Commanders Corner

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Aug 18 - 19 - District Summer meeting Post 2948 - International Falls

Aug 24 - MACV Stand Down - The Depot - Duluth - 0800 - 1400

Aug 25 - Veterans Memorial Dedication - Virginia - 0930 (Parade line up)

Sep 14 - 16 - Department Fall Conference - Plymouth

Oct 6 - 7 - District Fall meeting Post 3979 - Cloquet

Feb 16 - 17 - District Winter meeting Post 4456 - Gilbert

Apr 26 - 28 - District Loyalty Days Post 1757 - Cook

Jan 24 - 27 - Department Midwinter Conference - Minneapolis

June 24, 2012

Greetings Comrades,
Congratulations first of all to Gilbert Post 4456 for putting on another terrific Loyalty Day weekend program (4/27-29/2012). It was a huge success. That’s two in a row for Gilbert but now they’ll get a bit of break. Next year’s will be hosted by my home Post 1757 in Cook, MN, and I’m already looking forward to welcoming you all there.

Thank you for electing me District Commander for the 2012-2013 year. No one is more aware than I of the scope of responsibility that brings, and I assure you I will do my best to meet your expectations. You’ve provided me with a strong and talented line of officers and chairmen and I can’t help but be excited at the prospect of what we’ll be able to accomplish this year. To them I say “Thank You!” for stepping up to the plate.

With each of us (at the District level as well as in the Posts) giving it all we’ve got for just twelve months, we can make a huge difference and ensure a strong District and Posts for the future generations of war veterans. Unfortunately, until Divine providence intervenes, we will always have war with us, and along with it, veterans who need help. It is now up to us to make sure the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) remains strong for the new generations of veterans to come. That must be our legacy.

I earned my “right” to membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Vietnam over the winter of 1965-1966 and first joined the VFW in our home port, immediately upon returning. Those were not pleasant times for Vietnam veterans, not even in what should have been the sanctuary of veterans’ organizations. At the first meeting we attended, we were told we didn’t belong there. We never returned. Over the years I joined a few other posts, wherever I happened to be at the time, but didn’t feel at home in any of them. Consequently, I didn’t actually take an active interest until the early 1990’s when a few of us started a post in the small Vermont town where I lived. Then, I served four consecutive years as Quartermaster/Adjutant.

Unfortunately, severe opposition by another veteran’s organization, coupled by the inability to get enough support and maintain an adequate active membership base, that post has since closed. It was a heart break to me, having been so active in its start up. As a result, I can fully identify with posts that are going through difficult times now and especially those that may have to close. It is every bit a heart break for me now as it was then, and if your post is in such dire straights, I will gladly do anything I possibly can to help you.

I again became active in the VFW upon my retirement in 2004 after living in Vermont for 35 years returned to Minnesota the proud new husband of my high school heart throb. I like to say it took me 40 years to get her attention because, back then, she hardly knew I was alive. But now we’re together and, “That makes me the winner!”

Judy had been involved in the Cook VFW Post 1757 Ladies Auxiliary for many years and is directly responsible for again getting me involved. Here, I have served a term as Post Commander, several years as Post Adjutant, and editor/publisher of the Post 1757 Dispatch, our newsletter. At the District level, I served three terms as Chief Inspector and Club Committeeman until election to the District chairs required I step away from that. But what an education it was, as the inspector must be knowledgeable in all aspects of Post and District operations. I could not have gotten better training and, once again, my thanks go out to all of you for your help and geniality. It was surely a pleasure to meet and get to know so many of you through that experience.

Congratulations, too, to all of you who have been elected or appointed to positions in your Post. On behalf of my staff, and for me, we look forward to working with and serving you. When you come to District Meetings, let us know who you are and by all means call us if you need help or information. That’s what we’re here for.

In Comradeship,
Bob Posch, District 8 Commander (2012-2013)

“Let’s do this thing!”