Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295













111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
      January 2016
Greetings Comrades,

     This is a New Year. Letís all work together to make this post one of the best in the state. If you know members that quit coming around, try to get them back to see what is going on. We are starting to get new members into the post. These are our younger members. Show them how important they are, not only to the post, but to the VFW. These members are the future of the VFW. Many of these veterans have been deployed more than once. Show them the respect that they deserve. When you see one of our new members shake their hand and thank them for their service for our country. Our theme for this year should be HONOR, RESPECT, and HELP OUR FELLOW MEMBERS OF THIS POST AND OUR COMMUNITY in any way you can.

     This is also the time when we start thinking of Post Officers for next year. We will have our first nominations in March, and our second nominations and elections in April. The new officers will represent this Post for the next year. If you are interested in running for an office please let someone know. Remember, this is our Post and it is an honor to be an active part of it. We need more people to run for office so the same few people donít have to do it all.

     Our strength stems from banding with 1.3 million comrades worldwide to wield political clout. But our Post loses about 20 members each year. Just to maintain our fighting strength we must recruit and induct at least as many members as we lose. We all have people in our lives who qualify for VFW membership, whether they are family members, coworkers, neighbors, or strangers we meet while going about our lives. Every one of us is a recruiter.

     From this group arise the heroes who carry out the Posts mission. These are members who chair and serve on committees, who train as Service Officers, who render final honors as part of the Honor Guard, who provide labor for dozens of activities even attend meetings regularly to offer solutions to Post issues. Time and again these comrades charge into the breach to assure mission success. Here too there is attrition. Many of the reliable heroes who excelled for decades have earned a rest. If you believe in the mission of the VFW, what have you done to make it succeed? Specialized skills are less important than willingness to serve.

     As with any military organization, the Commander relies on his leadership team to help him carry out his tremendous responsibilities. By its charter, the Post cannot function without its elected and appointed officers. Many currently serving have spent years, even decades, in key leadership positions. The leadership team could use reinforcements who have fresh ideas, energy, and motivation. Attend some meetings and see what itís all about.

     Our annual Kids Xmas party was a hit again this year. We had over 75 kids this year and it was a fantastic showing for the Post and Auxiliaries. Santa showed up and was a great Ambassador for the day. I believe most kids left with a big smile on their face and a full belly.

     We have adopted two Veterans from the Hastings Veterans Home for this upcoming year. We will be giving them cards and gifts on special dates. i.e.: birthdays, Veterans Day, 4th of July and so forth. They have already received the Xmas gifts from the Post.

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

Your Brother in Arms,

Terry Tucker Jr, Commander