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

    
I trust that everyone is making it through this winter season. It sure has been a different one. To go from 40 degrees to minus 15 and then back to 40 degrees in two weeks is just plain crazy. I hope that when the spring season comes we will not be dealing with the snow and other issues that go along with it.

     Things are busy at the Post. On January 7th we hosted the 2nd District conference. This was well attended by both the members of our Post and the Postís that make up the second district. From January 20-22, 2017, the Department had the Mid-Winter Conference at the Minneapolis Marriot. This was a good conference and we had a few different seminars that focused on regular VFW Programs and couple of special seminars that focused on Mental Health. The Commander in Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has made mental health his push this year. As a Post, I would like to see us do something to support this initiative. We did attempt to host a fall program pf Art Therapy for ARS Bellum. There were not enough participants signed up so it was cancelled. We will try again in the spring.

     Post activities: Friday night and Saturday meet raffles are continuing. They have been well attended as they groups running the raffles have all been student groups. However, I like to think that it has to do with our excellent fish fries. The attendance at the fish fries increases every week. It would always be nice to see more people or have a few more volunteers. The fish fries run through Good Friday. This is the one activity that the Post does that generates our income to be used on Post programs.

     Our next Post meeting is February 8, 2017. Meeting starts at 7PM. Please make a plan on attending. Your voice matters and your opinion matters. If you want to see change at the Post or at the VFW this is the place. The bar is not the place to give direction to the VFW but the Post meeting is.

     February 14th is Valentineís Day bringing your significant other out for a nice meal. February 16th is Bingo at the Hastings Veterans home, I am quite certain more help at this event would be appreciated.

     Remember Gallagher Hansen VFW Post 295 needs your help to survive and thrive. We are all members of the greatest Veterans Service Organization that there is. Now is the time to let others know about us. We have more veterans eligible for the VFW today than at any other time in history. See you all at the Post meeting on February 8, 2017 at 7 PM.





Tate Doom
Post Commander