Words from the Commander
We had an excellent Mid-Term Department Council of Administration meeting. Many very positive actions resulted as well as outstanding training sessions. I would like to extend my heart filled thanks to Post 12146 Commander Ken Stein, Midterm Convention Chairman Lou Holub, and all the Post 12146 Comrades who contributed to ensuring this was a very successful event. Your professionalism and dedication to this event as well towards the VFW and the DPA really was praised by all. Well done as well as well executed.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of three distinguished Comrades at the start of this new year, Past Department Commander Schaefer, Past Department Commander O’Dowd, Past District 2 Commander Hooper, and Comrade Otriguero, World War II Bataan Death March Survivor. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Comrades, hopefully all of you know that the ATP and Typhoon has been combined and we need your inputs. Please start showcasing your photos and write-ups of the many activities you are accomplishing in support of Veterans, local communities, our military and much more. As you know, the “Typhoon” is also designed to update you on the latest policies, inform you of the various statistics showing where you are at and reporting your accomplishments.
Our Department has been ranked # 1 Nationally in Membership since the start of this year’s term and we continue to lead the way at 95.64%, and we continue to stand high among the other Departments and States within VFW. For this, I wish to thank you all for the hard work and dedication you have put in to helping to improve our VFW, thus helping the causes of our Veterans, families and communities. Your dedication to these causes is truly appreciated. Let us all work together and continue to lead the way and keep the Pacific on TOP where we belong!
I can’t emphasize enough how important our larger membership is when working to help our Veterans, families, widows and orphans. Remember, our clout in Congress, which enables us to make positive movement via the Government towards improving VA and other services to Veterans, is exceedingly contingent upon our membership ranks and numbers. Recruiting – absolutely a key to better assisting our Vets.
I will be attending the Legislative Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. soon, as we (VFW) meet with the Congressional Joint Committee on Veteran’s Affairs on March 4th. Our Commander in Chief John A. Biedrzycki, JR. will testify on behalf of our Veterans.
I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas and I wish you and all your families a Very Happy New Year. Now that we have the holidays behind us, it’s time to check the status of All State and All American. Many of the program deadlines have past. However, this does not mean that you are counted out if you did not participate. You can still donate money for the VOD/PP/Teachers awards, be sure to coordinate with the Department Chairman. Remember my GOAL everyone puts on a hat and flies a banner this year.
DPA Thanks for all you do!
“Love your Freedom-
Thank a Vet!”