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December 18, 2011
We had the children's Christmas party today and what a turnout. We had a packed house and everyone had a good time. There was cookie decorating, picture coloring (pictures will be sent to our troops overseas) and Santa's work shop with an elf, and a Magician entertained everyone. Even Santa Claus and Ms. Claus showed up to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the kids could have their pictures taken with them. All the children received a present and were fed. Everyone had smiles when they left and that's always a good thing.
On a different note, you've probably notice the threat advisory notification has changed. That's because the NTAS (National Terrorism Advisory System) replaces the color coded HSAS (Homeland Security Advisory System). I used to have to check the HSAS for changes in the color codes but now I've linked to the NTAS and if there are any changes, the notification will automatically update and you will instantly be informed. Click on the link and learn more.


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December 7, 2011
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today is a day of honoring not only the 1,177 victims of the Japanese attacks, but all of those who bravely served in World War II. If you know a Veteran who served during WWII, thank them for their service. And if you are a Veteran, thank you for your service.


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November 24, 2011
It looks like there hasn't been an update for awhile, however, there were updates done in the background and on other pages. I didn't have much time to update any comments on this page. The Post has been alive with a lot of events happening this fall with lots of delicious meals being served, a band playing every week and recently the Marine Corps Birthday Ball took place. The weather has been decent enough to allow people to get out and enjoy all the events and camaraderie at the Post. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving meal and enjoyed it with their family and friends. And I hope everyone remembered, and are thankful for, all the Soldiers protecting your freedoms who were unable to enjoy Thanksgiving with their loved ones at home. May God bless and protect our Veterans and families serving overseas and away from home.


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October 2, 2011
Fall is in the air and the temperature is dropping like the leaves from the trees. Soon, if you haven't done so already, it will be time to winterize your home to keep the cold weather out. We've already started to do that at the Post home with construction underway to build a shelter for our back door. In the winter, there has always been a draft coming in from that back door. With this shelter, it should cut down on the cold air coming in when ever the door is opened, which should make things a little more comfortable for everyone. Come on down and check it out.


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Sept 25, 2011
Now that the children are back in school it's time to unwind, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, but then what? Sure, there a few things to do around the house, but somehow that just doesn't feel like enough. You want to do something more that will make you feel better while helping others. There is one word that describes how you can make a difference in your life and others, "Volunteer". There are a lot of places in town that could use your help and talents and brighten someone's day. There are churches, hospitals, nursing homes, library and Veterans organizations to name a few. There is an immeasurable amount of self-fulfillment in helping someone in need or putting a smile on someone's face because you took the time to show you care. I know that the kind and thoughtful people who volunteer to help Veterans at the VFW feel better about themselves because they know that they are doing an act of unselfishness. Just like the Veterans who, through unselfish devotion to duty to guard our country and our way of life, went to foreign shores to protect our freedom, these volunteers are just as diligent in ensuring our Veterans and their families are not forgotten. There are a few activities coming up that could use Volunteers like you, all you have to do is let someone know you are ready. Thank you for volunteering and thanks to all our volunteers, you are greatly appreciated.


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Sept 6, 2011
The time has come for the Golf Tourney to help raise money for Troop Boxes. This Saturday at the Miniature Golf Course at 812 Sunnyside Drive from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, enjoy a round of miniature golf with friends and family while helping raise money for our troops currently serving in Afghanistan. All proceeds will go towards putting together troop boxes and our troops will love it even more knowing the whole community was involved.


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August 14, 2011
Summer hasn't ended yet, there is still time to enjoy some fun in the sun, even out that tan, hit those great fishing holes you've been told about, or get some more rounds of golf in before that season ends. If you're not one to go out on the golf course and walk a few miles to chase that little white ball, how about just getting out there on the putting green, better yet, how about a few rounds of miniature golf? Stay tuned, as we are gearing up for a miniature golf tournament coming up soon.
As with this time of the season, the activities are starting up again at the Post, with the start of the monthly Fish/Steak fries on the second Fridays of the month. It's time to start thinking about being more active with your Post and helping out in any way you can. If you can't make it to every event, there are other ways you can volunteer your time, check with your Commander or Auxiliary President and let them know you're interested.


