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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
COMMANDER'S COLUMN
 
      August 2015
Greetings Comrades,

     First off I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and the hot weather. Drink plenty of water and please stay hydrated. Donít forget to come down to the post to enjoy a drink to cool yourself down.

     Secondly, I would like to congratulate our very own Mike Labovitch for being elected as 2nd District Commander and Michelle Smallidge as 2nd District President for this upcoming year. When you see them, tell them congratulation.

     Our Annual VFW kidís picnic will be held on Aug 16th this year. It is a couple weeks later due to another organization already having the park.
As usual we will have kidís prizes and one adult prize. We will have the kids train, climbing wall and bouncing castle. We will have the standard hotdogs, chips, ice cream, assorted pop and for the adults Miller Lite Beer.

     Any annual member who pays their 2016 dues between July1 and Aug 16 will be eligible to win a life membership. Dues will be accepted at the kidís picnic on August 16 so come and enjoy a fun day. South St Paul had their annual Safety Camp held at Kaposia Park and it was attended very well by all parts Post, Ladies and Menís Auxiliaries. Thank you for all your support.

     Our Post Meetings are Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Our meeting is used to conduct business that is crucial to the Post. So the input of the members is greatly needed. You need to speak up at the meeting as well. If you donít agree or have comment, Please say something, your voice is what this Post is made of. It is very important for the future of the Post and the Benefits of the Veterans that are fighting the wars now.

     There is a Steak and/or Shrimp dinner on August 21st, Serving from 5-8pm. Included in your meal is a potato, dinner salad and bread. The Post has one every 3rd Friday of the Month. Come down and enjoy a wonderful meal at a great price.

     I want to remind each and every one of you that you have an ongoing duty to be a recruiter for the post every day of the year! I would as I'm sure each and every one of you would love to see our beautiful Post back to 100% membership and to be able to sustain and or even to surpass that benchmark!

     Color Guard Information: The Post Color Guard is in dire need of some new members. Letís not lose our Color Guard! Being a Color Guard member doesnít take up a lot of your time. We do not march in many Parades. The only requirement is dedication to our veterans and the very core of what the VFW represents. The Color Guard is looking for younger marchers so then we can do more Parades and present the Colors at more functions when asked upon in the community and other communities. In the past the Post Color Guard has been in National VFW Parades and we would like to ďTake Pride in 295Ē again. And get that spirit back in the Color guard. Anyone interested in joining this elite group (men or women) please contact me or Dan Smoot (651) 270-2174 so arrangements can be made with the Color Guard.

     Dan Smoot is taking over as Color Guard Captain temporally until we find new members and eventually a new Captain. There is going to be a VERY important meeting of potential NEW and CURRENT members on Wednesday Aug.19th at 6:30pm. So if you are interested in becoming a member or already a member please come to the meeting. They will be discussing new uniforms and the direction of the Color Guard.

     2nd District Conference is being held Saturday August 22, in Shakopee. Lunch will be served at 11:00 and then the meetings to follow.

     Our Fall Conference will be held September 25-27 in St. Cloud this year. If anyone is interested in attending please let me know. It is being held at the Kelly In. Housing is still available.

     In closing, I and all members of the Post wish to congratulate those celebrating an anniversary or birthday. A speedy recovery to those who are ill and our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost a loved one.

Your Brother in Arms,

Terry Tucker Jr, Commander
TAKE PRIDE IN  295