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Veteran Perpetual Memorial:

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Post Bulletin History

November - December 2017

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
Have not received anything from the Commander.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR / JUNIOR VICE NOTES

From Junior Vice

Around the Post
The "Hunters Dream" raffle was a big success. There was a lot of interest shown and the tickets went fast. The funds received from the raffle will benefit Silver Bay Veterans Home and other programs for veterans. I would like to thank those who helped sell tickets.
And the winners are:
1st Prize: Henry 30-30 Rifle - Reid Snickers, Alborn MN
2nd Prize: $250.00 - Linda Luomela, Cloquet MN
3rd Prize: $100.00 - Kenny Holmstrand, Cloquet MN
There will be more fund raisers at the post, the wagon of cheer and a monthly basket, tickets can be purchase from the bar tender.
Other things going on are most weekend and senior dances. Once a month we have a jam session hosted by the Solway Jammers. There is no cover charge for this event and there is food available for purchase. Jerry and Joyce also will be here once a month, cover charge is $7.00, and a potluck lunch is served. Our NEW YEARS Dance will be held on the 31st of December, from 1 to 4 p.m. and music provided by Florian Chmielewski. Everyone is invited. Cover charge is $7.00.
For information on who's playing and when, check the Pine Journal. Senior dances are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. All dances are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Other things, Bingo every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. (Lots of fun). Retired Men's dinner is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, Dinner is served at 12 o'clock. If you enjoy playing cards, there is a group that gathers to play "Smear" the 2nd Monday afternoon, for more information, call the post. Every Friday is the weekly drawing, Tip boards, where you can win a $15.00 gift card from B & B Meats or Super One Foods. And karaoke once a month. Post meeting are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Plan to attend.
Our children's Christmas Party will need some volunteers to help set up and tear down, if you like to help let us know, just call or stop by the post and let us know.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe and joyous Holiday Season. Thank you for your time.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Schenk
Junior Vice Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
First of all .... for those of you who don't know, we lost our District 8 President Jean Scholar from Hoyt Lakes. Condolences again to her family. I want you all to realize that the Auxiliaries in District 8 are better because Jean existed. We will continue to be "Hopping to serve Veteran's" throughout the remainder of the year.
Secondly, I am asking that those of you who pay annual membership to please do so now. After, December 31, 2017 it gets complicated.
Our Country Store and Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Dinner was very successful. I want to thank all of those who donated items and their time for this event.
Moving forward we are busy and all the help we can get is appreciated. Veteran's Day dinner is November 11, 2017 from 4 - 7 p.m. Preparation day is Friday, November 10 from 7:00 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m.. The next event is Saturday, December 2, 2017. We will be having a Bake Sales, perhaps some crafts, and our "Second Annual Soup" meal. We will serve chicken noodle, split pea and ham, beef barley, and tomato basil soups. Our sandwich will be grilled cheese. Later in December, on the 22nd, we will have a Swedish Meatball Dinner from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Post. Not only are we featuring the meatballs, we will have lefsa and rosettes. WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR THESE EVENTS!
Speaking of needing help .... we need a cook for Monday night BINGO. Please consider helping, even if it is one Monday night a month. Remember that Retired Men's dinner is the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at noon. 3979 Wayne Polley is doing a great job but he could use the help as well in the morning hours preparing.
The Wagon of Cheer is being assembled. Please get your donation for the wagon into the Post ASAP. This has been a great fundraiser for our Auxiliary.
Thanks to all who purchased chances for my monthly President's Project basket. This was very successful as well and I want to thank those who helped promote the drawing. The November basket is now ready to buy your chances.
Please remember to contact me for Avon needs. We sell Avon through our Auxiliary as our part for the District fundraising. My wish is that all of you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Slater,
VFW Auxiliary 3979 President;
District 8 Auxiliary President

Greetings from the VFW Auxiliary “Sewing Machines”
We have been busy knitting “Twiddle Muffs” and sewing “Twiddle Quilts” for dementia patients. We keep making them for Silver Bay Veterans Home.
We are always in need of items to keep making these items. Some of the things we can use are buttons, small bells and beads, scrap fabric and small balls of yarn, any color. We also sew mini stuffed animals on these muffs. If you have any of these things and would like to donate them, you can bring them to the VFW anytime. Questions, call Sandy 218-310-5863.
We are also working on Quilts and Lap Robes and many other items for Veterans. We can always use more help. Come and join us when you can.
We just finished our Annual Halloween Party at the Armory on Sunday the 22nd for all area children. It was a great success. We had children make tied blankets for children in need at MACV and they colored pictures to mail to deployed soldiers. They also made Christmas cards to be mailed to soldiers all over the US and other countries. These are mailed through the Red Cross.
I just want to say many many thanks to all of the wonderful people from the VFW Post and Auxiliary, and the DAV Post and Auxiliary for all of their help. This party is a big project and we are very fortunate to have such good help.
Again I want to thank the ladies that come every Monday faithfully to sew and knit for our Veterans. All of your work at the VFW and at your home is much appreciated.
Also thanks to Lil and Carl for always being there to help us set up and take things down every Monday. They are great supporters for us. And thank you Damion!
If you have any questions, please call.

Sewing Chairperson
Sandy Franke
218-310-5863

Treasurers Notes
Life members, please remember to send in your payment of $5.00 for your cancer insurance Annual members, Please send in your payment of $25.00 for a 1 year membership. Consider a one time fee for a life membership.

Lil LaVoy
Auxiliary Treasurer

Age Life Membership Fee
Thru 20 $253
21-25 242
26-30 230
31-35 219
36-40 213
41-45 201
46-50 193
51-55 184
56-60 173
61-65 161
66-70 150
71-75 132
76-80 109
81-85 86
86-90 69
91+ 58


Lil LaVoy
Auxiliary Treasurer

Veterans and Family Support News
This fall has been a busy time in veteran and family support. In late September members of the Auxiliary got together and made 9 fleece tied blankets which were shipped to veterans who are currently deployed. It was a great day with a great group of ladies, some had made them before and some learned for the first time, in fact another day is already being planned for after the first of the year, so watch your newsletters for upcoming dates and times. We also had a table at the children’s Halloween party on the 22nd of October and had the kids do some blanket tying too, those blankets will go to the families of veterans at MAC V. They also will be putting together shoebox gifts at their Christmas party on December 10th for those families. We will begin collecting items for that now, so if you want to help, pick up a list of needed items, and drop off your donation in the basket at the bar. Another project we have started is a letter writing campaign to deployed veterans. If you would like to participate, just write a letter, and place it in an unaddressed envelope, and get it to me, and I will see that they get sent out. Since we don’t have names to address them to, just begin with Dear Soldier, or Greetings from Minnesota, no matter what it says they are always glad to hear from us. Be sure to thank them for their service.
We also will be providing a meal for a family who has a veteran currently deployed at Thanksgiving.
Wow! That sure was a lot of info, and I may have missed something, but I think you are all caught up, if you know of a veteran or their family that needs help or support, just let me know and I will see what can be done.


Stacy Ziells
Chairman
391-2802

QUARTERMASTER/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
I hope the newsletter finds everyone healthy and surrounded by loved ones as the Holiday Season draws near- Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you and yours! The pace has slowed down at the post as we near the end of the year, but we continue to keep making strides in membership renewals and life conversions- recently, a floor vote was passed to pay $100 for anyone seeking to convert their annual membership to a life membership. If you are interested, please let me know!
Adjutant Note: Recently, some long serving members have been sending in extra copies of their DD 214's because they heard the "VFW needed a copy on file". This issue stems from some odd decision during the previous Administration about non-profits but according to the National By-Laws, DD 214's are required to be kept on file for current officers, all others are voluntary. (reference: http://faq.vfw.org/faq/index.php?View=entry&EntryID=259)
Legal Advisor Note: Recently, a frustrated veteran asked me about the NFL anthem controversy because when he objected to a bunch of spoiled millionaires kneeling, someone told him that it was their "Constitutional Right". This is a lie- utter rubbish. The Freedom of Speech in the 1st Amendment protects the people from the Government, not an employee from the actions of their employer. Any one of us who has had a job knows full well that you can't say whatever you want at work..... and NFL players in the end of the day are employees at work just like everyone else. It is a lie being used to oppress the voices of Veterans because those behind this disgraceful agenda know the power we hold as Veterans in American Society. As I told this Veteran, you served to defend the REAL rights in the Constitution and don't let some ignorant clown try to silence you- as a Veteran community we all know full well what that beautiful flag stands for and have every right to speak up in fervent opposition to the disgraceful actions of some NFL players.
As the year's end draws near, we are also closely watching the Club for the potential the end of year may bring- With a strong final finish in NOV and DEC we have the ability for the Club to finish the year with its best fiscal year since 1999 (at least). As you plan to socialize during the holiday season, please keep the Post in mind as a great place to gather and help push us past the finish line!
Lastly, as we all "give thanks" during our festive events to come, I hope your family traditions include taking a moment to think about those deployed across the globe, their families back home, and as always those who left home to defend this great nation, and fell upon the field of battle or never returned.

Respectfully submitted,
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

***Please note that I get high volumes of email and if you are looking for a quicker response you can contact our main office phone number and talk with my staff to answer any VA questions that you may have.***
http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/Departments/Veterans/Vets_Home.htm

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!
Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org

September - October 2017

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
We have installed our new officers for 2017-2018, thank all for volunteering. We have enjoyed a busy summer at the Post. We have raised funds through poppy sales and the Duluth Airshow, been active in community events, and the Club is having a great 2017. We recently saved the post over $600 by switching insurance carriers, and now look to taking these accomplishments and making improvements to some of the Post's infrastructure and technology. To all who have donated time as part of these successes, I thank you for making the Post stronger.
For those who are looking to volunteer, we are currently seeking volunteers to help us bring back the Steak and Fish Fry nights that we were forced to cancel in 2016 due to lack of volunteers- we need your support to bring back this great event. Thank you for all you do for Veterans.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR / JUNIOR VICE NOTES

Contact List  
State Legislators  
House of Representatives
State Office Building
St Paul, MN 55155
House Info: 651-296-2146
Minnesota State Senate
State Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155
Senate Info: 651-296-0504
US Senators  
Senator Al Franken 651-221-1016 or 202-224-5641
http://franken.senate.gov
Senator Amy Klobuchar 612-727-5220 or 888-224-9043
http://klobuchar.senate.gov
US Representatives  
Rep Tim Walz 877-846-9259 or 202-225-2472
http://walz.house.gov
Rep John Kline/Rep Jason Lewis 952-808-1213 or 888-808-6644
http://kline.house.gov
Rep Erik Paulsen 952-405-8410 or 202-225-2871
http://paulsen.house.gov
Rep Betty Mccollum 651-224-9191 or 202-225-6631
http://mccollum.house.gov
Rep Keith Ellison 612-522-1212 or 202-255-4755
http://ellison.house.gov
Rep Tom Emmer 763-241-6848 or 202-255-2331
http://emmer.house.gov
Rep Collin Peterson 218-847-5056 or 202-225-2165
http://collinpeterson.house.gov
Rep Rick Nolan 218-464-5095 or 202-225-6211
http://nolan.house.gov



Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice Commander


From Junior Vice

Around the Post
Many thing have taken place around the post in the last year. Our membership has remained steady with new and transferred members. The Auxiliary membership has increased.
The Post was involved in the construction and dedication of the wall at Veterans Park. This is a story of the wars and if you have not visited the wall, one should make plans to do so. The brick circle around the flag pole contains the names of many veterans and the bricks can be purchased for $100.00 each. This includes the engraving on the brick.
Our sewing ladies that gather each Monday have been busy sewing Shirt Protectors, Twittle Muff for the mental ward, Quilts and Lap Robes for Silver Bay Veterans Home and Nursing Homes. They also make Wheelchair Bags and Activity Bags that are for the Nursing Homes only. And little Stuffed Bears and Dogs they sew and stuff go to the local Police and Fire Stations and the Ambulance Service to be given to children that are being transported to hospitals.
The bar is attended to by three of the friendliest bartenders, serving you and selling pull tabs and electronic games. On Friday night, tip boards and weekly drawing takes place. There is also a 50/50 and free drink drawings held. On the third Friday of each month is Karaoke Night. Come sing your heart out. We have dances every first and third Wednesday of the month. All dances are from one to four and includes potluck lunch. And we now have dances on Sundays, (But not every Sunday). A Jam Session is scheduled for September 17th for you to enjoy.
Bingo is another way to enjoy what the Post has to offer. It is held on Monday nights from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Lots of fun. Coming events include a Fish and Steak Dinner on the 9th of September and a raffle to benefit Veterans programs. We will be raffling off a “HENRY 30/30 Rifle” as first prize. Two other prizes will also be drawn for. Check for more details at the Post and tickets will available for purchase for the drawing. There have been other events, Loyalty Days, Marine Ball, Country Store, The “Wagon of Cheer” raffle held by the Auxiliary. And presenting the “Quilt of Valor” to Tony Jurek. And our Post meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. Make plans to join us, we would like to see you. Thank you for your time.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Schenk
Junior Vice Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
Here we are into Fall again!!!! I absolutely love Fall myself but it is difficult to say good bye to the gardens and all the warmth of the sunshine. I would like to encourage all of you to attend our meetings and embrace the friendships that our Auxiliary Brothers and Sisters offer. It would be great to see everyone.
What is on our agenda? First off I would like to extend a huge thank you to Wayne Polley for volunteering as our cook for the Retired Men's Dinner. Also, a huge thank you for those who are offering to help Wayne. We are fortunate that we can retain this fundraiser.
We can always use the help of individuals who are willing to assist on Monday evenings with the food at Bingo. Again, this is another great fundraiser and we sure don't want to lose it.
The Past Commanders / Past Presidents Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Post. Social hour is at 5:00 and dinner at 6:00. I am trying to arrange for a speaker. Rich will be sending out invitations with RSVP information. The food will be catered by "Room at the Table" with Chef Paul Sapyta and will include two meets. All are invited with Past Commanders and Past Presidents and their guests who will eat free.
Our Fall Country Store with Bake Sale and dinner will be held Friday, October 6, 2017. Please donate any garden produce, baked goods, and gently used items starting very early that morning. The dinner will be scalloped potatoes and ham, vegetable, roll, and dessert / coffee. Price will be determined.
We are moving our "Wagon of Cheer" fundraiser to this Fall. Please bring in your donation of "Cheer" soon as we would like to start selling tickets in September with the drawing at some point in December. We will not be doing the Corned Beef and Cabbage this year.
We are anticipating doing our soup day again on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in conjunction with "Home For the Holidays" celebration in Cloquet. This is in talking stages.
I am starting my President's Project this year. As many of you know I will be moving up to District 8 President for 2018 / 2019. My project is Operation 23 to Zero Program which is about Veteran suicide awareness and prevention. I am hoping to get approval for month chances at a basket as well as some sort of dinner fund raiser. If anyone else has ideas please let me know. The emblems for Veteran suicide awareness and prevention is a blue teardrop.
Our Auxiliary is once again going to be selling Avon as our fundraiser for District 8. Please participate in this. I usually always have books at the post with contact information. You may order on line at www.youravon.com/cynthiaslater and have your order delivered to your home.
Many of us will be attending Department Fall Conference September 22 - 24, 2017 in St. Cloud. This is the most informative Department event you could attend. If you need registration information please let me know. I am District 8 Membership Chairperson so I am asking all of you to please recruit and bring in at least one new member to our Auxiliary. For every Veteran there is the possibility of 11 Auxiliary members.
This is a lot of information. Given that, I am sure I am missing something. The best to all of you.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Slater
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the VFW Auxiliary “Sewing Machines”
Well, summer is gone and the kids are back to school, and we will continue to sew and make nice things for our Veterans. We did take a couple days off this summer, otherwise we kept on sewing, making Teddy Bears, Blankets and Activity Bags. We bring the Activity Bags to the Superior VA Clinic. They are for the children of Veterans. It keeps them busy while they wait for their parent to visit the Doctor. These bags have become very popular. The little Teddy Bears we make are also very popular with the kids.
We have made some things for the Country Store we are having October 6th. We need a lot more items, crafts, white elephant items, garden vegetables and baked goods. You can bring them to the VFW on October 6th by 10:00 a.m. The Country Store is open from 4-7.
If you have any questions, call me. (310-5863)
We also help with the Halloween Party at the Armory for children. We are a busy group. Our sewing needs are still the same as in the past. We always accept donations of fabric, etc.
We meet Mondays at noon. Come and join us sometime.
Again, thank you for the donations we have received and thank you to the ladies that continue to come each week and help with all of the neat projects.

Sewing Chairperson
Sandy Franke
218-310-5863

QUARTERMASTER/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
Thank you to everyone who helped out during our busy summer season. Since Memorial Day our post has taken part in several events, many of them bringing much needed funds to strengthen the fiscal posture of the Post for years to come.
As we look towards the Fall, we will again need volunteers for upcoming events- hope you can get involved.

NOTE: recently, it was voted on the Post floor to pay $100 towards members converting their annual membership to a life membership.

Respectfully submitted,
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

***Please note that I get high volumes of email and if you are looking for a quicker response you can contact our main office phone number and talk with my staff to answer any VA questions that you may have.***
http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/Departments/Veterans/Vets_Home.htm

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!
Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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May - June 2017

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
This month will see the installation of officers for Post 3979. Once again, I am proud to have been selected as your Commander. Many of the positions will be maintained by those who served as officers throughout the last year; including Post Quartermaster / Adjutant, Senior Vice Commander, and Junior Vice Commander. Post Chaplain and Post Surgeon will be new personnel.
The improvements to Veteran's Park continue to progress as the weather continues to improve. The Memorial Wall will be unveiled during this year's ceremony so please join us.
Everyone have a wonderful Spring and Summer.


Respectfully,

Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice


From Auxiliary Senior Vice

Have not received anything from the Auxiliary Senior Vice

R/s
Cristy House
Outgoing Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
Good Day to all Sisters and Brothers of the Cloquet VFW Post 3979 Auxiliary.
We have been busy. During the April meeting we had election of officers. President: Cindy Slater, Sr. Vice President: Linda Erickson, Jr. Vice President: Sandy Franke, Treasurer Lil LaVoy, Conductress: Stacy Zielhs, Guard: Cheryl Witeli, and 3 year Trustee: Alma Ojala. Installation of officer will be May 11, 2017 at the Post.
Loyalty Days for District 8 was held April 28, 29, and 30. It was a great success! Eighth District Commander Rich Chasse and President Jean Scholar were honored Friday night at their testimonials. Tony Jurek was honored with a Quilt of Valor. A huge thank you to Carl Schenk for making all the arrangements for this presentation. I need to thank the kitchen crew for all their help, the ladies at the registration desk, and all others who did whatever needed to be done. Nick, a representative of Operation 23 - 0 gave a wonderful presentation about the program. Veteran suicides need to stop. Please check on our Vets - young and old. Just a phone call would help.
I will be hosting my 3rd Annual President's Appreciation Brunch for all Auxiliary member who would like to attend. This is my way of
saying "Thank You" for your year of hard work in supporting Veterans.
I will be having more information on the upcoming year as soon as I have time to organize the upcoming year! Please keep Veterans in your heart and I appreciate all of you.


Yours respectfully,

Cindy Slater
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Auxiliary "Sewing Machines"
A special thank you to all of the ladies who continue to support our Veterans with their sewing talents. And a "Big" Thank You to Lil, Carl and Damion for always making sure we always have a place to work and help to bring all of our materials out to work on. And they always have a smile!
We helped put together poppy cards this month. Remember to get your poppy on May 19th. We continue to make Quilts, Lap Robes, Activity Bags, “Twiddle Muffs” and Activity Blankets. The Twiddle Muffs and Activity Blankets are for Dementia Patients at Silver Bay Veterans Home. They are a big success. Also we have had many good comments on the Activity Bags for children. We also made Easter Baskets with goodies for all of the Veterans at Sunnyside, Interfaith and Silver Bay Veterans Home.
We continue to keep busy and we can always use more help. If you like to sew, knit or crochet, come and join us. We meet on Mondays starting at 10:00 a.m. You can come for the day, bring a bag lunch or come when you can and stay as long as you like. Sometimes we take a break and we don’t meet, so it’s a good idea to give me a call to make sure we are there.
Thank you for the donations we’ve been getting. We can always use fabric for quilts and lap robes, and batting for quilts, and fleece for teddy bears too. We also use fleece for blankets.
Thanks to all of you who keep donating to our Veterans. They have given so much for our freedom, now we can take time to do something nice for them. They appreciate your kindness.
If you have any questions, call me.

Sewing Chairperson
Sandy Franke
218-310-5863

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

This quarter has a lot going on for our Post, many of the events will chart a course to better our post's future stability. In May we welcome new officers at our Post meeting, followed by poppy days shortly afterwards. Poppy Day is an important fund raiser for our Post efforts to help Veterans in need in our own community. May ends with our efforts as part of Cloquet's Memorial Day ceremony. This year will be a very special event as we formally unveil Cloquet's new Veterans Memorial Wall. Our Post's concerted efforts to bring the wall to fruition will serve as a tribute to veteran's in our community for decades to come. Be there, and help us make the ceremony better.
June starts off with a boom as the first weekend we again have teamed up with the Duluth Airshow for a fundraiser opportunity. Last year our work at the Airshow brought in our biggest single fundraiser in over 5 years. We need help to make this event a success again this year.
July finds us prepared to participate in the Cloquet 4th of July parade followed by the fundraiser later that day in Veterans Park as part of Cloquet's 4th fest.
We are asking any member who can to get involved and help out.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE



Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

Dance Band  QUILT OF VALOR
The Quilt of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream.
Founder Catherine Roberts son, Nat, was deployed in Iraq, according to Catherine. The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well being. The quilt had made this dramatic change.
The model appeared simple; have a volunteer team who would donate their time and materials to make a quilt. One person would piece the top and the other would quilt it. It was a Quilt of Valor, a QOV.
It is said that a Quilt of Valor is the civilian equivalent to a Purple Heart.
The first Quilt of Valor was awarded in November 2003 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a young soldier from Minnesota who lost his leg in Iraq. As of April 20, 2017, there have been 158,311 Quilts of Valor awarded. The above article was printed from the Quilt’s of Valor website: http://www.qovf.org/
We, here at Cloquet VFW Post 3979, have awarded our first Quilt of Valor to Tony Jurek, a Korean War Prisoner of War, and will be making another award in May. If there is someone you feel deserves a Quilt of Valor, send a letter telling me about the person and I will contact you. Please include your phone number. Send requests to:

Cloquet VFW Post 3979
Attn: Quilts of Valor
210 Arch Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

Article by Carl Schenk
Dance  COMBINED HONOR GUARD
The Honor Guards primary role is to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades, guard our national monuments, and guardians of the colors when displaying and escorting our nations flag at official functions.
Our local Honor guard provides funeral honors for our fallen comrades upon request. The Honor Guard is made up of member of Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979, Carl Anderson American Legion Post 262 and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Carlton County Chapter 18. On average, the Honor Guard provides funeral honors for five funerals per month.
The Honor Guard is made up of a Commander, a Bugler, Flag Bearer(s), and three, five or seven riflemen. The ceremony is normally done after the funeral service, most often at the grave site.
Pictured above, from left to right:
John Prouty (DAV), Leo Grochow (American Legion (Captain)), Jim Deny (American Legion), Richard Chasse Sr (VFW (Captain)), Ed Janke (American Legion), Steward Nephew (VFW).

Article by Carl Schenk

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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March - April 2017

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
Spring is approaching, and Post 3979 has a full slate of events in the early part of 2017. While Loyalty Days, Post Elections, and Poppy days are part of the normal Post activities that come in the Spring, this year we will need volunteers for some additional events. While details are still forthcoming, this year our traditional Memorial Day ceremony will hopefully coincide with the formal unveiling of the new Veteran's Tribute Wall in Cloquet's Veteran's Park that our Post was so vital in designing. The weekend after that, we again have a fundraiser opportunity to support the Duluth Airshow. Last year, this event brought in $3,500 to the Post, our biggest fund raiser in years. The success of both events will require additional volunteers. If you are interested in joining the Memorial Day Ceremony committee or cooking burgers and brats at the Duluth Airshow, please contact myself or the Quartermaster so we can add your name.

Respectfully,

Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice


From Auxiliary Senior Vice

VFW and Auxiliary Members,
Thank you all so much for your support during a very difficult season in my family's life. Many of our members young and old have faced challenges with their families and their health this year. Please continue to reach out and support one another. Suicide is an epidemic in our Veteran Community right now. Depression likes to use two military strategies. It tries to divide and conquer us and it tries to isolate us. Division is created by gossiping and putting others down in our community. Isolation happens when people are not included or sought after. I hope that our organizations will fight against isolation and division among the Veteran Community and that we will unite against Suicide.


Cheers!
Cristy House
Outgoing Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
I have to announce that our Auxiliary - Cloquet 3979 has reached it's 100% membership goal. We received four new members in January. I know we will received another one in February. Good strong membership and dedication is what is needed for us to be successful.
In January, Susan Chasse, Lil LaVoy, Alma Ojala, and myself (Cindy Slater) attended the Department (State) VFW and Auxiliary Conference in Minneapolis. As usual, it is a busy time but always a great time. We need to applaud Susan Chasse. There was a Poppy Display Contest for those that made it to the state level. It is with great honor that I report that Susan's display won 1st Place! It is so well deserved!
We are in the midst of a dual fund raiser. First, we have our Wagon of Cheer ticket sales. The Wagon is not quite filled. I am asking for each Auxiliary member to bring in one donation to put into the wagon. Donations have been received from many businesses and I will be publicly doing a "thank you" to them. The tickets are $5 a piece or $20 for five. The drawing will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. You need not be present to win. This leads into the second portion of our fund raiser. We will be serving a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The price is $13. As in the past, I promise this to be just as delicious. So tempt your palate with a good dose of corned beef, baby reds, carrots, and cabbage! All proceeds go towards Veteran's programs.
Don't be fooled by this, but yes indeed, we will be serving up our next BBQ Rib Dinner on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00. This has been a huge success for the Auxiliary and I’m hoping everyone will come out again. All proceeds go towards Veteran's programs.
The Cloquet VFW and Auxiliary will be host to the District 8 Loyalty Days April 28, 29, and 30. Our own Richard Chasse is the District Commander and is very much anticipating a huge attendance from members around District 8. I will write more on this in the next article.
The annual Christmas Tea was held on Saturday, January 28 with about 25 individuals attending. Lil LaVoy was the chairperson of this event. A special thank you to Cheryl Witeli for donating the beautiful vase as a door prize.
We are still looking for new members. If you have a Veteran in your family - give me a call 218-590-4653. We meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 at the Cloquet VFW.

Yours respectfully,

Cindy Slater
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Auxiliary “Sewing Machines”
We are busy sewing Lap Robes and Quilts for Veterans. There always seems to be someone to make something for. I just delivered 40 Teddy Bears and Scotty Dogs to the Fire Department. They were very happy to receive them. They share them with the Ambulance’s also. I was told the children they give them to are very happy to receive them. We also bring them to the ER Department at the Hospital here in Cloquet and to the Police Station.
And now we’re getting to the season where we will be making small Easter Baskets for our Veterans at Silver Bay and Sunnyside and Inter-Faith at Carlton.
We have also had requests for Walker Bags for the Nursing Homes.
Our newest project is making “Twiddle Muffs” and Activity Blankets for dementia patients. These have been very useful in the Nursing Homes. If you have anything to donate for these projects we would be happy to use them. We can use buttons and beads, short pieces of ribbon and rick rack. There are many things we can use (small scraps of yarn). Thank you to Lil for all of the Twiddle Muffs she has knitted for us. If you knit or crochet, let me know, I can show you how to make them.
If you have any questions, call me.

Sewing Chairperson
Sandy Franke
218-310-5863

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

As another year closes in the books, Post Leadership was strengthened with our recent improvements in the fiscal viability of the Post and all of its entities. While much work is still left to do, 2016 saw us make a 50% improvement in fiscal draining at the Club, coupled with a large reduction in insurance costs Post-wide from our previous carrier. Further improvements in 2017 have the ability to keep the Post on a strong fiscal posture for years to come, but the true strength will come from members utilizing the Post for events, partaking in events, and dropping in for a beverage or two. The 50/50 raffle is growing in popularity, and Burger nights are soon to return- as always, we hope to see you!

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE

On December 16, 2016, H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 became Public Law No: 114-292. This new law provides veterans medically separated, or retired from the military due to combat-related injuries another opportunity to recoup the taxed portion of their severance payments.
The law requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify veterans medically separated from military service due to combat-related injuries that were issued severance payments after January 17, 1991, and withheld amounts for tax purposes.
DOD will provide this group of veterans with a notice of the amount of improperly withheld severance payments, and instructions for filing amended federal tax returns to recover the withheld amount. The period for filing this IRS claim for a credit, or refund is extended to one year after DOD provides the veteran with the information required by this Act.
This law will be a significant benefit to this group of injured and ill veterans, and partially fulfills DAV Resolution 011 that calls for allowing all veterans to recover taxes withheld from their disability severance pay.
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/MOQUAAPorw6pWywEMsS3sQ

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

Auxiliary Sewing Group Auxiliary Sewing Machines
Breaking out their pins and needles, and scraps of cloth, they make different items for the Silver Bay Veterans Home. Some of the items are blankets, and shirt protectors. The sewing group meets every Monday at 1:00 p.m. and work on projects until 4:30, that includes a coffee brake of course. Anyone interested in sewing with the group, stop by.
Pictured from right to left is Sandy Franke, June Lembke, Sharyn Hubbell and June Moon.

