Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Which Groundhog do we believe? The one who saw its shadow or the one who didn't? I'd like to believe the one who predicted that winter will last six more weeks. That means winter is almost over, but we all know that Mother Nature can be cruel when she wants to be. I know that I'm not trying to make her mad. I realize that we need the moisture, but I'm not a big fan of SNOW, so I'll wait for the April showers.
Not too much happened last month. Our FISH FRIES continue to draw bigger and bigger crowds as we get closer to the Lenten season. I want to thank all the volunteers that show up to help us out during both the Lunch and Supper meal times. As time marches on I'm sure our crowds will get bigger and bigger, so we’ll need more and more volunteers to help out with the serving and the clean-up. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated, so come on down and have some fun and meet some new people. It's a fun experience.
On February 7th we had another Minnesota Military Appreciation night and we had a fantastic turnout. The Post was packed shoulder to shoulder with a fantastic crowd. Mike Mausolf and I had an information table set up to answer questions and to recruit new members. Hopefully we will get a few new members signed up after all our efforts.
Speaking of new members, we had a Life Member transfer from Post 3915 and one of our annual members sign up for a Life Membership using our discount program. The transfer member is James Newton and the new Life Member is Chris Treague. I'd like to extend a warm welcome and a huge thanks to you both. We still have many members who haven't sent in their 2915 dues for one reason or other. As I have said in past newsletters, if you need some help paying your dues, give us a call and we'll try to help you out as best we can, but we can't do anything to help if we don't know what the problem is.
I got a report from our Gambling Manager that says we donated over $5,798 dollars back to the community from our Pull Tab operation in the Month of January. Don't forget that one of our prime objectives is to give back to Veterans and their families and to our communities. It's something we can all be proud of so please keep supporting your Post in any way you can.
Just a reminder about March 4th. It's "Veterans On The Hill" day at the Capital. We have Comrades from Prior Lake and Hastings Posts that will be meeting us at our Post in the morning and going to the Capital with us. The more people that show up, the more attention we will get from our Legislators. Again, the meeting starts at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Paul Armory due to the construction going on at the Capital building. If you decide to show up PLEASE wear your VFW hat so the legislators get to see an ocean of brown hats and realize our commitment to our benefits that we were promised.
At next months meeting we will start the Election of new Officers process. Nominations will be taken for the new year and remain open until April's meeting, at which time we will have our election of Officers for the new year. If you are a member in good standing, you are eligible to hold an office in our Post and help guide and direct us into the future to remain a strong and viable Post in the VFW organization. Just a final note to our younger members, Please keep in mind that this is your Post and to succeed we need your input to keep this Post alive because you are the future and you will be inheriting the operation of this organization as our older members pass on and I'm sure no one wants to see this Post pass into oblivion. THERE'S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT TO STEP UP AND BE HEARD.
In closing, I and the members of the Post wish to congratulate those celebrating a birthday or and 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
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