We are in the process of updating our website. It’s a bit tired since I put it up 7 or 8 years ago. Also, please refrain from sending emails to our website unless it pertains to VFW business. We are getting a lot of “please pass this on” emails which we won’t pass on. I probably have a couple of centuries of bad luck coming from not passing on these emails, but I know we all get too much stuff in our inboxes as it is.
I have a calendar with every weekend in August marked with a VFW event. If it was anything else, other than fishing with my buddies, I would roll my eyes and complain. However, its pretty darn hard complaining when it’s a BBQ with the Boy Scouts, an evening with my Post members and those from 1040 at a ballgame, or attending the National Convention. And August is just the lead-up to when we really get busy with Voice of Democracy contests, Teacher of the Year, etc., Buddy Poppies, speaking in schools about Veterans Day, etc. An active Post like ours participates in all these events and that requires getting off your duff and making things happen. I can say without any hesitation, we don’t allow any moss to grow on our backsides, although if this rain doesn’t stop sooner or later, it will. We have folks stepping up and volunteering for anything that is coming up and I want to thank each and everyone who does take part in Post activities. As busy as we are, we can do more for our veteran community and we are investigating ways to do so. I ask you to please attend Post meetings and, if you can’t, drop an email to us and let us know where and when you can participate after reviewing the Post’s calendar.
|Senior Vice Commander||Fred Apgar|
|Junior Vice Commander||Ron Clyborne|
|Judge Advocate||Chuck Siljeg|
|1st Year Trustee||Bob Crawford|
|3rd Year Trustee||Les Abel|
We are again supporting the Edmonds Night Out for kids. We will have a couple of folks manning a table giving out safety brochures and flags to the young folks who will be attending the event at the Frances Anderson Playfield on July 26th from 5PM to 8PM. In addition, we will present the colors at the beginning ceremony. If you would like to participate in the evening, please let the quartermaster know.
Bob Crawford’s crew of volunteers outdid themselves raising slightly over $11,000, a record for the Post. We had raised approximately $9,500 per fundraiser last year and the pessimistic side of my CPA brain budgeted $8,500 for this year. Had we reached the $9,500 amount I would have been ecstatic, but to raise what we did was truly amazing. Of course, Fred Apgar and his crew toasted the rest of us, but every bit helped, including Erv Schmidt’s annual table at the cemetery on Memorial Day where he raised over $300 from the folks attending the services. I want to thank everyone who participated in the event. I know it can be a bit cold, a bit windy, and a bit wet at times, but your service allows us to support the various projects that are important to veterans. And a special thanks goes to Bob Crawford.
OK folks, the parade is in a few days and I’d like to have as many folks as we can muster to march (walk) in it. For you members who can’t make the meetings due to work schedules, this is a great opportunity to participate and be applauded for doing so. We will form up at 11:30AM at 6th and Main Street. The route is about a mile long, but we have vehicles for those of you who can’t walk.
I gave up trying to keep the newsletter to three pages (you folks who get it online won’t notice) Our Post is too active in the community and our Post members too involved in various activities to limit their recognition by keeping my page count down. After Memorial Day I thought we would kick back for the summer. Instead, we have so much stuff going on that I finally figured I’d have to pass out a sheet in the meeting listing everything because I knew I would be getting a ton of phone calls and emails asking for dates, times, and addresses. The Post is active in the community and it seems every week when I attend Rotary I get fined a buck for having my picture in the newspaper (no—I will not pay again at our Post meetings). The reason is that Fred Apgar does a great job of getting articles off to the various news outlets. And finally, what can I say about our Buddy Poppy effort led by Bob Crawford; over $11,000 collected by our members. Those funds will all go into the relief fund and be used to assist veterans, active military personnel, and various causes such as Honor Flight, Voice of Democracy and Teacher awards, Boy Scouts, and many others. Thanks for all you do.