Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
I hope that now itís official that SPRING HAS SPRUNG, and according to the old saying, April [snow] showers will bring May flowers. According to weather officials, that was the snowiest April in our history of weather record keeping. Thankfully itís finally over and the warmer weather is on the way.
At our meeting last month we closed nominations for our Officers and Committee positions and held the voting for said positions. Thankfully, we had a few new members step forward to fill some of the positions. As I said last month, we canít keep recycling or Officers to keep our Post viable and thriving. Here is the list of new Officers and Committee chairs that were elected for the coming year.
Commander -- Mike Labovitch
Sr. Vice Commander - Terry Pieper
Jr. Vice Commander - John Kelly
Quartermaster - Larry Grindland
Chaplain - Craig Moechnig
Three Year Trustee - Mike Running
Legislative Chairman - John Kelly
Surgeon - Larry Muller
Three Year Club Committee - Remains open
Commander elect Labovitch held a meeting on April 10 to give out information and form Committees for the upcoming 100th anniversary of our Post and the end of WWI, which will be ongoing for the next two  years. If you feel like you could help out and contribute some ideas to this endeavor, please give Commander elect Labovitch a call. Remember the more help you have the easier the task becomes. In conjunction with that endeavor, the Post had some 100 year Anniversary pins made to commemorate the date and we will be selling them for Three  dollars apiece to help cover the cost of some of the programs that have been planned.
On Friday the 13th of April, our outgoing Jr. Vice Commander Ray Hartung hit the streets of So. St. Paul to distribute Buddy Poppy cards to the businesses in our community and seek donations for our Veterans. Again, on the18th of this month we will be out in the community soliciting donations for the single Buddy Poppyís and we could use some help. Even a couple of hours of help would be very useful.
I wish I could give a report on the 2nd District Loyalty Days meeting held at the Lakeville Post 210 on the 28th of April, but this column has to be at the printers before that date. A report of that meeting will be in the June issue of the ECHOES.
Donít forget to mark your calendar this month for Friday the 18th, because thatís when we start our monthly Steak and Shrimp Dinners again. Our master chef Tom will be in the kitchen again to deliver the best tasting steak that canít be beat.
ATTENTION COLOR GUARD MEMBERS
Memorial Day will be coming up on Monday the 28th of this month. I know most members are getting to old to march and lead the parade with the Colors, but Iím imploring you to think of our Comrades who have gone before us and think of how we show them our respect on that special day. We still need riflemen to shoot at the Cemetery during the ceremony to Honor our fallen Comrades. Personally I think it gives our Post and Members a black eye in front of the community when we only have two  or three  Members show up to fire our rifles over our fallen Comrades. I know that many people go out of town for a long weekend but Iím wondering if some of our shooters could cut their weekend short and make an appearance to let our Townspeople know that we have NOT FORGOTTEN their loved ones who have gone before us. Remember that this is only one day of a weekend and the summer has many weekends to come. Help us bring PRIDE back to our Color Guard. Iím also hoping that the Civil Air Patrol will be able to lead the Parade with their Color Guard as they did last year.
In closing I and the Post offer our congratulations to those celebrating a birthday or anniversary, a speedy recovery to those who are ill and our condolences to those who have lost a loved one.
Yours in Comradeship,
Mike Running, Commander
"TAKE PRIDE IN 295"