Article by Carl Schenk
Retired Mens Dinner  Retired Men’s Dinner
The retired men’s dinner is held on the second and forth Wednesday of each month. The dinner is served at noon, and social hour begins at 11:00 a.m. Dinner is prepared and served by the Auxiliary. After dinner, the guest speaker talks on their respective subject. The past speakers were from the Cloquet Fire Department and talked about home fire, smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide poisoning, safety around the home, and how to summon help. All retired men are welcomed to attend and you need not be a member of the VFW.

Article by Carl Schenk

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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January - February 2017

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
Have not received anything from the Commander.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice


From Auxiliary Senior Vice
Happy 2017!
Thank you all for your support the past three years. I will soon be scaling back on my Auxiliary involvement to focus on nursing school and being a single mom.
We need people to step forward to keep our Auxiliary and it's programs going. Please consider joining the leadership team. There will be many vacancies this spring.
We are also still in need of people to help with clean up during our Retired Men's events. If you are interested, please let me know.
Thank you all so much!!!


V/r, Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice
Veterans and Family Support Chair

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
It is official! The Cloquet VFW Auxiliary has enrolled its first two men!!
We have finally broken the mold here at the Cloquet VFW Auxiliary and accepted the membership of Daniel Forgorty and Andy Angell. Our first male Auxiliary members. As president, I could not be more please about or proud of their membership. I would also like to welcome three other new members; Becky Newton, Darla Kocian, and Denise Swanstrom. As the membership chair for District 8, I am happy to report that our local Auxiliary is close to meeting 100% membership. For those who have yet to pay your dues please do so! We could not serve our Veterans without our members! We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:00, so come and welcome our new members.
I am hoping that everyone who came out for the Veteran's Day meal enjoyed it and got their bellies full. My hat's off to the American Legion members who coordinated this event in partnership with the VFW. As usual the turkey dinner was most delicious. Leo Grochow, the master of the turkey and Jeannie Tobaleski, the creator the wonderful stuffing reported that they are retiring from those duties.
We participated in Cloquets Home for the Holidays celebration on December 3. The Auxiliary hosted crafting vendors, a Country Store, bake sale, and soup for lunch. Cristy House was busy as with the spritz cookies, Cheryl Witeli and Deb Weckert did a great job coordinating the vendors, Nancy Wentz oversaw the Country Store, and Lori Zeihl and I made the soups. Huge thanks also to Lorraine Henschel, Jan Tucker, Lil LaVoy, and Carl.
The Children's Christmas Party was held Sunday, December 11 at the Cloquet Armory. As usual, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were in attendance and had worn out laps at the end of the day.
Moving forward we have events we need to prepare for. I am requesting donations for our "Wagon of Cheer". All donations can be dropped off at the Post. We will be using a wagon this year instead of a wheelbarrow. Tickets will go on sale in January with the drawing to be held on St. Patrick's Day right after our Corned Beef Dinner.
The Retired Men's Dinner is going along very nicely this year. We have averaged about 30 participants for each meal. Cristy works very diligently on preparing a great meal. Again, thank you to all those Auxiliary members who have been helping Cristy with this event. They are held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at noon at the post. There was no meal the fourth Wednesday of December given the Christmas holiday. FYI: I volunteered to prepare the meal on January 11 in Cristy's absence.
The Auxiliary's Christmas Tea has been moved to Saturday, January28, 2017. Please bring a bunch of wrapped inexpensive gifts or "white elephant" as prizes for the games. Bring any other gently used items for Alma's country store type table. AND.... If you want to exchange a gift with someone bring a $10 wrapped item for that. Lil LaVoy is coordinating the event and planning the lunch. There will be a nominal fee for the lunch.
I hope the holidays were full of peace and joy. Please don't forget our Veterans especially those who may be all alone.

Yours respectfully,

Cindy Slater
Auxiliary 3979 President


Greetings from the Auxiliary "Sewing Machines"
In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, the sewers have been busy. We've made quilts and lap robes for Silver Bay Veterans Home and some lap robes go to Sunnyside Nursing Home and Interfaith Nursing Home for the Veterans that are there.
We've also made a lot of activity bags for children at the clinic in Superior too. And we will continue to work on these projects and more as they are needed for our Veterans in the New Year. We would love to have you come and join us. We meet at 12:00 noon on Mondays at the VFW. If you have any questions, call me at 218-310-5863 (Sandy).
I would like to say many thanks for all of the donations we get so we can keep this project going. All of the fabric, batting, thread, stuffing (for bears) - it is much appreciated.
And then I would like to thank the ladies that come faithfully on Mondays to work on these projects. They are a very good group to work hours at the VFW and at home. Also thank you to the people who have always made sure that we have a place to work and that the door is open for us!! Also to thank them for helping us to bring our things out from the sewing storage and to pack it up.
Thank you so much!!! Hoping everyone has a great New Year!

Sewing Chairperson
Sandy Franke
310-5863


STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The following students placed in the Cloquet VFW Essay Contest

Grade 5 Essay
"How Can I Show Patriotism Every Day"
Churchill School-Mr. Lindstroms Class

  • 1st Place-Cooper Ellena
  • 2nd Place-Brooklyn Osvold
  • 3rd Place-Joe Bailey
Queen of Peace School-Elizabeth Waldorfs Class
  • 1st Place-Ryan Huls
  • 2nd Place-Isaac Hill
  • 3rd Place-Macy Dearborn
Patriots Pen
"The America I Believe In"
Cloquet Middle School-Katie Johnsons Class
  • 1st Place-Eva Flovick
Voice of Democracy
"My Responsibility to America"
Senior High Level-Home school
  • 1st Place-Annabell Pearson
Congratulations and Thank You to ALL who participated in Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen.

Linda Erickson
Chairman

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Fiscally, the Post is holding its own, but we really need to see more folks come out to the events we have. We have had to suspend the Burger nights and the Steak/Fish Fry due to a lack of volunteers to cook the food. As we look to spin things back up soon, I ask that our members get more involved to volunteer, or at least to EAT.
We will be announcing the unveiling of the new Veteran's Memorial Wall as soon as we work out some final details and then be forming a committee to plan the unveiling ceremony, with a goal of combining the unveiling to our 2017 Memorial Day ceremony.
We will also be executing the fundraiser at the Duluth Airshow this year- and we will be looking for volunteers to come flip some burgers and assist in this fund raiser for funds the Post needs.

Hope to see you soon!
Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE

On December 16, 2016, H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 became Public Law No: 114-292. This new law provides veterans medically separated, or retired from the military due to combat-related injuries another opportunity to recoup the taxed portion of their severance payments.
The law requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify veterans medically separated from military service due to combat-related injuries that were issued severance payments after January 17, 1991, and withheld amounts for tax purposes.
DOD will provide this group of veterans with a notice of the amount of improperly withheld severance payments, and instructions for filing amended federal tax returns to recover the withheld amount. The period for filing this IRS claim for a credit, or refund is extended to one year after DOD provides the veteran with the information required by this Act.

This law will be a significant benefit to this group of injured and ill veterans, and partially fulfills DAV Resolution 011 that calls for allowing all veterans to recover taxes withheld from their disability severance pay.
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/MOQUAAPorw6pWywEMsS3sQ

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

Dance Band  Dance 

Senior Dances are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Music is provided by Loren Lindevig., and have "Potluck Lunch's". Everyone is welcome.
Sunday dances for January are on the 8th, music by No Buddy Famous and on the 29th by Frank Gust. There is also a dance on Saturday the 14th, music is provided by Jerry and Joyce. All dances are from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and have "Potluck Lunch's".
Starting in February, there will be dances every Sunday. Florian Chmielewski, The Mae Pracher Band, Frank Gust, and Jerry and Joyce will be playing. All dances are from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and have "Potluck Lunch's".
Retired Men's Dinner is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The dinner is prepared and served by the Auxiliary. A social hour starts at 11:00 a.m. and dinner is served at noon, followed by a guest speaker. Cost is $10.00.
On Friday night at 5:00 p.m., tip boards are sold with a chance to win a $15.00 gift card from either Super One Foods or B & B Market. And at 7:00 p.m. the weekly drawing takes place. You must sign up for this drawing before hand. It's free to sign up but you must be registered, see bartender for details. There is a 50/50 drawing after the weekly drawing. Pull tabs are available anytime. We even have electronic pull tabs and electronic BINGO. Come check it out.

Article by
Carl Schenk

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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November - December 2016

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
Have not received anything from the Commander.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice


From Auxiliary Senior Vice
Happy Holidays!
There are lots of great fundraisers/events going on right now.
Retired Men's Dinner is meeting 1-2 Wednesday's per month. We can use ladies that want to come down, eat a nice lunch, and help with dishes. We generally raise $2-300 per event. For November, we are serving turkey dinner and in December we will be having ham and scalloped potatoes and serving Turtle cheesecake for dessert.
Bingo dinners are raising money for the Silver Bay Veterans' home. Come join us for bingo and dinner to support the post and our special project.
We have a bake sale/country store/soup lunch on December 3rd. We need ladies to come in and make spritz cookies from 9-noon December 1st. We are also in need of volunteers/donations for the sale. I will be starting nursing classes this spring, so this is my last year as Senior Vice and Family Support Chair. Please let me know if you are interested or have any questions about the positions.
Thanks so much for your continued support of our Veterans and their Families.


V/r, Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice
Veterans and Family Support Chair

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

Greetings from Auxiliary 3979!
We are in search of Number One. I believe that once we get number One, then others will follow. Number One in what you maybe asking yourself????? We are still here with open arms waiting for our FIRST male Auxiliary member!!!! Yes, eligible males can now join. We meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post. An application can be picked up at the VFW at any time they are open. M & M................. Membership Matters. Those who are already members, please get your dues paid. We need 100% by the end of December.
Each Auxiliary in District 8 is involved in some sort of fund raising to assist Veterans at the District level. Auxiliary 3979 is selling Avon and proceeds from those sales go to Veterans. There are always Avon catalogs at the Post or you can order on line at www.youravon.com/cynthiaslater. My phone number 218-590-4653. I handle the Avon ordering and distribution.
Looking at September I am happy to report that the Past Commanders / Past Presidents Dinner on September 15 was well attended as everyone enjoyed a delicious pork chop supper. Our guest speaker was Mike Waldron from the 23rd Veteran Program. It was an insightful presentation about Veteran Suicide Awareness and heartfelt by many.
The Auxiliary held their annual fall fund raiser on September 23. This year we did BBQ ribs with the fixings and the Country Store. Both were successful.
Lil LaVoy, Alma Ojala, Linda Erickson and myself attended the District 8 meeting in Gilbert on October 9.
Brenda Hammon, medium and clairvoyant was present at the Post October 21 and 22 for a fundraiser. She did private and group reading. Another successful fundraiser.
The Kid's Halloween Party was held on October 23 at the Armory. It was well attended and fun was had by all.
Cristy House, Linda Erickson, Alma Ojala and other Auxiliary members have been doing a great job with Retired Men's Dinner. That meal is served the second and forth Wednesday of each month for $10.00 Please keep our Auxiliary members who are going through health issues in your prayers. It seems that it has been on an increase lately so let us know when someone is down so they are not forgotten. I have one more District inspection and that will be concluded for the year. Basically, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! However, we have a HUGE EVENT coming up. Our Veteran's Day Dinner. The VFW teams with the Legion each year to offer a free turkey dinner to Veterans. Guests are welcome with $8.00 a plate donation. There will be no take outs. There will be prep work on Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11. Please if you have time, HELP!!!!!! The meal will be served Friday, November 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Auxiliary will be participating in Cloquet Home for the Holidays celebration on December 3 with a craft and bake sale, country store, and "soup kitchen" serving up turkey noodle, beef barley, and split pea and ham. $5 a bowl!!!!
Stay safe, stay informed, be involved.
Wishing you all well!

Yours respectfully,

Cindy Slater
Auxiliary 3979 President


Greetings from the Auxiliary "Sewing Machines"
Our sewing group is always busy sewing or making some item for our Veterans. For the Halloween party at Silver Bay, we made favors for each Veteran at the home. They are little cups covered with spiders and bats-filled with candy. We made 90 of them.
We are always working on lap robes and quilts. Many thanks to all of you who have been donating fabric and batting for quilts and lap robes. Also thank you for the stuffing that has been donated for the little bears and scotty dogs we make. The fire department and ambulance and police station and the ER at the hospital have been very happy with all of the little critter we bring them.
We also continue to make activity bags for children who come with parents and grand parents to the clinic and hospital. We have also had a great response of donations for the items needed at Silver Bay Veterans Home. Lil LaVoy has had a lot of goodies to bring with on her visits to the home.
So once again I will say come and join us. We are a small group and we always need more help. There are many jobs to do. We meet Mondays at Noon. If you have any questions you can call me at 310-5863.

Sandy Franke

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Post 3979
We had a great last quarter with some fund raising, but are still struggling with Post members participation. We have had to hold off on starting the steak and fish fry this year because we don't have enough post members volunteering to help with the event. The health of the Post comes from the involvement of our members- if you can donate time we need you.......

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

County Veterans Service Office

Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral - a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets Veterans into appointments quicker. Before now, Veterans seeking appointments with audiologists or optometrists had to first make an appointment with a primary care physician for a referral for a routine clinic consult visit. A clinic representative would contact the patient to set up the consult appointment, which could result in a several weeks-long lag between the appointment and when the Veteran was actually seen. The new process, the Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative, which began as a successful pilot at three sites in 2015, is being expanded to all VA Medical Centers. To schedule an appointment please contact the Minneapolis VA Medical Center at (866) 414-5058. Please note that the Twin Ports Clinic in Superior, WI is part of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center Network. If you have any other questions, please call my office at (218) 499-6838.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

Flag of Valor  John Lahti, World War II Veteran Honored

John served with the First Armored Division in World War II from 1942 to 1945.
It started when VFW employee Lil LaVoy bought a raffle ticket for a big beautiful warm patriotic blanket and gave the ticket to her co-worker Carl Schenk. It turns out that Carl won the blanket. So, being the generous people they are (Lil and Carl), they decided to honor John at the Senior Dance and present him with the blanket. It was very touching to be there when they did this. "We'll never forget it." said Carl.
God Bless America cover by Lorren Lindevig Band. Blanket presenters are Roger Tillman (left) and Jim Fairchild (right). (Carl far right)
Story by Mark Macham
Thank you Loren Lindevig Loren Lindevig Honored

On September 21, 2016, the Cloquet VFW, Post 3979, honored Lorren Lindevig for his 22 years of providing music for the Senior Dances at the VFW. Over the years, Lorren has had many musicians play with him. Currently, his band members are: Rod Mattson, Mark Macham, Betty Hendershot and Eleanor Vorderbruggen.
Friends and family were present to thank him for his service. Coffee and cake was served.
Story by Carl Schenk
Check out the calendar for more dances that are scheduled through the end of the year. Come down and enjoy the fun and music.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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September - October 2016

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
Have not received anything from the Commander.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Mark Goad
Senior Vice


Post & Auxiliary Members,
As the seasons change, I declare that each is my favorite. There is something so magical about Fall. It is a season of abundance, warm sweaters, and apple pies. The smell of a wood stove, the sound and colors of the rustling leaves, and the crisp chill in the air are simply divine.
There are lots of fun events planned for the fall to join in on.

  1. Retired Men's Lunches start the last week of September. Come and eat or volunteer.
  2. The 2016 Bataan Memorial March was a success. Registration for the September 2017 event is now open. I will be doing the half marathon.
  3. September 24th, the 23rd Veteran is having their autumn classic motorcycle rally.
  4. The Auxiliary is hosting a Country Store and Rib Dinner in September. Volunteers and eaters are needed.
  5. Pie Sale and Christmas Cookie Sale details are still being figured out.

Now is a great time to get involved in the veteran community.


Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice
Veterans and Family Support Chair

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

I am hoping that this newsletter is finding everyone in good spirits and looking forward to the months ahead as we wrap up summer, welcome the fall, and prepare for the holidays. We have many challenges and goals ahead of us as an Auxiliary.
The first goal I would like to address is membership! I challenging everyone with three membership goals. One, bring in a new member. We all know someone that is potential member. I have two in my office at work I am persuading. Secondly, look at your family. Men can now join the Auxiliary!!!! This means brothers, Dad's, spouse. All criteria are the same as for females. Lastly, dues are going to increase especially for lifetime membership. If you are an annual member, please consider the lifetime membership. Each and every member is important in our Auxiliary.
There is also a focus on Community Service. I am asking that anyone who does any type of community service to please complete a form or just write it down and get it to Sandy Franke. As an example, you may spend time volunteering or visiting in a nursing facility of some sort. That is community service as well giving us time towards enhancing our hospital program. All our wonderful Auxiliary members that faithfully go to the Post each week - that is community service. We just need you to report it to us. I want to thank all of you for everything that you do.
The Auxiliary had a District 8 meeting in International Falls on August 7. Fall Conference is scheduled for September 9, 10, and 11. The past commander and past presidents dinner is set for September 15, 2016 at the Post. Happy Hour at 5:00 with dinner at 6:00. The menu is pork chops, baked potato, tossed salad, glazed carrots, and rolls. It is free to past commander and presidents. Anyone else who would like to attend may do so with $11 charge per plate. Please RSVP to me at 218-590-4653.
Our Country Store and BBQ Rib Dinner is set for Friday, September 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 at the post. All help would be appreciated. Looking forward to October, Brenda Hammon is scheduled once again. She is highly requested to make another appearance so she is set for October 21, 22, and 23. The main event will be Saturday evening, October 22 at the post. Please call me to schedule your time with Brenda. My number again 218-590-4653. The Children's Halloween Party is set for 1:00 at the Armory on October 23. Again, your help will be appreciated. I will be out doing District 8 Auxiliary inspections throughout September, October, and November. In my absence for October and November meeting, you will be in good hand with my Sr. Vice President Cristy House.
A NOTE TO ALL: THE SEPTEMBER MEETING HAS BEEN CHANGED TO WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 at 6:00 due to members traveling to Fall Conference on the 8th.

Wishing you all well!
Cindy

Yours Respectfully

Cindy
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Sewing Machines of the Auxiliary Group
Summer is over soon and all of the kids will be back in school. And we sewers will keep on sewing for our Veterans. We make quilts and lap robes, activity bags for children of Veterans, and many more items. We are a small group and always open to having more people join our group.
Thank you so much for donations of fabric and may more items so we can continue to sew!
There is another project we will be helping with. We are going to collect items for the veterans of Silver Bay for Lil LaVoy to bring up there. Lil is Department Hospital Chairman.
Some items we need are: socks, bathrobes, lip balm, non roll on deodorant, lighters, cigarettes (regular and menthol), work find word search and crossword puzzles, phone cards, shampoo, stamps, soap, combs, dental floss, hand lotions, brylcream, non-alcohol mouthwash, shaving cream, after shave, denture adhesive, emery boards, chocolate regular and diabetic.
We will also be making some family bags for family spending a lot of time with their veteran. Some more items for this would: yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, envelopes, note cards, adult coloring books.
So come and join us. We work on Monday afternoon at 1:00. Call me if you have any questions.
Thanks again for all of the donations!

Sandy
310-5863

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
Have not received anything from the Quartermaster/Adjutant

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

County Veterans Service Office

Please contact Carlton County Veterans Services to file a claim at (218) 499-6838.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

(from www.va.org website)
Burial Benefits
For Burial in a National Cemetery.
Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 135 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.
The Veterans family should make funeral or cremation arrangements with a funeral provider or cremation office. Any item or service obtained from a funeral home or cremation office will be at the family's expense.
Preparing in Advance
Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance.
You should advise your family of your wishes and where your discharge papers* are kept. These papers are very important in establishing your eligibility.
At the time of need your family would contact a funeral home who will assist them with making burial arrangements at the national cemetery. You may wish to make pre-need arrangements with a funeral home.
To schedule a burial, first fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 or scan and email the documentation to NCA.Scheduling@va.gov with the name of the decedent in the subject line. Follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117 and have the following information readily available when you call:

  • Cemetery of choice
  • First or subsequent burial (Veteran or dependent already buried)
  • If subsequent interment, who is already interred, section and site number (if known)
  • Decedent's:
  • Full name;
  • Gender;
  • Social Security Number (SSN);
  • Date of death;
  • Date of birth; and
  • Relationship (Veteran or dependent)
  • Funeral director's contact information:
  • Funeral director's name;
  • Funeral home's name;
  • Address; and Email address of the funeral home
  • Next of kin information:
  • Name;
  • Relationship to deceased;
  • SSN;
  • Telephone number; and
  • Address
  • Type of religious emblem for headstone (if known)
  • Did the decedent reside within 75 miles of requested cemetery?
  • ZIP code of decedent at time of death
  • County of decedent at time of death
  • Type of burial:
  • Casket;
  • Casket size/liner size
  • Cremation
  • Urn size/urn vault size
  • Marital status of deceased (if Veteran is buried in a private cemetery, must provide documentation of marital status of spouse at time of death)
  • Is surviving spouse a Veteran?
  • Any disabled children for future interment (must provide name and date of birth). If requesting immediate interment (must provide marital status, doctor's statement stating type of illness, date of onset of illness and capability of self-support).
  • Military Honors requested

Donating Burial Flags in National Cemeteries
Most of the Department of Veterans Affairs national cemeteries display an Avenue of Flags on patriotic holidays and during special events. The Avenues consist of burial flags donated by the families of deceased Veterans and provide a unique visible tribute to all of our Nation's Veterans.
A Certificate of Appreciation is presented to the donor for providing their loved ones' burial flag to a national cemetery.
Please contact the cemetery of your choice for information on how to donate a Veteran's burial flag.
For Burial in a Private Cemetery
Burial benefits available for Veterans buried in a private cemetery may include a Government headstone, marker or medallion, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. There are not any VA benefits available to spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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July - August 2016

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades
At the July Post meeting we will have our final review of the proposed artwork for the Cloquet Veteran's Wall. This will be the last chance for Post/Auxiliary members to comment and impact the final artwork that will become Cloquet's Veteran's Wall, the feature of the revised Veteran's Park. If you want to have a voice on the piece, and add your vote, then you need to be at the meeting. While we have been working hard to bring a voice to all aspects of service to this piece, we don't want to miss out on something and hope to see several members in attendance to go over every image in the piece.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Mark Goad
Senior Vice


Post & Auxiliary Members,
Have not received anything from Senior Vice.


Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice
Veterans and Family Support Chair

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

Many may not know this but men who are eligible may now join the VFW Auxiliary! Yes that is correct. It is the same eligibility as for women! Members of the VFW Auxiliary are the relatives of those who have served in overseas combat. So, please come forward all men and women who may have grandparents, parents, sisters or brothers who have served. WE WELCOME YOU! You may call me, Cindy Slater, Auxiliary 3979 President, at 218-590-4653.
A few of us attended the Department Convention in Rochester in Early June. This is always a great time getting together with individuals from all over the state. Some recognitions were given that need to be mentioned - and they go to Velda Beck for Americanism, Lil LaVoy for Chief of Staff, Cristy House for Veteran's and Family Support, and our Youth Program reporting. Previously, I should have mentioned that Susan Chasse's Poppy display will be going onto National competition!!!
We had election of officers in April with installation in May. Those officers are as follows: Cindy Slater - President; Cristy House - Sr. Vice President; Jr. Vice President - Pam Koncal; Secretary - Nancy Wentz, Treasurer - Lil LaVoy; Chaplain - Deb Weckert; Conductress - Linda Erickson; Guard - Helen Steide, and 3 year Trustee - Kathy Randall. All assumed their positions at the close of day June 12, 2016. The 2016 local scholarship winner is Alyssa Chalberg. She graduated from Cloquet High School and plans to attend Bemidji State University majoring in Aquatic Biology. Her father served oversees and is a retired Veteran of the Air National Guard. We welcome Allyssa to our Auxiliary as well.
Our meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Cloquet VFW Post 3979 located on Arch Street. They begin promptly at 6:00. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and I hope to see you soon.

Yours Respectfully

Cindy
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Sewing Machines of the Auxiliary Group
I know it's summer and time for vacations, but we need to keep in mind our Veterans still need our help. We meet every Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! We need people to sew, cut, press fabric, help with Teddy Bears and much more.
At some of our meetings we work on craft projects for the Country Store in the fall. If you have some neat ideas please bring them. Thank you to everyone who comes to sew and works on things at home and donates fabric, stuffing, batting, etc. Everything is much appreciated. For July and August we will always meet Mondays at 1:00 pm.
If you have any questions, call Sandy Franke, Sewing Chair at 310-5863.

Sandy
310-5863

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
VOLUNTEERS needed! Post 3979 has a great fundraiser coming up and we need more volunteers (Post or Aux members). We are cooking burgers and brats for the Duluth Airshow staff and will be reimbursed for every meal. This is a GREAT opportunity for the Post to raise some much needed funds to help with Post operations- we REALLY need to accomplish this mission and raise the funds. The opportunity is simple- we will be cooking food out of the B and B trailer and serving the staff who work for the Airshow- and of course we will right there at the Airport to see all of the show. If you are capable of volunteering on 9-10 July (either or both days) then please contact Rich (webmaster email) or Troy (sfctroysmith@gmail.com) right away. WE NEED MORE HELP. Anyone coming who has a teenager who they want to bring as an additional helper, this is a great opportunity for them as well.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

County Veterans Service Office

Attention Veterans
VA Announces Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues
Veterans can now work directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve debt collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing. A Community Care Call Center has been set up for Veterans experiencing adverse credit reporting or debt collection resulting from inappropriately billed Choice Program claims. Veterans experiencing these problems can call 1-877-881-7618 for assistance and press 1 at the prompt.

Special Needs Grant
Special Needs assistance provides a once-per-lifetime financial grant to help Veterans and dependents stabilize their lives in a time of hardship. Requests are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and applicants must demonstrate future sustainability beyond the requested amount of assistance. Approved amounts of assistance are paid directly to the vendors chosen by the Veteran as part of their application.
Please contact your County Veteran Service Officer for assistance in applying for Special Needs benefits. Find your CVSO at www.macvso.org or by calling 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838), MDVA's one-stop customer service line for all Minnesota Veterans and their families.
Please contact Carlton County Veterans Services to file a claim at (218) 499-6838.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

(from www.vfw.org website)
From lobbying Congress and monitoring the Department of Veterans Affairs to assisting veterans filing claims, VFW remains a dedicated advocate for America's veterans, service members and their families.
National Veterans Service (NVS) The NVS is responsible for accrediting and training VFW service officers. NVS provides annual training to VFW Service Officers. NVS staff represents veterans at the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, D.C. Each year NVS provides $1.4 million to VFW Departments in support of their veteran service programs.
Department Service Officers (DSOs) A VFW DSO is located in every VA Regional Office. Each advocates on behalf of veterans and other claimants who seek earned benefits from VA. In 2015, VFW Service Officers filed a total of 91,768 VA claims, of which 65,020 were favorable for a total recovery in the amount of $1.3 billion.
Tactical Assessment Center (TAC) VFW's TAC operates a 24-hour, toll-free hotline for veterans with questions or concerns about VA health care and benefits. The number is 1-800VFW-1899.
Health Screenings VFW hosts a health fair at its national convention. Attendees can receive health screenings, eye exams, cholesterol checks, respiratory function testing, blood pressure screening and blood glucose testing. Many lives have been saved thanks to these free screenings.
Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) Introduced in 2001, VFW's BDD provides claims assistance to separating military personnel on nearly two dozen military installations and military populated regions throughout the country. Education and relocation services are also available.
National Legislative Service This office represents VFW on various issues before Congress, including testifying at committee hearings and interacting with congressional members.
Action Corps This grassroots lobbying effort has tens of thousands of volunteers who write, call and visit lawmakers to discuss issues related to veterans. Also, Action Corps members receive the VFW Action Corps Weekly, an e-newsletter relating to current legislation and events.
National Security and Foreign Affairs The welfare of active-duty, Guard and Reserve personnel and their families is of a prime concern to VFW.
POW/MIA VFW national officers visit Asian and European countries to meet with host-country officials to stress the importance of conducting MIA investigation and recovery operations, as well as gaining access to documents and archival research facilities.
Employment Services VFW is a strong supporter of veterans' preference in government positions. The Washington Office actively works to advance veteran-specific employment legislation.
VetJobs.com VFW is the major sponsor of this online service, which allows veterans and their spouses to post resumes and search available jobs.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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May - June 2016

COMMANDERS CORNER

Have not received anything from the Commander.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice


Post & Auxiliary Members,
Have not received anything from Senior Vice.


Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice
Veterans and Family Support Chair

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

Spring is here! A time for renewal! But first, I want to extend a thank you to all Auxiliary members and request your presence at the "President's Thank You" Brunch on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. We will eat at 11:30 followed by drawings and a good old fashioned get together. Menu will include a breakfast bake, sandwich loaf, crab salad, 7 layer salad, creamed corned casserole, fruited crepes, chocolate cheese cake bites, and deviled eggs. Don't be surprised if we see some of Cristy's famous cupcakes. Please RSVP to met at 590-4653.
We had election of officers at the last meeting. Officers elected are as follows: President: Cindy Slater, Sr. Vice President: Cristy House; Jr. Vice President: Pam Koncal; Conductress: Linda Erickson; 3 year Trustee: Kathy Randall; complete Diane Dahl term: Alma Ojala; Chaplain: Deb Weckert, and Guard: Helen Steide. Installation will be Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:00.
Our local scholarship winner this year is Allissa Chalberg. She will be at the Post on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 for coffee, juice, and cupcakes. Please come out to meet her!
Loyalty Days was held in Pengilly April 29, 30 and May 1. I stepped up to Sr. Vice President of District 8. I am thankful for the faith that the District 8 Auxiliary has in me. I only hope I can meet their expectations. Department Convention is June 8 - 11 in Rochester. Our BBQ Rib dinner was a great hit. If all goes as planned, we will resume these in the fall. Retired Men's Dinner will resume next fall. Cristy House will be doing the cooking, however, we do need volunteers for serving. We had a good attendance at the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. We had plenty and good remarks were made. We will discuss if this will occur at the June meeting as well as our other fundraising ideas. If you have any fundraising ideas please let me know.
Please let me know if you are going to participate in Memorial Days Services this year. This is a wonderful day of tribute!!! Remember a couple of items here. Membership! Please recruit new members. We had 15+ Auxiliary members leave us in 2015 / 2016 year. Men may also join the Auxiliary. Sell Avon to fund raise for Veteran Programming on the District level. Current catalogs always available at the post. We have the contest going for current members to receive a paid Life Time membership. Just attend for 6 consecutive meeting! Have a warm, healthy, and prosperous summer!

Yours Respectfully

Cindy
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewers
We have had a prosperous year making Quilts, Lap Robes, Walker Bags and other numerous items for our Veterans. Also, we have made many Teddy Bears for the local Police Station, Fire Station and Ambulances. We look forward to another good year of working for our Veterans and the Community.
Thank you for your support in donating fabric, batting, etc. We are able to keep on making things for our Veterans because of your generosity.
We continue to meet Monday's at 1:00 p.m. This summer we are going to use two of our Mondays each month to make some craft items to sell at our Country Store this Fall. On those Mondays we will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can come and make crafts. We will have supplies here or you can bring something from home to work on. If you have ideas for us to work on please bring them to share. You can come and work however long you want to-if you stay for the day, bring a bag lunch.
Join us for fun and fellowship for our Veterans.

These are the dates we will be working:
May 2 - Quilt 1-3 p.m.
May 9 - Quilt 1-3 p.m.
May 16 - Quilt 1-3 p.m.
May 23 - Craft 10-3 p.m.
May 30 - Memorial Day-Off
June 6 - Off
June 13 - Quilt 1-3 p.m.
June 20 - Craft 10-3 p.m.
June 27 - Quilt 1 -3 p.m.

If you have any questions, call Sandy Franke, Sewing Chair at 310-5863.

Sandy
310-5863

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
Spring is a time when a lot of people purchase a new American flag for their flag pole at home or business. This year, don't buy one from a big box store- order one from the Post! Not only are our flags made in the USA, put they are purchased from a family owned wholesaler right here in Minnesota! While the Post might not be able to beat every big box store, our prices are competitive and the proceeds go towards Post 3979! Feel free to contact the Post or email me at sfctroysmith@gmail.com to place an order.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

County Veterans Service Office

Attention Veterans
Camp Lejeune: Past Water Contamination - From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. Veterans and or their family members may be eligible for VA health care benefits if they served on active duty (Veterans) or resided (family members) at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. VA Medical Care for qualifying health conditions is provided at no cost to the Veteran (including copayments). Eligible family members can receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred from the treatment of qualifying health conditions after all other health insurance credits are applied.
Qualifying health conditions include:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Female infertility
  • Scleroderma
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Lung cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Neurobehavioral effects

See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/#sthash.zDnZKT9i.dpuf
Please contact Carlton County Veterans Services to see if you qualify or have any other questions at (218) 499-6838.
Please contact Carlton County Veterans Services to file a claim at (218) 499-6838.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

LOYALTY DAY
HISTORY
May 1st of each year is designated as Loyalty Day by Congressional Act 85-529 of 1958. The passage of this particular Act was one of the brightest victories in the long, proud history of Americanism achievements by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
It was the culmination of a long struggle to set aside a special day on which Americans could pointedly counteract the Communists, who were using May Day for their annual hate demonstrations against our nation.
Loyalty Day was not a spur of the moment concept. The basic idea of staging patriotic demonstrations to offset the Communist rallies actually started in 1930. These annual demonstrations were simply termed Americanism rallies.
The VFW fight to obtain federal government recognition of May 1 as "Loyalty Day" began in earnest with the adoption of a resolution at the Golden Jubilee VFW National Convention in Miami in 1949.
A move to gain official endorsement of "Loyalty Day" was finally launched in Congress in 1954 with the introduction of a House Joint Resolution by Representative James E. Van Zandt, Pennsylvania, three-times Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1955, Congress approved it, but it simply designated May 1, 1955, as "Loyalty Day." Still not satisfied, the VFW continued to push for a bill that would proclaim May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day." This official recognition was finally achieved with the Congressional adoption of Public Law 529 in 1958.
Since its passage, Loyalty Day has been a resounding success. Each year it gains impetus across the land as millions of Americans participate in or witness the observances in every state in the nation and in Asia, Europe, Pacific Areas, Panama Canal Zone and Puerto Rico.
PURPOSE
Loyalty Day serves as that specific occasion when all American citizens should publicly reaffirm their complete loyalty to America by demonstrating against individuals who advocate the overthrow of our government.
Only positive patriotic reaction by the majority of our citizens will effectively counteract them.
This is the reason we have Loyalty Day -- to continually encourage loyal Americans to speak out. It is a day upon which patriotic citizens should hold parades, Flag ceremonies, public meetings, school programs and other Americanism activities throughout the nation.
The ideals and concepts of our forefathers have long endured and have forged these states into the strongest and greatest nation the world has ever known, but we need a tremendous resurgence of good, old-fashioned, red-white and blue patriotism, on a daily basis, if we are to continue to endure as free people.
Staunch Americans must awaken and live up to their obligations as responsible citizens if they truly desire to remain free for only the loyal and responsible full deserve to be free.
Loyalty is an intangible thing but it causes people to form a government, to obey its laws and rules and to willingly defend their country against its enemies. It is the cohesive factor that welds a people together to act for the common good.
We observe Loyalty Day, therefore, to remind ourselves and others that there is no substitute for loyalty and we observe it to pledge ourselves to maintain a free society in which loyalty is respected and encouraged.
PROMOTION
The logical question that every good American citizen will immediately ask is "What can I do to help?" Here are some suggestions for personal action:
You can enlighten those you come in contact with about the importance of preserving law and order and of the necessity to proclaim their love for America and "Old Glory."
You can address groups of all ages and do your level best to rekindle their pride in our democratic way of life.
National Volunteer Week is celebrated near Loyalty Day, May 1st. Promote volunteering in your community.
The annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica event is held in Spring. Provide a Color Guard for the opening ceremonies and a walk team.
Don't forget the most obvious participants your own neighbors and friends. They'll be among the most eager to join in if you have properly described the purpose of Loyalty Day.
You can also help develop Loyalty Day parades with lively bands, colorful floats, queens and thousands of marchers
Arranging public meetings where outstanding speakers are presented is an excellent idea It is also a fine chance to use Voice of Democracy and Youth Essay winners whenever possible.
Bring the students into the Loyalty Day activities by holding school programs in assembly halls, by promoting Flag presentations and by means of special contests.
You can always urge the use of the Pledge of Allegiance at public gatherings.
You can fly your American Flag and encourage others to do the same.
Urge sermons on "Loyalty" from all church pulpits with Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders stressing the importance of our religious freedoms.
Law Day falls on May 1 as well. This is an excellent opportunity for cooperation with judges and lawyers.
Seek to publicize Loyalty Day through all forms of news media. Set up panel discussions or interviews for the media whenever possible. Be willing to write articles, editorials or even letters to the editor to promote the meaning of this special day.
Our 13 original colonies fought, won, prospered and grew into the United States of America.
The 13 suggestions listed above, when properly applied, will serve to keep their great dream intact.


Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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March - April 2016

COMMANDERS CORNER

Have not received anything from the Commander.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Senior Vice.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice


Post & Auxiliary Members,
We have lots of fun activities happening. March 17th, we will be having a corned beef and cabbage dinner. April 1st, we will be having a rib dinner.
Please recruit your friends and come to our Monday night bingo. Dinner with two sides and dessert is available for $5.
A major factor in the suicide/depression epidemic facing our Veterans is isolation. Please take the time to connect and invite others to our events.

Happy spring!!!
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice
Veterans and Family Support Chair

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

I just said to Rich Chasse that the deadline for this newsletter comes up quickly!!!! So much to do in the next month or two; well let's just say all the time!!!! Couple of housekeeping items first. We only have to have one more membership dues or new enrollment for 100% membership. Please if you have not paid your dues please do so and let's all get out there and recruit. We have yet to enroll our first male Auxiliary member. Ladies, look at your families and see who you can bring in. We need to do this for our Auxiliary.
It has been suggested and we will talk about at the March 10 meeting that we have an attendance contest of sort. We would like to encourage everyone to attend meetings but focusing on the annual members. The thought is that every time an annual member attends a meeting (perhaps consecutive meetings up to six in a row) your name will go in a hat. If your name is drawn....your LIFETIME membership will be paid. Pretty sweet deal. Again we will be discussing it at the March 10 meeting at 6:00 p.m.
CHAIRPERSONS: We will be meeting at the Post on March 24 to do year end reports. I will have copies for you to start compiling all your information. I gave that information to all of you last summer/fall so you may have it. These are VERY, VERY important documents to complete and meet deadlines.
Something further to consider. Election of officers is in April. I will be talking to several of you about moving up in the chairs and recruiting new, exciting people who have joined our auxiliary. Remember, you must be in attendance at the April meeting in order to be elected to office unless you write a statement before hand.
By the time you get this our Psychic Brenda Hammon will have come and gone. We will know at March 10 meeting how much we made with this fundraiser. I encourage everyone to please sell a couple of books for our "Wheelbarrow of Cheer'. Reports are that sales are down this year. Please get the tickets from Lil and sell a few books. Drawing is March 17 at 7:00. Also on March 17 is our Corned Beef and Cabbage Event. I will need much help with washing potatoes, carrots, cutting cabbage, set up, clean up, and serving. Cost $12.00. We will then be having a BBQ Rib dinner on April 1. $10 for one pound of ribs.
I would like to encourage everyone to attend the "Feed your Noodle" Spaghetti Feed on March 9, 2016. This is not an Auxiliary Event but it is something I am part of through the Cloquet Chamber of Commerce which the Post is a member. We are doing this event with the 23rd Veteran Program to bring awareness of Veteran suicide prevention. Twenty two Veterans commit suicide on a daily basis. We need to do more to stop this. Mile Waldron of the 23rd Veteran Program will be presenting. I plan to make Veteran Suicide Prevention my mission as I move up the chairs on the District level.
Take Care all of you!

Cindy
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewers Greetings to all!
We are always working on sewing items for our Veterans at Silver Bay and at the Superior Clinic.
We've made several quilts for Silver Bay Veterans Home and some holiday items for their parties.
And for the Clinic at Superior, we've made many Activity Bags and filled them with books and toys for the children of Veterans that come to the Clinic.
Also, we keep busy making Lap Robes for Sunnyside Nursing Home and Capes and Walker Bags for Interfaith.
We can always use more people to come and help us. We meet at 1 p.m. every Monday afternoon at the VFW. If you would like to join us, please give me a call. We always accept donations of fabric, etc. also.
Come and join us! We always have coffee time too. So we have a little social time too.

Sandy

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
Thank you to everyone who has gotten involved in Post events, this month had a strong steak/fish night after a down month in Jan. when we tried Lutefisk. Your presence at the steak/fish night is what makes us able to continue this event, as well as many others as we continue to evaluate the fiscal feasibility of events. We have some events coming up this month and into the Spring, so we hope to see you here- the events will be in this newsletter or keep checking our Facebook or our website at www.vfw3979.org.
Last month on the post floor we passed some measures that passed on the House committee floor that will amount to some small changes at the club. The Post and Auxiliary also went over the plan from the city of Cloquet for stage 1 of improvements to Veteran's Park! If you are wondering about that plan, then you gotta be at the meetings!

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

County Veterans Service Office

VA Plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with these chemical solvents following discussions between environmental health experts at the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
"The water at Camp Lejeune was a hidden hazard, and it is only years later that we know how dangerous it was," said Secretary McDonald. "We thank ATSDR for the thorough review that provided much of the evidence we needed to fully compensate Veterans who develop one of the conditions known to be related to exposure to the compounds in the drinking water."
ATSDR determined that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene and other petroleum contaminants from leaking storage tanks from 1953 to 1987. ATSDR also determined that prolonged exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of certain health conditions.
Based upon VA's review of current medical science and ATSDR's findings, Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a presumption of service connection for the following conditions:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Scleroderma
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Aplastic Anemia / Myelodysplastic Syndromes

The Secretary's proposal would also expand benefits eligibility to Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune for any length of time from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987. These personnel would be presumed to have been exposed to the contaminated water during their Reserve or National Guard service and, in appropriate circumstances, to have been disabled by such exposure during service, thus allowing them to qualify for VA benefits under the statutory definition of "Veteran."
This would make them eligible for VA disability compensation and medical care for any of the presumptive conditions, and their surviving dependents would be eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation and burial benefits.
VA is working on regulations that would establish these presumptions, making it easier for affected Veterans to receive VA disability compensation for these conditions. While VA cannot grant any benefit claims based on the proposed presumption of service connection for these conditions until it issues its final regulations, it encourages Veterans who have a record of service at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and develop a condition that they believe is related to exposure to the drinking water at the base, to file a disability compensation claim with VA.
Please contact Carlton County Veterans Services to file a claim at (218) 499-6838.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

Cross of Malta

Cross of Malta

What the Veterans of Foreign Wars is and what it's members believe is symbolized by the official VFW emblem, the Cross of Malta. The colorful insignia displayed and worn by overseas Veterans is more than just a badge of membership. It expresses mans highest ideals, courage and constancy and service.
The Cross of Malta is over 1,000 years old. It was the emblem of the Knights of St. John, the worlds first great brotherhood of men who fought to free the oppressed and administer to the sick and needy. Men of the VFW selected the Cross of Malta as their emblem because, like the original crusaders, they have pledged themselves to defend human rights in time of peace and war.
When a Veteran joins the VFW there is a vow to maintain loyalty to the government, to the VFW and to the other comrades. The Cross of Malta emblem pledges to always crusade for the freedom of mankind and to administer to the sick and the needy. Like the original Knights of St. John, the VFW member fulfills a vow by giving aid to worthy comrades, a helping hand to their widows and orphans and eternal defense to everyone's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those Veterans qualified to wear the VFW Cross of Malta, do so with a sense of pride. They earned the Cross of Malta the hard way and they wear it proudly.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans!

Richard Chasse Sr.
webmaster@vfw3979.org


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January - February 2016

COMMANDERS CORNER

Have not received anything from the Commander.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from either of the Senior Vices.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice


Greetings from Auxiliary Veterans and Family Support! In October, we had a very successful pie sale. We will be in need of apples and pie tins starting in August for the 2016 sale. In December, we hosted our first annual Cookie and Craft Sale. We had $600 in preorders and the event went very well for the first year. Please save your extra Halloween candy next year to be made into cookies. We have leftover pumpkin and apple pies in the freezer. Please pay Lil if you are interested. During the February 12th Steak Fry, we will be having a special Valentine's bake sale with many varieties of truffles and a special Valentine themed There will be three baskets: A Romantic Weekend, Spa Day, and Death by Chocolate. Thanks to everyone that has supported our fundraising efforts this year. We have been able to provide many donations to organizations that support Veterans and their Families.

Thanks so much!
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice
Veterans and Family Support Chair

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

By the time you read this article the Holidays will have passed and it is my wish that everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends. What does 2016 bring? First and foremost I hope for good health and prosperity for all. Please take care of yourselves. I appreciate each and everyone of you.
On Saturday, January 9 the, Auxiliary will be have their Christmas Tea. Please call in advance to RSVP. The cost is $8.00 per plate. If you wish to participate in a gift exchange please bring a wrapped $10.00 gift. The Christmas Bingo will also be played too, please bring your wrapped prizes for that. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend this year as my Granddaughter Ila Rose will be celebrating her 1st Birthday! Gramma can't miss that.
We need your donations! We are getting the Wheelbarrow of Cheer ready for the raffle. I am asking Auxiliary members to donate at least one item to the wheelbarrow... beer, wine... liquor... cordials... etc. I will be getting donations as well from various businesses as I did last year. The drawing will be held on March 17, 2016 which is St. Patrick's Day and we have our Corned Beef and Cabbage event. Last year was a good learning experience for me. I know this year to prepare much more food and the price will be $12 a plate. Certainly will be needing helpers.
Brenda Hammon the Psychic will be returning February 27, 2016 to the VFW from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $20 followed up with appetizers and socializing. Anyone wanting to bring appetizers are encouraged. She will be doing private readings on February 26, 27, and 28. Please call me to schedule your appointment. It is $50 for 1/2 hour or $100 for an hour and with the hour you will get a drawing of one of your guardian angels. My number is 218-590-4653.
The Auxiliary will be purchasing "Blue Tear Drop" label pins promoting the awareness of Veteran Suicide Prevention. Price to be determined. There will be a presentation from the 23rd Veteran Program at the post on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:30. Prior to that there will be a spaghetti feed from 4:00 to 6:00.
I will be gone to Jamaica January 28 through February 15. I am so excited. Cristy House, my Sr. Vice President will do a wonderful job in my absence. If you have not met Cristy, please note that she is a breath of fresh air with all her enthusiasm and ambition.

Cindy
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewers We haven't been meeting on Mondays for the past few weeks due to the Holidays, but we will be starting up again on January 4th at 1:00 p.m. We will continue to work on projects for Veterans. As always, call me if you are interested or before you come (310-5863).

We wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Sandy

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
Have not received anything from the Quartermaster/Adjutant.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

County Veterans Service Office

VA Plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with these chemical solvents following discussions between environmental health experts at the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
"The water at Camp Lejeune was a hidden hazard, and it is only years later that we know how dangerous it was," said Secretary McDonald. "We thank ATSDR for the thorough review that provided much of the evidence we needed to fully compensate Veterans who develop one of the conditions known to be related to exposure to the compounds in the drinking water."
ATSDR determined that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene and other petroleum contaminants from leaking storage tanks from 1953 to 1987. ATSDR also determined that prolonged exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of certain health conditions.
Based upon VA's review of current medical science and ATSDR's findings, Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a presumption of service connection for the following conditions:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Scleroderma
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Aplastic Anemia / Myelodysplastic Syndromes

The Secretary's proposal would also expand benefits eligibility to Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune for any length of time from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987. These personnel would be presumed to have been exposed to the contaminated water during their Reserve or National Guard service and, in appropriate circumstances, to have been disabled by such exposure during service, thus allowing them to qualify for VA benefits under the statutory definition of "Veteran."
This would make them eligible for VA disability compensation and medical care for any of the presumptive conditions, and their surviving dependents would be eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation and burial benefits.
VA is working on regulations that would establish these presumptions, making it easier for affected Veterans to receive VA disability compensation for these conditions. While VA cannot grant any benefit claims based on the proposed presumption of service connection for these conditions until it issues its final regulations, it encourages Veterans who have a record of service at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and develop a condition that they believe is related to exposure to the drinking water at the base, to file a disability compensation claim with VA.
Please contact Carlton County Veterans Services to file a claim at (218) 499-6838.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

The VFW Story
This is the story of how the Veterans of Foreign Wars began, how it has grown and how it is shaping the future. Here we describe activities by men who refused to be forgotten. They were spurred into action by necessity and they developed the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, a national organization whose more than 2 million members employ two powerful principles - comradeship and service.
Our story begins in 1899. That was the year of gas lights, five cent beer and the first horseless carriage. We find the main action in two cities - Columbus, Ohio and Denver, Colorado. The characters were Spanish American War Veterans who had just returned home from the Cuban and Philippine battle fronts.
Those were young fellows, but they were prematurely aged by the ravages of tropical fever, bad food and medical neglect. They were fighting men who had been victorious against foreign enemies. They received their discharge pay, $15.60 per man. Then they were turned loose as civilians, free to do as they pleased. They should have been happy, but they couldn't be. Some of the men were desperately ill, too sick to work steadily. Most of them quickly became penniless. There were no governmental hospitals to which the disabled could go for medical aid. There were no helping hands, no such thing as financial assistance. the plain fact was that no one seemed to care what happened to them. They were truly Forgotten Men. It was a picture of deplorable neglect.
James Romanis, a young Veteran of the Cuban campaign, lived in Columbus, Ohio. He was disturbed when he saw his suffering comrades going to the poorhouse and dying in squalor. He decided to make the first move. So, on the night of September 29, 1899, Romanis called together about 12 of his Veteran friends. They met in the back room of a tailoring shop in Columbus. There they discussed the plight of the returned men. They organized a club and called it 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.
On December 1 of the same year - 1899 - another group of Spanish-American War Veterans held a similar meeting in Denver, Colorado. They rallied around General Irving Hale who had served with them in the Philippines. Those men organized the Colorado Society of the Army of the Philippines. They adopted as their principles - comradeship, perpetuation of the memory of departed comrades and assistance to their widows. They pledged "loyalty to the United States, fostering of true patriotism and to extend the institutions of American freedom". The Colorado group joined with others to later become the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Today that original western unit is the John S Stewart Post of Denver - Post # 1 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is the oldest V.F.W. Post in the point of continuous service.
Those were the first foundation stones of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other were units organized in Altoona and Pittsburgh, PA, in 1901 and Philadelphia in 1902. Other Posts followed - MM Carleton Post # 5 of St Paul and AR Patterson Post # 7 of Minneapolis. All of the groups comprising the Veterans of Foreign Wars agreed from the very beginning that their job was to represent the men who had fought in the defense of American democracy. The V.F.W. overseas Veterans have stressed patriotism, comradeship and service ever since. That describes the character of our organization today - as set forth in the charter granted the Veterans of Foreign Wars by the 74th Congress of the United States.
The charter says:
"The purpose of the this corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among it's members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States and extend the intuitions of American freedom and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever."


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November - December 2015

COMMANDERS CORNER

Happy Fall to everyone. I hope you all were able to enjoy the warm weather over the past few months and also hope that you are prepared for the cold that is approaching as usual.
The District 8 meeting will be held in Cloquet again on Oct 17th starting at 8 am. There will be a dinner served on the night of the 16th and we are still looking for a couple members to help with serving and clean-up. Ideally, we'd like to get 4 volunteers.
Burger nights and the Steak and Walleye Dinners will continue at the post. The warm weather is slowly leaving us, which means the grills are starting to see less use. Please feel free to join us for either event (or both) for some great food and maybe even some live entertainment in the future.
Along the subject of volunteers, I wish to extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone who have helped make the numerous events we hold on or off post possible and successful.
With Veteran's Day fast approaching, please remember those who have served their country (and the family members as well) and thank them whenever you see them.
I wish you all a blessed and safe Holiday Season.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from either of the Senior Vices.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Senior Vice

V/R,
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

I don't know about you but I think it is VERY SPOOKY that we are just about at Halloween. Where did September and October go? What is more frightening is that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is only nine weeks away! Let's take a deep breath and all be calm! As you read this article, you may discover that there are some events going on that may help you through this holiday season.
The Retired Men's Dinner started back up in September with great success. The food is delicious as always causing smiles on everyone's face. We held the Past Commander's / Past Presidents Dinner on September 30. A ham and chicken supper was catered by Sammy's. Jamie Tuura provided entertainment with his guitar playing and fantastic singing. I believe a good time was had by all.
Several of us attended the Fall Conference in St. Cloud. We brought some good information to be shared with all our Committee Chairs and sisters. WHAT?????????? Did I say sisters??????? Oh no!!!!!!!! Just in case you don't know the Ladies Auxiliary is now the VFW Auxiliary. We can enroll male family members of veterans. That means that one veteran can generate the potential of 12 Auxiliary members - male or female. Hurray for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are now Sisters and Brothers of the Auxiliary.
Have we all heard about Christy House and her pies??? Yes, Christy is heading up pie baking. On September 8th Christy and her crew began baking pies....apple and pumpkin. It did not take long for the aroma to go through the post and people were searching for the pies. The pie sale was scheduled for September 9th. In all there were 77 pies sold for $5 a piece. Thank you to all of you who donated pie pan, apples, pumpkin, and etc. Moving forward the price will be $7 a pie. Christy will continue to bake pies. If you want pies and not have to worry about them for the holiday - leave your name and number at the post. Someone will get back to you.
Keeping with the spirit........the Auxiliary is going to have its first ever cookie sale. Christy will head this as well. She will have an order sheet for you to look over and place an order. Why not let the Auxiliary do your Christmas baking? It will take just a little more pressure off of you at this busy time of year. Also, Christy and Lil are co-chairing a Craft Sale in conjunction with the cookie sale for December 5. This will be at the post as well.
We hosted the District 8 meeting in Cloquet on October 16 and 17. The Commander and I prepared the food for Friday evening and Saturday. The food preparation was rather an enjoyable experience and everyone complimented the food. Thank you to Christy for putting together the Bloody Mary Baskets for the drawings and to all of you who donated.
Our Auxiliary was inspected on October 8, 2015 and we passed. Speaking of inspections, as Jr. Vice Chairman of District 8, I have been out to inspect Eveleth, Cook, Little Fork and Hibbing Auxiliaries. What a wonderful bunch of individuals all around. I will be inspecting Carlton on November 12, therefore; Christy House, my Sr. Vice Chair will be conducting our local meeting.
Our Children's Halloween party is set for October 25 at the Armory. Each year it seems to grow! As an adult I look forward to it!!!! The Children's Christmas Party is set for December 13 at the Armory. All help is appreciated.
What else is coming up? Veterans Day Dinner is November 11, 2015. We can always use the help. Troop boxes will be going out around the middle of November. I would like to take this opportunity to ask for donations for these boxes. We are going to start putting together the Wheelbarrow of Cheer. Please bring in your donations to fill it up! The Auxiliary Christmas Tea is set for January 9 at the post. AND! Brenda Hammon, the Psychic is scheduled to return on Saturday, February 27. Private readings will be booked again for February 26, 27, and 28.
I hope I have not forgotten anything. Hope nobody gets too spooked, Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas! My best wishes and highest regard to all of you!
Cindy

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewers!
With this busy season approaching, we still remember to help our Veterans and their families.
Lap robes and Blankets are being worked on at all of our sewing days. Among all of the other items, like Activity Bags, Walker Bags, Wheelchair Bags and many other items.
We have also started to crochet "Chemo Hats" which I have delivered to St Luke's Foundation. I was told they are in great need of hats. You can get a pattern from me.
Thanks again for fabric donations and we could use some yarn too if anyone has some to donate.
We meet on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. if you want to join us - we would love to have you come. Just give me a call before you come, in case we aren't there.
Hoping everyone has a great Holiday Season!

Sandy Franke
310-5863

QUARTERMASTERS/ADJUTANT REPORT

Members,
The Health of Post 3979 lies with all of us....

