NOTHING TO REPORT AT THIS TIME
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.
Keep our service members safe and keep their family members in your prayers.
John Mohlis, Sons of AMVETS Commander
AN ETERNAL VALENTINE BY LARRY WILLIAMSON
For God so loved the world he gave his only son that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Day evokes varied emotions.
Those in love celebrate with gifts of flowers and candy. Those that are not in love may feel sadness or anger. If you don’t have someone to celebrate with it can be a lonely time.
But we have Christ to celebrate with.
Christ’s love went so deep he willingly gave his life so we could have a relationship with him. Because of his great love he was willing to endure humiliation even death on the cross.
If you should feel alone this Valentine’s Day remember you are never. alone. the love of Christ is greater than any human love you could ever experience.
Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, New Year. Let’s chalk up 2020 as a year we will never forget and get back to business as usual as soon as possible.
We move into January with the following events:
- 01-02 AMVETS Steak Fry. Call reservations by 3:30pm
- 01-09 WAVP Breakfast of Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage, Cheesy Potatoes, Peach French Toast, and Cinnamon roll
- 01-15 Fish Fry Cod, Potatoe Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans. Curbside or dine-in. Call ahead by 5pm 01-14 $12.00
- 01-23 AMVETS Steak Fry. Call reservations by 3:30pm
- 01-28 AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Food night. Curbside or Dine-in: Chicken and Noodles, glazed carrots, and brownies. Call ahead by 01-27.
- Check the calendar for meeting dates and times for the AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and the Sons of AMVETS
Thank you for your past support and continue supporting all the organizations included at the WAVP.
Think of membership as an everyday program and continuously communicate its importance.
Communication is key: Read the montly newsletter for up-to-date news, in everyday conversations, seek out possible new members, extend a warm invitation to the post and inform them of the various events. Communicate to them the benefits that come with a membership: Help with securing the benefits earned as a veteran or family member of a veteran-fellowship and volunteer opportunies within the community-strength in numbers when addressing Congress about protecting the benefits earned from serving in the Military.
Training: Working with any newer members about recruiting, promoting Americanism in our schools (our future members), and looking for any volunteer opportunites in our community and hospitals that utilize that new member’s strengths.
Teamwork: AMVETS, AMVETS ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS must work together with recruiting members. More AMVETS members, mean more possibilies for the Auxiliary and the Sons. Make sure you always have membership applications available, informational brochures, and be informed enough to answer eligibility questions.
One thing to always remember, we are here for the purpose of our Veterans, their families, and the communites in which we live.
Welcome to 2021
Auxiliary members had taken a break from meetings and Thursday meal nights for the months of November and December, but WE’RE BACK!
Although we didn’t meet, we didn’t stop from doing what we do best-Giving to others through volunteering! Many of our members helped the WAVP staff prepare and serve meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas, continue helping at the fish fry, decorating and undecorating the WAVP for Christmas, plus any task that may come up and are asked to help.
I have talked to members of other Auxiliaries from across the State of Iowa and they are struggling. Struggling with renewing members, recruiting new members, and become of limited activities through their posts, struggling with donations and money available to fund the various projects they support each year. I have never been prouder of our members for stepping up, proud to say that we have almost 100% membership renewals, and 5 new members. Kim Fox, Michelle Franzen, Janet Maxfield, Barb Bridges, and Ann Killion. Please, if you see them, give them a heartfelt welcome.
I am also proud that through our Food night events we were able to make a donation a donation to the Bremer Co. VA for gift bags delivered to Veterans in Care facilities across Bremer Co. Locally, our Americanism officer, Amy, orchestrated contacting Bartels, and with the help of a few other members, shopped and put together gift bags for 16 Veterans at Bartels. Students from the Waverly day care where Amy works, provided Christmas cards included in the bags. Sandy Miller decorated the outside of the bags. Pictured below are Auxiliary members: Wanda Benning, Sandy Miller, and Mary Steinbach (Amy providing the picture.) We learned later that Auxiliary member, Jean Lanske, helped deliver the gift bags.
Again, so very proud of our members, the “work” they do, and their dedications to the AMVETS organization, supporting Veterans and their families. Let us all pray that 2021 gets started on the right foot and “back to normal”.
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.
THE WONDER OF IT ALL
Far too the snow he says. “Fall upon the earth…” Job 37:8a
As I listened to the evening news, I learned that another storm was headed this way. I sighed and thought of all the headaches and backaches it would bring, shoveling the sidewalks and driveway, allowing extra time to drive everywhere. I watched as the first snowflakes fall. As a child I remember how we enjoyed catching the flakes on our tongues. I remember rolling large snow balls, building snowmen, and having snow ball fights with the neighbors, sliding down the hill and just having fun.
These memories help me understand why Jesus said, “We must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Children see the wonder of it all.
Submitted by Larry Williamson