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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
Greetings,
HAPPY SPRING!

     We made it. Spring has arrived. Although we might still have some cold weather and maybe a little snow, the worst is over. I saw my first robin of spring this morning. Soon the tulips, daffodils and jonquils will awaken. I hope the rabbits let me enjoy them this year.

     We are still hard at work on the fish fries. By the time you receive this newsletter we should only have 2 left. April 14 will be our last one this season. Many, many thanks to those who have so generously volunteered to help so far. You have been a god-send and so very much appreciated. I know we are all getting tired. Fifteen weeks is a long time. But, we must remember that we do this for a good cause.

     The February Cracker Barrel was held on February 22nd. We served 25 Veterans, family members and Staff helpers. They really look forward to the treats and socializing. We brought the usual sandwiches, sausage, cheese, crackers, cakes, cookies and pies. We had apple and blueberry pie which both went very quickly. Herb, Lorraine, Phyllis and Barb K. prepared the food and Ray, Vi and Susan joined me for Cracker Barrel at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. Thanks everyone.

     We had a really fun night of bingo at the Hastings Veterans Home on March 16th. Ray, Susan and I were very busy. Thirty four residents came to play. They were bingo's all over the room. We gave out $88.00 in prize money. We had 4 cover-all winners. We had a few extras come for ice cream and cookies after bingo. Thanks Ray and Susan.

     You are welcome to join us for Cracker Barrel or bingo.


     Veterans Day on the Hill was March 20th. Barb Kleckner and I attended along with several of our Post members. The Capitol Rotunda was filled.

     We are getting closer to having all of the 2017 membership dues paid but there are still a few hold-outs. Is there a problem? Let us know so we can help you. Call Barb Kleckner at 651-450-9291.

     Vi has mailed off another box of cancelled stamps to “Stamps for the Wounded.” We have sent over 30,000 stamps since June of 2016. Thanks to everyone who brought stamps to the Post. Keep them coming because we continue to send them.

     We have Cancer Grants available to members who have been diagnosed with Cancer. Call Barb Kleckner for information.

     Loyalty Day (2nd District Convention) will be held on April 29th at Post 295. Post and Auxiliary meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. There will be a Joint Memorial Service at 10:15 a.m. After lunch there will be an Auction and then the meetings reconvene at 3:00 p.m. District Officers will be elected and installed. Please come and join us. The Auxiliary 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 April 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Dates to remember in April:

1 April Fools’ Day
6 Army Day
9 National Former POW recognition day
9 Palm Sunday
11 Persian Gulf War official cease fire 1991
14 Good Friday
16 Easter Sunday
18 Income tax day
22 Earth Day
26 Arbor Day
26 Administrative Professionals Day

     I wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

     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.


Loyally yours,




Barb Meyer
Auxiliary President





         April 2017