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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
COMMANDER'S COLUMN
 
    August 2014
Greetings Comrades,

     I hope you all had a happy 4th of July holiday and enjoyed the long weekend.

     I have to apologize for not mentioning in last months newsletter about the Kids Picnic occurring Sunday, Aug 3rd at Lorraine Park. It will be from 11:00am until 5:00pm. We will have the climbing wall again this year courtesy of the National Guard unit at Holman Field. It appeared everyone enjoyed it last year after the initial fear of it wore off and they tried to reach the top of the wall. We will also have a door prize for the adults. The cost will again be $5.00 for adults and free for kids under 17.

     The Kids Safety Camp was held early this year on July 15th, 16th and 17th at Kaposia Park in SSP. The weather really cooperated with us this year, no rain at all and sunny days. There were over 110 kids enrolled this year from South St. Paul, West St Paul and Mendota Heights. They learned about safety in many areas such as; Water, Biking, Personal, Fire, Animal and Gun safety in the home.

     The VFW National Convention this year is being held in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19 to July 23. Several of us from the Post will be attending. I'm looking forward to the trip as a new adventure.

     A big KUDO'S go out to Bill Pickar for receiving a nice award from the American Red Cross for his many years of volunteer work for them. Don't forget to give Bill a "Congratulatory pat on the back" and a "Job Well Done" when you see him down at the Post or out on the town. To see a picture of Bill with his award go to our web site at www.vfwpost295.org. I haven't mastered the computer yet so I couldn't figure out how to get the picture of Bill and his award to the printers in the email for this column. I'll keep working on it.

     DON'T FORGET OUR NEXT STEAK AND SHRIMP DINNER AT THE POST ON AUGUST 15th FROM 5 TO 8pm. ALSO DON'T FORGET THAT ALL THE
PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUNCTION GO TO HELP OUR VETERANS IN NEED, SO COME ON DOWN AND ENJOY A DELICIOUS MEAL IN OUR AIR CONDIDIONED POST. We will continue our Steak and Shrimp dinners every third Friday of the month until the Fish Fries begin.

     Don't forget to circle Saturday, August 16 on your calendar. That is the date for our District Meeting in Mankato, Mn. at Post 9713. The joint meeting begins at 12:30pm and the regular meeting starts at 1:00pm. Hope to see you there.

     For those of you that have sent in your dues for the New Year I say THANK YOU. For those of you who are on the fence and still thinking about it, PLEASE think positive and send your dues in.

     In closing I would like to congratulate those celebrating a birthday or anniversary, a speedy recovery to those who are ill, and my condolences to those who have lost a loved one.

Yours in Comradeship
    






Mike Running, Commander
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