be volunteering to clean the club on a daily basis, or ensure garbage is out on Tuesday, recycling and redemption completed.  We have done this for 1-1/2 years now and feel that with paid staff on board, we have done our part.  We want to thank Bob & Sally O’hare for filling in when we had other commitments.

*The goal ?? is that the new facility be open about the middle of August, with set up, licenses, inspections, occupancy permits all in place before the end of August.  There is a considerable amount of tables, chairs, some equipment, kitchen supplies and operating supplies that will need to be moved efficiently and quickly.  Please note and review the letter from WAVP 1st Vice Carl Benning after my newsletter for more information.

*September will have a busy schedule with big plans for the Iowa firefighters in town and I truly hope everything works out.  It will be a huge test for all Veterans groups involved.  Again, several of you have stated to me that you are willing to help, and I ask “If this is still true, let Sara or someone on the food committee know”.

*August 31st ends AMVETS membership year for 2015-16 and we start 2016-17, so please renew as quickly as you can.  Please note, that this year with the new facility, we will have a combined membership dinner.  The hall will be divided with the curtain, with men on one side, ladies on the other and share the same menu.  This will save the men and ladies some money, and may allow some that can’t participate normally that chance.  The plan at this writing is, it will be scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday in October, which also allows some leftovers to be utilized for the Thursday food night.  If you wish to make comments about this, please contact me or an Officer of AMVETS or Auxiliary.

*As this chapter of our building campaign comes to a close and we start the next chapter in the new facility, please review where you stand with your pledges.  Many people have made pledges that have not been fulfilled, others have stated “when I see the new building”, and others could easily increase the amount or extend their pledge for additional time and money.  FOLKS, the building is here, easily visible from the street or river, and looks fantastic.  This is YOUR building, be proud but we still need some financial help.  The deck is one item that has been put on hold for now, but visit the building and imagine having a beverage of your choice, sitting on the deck with a view of the river.

*My condolences and thanks to Marvin Behrens: Condolences on the loss of his wife this past June after a hard fought battle.  Eileen was active in the local Legion post and other community organizations.  My thanks to Marv for his generous donation of $350.00 to help fix and beautify the flat trailer used during Memorial day and recently in the Heritage Days parade.  Bless you Marvin.

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WAVP Facility Update from Vice Chairman Carl Benning20151111_134017_HDR_2resized

Circle your calendars! A Grand Opening has been set for October 8 at 11 am!

The new facility is nearing completion. Dry Wall installation is finished, most kitchenequipment is in (still needs final hookup), painting is being completed, the south parking lot is 75% completed, the north lot should be completed in the next week or two, Carpet installation will begin next week, bathrooms are tiled (fixtures are being installed), and fiber optic is being run throughout the building.

A few things remain: installation of natural gas by Mid-America, painting of exterior steel doors, handing wood ulterior doors, countertops for the bar and kitchen, installation of the divider curtain, and a zillion little details. The final task will be a major cleaning!

We are planning a couple events to coincide with the State Firemen’s Convention the first week in September, which will require us to be “up and going.” This dictates that the “move” to begin the second week in August. We will need many, many, many hands to accomplish this task. Several enclosed trailers will make the move easier; let Board members know if you are aware of any.

This is what all of us have been looking forward to for several years! Stay tuned for opportunities to help out with moving. Please, we need your assistance!

Although the project remains within budget, the construction costs continue. If you have pledges that have not yet been fulfilled, please consider those cash payments. If your pledges have been completed, would you consider additional gifts (many already have done so). To date, we have over 850 donor units; however, there is still opportunity for more to be recognized on the Wall of Honor before the grand opening.

The Board of Directors, past and future veterans, and many community members thank everyone who has made a donation of any kind to this project. If you have not yet made a contribution, thoughtfully consider a gift to help make this facility “debt-free!”

Auxiliary News

Mary Steinbach 2016-2017 Post #79 Auxiliary President

Mary Steinbach
2016-2017 Post #79
Auxiliary President

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or mjonlyu@mchsi.com

Wow! What a month. I wish to thank the ladies from 4 organizations, working together under the  WAVP, that participated on the float for Heritage Days.

VFW – JoAnn Blasberg, Alice Barkhausen, Diane Wendel and Judy Behne

American Legion – Vera Hoins, Marianne Waldstein, Kathy Epley

AMVETS AUX – Nancy Edwards, Mary Steinbach, Amy Slaba, Jean Lanske, Veronica McKenzie, Patty Kaiser, Jan Iverson, Edie Morrill, Donna Fischer, Kathie Ray Pitt, Wanda Benning

Marines –Laurie Schissel, Janell Miller

Special Thanks to Wanda and her convertible for driving me as the AMVETS State of Iowa Auxiliary President and Carl Benning for driving the float.

