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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
COMMANDER'S COLUMN
 
    July 2014
Greetings Comrades,

     The State Convention was held on June 5-8 in St. Cloud, MN. And on Sunday June 8 I officially became the new Commander of our great Post. Unofficially I took over on May 28 when our old Commander moved to Texas.

     A quick update on what's been happening lately; On May 24th, in conjunction with VFW National and Tractor Supply Company, we had an information table set up at the T S C location in Inver Grove Heights, MN. from 8:00am until 2:00pm. We answered a lot of questions and had a few prospects for new membership.

     On Memorial Day, May 26, we marched in the South St. Paul Parade up to Oak Hill Cemetery for the ceremony at the Veterans section. Afterwards parade participants and guests were invited down to the Post for hot dogs, chips and refreshments. We had a very good turnout.

     On May 27, our Post hosted the National Commander, Wm. [Bill] Thien. Our Quartermaster, Larry Grindland, gave him the grand tour of our Post before we sat down for an informal breakfast and a Q & A session. He primarily talked about membership and recruiting new members. He was with us for about an hour and a half before he had to leave to go to the Post in Owatonna and on to other Posts in the state.

     On May 28, I was invited to the Simley High School scholarship banquet to present this years scholarship from the Post and Auxiliary. A $500.00 scholarship was presented to Miss Kristen Heesch who will be going to the University of Minnesota, Mankato, to study nursing. Congratulations to you Kristen.

     On May 31, we hosted the 10th annual Ride for Wishes at the Post. We had bands outside and inside and even with the intermittent rain there was a good turnout and a good time was had by all. According to Ira it was one of the best Ride for Wishes days we’ve had.

     On June 5th to 8th all the officers of the Post attended the Department Convention in St. Cloud, MN.

     The new Commander and Sr. Vice Commander attended the Officer Training Instruction courses as well as other seminars relating to the V F W. I also attended a gambling seminar to brush up on any new and changing gambling rules and laws. We also attended the nomination and election process for all the new State Officers.

     On June 11, at our monthly Post meeting we elected a new Jr. Vice Commander and had him sworn in. His name is Tate Doom. He transferred into our Post from his old Post in Marshal MN. He was a past Post Commander at his Post, a past District Commander from District 3, and a past State Commander, so I believe he will be a real asset to our Post.

     MEMBERSHIP: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send in your annual dues to our Quartermaster so we can achieve 100% membership. Remember, we need all of you to be up to date on your membership so we can have a strong and united voice in Washington to keep the benefits we were promised and deserve.

     SET ASIDE THE EVENING OF JULY 18 TO COME DOWN TO THE POST TO ENJOY OUR STEAK AND SHRIMP DINNER from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

     In closing, I would like to congratulate those celebrating a birthday or anniversary, a speedy recovery to those who are ill and my condolences to those who have lost a loved one.
    






Mike Running, Commander
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