*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.