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December 09, 2013
The end of the year will be soon upon us and it makes you wonder where time has gone. Actually, time doesn't go anywhere, time is merely how we measure the events that happened in our life. We refer to the history of those events by the time they occurred, for instance, the bombing at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1945 is a time in history, or there was a snow storm a week ago. You can't take back history once time has captured it, you can only reflect on how you acted at that time. Make every moment count because you can't take back what time has taken. Be thankful for what you have and for those that sacrificed so much so you can enjoy the freedoms you have.
Speaking of time, don't forget about the children's Christmas Party on Sunday December 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Cloquet Armory. And for those who enjoy a good New Year's party, come by the Post for free food, drink specials, music and prizes being given away all night.

November 20, 2013
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, don't forget to say a prayer and give thanks for the many men and women who have served their country and kept America free. "All gave some and some gave all" I don't remember who coined that phrase but it's meaning says it all. The Post will be closed this Thanksgiving day so we all can be with our loved ones and be thankful for that gift of freedom and that we have each other.
I've added a new segment to the Home page called "Items of Interest". There are time when I'll receive interesting and informative information that needs to be shared but I didn't have a place to put it. Now I do. Hope you find it interesting and informative as well. If you have something you'd like to share, send it to me at webmaster@vfw3979.org. Thank you.
There is a new program that we just heard about at our last Post meeting, which we will be supporting this year. It's called "Trees for Troops". "Imagine a smiling group of U.S. troops gathered around a Christmas Tree that was grown on an American farm and express shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas. Or, imagine a spouse and children sharing joyous memories of Christmas through the gift of free, real Christmas Tree while their family member is away serving our country. Trees for Troops� makes this vision a reality!" The trees donated from this area will be coming from the Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton.

November 1, 2013
The Kids Halloween party was a huge success again this year. It was held at the Cloquet Armory which gave children and adults plenty of room to move around and enjoy themselves. A big THANK YOU goes out to the volunteers who help plan, prepare and partake in putting this on for the local kids. A job well done! The Kids Christmas party is coming up on December 15th at the Armory as well. If you missed out on the Halloween Party, don't miss out on the Christmas Party, your kids/grandkids will thank you for it.

Veterans Day is upon us and we should take the time to remember what Veterans Day is all about. Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th. Veterans Day was originally called "Armistice Day" when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting and "Armistice Day" recognizes the end of World War 1 when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918 (11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month). Your VFW will be honoring Veterans with a free meal for Veterans from 3 - 6:00 pm. We are looking forward to seeing you there. There are also a lot of other "free" meals throughout the area, however, lookout for the "with purchase of" clauses or other hidden fees.

There will also be a Veterans March in Duluth on Veterans Day. The walk starts at the Depot at 11:00 and concludes at the DECC. If you are unable to walk, there are other means of transportation that will be available. Come down and show your pride as a Veteran. Come early to avoid traffic and finding a place to park.

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October 16, 2013
The Halloween Party for the kids is going at the National Guard Armory on the 27th of this month. With the attendance that is normally received for this event, the VFW is not big enough to comfortably hold all the children and adults that attend. The Armory will give children and adults more room to enjoy the festivities and have more fun.
And speaking of more fun and the Armory, the National Guard and our VFW Post will be host an Adoption celebration on October 25th at the Armory from 4 - 7:00 pm. Our VFW has Adopted the local National Guard Unit from our Armory in town. This will ensure our continued mutual support and provide the families of the C TRP soldiers' valuable reassurance and support in the event they get deployed again. What an honor for both groups. There will be fun activities planned for the whole family.
Coming up at the Post Home is the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. All Marines, past and present, Marine Corps Corpsman, families and friends are invited to attend this traditional celebration. For more information, click here.

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September 24, 2013
The Minnesota State VFW Fall Conference in Alexandria went fairly well. The Fall Conference is the one where the main focus is on informational seminars and the first official Council of Administration for the new Officers in front of the entire membership. Some of the seminars were very informative, but the one that stands out to me was the Gambling Seminar. This is the first one that Minnesota Revenue came to give us information. She started out by informing us of credits and tax relief for Members of the Military such as Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone (expires October 15th) and Credit for Past Military Service but, of course, there are criteria you have to qualify for. Then the class was focused on how MN Revenue can come to inspect your organization to make sure you are paying your taxes properly. They will send your Commander a letter informing him/her of the information you need to have ready and they will have a team of tax experts spend the whole day, or as long as it takes, to inspect your records. This includes gambling, post and bar records. They will look for records of how many veterans versus "guests" patronize your post to verify your qualification for nonprofit status, and if you are paying your Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) properly. She made it sound all harmless, however, in the Federal Update this week (page 4), there is an article on how the IRS is targeting Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) and fining them $1,000.00 per day they are not in compliance for not keeping records of veterans DD-214's (which contains personal information such as social security numbers, dates of birth and some medical information). See how the American Legion is fighting back.
On a brighter note, the meals at the Post have started up again. The first Burger Night wasn't as successful as hoped but they are still going on the first and third Thursday's of the month so start planning to come down to enjoy a burger you can fix anyway you want it. And our famous Steak/Walleye dinners are going on the second Friday of the month. Members are also invited to come honor your past commanders and presidents this Saturday for the annual Past Commander/President Banquet starting at 4:00. See you there.

