Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Wow! It’s March already. This year is going by quickly. According to the calendar - it’s almost Spring. I really loved the above average temperatures we had in February and I honestly didn’t miss the cold and snow. But, I’m sure we’ll still have some cold and snowy weather.
We have been working hard doing fish fries since January 6th. Every week there are more customers. Some have been first timers. Ash Wednesday is March 1st which means our Lenten season begins on March 3rd. We hope to be very busy. That means that we also need a lot of volunteers. WE NEED YOU. Can you help out at lunch or dinner? You don’t have to be a member of the Post or Auxiliary to be a volunteer. It is very important to have a successful fish fry season so that we can continue to help our Veterans, sponsor scholarships for the youth of our Community and work the National programs of the VFW and Auxiliary. If you can’t help physically - please come to purchase a meal. We also need paper grocery bags to use for take-out orders.
Our January Cracker Barrel was held January 25th at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. We had a very good turnout. There were 30 Veterans, family members and Staff helpers. We brought the usual sandwiches, crackers, cheese, sausage, dill pickles, herring, cookies, cakes, and pies. The pickles and herring are a special request of the Veterans. In honor of Valentine’s Day we had a cherry crème cake. They loved all of the treats. Thanks to Herb, Lorraine, Phyllis and Barb K. for preparing the food and to Vi, Ray and Susan for volunteering with me. Our next Cracker Barrel will be on February 22nd.
Bingo at the Hastings Veterans Home was held on February 16th. Thirty-six Veterans joined us for an hour of fun. We gave out $69.50 in prize money. They always enjoy the cookies and ice cream with toppings that is served after bingo. Thanks to Ray, Vi and Joyce for volunteering with me in February.
We still have a few people who haven’t paid their 2017 dues. Let us know if there is a problem so we can help. Call Barb Kleckner at 651-450-9291. We want to keep you as a member.
Mark your calendar for “Veterans Day on the Hill” on Monday, March 20th. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. I encourage all Auxiliary members to attend. It is important that we show our local Legislators that we are interested in and support Veterans issues.
Have you been diagnosed with Cancer? The Auxiliary has Cancer Grants available. Call Barb Kleckner for information.
I want to thank everyone who dropped off cancelled stamps and pop-top tabs at the Post. We send the stamps to “Stamps for the Wounded” and the tabs benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Please continue to save them for us.
The Auxiliary is available and would be honored to perform a funeral ritual for a member who has passed away. Contact Barb Meyer at 651-457-9156.
The next Auxiliary meeting will be March 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Dates to remember in March:
3 “Star-Spangled Banner” made U.S. National Anthem 1931
12 Daylight Savings Time begins
17 St. Patrick’s Day
19 Iraq War began 2003
20 Spring begins
24 Kosovo Campaign began 1999
31 Somalia Campaign ended 1995
In closing, I congratulate those celebrating a birthday or anniversary. I wish for a speedy recovery if you are injured or ill. I offer my deepest sympathy if you have lost a loved one.