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2009

December 29, 2009
Well, the year 2009 is almost over and the first decade of the new millennium is coming to a close as well. What does the new year and new decade have in store for us? Only time will tell. If I could have a wish for the future, it would be that our brothers and sisters in arms serving abroad come home safely and that our Veterans here stay safe and have the comforts they need to live a long and prosperous life. May everyone have a safe and joyous New Year!


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December 16, 2009
For those who frequent this site and had to wait for it to come back up, there was a miscommunication with the hosting company where we house our website. For the past 3 years, we have been paying their hosting fees and everything was working smoothly, all of a sudden they let the domain name lapse and didn't bother to tell me about it or that any additional fees were due. The domain name (www.vfw3979.org) had to sit in suspension for a few weeks so it could become available for purchase again. That situation has been rectified and should not ever happen again. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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October 23, 2009
You can definitely tell winter is on its way. There was hardly any time for autumn. Usually this time of year, a drive up the North Shore displays a colorful array of leaves changing from green to gold to red and about every color in between. This weekends drive was disappointing since most of the leaves have fallen and there was even snow hanging on the remaining leaves barely strong enough to hold on. If this weather is any indication of the winter ahead, we are in for a rough one. As with life, there are times when things don't go as they should and we are left with rough times. If you are a Veteran currently facing difficult times, and need a helping hand, let somebody know. There are resources to help you with your situation. But you have to be willing to do 2 things: 1. Step forth and let someone know you need help, and 2. Accept the solution offered. It may be just a quick fix or a long term plan, but either way you will be getting some resolution.
Regardless of your current situation, you are invited to our Veterans Day dinner at the Post Home on November 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you are a Veteran, your meal is free, if you are a guest, your meal is at the low price of just $4.00. Veterans Day is a holiday observed annually in the United States in honor of all those, living and dead, who served with the U.S. Armed Forces. Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who have died in wartime, Veterans Day honors all those who have served, in times of peace as well as in war. Hope to see you there.


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October 7, 2009
Well it was another successful and educational Department Fall Convention followed by the 8th District Fall meeting a week later. These are events that can be attended by any current VFW member or Ladies Auxiliary member. If you are an Officer in the VFW or Ladies Auxiliary, you should be attending these events any way. The knowledge you gain not only helps you learn more about the VFW, it gives you knowledge on how to help other Veterans and be a role model in the community.


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September 26, 2009
Here we are at the MN Department Fall Conference in Willmar, and last night was the Council of Administration meeting. There are a lot of different chairmen with a lot of work on their hands. It seems like the economic downturn in the recent past, with many Americans losing their jobs, homes or just trying to make ends meet has also made an impact on VFW membership. This is sad because the American dream that we have sacrificed so much for seems to be for not. Now is not the time to be let things stand as they are and let America down, now is time to unite and let America know that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States will continue to defend and support our great nation and do what we can to help our Veterans. Our Veterans should not and cannot go homeless, our Veterans should have the healthcare and financial freedom to support themselves and their families. Now is the time to rally all Veterans who have earned the right and privilege to be a part of the Finest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth, get them signed up and continue to do what we have done for the last 110 years - help Veterans and their families.


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September 5, 2009
There are a lot of events going on this month and a couple milestones, one of which is the birthday of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. On September 29, 1899, James Romanis, a young Ohio Veteran of the Cuban campaign, called together about a dozen of his Veteran friends and organized a club called the American Veterans of Foreign Service. Membership in that club was limited to overseas Veterans. All members were pledged "to help one another and to work together for the benefit of our country and for the men who fight for this nation." That was the first of several units which later merged into what is today the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Later that year, another group from the Spanish-American War held a meeting in Denver, Colorado and adopted the principles "comradeship, perpetuation of the memory of departed comrades and assistance to their widows. They pledged 'loyalty to the United States, fostering true patriotism and to extend the institutions of American Freedom'." Denver is the home of the John S. Stewart Post, Post 1 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is the oldest VFW Post in the point of continuous service. The pledges they made so long ago are the pledges we still live by today.
Another milestone is the birthday of the Ladies Auxiliary. On September 17, 1914, at the National VFW Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Ladies Auxiliary was formed "to help Posts and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars." These ladies continue to hold true to that pledge every day and contribute immensely with their help at the Post, Community Service, Hospital work and many, many other valuable programs. Their contributions and dedication are greatly appreciated.
The other milestone this month is the National POW / MIA Recognition Day on Friday September 18, 2009. On that we day, as we should every day, we honor the brave and patriotic Veterans who were held as prisoners of war and we remember those that are still missing in action. Captive Americans, cruelly stripped of their freedom, treated with contempt and brutality, or used as pawns by their captors in a political struggle, have fought long, lonely battles against despair, physical and psychological torture, and their ultimate fear of being forgotten. We will never forget those who have borne the indignities and suffering of captivity in service to our country, those missing in action, or those who died as prisoners of war, far from home and family. On this day we stress the commitment and pledge to those still held as prisoners of war and who are still missing in action and to their families that we will not rest until we have achieved the fullest possible accounting for every member of the Armed Forces missing in the line of duty.