I hope this month's newsletter finds everyone doing well as we end the warm months and days on the lake and prepare ourselves for the cold that cometh. As Quartermaster, my job is to advise the Commander on the fiscal stability of all Post operations, including all subordinate units. In doing so, I am troubled to see that our activities are not generating the same amount of activity that Post 3979 is known for. The strength of the Post is only as good as the participation we receive, and the funds generated from those events to keep 3979 thriving and the doors open. We have resumed serving our steak and fish fry night and hope to see all of you there, as we are currently assessing the fiscal feasibility of continuing to participate in this event. We are also examining other events and programs in the Post and Club to see if we will be able to continue them financially. While we strive to continue our programs, we need the assistance of every member to participate when they can- whether it is coming in for a meal, grabbing a beverage at the bar, or trying your luck with pull tabs, bingo, etc. The health of the Post lies with all of us, and our ability to assist Veterans is reliant on a healthy Post. It is in that spirit that we hope all of you look at the attached schedule, or jump on our award winning Post website (www.vfw3979.org), remember the events and come join your fellow veterans as often as you can.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster /Adjutant

County Veterans Service Office

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
Eligibility (Surviving Spouse)
To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below.
The surviving spouse was:

  • Married to a Service member who died on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, OR
  • Validly married the Veteran before January 1, 1957, OR
  • Married the Veteran within 15 years of discharge from the period of military service in which the disease or injury that caused the Veteran's death began or was aggravated, OR
  • Was married to the Veteran for at least one year, OR
  • Had a child with the Veteran, AND
  • Cohabited with the Veteran continuously until the Veteran's death or, if separated, was not at fault for the separation, AND
  • Is not currently remarried

Note: A surviving spouse who remarries on or after December 16, 2003, and on or after attaining age 57, is entitled to continue to receive DIC.
For more information contact Carlton County Veterans Services at (218) 499-6838.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

The flag folding ceremony described by the Uniformed Services is a dramatic and uplifting way to honor the flag on special days, like Memorial Day or Veterans Day, and is sometimes used at retirement ceremonies.
The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.
In the evening, in the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony of retreat after taps have been sounded, the flag is lowered and folded in a triangle fold, and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nations' honored dead. The next morning it is brought out at the ceremony of reveille and run up aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on mother's day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans
Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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September - October 2015

COMMANDERS CORNER

Have not received anything from the Commander

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Greetings,
Big Thank You to all the volunteers. With summer ending and fall coming, check the VFW calendar of events. Still need help in any way you can.

Very Respectfully,
-Gary Dahl,
Senior Vice


VFW & Auxiliary Members,

Time to get ready for fall! There are lots of great ways to help the Auxiliary's fall projects.

  1. The sewing group can use fabric scraps, old jeans, fleece, and batting for their projects.
  2. Donate pie tins. The pie tins from the dollar store aren't very sturdy. We will be making pies this fall and could really use the old pie tins taking up room in your cabinet.
  3. Apples: We need apples to make pies for our sale. Other pie making supplies are welcome too.
  4. Thanksgiving Meals: Last year, we struggled to find people to donate our Thanksgiving meal boxes to. Please keep people in mind and consider dropping off a box with them. Many of our Veterans and their Families would never consider asking for help, but would be really blessed by these groceries. We will also be collecting donations for the boxes. Consider adding a few sale items to your grocery cart when the time gets closer.

Thanks,

V/R, Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

I like Fall but how unbelievable that it is here already. Wish we could have all the Fall colors but yet Summer's warmth. For those of you who don't know, we lost two sisters in July. They were Harriet Everson and Carol Strom. Lunches for both these fine ladies were served at the VFW by the Auxiliary. Harriet was a Charter Member and Carol brought to us her experience so hat we may grow as an Auxiliary.
As of August 21, we will no longer be the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. National headquarters passed a resolution that we will be the VFW Auxiliary which means men can join under the same criteria as women.
We had our Steak / Fish Fry and Country Store on Friday, August 14. Preliminary reports have stated that the Country Store did well. Thank you to all who donated and spent the day working the store and cleaning up. We were not as fortunate on our Steak / Fish Fry. I am going to tell it like it is - we need to reconsider our implementation of this event. It is a lot of work for so little profit. The actual figure are not quite available to me. We may need to move it back a month and be aware of other community events. This will be on the September agenda under old business. Thank you to all the Auxiliary sisters who helped with this event and to Spencer Moon, Gary Dahl, and Rich Chasse.
The Retired Men's Dinner will resume on September 09, 2015 at noon at the Post. It will be the second and fourth Wednesday of the Month except for November and December. Judy Flynn has agreed to chair this event. She will certainly need the help as Jeannie did and I will say thank you ahead of time. We had to raise the price to $10 a meal rather than $9. Food costs continue to rise.
The Past Commander / Past President Recognition Dinner will be Wednesday, September 30 at the Post. I am still in process of getting prices from caterers.
We are still in need of cooks for Monday night Bingo. Please, please let Lil LaVoy know if you can help.
Inspections will be starting soon and I will keep you informed as I know more.
Fall Conference is September 25, 26, and 27 in St. Cloud. I sure would like to see a big delegation from our Auxiliary. The is the most beneficial state event you could attend. Other events are The District Meeting which will be held in Cloquet on October 17 and 18. We will need help with this event. Our Kid's Halloween Party is October 25, and of course Veteran's Day is right around the corner. Please volunteer to help. It is our turn this year.
Fundraisers are in the process of being developed. We will be doing the Wheelbarrow of Cheer again, the physic, hunting package, and perhaps something for Valentines!
My best wishes and highest regard to all of you!

Cindy

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewers!
We are busy making quilts lap robes, walker bags, wheel chair bags and Teddy Bears. We are sewing for Silver Bay veterans Home, Sunnyside and Interfaith Nursing Homes. We also sew activity bags for children visiting veterans hospitals and clinics with their parents and grandparents.
We meet Monday afternoons at the VFW at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and help.
We are also crocheting chemo caps for cancer patients. If you are a crocheter, let me know. We will get a pattern to you and some yarn. This is a project that can be worked on at our Monday sewing days.
If you would like to come and join us give me a call.
Thanks again to all who have donated fabric, batting, stuffing, etc.

Sandy Franke
310-5863

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Members,
Have not received anything from the Quartermaster

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster

County Veterans Service Office

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
OPTICAL AND DENTAL PROGRAM

If you are a Minnesota Resident honorably discharged veteran and you or your family needs dental or optical care, you may qualify for assistance from the State of Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. An applicant's income and assets, determine eligibility, as determined by the Schedule of Maximum Monthly Allowances located on the back of this form.

Dental Program
The Dental Program provides basic dental care to eligible veterans and their dependents. The total dental benefit amount is limited to one course of treatment per year, not to exceed $1000 per person per year. Reimbursement is made by the Dental Provider billing the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs after all other dental insurance coverage has been billed and received. Authorization is good for only 150 days and no extensions for future dental coverage will be given.
*Dental providers may bill up to the $1000 limit. Any charges or costs for procedures more than the $1000 are borne by the applicant.

Optical Program
The Optical Program provides basic optical care, such as eye examinations and prescription eyewear. The total program benefit is limited to $400 once every year. Authorization is good for only 150 days and no extensions for future optical coverage will be given.
*Any costs beyond those allowed by the program are borne by the applicant.

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Schedule of Maximum Monthly Allowances
Effective July 1, 2015
DENTAL AND OPTICAL BENEFITS:
Persons receiving Improved Pension Benefits at the House Bound Rate or lower AND whose assets do not exceed the limits provided above are eligible to receive optical and dental benefits.
Dental Treatment: $1000 maximum per person per year.
Dentures: $1000 for extractions to prepare for dentures; and $1500 for dentures (these are a one time only benefit, even if the maximum amounts are not reached; if monies are not spent from the Dental Treatment Award, left over monies may be applied toward the Extractions and/or Dentures)
Optical Care: Maximum of $400 for eye exam and/or prescription eyewear, once every year.
How to apply for this program and information needed:
Contact your County Veterans Service Officer!

  • Fill out Application MNDVA-1
  • Fill out (2) Release of Information Forms
  • Provide a Copy of Veterans DD 214
  • Choose a Dental/Optical Care Provider
  • Copy of MN Drivers License of Valid MN ID Card
  • Provide all Bank Account Numbers and 2 Month Statements

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

We've got a lot of things going on at the Post this season. We've already started our Burger Nights on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays and our monthly Steak / Walleye dinners on the 2nd Friday of the month. Coming up on September 4th, we have another street dance planned with 3 bands playing for your entertainment - The Hillbilly Outlaws, Josh Brown and Rage N Country, 3 local outstanding bands playing 5 hours of live music. Come early and stay late.
On October 17th-18th, we have the 8th District meeting coming to our Post. It's time to show the 8th District what hospitality is all about. We hope to have a great turnout. See you there.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans
Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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July - August 2015

COMMANDERS CORNER

Our commander is currently on a training mission and is unable to send or receive communications at this time.

Respectfully,
Aaron Johnson
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Post and Auxiliary,
I have not received anything from our Senior Vice.

Very Respectfully,
-Gary Dahl,
Senior Vice


VFW & Auxiliary Members,

I just read a story about how first generation immigrant communities are buffered from the health effects of poverty, both physically and mentally. In light of National PTSD Awareness Day, I wonder how this translates to our Veteran community. The research showed that because first generation immigrants live in such close knit communities and share the same experiences and values, they had fewer health problems and lived longer. Could these same principles be applied to our Veteran community? Generally speaking, we share many of the same experiences, principles, and values. Perhaps, the missing puzzle piece is that we are not as close knit as immigrant communities. I firmly believe that if we stick together, we can weather quite a few storms. If we were to spend more time together instead of alone watching a TV (average American watches 37 hours/week), maybe we would be healthier both mentally and physically. Maybe our suicide numbers would go down. Now is a great time to invite someone over for a barbecue or bring a sick friend dinner and visit. People are lonelier and more isolated than ever. Together, we can build a community that keeps us strong and healthy.

Reminder: Please save pie pans for our pie sale this fall.

Birth Announcement: Franklin Timothy House arrived June 21st at 4 lbs 14 oz. He was born 32 weeks gestation after a two month hospital stay and will hopefully be out of the hospital in time for the August meeting. I look forward to seeing you all then.

V/R,
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!

Hello to all Veterans, Auxiliary Sisters and families. As I write this the 4th of July is on our heels. Some maybe wondering as I am where is the summer going? The new year brings much activity again for the Auxiliary as we strive forward to help Veteran's and their families. We are all here for a common mission.
All Auxiliary Sisters play an important role to accomplishing our goals. Let's move forward with insightful, positive aim and we will have a successful 2015 - 2016 year.
There were several of us that attended ALOT training and the Department Convention in June. Mille Lauer is our new Department President. Welcome Millie. There will be a Council of Administration (C of A) on July 11, District 8 meeting in Grand Rapids on August 21 - 23; and Fall Conference is scheduled in St. Cloud September 25 - 27. These are all fantastic learning experiences. I encourage you to attend. We will also have representation at the National Convention in July.
Within our own Auxiliary we have made some revisions to the Standing Rules. Copies are available if you would like on. The next meeting is Thursday, July 9 for you to pick up information as well.
The Auxiliary Treasurer will send $5.00 and a card (limit twice a year) to any member who is either hospitalized or undergoing a surgical procedure. However, we don't always know when this is happening, so please get the information to us if you have that knowledge.
HELP WANTED: We need sisters to come forward and prepare Monday night bingo lunches. This is not every Monday. Please call Lil LaVoy at 879-2447 (the Post) to discuss available for this exceptional volunteer opportunity.
July 1, 2015 begins the new year for dues. PLEASE pay your dues ASAP if you are doing an annual membership. We want our Auxiliary to be a 100%. Better yet, become a life member and you will be set. For those of you who are life members, please be sure to pay your cancer insurance. The Auxiliary will still be paying $2 a member towards the cancer grant; keeping in mind that it has become a self sustaining program.
Regretfully, we were unable to have the 100th Birthday Party celebration for Harriet "Peanuts" Everson who is a Charter Member of our Auxiliary. A celebration was in the process of being planned when Peanuts fell and broke her hip resulting in surgery. It was the request of the family that we cancel her party at the post. From all the Sisters of Auxiliary 3979 "Happy Birthday Peanuts"!
The Auxiliary's Annual Steak / Fish Fry coupled with the Country Store will be held on Friday, August 28 at the Post. Mark your calendars. Your participation and assistance will be needed. For all the Past Commander's and President's the Recognition Dinner is set for Thursday, September 24 at the Post.
Fund raising events are tentatively being planned. If anyone has any good ideas or thoughts they would like to move forward with PLEASE let me know - 218-590-4653.

Motto: to aid and support the VFW for the betterment of our Veterans and community.

Cindy Slater
Auxiliary 3979 President

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewing Group.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
We have been meeting at the VFW on Monday afternoons at 1 pm. It seems to be a good time to get together and work. So we will continue through the school year also to meet at 1 pm on Mondays.
We can always use more help to work on our numerous projects.
We continue to work on quilts, lap robes, shawls, walker bags, wheelchair bags, activity bags and many more items.
Thank you to all who have been donating blue jeans for the weighted blankets we will be working on this fall.
We always need help with sewing and cutting and ironing. Everyone is welcome to come. We will find something for you to do if you come.
We are taking some days off this summer, so if you plan to come and help, give me a call and check it out. My number is 310-5863.
Thanks again for all of the donations of fabric, batting, stuffing, etc. Everything is being put to good use.

Sewing Chairman
Sandy Franke
310-5863

Hospital Chairman Report
Sisters, I hope you are doing Hospital and Nursing Home visitations. Visit the Veterans Homes. Silver Bay is in our area. Our Veterans need cards and visits. I am hospital chairman this year, and would appreciate you letting me know of your activities at any of these places. Our Auxiliary goes monthly to do Bingos at Sunnyside care Center and Diamond Willow. Volunteers appreciated.
If you put in hours volunteering at any of these, please let me know. I have State reports I fill out. Calls and / or cards to the homebound are a thoughtful thing to do for others.

Alma Ojala
879-4432
A.ojala@mchsi.com

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Members,
Our Quartermaster is currently on a training mission and is unable to send/receive communications at this time.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster

County Veterans Service Office

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
OPTICAL AND DENTAL PROGRAM

If you are a Minnesota Resident honorably discharged veteran and you or your family needs dental or optical care, you may qualify for assistance from the State of Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. An applicant's income and assets, determine eligibility, as determined by the Schedule of Maximum Monthly Allowances located on the back of this form.

Dental Program
The Dental Program provides basic dental care to eligible veterans and their dependents. The total dental benefit amount is limited to one course of treatment per year, not to exceed $1000 per person per year. Reimbursement is made by the Dental Provider billing the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs after all other dental insurance coverage has been billed and received. Authorization is good for only 150 days and no extensions for future dental coverage will be given.
*Dental providers may bill up to the $1000 limit. Any charges or costs for procedures more than the $1000 are borne by the applicant.

Optical Program
The Optical Program provides basic optical care, such as eye examinations and prescription eyewear. The total program benefit is limited to $400 once every year. Authorization is good for only 150 days and no extensions for future optical coverage will be given.
*Any costs beyond those allowed by the program are borne by the applicant.

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Schedule of Maximum Monthly Allowances
Effective July 1, 2015
DENTAL AND OPTICAL BENEFITS:
Persons receiving Improved Pension Benefits at the House Bound Rate or lower AND whose assets do not exceed the limits provided above are eligible to receive optical and dental benefits.
Dental Treatment: $1000 maximum per person per year.
Dentures: $1000 for extractions to prepare for dentures; and $1500 for dentures (these are a one time only benefit, even if the maximum amounts are not reached; if monies are not spent from the Dental Treatment Award, left over monies may be applied toward the Extractions and/or Dentures)
Optical Care: Maximum of $400 for eye exam and/or prescription eyewear, once every year.
How to apply for this program and information needed:
Contact your County Veterans Service Officer!

  • Fill out Application MNDVA-1
  • Fill out (2) Release of Information Forms
  • Provide a Copy of Veterans DD 214
  • Choose a Dental/Optical Care Provider
  • Copy of MN Drivers License of Valid MN ID Card
  • Provide all Bank Account Numbers and 2 Month Statements

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

At the Minnesota Department Convention this year, our Post website www.vfw3979.org was once again awarded the Best Veterans Service Website (1st Place) in the State of Minnesota. And our 8th District website www.vfw-mn-district-8.org was also awarded 1st Place for being the best District website in the State of Minnesota. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped make these websites the best.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans
Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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May - June 2015

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
This my last communication as commander. Would like to thank everyone for all the help and support to keep this post going. May is poppy month. We need more of our members to renew their dues, attend monthly meetings, any ideas that you might have to share to make this happen. This is your club, We need all members past, present and future to help out anyway possible. Things are looking up for veterans park working with the city for new face lift. Look at the calendar for all the up coming events.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

I have not received anything from our Senior Vice.

Regards,
Aaron Johnson,
Senior Vice


VFW & Auxiliary Members,

Preparing for a Long-term Hospital Stay This topic seems like a good follow up to my last article about making your final arrangements. I am typing this from a hospital bed looking at the prospect of spending the next four months of my life confined to this bed and room. I have had many friends young and old that required long-term visits to the hospital or other care facilities and/or recovery-time at home.
Ironically, many of the best practices for these situations are also best practices for preparing for deployments and life in general. Some of these situations are expected, such as a planned surgery.
Some situations, like car accidents are unexpected. There are also situations that are probable such as high-risk pregnancies and worsening health/dementia. All of these situations require the same initial preparations and each situation has its own set of follow up care issues. Best Practices
Insurance: All of these situations are extremely expensive. Having insurance will buffer the disruption they cause. Auto: Having good auto insurance will help in the event of a major car accident. Does a close friend/family member have your auto insurance information and power of attorney to deal with the insurance company on your behalf? Many auto accidents are accompanied by head trauma and you may not be able to deal with these things for quite awhile. Having a paid for car simplifies the situation too. Health: Having good health insurance AND understanding your policy is very important. Knowing how your deductibles work and your coverage can help you navigate the process. In some situations, it may help to delay or speed up non-critical surgeries so that they fall within certain guidelines for deductibles.
Disability: There are two types of disability insurance - short-term and long-term. It is very rare for someone to be a good candidate for short-term disability insurance due to the cost. Having a rainy day fund is usually a much better investment. For those currently serving, INCAP pay is the military's version of STD. Because the boards that determine if an individual meets this criteria only meet monthly and skip some months, it is critical that documentation is turned in ASAP. Long-term disability insurance is designed to help replace the income of an individual for a long period of time. The best rates are usually available through an employer or trade association.
Long-Term Care: Medical insurance does not cover nursing home/rehabilitation stays. Having LTC insurance in place will cover expenses related to this type of care.
Life: This is really important if people such as a spouse or children rely on your income.
Finances: Having your finances in order, including a rainy day fund, will make the process go much smoother. If you are not able to leave your hospital room, does someone know how to pay all of your bills?
Do you have enough income/savings to cover your expenses while you are unable to work?
Home/Pets/Children: Who is going to take care of the people, pets, and properties you are responsible for? These are all things that need to be worked out. The more things are labeled and user-friendly, the easier it will be to for those people helping. Pets should be up-to-date on their shots, including the ones required to be boarded at a kennel. This documentation should be easily accessible. The more a plan can be in place for childcare, the easier things will be.
I keep my freezer stocked with heat and eat meals for such occasions.
Accessibility: Is your home accessible if you are going to have temporary or permanent mobility issues? Are you going to need support services to help with things like laundry? Is your pantry stocked with enough food, toilet paper and other items that you can focus on your recovery?
Work: Do you know your employer's policies regarding medical leave?
Knowing these things in advance will allow for strategic choices to be made. Do you know if you are allowed to work from hospital or home? What accommodations can be made upon your return? Does your employer allow for half-days? Do you know who to contact for this information? Communication: Do you have a plan set up to communicate with the people you will need for support? Do you have a phone list & instructions? Are there memberships/subscriptions that need to be suspended or discontinued?
Packing: Do you have a suitcase ready with the things you will need for your stay? Have you consulted with others that have experienced similar events as to what you will need?
All of these points are just some thoughts to make a difficult experience a little bit easier. This can lower your stress and the stress of those around us and improve outcomes and recovery times.

V/r,
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
Wow! We have had a busy couple of months! Wouldn't you agree? So before I go any further with this article I want to let all of you know how much I appreciate your time and dedication to the activities of the Auxiliary. To prove this I am inviting my sister Auxiliary members to a President's Appreciation Brunch. Just a little something I want to give back to you to say "thank you". Please join me on May 16th at 11:00 at the Post. I plan to have a drawing or two but mainly a time for you to enjoy each other and relax. I am asking that you RSVP to me by May 9, 2015 so that I know how many to prepare for. Please RSVP me at 218-590-4653.
I bet you are wondering how some of our fund raisers have turned out! I will go back to our Psychic Brenda Hammond and report that our Saturday evening event brought us in $1200.00. Brenda has agreed to help us again with another fund raiser - perhaps this fall. I consider this a successful event. Then we had the drawing for our "Wheelbarrow of Cheer" which was held on March 17. It was won by Julie Stoehr who is a member of District 8. The proceeds on this fundraiser were $3500+!!!!! Hurray!!!! I believe this is one we will do again.
There are two fundraisers I will admit right up front that ended up being a learning experience for me. The first one I would like to report on is the Corned Beef and Cabbage. We had this set up for 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. However, we sold out by 5:30. Seventy-five meals were sold. We made $200 approximately. I will say first that we did not hear one complaint about the quality of the food. Everyone was telling us how delicious it was. What I learned is that our price needed to be higher and we should of prepared more food. Now we know! The second fundraiser that I have to take a deep sigh over is the luncheon / fashion show event. We prepared a very nice luncheon, had guitar players / singers, dancers, a speaker, drawings, vintage wedding dresses, and the fashion show. The cost was $20. The day was totally enjoyed by those who attended. It all went smoothly. But this is where my dismay comes in. The attendance from the public was poor. Moreover, the attendance from our own Auxiliary was poorer. All I am going to say is that if we don't support our own Auxiliary - who will? At this point I am not sure if we made any money on this event.
What is coming up? District 8 Loyalty Days will be held May 1, 2, and 3 in Cook. Several of us will be attending that event. The May meeting has been moved back to the 21st of the month. We will be doing the Memorial Service as well as installation of officers. Those officers are Cindy Slater, president; Christy House, Sr. Vice President; Kathy Randall, Jr. Vice President; Deborah Weckert, chaplain; Pam Koncal, conductress; Helen Steide, guard; and Sharon Jones, 3 year trustee. May 25th is Memorial Day so mark your calendars for cemetery services. The June meeting is pushed back to June 18 because we have Department Convention in Minneapolis on June 11 - 14.
I am looking forward into the 2015 - 2016 year with hopes of serving you better with the experience I have gained. Please do not hesitate in bringing me your ideas, concerns, and thoughts on making our Auxiliary the best it can be!

Motto: to aid and support the VFW for the betterment of our Veterans and community.

Cindy Slater,
President
Hebert-Kennedy Auxiliary Post 3979

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewing Group.
We continue to meet at the VFW on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am to sew and do many other projects. We will continue to meet at this time through the month of May. Starting June 2nd we will meet at the VFW on Monday afternoons at 1:00 pm. Be sure to call to check on us before you come as we may be taking some Mondays off in the summer.
We continue to work on Lap Robes, Quilts, Walker and Wheelchair bags, Shawls, Activity bags and several other items.
This fall we will also be making weighted blankets. These blankets are for Soldiers coming home from serving and children with autism. So we will be collecting gently used Blue Jeans for this project, if you would like to donate.
I would like to give a Big THANK YOU to all of the ladies who have worked very hard this past year sewing and stuffing bears at the VFW and at home. They have put in many hours. Also thank you to those who have donated toys and crayons and money for the Activity bags. Several ladies from the DAV have sewed and donated to our projects also. A Big Thank You to them. And thank you to Cindy Hilton for unlocking the door on Tuesdays so we can work.
We wouldn't be able to keep this project going without your generosity!!
Thank You!

Sandy Franke

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

I have not received anything from the quartermaster.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster

County Veterans Service Office

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented a Special Needs Program with a $3 million dollar cap. This program is based on a case-by-case basis for any honorably discharged veteran who may have special financial needs with emergency situations that have arisen and that they may not be able to afford. There are no Asset and Income Limits for this Special Needs Program, but rather a financial need. A completed MDVA-1 is required along with all supplemental documentation (i.e. medical bills, insurance bills, rent statements, bank statements, and current pay-stubs) must all be provided. This is a Once in a Lifetime Grant opportunity as a veteran in the State of Minnesota. Please contact Carlton County Veterans Services at (218) 499-6838 for more information and help to complete the application process.

Duane J. Brownie
Carlton County Veterans Service Officer
14 N 11th St; Ste 120
Cloquet MN 55720
(218) 499-6838 Phone
(218) 878-3294 Fax

WEBMASTERS WARES

For those who are not aware, we have been allowing the Eagles Organization to use our VFW as a place to hold their meetings. Their Eagle showcase looks good in the Hall. As a token of their appreciation, any VFW member who hasn't been an Eagles member can sign up to be a member of the Eagles Organization for free for the first year (a $40.00 value) and can renew their membership for $30.00 per year thereafter. For questions on enrollment, please contact: Brenda Niemi (Secretary) 218-348-2885 or Jason Smith 218-879-9085

Thanks for all you do for Veterans

Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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March - April 2015

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
March is here and all with all the activities at the Post we still need volunteers in may ways. I would like to remind any members that have not renewed their membership to please do so. You can send them in or stop by the Post/Club. That will help our Post continue on. Bring in friends and relatives, sign them up!
Thank you all that continue to donate your time and items.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

I apologize for my absence these past couple months. I'm currently attending training at Ft Benning, GA and will be here until the middle of April so I suppose the next time I see you all will be in May. I pray the winter there doesn't throw too much your way and look forward to seeing you all in a few months.

Regards,
Aaron Johnson,
Senior Vice


VFW & Auxiliary Members,

Recently, several people I know have had family members pass away. Some were expected and some were unexpected. It is amazing how few of them had made end of life arrangements and what a burden it was for their Families.
This is an important topic, especially for Families of Veterans. So many of them need to make decisions on short notice related to their Veteran's military career and it is important that the necessary information is in a safe place. A Veteran's military history is a source of pride for their Families and all too often the stories die with the Veteran and their spouse. Here is a list of a few important things you can do in order to help your loved ones.

  1. Create a Living Will. The majority of a person's medical expenses occur at the last two weeks of their life. Often, due to a lack of a living will or healthcare directive, they are subjected to costly unwanted medical procedures. This also creates stress for those that have to make the decisions.
  2. Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance. Nursing care is extremely expensive. Having a plan in place to pay for it is important.
  3. Save for Retirement. A very small percentage of the Baby Boomer generation has enough savings for retirement. Having money gives people options and keeps them from being a burden on Family members.
  4. Document your Military History. At a minimum, have a typed piece of paper that explains where and when you served and any special awards you received. Family members will also appreciate writings and recordings of your experiences to pass on.
  5. Document your Community Involvement. Having a list of some of the organizations you participated in will help in making funeral arrangements.
  6. Have Life Insurance or Money. If you have minor children, it is important to have enough coverage for their care. Funerals are expensive and having the money to cover the expenses set aside can relieve some of the stress to allow the grieving process. Have the policy numbers written down somewhere that Family members can easily find them.
  7. Have a Will. Make sure that everyone involved in your will knows where it is and what it says. If is feels awkward to tell Susie that she is not getting the china and that her sister is, tell them now so they can get over it instead of them not talking to each other for years.
  8. Talk to an Expert. If your situation is complicated, talk to a legal or financial expert. This is not intended to be legal or financial advice.

Please take care of these things and talk to your family about them. It is an important way to support them.
Have a wonderful day!

V/r,
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
Oh My Gosh! Here we are in March and Spring is right around the corner. Daylight savings time is only days away!
As always the Auxiliary has been busy the past two months. On January 10th, 2015 we attended the Christmas Tea at the Post. Thank you to the members who organized this event. The bingo is always such fun and we had prizes galore donated by those in attendance. A good time was had by all. The Retired Men's Dinners continue to be a success with all the wonderful home cooking that comes from our kitchen. The ladies always set such a beautiful table and serve up the food very attractive plate. On January 29, the Post was the meeting place for the Cloquet Housing Authority strategic planning. Many people of official status were in attendance which helps promote our VFW. The ladies of the Auxiliary served up a most delicious chicken dinner to those in attendance. On February 7 and 8, the Post was host to a two day flee market. For that the ladies were asked to make sloppy joes the first day and goulash the second day. The menu was a hit for both days.
That is not all folks. In January we started selling our tickets for the "Wheelbarrow of Cheer". They are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 right after our Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner! That meal will be $7 for corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, rye bread, and dessert! We will serve 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Come wearing o' the green whether you are Irish or not! Take out will be available! A good time will be had by all.
We just concluded our fund raiser with Psychic / Medium Brenda Hammon. Roughly 80 - 90 people were in attendance for the group event. We served appetizers when all was done. Brenda would like for me to extend her thank you to all the kind and wonderful people she met in Cloquet. She enjoyed every minute here.
Several from our Auxiliary attended the District Meeting in Gilbert on February 7 and 8 as well as a State Conference in January.
There is more!!!!!! We are in the process of organizing a fund raiser for Saturday, April 11, 2015. It will be a Fashion Show / Luncheon. Jeanne Kermean will be starting the day off with motivation, we will be having a dance group from Shooting Stars, Guitar playing and singing, Cathy Kates from B105 will be our Master of Ceremonies for the fashion show, raffle tickets, door prizes, brides of yesteryear display, etc. All this fun for $20!
On May 9 (please mark your calendars) I will be hosting a President's Appreciation Brunch for the Ladies of the Auxiliary. In a small way, I want to say thank you to all of you for making my year so wonderful. (Details to follow)
Other dates: Our March meeting is Thursday, 12; we need to be thinking about officers, delegates, and yearly reports which are due to our District President by April 1, 2015. Testimonial Luncheon for Department President Doris Anderson on March 14, 2015. Loyalty Days will be held in Cook on May 1, 2, and 3 .

