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“Honor & Remember” Raffle Update

Please turn in all raffle ticket money and stubs at the November Post Meeting, or subsequent Wednesdays at the Legion Hall, between 4:30 and 5:30 PM. Raffle tickets will again be available for distribution to the members at the November Post meeting. If you can’t make the meeting contact Commander Duane (Commander@VFW 8870.com) and he will see that you get tickets.

We are offering 500 tickets at$ 10.00 each, to raise a total of $5,000.00 for our ongoing Post operations. The drawing will be held at the VFW Holiday party on December 16, at the Legion Hall.

Results shown at left are approximate, as of November 9.

Honor & Remember Raffle Update

Veterans Day Poppies

Veterans Day Poppies

With Veterans Day falling on a Saturday this year, we found it necessary to split our poppy drive efforts between two weekends, to allow us fit everyting into our schedule.

We began on Saturday, November 4, operating at just two locations, QFC Westgate in Edmonds and Town & Country Market in Mill Creek. We collected over $ 4,700, roughly equally divided between the two locations. On the weekend of Veterans Day, we will be at three stores on Friday, Nov 10, adding the QFC Speedway location to the mix. It looks to be another successful outing that will result in keeping our Veterans Relief programs well funded.

In the photo above, 8870 members Dan Doyle, Charlie Gaul and Richard Balogna are shown manning one of the two doors we worked at QFC Edmonds.

Never Forget

Never Forget

In Flanders Fields

John Mccrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

A Farewell Honor Flight for Jim Traner

In the Spring, our Comrade Jim Traner was supposed to depart on his Honor Flight from SeaTac Airport. In his true selfless form, Jim wanted someone else “more deserving,” (or something to that effect) to go in his place. Someone else went in Jim’s place, but none were more deserving than Jim. Jim was rescheduled to go on the more recent Honor Flight to our Nation’s Capitol. Unfortunately, Jim passed this summer before he could go on his Honor Flight. With permission from his wife, Jim’s burial flag went on the trip in his honor.

Jim’s friend and Comrade from VFW Post 1040 returned his flag for us. (At right with Dept. Commander Craig Daugherty.)

While we would much rather have had Jim on that flight, thank you to all who helped honor Jim’s memory, and thank you very much Walt Tanimoto for sharing these images with us.

The Military Order of the Cootie

The Military Order of the Cootie

The Military Order of the Cootie is an organization within VFW, about which we have heard nothing in this publication before now. From our District 1 newsletter, we learn that there is now a Cootie “Pup Tent”, as the local units are called, in our District and we hope to provide our readers with more information in future.

The Cooties are a part of the VFW. It is a distinction reserved for “active” members who have succeeded as an officer or post committee chair and demonstrated ability as a leader. In addition to the important work of the VFW, Cooties take on the added responsibility of support for the VFW National Home for Children and follow our self-appointed directive to “Keep ’em Srnilin’ in Beds of White,” supporting the hospitalized veterans in VA Medical Facilities, dorniciliaries, and hospitals throughout the world.

Local units recruit new VFW members each year, raise thousands of dollars for local Post programs; thousands more for the National Home, and literally millions of dollars in volunteer credits at VA Medical Centers each year. We will be looking for more input from our local “Cooties” to help us in understanding this group within our group.

VFW Post 8870 Presents:”Honor & Remember” Raffle

VFW Post 8870 presents: 
Honor & Remember Raffle

A reminder to all Post 8870 members: This is your opportunity to help our Post support Veterans in need, by selling raffle tickets to your friends & family. Of course you may wish to win this one-of-a-kind image for your own wall at home!

Raffle tickets will again be distributed to the members at the October Post meeting. If you can’t make the meeting contact Commander Duane ([email protected]) and he will see that you get tickets.

We are offering 500 tickets at $ 10.00 each, to raise a total of
$ 5,000.00 for our ongoing Post operations.

Comrade Mike Reagan, is generously making this unique item available for our raffle. (In fact the whole project was Mike’s idea!)

Tum in your sold ticket stubs and the money at the Post Meeting, or watch for the Commander’s email on other scheduled opportunities.

This project needs everyone’s participation.

Drawing will be held at the VFW Holiday Party, December 16, 2023.

September Post Meeting

Don Stapleton

September Speaker

At the September Post meeting, Don Stapleton, who chairs our Youth Essay and Scholarship Committee, spoke about the annual VFW Youth Essay contests, which include the “Youth Essay” for grades 3-5, “Patriots Pen” grades 6-8 and “Voice of Democracy for high school students.

The deadline for entries is Midnight, October 31, so if you know any eligible students, encourage them to get their entries in as soon as possible. Scholarship and cash awards total nearly$ 3 million at the State and National Levels.

Minutes of Sept Post meeting

The Ceremony was performed for Undraping the Charter which was draped last month for Comrade Jim Traner.

The minutes from the August meeting were read an approved by the membership.

The Quartermasters report was reviewed and approved by the membership.

The Payment of expenses including website services, mailing expense, district dues, the meeting meal expenditures were approved by the membership:Congratulations to immediate Past Post Commander Carl Kurfess and to all Post members for the Post’s 2022-23 All American Post award. It was moved by Mike Denton/2nd by Bryan Rowe and approved by the membership that the Post should purchase a VFW “All American” Black hat for Carl in recognition of the achievement.

Tickets for the Post Honor & Remember raffle were handed out after todays meeting. Commander Duane Bowman will be at the American Legion
hall from 4:30 to 5:30 every Wednesday to
collect money or hand out more raffle
tickets.

It was proposed by Quartermaster Joe Gray that we move $2,000.00 from the Post Foundation Fund to the Post General Fund. By vote of the membership the funds will be transferred by the Quartermaster.

The next Post meeting is scheduled for October 18, 2023.

September Post Meeting

Buddy Poppies

Buddy Poppies

Since Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, we are going to follow a different schedule for Buddy Poppy distribution. Many of our members are committed to other activities on the day of the holiday, so instead of our usual Friday & Saturday sessions we will staff tables on Saturday, November 4 and Friday, November 10, at QFC Edmonds (Westgate), QFC Mukilteo (Speedway) Town & Country Market, Mill Creek. Hours will be 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The more of us who are at these tables during the day, the more we raise for our Relief Fund. Please sign up at the Post meeting on Oct. 18 for one or more shifts. There will also be an on­Hine sign-up opportunity as well watch for email announcing the link. If you can’t commit to full shifts, any time you can give to the cause is welcome. Friends and family are welcome to join our efforts as well.