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August 26, 2009
Thanks for your patience, I was finally able to finish the results of the 2009 State Golf Tournament with pictures of the winners and our gracious sponsors. If I didn't match the face with the name correctly, please let me know so I can get it corrected. If you want to access the tournament results at any time, you can get there by going to the Post Bulletins page and clicking on the year in the top banner. Enjoy!


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August 16, 2009
Another successful 8th District meeting took place last weekend at our post. A lot of good information was past and we had a great time. It was a busy week but I still managed to post the results of the 2009 State Golf Tournament. I still have the pictures of the winners to put up but at least you can see how the golfer faired. We even had our State Commander, Don Nix and 8th District Commander, Darrel Lindgren out there chasing that little white ball around, hoping to put it in the hole. They didn't do too bad for a couple old (you fill in the blank). If I need to make any corrections, please let me know.


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August 4, 2009
Another great State Golf Tournament has ended and a lot of golfers went home happy. Even though the skies were overcast Sunday, I think it was a great day to golf, there was barely any wind, no sun to blind you and the rain held up pretty good. I can't say that Friday and Saturday was that great, weather wise, but it sounded like everyone had a great time. Thanks to all you motivated golfers for coming up to our neck of the woods and sharing in our hospitality, without you our efforts would have been vain. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped make this years tournament a huge success, you all did a great job. And a special thanks goes to all who helped put this years tournament together, especially Dave Burgett and Louie Hubbell, it took a lot of work and a lot of coordinating but your hard work paid off. OUTSTANDING JOB!!! I will be posting the results as soon as I can sort out the information and pictures.
We also had a special treat this weekend, not only did we have helicopters and airplanes flying overhead, pretty much constantly, and law enforcement officers at just about every turn in the road, we had members of the Hells Angels staying at the Black Bear Casino/Resort as well. It goes to show how great our nation is. All of our different organizations got together for a weekend of bonding and camaraderie and everyone still had a great time. Thanks to all our Veterans for doing your part to allow this happen. Without your sacrifices and dedication, we would not have been able to enjoy this weekend. Let keep our membership strong, stay active in "The Greatest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth"!


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July 27, 2009
What a beautiful day for a picnic at Veterans Memorial Park yesterday. It turned out to be a very nice day to honor our Korean War Veterans (today is Armistice Day) and also to be appreciative of our members. There weren't quite as many members as we would have liked to show up but the ones that did come had a great time. We realize there wasn't too much advertising for this event, however, it was in the newsletter and personal letters were sent out. This may become an annual event.
This coming weekend is the State Golf Tournament at the Black Bear Golf Course which means there will be lots of food and friends at the Post. Friday night is a special Burger Night followed by the start of our mouth watering Steak / Fish Fry on Saturday night. Come by to get a great meal at a great price and join in the fun. I look forward to seeing you there.


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July 12, 2009
Welcome to the start of the new VFW year. We just ended a great year with a number of awards from District, State and National. I know we can make this year even better. With the outstanding members that we have we will continue to set the pace for the rest of the District to follow. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Alone we are but a mere pebble in the sand, together we are as mighty as a mountain Together, we can accomplish anything.
Let's not forget the State Golf Tournament coming up on July 31st, August 1st and 2nd. Get registered ASAP. Teams are filling up fast and the deadline of July 24 is coming up quick. Don't forget that the fees must accompany the entry. See the flyer "2009 Golf Tournament" for more details.
A big CONGRATULATIONS and a JOB WELL DONE goes out to our Auxiliary President Joanne Douglas for being awarded the Outstanding Auxiliary President award (only 10 were received statewide). "This award is presented based solely on the hard work and dedication of the members that support their President." There were many other awards presented and can be viewed on the Accolades page.
And another Congratulations goes to the Post for being awarded First Place for the 2009 Best Website award. This is the 3rd year in a row that we have gotten this award. Thanks to everyone who helped get this outstanding achievement!
Since our Post sets the pace for the rest of the District, I want to welcome all our Post members, Auxiliary and families to a Membership Appreciation picnic at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, July 26, 2009 starting at 1:00. It will also be a day to honor our Veterans who served in Korea and to thank them for their service and dedication to our great country. I look forward to seeing you there!


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May 27, 2009
NEW HOURS - In order to reduce costs, the Post will be implementing Summer Hours starting June 1, 2009 through August 31, 2009. We will be open from 2:00 p.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday. If you require special hours for special events, please let us know. And to show our appreciation and share some of the savings with you, we will be extending Happy Hour on Saturdays. along with other summer specials.