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August 30, 2013
We have officially kicked off the new season with serving meals at the Post with the Ladies Auxiliary's Steak/Fish Fry and Country Store. It was a great turnout and the Auxiliary did real well. As you can tell from the calendar of events, there are a lot of meals and activities planned for the upcoming months and we are asking for volunteers to help with these events. You may not know it, but you have something to offer that is of great appreciation from your Post and Auxiliary members. Whether it's taking time out of your busy day to lend a hand, or artistic ability to make a sign or something, or even to just come down to say Hi or enjoy a meal, it is very much welcomed and appreciated. Thank you.
This month we are starting to send out an electronic version of the bi-monthly newsletter. If you have an email address and would like to get a copy of the e-Newsletter, please send me your email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I'll put you on the distribution. We feel that with the electronic age we are in, with most people having an email account, it only makes sense to offer this option over the traditional paper version. Besides the cost savings, you can get your newsletter where ever you go, it helps the environment and it can be updated more often. Of course, all the information is also provided on the Post Bulletin page on this website at any time.
I've added a couple new links on the Links Directory page. If you ever wanted a comprehensive list of resources, the Caregiver Resource Directory is the place to go. From Advocacy and Benefit Information, Career Transition and Employment, Caregiver Support to Children's Needs, Education and Training, Financial Support and Health Care Needs and lots more. It even has a table of contents to make your search for what you want to know readily at hand.
The other link is from Homeland Security. If you want to know the latest information for Veterans opportunities in the Cyber Security career, this website lists options to assist Veterans with employment and training opportunities.

August 2, 2013
It looks like it was a huge success on Tuesday with Brandon Crotteau being the first Celebrity Bartender. There were a lot of people that showed up to show their support and Brandon was able to raise over a hundred dollars in tips for the National League of POW/MIA families. What a great job! It was also a chance for new and existing members to meet our new Senior Vice Commander. I haven't seen the official schedule on who our next Celebrity Bartender will be but I'm sure it will be a good one.
Don't forget that our meeting night has changed this month to August 27th, and come by this Saturday for the Spaghetti Dinner and meet and get to know more new members.

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July 27, 2013
Wow, did I forget to mention we are going to be having a Celebrity Bartender at our Post this coming Tuesday, July 30th from 4 - 10 pm? How could I forget to post something like that? Our first Celebrity Bartender is a guy who is considered a gentle giant, a family man with a loving wife with two great kids (and another one on the way), a guy that will help you out in any way he can. What makes him a celebrity, you ask? Some of you may know him as SSgt Brandon Crotteau, from the Army National Guard serving right here at the Armory in Cloquet, our Senior Vice Commander. Others may know him by his size and muscles, which earned him the nickname of The Hulk (we have pictures). He is our first Celebrity Bartender to help raise money for a worthy cause, the National League of POW/MIA families. Half of the tips raised (the other half goes to the real bartender) will be donated to help support the accounting of those sill missing and repatriation of all recovered remains of those who died while serving our nation during the Vietnam War. This is a worthy and noble cause which is deserving of your support and attendance. I hope to see you there. Our next Celebrity Bartender will be on August 27th and will be one of our Miss Minnesota contestants Shelby Disterhaupt.
And speaking of the Miss Minnesota Pageant contestants, don't forget about the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser going on August 3rd at our Post. This fundraiser is to show your support of our Miss Minnesota USA 2013 pageant contestants and help them defray some of the costs of the pageant fees and expenses. Check out the flyer for more information.

If you've been following the VFW Baseball Team, now you keep track of this years tournament standings. Print a copy to take with you at the games.

July 17, 2013
We had another great turnout at the Post meeting last Thursday with more new members joining our Post. Welcome to all our new members, we look forward to being able to work together. Some of our new members are so motivated about being a member of The Greatest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth that they volunteered to be on the House Committee so they can give their ideas on how we can make our Post even better. I'm looking forward to finding out what the future will bring. Thank you for stepping up. Not only did we get new members, but 2 of the new members have been accepted to be contestants in the Miss Minnesota Pageant. Not only do we have 2 women members that are awesome enough to be soldiers in the Army, each having served a tour in Iraq, but we have 2 Army soldiers that are awesome women. They are both smart, talented, badass soldiers, and both are Miss Minnesota Beauty Pageant Contestants. WOW! Their names are Teale Meyer and Shelby Disterhaupt. Being a pageant contestant comes with a price, as with anything else there are costs involved in being a contestant, let's chip in and help these talented young ladies achieve their dream of being Miss Minnesota and move on to being Miss USA. We are starting out with a simple Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. as a fundraiser to help defray some of the cost involved. Come meet and greet the new members and see for yourself how special they are. To find out what is involved in being Miss Minnesota, go to the Miss Minnesota website.