As we move forward to the next few months we have a few “SAVE THE DATES’ to mark on your calendars. First is the fireman’s convention WAVP dinner September 7th, 2016. The State fireman’s convention is being held in Waverly and the WAVP is hosting a dinner on the 7th. We are serving hamburgers and brats, with all the fixings, for the cost of $8.00 and a second sandwich for $2.00. All members are welcome to this event also.  Another event is the membership dinner October 19, 2016. Dues are $20.00 and can be paid to Jean Lanske: 416 4th Street SW Waverly, IA 50677 and can mailed now or paid the night of the dinner. If you pay now, new membership cards should be available the night of the dinner. More information on the dinner will be in an upcoming newsletter. We will have an SEC meeting October 23 in Cedar Falls. All members including officers of Post #79 are encouraged to come. This is a great time to mingle with other auxiliary members from across the state, hear what other Auxiliaries are doing,  and also learn more about what is being planned on the State level .Another date to mark on your calendars will be a recognition dinner for myself as Ladies Auxiliary President. It will be January 14, 2017 at the new WAVP facility. Again, more information will be printed in an upcoming newsletter.

We waited together, now let’s work together.

Iowa AMVETS Fall Golf Tournament

Where: Three Elms Golf Course 2074 Three Elms Park Road Independence, IA 50677

When: Saturday September 10, 2016 10:00 am Shot gun Start

What: 2 person best shot? Scoring will be Flighted Special hole prizes!

Who: AMVETS, Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS.  Membership cards will be checked

How: Pre-registration is required.  Limited to the first 27 teams. Deadline is September 6, 2016

Cost: $40.00 per person x 2 = $80.00 per team Includes green fee, cart, lunch, and prizes. **Mulligans and tee ups will be sold

Registration forms are available at the club.

Special note the Auxiliary members! We may have to move our August meeting venue. We will be starting to move equipment, tables and chairs from the existing building into the new facility. I will send out information as needed.

Please check out the pictures from Heritage days! They can be found under “Gallery” Great job to all that were part of the planning, building and participation of the parade.

Commanders Call – July 2016

Ted Lanske 319-240-0734 tedsph98@aol.com

Ted Lanske
319-240-0734
tedsph98@aol.com

*Hard to believe another six months have gone by and the days start getting shorter.  If you get the chance, celebrate this time of the year with any outside activity you enjoy.  I find that even the simplest of things; fire pit on a nice evening with a glass of wine, sitting outside with a morning cup of coffee in the early a.m., enjoying the sound of nature in solitude, are pleasures that so much of the world cannot or will not be able to ever enjoy.  With all our faults and a government we may question, we still live in a country where these things are possible, because of the Veterans before us and those that serve now.  Help AMVETS help Veterans- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – enjoy your summer.

* I attended our State Convention in Marshalltown and was very disappointed in the turnout of AMVETS.  Each year the count of attendees goes down and very few new faces for the future.  It doesn’t help, when we continue at the State level without a good form of communication.  Our State web site has not been updated for a year and without a State newsletter, I understand the resistance to become involved.  That is why I truly appreciate the support I receive from our Post 79 members and those that let me know they check out our newsletter, facebook– Amvets post 79 and go to the web site- www.amvets79.us.  I believe for Post 79 and the WAVP to be successful and continue, communication is the key, and any way we can do that is a plus and would welcome suggestions from you.

*AMVETS is still experiencing problems with both the Department and National regarding membership records and renewal.  If you receive a renewal notice this past month or two, please contact Carl Benning or myself and let us know.  The more information we receive, the better, as we try to correct the problem.

*I have asked in the past, but ask again, whether you are an AMVET, AMVETS Auxiliary, or a Sons member and do any volunteer work, donate blood, have donated goods to your church, Goodwill or similar organization; please let one of your officers know.  This is important, as it demonstrates the commitment to be a non-profit organization.

*Due to several little items, the decision was made at AMVETS State Convention to hold the 2017 convention in Marshalltown.  The AMVETS Convention Corporation will be looking at our facility for 2018 but also will be considering a State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting for early next year.  Presently, the Waverly Area Veterans Post (WAVP) is in the process of hiring a facilities manager, (decision should be made by 1 July) and this person will have their hands full with a lot of responsibilities and decisions.