Motto: to aid and support the VFW for the betterment of our Veterans and community.

Cindy Slater,
President
Hebert-Kennedy Auxiliary Post 3979

Greetings from the Auxiliary Sewing Group.
Thank you to all of you who come and work on Tuesday mornings, and to everyone who keeps sewing at home. We have donated many Teddy Bears and Scotty Dogs to the Police Station - Fire Department - and the Ambulance Service. They hand them out to small children. We have also donated Lap Robes, Quilts, Walker Bags, Wheel Chair Bags, Activity Bags and Shirt Protectors. We always welcome more people to come and help. We meet at 9:00 am to noon on Tuesdays at the Post.
Come and join the fun and fellowship. We also have coffee and treats! If you have any questions, please call Sandy Franke at 310-5863. Thank you.

Sandy Franke

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

We have been offered an opportunity by the city of Cloquet. As the city begins to discuss future park improvements coming up later this month in a process called a "charrette", the city has asked members of Veteran's organizations in the community (VFW, DAV A.L.) to be active participants in the endeavor and speak on behalf of our organization. Since both the Post and the Auxiliary will have members taking part in this process, we will discuss the plans that exist at this time as well as what our members want to see come out of the process at the March meetings. This discussion will arm our officers with the voice of the members to go into the meeting with the city park board, city council, and other stakeholders in discussing the future of parks in Cloquet, including Veteran's Park.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, send them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version. I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.
The news of the State Publication winners were finally announced at the Department Mid-Winter Conference in January and our website www.vfw3979.org took first place in the state again this year. And our 8th District website www.vfw-mn-district-8.org also took first place, each as the best Veteran Service websites in the state of Minnesota.
Thanks to everyone that contributed to make these websites the best.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans

Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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January - February 2015

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
January starts new year 2015. With 2014 behind us with all good memories. Thanks to all that have made all things possible with donations of time, energy. If members have not been in the club for awhile would like to invite you in and see the new ceiling tile that USG has donated and labor for installation. A reminder for all members to renew membership and meetings every month 2nd Thursday at 7:00. Check newsletter for all the events, also check website for all news.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything from the Post Senior Vice

Regards,
Aaron Johnson,
Senior Vice


VFW & Auxiliary Members,

I have learned so much in my first year in my position as Senior Vice and in my Veterans & Family Support role. This year we were able to provide holiday meals for Families and Veterans in need. Thank you to all who helped with this project.
We are a Veterans helping Veterans organization and my goal this year is to find needs in our local Veterans & Families community and figure out ways to meet them. Since I have two toddlers and one on the way, my heart is especially burdened for Veterans with young children and the challenges they face. I have some projects in the works for the next few years. If you know of any Veteran Families with needs, let me know and we can connect them to local resources.
Please remember that some people do not have someone special to share Valentine's Day with and it would be a huge blessing for you to visit them with a card or small gift.
Have a wonderful day!

V/r,
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
I am hoping that the new year finds you all well and in good cheer. We participated in several events this past couple of months so I want to throw out a huge thank you to all of you who helped out in whatever shape or form.
We hosted the District 8 meeting in October as well as the Halloween Party for the kids at the Armory. The Veteran's Day Dinner was highly attended and thank you to the 4-H group for their valuable help. Thank you to the American Legion for taking the lead on this project this year - as always - a great club to be partnering with during this event. Also in November we had a successful bake sale, Troop boxes were sent out and Meals for Veteran's were distributed. The Children's Christmas Party was held in December and that was as enjoyable as ever.
2015 - There is so much to look forward too! The Ladies Auxiliary Tea will be held Saturday, January 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Post. We will play Bingo again this year. Each attendee is asked to bring 5 - 10 wrapped bingo prizes. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange please bring a wrapped $5 gift. The cost of the luncheon is $8.00 and please RSVP by 01/05/2015. We also have two GREAT fund raisers coming our way. First, we will be selling tickets for a chance at a wheel barrow of "cheer". This event will go until March 17 which St. Patrick's Day. We will conclude that day with a corned beef and cabbage supper (price to be determined) from 4 to 7 p.m. The drawing will be at 7:00. The second fund raiser is an event with Psychic / Medium Brenda Lynn Hammon. She will be doing a group reading on Saturday, February 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by appetizers. The cost will be $20. Get your tickets early as this will probably be a sell out. She will also be doing private readings. To schedule you can call 218-590-4653.
Our on-going Retired Men's Dinner has been very successful so far for the 2014 - 2015 year. Participation in this event has been running about 30+ individuals who come out to enjoy the talents of our wonderful cooks. Thank you Ladies on all that you do: Jeanne Tobaleski, June Lembke, Marge Jurek, Diane Dahl, Alma Ojala, Lil Lavoy and those I am forgetting - you have permission to kick my shin! We also host bingo at Diamond Willow and Cloquet Nursing Home - again a big shout out to our Auxiliary Sisters who give forth of their time.

Motto: to aid and support the VFW for the betterment of our Veterans and community.

Cindy Slater,
President
Hebert-Kennedy Auxiliary Post 3979

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Spread the word! I recently talked to a small community group that was looking to host a dinner and meeting and was wandering around trying to find a place to have 30-50 people for their meeting. When I mentioned having their event at the VFW, they were excited for a place to have their event and said they were not aware that the VFW could host events. As members, please make every effort you can to spread the word that our post is available for events to help us increase our revenue! Hope all of our members enjoy a safe and Merry Holiday season as we go forth into the New Year.

Respectfully submitted
Troy Smith
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, send them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version. I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.
2014 has been a productive year for our VFW with a lot of activities going on in support of our Veterans and community. This was the first year we had a Beer Tent and Bingo Tent for the 4th of July festivities at Veterans Park. This gave us an opportunity to socialize with the community to let them know what we are about and we even signed up a few new members.
The Ladies Auxiliary celebrated 100 years of service to our Veterans and community this year and the VFW couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments and support.
We held our first ever Holiday Showcase where our talented members and community were able to display their creativity and resourcefulness at our Post and it was a huge success.
Our Auxiliary teamed up with the County Veterans Service Office and donated Meals for Veterans and Families in Need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. What a great way to show our Veterans and community that we care.
Our Kids Halloween and Christmas parties held at the Armory were also a huge success. I believe we've had more families attend these events than ever before. Thanks to the support of the National Guard for letting us use their facilities to help bring joy to the children of the area.
This year we've also joined the Cloquet Chamber of Commerce to let more know of what we do for the community. We've booked more activities at the Post this year, such as a Comedy Show, Banquets, Reunions, and Dart and Pool tournaments. We are now open on Sundays so the sports fans can enjoy our new TV's which were made possible by a grant from Wal Mart. And we've also had the ceiling tiles totally donated and replaced by USG. And there's more but I only have so much room to write down some of our accomplishments of this year. Like I said, 2014 has been a productive year for our Post and looking at the calendar for next year, 2015 will be even better. Thanks and praise goes out to all the volunteers that have, and continue to, make our VFW the best VFW in the Northland. We can always use more volunteers.

Thanks for all you do for Veterans

Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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November - December 2014

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
November and December is holiday time of the year! Once again we have Veterans of Foreign Wars Calendar Raffle, all proceeds will be used for VFW Programs supporting Minnesota Veterans. There is so much to give thanks for. Veterans Day Nov.11th we will again, with our partners the American Legion, make the great dinner at the VFW Free to all Veterans (4:00 - 7:00). Fri Nov.14 Lutefisk and Meatball dinner. Closed-Thanksgiving Thurs. Nov. 27th. (Family Time Enjoy!) December is busy with all activities, check the VFW calendar. Closed Christmas Day. Rest up for 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Thank you to everyone who helped out with the annual Halloween Party at the Cloquet Armory. Your selfless service (and great costumes) ensured that everyone had a great time. Thank you also to those who helped get the new flat screen TVs installed. We have several events coming up in the near future so please mark your calendars and join us. As Veterans Day draws closer, I am humbled to be part of an organization that does all it can to honor those who have served their country. Their sacrifices helped ensure all that we have and I will always be grateful.

Regards,
Aaron Johnson,
Senior Vice


VFW & Auxiliary Members,

The Auxiliary is partnering with the Carlton County CVSO office to provide holiday meals for Veterans and their families in need. We will be collecting donations to provide ten meals for each of the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

  1. If you know of a family that could use one of these holiday meals, have them contact the Carlton County CVSO office. I have a catering background and will gladly accommodate special dietary needs such as dairy and gluten free options.
  2. Volunteers are needed to prepare and assemble meals on 11/23 &11/26.
  3. We are in need of food donations for the meals. As the event gets closer, I will have a better idea of what is still needed.
  4. In addition to the holiday meal itself, additional meals may be included.
Don't hesitate to contact me with further questions. I can be reached at cristy.n.house@gmail.com or 218-940-3675.

V/r,
Cristy House
Auxiliary Senior Vice

Donations needed:
  • Turkeys & Hams
  • Metal baking pans (disposable & non-disposable)
  • Plastic Food Storage Containers & Gallon Ziploc Bags
  • Fresh, Frozen & Canned Vegetables/Fruit: Onions, Carrots, Celery, Green Beans, Corn, Squash, Mushrooms, Peas, Corn, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Yams, Cranberries, ...
  • Flour, Cinnamon, Sugar, and Vegetable Shortening
  • Fresh Apples & Canned Pumpkin for Pies
  • Boxes of Instant Potatoes & Stuffing
  • Egg Noodles/Rice (for soup)
  • Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Milk, Eggs, Whipped Topping

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
What a busy time of year it is getting to be.
First, for those of you who may not know, we lost two Auxiliary Sisters recently - Izzie Whelan and JoAnn Douglas. Please remember their families this holiday season.
Secondly, what have we been doing? In September, the Retired Men's Dinner started up for the year; Past Commanders and Past Presidents were honored at a dinner; and Department held the Fall Conference. October brought more excitement! We had District 8 inspection at our meeting (all was good); served a Shriner's dinner; District 8 meeting; and the Kid's Halloween Party. Whew!
Third, November brings an extra special time to honor our Veteran's. The annual Veteran's Day dinner in partnership with the Legion will be held on November 11. On November 15, the Auxiliary will be having a bake sale at the Post starting at 9:00 a.m. Please donate your most delicious items! In December, we will be having the Children's Christmas Party on December 14 at the Armory.
Lastly, I want to say this is a part of what is happening. Each member of the Auxiliary is very important. I am asking at a minimum to attend a meeting so that I may meet you if I haven't yet. Ideally, I would love for all to be involved!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Motto: to aid and support the VFW for the betterment of our Veterans and community.

Cindy Slater,
President
Hebert-Kennedy Auxiliary Post 3979

From Sandy Franke:
We are sewing at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday mornings. We are working on:

  • Activity Bags for children
  • Lap Robes for Sunnyside Nursing Home
  • Walker Bags for Interfaith at Carlton
  • Quilts and Shirt Protectors for Silver Bay.

We can always use more help. So come and join us. We will put you to work. If you have any questions call Sandy at 218-310-5863. We are also making Teddy Bears for the police cars - fire station - ambulance and emergency room at the hospital. We need your help. Come and join the fellowship.

-Sandy

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

No report submitted

Respectfully submitted ,
Bryan Lindberg
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version.
I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.
This is the last newsletter for this year but the year is far from over. Everything about these upcoming months is all about being thankful and appreciative for all we have and for all that Veterans have done and continue to do to protect and preserve our freedom. The first is Election Day on November 4th. Veterans have fought for the right for everyone (of age) in this country to vote for their elected officials and your freedom of speech, a right some countries don't have. So get out and Vote.
Next is Veterans Day on November 11th. Although this day is to remember and honor all Veterans, it is a day to thank and honor living Veterans while you still can. There will be a Veterans Day meal at the Post from 4 - 7 and a chance to meet many Veterans and friends.
Then there's Thanksgiving Day on November 27th. Another day to be thankful and share your day with family and friends. If you can, reach out to families that are less fortunate by donating what you can to our Auxiliary for the Meals for Veterans & Families in Need program, as mentioned by our Auxiliary Senior Vice (above).
Don't forget to remember and thank those Veterans who died on December 7, 1945 at Pearl Harbor and those that fought in World War II. I'm sure we all know someone from that era.
And lastly, thanks to Veterans, we are able to worship the religion of our choice and celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas Day if we choose.
There are many different religions and rights in this country and as long as we have Veterans, whether on active duty or all ready have served, I know we will continue to fight for those rights. I thank you all for doing your part so that we, as a nation, can continue to enjoy those rights and freedoms.
Don't forget the annual membership dues went up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. Therefore, annual members who were paying $25.00 will be paying $35.00 annually. Now is the time to pay your membership dues, or better yet, become a life member and avoid the increases. If you need help, contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your membership dues today!

Thanks for all you do for Veterans

Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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September - October 2014

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
September and October will be busy with activities, look at the calendar for all events. Pool and Dart Leagues are starting up. Now we will be open on Sundays for football games and a new Poker League starting up. I would like to extend a thank you for all that volunteered their time and energy for helping out when needed. Id also like to invite new members, family and friends to come to the Post and enjoy the activities.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Still waiting to hear from the Senior Vice

Regards,
Aaron Johnson,
Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
We started off the season with our annual Steak / Fish Fry and Country Store to raise money for Cancer Aid and Research and what a successful night it was. I want to thank the Auxiliary and Post for making it such a huge success.
Just to let everyone know that we are selling raffle tickets for an afghan and a quilt.
I would like to thank everyone for helping make our goals we set forth in August a reality. 1 - Participation with current Auxiliary activities was outstanding, thank you and keep up the good work. 2 - Increase membership, we have 2 new members to welcome to our Auxiliary. Join me in welcoming our new sisters.
Let us all keep everyone who is ill or under the weather in our thoughts and prayers. Let them know you care by sending a card, give them a call or stop by to let them know you are thinking of them. A friendly smile goes a long way in helping someone feel better.
We have a busy year coming up with our annual Past Commanders / Past Presidents Banquet this month, the 8th District Fall Conference at our Post, and the children's Halloween Party in October just to name a few. There are many more events planned and if you would like to see my calendar of events, let me know. We would love to have as many attend these events as possible to show our support for our officers, our district and our community.
Thank you for volunteering your time and talents in making this Auxiliary the best and thank you for doing your part in bringing in new members. We have strength in numbers and our numbers give us strength.

Motto: to aid and support the VFW for the betterment of our Veterans and community.

Cindy Slater,
President
Hebert-Kennedy Auxiliary Post 3979

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

No report submitted

Respectfully submitted ,
Bryan Lindberg
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version. I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.
Did you know that the Ladies Auxiliary will be 100 years old on September 12th. What a glorious milestone for the Ladies Auxiliary. I speak from experience when I say that they have been a Godsend for the VFW. Their tireless devotion to helping our veterans and community is exemplary and in need of getting a big THANK YOU. Thank you Ladies Auxiliary for all your hard work and dedication and Happy 100th Anniversary.
Our VFW is also celebrating an Anniversary in September. On September 29 the VFW will be 115 years old. Congratulations and Happy 115th Anniversary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
There is another day to remember in September and that is POW/MIA Recognition Day on September 19. That is a day to remember all our Veterans who were captured or are still missing from a war of conflict. Let us not forget our fellow comrades and their families who are yet awaiting answers of their loved ones. Say a prayer for their safe return and to help ease their families grief and suffering. Don't forget about the upcoming 8th District meeting being held at our Post on October 25th and 26th. We are planning a dinner and a show for the night of the 25th so come down to the Post and enjoy a great meal and a night of entertainment.
I'm leaving this information here for now so you are aware of the dues increase. Thank you for your service and for being a valued member of the VFW.
Dont forget about the annual membership dues going up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. The Post has voted to raising the dues as well to match the National increase. Therefore, annual members who are currently paying $25.00 per year at our Post will be paying $35.00 annually effective January 2014. Now is the time to pay your annual membership dues, or better yet, become a life member now and avoid the increases. If you need help with your life membership, we can help you with that. Contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your membership dues today!

Thanks for all you do for Veterans

Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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July - August 2014

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
June and summer is here. July 4th is a busy day with the parade and events at Veterans Park. VFW will have Bingo and a Beer Tent. We need volunteers to help out. Would like to thank Leo Grochow for all he does and Honor Guard members. Honor Guard is in need of new members also. We also need a House Committee Chairman.
Thank you Brandon Crotteau and Aaron Johnson, they have changed chairs. The Sr Vice is now Aaron Johnson and Jr Vice is Brandon Crotteau. July and August calendars will be on the website. Any comments or suggestions please let me know. Thanks!

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Still waiting to hear from the Senior Vice

Regards,
Aaron Johnson,
Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hello!
First, as the 2014 - 2015 Auxiliary President of VFW Post 3979, I want to say thank you to all of our Veterans. It is with great pride that I serve in this position, promising to do my best to assist the Post and Auxiliary Sisters.
Thank you to those in the Auxiliary who have agreed to serve this year with me. I believe Rich will be publishing a list of those officers. What I want to stress is that the work we do is for a greater good. It takes each and everyone of us to succeed. It can be a phone call to an ill Auxiliary sister, to actually working at any and all events. Anything we do is important and appreciated. This is your Auxiliary.
I have set forth a couple of goals for us to achieve. I would like to increase our membership. I have set forth the challenge to the Auxiliary Sisters that each one of us bring in one new member this year. Coupled with that, I would like to increase participation with those who are already members. We have strength in numbers to obtain our goals. It is up to each and every one of us to make members feel that they are a part of the Auxiliary. My third goal is to get youth involvement. I am asking if anyone has contact information for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts 4-H clubs, etc. to please get that to me so I can invite them to participate in some of our events to earn their community service time. My number is 218-590-4653.
I am looking forward to prosperous and rewarding year. Some events that you may want to keep in mind are: July 4 parade, Auxiliary cancer Aid and Research Fund Raiser in August featuring the Steak and Walleye meal and the Country Store, October 26 is Children's Halloween Party, November 11 is the Vetera's Day Dinner, and December 14 is the Children's Christmas Party. The list will grow as time goes on. I doubt we will have a dull moment!

Motto: to aid and support the VFW for the betterment of our Veterans and community.

Cindy Slater,
President
Hebert-Kennedy Auxiliary Post 3979

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

No report submitted

Respectfully submitted ,
Bryan Lindberg
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version. I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.
I'd like to have some good news to tell you about the award ceremony at the MN VFW State Convention in St Cloud regarding how our website did in the state publication competition but the judge didn't turn in the results in time for the awards to be printed. We won't find out until the Fall Conference in Wilmar in September. However, he did throw in a plug about how great our website is, so I'm sure we received something.
Also at the State Convention, we found out that, because of how great we did with membership (100% +), our Post will be awarded a prize, however, we have to send a VFW member to St. Louis, MO at the National Convention to claim that prize. Thanks to all the hard work everyone did in getting our membership back up over 100%. I'd like to thank our Commander Gary Dahl and especially our past Sr. Vice Brandon Crotteau for bringing in the most new members. Aaron has some big shoes to fill to keep that 100% membership, but I have the utmost confidence that he is up to the challenge.
I'd also like to send a big CONGRATULATIONS to our past Auxiliary President Alma Ojala for earning Auxiliary President of the Year. She worked hard to earn that honor, but couldn't have done it without the help and cooperation of all her Auxiliary members. Great job to all of you!!
Just a reminder that we have an 8th District meeting on July 26 - 27 at the VFW in Virginia and at our Post on October 25-26. We'd like to see you there.
I'm leaving this information here for now so you are aware of the dues increase. Thank you for your service and for being a valued member of the VFW.
Don't forget about the annual membership dues going up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. The Post has voted to raising the dues as well to match the National increase. Therefore, annual members who are currently paying $25.00 per year at our Post will be paying $35.00 annually effective January 2014. Now is the time to pay your annual membership dues, or better yet, become a life member now and avoid the increases. If you need help with your life membership, we can help you with that. Contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your membership dues today!

Thanks for all you do for Veterans

Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org


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May - June 2014

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings comrades,
With April snow brings a new May of greenery and fresh starts. May will be a busy month, please check the online calendar on our website. As always THANKS to all! Looking forward to summer!

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all doing well.
For this newsletter, I want to focus on an aspect of VFW membership that seems to be lacking in our post. In fact, it seems to be lacking a lot of local posts. Let's focus on service.
We all served our nation honorably. Some of us still are. Some of us still regularly serve our community- whether it be the VFW, the American Legion, the DAV or some other community service organization. There are members that are unable to serve, and there are members that do well over their fair share of service, both to the Post and the community.
Recently, the Hibbing VFW Post 8510 closed its doors. The Virginia Serviceman's club is in real danger of closing its doors. Want to guess why?... Failure to fill leadership roles in the Post, and failure to get enough community involvement. In other words- FAILURE TO SERVE the home post. They didn't even have enough people willing to fill the leadership roles. Does this sound familiar to anyone? It should, we are in the same situation right here in 3979. If it doesn't sound familiar, it's because you haven't been to a meeting in a long time. It's time to change that.
Commander Gary Dahl has been doing more than his share of work for a long time now. We have the same core group of people at every meeting... about 10 of us. 10 out of roughly 500 or 2% of our members show up to meetings. Currently half of our leadership positions are filled by currently serving active duty soldiers. Does this seem right to you? In fact, I have heard continuous complaining about the newsletter from quite a few people, but no one has offered to help produce it; save for Duane Brownie, Rich Chasse and the National Guard staff. Look folks, it's time to step up and help out your post. Step up and SERVE your post. Step up or don't be surprised when our VFW sign comes down.
We need members to show up to meetings. We need house committee members (and a chairman). We need volunteer service hours. We need leadership roles filled. We need our comrade's help and we need it now. The few members that come to meetings and serve their post are doing so much and I truly thank you for that, we just need so much more.
If you want to truly change something for the better, there is no quicker way than to do it yourself. I challenge every one of our members to make our post better.

Regards,
Brandon Crotteau,
Senior Vice

-Brandon Crotteau, Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

May June
1 Burger Night 2 Bingo at Sunnyside Care Center
5 Bingo at Sunnyside Care Center 4 House Committee meeting
7 House Committee meeting 9 Bingo at Diamond Willow
8 VFW and Auxiliary meeting 12 VFW and Auxiliary meetings
9 Steak / Fish  Fry    
12 Bingo at Diamond Willow    
26 Memorial Day    

May meeting is joint installation and Memorial Service.
District meeting 2-3-4 in Carlton
Memorial Day the Auxiliary will be going out with the Honor Guard to the Cemeteries.
If you would like to take part please contact me. 879-4432 We have several flags which could be carried.
Department Convention in St. Cloud June 4-8. Interested in attending? Alma and Lil have info.
As of this date we have had 16 deceased members of our Auxiliary since I took office last June. The Auxiliary would like to extend our Sympathy to the families.
The new officers will take over In June after Department Convention. We wish them a Great year. Remember to assist these dedicated sisters. Remember to invite others to join this great organization of the VFW Auxiliary.
Don't forget sewing club Tuesday
mornings. The gals are doing a lot of items to donate. Remember to invite others to join this great organization of the VFW Auxiliary.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR OUR VETERANS

Alma Ojala
President Hebert- Kennedy Auxiliary 3979 VFW

From Sandy Franke:
We are still sewing quilts on Tuesday mornings at the club from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
We can always use fabric and filler for quilts. We can use blankets and sheets also, and we do accept cash donations too.
We are working on a project - making a quilt for our fundraiser in the fall. We need 10" quilt squares. You can design them anyway you want to. We are using scraps for the backs. If you need scraps, let us know.
If you have any questions or need anything, call Sandy Franke at 310-5863.
We have made several lap robes and quilts for Silver Bay, walker bags for Ronald McDonald House and Sunnyside Nursing Home. We also make activity bags for children to bring to the hospitals. The DAV Auxiliary is working with us on the activity bags.

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

No report submitted

Respectfully submitted ,
Bryan Lindberg
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version. I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.
On Bingo nights (every Monday at 6:30 pm at the Post), the Ladies Auxiliary has started serving food as a fundraising project to raise money for Veterans needs. The first meal was a huge success. They start serving about an hour before Bingo starts so if you are in the area and want to support your Ladies Auxiliary and Veterans, stop by and get something to eat. And while you're at the Post, enjoy a Bingo game or two, it's only "a buck a board". We just started new programs with new games so come on by and have a good time.
On POW/MIA news, the Pentagon wants to stand up a new POW/MIA Agency. The Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the Defense Department will combine the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) to form a new agency that will streamline the process of finding America's missing war dead. Pentagon leadership has been under pressure from Congress to make wide ranging changes after reports surfaced the Defense Department had excavated wrong sites, lost records, mishandled remains and failed to follow significant leads on potential remains. To find out more, go to http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/04/01/pentagon-stands-up-new-pow-mia-remains-agency.html I'm leaving this information here for now so you are aware of the dues increase. Thank you for your service and for being a valued member of the VFW.
Don't forget about the annual membership dues going up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. The Post has voted on raising the dues as well to match the National increase. Therefore, annual members who are currently paying $25.00 per year at our Post will be paying $35.00 annually effective January 2014. Now is the time to pay your annual membership dues, or better yet, become a life member now and avoid the increase. If you need help with your life membership, we can help you with that. Contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your membership dues today!

Thanks for all you do for Veterans

Richard Chasse Sr.
Webmaster
www.vfw3979.org

 


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March - April 2014

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings comrades,
Looking forward to March/April post events and warmer weather. February 15th & 16th District 8 meeting was a success, thanks to the Cloquet Armory and our members there. We still need more members for Post meetings. Big thanks to Alma Ojala and Auxiliary for all your hard work. Also Rich Chasse, thank you for all your multi tasking. Leo Grochow for his devotion to Honor Guard and the kitchen. Thank you to all those that have not been mentioned, couldn't do it without you!

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Have not received anything for newsletter

-Brandon Crotteau, Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

March April
3 Bingo at Sunnyside Care Center 7 Bingo at Sunnyside Care Center
5 House Committee meeting 2 House Committee meeting
7 Burger Night 4 Burger Night
10 Bingo at Diamond Willow 9 Retired Men's lunch
12 Retired Men's Lunch 10 VFW and Auxiliary meetings
13 VFW and Auxiliary meetings 11 Steak / Fish  Fry
14 Steak / Fish  Fry 14 Bingo at Diamond Willow
26 Retired Men's Lunch 23 Retired Men's Lunch

Thank you to all who helped make the District meeting a success. Our Post members from the armory did an outstanding job. Gary, Rich and Sue thank you.
A special thank you to those Auxiliary and Post members who carried on at the Post for the party that was held there. Our Auxiliary meeting at the K.C. Hall worked out well on Sunday. It was a shame more local Auxiliary members didn't turn out to participate.
Treasurer Kathy Randall has resigned her position. The position is up for election for the rest of the year, at the March meeting.
April is the month for nomination and elections of officers for the upcoming year. * Sisters, really think long and hard and consider taking a position to help make YOUR Auxiliary a strong one, so we can continue to aid and support our Veterans and their families.
May meeting we will have our installation of officers who actually take over after June convention.
Don't forget sewing club Tuesday
mornings. The gals are doing a lot of items to donate. Remember to invite others to join this great organization of the VFW Auxiliary.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR OUR VETERANS

Alma Ojala
President Hebert- Kennedy Auxiliary 3979 VFW

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

No report submitted

Respectfully submitted ,
Bryan Lindberg
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version.

I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.

On the last newsletter I wrote about my visit to the Twin Ports VA Clinic in Superior and how it's newly remodeled. There are actually 4 new services available: Audiology, Physical Therapy, Eye and Nutrition. If you need to call the clinic, here are their new numbers:

Twin Ports Clinic: 715-398-2400
Pharmacy Refill: 855-560-1721
OEF-OIF Coordinators: 715-398-2408
715-398-2409
Twin Port Behavioral Health: 715-398-2469
Main Fax Number: 715-392-3782
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255
After Hours Nurse VA: 866-687-7382
Disable American Veterans (DAV) (to book a ride on the van): 715-398-2406

Our Post hosted the 8th District meeting on February 15/16. There was a great attendance at the Voice of Democracy / Patriots Pen Banquet. Thanks to all that attended to show support for our Commander, our Post and the 8th District.

I'm leaving this information here for now so you are aware of the dues increase. Thank you for your service and for being a valued member of the VFW. Don't forget about the annual membership dues going up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. The Post has voted on raising the dues as well to match the National increase. Therefore, annual members who are currently paying $25.00 per year at our Post will be paying $35.00 annually effective January 2014. Now is the time to pay your annual membership dues, or better yet, become a life member now and avoid the increase. If you need help with your life membership, we can help you with that. Contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your membership dues today!


