The Post General Fund is still a bit light. Donations are welcome.
Relief Fund budget for the year was reviewed and approved.
Reminder for all, Buddy Poppies for Veterans day are scheduled for November 4 & 5.
Membership possibilities were discussed including recruiting opportunities at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival on Festival 9-10-2022 & at the VFW Booth at the Evergreen State Fair. (See article on those two events)
As of now we are putting a hold on having a booth at the Edmonds Market.
August & September Hero’s Café meetings were announced.
Our June Post meeting was well attended (24 members on the premises plus two others attending via Zoom) and busy.
Two of our 2021 scholarship recipients Shakeel Kah, of Mariner H.S. and Vann Dreier of Kamiak H.S. were present via Zoom to read their essays to the Post. The essay topics this year were “What Freedom Means to Me” and “How our Constitution establishes and maintains a culture of freedom”. The other two winners, Hayley Ross, Meadowdale H.S. and Taylor Schindler, of Edmonds Woodway H.S. were unable to join us due to other commitments.
Dept of Washington Commander Traci Williams joined us to present Commander Rose with the Post’s 75th Anniversary certificate from the National Commander.
Parade plans were finalized and several potential new members introduced. More on new members as they are actually inducted.
Among the photos displayed is one showing the new video equipment (below) purchased to enable more complete participation by those joining our meeting online, which includes a new camera, monitor and laptop computer. In the photo shown, members Al Boyett and Jay Hansen are seen, as well as a third member connected via audio only.
The above image at left displays the head table with Commander Rose directing the meeting, as well as Don Stapleton introducing the scholarship winners who were with us online. With this arrangement, everyone attending can see and hear everyone else, whether physically present or on Zoom.
At the June post meeting 2019-20 Commander Rose Gilliland
took over from 2017-19 Commander Mike Denton in a brief hand-off of the
gavel. Past Commander Denton began the meeting and conducted the
ceremony of draping the charter for recently deceased comrades Benton Webb
and Russ Pitner. (Obits for Webb and Pitner appeared in the May
newsletter) The appropiate prayer for departed Comrades was read by
Chaplain Dan Doyle.
Commander Rose Gilliland then began the
business portion of the meeting during which Post 8870 Surgeon Charles Gaul led some
discussion of guidelines for our Hospital and Community Service reports, for
which we ask members to submit their activities monthly.
The latest instruction received from Department
regarding Hospital reporting are pretty clear; the key being the word “hospital”. If
it doesn’t happen in the hospital or nursing home or transport to and from
these facilities, it doesn’t get reported in the Hospital Report (with the
exception of blood donations).
We are however, seeking clarification as to
what is reportable and what is not for the Community Service Report. In the meantime,
members may want to continue reporting as we have been and leave it to your
Post Officers to judge reportablity.
Much of the remainder of the meeting was
devoted to plans and preparations for participation in the “Edmonds Kind of 4th” Independence
Day parade and picnic/barbecue to follow.
Staff Meetings: 9:00 AM, First Tues., American Legion Hall, 117 6th Ave. S., Edmonds
Post Meetings: Second Tues., American Legion Hall; Dinner at 5:00 PM ($5) Meeting at 6:00 PM
June Post meeting takes place on June 14 – Flag Day!
July 4 – Independence Day Parade – form up at 6th & Bell by 11:30 AM
Joint VFW/ Legion BBQ/Picnic following the parade 1:00 PM Legion Hall.
(A suggested donation of $5.00 per person would help to defray food cost)