Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
According to some TV weathermen, the meteorological winter is half over and we are below our normal snowfall total for the season. Thatís great news for now but you can bet that Mother Nature will get even with us later down the line. At least my snow blower is still working great. [2 days later] OOPS! It looks like I spoke too soon. As I sit here writing this, Iím looking out the window at white-out conditions with at least 2 inches of snow on the ground. As I said, itís Mother Nature hard at work.
The New Year has come and gone but the VFW and its programs keep marching on. We had our District 2 conference in Wells, MN at VFW Post 1778. Our Voice of Democracy entrant, Nichol Muller placed 2nd in the District competition where she received a Plaque and a check for her essay. The 1st place winner was Nolan Mattisan from Mapleton, MN. Sponsored by Mapleton VFW Post 5338 and Auxiliary. He also received a Plaque and check for his essay and also a trip to Minneapolis for the Mid-Winter Conference where he represented the 2nd District in the Department of Minnesota competition.
The Mid-Winter Conference was held in Downtown Minneapolis at the Marriott City-Center from Jan.19 to Jan 21 where our Officers attended various seminars, were updated on new or existing Gambling rules and Laws and brought up to date on Legislative issues that affect all of us whether it is new or existing Benefits that we are entitled to. Luckily, some of us had time after adjournment, to make it home and unpack and get ready to watch the Vikings continue their march to the Super Bowl. OOPS again, they let us down one more time, but like they say, thereís always next year.
Our Fish Fries continue on every Friday till Good Friday at the end of March. The crowds are getting bigger every week so please consider volunteering several hours of your time to help put these fund raising events on. I know you probably get tired of hearing this but the reality of the situation is some of us volunteers are getting older and starting to have health problems and wonít be able to help much longer. WE NEED HELP so we can continue to raise funds and keep the doors open for these events.
Once again people are wondering where ALL OUR MONEY goes, so here is a yearly breakdown of our DONATIONS BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. The Post has donated $22,837.00, and the Auxiliary has donated $8,513.25. Gambling has donated $64,827.90.
Our Surgeon would like me to remind you of the variety of health appliances he has available to loan out if you have a need. Just give him a call at 651-455-5975 if you have any questions about what he has.
In Closing, 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"