Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295













111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
      November 2015
Greetings Comrades,

The month of November is always a busy month. It is a special time during which we reflect on our lives and the many blessings we have, both personally and as a nation. We celebrate family and friends on Thanksgiving; on Veterans Day, we celebrate the brave men and women who served our country with “Honor-Courage-Loyalty” This holiday for the nation used to be called Armistice Day, after the document signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, which brought to an end the First World War. Our Post will be having a Veterans Day Program at 1030am with a Toast at 11am.

     As we all know this is a service organization. With that thought in mind, I'd like to break that down for everyone. Service: Webster defines service as "the occupation or function of serving". Organization: "an administrative and functional structure". That means we are a group of individuals that have chosen to come together to serve others. In our case that is something that we are failing at as a whole. Like I stated earlier, there are a few that have stepped up and done the work that needed to be done and I am thankful for that, however I am reminded of a story I once heard:

     This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. Which one are we?

     Notice to all annual members if you sign up for the months of November and December, the post will pay ½ the cost of Life Membership for all members who wish to convert to Life Membership Here are the breakdowns of the cost:

18-30               $425.00    $212.50     $212.50
31-40               $410.00    $205.00     $212.50
41-50               $375.00    $187.50     $187.50
51-60               $335.00    $167.50     $167.50
61-70               $290.00    $145.00     $145.00
71-80               $225.00    $112.50     $112.50
81+                  $170.00    $ 85.00       $ 85.00

     If you are Interested Please contact Larry Grindland at 651-455-5968 or Terry Tucker 651-280-7615. We will get everything taken care of.

     Do you talk about your grandchildren with your friends? It’s pretty natural to share this information. Do your friends mention that they have a grandchild who was in the military? If they did, how about spreading the news about the VFW and how it can positively affect those who have come back to civilian life? While it would be great if their grandchildren now reside in our area and we could welcome them as members of our post, getting them to join any post helps strengthen our organization. It will be the young veterans that will be keeping our ideals alive throughout most of this 21st century. We need them to come out and gradually take over the leadership reigns, molding the post so it works for them.

     Today, to be “social” is a just a simple mouse or swipe of a computer screen. Many of our youngest possible new members may find it hard to “socialize” if they don’t trust what the Veterans of Foreign Wars is all about. Are we truly taking care of those in our organization in need or want or distress? The only way we can grow is through active membership and participating where your schedule permits in any one of the Post’s activities. Doing just a little goes a long way to helping new members join a great Post. Bring a friend to share your experience. Truly “socialize” by getting to know others at a Post event. I promise you, that friend will go away wondering why he or she had never found out about Gallagher-Hansen Post 295.

     We need to be PROUD of our Service and PROUD of the Veterans of Foreign Wars!

Your Brother in Arms,

Terry Tucker Jr, Commander