The year is nearly over. It's been full of activities, accomplishments and changes at the Post. To celebrate, the lounge will host a New Year's Eve Party starting at 7 PM. The theme will be '70's Disco' and everybody is encouraged to wear their best 70's attire. So dig out your best bellbottom slacks, flashy shirts, dancin' dress, and platform shoes and come 'grove to the sounds'. Cody will host the karaoke and there will be a midnight champaign toast. A $5 cover for members and $6 for non-members will be taken at the door. And if you're really lucky, you may win one of the many door prizes. So, join us as we say farewell to 2014 and welcome in 2015!
Flag Retirement - A year end tradition, the Post will host Boy Scout Troop 157 as they conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Dec. 20 at 1 PM. This will be a short honor ceremony as the Post and Troop honor the service of several of our Nation's Flags that have been donated for this purpose. US Flags that are worn beyond serviceability are accepted at the Post for retiring throughout the year. We encourage Post member and the Public to come participate with us.
Dec 5 - Holiday Activities -
Starting with this weekend's 73 anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the year draws to a close. It has been marked by many events, including the hall bathroom renovation. The officers are proud of everything that has been accomplished, but mostly we appreciate the members who gave of their time and talents to make it all happen. From Mitchell Burkhardt's Eagle Scout project (upgrading and improving our exterior), through the hall improvements and to the successful golf tournament and Veterans Parade. A big THANK YOU to everyone, regardless of their part. They were all important. To celebrate, all Post, Auxiliary, Boosters and their families are invited to a Christmas Brunch (see flyer) Dec. 14th from 11 AM to 2 PM. Reservations are encouraged.
Student Competitions - The annual VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Competitions have been judged at the post level. Winners were forwarded to the District for their judging. Both categories will be announced and awarded at a joint Banquet and Ceremony at the Post on January 26th. District winners will advance to the State level. Scholarships are awarded to National level winners. Congratulations and Good Luck to all.
Lounge - New management is in place to help improve customer experience and member participation. Plans are being made for big changes coming the first of the year. With Dave Lagness' departure (his final performance was well attended) karaoke will continue with Cody and other guest KJ's (karaoke jockey). Occasional entertainment will be scheduled for other nights, including Saturdays. Check the calendar above for schedules.
Boosters - New activities are being planned. Members need to make sure their dues are paid up to participate.
Gallatin Post - Our neighboring post is officially closed. We encourage any current members to call us and transfer or extend an invitation to Veterans in the Gallatin area to join us.
Suicide Awareness -- The Holiday Season brings on many emotions, especially for Combat Veterans. Family Members are encouraged to be aware of signs of PTSD and/or suicidal thoughts. Do not try to handle this alone, help is available. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, check this link or call 1-800-273-8255 for help dealing with the feelings. There is HOPE!
Remember to say "Thank You for supporting Veterans" when you visit them.
Living up to the the VFW Motto: "Honoring the Dead by Serving The Living", The Post participates in all National VFW Programs as well as created local programs to support Veterans in our community.
"The VFW continues to be the nation's strongest voice for veterans
and the catalyst for change in improving veteran's benefits."
Veterans Food Pantry
- The Veterans Food Pantry, sponsored jointly with Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 240, was developed to assist local Veterans and their families (including Active Duty) needing assistance with basic food and staples. Weekly, the Post receives overstocked and donated items and safely stores them for distribution. Recipients must meet and maintain eligibility requirements to receive assistance.