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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Tate Doom
COMMANDER'S COLUMN
 
       January 2017
Greetings Comrades,

     
Its 2017 already. The time sure does seem to fly on by.

     We have a busy month at the Post. We have our executive board meeting on the 10th of January. Post meeting is on the 11th. We are hosting the 2nd District meeting on January 7th. And finally the Department Mid-Winter Conference is January 20-22. Coming in February is the Department Horse Shoe tournament. This year it is being hosted by the White Bear Lake VFW and will be held on the Lake. Iím not really sure how this will be incorporated but will be interesting to say the least.

     Membership is the life blood of our organization. At the Department level we have lost around 40,000 members in the Last 20 years. Right now today there are more people eligible for the Veterans of Foreign Wars than in any time in history. National has estimated that there are over 230,000 eligible members in Minnesota that do not belong to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. There are many, many Veterans organizations popping up. Some of these are the brain child on someone trying to make a buck on the back of the Veterans. Others are started because there is a service that someone feels is lacking. What many of these organizations do not realize is that the ground work they are trying to create has been laid by members of the VFW for decades. There is no need to recreate the wheel. We just need to be mindful of the eligible veteran population and bring in eligible veterans.

     At the club, Friday January 6th starts our fish fryís. This is the one big event that brings in a majority of our revenue for the Post. Last year we received a huge push from Kare 11 news when they named us one of the best places around for all you can eat fish. It really showed with the numbers of people that came out after that. Hopefully we can maintain that level of patronage and make this a successful year again. The steak and shrimp will be on hold until after Easter.

     For department level contests we have a nominee for Fire Fighter of the Year and for Scout of the Year. We hope to be able to move our Poppy Display onto State level. The Community Service record book is being put together for state judging as well. We are an active Post and one of the better Posts around. We maintain a very good reputation within our own District and the Districts around us.

     I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that Santa treated you well. I hope that the New Year will be the best one yet.




Tate Doom
Post Commander