Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295













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

     HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!! Time to use a New Year date, in your checkbook. Also, itís time to make all those New Year's resolutions and hopefully stick to them, at least for a while. Raise your hand if you have already broken some of them. I thought so.

     As I write this, Christmas is still a few days away so I hope everyone gets what they wished for. Also New Years Eve is coming and I hope everyone has a safe and happy evening and next day.

     We started the month of December by putting up our Holiday lights on the 1st of the month. I'd like to thank all the people who helped with that task. On the 6th of the month we had another Minnesota Military Appreciation night and again it was well attended.

     On Saturday the 13th several of the Post Officers attended the State Commanders Homecoming Party at his home Post in Spring Lake Park. We were served a Prime Rib dinner that was delicious and humongus. I don't know about anyone else, but I struggled to finish the whole thing.

     On Sunday the 14th we hosted our annual Kids Christmas Party, and I think it was the best we have ever had. It was possibly the biggest turnout we've ever had. The kids enjoyed talking to Santa, getting their faces painted, writing letters to Santa, decorating their stockings and cookies, going to the fish pond and much more. A big THANK YOU goes out to all the volunteers who put this all together. GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!!!

     We have some good news to report about our search for a new Chaplain. One of our new Life Members who transferred from Lake City has stepped up and volunteered to replace Hank Rollins as the Post Chaplain. His name is Craig Moechnig. He has met with Hank and been filled in about his duties as our Post Chaplain. A big WELCOME ABOARD and thanks to you Craig. Also a thank you to Wally Post for filling the temporary slot for Hank.

     Speaking of new members, I'd also like to welcome another new Life Member to the Post. His name is Jim Butler. Give him a warm welcome if you are at the Post and run into him. Our membership is slowly rising as the Dues are slowly trickling in. Remember if your Dues are delinquent, you are not considered a member in good standing and could possibly lose some benefits that you have worked for and deserve.

     Don't forget, our Steak and Shrimp dinners are temporarily suspended until after our Fish Fries are over after Easter. Thank you all for your patronage.

     Our Fabulous Fish Fries start this month on the 16th and go to Good Friday. As always, we need volunteers to help every Friday during both the noon and evening meal. If you can help us out we sure would appreciate it, especially during the second one on Friday the 23rd of January as all the officers will be at the Mid-Winter Conference in Minneapolis. So if you can help, COME-ON-DOWN.

     Post Surgeon News: If you have a need for or need to donate medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, etc. please call our Post Surgeon, Larry Muller at 651-455-5975, for more information.

     As always, in closing, I and the members of Post 285 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