Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295













111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
    April 2015
Greetings Comrades,

     It's official, SPRING HAS SPRUNG, but we're not out of the woods yet. As I write this column we still have a week to go to get out of March. The old saying says that if March comes in like a Lamb, it will go out like a Lion, so cross your fingers
and hope the saying is wrong. The one good thing is that the days are getting longer so that gives us more time to spend out in the yard. Don't we all love that? I've read that we are in a moderate drought at this time so letís hope the next part of the saying." April Showers Bring May Flowers" is correct, because we sure need the moisture. Also, colorful flowers and green grass is nicer to look at than what we have now.

    March was a rather uneventful month as far as VFW business went. As I had mentioned last month, we attended a Vets On The Hill rally at the St. Paul Armory on the 4th of March. We had 12 members from the Post that attended and also had several members from other Posts that joined us. I think there was a better showing this year than last year

     At our monthly Post meeting we opened the nomination process for the election of next years Officers. We received nominations for all positions EXCEPT for our Jr. Vice Commander. COMRADES, WE NEED TO FILL ALL THE POSITIONS TO MAINTAIN A VIABLE ORGINAZATION. NOW IS THE TIME TO STEP UP. Nominations will remain open until next months meeting after which we will hold our elections. PLEASE keep in mind our Core Purpose is to "Honor The Dead By Serving The Living." Reporting on that note, I'm pleased to report that the contributions back to the community from last month is over $6,000 dollars from both our Club and our Gambling Operation. JOB WELL DONE. Please keep up the good work.

     St. Patrick's Day was on Tuesday the 17th this year and our Menís Auxiliary again hosted our Corned Beef and Cabbage dinners and Reuben sandwiches. I was told that they had a great turnout for this event. Congratulations to all the Members who helped out for this successful endeavor. I stopped down and had a Reuben and thought it was delicious. Good job Guys.

     Our FAMOUS FISH FRIES are continuing to draw more and more patrons and I have heard nothing but GOOD THINGS being said about how delicious our fish tastes. We've had a few more volunteers show up to help out and I want to thank every one of you for the help you provide. It makes a big difference during and after the hours of operation. We have two more Fish Fries to go and I'm sure the crowds will continue to get bigger and bigger, so we'll need all the help we can get. After that comes April 5th, which is EASTER SUNDAY, so let me be the first, I hope, to wish each and every one of you an early HAPPY EASTER. May the Easter Bunny bring joy and happiness this time of year.

     On Sunday April 19th we will be having our Past Commanders and Past Presidents Dinner at the Post with the Social Hour beginning at 12:00 noon and the meal to be served at 1:00P.M. All the invitations will be going out in the mail soon. Please RSVP to the Auxiliary President at the Post as soon as possible so they can get a good head count for this event. Thank You in advance.

     On April 17 we will resume our monthly Steak and Shrimp dinners beginning at 5:00 P.M. to 8:00P.M. The dinner includes a Baked Potato and Salad. Hope to see you there to enjoy a very delicious meal.

Our Post Surgeon has informed me that we are in need of a few more wheelchairs to have for loaning out to needy members. If you have a wheelchair available to donate to the Post please let us know. We will put it to good use.

     In closing, I and the members of the Post wish to 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