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January - February 2014

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings comrades,
January 1, 2014 starts a New Year. 2013 was a busy year, but with that behind us, time to look forward to yet another busy year ahead. I would like to thank all the people that make this Post possible. Check the web site for all activities upcoming to stop in for a Post Bulletin. Don't forget to renew your membership and recruit new members.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all doing well.
We have two new members to our Post, both are transfers to us:

  • Walt Iverson
  • Donald Grant

There have been some changes to the Post Leadership as of the last couple meetings. We have a new Adjutant and a new Junior Vice Commander.
Timothy House has been appointed by Commander Dahl as the Adjutant as of our December meeting.
Aaron Johnson was nominated and voted into the Junior Vice Commander position as of our November meeting.
Please take the time to welcome them into their new positions. They are both full time, active duty National Guard members and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge with them into these jobs. They will both do an excellent job.
During this season, let's take the time to remember those that cannot be with their families. Specifically let's remember our local Air and Army National Guard units that are currently deployed. Both the 148th Fighter Wing and the 114th Transportation Company (both based out of Duluth) have personnel deployed overseas. Let us also take the time to remember those families that have lost a loved one and are spending their first holiday season without them. Finally, let us remember those that are having a hard time right now, our fellow veterans for whom the holidays bring sadness. Keep an eye on each other, be there for each other, and always take care of your brothers and sisters.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

-Brandon Crotteau, Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

January February
6 Bingo at Sunnyside Care Center 5 House Committee meeting
8 House Committee meeting 6 Burger Night
8 Retired Men's Lunch 12 Retired Men's lunch
9 VFW and Auxiliary meetings 13 VFW and Auxiliary meetings
10 Fish / Steak Fry 14 Fish / Steak Fry
11 Car Group Dinner 20 Burger Night
13 Bingo at Diamond Willow    
16 Burger Night    
22 Retired Men's Lunch    

Happy New Year !
This is the time to start new in ideas to help our Veterans and club run better.
Got any ideas? Bring them up.
I would like to thank all the Auxiliary and Post members who assisted on the Christmas party for the Children. Great committee who planned it. Many hours of work.
The armory seems to be a good place to have a party of the size we need for the Children's Party. SSgt Smith has been great to work with and letting us use the facilities.
Thank you to the National Guard.
Many thanks to the committee for the Auxiliary Christmas Party. It was a fun afternoon.
Don't forget sewing club. Tuesday mornings.
Remember to invite others to join this great organization.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR OUR VETERANS

Alma Ojala
President Hebert- Kennedy Auxiliary 3979 VFW

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

No report submitted

Respectfully submitted ,
Bryan Lindberg
Quartermaster

WEBMASTERS WARES

Welcome to this edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version.

I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.

I recently visited the new Twin Ports VA Clinic in Superior for an annual checkup and there have been a lot of changes since my last visit. From check in to check out and every room in between seems to be updated. Even the specialty clinics for hearing and vision were open for business. If you are a Veteran in this area, you should make it a point to go check out the new facilities at the VA Clinic in Superior. If you believe you are eligible for VA benefits and are not currently enrolled, contact your local County Veterans Service Office for help and information

The Kids Christmas party was another huge success. There were a lot of happy children that attended and there was plenty of room for kids and adults to have a good time. Even Santa was there with Mrs. Claus to hand out presents and candy canes. Santa even brought an elf (with the pointy ears and everything) to greet the children and parents as they arrived.

Our Post will be hosting the 8th District meeting coming up on February 15/16. It would be great to have a lot of members attend this meeting to show support for our Commander, our Post and the 8th District. There is a lot of good information passed at these meetings and the more you know, the better you are prepared. Once the itinerary is finalized, I'll post it on our website. See you there.

I'm leaving this information here for now so you are aware of the dues increase. Thank you for your service and for being a valued member of the VFW. Don't forget about the annual membership dues going up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. The Post has voted on raising the dues as well to match the National increase. Therefore, annual members who are currently paying $25.00 per year at our Post will be paying $35.00 annually effective January 2014. Now is the time to pay your annual membership dues, or better yet, become a life member now and avoid the increase. If you need help with your life membership, we can help you with that. Contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your membership dues today!


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November - December 2013

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings comrades,
Fall is here and with it winter is on its way. The Post has a lot of activities planned as you can see by the calendar. Keep us in mind for any of the activities or meals at the Post. We still need members for meetings and volunteering. A Big Thank You for all that have given so much time and effort to the Post and outside activities. With the holidays fast approaching, enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

It's been a while since we've done a newsletter, and on behalf of all the Officer's and Chairmen, I apologize and I promise we will make this right and start getting these out in a more professional manner.
We've had some younger member's showing up at the meetings, which is great. As always, we need more young folks for both the VFW and the Auxiliary. I'm sure we all know someone who could be a member of our Post, so let's try to end the year on a strong recruiting note.
We have the following new members since our last newsletter. As always, if I have missed or forgotten someone, please let me know and I will correct it.

  • Michael Dylan Smart- Korean Service Veteran
  • Ben Rimolde- Iraq, OIF
  • Derrick Kovach- Iraq, OIF
  • Andrew Boisjoli- Iraq, OIF
  • Jeremiah Dillon- Iraq, OIF
  • John Parendo Jr.- Vietnam

Thanks to these veterans for not only their service, but for making the commitment to help their brother and sister veterans!
I'd like to remind those members that are on the House Committee about the meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. We need as many of you as possible to show up if we want our Post to succeed.
Take care, and I hope to see you all at the next meeting!

-Brandon Crotteau, Senior Vice

AUXILIARY NEWS

November December
6 House Committee meeting 4 House Committee meeting
7 Bingo at Sunnyside Care Center 5 Burger Night
7 Burger Night 6 Hot Pork Sandwiches
8 Steak / Fish Fry 9 Bingo - Diamond Willow 1:00
9 Marine Corps Ball 11 Retired Men's lunch
10 Prep for Veterans Day 12 Meeting Night
11 Post / Legion dinner for Veterans Day 3-6 13 Fish / Steak Fry
13 Retired Men's lunch 15 Children's Christmas party
14 Meeting Night 19 Burger Night
21 Burger Night 25 Have a Blessed Christmas
    31 New Years Eve

Holidays are coming up. Please don't forget the Veterans and Auxiliary members in the Nursing Homes or Hospitals. Maybe we know someone who is homebound. Give them a call. A visit would be great.
November is the Veterans Day dinner. We need lots of help, both Sunday and Monday.
Meal is free for Veterans, $6.00 for others.
As always Membership is a big thing. Do you know anyone who is eligible?
Don't forget sewing club, Tuesday mornings.
We will be doing troops boxes for the holidays again. Hand and foot warmers are requested by the troops. Also hard candies. Any more ideas?
Diamond Willow has asked for us to do visitations/Bingo. There are Veterans living there. The Auxiliary has decided to do these every other month. Burnel will be calling for workers there, as well as for our regular Sunnyside Care Center visits/ Bingo. Visiting with the residents is a big part of the Bingo visit.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR OUR VETERANS

Alma Ojala
President Hebert- Kennedy Auxiliary 3979 VFW

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Greetings comrades'
The Quartermaster news for the month - We completed our annual inspection in October and passed with few deficiencies. I credit the success in a large part to Rich Chasse's excellent working knowledge of the post and post finances, as well as Marc Raihala's files management, as well as all the funds were in proper order; that was my part. I would personally like to thank them both for making Post 3979 a respected post within the district.
You will find on the next monthly report a new Official Fund, the "Kitchen Fund". The ladies won me over with their persistence. The kitchen fund will allow our post kitchen users the ability to make improvements within the kitchen. The Kitchen Fund is funded by donations from kitchen use, primarily donations from the tips eared while operating the kitchen.
I would also like to remind everyone that the use of the post resources are not free. Every time the kitchen or dance hall is used the post is picking up the utilities and daily cleaning. Gas, electric, water, sewer and so forth is paid for by the post. That is the reason for the post receiving a percent of the earning from rental or income generating use of the facilities.
The Bar has returned to the point of providing income to the General Fund. Due to the efforts of the House Committee and under Sharon's management. The bar transferred $1,000 to the general fund in October.

Respectfully submitted ,
Bryan Lindberg
Quartermaster

Webmasters Wares

Welcome to our next edition of the electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter. Our goal is to get as many subscribers to receive the e-Newsletter to cut down on cost of printing and mailing the paper version.

I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.

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.

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.

Don't forget about the annual membership dues going up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. The Post has voted on raising the dues as well to match the National increase. Therefore, annual members who are currently paying $25.00 per year at our Post will be paying $35.00 annually effective January 2014. Now is the time to pay your annual membership dues, or better yet, become a life member now and avoid the increase. If you need help with your life membership, we can help you with that. Contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your membership dues today!

From Sandy Franke

The Auxiliary Ladies continue to quilt on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We are in need of filler quilts and backing. We can use blankets and sheets (they can be used). Cash donations are also accepted.
Questions? Call Sandy Franke at 310-5863


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September - October 2013

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings comrades,
I would like to thank all past and present volunteers. With the Fall Calendar (Sept & Oct) we have a lot of club functions coming up. Looking forward to any new ideas, suggestions, and/or new members - old members. Anyone have suggestions or comments and would like to talk one on one, please call my phone number 218-879-2746.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Hello Again Comrades!
We've wrapped up another month and have done some pretty exciting things. I'm writing this after coming out of the field after another AT (along with most of your new members!) and I'm truly excited to get back to the VFW meeting on Tuesday and shifting gears a bit as we head into the Fall. Read on to see what's happened this month.

Welcome to the July new members of our post!

Louis Kneisel (Operation Iraqi Freedom)
Shelby Disterhaupt (Operation New Dawn)
Teale Meyer (Operation New Dawn)
Brett Jelinek (Operation New Dawn)
Logan Shiflett (Operation New Dawn)
Trevor Smith (Operation Iraqi Freedom)
Peter Erickson (Operation New Dawn)
Dave Frear (Operation New Dawn)

I may have missed some of you in the July/August transition... if so I'll fix it in next month's newsletter and I am truly sorry.

Lets continue the recruiting efforts and get our numbers up. Invite veterans to meetings and invite wives and spouses to join the Auxiliary. It is UP TO YOU to ensure the future of your Post. If you owe dues for the year, please pay them or consider upgrading your membership to a lifetime status!

Adopt-A-Unit

Great news! We were approved to adopt our hometown unit, C TRP 1-94th Cavalry right here in Cloquet. 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. Read more about it in the Pine Journal article below.

http://www.pinejournal.com/event/article/id/30029/publisher_ID/38/

"Celebrity/Guest" Bartender

We did our first couple "celebrity" bartender events at the club this past month. I myself was the guest bartender on 30 July and our Commander Gary Dahl was up in August. I made $103 for the National League of POW/MIA families and while I haven't spoken to Gary since I've been away at training, I'm sure he did just as well. I feel that it is going to be one more tool for us to use to strengthen our post and our club. The next guest bartenders will be Shelby Disterhaupt and Teale Meyer the night of our post meeting on the 27th, so come on down and meet some new post members.

Legacy Lifetime Membership

I recently upgraded my Lifetime Membership to the Legacy Lifetime Membership. If you can swing it, it's a great program and a great resource for the post. Not only do you as a member get certain "perks" for being a legacy member, but both the post and district get an annual monetary endowment that continues even after the death of the member. It's just another way that you can give back to your post.

As always, thank YOU veterans for serving our country and thank you for being in the VFW!

Brandon Crotteau

AUXILIARY NEWS

Couple of dates coming up:
The VFW Fall conference is in Alexandria, MN on September 13-14.
Dinner Honoring Past Commanders/ Past Presidents September 28
October 12-13 is District meeting in Deer River.
The Area Children's Halloween Party is on October 27, from 1-3.

Ladies, by now the Cancer aid and Research dinner and Country Store is over.
I thank you all very much for your contributions to this worthwhile program.
Jan Tucker was the general chairman and has done an outstanding job. She picked good co-chairmen and has had great volunteers. A job well done Sisters. If you still wish to donate to this worthwhile cause, send contributions to Kathy Randall at: 28- 5th St Cloquet. Please earmark Cancer aid and research.

Membership: Don't forget our fiscal year started on July 1. This means if you are an annual member, your dues are due. Dues went up to $20.00 per year, due to increased assessments from Department and National. Cancer insurance for life members is $3.70.

New members are so important to keep our auxiliary functioning well. Please welcome friends and relatives who are qualified to join us. When we do get new members, let us all welcome them and treat them with courtesy. We want our auxiliary to be a place where members feel welcome and feel free to offer suggestions. We never turn away volunteers.
Please Sisters don't forget to send or give reports of community service and blood donations to Sandy Franke. If you leave your info in my mailbox at the bar I will make sure it gets passed on to her. This goes for our Post Members also. She needs pictures also, of you doing your great work. Example- you take some seniors or children on an outing to the Zoo or fishing or whatever. A picture with the info would be great. Perhaps you work with a little league sports team. Newspaper articles are a very good documentation. Also we would like to know the amounts of money donated to different events or charities. Example: hours spent and money donated to cancer walk. I know you are out there doing all kinds of things. Share ideas and info with others. Bring new ideas to the membership.

The Children's Halloween Party: We need volunteers for that. Also for Seboe Wedding Reception and Chasse Wedding Reception.

To aid and support the VFW for the Betterment of our Veterans and Community

Alma Ojala President Hebert- Kennedy Auxiliary 3979 VFW

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Comrades,
I am happy to report that the finances of the Post are stable. However, we have had some large expenditure's for building maintenance on the air conditioner and bar equipment repair which are normal occurrences. The house committees, Bar Managers, and Quartermasters have insured there are adequate funds available to be prepared for these inevitabilities.
As Quartermaster, the Post General Funds are of my greatest concern. We bring in large sums of money through Gambling, the Honor Guard, and to some extent the Club. The Post at large needs to get energized and engaged in Post activities. We are the Post and our general fund is a reflection of our dedication! So how do we become engaged?
#1. Membership! This is the single most important factor in the health of the Post and General Funds. Everyone make it a priority to find 1 person to join the Post in September, that is where you start. If you don't ask they can't say yes.
#2. Please pay your dues.. Enough said.
#3. Be involved in the Post activities, find the one you like, or can do, and make it your thing, bring family or friends and make it fun. See the activities below under "Mark Your Calendar" because your support is imperative even if you just come and order a dinner.
#4 Bring your fund raising ideas to the Post- someone has that "Holy Cow!" idea just waiting to be put in to action. Where do you start? The House committee meeting is on the Wednesday 1 week before the Post meeting. We would love to hear your ideas.

With Respect,
Bryan Lindberg

Webmasters Wares

Welcome to our first electronic newsletter. For those who are still getting the paper version of the newsletter and would like the electronic version, please let me know. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org and I will add you to the distribution. If you know of a member who would like the electronic version, sent them an email and cc me as well. Let me know your thoughts or suggestions on the new e-Newsletter.

I will try to cover items which might be of interest to you.

Annual membership dues are going up $10.00 effective January 1, 2014. This is not a decision we made at the Post level, this decision came from the National level. Annual members are currently paying $25.00 per year at our Post. As of January 2014, the dues may go up to $35.00 annually. When the annual dues go up, typically the life membership goes up as well. Now is the time to pay your annual membership dues, or better yet, become a life member now and avoid the increase. If you need help with your life membership, we can help you with that. Contact your Quartermaster for details and pay your dues today!

On September 21st, we will have an "Adoption" ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Cloquet. There will be lots of fun, food and activities for your family and you can get to meet and great your fellow VFW members. The official press release will be forthcoming so check our website at www.vfw3979.org for more information. I'll post it when I get it. Hope to see you there.

Meals will be commencing again this month and we are always looking for volunteers. Come on down and lend a hand. Can't lend a hand, contact Gary (commander) or Carl (Adjutant) to see what else can be done. You'd be amazed at how much that phone call or email can help.

From Sandy Franke

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary will be quilting on Tuesdays this year at the Post. They will start on September 10th at 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They work on quilts, teddy bears and other items for the Silver Bay Nursing Home. Bring a lunch if you want to. Everyone is welcome! You may also donate fabric, batting or cash. Come and have some fun! If you have any questions, call Sandy Franke at 310-5863.

From Duane Brownie - Carlton County Veterans Service Officer

The Carlton County Veteran's Van that transports veterans to the Minneapolis VAMC is going to be discontinued. Carlton County is still going to have transportation available by solidifying the Twin Ports Clinic DAV Transportation Program out of Superior, WI. There will be 2 pickup locations in Carlton County (Holiday Station, Scanlon - Little Store/Conoco, Moose Lake). This will allow veterans an opportunity to get to the Minneapolis VAMC on more days during the week as the DAV Van from Superior goes down 4 days a week, Monday - Thursday. If you have any questions or want to schedule a ride, please contact the DAV Transportation Office at (715) 398-2406.


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July - August 2013

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings comrades,
Being the new incoming commander (Gary Dahl) I would like to say thank you to past commander Tom Kabus, past president Kathy Randall, past and present volunteers. Bill Stohlberg and Jeannie Toboleski for the Rose Garden, Rich Chasse for his creative web master. Rich Chasse receiving two awards, 1st. in State and 1st. in District. Also a special thank you to outgoing quartermaster Marc Raihala. There have been a lot of changes the past month with new post officers, new members. I would like to re-energize all post members to recruit members and please think about coming to meetings and or Post functions. We need new events, ideas for things to do at the Post Club. My phone number is: 218-879-2746.

Respectfully,
Gary Dahl
Commander

SENIOR VICE NOTES

Hello Comrades,
My name is Brandon Crotteau and I'm the new Senior Vice Commander as of our June meeting. A little back ground on me - I currently serve on active duty as a Staff Sergeant for the Minnesota Army National Guard with C TRP 1-94th Cavalry right here in Cloquet. I have 16 years of service and have been deployed to Bosnia (Operation Joint Forge) and Kuwait (Operation New Dawn). I have always lived in the community, currently residing in Esko with my wife Nikki and our two boys; Talon and Braelyn. I look forward to working with all of you and hope to help bring a more involved working relationship between our National Guard unit, the post, and the community.

Welcome to the June meeting, new members of our post!

Timmy Tow (Desert Storm)
James Furnas (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn)
Dave Fear (Operation New Dawn)
Jason Harstad, Transfer (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn)
Aaron Johnson, Transfer (Operation Iraqi Freedom)
Troy Smith (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn)
Bryan Lindberg (Desert Storm).

Let's continue the recruiting efforts and get our numbers up. Invite veterans to meetings and invite wives and spouses to join the Auxiliary. If you owe dues for the year, please pay them or consider upgrading your membership to a lifetime status!

4th of July Parade

The Cloquet 4th July Parade is once again being held during Cloquet's 4th of July Celebration. Cloquet's own National Guard unit, C TRP 1-94th CAV has invited the members of our post to join them in the parade either walking or riding in one of their military cargo trucks and throwing candy. Lineup for them will begin at 10:15 on the corner of 18th Street and Cloquet Avenue (right in front Jarden, Diamond Brands building). It would be great to be with them in the parade and make a strong veteran showing for the community. Being in the unit myself let me personally invite you as well. We would love to see you there!

Adopt -A-Unit

As of this morning (25 June), we have submitted the paperwork to the MAP (Military Assistance Program) to adopt the Cloquet National Guard unit under the "Adopt-A-Unit" program. Adopt a unit allows a VFW Post to begin a close and lasting relationship with a military unit in the community. The VFW and the military unit can support each other during community events; in turn the post helps the unit during deployments. This not only helps the unit, but provides for a more community veterans to join the post upon their return home. According to MAP, it takes about 4 weeks to process our paperwork and get the packet back approved. This is truly a winning situation for both sides! For more information, go to http://www.vfw.org/NMS and click on the "MAP" link.

Thank YOU veterans for serving our country and thank you for being in the VFW!

Brandon Crotteau

AUXILIARY NEWS

Ladies it is my honor to be your Auxiliary President this year. I will endeavor to keep this an auxiliary that will work well with the Post for the welfare of our Veterans.
Our meeting days will be announced in the Pine Journal on the Senior page as they no longer have a community column. Changes will have to be put into a paid ad. The Cancer aid and research dinner and Country Store, will be held on the 4th Friday in August. Please sisters be ready to donate something and assist if you are able. Jan Tucker Cancer Chairman is the head of this project. 879-0265. Donations may be brought to the Post any time after 9:00 a.m. on the 23rd.
Membership is a really big issue this year. We lost several members to non payment of dues, or have passed away in this past year.
Please sisters pay your dues starting in July and sign up a new member. Please remember you are honoring your loved family member by keeping this organization strong.
Our meetings are the second Thursday of the month, with dinner at 6 p.m. and meetings at 7:00. We really need to see you there. Our Veterans have done so much for us, it is up to us to see that their service to our country is not forgotten.
At next meeting on July 11, we will be electing a new treasurer. If you are qualified and interested, this might be for you. I will also be appointing a new secretary at the meeting. If interested in the position, please call me. 879-4432

Alma Ojala,
President

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Comrades,
Greetings, I am Bryan Lindberg your new Quartermaster and I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce myself. I have been a member of Post 3979 since just after the Desert Storm and a Life Member since 1996. I was recruited to the Honor Guard by Hank Bushinski and served, as time allowed, through Dapper Danielsons' time as Honor Guard CPT. I have 28 years of service in the Army and Army National Guard, currently I am serving in the Active Duty here in Cloquet with the Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting Command. Most days you can find me at the Armory. I am married to Maureen (DeMenge) Lindberg, we have 2 children, both graduates of Cloquet HS. I appreciate your patience as I learn my new duties. Marc Raihala has been a cornerstone of the post for years. I will endeavor to live up to his example.

With Respect,
Bryan Lindberg


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May - June 2013

COMMANDERS CORNER

Nothing received from the commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

This is my last newsletter. It has been a great honor for me to be your president for the past year. Now we must look forward and put all of our support behind our new president.
Up coming events of importance are. School Patrol Party on May 8th Post/Aux. meeting on May 9th meal at 6:00 pm. Memorial Service at that meeting. Memorial Day May 27th we will have services at the graveyards with American Legion.
House meeting is on June 5th State Convention in St. Cloud on 13th - 16th of June.
Meeting date for June will be address at the April 30th meeting.
I want to also say thank you to everyone who has helped me through out my year as Auxiliary President. I look forward to the future and all the prospects of this Auxiliary.
Any & all thing are possible if you try new things or speak to new people. Try it.

Respectfully Submitted
Kathy Randall
President of the Ladies Auxiliary to Post 3979

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
MY FINAL DAY OF QUARTERMASTER WILL BE JULY 1, 2013. OUR NEW QUARTERMASTER BRYAN LINDBERG WAS ELECTED FOR THE COMING YEAR, I WISH HIM GOOD LUCK AND WILL HELP HIM MAKE THE CHANGE. HAVING A YOUNG QUARTER-MASTER IS GOOD FOR THE CLUB. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE MY WORK EASIER

BEST TO ALL,
Mark A. Raihala


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March - April 2013

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
We have had a very busy couple of months with our fundraisers which are going great. Thank You to all the Volunteers/Staff. On February 16th we had the Disgruntled Clown Comedian at the Post, who did an outstanding job! It was a great turn out. We are hoping to have more comedian acts in the future. Twice a month we are going to be having karaoke performed by PM Entertainment. We had a trial run earlier in the month with a good turnout. If anyone has any more ideas for events that the Post could host Please let us know. Please join me in Congratulating our New Club Manager, Sharon Moehrke. Sharon was our acting Club Manager while we were collecting applications and completing interviews. Sharon did an outstanding job keeping up with all the Club Manager duties. Thank you to all who supported/helped Sharon with this. Once again Congratulations Sharon. We will be hosting Ride for Healing on May 27th. They we arrive at about 5:00 pm and we will be offering a meal and plenty of fun. Please mark your calendar and come down and join us in supporting our State Commander's Project. Once again I would like to remind anyone that would like to come to Post Meetings and is unable to attend because of no ride or you just need a little help getting around, Please call myself Tom Kabus @ 218-565-8141 Carl Pauna @ 248-269-5329 or the Post @ 218-879-2447. The meeting are the 2nd Thursday of each month, Dinner is provided at 6 pm, Post Meeting at 7pm and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. We are always looking for volunteers, please call and schedule to come down and help with one of our fundraisers. Again Thank You to all our Current and Past Volunteers you are Appreciated. The Post is still looking for a Quartermaster if you can help, come on down and we will let you know what entails.

Respectfully,
Tom Kabus
Post 3979
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

March April
1 Lighthouse 8-11 1 BINGO - VFW
1 Kitchen Fund 407 @ Club 4 Burger Night
4 BINGO at VFW 5 Kitchen Fund
4 BINGO - Sunnyside 8 BINGO - VFW
6 House Mtg 6:00 pm 10 Retired Men's Dinner
8 Steak & Fish Fry 11 Post / Aux Meeting
11  BINGO - VFW 15 BINGO - VFW
13 Retired Men's Dinner 18 Burger Night
14 Post / Aux Meeting 24 Retired Men's Dinner
18 BINGO - VFW 25 - 28 District Meeting Cook
21 Burger Night 29 BINGO - VFW
25 BINGO - VFW    
27 Retired Men's Dinner    

Well it is time again to write. The post has & will be busy in March & April.
 It all starts on March 1st 8-11 am at the Lighthouse of Cloquet. We also have a fundraiser that night at the club 4:7 pm. March is a time to start thinking of Spring. And no more snow. I hope this also means more members at meeting and volunteers. We need to keep this going into April. April we have another District meeting in Cook on the 26 & 27.

Respectfully
Kathy Randall
President of the Ladies Auxiliary to Post 3979

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
One of the many services provided by our post is the Honor Guard. The Guard provides full military rites at any veteran's funeral when families request the honors. The service includes final salute, 21 gun salute, playing of taps, flag folding and presentation of the flag to the family. These services are sincerely performed by comrades who shared the experience of Military Life. Services can be arranged for by: Rob Nelson Funeral Care 879-3225 or Tim Handevidt Funeral Home 879-4636. Both offer this impressive tribute to loved ones and do a excellent job arranging total services. I personally consider the two gentlemen "Friends of the VFW" and recommend them and their services. Arrangements for services can also be made by calling Leo Grochow 879-7480 or Louis Hubbell 879-3127 the honor guard was first formed in 1945 and is funded only by donations. The Post Officers will finish their terms June 30 and new officers should be elected at the March, April or May meetings. The post needs a new Quartermaster as my term is only temporary. The post needs a young man to do the job. The job is paid and I will speak to anyone interested and outline the work required. There are also other Post Officers, so get to the meetings and help run the post.

Respectfully,
Mark A. Raihala 879-8807

WANTED - QUARTERMASTER
Call VFW Post 3979 at 879-2447


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January - February 2013

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Midwinter Conference is coming up fast, January 25-27th in Minneapolis at the Marriott City Center and the Winter District meeting will be at Gilbert Post 4456 February 16-17th It would be nice to have as many attendees at these meetings as possible to represent our Post.
House Committee Meetings have been changed from 7pm to 6pm and meetings are normally the Wednesday one week prior to the meeting at the post. If anyone would like to attend the post meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month but cannot get a ride or needs help getting around, please contact Carl Pauna @ 218-260-5329, Tom Kabus @ 218-565-8141 or the post @ 218-879-2447 we will make arrangements to get you down to the post and back home. A free dinner is served at 6:00 pm and the Post meetings start at 7:00 pm and last roughly 1 1/2 hours.
We need a Quartermaster ASAP. If you would like to help your post out or know of someone that would, please let us know.

Respectfully,
Tom Kabus
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

January February
23 Retired Men's Lunch 1 Kitchen Fund 4-7
25-27 Midwinter Conference 4 BINGO at Sunnyside Nursing Hom
28 BINGO at VFW 4 BINGO at VFW
    7 Burger Nite
    12 House Meeting at 6:00
    13 Retired Men's Lunch
    14 Post and Aux mtg Meal at 6:00
    16-17 District Meeting at Gilbert
    18 BINGO at VFW
    21 Burger Nite
    25 BINGO at VFW
    27 Retired Men's Lunch
    28 Barbeque Ribs

Ladies I am sorry it is late.
I can't believe my year as your president is half over. I have learned so much from all of you ladies. I have also learned from the post. We need to have/keep and open and clear line of communication. This will insure that both the post and auxiliary will thrive into the future. We must also remember that we need new members.
I hope the auxiliary member who takes the office of president next year will have the help and support given to me.
Remember the Auxiliary is only as good as each of its members.

Respectfully
Kathy Randall
President of the Ladies Auxiliary to Post 3979

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
This report will be very short, because I have just been elected Quartermaster. I will finish the term of Tony Gist, who has resigned because of health problems. The post will be seeking a permanent replacement for the Quartermaster.
I am looking forward to working with the members to make our post the very best.