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July 24, 2011
What a hot summer we have had so far. Here are a few websites that give tips on how to stay cool in the heat. How to Beat the Heat at Home and Summertime Tips to Stay Cool and The Best Ways to Stay Cool. Hopefully these sites can help you with surviving the heat. Now that you know of a few ways for you to stay cool, think about our troops serving in the Middle East, where they have to endure temperatures of 100+ degrees daily. What can you do to help them stay cool? Talk to your Commander and/or Auxiliary President about sending our troops a care package to let them know you are thinking of them and that you care. What things can you think of to send? Dry socks perhaps, a little fan? Let your voice be heard.


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July 8, 2011
Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable celebration of our Independence Day on the 4th of July. It was a great day, starting with the parade down main street, followed by lots of fun and activities at Veterans Park, including an evening movie for the family to enjoy, and ending with an evening sky filled with fireworks. All of these activities are made possible by the men and women who fought for our independence and freedoms that we enjoy today. And thanks to all our service men and women who have and who continue to preserve those freedoms. What a great time to be an American and to be a part of the Finest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth. If I may paraphrase a song that says it all - "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me, and I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, for there ain't no doubt I love this land, GOD bless the USA".


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June 19, 2011
The Department Conference was a success. The convention center we stayed at was a very nice place, everything seemed to be localized and easy to get to. Even the hospitality suites were close together so you could mingle with your friends without having to chase them down in some other part of the building. The summer conference isn't like the fall or winter conferences where there are classes to attend and a lot of information to gather. The summer conference is the time to polish up resolutions for the national convention and a time for the new officers to be elected and installed.
There were a couple guests at the conference that I feel deserve mentioning, besides the outstanding motivational speaker John Gwizdak, past National Commander-In-Chief. The first is Rockie Lynne, a great singer that put on an outstanding live concert during the banquet. He sang songs from his new CD called "Songs for Soldiers" and proceeds from those CD's go back to supporting our troops. Rockie is from Minnesota and is nationally recognized having spent 10 consecutive weeks in the #1 slot on Billboard's Country Singles Sales chart and has 14 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. The other honorable guest is Charles G Kapsner, the internationally recognized artist commissioned to design and paint canvases depicting the history of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard for the MN State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. "Five 8 x 10 ft. oil canvases will hang in the cemetery's committal hall to represent all who served, commemorating their sacrifices in all wars, rather than eulogizing a particular war. The project name “Looking to the Past, Present and Future…A Veterans Educational Historic Project” will memorialize our nation's fighting men and women. The paintings will also serve as an educational tool to help future generations understand the history and the vital role our military played in maintaining our freedom and democracy." (from http://www.mdva.state.mn.us/cemetery/news.htm)


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June 4, 2011
The National Guard unit left Sunday Morning as scheduled. There was a good turn out of family, friends and volunteers who cared. They had a good breakfast and a last chance to say good bye before boarding the buses. There were a lot of tears and hugs, some leaving for the first time, others have been though it before. Some of us who are no longer active know the feeling these soldiers are sharing, that is what sets us apart from those who don't. That's why it's important that we, Veterans of Foreign Wars, are here to support our troops while they are defending our freedom and for their families that remain behind to carry on while their soldier is away. May God continue to watch over our great nation and protect our troops all over the world.


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May 19, 2011
The soldiers from CRAZY Troop Army National Guard unit in Cloquet will be deploying soon and we are wishing them a safe and enjoyable send off. There are some activities taking place in their honor to show our and community support. For a complete list of activities, please contact your Commander or stop by the Post, there should be a list posted. The Pine Journal, our local newspaper had a nice write up on some of the activities going on. Thank you to the Pine Journal for the article.


