Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295












111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
    December 2018


     Some of you may have heard I have resigned as commander as of December 1, and 60 days ago that was my intention. I had just been told I had suffered a stroke, with no residuals, sometime in the past year. I was advised to reduce my stress level dramatically. Because, I had only had two stressful things on my plate: The post and my son who is unemployed, has a two-month old son with serious health problem and a 3yr old with autism. Since I canít give up on my son I decided to resign as commander. Now, however, after a huge battery of tests Iíve been told that the healed brain hemorrhage they saw on the MRI was not due to a stroke but a Traumatic Brain Injury with the following residuals: Minor short-term memory loss, minor vision problems, and some mood swings all of which are reversible & for which I am currently being treated. So, I would like to finish off as commander for at least this year and most likely next year as I had originally planned. But if the Post decides to accept my resignation based on some of my recent actions thatís fine too. It is up to the membership.


     While we have moved out of 111 South Concord Exchange and the prospective buyer has moved in, we still donít have a closing date. So, the quartermaster and Senior Vice Commander negotiated a one-year lease with the prospective buyer. The lease, which I signed Nov 5, 2018, terminates on October 31, 2019 or @ closing, whichever comes 1st.


     We have a temporary office located at 1401 Thompson Avenue South Saint Paul MN 55075. Our phone is now hooked up, the Number will remain 651-455-1505 and there is an answering machine that will be checked daily. If itís an emergency, you can always call me at 651-457-6868. If I donít answer leave a message, Messages are automatically forwarded to my cell phone and my e-mail so even if Iím out of town I will get back to you.

     Our meetings are being held in a conference room in the same building, but the entrance is just around the corner off 14th Ave. Look for 1413 Thompson Ave. Suite 1.

     Remember, while the Post will continue to meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, the Auxiliary will meet on the Tuesday immediately before the Post meeting, and the Leadership team will meet on the Monday immediately before the Auxiliary meeting. For December those dates are as follows:
Leadership on Monday December 10, 2018 @ 6:30PM
Auxiliary Tuesday December11, 2018 @ 6:30PM
Post Wednesday December 12, 2018 @ 7Pm


     Post 295 does have a VOD winner this year. Her name is Elise, and she is in the 12th grade, home schooled and lives in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Elise will be at our meeting on December 12, 2018 @ 7PM, to read her speech. Even though space is limited and itís a short ceremony we are asking any Auxiliary Members that can attend to be there. Not only to hear her speech but to congratulate Elise and show her that she has the total support of the whole 295 family as she continues through the competition. Last year 295ís candidate took 2nd in the district.


     On October 31st we had our last Hurrah at 111 South Concord Exchange and while there were some sad and nostalgic moments, we did it up right. The place was packed from when we opened @ 11AM until about 830PM. A big THANK YOU to Ira, his crew and all the volunteers who worked together to make it a success.


     October 31st in addition to it being our last day official day at 111 South Concord Exchange was of course Halloween. So about 4:30 six 6 Post and Auxiliary members left the festivities at the Club, went up on Marie Ave by the Community Center and gave out Hot Dogs and Hot Chocolate @ the ďCity-wide Great Halloween Get TogetherĒ, as we have done for many years. A big THANK-YOU to those 6 people for their willingness to leave the Party & represent Post 295 and its Auxiliary at this event.


     Post 295 and the Dakota County Historical Society celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice that Ended WWI on Veterans Day 2018. There was a display, a concert and a guest lecturer at the museum. 295 held itís the Traditional Toast at the 11th hour - on the 11th day - of the 11th month. A side note: The MOA was so impressed by the Historical Societyís Display they have asked them to bring it to the Mall on Memorial Day Weekend 2019. The Historical Society has asked us to be involved as well. We are now working out the details. How exciting! 295 may have moved BUT we are still Alive and Kicking! -- Mike

     OUR GOAL IS ALWAYS To: ďHonors the Dead by Serving the LivingĒ
ďTaking Pride in 295Ē.

Mike Labovitch
Post Commander