Respectfully,
Mark A. Raihala 879-8807

WANTED - QUARTERMASTER
Call VFW Post 3979 at 879-2447


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November - December 2012

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
During the last couple months we have had successful kitchen fundraisers and one Steak & Fish Fry with a great turnout. A big thank you goes out to all who helped with these events. We are having a lutefisk dinner on Nov. 17, and there will be a pancake breakfast at the Lighthouse in Cloquet on Nov. 16, cost is $3.00 a person and all proceeds go to the VFW.
The Honor Guard had their annual get together on September16th and the Past Commander/ Past President Dinner on September 29th turned out very well, I had a lot of fun and I can't tell you how honored I am to call you all fellow Comrades. On the evening of October 5th State Quartermaster Jim Hasselgrave conducted a Quartermaster training session, it was a great opportunity to learn more about the post. We received paperwork and information on where to turn for different issues. October 6th & 7th we had the District Meeting. The 1st day had a minimal attendees and the 2nd had a Great turnout. There was a lot of information thrown are way, but it was overall a great experience. The post is in need of a three year trustee, 1 house committee member and a committee chairman for the following: Buddy Poppy and Community Activities/ Citizenship Education if you are able to take one of these areas please let one of the officers know during the meeting so it can be voted on. I was disappointed over the turnout for POW/MIA appreciation day September 21st. and the Quartermaster's dinner that was on September 22nd. We need to remember our fallen heroes that are still sitting here among us. I strongly encourage everyone to attend these special functions as well as post meetings. lf anyone would like to attend the post meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month but cannot get a ride or needs help getting around please contact Carl Pauna @ 218-260-5329, Matt Selonen @ 605-209-1591, Tom Kabus @ 218-565-8141 or the Post @ 218-879-2447 we will make arrangements to get you down to the post and back home. A free dinner is served at 6:00pm and the Post meetings start at 7:00 pm and last roughly 1 1/2 hours. We are always looking for volunteers to help with Kitchen Fundraisers, Steak & Fish fry's, Lutefisk, Etc.... we all need to share the work and show support. If you can help please either call the post @ 218-879-2447 or myself @ 218-565-8141 Have a Great Veterans and Happy Thanksgiving!

Respectfully,
Tom Kabus
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

November December
2 Kitchen Fund - Hot Turkey Sand 1 Christmas Tea Auxiliary @ 1:00
Lutefisk  or Meatballs dinner 4-7
5 Bingo at Sunnyside @ 2:00 3 Bingo at Sunnyside @ 2:00
7 House meeting @ 7:00 pm 5 House meeting @ 7:00 pm
8 Post Auxiliary meeting @ 7:00
Dinner @ 6:00
7 Kitchen Fund - Hot Roast Beef
9 Steak & Fish Fry 4-7 12 Retired Men's Lunch
11 Veterans Day Dinner 13 Post/Aux Meeting @ 7:00, dinner at 6:00
12 Quilting 9:30 am 14 Steak and Fish Fry 4-7
14 Retired Men's Lunch 16 Christmas party for kids
17 Lutefisk 26 Retired Men's Lunch
28 Retired Men's Lunch    

At this time of year I begin to question myself and reflect. One question that comes up is "Why did I become a member of the VFW Auxiliary?" My answer is: because of all the sacrifices made by Fathers, Brothers, Uncles, Grandfathers, Mothers, Sisters, Aunts Grandmothers, Sons and Daughters. The list can go on, I feel a great pride and honor when I see our flag & sing our Anthem. I cry every time I hear taps & 21 gun salutes. It is because of our veterans that I can say this, because without them we might have a different flag and no anthem to sing. Remember our Veterans. Please pause on Veterans Day, November 11 and remember. I say, thank you to all our veterans and active military.

Kathy Randall
Post 3979 Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
No information at this time.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Anthony L. Gist,
Quartermaster, VFW Post 3979


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September - October 2012

COMMANDERS CORNER

Greetings Comrades,
We have introduced some changes since my first month, like signing in when arriving at the Post, checks being signed in person rather than using rubber stamps, dinner hours changing to 4:30 - 7:30 pm and Happy Hour changing to 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Also Matt Selonen has switched to House Committee Chair and Jim Burman has switched to Jr. Vice.
We are really pushing membership so if you know someone that would like to join or needs info about the VFW please get that info to them. If you have any ideas about getting membership and/or getting current members dues paid up please let us know. We have info and applications for new recruits just let us know what you need. Past Commander/Past President dinner September 24th. If you have any ideas or want to help with this process please let us know.
Our Kitchen fund is going great and we are starting our steak & fish fry in September any help with these functions would be greatly appreciated.
Remember The Labor Day Parade is on September 3rd.
If you have any questions or problems don't hesitate to call myself or any other Officer.

Respectfully,
Tom Kabus
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

September October
3 Labor Day Parade - Lunch to follow 1 Bingo at Sunnyside 2:00 pm
4 House Meeting 7:00 pm 3 House Meeting 7:00 pm
7 K Fundraiser - Hot Turkey Sandwich 4 - 7:00 5 K Fundraiser - Hot Beef Sandwich 4-7:00
10 Bingo at Sunnyside 2:00 pm 6-7 District Meeting (6th at Northeastern, 7th at Club
12 Retired Men's Lunch 10 Retired Men's Lunch
13 Post/Aux Meeting, dinner at 6:00 11 Post/Aux Meeting, dinner at 6:00
14-16 Fall Conference - Plymouth MN 12 Steak and Fish Fry
16 Honor Guard Party 24 Retired Men's Lunch
21 Steak and Fish Fry 28 Halloween Party for Kids at 1:00 pm
26 Retired Men's Lunch    
29 Past Commander/President Dinner at 6:00 pm    

Now that summer is winding down and Fall will be in the air. It is time to get back to routines. Events at the Club will begin to pick up and we will be asking for volunteers.
Please let's everyone help out. I also need remind the Life Members to pay for your Cancer insurance. The cost is $3.70 for a year. Please pay Lil Lavoy.
Annual members please remember to get your dues for next year paid. The cost has gone up to $20.00 for a year. Please pay your dues to Lil. It would be great to reach 100% membership.
I would also like to thank all the ladies for all your help and support. it is greatly appreciated.
Please remember to pick up pans from the kitchen.

Kathy Randall
Post 3979 Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
During my first two months in office there was a large learning curve and a lot of expectations brought on with my new position as post Quartermaster, however, with due diligence and the support and patience of our fellow comrades who have so much knowledge to share, I feel we are off to a great start this year.
Just recently at the district quarterly meeting I was given the opportunity to have advice and experience passed on to me from many past and present Quartermasters and Commanders including a one on one breakfast with State Commander Lee Ulferts. I feel there is much to be learned from so many people who have done this job in their VF\A careers, and I cannot wait to draw from all the experience of the members of this post.
In the coming months our biggest challenge is going to be meeting up to our District Commanders recruiting and retention goals in order to bring District 8 also known as the "8 Balls" so fondly coined by our District Commander Bob Posch, up to the State recruiting top performer. My personal challenge to each and every one of you is to contact one member who simply needs to get current on their dues or contact a potential new member so we may have the opportunity to bring them into this great brotherhood of past and present Veterans.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Anthony L. Gist,
Quartermaster, VFW Post 3979


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July - August 2012

COMMANDERS CORNER

Comrades,
I would like to start by thanking everyone for a year well done. Special thanks to our officers for doing a great job and allowing the younger blood to come in, to keep the VFW running strong. With your help and experience we will have another great year. New officers, thanks for stepping up to the challenge.

Thanks Comrades
Tom Kabus
Commander Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

July August
2 BINGO at Nursing Home 2:00 1 House Meeting 7:00
4 Serving Food After Parade 9 Meeting Night, dinner at 6:00
6 K Fund Meal - Hot Turkey Sandwich 10 K Fund Meal - Hot Beef Sandwich
11 House Meeting 7:00 14 Cooties Meeting
12 Meeting Night, dinner at 6:00 31 Country Store 7:00 - Dinner 4:00 - 7:00

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the membership. My name is Kathy Randall. I live and work in Cloquet. I have 4 adult children. My oldest son is currently serving in the Navy. He is a Chief.
I am honored to be your new Auxiliary President. I hope we have a great and successful year. I look forward to meeting and working with many of you throughout the year.

Kathy Randall
Post 3979 Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
I would like to present new Quartermaster Tony Gist. Tony served in the Navy for 5 years and completed two combat missions in the Gulf War. He is a fine young man and I am sure he will do a fine job. Comrades please give Tony all the support you can.
In other news; The Post has a new accounting service. The J & C Accounting, Scanlon. I believe we will have better service and reduction in cost.

Respectfully,
Marc A Raihala
Your Retired Quartermaster


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May - June 2012

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades,
I hope all is well with everyone. This will be my last letter to the chapter for the year. And it has been a great year for the VFW and myself. We have some things coming up for the post that need to be brought out for May and June. In May we will be having our Buddy Poppy Day on May Third. All help is needed and will be appreciated. I will be in St Paul that day but will be asking for help for us on this. We will be having our Memorial Day Ceremonies on the 28th day of May. Our new Commander will be doing this as I will be at a Viet Nam Veterans reunion that weekend for the Unit I was in.
Our Steak and Walleye fry will be ending for the year in June so the May one will be the last one for the summer. The first one for the new year will be in August by the auxiliary. I hope every one will help our new Commander as much as I have been helped this last year. It has been a wonderful time working with all of you and I will remain with you all as long as I can.

Espree De Corp
Commander,
TEDDY ERICKSON

AUXILIARY NEWS

May June
2 House Committee 7:00 1 K Fund Meal - Hot Pork Sand.
3 Burger and Smelt Night 4-7 4 BINGO at Nursing Home 2:00
7 BINGO at Nursing Home 2:00 6 House Committee 7:00
10 VFW & Auxiliary Meetings, Eat 6:00 7 Burger Night 4-7
11 Walleye or  Steak 4-7 12 Cootie Mtgs 2:00
12 Meeting Night dinner at 6 14 Meeting Night
17 Burger and Smelt Night 4-7 21 Burger Night
18 Hot Beef 22 Cootie Fish and Shrimp 4-7
25 Cootie Fish and Shrimp 4-7    
28 Memorial Day    

Thank you to everyone who has worked on their chairmanships this year. As the largest auxiliary in our District and a busy one, we certainly have a tradition of caring.
Memorial Day is coming up this month. We have lost a number of auxiliary sisters this past year. We offer our sympathy to their families and loved ones.
My year is fast coming to an end and we will be having a new slate of officers take over after June convention which is from the 20th through the 24th of June in Rochester.
Thank you to everyone who will be coming out to help promote POPPY DAY on the 4th of May. If you haven't sent in your Poppy Cards donations to Lil, please do so.
Several of the auxiliary and Post membership shown up to volunteer for the Troops return home lunches. Thank you so much.
Thank you to everyone who worked on and donated food for the joint kitchen fund buffet. We had a good turnout of food and customers.
The pizza Party for the School Patrol was a big success. Thank you to all Post and Auxiliary members who worked on that. Rich Chasse made the citations and did a great job.

Motto: Striving together to work for the benefit of our Veterans.

Alma Ojala
President Hebert Kennedy Auxiliary to Post # 3979

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
The annual tax returns for the Post provided some real concern for the Post and your Quartermaster. The accountant next door to the club prepares the returns. All the information was given to the person, however he did not complete the work on time. The IRS penalized the Post $1,000.00 for late filing due within 30 days. Your Quartermaster requested the accountant work out a solution to the problem. I was told to suck it up and have the Post pay the penalty. The accountant denied any liability. Your Quartermaster filed a claim with the IRS to have them drop the charges. The 30 days time was almost up and the Post paid the $1,000.00. The claim letter finally was reviewed by the IRS and, whoopee, the IRS approved the claim and refunded our $1,000.00.
Remember loved ones on Memorial Day and make sure you help the disabled vets by donating to the Poppy Day Fund.

Respectfully,
Marc A Raihala


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March - April 2012

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades,
I hope the winter has been good to all. It has been extremely warm and very little snow as yet.
We are setting up for the election of our new officers for 2012-2013 so if you have someone you want, our nominations will be held again on March 8, 2012 and the last Nomination and election will be at our April meeting. We will be needing a Commander, Quartermaster and a Senior Vice at least as we see it now.
Please pay up your Membership dues so you will continue to receive your VFW Magazine and this News Letter we put out with all the info for area. If you have friends relatives or know of anyone eligible to join ask them and get them on as one of our members. The more members we have in the VFW the better our Congress will listen to us for our Veteran benefits and laws. Be sure you carry an application in your pocket to have a new member fill out.
Our post Steak and Fish fry will be March 9, 2012, the Cooty fish fry will be March 23, 2012. The District Spring Fling will be on April 4, 2012, in Silver Bay. Our next District meeting is the Loyalty Day meeting April 27-29 and our Cooty fish fry is on the 27 of April so we may need help at the post for that, and put points up to become a Cooty Member, talk to Donald Douglas.
My thanks go out to everyone who is so helping with making my Year with the VFW such a good one. When I was gone in January and in February, Marc and Matt did such a wonderful job for our Valentines Day. Much thanks to them.

Espree De Corp
Commander,
TEDDY ERICKSON

AUXILIARY NEWS

March April
1 Burger Night 4-7 2 BINGO at Nursing Home 2:00
2 Hot Turkey Sandwiches 4-7 4 House Committee 7:00
5 BINGO at Nursing Home 2:00 5 Burger Night 4-7
House Committee. Mtg 7:00 6 All you can eat Buffet 4-7
8 VFW & Auxiliary Meetings, Eat 6:00 11 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00
9 Fish or  Steak 4-7 12 Post and Aux Mtgs
14 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00 13 Fish or  Steak 4-7
15 Burger Night 4-7 17 School Patrol Party
16 Taco Night 4-7 19 Burger Night 4-7
22 Rib Feed 4-7 25 Retired Men's Lunch
24 Cootie Fish and Shrimp 4-7 26 Rib Feed 4-7
28 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00 27 Cootie Fish and Shrimp 4-7
29 Coney Night    
30 Hot Beef    

Ladies we are going to be having a couple of busy months.
Legislative day is March 15th in St. Paul at the Capitol.
April Meeting per by-law book: elective offices shall be nominated and elected at a regular business meeting in April. Each year one Trustee shall be elected for a 3 year period. Sisters, please step up and fill these offices and accept chairmanships.
April 27, 28 and 29 are the Loyalty Days in Gilbert. We would like a good attendance.
Thank you to the Members who have paid your dues. To those who haven't paid, remember the reason you joined and please continue to support our Veterans. Don't forget
Life Members, ..... that the cancer insurance is $3.70. Pay Lil.
*The all you can eat buffet is something Commander Teddy and I have discussed, after an informal get together of a group of auxiliary officers. Proceeds to go to the Kitchen fund. We hope to get this passed on our respective floors, and will be asking for donations of food. The kitchen fund is in need of our support at this time.
The Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen local winners will be at our joint meeting in March. Please plan on attending.

Motto: Striving together to work for the benefit of our Veterans.

Alma Ojala
President Hebert Kennedy Auxiliary to Post # 3979

Quartermasters Report

Comrades,
The officers of the VFW will end their year of service on June 30, 2012. Members are encouraged to come to the meetings where your new post officers will be elected. We need members interested in keeping our post active.
The Valentine's Day party was a happy event with Elvis singing and a great meal. The idea to have Elvis as entertainment came from Marion, my wife, who always has the right idea at the right time. The ladies should be thanked as well as Matt for work on the event.
This is my last year as quartermaster, because of many other projects and the knowledge that a younger man would have more energy for the work. I do thank all who helped make the job easier this last year.

Respectfully,
Marc A Raihala


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January - February 2012

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades,
Comrades, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and are going for a wonderful 2012. We had some very good parties for December and are now ready for our New Year. We are having our mid winter conference, it is set for January 20th and January 21st, 2012.
We have a lot of members that need to get back into the VFW and we are taking new members also. We need all the members we can get, so please sign up.
We will be having a Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner on the 13 of January from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and it promises to be a very good dinner. We have a lot of good things planned for Jan and February.
I hope to see everyone at the January meeting on January 12, 2012. And as ever, the best to everyone, and we would like to thank all of you who are so very active with the VFW. Our hearts go out to you.

Espree De Corp
Commander,
TEDDY ERICKSON

AUXILIARY NEWS

January February
2 BINGO at Nursing Home 1 House Comm. Meeting 6:00
4 House Comm. Meeting 6:00 2 Burger Night 4-7
5 Burger Night 4-7 3 Hot Turkey Sandwiches 4-7
6 Hot Turkey Sandwiches 4-7 6 BINGO at Nursing Home
7 Omelets 8 am - 11 am 8 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00
11 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00 9 Meeting Night, Dinner at 6:00
12 Meeting Night, Dinner at 6:00 10 Steak or Walleye 4-7
13 Lutefisk or Meatballs 4-7 11-12 District Mtg in Duluth
14 Comedy Show 8-10 Dinner 5-7 16 Burger Night 4-7
20-21 Midwinter n Mpls 17 Tacos 4-7
21 Band Stranded 22 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00
25 Retired Men's Lunch 23 BBQ Ribs 4-7
26 BBQ Ribs 4-7 24 Cootie Fish and Shrimp 4-7
27 Cootie Fish and Shrimp 4-7    

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you all a blessed and happy holiday season. Now is the time to settle in for a long cold winter. We continue to have alot of activities going on at the club. We hope to see many of you there.
Thank you to all of those who took the time in the busy holiday season to donate your hours to club activities. Also to those who donated food or items. The children's party was a huge success. The Auxiliary Christmas Tea is a fun social event. Thank you. I am always open to new ideas, if you have an idea or a pet project, please talk to me about it, it just might be something we can work on through the Auxiliary.
Life members, if you have not paid your cancer insurance, please pay it now. The way I look at it.... I cant afford not to. One never knows who or when that disease will strike.
We will be needing to raise the yearly dues. Have you considered going life membership? Lil is the membership chairman. Please talk to her.
District meeting is on Saturday, Feb., 12 at 8:00 am in Duluth. It would be so great to have a good showing from Cloquet. The meetings are for everyone, not just the officers.

Motto: Striving together to work for the benefit of our Veterans.

Alma Ojala
President Hebert Kennedy Auxiliary to Post # 3979

Quartermasters Report

Seasons Greetings to all.
January is the halfway mark of the Officers Terms. The Officers have worked hard to provide members with a fine post. The building is in good shape, with a new back entry, and with many more activities than ever before. Thanks much guys!
Membership is low. And I do encourage every member to ask a friend to join the VFW. Have you asked anyone to join in the last 30 days? Lets get the new member.

Respectfully,
Marc A Raihala

Any Non-life members attending 7 or more regular VFW Post Meetings will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the 2011-2012 year for a life membership.

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November - December 2011

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades,
I am hoping everybody is doing well and that you are ready for winter. Our weather is cooling down and we need things to do to keep us warmer. We, at the VFW, have a lot of different functions that will help with that if you have a little extra time and would like to volunteer for something, One thing they do is the Quilting Bee at the club If you are interested contact Lil and she will help you get started.
The VFW and the American Legion will be putting on a free dinner, on Veterans Day for the Veterans, with a small charge for non-Veterans this will be at the VFW post on November 11, 2011, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
We need New Members in our post; we want any, and all, Veterans of Foreign Wars from our area to join. A yearly Membership is $25.00r I will pay $5.00 of that for you if you will join this VFW starting now in November until the end or my term in June. There are many things that are done by joining; one is the life insurance that you have at no charge to you. The VFW gives special deals at Hotels and motels as you travel, and does a lot of things in our area for a host of different functions, and we need the help of people being members. See if you can help get a new member for the post.
We have many functions going on in November and December a Lutefisk and Meatball dinner on Dec 16 food every Friday and most Thursdays, a Christmas party for the children in December and a bunch of things around the county and at rest Homes.
I am hoping we have a prosperous and healthy winter and a lot of fun with the VFW.

Espree De Corp
Commander,
TEDDY ERICKSON

AUXILIARY NEWS

November December
3 Burger Night 4-76 pm 1 Burger Night 4-7 pm
4 Chicken or Fish Sandwich 4-7 pm 2 BBQ Ribs 4-7 pm
7 Nursing Home BINGO 2 pm 8 Meeting Night
9 Retired Men's Meeting - noon 14 Retired Men's Meeting - noon
10 Meeting Night 7 pm 16 Lutefisk or Meatballs 4-7 pm
11 Post and Legion Dinner for Veterans Day 3-6 pm 18 Children's Christmas Party
15 All you can eat Buffet 4-7 pm 23 Fish or Shrimp Sponsored by Cooties 4-7 pm
18 Taco Night 4-7 pm 25 Have a Blessed Christmas
19 Marine Corps Ball 31 New Year's Eve
25 Fish or Shrimp Sponsored by Cooties 4-7 pm    
26 Auxiliary Christmas Tea    

Holidays are corning up. Please don't forget the Veterans and Auxiliary members in the Nursing Homes or Hospitals. Maybe we know someone who is homebound. Give them a call. A visit would be great.
November especially is very busy at the Post. Please volunteer if you can. Check with Alma to see where help is needed.
As always Membership is a big thing. Do you know anyone who is eligible? Sign them up. Invite them to a meeting. The Christmas Tea is a great social time to be bringing someone who is new We are having It in November this year to kick off the Christmas season. Plan on attending. Hope to see a lot of long time members there.

Motto: Striving together to work for the benefit of our Veterans.

Alma Ojala
President Hebert Kennedy Auxiliary to Post # 3979

Quartermasters Report

I was talking to a Vet, encouraging him to join the VFW. When he finally signed to join, I asked him what he thought was an important benefit being a VFW member. He said, "The Post has many things which are important to Vets but I like the many activities, dinners, hamburger night, bingo, dancing., bands and a chance to be a part of a great club."
The reason I have told the story is this; we have a great Post, all members should use it.
Quartermaster state reports are all sent in and Hebert Kennedy 3979 is in good standing.

Respectfully,
Marc A Raihala

Any Non-life members attending 7 or more regular VFW Post Meetings will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the 2011-2012 year for a life membership.

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September - October 2011

COMMANDERS NOTES

I would like to thank everyone that has been coming to the meals and meetings we have had. I would also like to thank everyone that has helped with our fund raisers this past year. Our V.F.W. member-ship is falling, so I would like to help increase it. We would like to put all new members who make it to 6 post meetings and help with some of our fund raisers, this year, to have a chance for a life membership. We also wish to bring all members up to date on their dues for the year, if some need help let us know. We would like all to become full life members, and can maybe get you in by working for the life membership.
We will be having the Cooties fish and seafood dinners again this year on the 4th Friday of each month. So there will be food at the club every Friday night, we need people to sign-up to help with meals we are preparing, and all the other functions for the V.F.W.
We are planning a miniature Golf day on September 10, 2011 at the Miniature Gold Course on Sunnyside, next to the Family Tradition Restaurant. A golf shirt and a miniature golf game will be given for $10.00 and all proceeds will go for the Troop Boxes for the troops we sent over to Iraq this year. We will have lots of prizes and fun there and at the Post Bar and Home that day.
Again we have to have the dues brought up to date and any new brothers and sisters brought in to the Post for our next years membership.

Espree De Corp
Commander,
TEDDY ERICKSON

AUXILIARY NEWS

September October
2 Pancake Breakfast $2.00 held at Light House Home 2 Cootie Grand Mtg 9 am
8 Meeting Night, eat at 6 pm 6 Hamburger Night 4-7 pm
9 Steak or Walleye 4-7 pm 8-9 District Mtg in Deer River 8-10 am
10 Golf Tournament 12 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00 pm
14 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00 pm 13 Meeting Night, eat at 6 pm
15 Hamburger Night 4-7 pm 14 Steak or Walleye 4-7 pm
23 Cootie Fish or Shrimp 4-7 pm 20 Hamburger Night 4-7 pm
28 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00 pm 26 Retired Men's Lunch 12:00 pm
30 Sandwich Night 4-7 pm 28 Cootie Fish or Shrimp 4-7 pm
    29 Past Comm./Past Presidents Dinner
    30 Kids Halloween Party

It is the fall season and things are looking busier. We have been asked to do the Retired Men's lunches again this year. We are hoping we have a good number of men at these. Remind your husbands or male friends to attend.
Thank you to all the sisters who donated to and who worked at the Cancer Aid and Research Dinner and Country Store in August. Thank you to the Post Members who helped us also. We had a good turnout for an important fundraiser.
The children's Halloween Party is being planned. Please consider helping.
Its not too early to think about Veterans Day. We will need a lot of help for this.
I have heard a substantial rumor that Per Capita is going to be raised. This will mean an increase in dues next year. Its a good time to think about switching to life member-ship; then raises wouldn't affect you.
Hope to see YOU at our next meeting. We need your support.

Motto: Striving together to work for the benefit of our Veterans.

Alma Ojala
President Hebert Kennedy Auxiliary to Post # 3979

Quartermasters Report

Comrades: Here is my membership pitch. I hope it will help you sign-up new members. Dear Comrade,
I am asking you to join your local VFW here in Cloquet. You membership is important to you and the VFW. I have listed some of the many things the VFW can do for members.

  1. If a member has cancer and is taking chemotherapy -- the VFW will pay mileage for therapy (Max of $150.00)
  2. The Club offers true comradeship and many good time for members when they get together.
  3. When a member is hospitalized our Chaplin sends a card and $10.00
  4. The County Veterans Service officer comes to our Club to keep you up to date on Veterans Benefits. Our Service Officer will help with any applications needed.
  5. If your wife should die, The Club will send your wife $50.00.
  6. If you should pass away, The Club will send your wife $100.00.
  7. A Veterans Magazine and a Post Bulletin is sent to keep you up to date on Veterans Benefits and Post Activities. The National provides free accident insurance.
  8. Our Honor Guard provides services at funerals for Veterans.
  9. The VFW sponsors golf and bowling teams.

WE NEED YOU AS A MEMBER AND I BELIEVE YOU WILL NEED THE VFW SOME DAY. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MARC RAIHALA 879-8807 OR THE POST AT 879-2447.

Respectfully,
Marc A Raihala

Any Non-life members attending 7 or more regular VFW Post Meetings will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the 2011-2012 year for a life membership.

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July - August 2011

COMMANDERS NOTES

I will be leading Post 3979 for the next year and I hope we have a good year. I hope our problems can be solved easily, if we have prob-lems or troubles bring them to me or our Auxiliary President, Alma, first and we will try to get them corrected.
The next thing I would like to address is our Membership. We would like to take in eligible veterans as new members. We would like to get all of our existing members to pay for the new year if they haven't yet. We need the new projects and help the new members can bring to the post along with the help for that and the things we are already doing that are so important and fruitful to the well-being of our unit.
The next issue we will discuss are the three things we have and what we need to do to remedy a bad situation. We have the Post, Auxiliary and the Bar, they are all very important to our well-being. We need them all to be together as they are under the same roof, we need good ideas and some new ideas and maybe some past ideas to keep it all working as it did in the past. First off, we need to talk good, to and about, the ones in the other departments or our unit.
We need to bring this Post, Auxiliary and Bar to the top of the State. I will take any suggestions and ideas to the House Committee for action.
I hope my year goes well here with all of you and we all get along well. All our Command are very capable as is our auxiliary and bar. Espree De Corp

Commander,
TEDDY ERICKSON

AUXILIARY NEWS

July August
4 Parade - Food served after ... Hot Dogs & Polish w/beans, chips & pickles 1 Nursing Home Bingo
8 Fish Basket 4-7 pm 11 Post & Aux Meeting, Dinner 6 pm, Meeting 7 pm
11 Nursing Home Bingo 12 Aux Fish Fry/Steak Dinner 4-7 at the Country Store
14 Meeting Night 26 Cootie Shrimp/Fish Dinner
29 Cootie Shrimp/Fish Dinner 4-7    
NO BURGER OR RIB FEEDS JULY OR AUGUST

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS:
Greetings Sisters.
I am honored to be your President for the ensuing year. I hope it can be a busy and productive one. Our fiscal year for membership starts now, which means it is time to pay your dues if you are an annual member. We hope to see many of you at our meetings.
Our Country Store and fish fry which is an annual fund raiser for Cancer is coming on Aug.12. Not a lot of time to get to work on your projects. Chairman is Kathy Peterson. She will be asking for your sup port and help as well as items for the store.
Although our summer schedule is lighter than usual, we can never forget the reason we all joined. To aid and work for our Veterans. Our new chairmanships have been appointed and I know the leaders of these are planning on doing some great things. However these can't be done alone. We need to work together. When a chairman approaches you to get some assistance, please consider doing what ever you can.
The auxiliary has recently started a quilting group, to make quilts for Silver Bay or other needy Veterans. If interested contact Lorraine Henschel at 879-6505.
Please report your Community Service hours to Sandy Franke at 310-5863. She is continuing to work with the Post to get these reports done and in to department.
This is YOUR Auxiliary. Let us make it strong and effective, in working to make Veterans issues known, and in assisting the Post to keep working on Veteran s needs.

Motto: Striving together to work for the benefit of our Veterans.

Alma Ojala
President Hebert Kennedy Auxiliary to Post # 3979

Quartermasters Report

My name is Marc Raihala and I will be your new Quartermaster for the coming year. Since my term as Quartermaster is only a few days old this report will be short. I will make myself available to members and concerns about VFW operations.

Respectfully,
Marc Raihala - 879-8807

Any Non-life members attending 7 or more regular VFW Post Meetings will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the 2011-2012 year for a life membership.