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May 3, 2011
We just had another successful Loyalty Days convention at the Gilbert Post. Thanks to those that attended, we had a great time and learned a few things. Even the rain and a little snow came down as a reminder of the long winter we've had. As with the winter leaving, we bid farewell to our outgoing officers and may the new officers bring in the sunshine and a bright future for the 8th District. We may not have taken any awards in membership (yet) but we are darn close. For those Posts that are just shy of that 100% mark, time to make that last effort to get those dues paid. Let our Post be the Post that sets the example for the rest of the District and send in those dues. It's only $25.00 per year and if you need help paying that, let us know so we can work something out. As you can tell from reading our Commanders Corner, the new officers for our Post have been elected, come down to the Post for the next meeting and congratulate them and give them your full support. See you there.


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April 7, 2011
The 8th District Loyalty Days are coming up real soon, are you ready? This year the 8th District Loyalty Days will be held at VFW Post 4456 in Gilbert from April 29 through May 1, 2011. Now is the time to make reservation for your overnight stay and for the Testimonial Dinner and Banquet Dinner. We have one of our own to be honored this year, Alma Ojala has done a fantastic job as our 8th District Auxiliary President, make sure you let her know how well you appreciate her. We'll see you there.


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March 13, 2011
The State Cribbage Tournament that was scheduled for March 26 and 27 has been cancelled. If you have all ready paid the entry fee, please let the Commander know so you can get your refund.


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March 4, 2011
We had a great turnout for the 8th District meeting in Deer River last weekend. I think it was the largest turnout yet. Outstanding!! There is strength in numbers and last weekend our numbers were strong. We need to keep that strength and enthusiasm in keeping our membership strong. According to our last newsletter, it looks like our numbers at our Post has slipped a little. We need to bring those numbers back up so we can show our strength. For those who still have not paid their membership dues (you have all ready paid your dues to qualify to be a member of the Finest Veterans Organization on Planet Earth), send in that payment so you can remain a vital part of this great organization. It's a Win-Win situation, you continue to get your benefits of being a member and the VFW maintains it's strength in numbers so we can continue to fight for keeping those rights and benefits that you so deserve.


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February 13, 2011
Great Super Bowl last weekend and a great time everyone had that showed up to the Post. I took some time to work on the website and finally was able to update the calendar of events so it could be accepted by the new format. I know it took some time but hopefully it was worth it. However, I will only be going back one year for showing events, if you need information on events that happened beyond that time, let me know specifically what you are looking for and I can retrieve that information for you. As you can tell, there are some new events that are set up on a regular basis, like the "All you can eat Barbecue Rib Dinners" on the first Friday of the month and "Shrimp or Fish Dinners" on the last Friday of the month. And coming up next month is the start of the Gun Safety Classes, if you are older than 11 years old and want to go hunting in the State of Minnesota you have to have a hunting license and in order to qualify for that hunting license, you have to complete a DNR approved Gun Safety Class.


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February 4, 2011
Well the Super Bowl is finally here and the Post will be open and ready to take on a lot of cheering for your favorite team. Come on down and enjoy time with your friends and watch the game on one of several TV's. There will be free food and drawings for prizes. I don't want to ruin anyone's fun but I all ready know the score of game before the game even starts. Let me know your best guess if you think you know the score before the game starts. Another event coming up soon is the State Cribbage Tournament. If you love to play cribbage and think you're pretty good, come on down and test your skills against other VFW members/Auxiliary members from throughout the state. The more that enter, the bigger the prize. We'll see you there and Good Luck.


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January 25, 2011
The end of the year came by too quickly and the end of this month is soon approaching. Time flies when you're busy, hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season. Now is the time to start paying off all those Christmas presents you gave to everyone and try to live up to and keep those New Years resolutions you made. There is one resolution that is easy to make and keep and that is to continue to support your troops. There are men and women serving in defense of our freedom that were not able to be home with their families and would have loved to be. Soon there will be more deploying overseas to carry on the mission of national defense. Let's keep them in our thought and prayers as well.