I've finally received the VFW Baseball Team season schedule so now we can go to some of their games. Make sure to print a copy (pdf format). Hope to see you at a game.

July 8, 2013
I would like to welcome all the new VFW members that have recently joined our post and thank you for your service and dedication to keeping our nation free and our citizens safe. Because of the sacrifices of our brave men and women who have served and those that continue to serve, our nation was able to celebrate it's 238th year of independence. And to celebrate our independence we had a great parade down main street. There was a good turn out at the parade with a lot of Veterans present including the National Guard opening up their vehicles for Veterans and families to ride during the parade, followed by a welcoming meal at the Post Home. Then the City of Cloquet had a day long of family activities planned at Veterans Park to include local vendors, a magic show, pony rides for the kids, live music and much more. The day ended with a Movie-in-the-Park followed by fireworks.
I'd also like to thank our new Senior Vice Commander, Brandon Crotteau for completing the paperwork involved for the Adopt-A-Unit program. Now why should the VFW adopt a unit? There are several reasons why it's a great idea. As VFW members, we understand the challenges military families face because we've been there and can offer our knowledge and resources. We can develop supportive relationships with the unit before, during and after deployments and we can provide direct support for the military members and their families. For more information, go to www.vfw.org/nms and click on the Military Assistance Program tab. It's just another reason why this is The Greatest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth!

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June 18, 2013
A lot has happened since the last update, the Memorial Day services have come and gone, our new Post and Auxiliary Officers have been installed, Ride for Healing came through and new officers were elected at the state convention. We had a great turn out for the Memorial Day services dispite the cooler weather. Even the flag at Veterans Park cooperated and we were able to raise and lower it back to half mast (the flag has been giving us a rough time coming down, but after spending 2-1/2 hours with the fire department (long ladder) the day before, we were able to make it work again).
As soon as I get pictures of the new officer, I'll update their pictures on the Officers pages. However, you can still come down to the next Post meeting (this Thursday) and welcome the new officers.
The Ride for Healing didn't turn out like planned, we did all we could to welcome the riders to our Post, from a 3 car police escort, to preparing a meal for 300 riders and spreading the word to newspapers and media. We had more of our own Veterans at the Post than those that rode in. I guess the weather had something to do with the low attendance. Maybe next year will be better.
This past weekend was the State VFW Convention in St. Cloud. This was the one where it made it official for our new officers to be able to take over and also where they hand out awards. Our website once again took first place as the best VFW website in the state of Minnesota. AND our 8th District website also took first place for being the best District website in the state of Minnesota. AND we also received a National Recognition Award for Outstanding Buddy Poppy Promotional Program. WOW, what a achievement. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to earn these awards. A job well done!!

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May 7, 2013
Well the Commander decided to rescind his resignation and complete his term of office, however, is very limited in his duties and is still unknown if he will attend his last meeting to hand over the command to the new incoming Commander. Elections were held and a new set of officers will be installed at this upcoming meeting. Please come and welcome the new officers and show them your support. We had a great turn out for the last meeting and welcomed in a couple new members and a couple new transfers. We also got a new Quartermaster which Marc will be training and I'm confident that this smart young man will be taking over and doing a fine job.
Don't forget about Memorial Day coming up on Monday May 27th. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving our country. The Cloquet Combined Honor Guard will be visiting the cemeteries to honor our Veterans that morning followed by a dedication ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Look for the schedule and times for each visit in the newspaper, and I'll post it on our website and facebook page if I get the schedule in time.
On Memorial Day we will also be hosting Ride for Healing at our Post. Ride for Healing is our State Commanders Project to raise funds for the Vietnam Education Center in Washington DC. Vietnam Veterans will be recognized throughout the state. It is his passion and belief the outstate Minnesota Vietnam veterans have never had the chance to be recognized and honored for their service. This will be an attempt to provide them with that honor and to welcome them home and give them a chance for the healing of all the hurts they have carried these many years. It will also give the public a chance to contribute to this cause in their honor as the caravan travels through the state. Check out more information about Ride for Healing and see where else they will be going.