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May 5, 2009
We just returned from the Loyalty Days Convention in International Falls. It was a nice long drive up there and once we got there we had a fun time. Congratulations to all the newly elected and appointed officers (Post and Auxiliary) for the 2009 / 2010 years, we are looking forward to the direction of the new leadership. And to kick off the new year of 8th District meetings, we will host the summer District meeting at our post on August 7, 8 and 9, 2009. Let's show the 8th District our pride and hospitality and why we are the best in the District.


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April 20, 2009
Congratulations to all the newly elected and appointed officers for the 2009 / 2010 years. I look forward to another year of working with such a great group of Officers and Chairmen/Chairwomen. You are AWESOME!! Don't forget about Loyalty Days coming up May 1st to 3rd in International Falls and Buddy Poppy Day in town on May 8th. See you there!!


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April 4, 2009
Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day a huge success! It was my intent to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable and to share the knowledge that there are many avenues of help for Veterans. I hope I succeeded with my intent. I hope that for those who had specific questions, that they were answered and if there are more questions, you now have a source to go to for answers. It was good to see so many brothers in arms gathered for camaraderie and brotherhood. It was very nice of Senator Lourey, Mayor Ahlgren and the 8th District VFW Commander Terry Randolph to take time out of their busy schedules to come down and spend time meeting everyone and answering questions. However, the honor goes to all the Vietnam Veterans who were there to get the Welcome Home they so greatly deserve. Thank you for your dedication to this country, honor to your service and patience for all these years. Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home!!


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March 21, 2009
It's just a week before Vietnam Veterans Day (Sunday March 29, 2009). We will be having a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day at the Post Home starting at 1:00 p.m. All Veterans and families are welcome. We will have dignitaries and many Veterans organizations attending. There's even a free meal. Check out the flyer. If you are unsure about how to get to our post, check out how to get there on our Contact Us page. See you there.


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March 2, 2009
Wow, is February ever a short month!! Next Sunday (March 8), it's Daylight Savings Time again so we get to set the clocks ahead one hour. And to think spring is just 3 weeks away. And with spring, comes the rain to wash all the snow away. Then it will be time to get those golf clubs out and start practicing for the 2009 Golf Tournament going at the Black Bear Casino on July 1, August 2 & 3.
Hold on a minute, let's just make it through March first. Check out the events calendar for all the great things coming up soon. But one event is too big not to mention. And that's Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29th. On behalf of our Post members, Auxiliary members, Minnesota Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mayor Bruce Ahlgren, Senator Tony Lourey, Governor Tim Pawlenty and our community, we would like to Welcome Home our Vietnam Veterans. Come by VFW Post 3979 at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday March 29, 2009 and share in the camaraderie, friendship and hospitality of your fellow Veterans. It's been 36 years since the end of the Vietnam War, and the men and women who served our country in that war never received the appreciation they deserved. It's time to be Welcomed Home!!


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February 3, 2009
What a great Super Bowl, wasn't it? That fourth quarter was just edge of your seat kind of action that you didn't want to miss a second of. It had you going right up to the end. Of course, I knew the score of the game before it even started (0 - 0). For those who enjoyed watching the game at the Post, thanks for coming. It's always good to enjoy a great game with friends and comrades. And for those who enjoyed the game at home (yours or someone else's), I hope you had a great time as well. There were some pretty cool commercials as well. I think that the commercials are the reason some people watch the Super Bowl. What will they come up with next. And who do you think made all this excitement possible? It's not the TV station, the advertisers, or the NFL. That's right, it's the Veteran. Without the sacrifices Veterans made and continue to make every day, all this celebration wouldn't be happening. Remember to thank a Veteran for giving America the rights and privileges to enjoy our freedoms and for the opportunity to celebrate how ever we so choose.


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January 19, 2009
It was another successful Mid Winter Conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in St. Paul this past weekend. Another opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones. We even had a visit from the Governor. There were a lot of work shops to attend which had a lot of useful information, however, they were overlapping so some work shops were missed. That's why it's important for several from our post to attend so we can get the most out of the work shops and have information to share. There are a couple things that I picked up and want to share. When it came time to discuss the state budget and what has to be cut, Governor Pawlenty made it perfectly clear that veterans benefits are off the table. There will be no state cuts to veterans benefits at all for veterans that live in Minnesota. On the other hand, Congress, and the Obama administration, are trying to cut veterans benefits to balance the budget. One of which is cutting out Tricare For Life for retirees (read more about TFL) (in the PDF document do a search for TFL or go to page 189). I ask that you contact your elected officials and register your strong opposition to the elimination of this program. Cutting veterans benefits is not an option. Thank you.


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January 5, 2009
I hope everyone was able to bring in the New Year safely and may this year bring you peace, joy and prosperity. We have a good year ahead of us, this is the year for change. Sometimes we need change to get a different perspective on things. Soon we will have a new Commander in Chief taking office, may he bring our troops home soon and safely. And when they do come home, let's show them the kind of support they deserve for they are one of us, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Let's show them why we are proud to be a part of the Finest Veterans Organization on Planet Earth.