Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295













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

     Well, May is here and Mother Nature has been fooling us again. March came in like a lamb and WENT OUT like a lamb but April did bring us some showers. The weather people say we still need more showers because we are considered to be in a medium drought. I'm all for more rain, but that means more lawn mowing and I definitely don't like that.

     The elections for Officers were held at the April Post meeting and the results for the 2015 - 2016 year are:

Commander                                         Terry Tucker
Sr. Vice Commander                          Tate Doom
Jr. Vice Commander                           Ray Hartung
Quartermaster                                      Larry Grindland
Chaplain                                               Craig Moechnig
Judge Advocate                                   Dave Grannis
Surgeon                                                Larry Muller
Trustee [3yr]                                         Mike Running
Club Committee [3yr]                          Larry Grindland

     On the 12th of April we held our Volunteers Dinner to recognize and thank all of the people who helped out at our Fish Fries this past Lenten Season. We had a good turnout for this event, and once again I want to THANK all of you that gave of your time to help make it a successful endeavor. Our overall attendance for the Fish Fries was down compared to last year but we still had a very good season. We can only hope that it gets better next year.

     April 17th was the return of our Steak and Shrimp dinner on the 3rd Friday of every month. We got off to a slow start, so I hope it will get better as we go on.

     On April 19th we held our annual Past Commanders and Past Presidents Dinner and it was not attended by very many of our Past Officials. Those that did attend enjoyed a fine meal and Comradeship for a small part of the afternoon. It's a great time to get together and tell a few stories, as we all do, and maybe discuss the future of and direction of the Post. As all Commanders know, when we accept the Office we don't know everything and we rely on the Past Commanders and Presidents to help and guide us along in our endeavors to become a great Post. This would be a very opportune time to give us some insight and guidance to help us make a better Post.

     Next month we start the month off with Loyalty Days at our Post on the 2nd. As of last year this has been reduced to a one day event, however there will be a Meet and Greet on Friday night between 5:00 and 8:00 PM with Appetizers being served. Registration begins on Saturday morning at 7:00 AM with the Post and Auxiliary Meetings to begin at 8:00AM. New Officers will be nominated and elected to the District Offices and Installation of said Officers will follow the afternoon Meetings with a light meal to immediately follow. Letís have a great showing of members to let the District 2 know that we are the Biggest and Best Post in the District. Hope to see you there.

     I would be remiss if I failed to mention that on the 10th of the Month we will all be celebrating MOTHERS DAY, so HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the Moms out there. I hope you receive all the Love and Affection you so rightly deserve.

     The 15th of the month will be Poppy Day so don't forget that day. Also that evening we will have our Steak and Shrimp dinner from 5:00 to 8:00PM. Let's have a good showing at this event.

     The installation of our new Officers will be on the Sunday the 17th of the month at the Post. Again I hope to see you there to congratulate the new Officers and wish them well.

     Last but not least, we will be celebrating Memorial Day on the 25th. Come out and see us in the Parade and then come down to the Post to help us continue the celebration and Honor Our Veterans, both with us and Passed on.

     In closing, I and the members of the Post wish to congratulate those celebrating a birthday or an 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