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April 4, 2013
For those who have not yet heard, our Post Commander resigned last week for personal reasons beyond his control. This leaves us temporarily without a Commander. However, we do have a capable Senior and Junior Vice and Adjutant to facilitate the monthly meetings. Unfortunately they are unable to move up to the position of Commander which our Post can not do without. If there is no Post Commander, there is no Post. We need someone to step up and be our new Commander or the state will pull our charter and assume all our assets. That means they would sell our Post Home and keep everything. All our members would either have to find another VFW Post to join or be put in the "At Large" list. And without a VFW to support, our Ladies Auxiliary would also have to disband. This would also affect the Honor Guard. Luckily the Honor Guard is combined with the American Legion, so the we would just be based out of the American Legion building instead of the VFW. Think of all the good our VFW Post has done for Veterans and the community over all these years, all would be for naught. Now is the time to step up and come to the next meeting (Thursday April 11) to nominate a new Commander of our Post. I'll see you there. And don't forget we are also in need of a new Quartermaster as well.
For a change of pace, here are a couple websites you'd might like, take a virtual tour of the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, and a website that gives you Answers to your military questions and more.

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March 19, 2013
With Easter Sunday right around the corner, do you think the Easter Bunny will be able to hide eggs in the grass this year? The way it's been snowing around here, we'll be lucky to see the grass by June. With all that shoveling, you build up an appetite and there's no better place to please that appetite than at the Post, especially with Burger Nights (this Thursday) and Hot Pork Sandwiches or Fish Basket this Friday followed by some Karaoke entertainment. Some people have some pretty good voices behind that microphone, you'd be surprised at who can sing (and who can't). Come on down and check it out and have a good time.

March 4, 2013
Get ready for another entertaining night with Karaoke this Friday, brought to you by PM Entertainment. Come down and have a good time and even sing a tune (or two). Music starts just after the Fish/Steak fry, which is another great reason to come down to the Post. And for those who have a really good time and sleep in an extra day, don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead on Sunday for Daylight Savings Time. Does changing the time really save daylight? There are only 24 hours in a day and the sun will be shining during it's regular time regardless of the time on our clocks. There have been many debates about the necessity for Daylight Saving Time and some states don't use it. You can read about it at Daylight Savings Time in the United States. Now if you're wondering if the time will change for your loved ones serving in another country so you'll know if you can call them at the same times, check out Daylight Savings Time by Country.

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February 19, 2013
We had a great turnout for the District meeting in Gilbert this past weekend. The meeting room was packed. It was great to see a lot of old acquaintenaces and meeting new ones. And there was a lot of good information given by the Committee Chairmen and on top of that, we had a couple extra great classes given by Tom Hansen on Veterans Service Officer and Gary Anderson on Community Service.
It sounds like there was a great attendance at the Post this weekend with the comedian "The Disgruntled Clown". That's good for the Post, it's good for our Veterans to have a place to go to laugh and have a good time and also good for our non-veteran guests. Is there more laughter in store for the future?

February 5, 2013
We had a great Mid-Winter Conference last week in Minneapolis. Although attendance was a little low, there were still some good classes given and everyone seemed to have a good time. I missed the banquet due to catching a darn cold but I heard it went really well. This is the conference where the VFW honors those students, teachers and police officers who have gone above and beyond. Congratulations to all those who were nominated and to those who came out on top. Don't forget to check out the events going on this month, like karaoke and a comedian coming to our Post.
And if you are planning ahead, check out the website for the Department Commanders Project - Ride for Healing. The events will take place from May 27 to June 1, 2013 to honor our warriors who served during the Vietnam War. Team Delta will be staying overnight in Cloquet on May 27th. This is an event of a lifetime. Come and be a part of history.

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January 24, 2013
Yeah, the newsletter finally came out and the website has been updated. It looks like everything is back on schedule, and as it turned out, there was a Burger Night last week as scheduled. There was a very good turn out so good thing it went as scheduled. I apologize for the mix up, but I was going by what I was told.
We are in need of someone to step up to be our Post Quartermaster. Tony, who was the Quartermaster, was doing a great job and many thanks go out to him for his hard work and dedication. However, due to medical issues, Tony is unable to continue as Quartermaster. Best wishes go out to Tony and his family. Marc has stepped in to cover the position until someone is able to take over. Is is very commendable of Marc to temporarily carry the position but a permanent Quartermaster is needed. If you are interested or know of someone who is, please call or come by the Post and let us know. You will get all the help and support you need to succeed, and Thank You for stepping up.
For those who are attending the Mid-Winter Conference in Minneapolis this weekend, dress warm, drive safe and have a good time.

January 16, 2013
There isn't too much scheduled for activities going on at the Post this month, and I was recently told that there will not be a Burger Night this week due to changes in management. Since there hasn't been a newsletter sent out this month yet, I won't be able to update the Post Bulletin page until one comes out. Please ask your Commander and President why there was no newsletter or send them an email. Hope your new year fulfills your dreams and may your resolutions bring you happiness.

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