Words from the Commander
Am writing this while in Washington D.C. participating in the VFW Legislative Affairs Conference. Yesterday, 2nd of March, we were given tips on important messages in support of our Vets, that we should deliver to our Congressmen. In the evening, had the honor of escorting DPA’s VoD winner, Jenna Suchyta, from Korea, to the stage with the other 53 State and Department winners. Jenna picked up another scholarship award of $1,000. Congratulations Jenna and thanks for representing us so well.
Today, 3rd March, am going to meet with some influential Congressmen on Capitol Hill to spread our message.
Tomorrow, we all attend our Commander in Chief Stroud’s testimony before a joint session of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee. We will pack the Dirksen Office Building. We achieve so much in support of our Vets by these active actions engaging Congress with our issues.
This is one of the main reasons that membership and recruiting are so important, as it gives us the clout to make important things happen in support of our Vets.
In that regard, we were actually doing poorly compared to our normal high membership standards. At the start of the year, we dropped to 18th in overall membership rankings. However, there has been a positive trend lately, as we are now positioned in 9th and moving towards competing for our normal top position in membership. After a very slow and below standard start, District 3 in Korea is now inching its way up through some hard work,& effort while increasing their recruiting.
Gasper Delise has picked up speed and now returned to the top of the recruiting list at 53 new recruits. Cliff Wilsey is close behind at 50, while David Wycks stands at 48 and Larry Lyons at 46. Other notables include, Pete Callahan and George Beck with 18, Casey Roberts and Doug Cilley at 14, Rhett Webber 13, Dennis Provencher 11, Jim Bosch & Lou Holub 10 each. Keep up the strong work. We need to be 100% by 30 June, so we all need to gear up and kick in the afterburners and recruit, recruit, recruit in support of our Veteran’s, their families, widows and orphans.
On February 19th, had the honor of Instituting our newest Post 12146 in Bangchang, Thailand. Was expertly assisted by Bob Zaher (Acting Adjutant,) John Gilbert (Acting Chaplain,) and Bob Owens (Sgt. of the Guard.) In two weeks, will be proud to Institute our next newest Post in Korea. It will be VFW Post 12147.
Keep on driving up and you can be proud of your VFW. We are fighting for our Vets.
“Fight for our Vets!”