*The representatives for AMVETS on the WAVP board, effective July 1 will be James Brandau, Carl Benning and Bob O’hare.  If you have concerns or suggestions regarding the WAVP, these are the individuals you should contact.  The other individuals on the board are: Darrel Blasberg, Larry Buchholz, Hank Bagelmann, Martin Heering, Michael Kukral, Richard Miller, Lee Schissel, Bob Davidson, and Roger Metzger.  The annual WAVP meeting, open to the public for comments and questions, with installation of the new representatives is scheduled for July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the WAVP (208 8th Ave. SW).  The latest updates on opening, grand opening, state firemen’s convention, and facilities manager should be available.

*Please check the calendar for July activities, food nights, steaks, breakfast and the Heritage Days parade.  I am hoping that the hard work and support by several people (the team) in getting the WAVP trailer fixed up and prepped to be used as a float will pay off and all organizations be involved.  Thanks to Bob & Sally O’hare, Vernon Sebilsky, Fox Tire and Walker’s Auto Salvage for being on the trailer team.  We all know there is no I in Team, but still have those that start too many sentences with I want, but should ask, “What will help make the WAVP better or more successful?”.

* May all of you have a safe, enjoyable and family filled July 4th weekend and summer.

Commander’s Call – May 2016

MemorialDay *Update on the WAVP as of 4/21/2016:  I would put the exterior brick work at approximately 90-95% completed, drywall is being installed in the lower level, plumbing, HVAC, and wiring work continues.  Some updated pictures are available on Facebook under Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Post 79, and/or Ted Lanske or www.amvets79.us .  If you attend the WAVP breakfast, some of the latest pictures are normally showing on one or two of the TV’s at the Post.

Ted Lanske 319-240-0734 tedsph98@aol.com

Ted Lanske
319-240-0734
tedsph98@aol.com

*Please keep in mind that May 30th is Memorial Day and the Marine Corps League is the responsible organization this year.  Please take an hour or two out of your lives to either attend activities on the 30th or volunteer in placement of poles, flags, grave markers or Flanders Field.  Keep your eyes and ears open for the schedule of events from the MCL.

*If you were fortunate enough to attend the showing of “Where Patriots Gather” put together by a group of Wartburg students, I am sure you will agree they did a great job.  If you were not able to attend, it is available to view on our website.  If you are interested in watching this 15 minute program and at the Post when I am, ask me and will access it on the computer.

*Please check the calendar at the Canteen for updates, as of 4/21, AMVETS will do a steak fry on the 7th of May.  Originally scheduled for the 14th, but cancelation of a hall rental allows us to utilize that date, which is more convenient.  Also note the 2nd Saturday breakfast and Thursday food nights.  I thank all of you that come down and participate in our activities.  If you are enjoying these activities, bring a friend along to share your enjoyment.

*This past month, several of our AMVETS family received recognition of some sort for volunteer activities they participate in.  The Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown recognized Marge Dietz, Patty Kaiser, Jean Lanske, Veronica McKenzie, Dita Boorom and AMVETS. Hospice recognized Jean Lanske, Shirley Wehrhan, and Irene Brinkman. Hospital volunteers; Jean Lanske, Shirley Wehrhan, Marge Dietz, and Irene Brinkman.  NEI3A (home delivered meals); Shirley Wehrhan, Jean and Ted Lanske.  I know there are others, too bashful to say anything, but if you see these people, PLEASE say thank you.  They are a huge part of what makes living in Iowa great and their dedication without expecting or wanting recognition is a blessing for all.  Speaking for myself, whenever I catch myself with the desire to complain about my wine or beer being at the wrong temperature or the chair to hard, I visualize those I have assisted at IVH or deliver meals too; guess what, my aches minimize and realize I am truly blessed.

*Speaking of volunteers, they will be needed as we enter into the new WAVP.  Waverly will be hosting the annual State Firemen’s Association convention September 7th – 11th, 2016.  Our Grand Opening is scheduled for October 8th, 2016; Veterans Day activities are in planning stages for November 11th, 2016 and if you are or would be interested in being involved, contact me or any Board Member.  Can’t stand on your feet for long or anything physical, then maybe a cake or cookies, registration desk, smile and welcoming committee, could be your gift.  As this is all in planning stages, maybe making name tags, badges or addressing envelopes would be needed.  I truly appreciate everyone that has given anything, including time for the various AMVETS projects that we have been involved in.  Thank you.

*This month will include election of Officers for our organizations and would ask that someone step up and become involved.  I or another Post Officer may be calling some of you to help fill needed gaps in our ranks. Contact Carl Benning for what is needed and the time commitment.  I would think by now, that everyone would be “sick and tired” of listening or watching me continue as Commander.

 

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