Words from the Commander
I recently returned from attending the 116th annual VFW National Convention with 18 Comrades from the Pacific Areas. This was one of largest turnouts in attendance from the DPA in many years. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for those Comrades in attendance for the professionalism they displayed during the Convention as well as attending all workshops and events. It was an honor to observe both our PDC Bear Hudson & District 2 Cdr. Rick Farris receive their All American honors. Our DPA Legacy Program and Program Chairman received special recognition along with Post 2485 for once again being ranked #1 Nationally in new Lifetime Legacy Members.
Congratulations to our New CINC John Biedrzycki and his newly elected and appointed TEAM. They have published the National Membership program guide to enable our Posts/Districts to achieve All American. I highly encourage all to download a copy from the DPA website and carry it with you for meetings as a recruiting tool. Let us combine themes: LOYALTY HONOR SERVICE & LOVE YOUR FREEDOM THANK A VET and have a record breaking year in Membership, Awards, All State and All American POST/Districts!
Our JVC Gilbert has reported that Community Service numbers are ahead of last years; however 10 Post’s still show no entries. Please work with John and get these discrepancies corrected so you can maintain your All State eligibility.
Right now, District Commanders should be working with their Post organizing for VOD, PAT PEN, and Teacher of the year programs. Also it is a great time to start looking for Firefighter, EMT, Law Enforcement Officer, and Scout of the Year. Please contact the DPA Chairmen for any assistance if needed.
I have set a very strong Membership Goal for the Department to reach 100% membership by the midterm C of A in December. This goal is achievable and with all your leadership and dedication we can meet this goal. It would only take 10% of the Membership to recruit one new member to achieve 100%. I would like to acknowledge and thank our current top recruiter Gasper Delisie.
In closing please keep in your thoughts and prayers all Comrades in Saipan who were devastated by the recent Typhoon Soudelor.
“Love your Freedom-
Thank a Vet!”