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2022-23 Post Officers Installed 

The business session of the Post meeting, was attended by District Commander Otis Wolf, who acted as the installing officer, swearing in the 2022-23 Post officers. 

As announced in the April newsletter, all of our 2021-22 elected officers were re-elected with the exception of Cal Barnard, who is succeeding our long time Quartermaster, Dennis Peterson. Dennis has chosen to “retire” from that important Post job. Please join us in thanking Dennis for his long service to the post! 

You will find a full list of officers in the election reports on the post web site:

Election of Post Officers 

At the Post meeting on April 20, elections will be held for our Post officer slate for the 2022-23 VFW year commencing July 1. 

The following candidates are proposed by the nominating committee: 

Commander: Carl F. Kurfess 
Sr. Vice Commander: Duane Bowman 
Jr. Vice Commander: Rose Gilliland 
Quartermaster: Cal Barnard 
Chaplain: Dan Doyle 
1st Year Trustee: Kerry Watkins 
2nd Year Trustee: Donald Stapleton 
3rd Year Trustee: Mike Denton 

All of these candidates are presently serving in these positions with the exception of Cal Barnard, who is running to replace long time Quartermaster Dennis Peterson, who wished to pass the baton after something close to ten years of service.   

We’re Back!

We're back

Remember This Place? 

Yes, we’re back. After more than an year of COVID quarantine, we will once again be meeting at the Edmonds American Legion Hall. We are still in the phase of needing to keep the hall at 50 percent capacity, but do not anticipate a problem, since our regular Post meetings rarely approach that number of attendees. 

We expect members attending in person to be masked and to maintain social distancing. We are not yet able to serve meals again, so plan on supper before or after the meeting. 

If you are not yet vaccinated, or just not comfortable attending in person, to sign in to participate via Zoom. (A link will be sent to your email) The Post has invested in new equipment to better facilitate that option and we expect to continue to provide it going forward. We look forward to seeing all of our comrades once again. 

We have one very important item of business on the agenda for this meeting; the annual election of Post Officers. The current officers have proposed a slate of officers for the coming year, which is shown on the following page and, of course nominations from the floor will be accepted. 

If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, you may place your own name in nomination. Please do not nominate anyone else unless you have obtained that person’s permission to do so in advance. If you wish to serve in an appointed position, there may be some currently listed who would be interested in a relief. See the new Commander after elections if you would like to offer your services.

VFW Post 8870 Proposed 2021-2022 Officers 

Commander: Carl F. Kurfess 
(425) 776-1656 | Commander@vfw8870.org 

Sr. Vice Commander: Duane Bowman 
(425) 281-6720 | dvbow@comcast.net 

Jr. Vice Commander: Rose Gilliland 
(206) 818-1434 | Roseag67@gmail.com 

Quartermaster: Dennis L Peterson 
(425) 772-3404 | Quartermaster@VFW8870.org 

Adjutant appointed: Nathan WorSnger 
(425) 743-4319 | nworSnger@hotmail.com 

Service Officer appointed: Alden Gilliland 
(206) 818-7789 | ServiceOfficer@VFW8870.org 

Surgeon appointed: Jay Hansen 
(425) 315-9025 | Surgeon@VFW8870.org 

Chaplain: Dan Doyle 
(425) 773-2400 | Chaplain@vfw8870.org 

Judge Advocate appointed: Jim Traner 
(425) 218-0101 | jtraner@tranersmith.com 

Officer of the Day: Jim Traner
(425) 218-0101 | jtraner@tranersmith.com 

Guard appointed: John Shelton
(206) 546-5476 

1st Year Trustee: Kerry Watkins 
(425) 478-9739 | kerryjwatkins@hotmail.com

2nd Year Trustee: Donald Stapleton 
(425) 743-4435 | rosemarydon@comcast.net 

3rd Year Trustee: Mike Denton 
(425) 280-3757 | Mikedenton44@gmail.com 

VFW Post 8870 Proposed 2021-2022 Officers

The photo above is of the swearing in ceremony of the 2018-19 officers at the May 2018 Post meeting. A reminder of the both the job at hand and how we normally do things. Let us all look forward to doing it this way again, rather than virtually. 

New Post Officers Appointed

VFW Post 8870 Surgeon Jay Hansen
Jay Hansen


At the September August Staff meeting, Post Surgeon Charles Gaul announced his resignation from that position due to business conflicts that will not allow him to continue. Gaul, an Army veteran of Vietnam served as our Post surgeon for the past two years. 

Commander Rose Gilliland has appointed Jay Hansen, pictured at right as our new Surgeon. Hansen is a retired USAF pilot and Vietnam Veteran.

The Post Surgeon is responsible for collecting Hospital and Community Service data from members and filing required reports with the Post and the Department of Washington. 

VFW Post 8870 Adjutant Jim Murdock
Jim Murdock


At the September Post meeting, long time Post Adjutant Dick Simmons announced his resignation from that position due to chronic health issues that will not allow him to continue. Simmons, is a “Blue Water” Navy veteran of Vietnam and a retired Seattle P.I. newspaper writer. 

Commander Rose Gilliland has appointed Jim Murdock as our new Adjutant. Murdock is an Army veteran of Vietnam and has been our House Committee Chair for the past few years. We thank Dick for his long service to the post and wish him better health. 

The Post Adjutant is responsible, among other things, for minutes of Post and Staff meetings. 

New Post Officers Installed

New Post Officers Installed
Led by Commander Rose Gilliland the new Post officers take the oath.

The newly elected officers for the VFW year 2019-20 were installed at the May Post meeting in ceremonies led by Past District and Post Commander Jim Traner, in preparation for the official beginning of their term at time of the Department Convention in June.

New Post Officers Installed
Commander Mike Denton hands the gavel off to installing officer, Past District Commander Jim Traner to begn the ceremony.

Elected officers are Rose Gilliland, Commander, Carl Kurfess, Sr. Vice Commander, Duane Bowman, Jr. Vice Commander, Dennis Peterson, Quartermaster, Dan Doyle, Chaplain. Also elected were three Post Trustees; Jim Murdock, Kerry Watkins and Don Stapleton. Appointed positions were announced by incoming Commander Gilliland to include Dick Simmons, Adjutant, Don Whedon and Paul Russo, Service Officers, Jim Traner, Judge Advocate, Charles Gaul, Surgeon, John Shelton, Guard and Jim Collin, Officer of the Day. 

We congratulate all of our new officers and offer our gratitude for their willingness to serve. 

Your 2017-18 Post Officers

Commander: David M. (Mike) Denton
Senior Vice Commander: Carl F. Kurfess
Junior Vice Commander: Rose Gililand
Quartermaster: Dennis L. Peterson
Chaplain: Daniel J. Doyle
Judge Advocate: Aaron M. Terwedo
Surgeon: Al S. Boyett
1 Year Trustee: Daniel A. White
2 Year Trustee: James R. Mc Cann
3 year Trustee: James M. Traner
Adjutant: Richard F. Simmons
Service Officer: Don D. Whedon


New officers will be installed at the Post meeting, on June 13, 2017