Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
November is over and we are moving along to the beginning of the New Year. I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying a turkey sandwich or two that might last for another couple of weeks.
We started the month with our last two Fish Fries of the season, and then moved on to the Veterans Day program and Toast on the 11th of the month. The program was well attended. We heard a few words from our Honorable Mayor Beth Bauman, then our past District Commander, Dan Smoot, read the legend of the POW/MIA Table, and then we had two POW, s from WWII stand and be recognized. After that we watched a 4 minute video depicting our younger generation recognizing the sacrifices of our Veterans through the years. I think that got a lot of people a little choked up. It sure did to me. Then at 11:00 we had our toast to all the Veterans, both with us or not. I would like to thank all those that attended.
Comrades, I have some sad news to report to the membership. Our Chaplain, Hank Rollins, has resigned from his position due to his eye sight problems. He will be sorely missed at that position, but remember, he will still be a valuable member of our Post. Wally Post has agreed to fill in for Hank until we can elect a new Chaplain. Please keep this in mind Comrades that as time marches on we will need new blood to step up and take these positions as our older members vacate them for whatever reasons. Now is the time to search your hearts and minds to determine if you can be a contributing member of this Post. If you are interested in filling this very important position, please come to the monthly meeting and let your intentions be known or give me a call and let me know if you are interested.
On a happier note, our Kids Christmas Party is in the planning stages at this point. It is scheduled for Sunday, December 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Santa Claus will be there to hear what the children want for Christmas. There will also be many activities for the kids to partake in.
Christmas Day falls on a Thursday this year so I'm sure a lot of you will make it a long Holiday weekend. Please drive safely and enjoy all that the holiday has to offer. I hope Santa brings you all that you wish for and more.
We will be having a New Years Eve party at the Post on New Years Eve. There will be no cover charge for the evening. There will be a band playing, party favors, and free appetizers at midnight. We will also have Dry Drivers available to take you and your car home, within a six  mile radius, if you happen to have one or two to many adult beverages. Many of our patrons have utilized this service on Friday and Saturday night and can't say enough good things about it. It is definitely a stress reliever for enjoying the evening.
Our Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pens competition has been judged and the results have been sent to the District 2 chairman for judging at that Level. Good luck to all who have entered.
From our two Minnesota Military Appreciation nights held at the Post we had over $300 dollars donated to the fund. 100% of the donations go to the fund for helping Veterans.
In closing, I and the members of Post 295 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
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