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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
COMMANDER'S COLUMN
 
    January 2019
Comrades:

UPDATES:


MY STATUS AS COMMANDER:


     I am still the Post Commander for at least this year. As we get further in 2019, we will see about next year.

BUILDING:


     It now looks like we will not close on the sale of the building at 111 South Concord Exchange until the end of February. The hang-up is that the buyer’s lender is will not let us move ahead until he is satisfied every T is crossed and every I is dotted. So, we are now waiting for the Pollution Control Agency to give us their seal of approval. But while we are waiting, we are still receiving some income from the building thanks to the lease the quartermaster and Senior Vice Commander negotiated with the prospective buyer.

CURRENT LOCATION AND MEETING PLACE:


     While we are waiting for things to come together, we are temporarily located at 1401 Thompson Avenue South Saint Paul, MN 55075. Our phone number is the same 651-455-1505 and there is an answering machine that will be checked daily. If it’s an emergency, you can always call me at 651-457-6868. If I don’t answer leave a message. Messages are automatically forwarded to my cell phone and my e-mail so even if I’m out of town I will get back to you.

     Our meetings are being held in a conference room in the same building, but the entrance is just around the corner off 14th Ave. Look for 1413 Thompson Ave. Suite 1.

     Remember, while the Post continues to meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, the Auxiliary will meet on the Tuesday immediately before the Post meeting, and the Leadership team will meet on the Monday immediately before the Auxiliary meeting.

For January those dates are as follows:

Leadership on Monday January 7, 2019 @ 6:30PM
Auxiliary Tuesday January 8, 2019 @ 6:30PM
Post Wednesday January 9, 2019 @ 7PM

VOD


     295’s VOD winner did read her entry @ our December meeting and all in attendance were truly impressed. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wins the whole thing.

ANNUAL KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY


     This year’s annual kids Christmas party was a disappointing disaster. Only 10 kids registered this year as opposed to 80 last year. What went wrong? Some say it was the new location, some say it was lack of advertising, some say it was because the Echoes went out so late; nobody really knows why it happened, but it did happen, and we need to put it behind us and work on bringing it back to its original strength for next year.

LOOKING AHEAD

NEXT MONTH’S MEETINGS:

     My son is the #1 candidate for a job in Cheyenne WY. So, He and his family will be in Cheyenne from January 7-19 for a final interview and if everything goes as expected to look for housing. They’ve asked Diane and me to join them primarily to babysit. We’ve agreed which means I will not be at the January Leadership and Post Meetings. I will still represent the Post at both the District meeting in Wells and at the Department Mid-Winter Conference at the City Center Marriott in Minneapolis.

RECRUITING AND RETAINING MEMBERS MEETING:


     At the December Meeting a motion was made and passed requiring the commander to set up a meeting to establish a team to develop a plan for recruiting and retention of Post members. This team will also be looking at ways to make sure that Post 295 remains visible in SSP and its neighboring communities as the community service organization it is. The date and time I’ve chosen are: Tuesday January 29, 2019 @ 6:30 PM 1413 Thompson Ave Suite 1.

POST SPONSORED BINGO @ THE MINNEAPOLIS VETERAN’S HOME


     I am sure most of you are aware that Post 295’s Auxiliary sponsors Bingo at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home Hastings on the third Thursday of each month. But you may not know that the Post sponsors Bingo at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home Minneapolis on the 2nd Monday of each even numbered month. So, the next MVHM Post 295 Bingo is scheduled for February 11, 2019. Volunteers are needed! If you can help contact Ray Hartung @ 651-451-1506.

Comments from the Heart


     I want to thank all the special people who called to wish me and my family well and let us know we were in their thoughts and prayers.

     I want to wish all My Post 295 Family “Only the Best” in the coming New Year.
Remember - 295’s first and foremost goal is to “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living”.

“Taking Pride in 295”.




Mike Labovitch
Post Commander