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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
COMMANDER'S COLUMN
 
    August 2018
Comrades:

     As I write this, according to our national by laws, Iíve only been in office a little more than 30 days. In that short period of time some people are already telling me that they liked my last newsletter and that Iím headed in the right direction, and I thank you for the encouraging words. Others are suggesting things I can do to improve, and I will share a couple of those suggestions with you in a moment. But first let me say this: Compliments and Criticisms both can be very positive things - if it is directed tome so that I can build on them, to make myself a better leader and Post 295 something even more special and spectacular than it already is. But Criticism can be a very bad thing when it is directed to your buddy at the bar or someone else who canít really do anything to change the situation. This type of criticism breaks down morale and discourages others from getting involved.

     If you have a problem or feel there is a better way we can do something; LET ME KNOW. There are mail boxes in the coat room before you go into the office, mine is the top box and it is marked Commander - feel free to use it as a suggestion box. Another alternative is to call me at home; my number is 651-457-6868 and leave a message (this will the go to my e-mail and my cell phone as well as my landline Voice Mail). A third way is to send me a letter, my address is: Mike Labovitch - Commander, VFW Post 295, 111 South Concord Exchange, South Saint Paul MN 55075. But the best way to express your feelings and communicate your ideas is to come to the next meeting and bring them up under good of the order.

     However, whatever you do donít confront me in the club. There are two reasons I make this request: 1st it is often an inappropriate time and place to discuss these things. 2nd I am 73 years old and I forget things. Just last month I went to church with the same style shoes-each one on the correct foot but two different colors (one dark brown and the other black). I didnít notice it, my wife didnít notice it, but my
Granddaughter, who met us there and is 10, did. Embarrassing story? YES! But it makes the point.

     Now on to the two suggestions I said I would share with you. The 1st comes from Larry Grindland who appreciated my pointing out, in the newsletter the date of the next meeting but also wanted me to mention that our Post meetings are the2nd Wednesday of each month at the club in the large room downstairs at 7PM. For those of you who donít have a calendar handy that means - THE NEXT MEETING IS ONAUGUST 8TH @ 7PM AT THE CLUB IN THE LARGEROOM DOWN STAIRS. As a side note your Post and Auxiliary Leadership Team meet at the Club on the Tuesday immediately preceding the day of the Post meeting at 6:30PMusually we are in the upstairs dining room but that can change from month to month so if you canít find us ask the bartender as I will always let him/her know where we are. Any Post or Auxiliary member is invited to sit-in on that meeting and address the body. However, it would be nice for you to let me know you are coming so I can include you on the Agenda.

     The 2nd recommendation came from our new adjutant, Sol Diekman, who when I was bragging about all that Post 295and its Auxiliary does, suggested I highlight one activity in each monthís Newsletter.

     What a great Idea! However, Iíve used up most of my allotted space for this month and I still need to list Augusts coming attractions. So, I promise next month to catch you upon what Post 295 and it Auxiliary have been doing over the summer.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:


KIDS PICNIC:
Aug. 5 @ Lorraine Park - 11AM to 4PM- $5. 18 & over, free 17 & under

POST & AUXILIARY MEET:
Aug 8 @ Post - Auxiliary6:30PM. Post 7PM

BLOOD DRIVE:
Aug 10 @ Post - 1 to 7PM (those Donating get Free Gopher Tee-shirt & chance to win Gopher Football Tickets) - PREREGISTRATION INFORMATIONIS ON PAGE 6

ANNUAL POST & AUXILIARY SPONSOREDPICNIC
FOR RESIDENTS @ MN VETíS HOMEHASTINGS: Aug 12 @ MN Vetís Home Hastings

     More details on these events and what else is happening at295 can be found in President Barbís column, the calendar on page 3, the Club announcements on page 5 and a new TAKE NOTICE FEATURE on the bottom of page 6.

Taking Pride in 295 -
WHERE WE HONOR THEDEAD BY SERVING THE LIVING


Mike Labovitch
Post Commander