Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
As I write this column, May is almost over and this will be my last column as your Commander. Last month I said I will report on the District 2 Loyalty Days meeting at VFW Post 210, in Lakeville, that was held on April 28th. There were 20 Posts of 36 Posts in the District that were represented. Among the business that was on the agenda was the election of the new District Officers which are as follows;
Commander --- Roy Bressler
Sr. Vice Commander ---Pat Shippler
Jr. Vice Commander ---Terry Pieper
Quartermaster --- Larry Grindland
Judge Advocate ---Don Heuer
Surgeon --- Rachel Maloney
Chaplin --- Francis Rowe
Legislative --- Mike Mausolf
3 year Trustee --- Dale Hogaveen
Lakeville Post 210 will also be celebrating their 100 year anniversary. To celebrate that milestone they had Challenge Coins made which they wish to sell for $20 dollars apiece. If interested call the District Commander with questions or looking for answers.
Also, the theme for this years “Voice of Democracy” essay contest was announced. It will be “Why My Vote Matters.” Remember if you wish to get someone to write an essay, they have to be submitted to the Post by October 31 to be eligible for judging.
On May 2nd Linda Irey and I were at the High School to present the Athletic Awards to the top athletes, both male and female. Then the next week, on the 9th of the month we were back at the High School to present three Scholarships each from the Post and Auxiliary to some very deserving students.
On the POW/MIA front there is some good news to report for the Gifford Families from Woodbury and Warroad. Their brother who lost his life on December 7, 1941 was brought home and interred with Military Honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Navy radioman 2nd class Quentin Gifford, 22, was aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was torpedoed and capsized. The Oklahoma lost 429 sailors that day. Many were never identified until they used DNA testing in 2016. He had been interred in a Grave of the unknowns at Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu. WELCOME HOME SAILOR
Our Steak and Shrimp dinners have resumed starting on the 18th of May and we had a fantastic turnout. As I said last month, Tom Klaren was back at the grill and again we had nothing but positive reviews about his grilling acumen. Don’t forget that the dinners are on the third Friday of every month and the proceeds go toward Veterans Awareness. Thank you for your patronage also the price hasn’t changed; it’s still $12.50 for the steak or the combo of steak and shrimp, and $ 12.00 for the shrimp only. You also get a salad and baked potato and bread with your meal.
As I get ready to sign off, I’d like to take this time to thank everyone for all the hard work and dedication you have shown this past year. Thanks to everyone in the Auxiliary and the Post. Thanks to our Club Manager, Ira, and his assistant, April, and all our maintenance staff. Also our bartenders and wait staff; Tim, Glen, Marco, Amy, Kimberly, Peggy, Toni, Robbie, Karina, Ilyssa, Jeanine, also the gambling booth; Dawn, Jocelyn, Kris, Jennifer, Kris, Renee, Donna, Meat Raffle Lori and Andrea. Please forgive me if I have forgotten anyone. [I’m getting old]
On Saturday, June 2nd, we will be hosting the 14th annual RIDE FOR WISHES benefiting the MAKE - A - WISH foundation. There will be a silent auction inside and Bands outside in the south parking lot. Last year we had over 250 motorcycles in the parade. I hope we see more this year. The bikes usually arrive between 5:00pm and 5:30pm. All Members please enter through the Main Entrance on Concord Street.
Our State Convention will be held on June 7th to the 10th in Brooklyn Park at the Marriott Northwest. Several of our members will be there to attend classes for officer training, finance, gambling seminar and more. We also nominate and elect our new officers for the coming year for the Department of Minnesota.
Last but not least, in closing I and the Post offer congratulations to those celebrating a birthday or 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
"TAKE PRIDE IN 295"