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A Night at the Ball Game

The Post joined Post 1040 for a ball game between the Everett Aquasox and the Tri-City Dust Devils (love that name). We had a great turnout and enjoyed an entertaining game including one play that allowed an Aquasox batter to reach first on an error and subsequently score on the same play with a second error. I didn’t keep a score card for the game, but it would have been a tough one to record as the ball was touched by what seemed to be about half of the Dust Devil’s team. If you didn’t make it, you missed one heck of good time including a fantastic fireworks show following the game. We will make sure we do this again next year.

Charter Draped for Al Wilcox

Al Wilcox, long time Post member passed away on July 13th at the age of 90, Al was a Marine fighter pilot in WWII and the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Al founded Wilcox Construction and his son, Bob, who is a Vietnam Veteran, is a candidate for the City Council. It is tough losing members like Al and the other WWII veterans who did so much for this country.

Post Welcomes Two New Members

Two new members were inducted into the VFW at the last meeting. William Benn served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and Bert Claudio served in the Navy. I would like everyone to reach out to these members at the next meeting and introduce yourselves to them personally. We have had a number of new members over the last couple of months and it is up to the older members to make the new members feel welcomed to our Post. We have a very friendly group of individuals in our Post so let‘s use some of that charm whenever you see a new member.

Consider a Life Membership or a Legacy Membership if You are Already a Life Member

You can become a VFW Life Member by making a one-time payment as shown below. You can also pay for your Life Membership through an installment plan, with an initial $35 payment and an mount billed over an 11-month period as shown in the table below.

Age One-Time
18-30 $425 $38.64
31-40 $410 $37.27
41-50 $375 $34.09
51-60 $335 $30.45
61-70 $290 $26.36
71-80 $225 $20.45
81 and Older $170 $15.45

A Legacy Membership is open to Life Members. There are three levels, Gold, ($1,200), Silver ($800), and Bronze ($400). Unlike the Life Membership where the Post no longer is the recipient of an annual dues rebate when a member passes, the Post continues to receive a return of dues from National for Legacy members who pass thus leaving a lasting positive impact on the Post‘s financial well being. The Legacy Membership is tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. Like the Life Memberships, an installment plan is available. This is a great way to continue giving to the Post and to VFW long after you and I are gone and have left the Post to the next generation of veterans.

Edmonds Night Out

We had a great turnout of Post members at the Frances Anderson Playfield. Jim Collins honchoed the event and we presented the colors (with American Legion Post 66) to open the event. 8870 had a table giving out flags and safety brochures to the kids and we had an enjoyable evening.

The Auxiliary’s Corner—Valerie Ehlers

Hello! I‘m Valerie Ehlers, the new President of Edmonds Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post #8870.

Commander Traner and I have agreed that the Post and Auxiliary will be working together more than we have in the past. Therefore, I hope we will all get to know each other better too.

Our membership numbers were reduced by nine persons last year. Six we lost over eligibility issues and three of our sisters passed away. Gentlemen, please, if you have not done so already, have your wives, daughters, sisters, and granddaughters join us in the Auxiliary. We would really like to get to know them, and just think how they could help us know the things you would like us to be working on!

Some of the goals I have for the Auxiliary this year include: increasing membership, making the meetings more fun to attend, keeping in touch with members who are unable to attend the meetings, getting the members to know each other better, and to make or break the goals set for us by District and Department.

Like the Post, we will be having a Buddy Poppy drive in November the weekend before Veteran‘s Day (our meeting day). I plan to have an Auxiliary Christmas Party in addition to our December meeting. There are some ideas rolling around in my head for fundraising activities for some of our programs.

Remember, District One‘s School of Instruction will be the day after our September meeting (Sept. 10). Until next time, Thank you for the service you have given to God, to our Country, and to us.

District 1 School of Instruction

September 10th is the School of Instruction. While this is mandatory for Officers, I would recommend that anyone who is interested in learning more about the VFW attend. This is also a good opportunity to meet your counterparts from other Posts. Lunch is at noon and the meeting will start at 1:00PM. It will be held at the Alderwood Boys and Girls Club in Lynnwood. Proceed east on 196th and cross I-5. Take the first right at the stop light just pass the Old Spaghetti Factory. The facility is approximately 100 yards from the corner on the left hand side. Enter through the door on the North side of the building.

Chaplain’s Corner—Rock Roth

I have the very great honor of serving as your Post Chaplain. What are my qualifications for holding this important position? Few! I have, during my almost 32 years in the Navy, been an operator. My dealings with chaplains were primarily during religious services or on a number of very difficult and highly emotional occasions when I with the chaplain ‘notified’ the next of kin of the death of a squadron or shipmate. I‘m not sure how important these ‘contacts’ would appear on my resume. However, on my resume, and for your consideration , I would like to include the following: (1) I am a devote Christian which means that I believe that Christ is my personal Savior, (2) I strongly believe we are and must remain ‘One Nation Under God’ if we are to be a force for good in this world, (3) I strongly believe in “Americanism as defined as follows – ” An unfailing love of country: eagerness to defend it against all enemies; undivided allegiance to the flag; and a desire to secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.‖ (Americanism was defined by the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, United Spanish War Veterans, VFW, the National Commanders of the American Legion and Disabled Americans Veterans of the World War at a conference held in Washington, in February 1927.)

As I hope you are aware, we in VFW Post 8870 are honored and blessed to have at least two members who are much more qualified to serve as Post Chaplin than I. They are Dexter Miller and Ed Gray. We will continue to look to them for help, support, and guidance. I, as your chaplain, also need the help, support, and guidance from you, my VFW Comrades, to keep me informed of those in need, those for whom our prayers will be offered. If you need my help or have information on a ‘Comrade in Distress’, please telephone me at either of the following numbers: 206-533-9873 (H) (also my fax number) or 356-8869 (C). My email address is

Tour de Terrace Parade

Post member Mike Reagan was the Grand Marshall at the July 29th parade in Mountlake Terrace and 8870 members Jim Adams and Jim Harkness were majored participants. Jim Adams carried our Post‘s flag in the parade while Jim Harkness determined the parade route was too steep and long so he rode in the front seat of Reagan‘s car and waved to the folks along the route. I haven‘t received any reports that the two were confused with each other but Jim enjoyed the ride. This was a bit of a last minute organization and Jim Adams stepped up to carry the parade, bum knee and all. So a special tip of the hat to Jim Adams.

Free Admission to the Puyallup Fair

Military Appreciation Days are September 12th and the 19th at the Puyallup Fair. All active, reserve and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans are admitted free on those two days. And to top it off, you will get 50% off all of the midway rides including the Roller Coaster. Let me know if anyone actually rides the Roller Coaster and I will do an article on you.