Feature Article

ATTENTION POST MEMBERS: Your Post is in need of assistance to fill vacancies on the House Committee...CAN YOU HELP???
The House Committee is made of 5 to 7 Post members for the purpose of assisting in the management, upkeep and maintenance of the Post Home overall; including the compliance of Department of Minnesota Club Rules and the City of Cloquet Liquor Laws.
The House Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and occasional special meeting if required to handle immediate concerns. The regular meetings are open to the entire membership and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Due to the recent restructuring of the House Committee and Club Management we are asking for assistance from Post members in an effort to fill Supervisory and Assistants for the Building; Club Activities; Kitchen; Public Relations and Sergeant-at-Arms.
If you are interested in being a part of YOUR House Committee in any of these capacities and/or have questions, concerns or comments please give me a call at 878-0933 and I will be happy to assist in any way I can.

Jim Burman, Chairman,
House Committee to VFW Post # 3979


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May - June 2011

COMMANDERS NOTES

The end of my term is fast coming upon me. It has been a good year as we have expanded events at the post a lot, though the efforts of some of our members and our manager. For their efforts we thank them for their service to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Membership this year is not at 100% I am sorry to say. The membership year starts on January 1st not July 1st. for those who choose to pay their dues in July or later for 2011, you are losing of the year's membership credit. I am sorry for your loss!!!! Life membership is still a good deal thanks to the post, however, I not sure how much longer the post can offer the deal it presently has. This will be discussed in the near future at our regular meetings.
The election of post officers has been accomplished and the following new officers will be installed come the May meeting:

Post Officer   House Committe
Commander Teddy Erickson   Chair - Tom
Sr. Vice Gary Dahl   Gary Dahl
Jr. Vice Brian Saaristo   Joe Turcott
Quartermaster Marc Raihala   Jim Burman
Assistant QM Matt Selonen   Tony Jurek
3 year Trustee Don Douglas   Leo Grochow
Chaplain Tony Jurek   Dugan Nephew
       

There will be no Post Fish/Steak Dinner for the months of June and July but will resume on August 12 with the Auxiliary Fish/Steak and will start again for the post in September.
VFW post 3979 is now hosting. Cootie Meetings on the even months of the calendar. If you are a life member of a former pup tent you are welcome to come check us out. The scratch will be the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We also sponsor a cootie dinner at the post on the 4th Friday of each month.
I would like to thank all the post members and Auxiliary members that have made this year a successful year. Without their help it would not have happened. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

LOYALY

Don Douglas
Commander VFW Post 3979


To all the good members of Herbert Kennedy Post 3979 V.F.W. Cloquet, my name is Teddy Erickson, I will be your new Commander starting in July, as Donald Douglas's term will be ending. I hope we can continue on with the good record of activities as has been done in the past.
I am past Commander of the Carlton County Disabled American Veterans unit 2007-2008. I am the Golden Rodent (Commander) of the Trench Rat# 620 Northern Minnesota auxiliary of the D.A.V. I am a member of the Cooties Pup Tent #5 out of Duluth and Cloquet and the Northland Viet-Nam Veterans.
I am a Viet-Nam Veteran an Army Grunt carried a machine gun for a while than the Radio. I was in the 9th division from Saigon south in the Delta. Always willing and always wet.
I live in Wrenshall and have a farm that my family and I farm and raise beef cattle, hay and grain on.
Our hopes are to bring the 3979 V.F.W. to the highest position in the state for all local posts. To attempt this project we will need a lot of help on all of our projects, so if you have any extra time that you can help please call one of us so we can take your donation of time. We also need people to help and take charge of our committees for all our endeavors', to learn the ways, and to bring their knowledge and ways to the post.

Your Comrade,
Teddy Erickson

AUXILIARY NEWS

May June
2 Nursing Home 1 House Committee Meeting
4 House Committee Meeting 2 Burger Night
5 Burger or Smelt Night 3 Rib Feed
6 Buddy Poppy Day
Rib Feed
6 Nursing Home Bingo
12 Meeting Night 9 Meeting Night
13 Fish/Steak Fry 15 - 19 Department Convention
19 Burger or Smelt Night 16 Burger Night
30 Memorial Day    

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: This serves as a mandatory 30 day notice of a special election. Due to the resignation of a Trustee it will be necessary to hold a special election at our June 9, 2011 meeting to fill this vacancy for the 2011 - 2012 program year. ANY member in good standing is eligible to hold this office. The new officers for 2011 - 2012 program year were elected at the April meeting. Your new line of officers will assume their duties at the close of the Department Convention on June 19, 2011. Your officers are:

title Officer Title Officer
President Alma Ojala Conductress Sandy Franke
Sr. Vice Ruth Blesh Guard Helen Steide
Jr. Vice Chris Pirila Trustee #1 OPEN
Secretary Renee Cragen Trustee #2 June Lembke
Treasurer Lil LaVoy Trustee #3 Joanne Douglas
Chaplain Marge Jurek    

It is hard to believe that this is the last article as your Auxiliary President.... but all good things must come to an end. It is with a bag of mixed emotions that I write this article. It has been an HONOR and a PRIVILEGE to serve as your Auxiliary President for the past 3 years. The experience has been a roller coaster ride at times - but always a learning process...and very fulfilling!! During my time in office I quickly learned to seek the guidance and advice of our former Presidents; officers; and members. I am so very grateful that these sisters have continued their dedication and remain active.
ATTENTION ANNUAL MEMBERS: At the June 9th meeting I will be holding a special drawing. Throughout the past year I have set aside "tips" earned at various dinners to pay for a life membership for one lucky member, however, there are some requirements. To be eligible for this special drawing you have to be a member in good standing (and you all are): you MUST attend the June 9th meeting; present your current membership card and be willing to accept a LIFE MEMBER SHIP in our Ladies Auxiliary. This is my personal gift back to the Auxiliary. So, annual dues payers.....are you up to the offer???? See you at the meeting....and good luck to each and every one of you.
Just as a reminder..., the June meeting meal is provided by the Auxiliary every year and it is a POT LUCK meal - please come join us and bring a dish to share.
In closing, please always remember the foundation of this great organization -VETERANS !!!

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

As most of you know, our post supported the State VFW Golf Tournament for the last two years. This year Mankato Post 950 will be hosting the tournament. Entry deadline is July 24th. Last years participants will have priority until June 30th. Entry fee is $70.00. Please contact the post for an application and for more information, or call Dave Oberle, Tournament Director at (507) 625-1375.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the VFW

Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster


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March - April 2011

COMMANDERS NOTES

The 2009/2010 membership year has ended and the 2011/2012 membership year has begun, sorry to say we have lost a few members in good standing. I'm not sure if its because of our lack of persistence on our part or a lack of interest on their part. I have instructed the Quartermaster to clean up the roster of members and anyone not having paid their dues by March 15th will be dropped from the roster, their news letter will not be coming and it will interrupt their receiving a VFW magazine. Please get your dues paid before this happens.
Club Activities: The Military Order of the Cooties, the VFW Honor Society, is now sponsoring a Fish or Shrimp Dinner on the last Friday of each month at the Post Home. The price is $9.00 per dinner.
The post has authorized the startup of a Men's Auxiliary for VFW Post 3979 Cloquet, eligibility for the auxiliary will be the same as the Ladies Auxiliary. For any question concerning your eligibility please contact the post home and they will forward your name and number to a post officer to call you back. We are hoping to get it started up by mid-March 2011.
Post Elections 2011/2012 were opened at the last meeting: however, they were closed because of poor turnout of members. They will be opened again next meeting March 10th 2011 for nomination of any member in good standing with the VFW. If the offices are not filled at the April meeting the Department will be notified and they will take whatever action they deem appropriate, including closing of the VFW Club. Hopefully this will not happen.
VFW 3979 Cloquet will be hosting the STATE VFW CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENT on 26 and 27 March 2011. All members of the VFW and Ladies and Men's Auxiliary are eligible to participate. I will need volunteers to run this event - Judges, setup people etc. If you wish to help let me know. Call 218-384-4426 and if no one answers please leave a name and number and I will call you back.
REMEMBER - WE NEED EVERY MEMBERS TALENT TO MAINTAIN THIS VFW POST - REGARDLESS OF HOW SMALL IT MAY BE PERCEIVED AS BEING.

LOYALY

Don Douglas
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

March April
2 House Committee Meeting 1 Rib Feed
3 Burger Night 4 Nursing Home BINGO
4 Rib Feed 6 House Committee Meeting
7 Nursing Home BINGO 7 Burger Night
9 Retired Men's Dinner 8 Fish/Steak Fry
10 Meeting Night 13 Retired Men's Dinner
11 Fish/Steak Fry 14 Meeting Night
17 Burger Night 15 School Safety Patrol Party
18 Salad/Hot dish Buffet 21 Burger Night
23 Retired Men's Dinner 22 Fish/Shrimp Dinner
25 Fish/Shrimp Dinner 27 Retired Men's Dinner
26 - 27 Department Cribbage Tournament 29 - May 1 Loyalty Days - Gilbert
29 Legislative Day Trip    

Our Auxiliary is holding an all you can eat Salad/Hot dish fundraiser on Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Post Home from 4 to 7 p.m. for a mere $5.00 per plate. The proceeds from this will go toward the cost of refurbishing a room at the Silver Bay Veterans Home. Please donate a dish to share; volunteer to help out: make a monetary donation; or just stop in and support this very worthwhile project !!! Chris Pirila has volunteered to make phone calls to all of us asking for donations. Thank you Chris!!
The annual Legislative Day at the Capitol is set for Tuesday, March 29, 2011. There will once again be a bus provided at a cost of $10.00 per person that will pick us up behind Super One at 5:45 a.m. and we usually return before 4 p.m. ALL are welcome to join us - Call either Lil or me to sign up in advance for the bus prior to March 19th.
Treasurer Lil has asked that the life members who have not yet paid their $3.70 annual cancer insurance please do so now. The annual premium is well worth the benefit and none of us know when we may be in need of this insurance...please do not let it lapse!!!
Ladies - please encourage your male partners to join the Retired Men's Dinner Group that meets at the Post Home on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month through April. Our Auxiliary provides a full meal for $8.00 a plate and the profit from these dinners goes toward scholarships for area youth. Each meeting hosts a guest speaker and is quite informative. Encourage your men to join in and attend!!!
Our VFW Post will soon have a new addition and would like our support with this effort. The Post is in the process of recruiting members for a Men's Auxiliary. Eligibility for this group is the same as for the Ladies Auxiliary -just the opposite gender. I hope you will join me in welcoming and encouraging this new factor of our great organization and invite them to get involved. They hope to up and running by April.
Our annual Buddy Poppy Day has been set for Friday, May 6, 2011. PLEASE mark it on your calendar and plan on donating a few hours for this special day. Times and locations of volunteers needed can be obtained from Lil.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

As you can see in this news letter, we've come up with many great entrees for March. Every Friday there will be something different. These wonderful events are only possible because of our volunteers. The more events we do, the more help we need. If you've thought about becoming involved, now is the time. Please call the club at 879-2447 or myself at 879-7413.

Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster

Poppy Day 2011

Poppy Day 2011 is May 6th 2011 - This is a 1 day event that happens every year to help the Post/Auxiliary relief funds. Volunteers setup at various location to distribute poppies and receive donations to keep our relief funds healthy. The more personnel available the more locations we can setup at. If you can spare a few hours of your day to help this effort please contact me at 591-5727 to setup a location and time for the generous donation of your time spent for this proud tradition.

DON DOUGLAS
COMMANDER VFW POST 3979

Feature Article

March 26 and 27 the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3979 Cloquet will be hosting a State VFW Cribbage Tournament at the Post home. 1st round will began at the post home 8AM 26 March, with the top 25% moving on to the final round on the 27th at 8AM. All others will be eligible to play the consolation round PM 26 March after the noon meal. Registration fee for the tournament is $20.00, of which $10.00 will cover the noon meal on the 26th after 1st round play. The noon meal will be roast turkey with trimmings.
There is a need for VOLUNTEERS to make the tournament a success, positions will be need for judges, setup workers, cleanup workers and crowd control. Help make this tournament a success. Call Don Douglas at 591-5727 if you can help "thank you in advance".

Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster


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January - February 2011

COMMANDERS NOTES

I'm going to start this article out by wishing all Post and Auxiliary members the very Best Holiday Season.
For Annual Members this is your last news letter if you have not paid your 2011 dues. 2011 dues are due by January 2011. You can pay by contacting anyone of the Post Officers or at the Post home to get this accomplished.
1st call for nomination of Officers for the 2011/2012 year will be held at our March meeting with the last call to be at the April meeting. Installation will be held after elections in April or at the meeting in May 2011 at the Post home. Post 3979 will be hosting the State Cribbage tournament April 2011; the post will need judges and players for this tournament. Only VFW and Auxiliary members are eligible to participate at this tournament. Registration will be required. Details will be available after the Mid-Winter convention held at the Marriot in Minneapolis in January 2011.

Dates to remember
Mid Winter State Convention: January 21st and 22nd, 2011
8th District Convention: February 26th and 27th, 20011 - Deer River
Post meeting nights at #3979: January 9th, 2011 - February 10th, 2011 - March 10th, 2011

The Post still has an urgent need for members to help out at their monthly fundraiser. If you wish to help contact me at any time. There is also an urgent need for members to participate at monthly meetings, WE NEED YOU!!!

Don Douglas
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

January February
1 Nursing Home Bingo 1 House Committee Meeting
3 House Committee Meeting 2 Burger Night
4 Burger Night 3 Rib Feed
5 Rib Feed 6 Nursing Home Bingo
10 Retired Men's Dinner 8 Retired Men's Dinner
10 Meeting Night 9 Meeting Night - Pot Luck
11 Veterans Day Dinner 10 Fish Fry
12 Fish Fry 11 70th Birthday Party
12 Male Exotic Dancers 16 Burger Night
13 Marine Corps Ball 17 Lutefisk / Meatball Dinner
16 Viking Shrine Dinner 18 Auxiliary Christmas Tea
18 Burger Night 19 Kids Christmas Party
19 Lutefisk / Meatball Dinner 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS
25 HAPPY THANKSGIVING 31 Prime Rib Dinner
    1 HAPPY NEW YEAR

2nd annual Auxiliary Christmas Tea was great! Those of you who chose not to attend missed out on a fun afternoon of food, bingo and spending 1-1 time with your Auxiliary sisters. Thank you to Lil LaVoy and Donna Burgau for co-chairing this event. Also thank you to Custom Catering for serving a delicious meal.
Our annual children's Christmas Party was a HUGE success as well. We served approximately 180 area children and adults lunch after a fun afternoon of cookie decorating; a magic show; an appearance from Santa and, new this year was "Santa's Workshop" room manned by our own elf, June Lembke. I want to extend a special thanks to Kathy Peterson; Ruth Blesh; and Sandy Franke for all of the extra effort they put in to make this happen. Good job ladies! Also, thank you to the Post for letting us use the "display room" to make the Santa Workshop accessible for the party. Thank you to Santa (Dave Burgett) as well. Kathy Peterson would like me to extend her thanks to all the individuals that made our party a great success.
As a reminder to those who have not yet paid their 2011 annual dues - effective January 1, 2011 you are no longer a member in good standing with the National Headquarters and are no longer eligible for the benefits of belonging to the Ladies Auxiliary. If anyone is experiencing financial inability to pay their annual dues DO NOT HESITATE to contact me or Lil LaVoy (879-3224) for assistance.
Our Auxiliary fundraiser for the Family Readiness Group attached to our local National Guard Unit earned nearly $400.00. That's a lot of apple pies!! Thanks to all who participated in this event. MAC-V (housing for homeless veterans & families) will soon be opening additional housing units and they are in need of household items to help furnish them. The 8th District President, our own Alma Ojala, is asking us to participate in this worthy project by donating cash or new and "gently used" items. Especially needed are kitchen items such as baking pans; casserole dishes; baking/cooking utensils; cutlery; etc. This will be a District wide effort and collection will begin immediately and go through the month of February. Items can be brought to the Post Home or to Lil LaVoy. Sisters, think about doing some spring cleaning a little early this year and consider donating your items to this very worthwhile project.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Well the year is rapidly drawing to a close, and it sure has been a busy one. I would like to say thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who have made this possible. It is only with their help that we can keep all of these activities going. That being said, we can always use more help. We have a wonderful "core volunteer group" but with so many things going on, those people get tired and need a break. I am asking that those who haven't volunteered in the past, please consider doing so. Getting involved in the post can be a rewarding experience in many ways, meeting new people, finding out what the post is involved in, etc. To get involved call the post at 879-2447, or call me on my cell (605) 209-1591, or better yet, stop in and take a flyer home with you. These flyers are updated monthly and are on every table, and at the bar. Thanks again to all those dedicated volunteers and to all those who are going to help in the future.

Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Earlier today I was looking up some information on VFW membership and came across some interesting trivia I thought I'd pass along. Did you know that more than half of VFW members today are 39 years of age or younger? Yep, it's a fact. The strange thing is that when you look around the post on an average evening, or look at who attends the monthly meetings, it's mostly folks who are over the age of 39. Another interesting fact is that female veterans are the fastest growing segment of VFW membership. This is great news indeed, however, we need to get these members involved in our post. In my Quartermaster article I mentioned that it is due to our volunteers that we are able to keep all of our activities going, but in the future we are going to need more and more help from our younger members. Please get involved in any way you can.
My closing comment on membership is this, as of today, December 28, we have 24 unpaid memberships. Please pay your dues as soon as you can. If dues are not paid before January 1, you are technically not a member. Thank you all for your continued support, and have a wonderful New Year.

Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster


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November - December 2010

COMMANDERS NOTES

It is that time of the year Comrades. Soon we will be sighting those little white missiles that fall to grace our world. It is also time to get out and see what you can do for your community to make it a better place. Since many of you cannot make the meetings and participate in doings at the club, I ask you to at least made an effort to show your pride in being a veteran by identifying yourself to the community as a proud veteran.
Soon it will be December and for those of you that have not paid you dues to the 2011 year yet. You will be in arrears. Please make an effort to stop by the club and pay your 2011 dues, it takes very little time and it helps keep the club in good standings with the Department of MINNESOTA. We are at 86% in membership at present far, from the 100% I hoped to be at.
Hunting season is upon us, Veterans Day , Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many other notable days which I will not mention due to lack of space in my comments.
Wish to help the post do a function? Contact me any time and we can find a spot for you. You do not have to work every function to be considered a volunteer.
We will be hosting the state VFW Cribbage tournament in March or April of 2011, if there is anyone interested to helping set this up contact me. My phone # is on the bottom of this newsletter. You must be a member or the Post or Auxiliary to participate.
Think your pretty good at beanbag throwing; we will be having tournaments at the club, stop by to check out dates and times for these doings.
I want to thank all the members that have helped to make this year a success. It sometime goes far too long without being said. We could not do what we have done on many of these things without your help, again THANK YOU for your dedication to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its' programs.

Don Douglas
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

November December
1 Nursing Home Bingo 1 House Committee Meeting
3 House Committee Meeting 2 Burger Night
4 Burger Night 3 Rib Feed
5 Rib Feed 6 Nursing Home Bingo
10 Retired Men's Dinner 8 Retired Men's Dinner
10 Meeting Night 9 Meeting Night - Pot Luck
11 Veterans Day Dinner 10 Fish Fry
12 Fish Fry 11 70th Birthday Party
12 Male Exotic Dancers 16 Burger Night
13 Marine Corps Ball 17 Lutefisk / Meatball Dinner
16 Viking Shrine Dinner 18 Auxiliary Christmas Tea
18 Burger Night 19 Kids Christmas Party
19 Lutefisk / Meatball Dinner 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS
25 HAPPY THANKSGIVING 31 Prime Rib Dinner
    1 HAPPY NEW YEAR

ATTENTION POST & AUXILIARY MEMBERS: Please note that the November meeting has changed to WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th due to Veterans Day being Thursday. November 11th. Also, the time and fee has changed for Veterans Day...we will serve from 3-6 p.m. and non-veterans will pay S5.00 per plate.
Our annual Halloween Party was a HUGE success this year with more than -0 children attending along with over 50 adults. The kids played games. decorated pumpkins and we did costume judging prior to feeding them hot dogs and chips. A special thank you to Post Commander Don, Rich Chasse' and George Zezulka for their assistance with this annual project!!! Sisters, we are rapidly approaching 95% in paid membership and I want to extend my thanks to Alma Ojala and Lil LaVoy for their efforts to make it happen! To those annual members who have not yet paid....PLEASE do so as soon as possible so your dues reach the National Headquarters prior to 12/31/10 to ensure your benefits do not lapse. If anyone is experiencing financial inability to pay their annual dues DO NOT HESITATE to contact me or Lil LaVoy (879-3224) for assistance.
Our Auxiliary is currently taking orders for baked or unbaked apple pies for $7.00 each; place your order at the Post Home (879-2447) prior to November 18th for your Holiday pies. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Family Readiness Group attached to our local National Guard Armory Unit. This support group for the soon to be deployed unit will be in need of financial assistance to help currently serving veterans and their families. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR LOCAL NATIONAL GUARD UNIT by ordering apple pies.
Our 2nd Annual Christmas Tea will be on Saturday, December 18th at 1:00 p.m. You MUST make reservations with Lil LaVoy (879-3224) if you plan to attend prior to December 10th. Please bring in a food shelf donation and, if you choose, a S5.00 gift to exchange. We will be playing bingo again this year so feel free to bring in five 51.00 "prizes" to share.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Well, as we are all aware the year is rapidly coming to a close, but here at the Cloquet VFW we are busier than ever. As you will see in this issue of the newsletter that we have many great activities going on in November and December, please put them on your calendar and also, let others know about them too. As many of you know, there was a computer glitch that caused some of you not to receive your new membership cards, that has been fixed so you should receive your cards shortly. If you don't please let me know. That being said, if you haven't paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible. Also, if you know of anyone who is, or might be, eligible for VFW membership, please have them stop by for an application. Thanks, and have a Happy Halloween.

Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster


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September - October 2010

COMMANDERS NOTES

September is almost here and for those who have forgotten it is the date I was hoping to have membership at 100%, eliminating the need to push to get the 2011 dues paid and out of the way. Please contact any post officer or pay your dues at the club.
Our monthly meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September 9th 2010 and October 14th; etc. I urge all members to please attend them. We need members to help make decisions and present new ideas. We are fast losing the battle of maintaining a VFW Club in Cloquet, Minnesota due to the lack of eligible veterans and participating members.

September and October are very busy months for the Post:

September 2010

  • House Committee - September 1st
  • Department Fall Conference in Rochester, MN the 17th through 19th
  • Post meeting September 9th
  • Fish Fry-September 10th

October 2010

  • 2nd and 3rd District 8 VFW - Hosted at VFW 3979 Cloquet House Committee - 6th
  • Post Meeting 15th @ 7PM
  • Fish Fry 16th

WANTED: Members to fill the position of Trustees - these are position that need to be filled in order to keep the post functioning. Please contact me at 384-4426 if you have an interest.
Doom and gloom are not my favorite subjects, however, they do need to be addressed from time to time. It's your club members and it's time to either become part of the solution to its problems or we have a problem.

Don Douglas
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

September October
1 House Committee Meeting 1 Veterans on the Lake Rib Feed
6 Labor Day 2 & 3 8th District Meeting Cloquet
8 Retired Men's Dinner 4 Nursing Home Bingo
9 Post / Aux. Meeting 6 House Committee Meeting
10 Fish/Steak Fry 8 Fish/Steak Fry
13 Nursing Home Bingo 13 Retired Men's Dinner
17 - 19 Fall Conference (Rochester) 14 Post / Aux. Meeting
22 Retired Men's Dinner 24 Kids Halloween party
25 Benefit for Anna Lind 27 Retired Men's Dinner
    29 Salad/Hot dish Supper (pending)

As you can see by the above schedule several on-going activities are once again in full swing!! LADIES, once again our Auxiliary is asking for YOUR help. There are only a handful of our 247 members that step forward each month to help raise funds to support the activities for area youth; scholarships; veteran needs and to support the VFW / Ladies Auxiliary Department and National Programs. Our membership numbers increase monthly ... but the number of members volunteering to help is on a steady decline ... PLEASE donate a few hours a month to help us continue to provide activities and monetary donations.
Annual members; .. please get your dues sent in ASAP. Life members ... annual cancer insurance is due NOW.
At our last meeting Velda Beck was elected to the Trustee vacancy. Thank you Velda for your continued dedication to the Ladies Auxiliary.
Also during our last meeting the Post asked for our continued support with their monthly fundraiser, Fish/Steak Fry. The Post voted to change the date to the second Friday each month starting September 10th. Please make note on your calendar and continue to support their efforts!!!
The Post acquired some "over flow" parking from the City of Cloquet in the former skate board park north of the Post Home (across the avenue). This should help with our limited parking situation.
Planning a party?? Why not hold it at the Post Home?? There is no charge for the hall; there's catering available; and it would help support YOUR Post Home. Contact Manager Shelley Nelson to schedule your party now.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

It's been a busy two months for our post since the last newsletter. On July 11th we held a dedication ceremony in Veteran's Park for a missile that was donated to us by the Crazy Troop Guard unit here in Cloquet. That same day we also hosted a family picnic for Crazy Troop at Pinehurst park, both events went great. On August 4th National VFW Commander In-Chief Tommy T. Tradewell, State VFW Commander Don Dallman and several other dignitaries paid a visit to our post. Several Post members, the Ladies Auxiliary and Mayor Ahlgren, along with a representative from the Pine Journal were also on hand to meet them and document the event. It was a pleasure to have them visit, even though their tight schedule only permitted them to stay about 45 minutes. From 6-8 Aug we hosted the State VFW Golf Tournament, it was a huge success. During this tournament we served burgers on Friday and Steak/walleye on Saturday, both meals were well attended, even with the rain on Saturday. While I am on the subject of Steak/Fish night, I want to take this opportunity to let you know that Steak/Fish night will now by on the second Friday of the month. Please mark your calendars and let your friends and neighbors know about the change. Thanks to everyone for making all of these events successful and we look forward to seeing you all at future events.

Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

The third and final year of the State VFW Golf Tournament, held at Black Bear Golf Course, was again, a big success!!! I haven't heard many negatives but hundreds of positives. To put on a tournament like this, you need the cooperation of many, many people. I need to thank all those who helped make it a great success. Without you/ it could not have been done! Congratulations and Thank You!!!
Thanks to: Chuck Smith, Beth Anderson, George Zezulka, Louie Hubbell, Richard Chasse, Tony Jurek, Shelly Nelson, Sharon Moehrke, Lil Lavoy, Paula Burgett, Marlene Salo, Terry Salo, Mary Touve, Laura Crosby, Chris Pirila, Dapper Danielson, Alma Ojala, Jim Burman, Betty Lavan, Frank Thompson, Lois Frey, Donna Burgau, Duane Hilton, Cindy Hilton, Kathy Peterson, Ruth Blesh, Matt Selonen, Zack Selonen, Jan Selonen, Joe Turcott, Linda Luomala, Tom Willette, and Marc Raihala.
Thanks to these sponsors: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Fond Du Lac Honor Guard, Humana, Cloquet Ford Chrysler, B & B Market, Pete & Sons, Premier Theater, Sammy's Pizza, Community Printing, Lift Prof Carmen's, The Dry Dock, Fond du Lac Veteran's, Chapter 18 DAV, 8th District VFW, Medicine Shoppe, Great Lakes Ins., VFW Post 3979/ L & M, Applebee's and Wal-Mart.
Thanks, also, to Black Bear Golf Course and Staff.
If I missed you, I apologize. Thanks to all, from the bottom of my heart!

Dave Burgett
Tournament Director
Cloquet VFW Post 3979


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July - August 2010

COMMANDERS NOTES

As of June 21st 2010 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3979 is under new leadership. As of July 1st we will be concentrating on Membership to see if we can get it back up to its former status. At our regular meeting in September we will be discussing the increase of dues for non life members of the post. Now would be a great time to beat the increase that will be coming and pay your 2011 dues. Better yet it would be a wonderful time to take advantage of the Post offer to pay 1/4 of the price to become a life member an offer I'm not sure will be around in the years to come. Dues notices will be sent out after the July 8th regular Post meeting and bimonthly after that, save the post money pay them now. With the help of the post members one of my goals for the 2010 year is to be 100010 for 2011 by September 2010, please help me accomplish this.
Post membership attending our regular monthly Meetings is falling dangerously low. Much lower and the post will be facing consequences that will not be pretty. So come to a meeting and enjoy the free meal and learn what is happening at your Post / Aux. We are all members of the Post / Aux and through the support of its members we will survive. "WE NEED YOU" a call to arms that we heard loud and clear years ago, its corning back. don't let it go unheard. Need a ride? Call me I will see what can be arranged. Looking for things to do? We need your help and will not turn help away. Come down and check out your Post Home.
Note: The November 11th meeting has been moved to November 10th to allow the Veterans Day Dinner to be uninterrupted. Please mark this date on your calendars.
My special project for the year 2010/2011 year will be announced at the July 8th meeting. Please attend this meeting, Our Post Needs You.
Note: House Committee members take note that your meetings will no longer be the Wednesday before the regular post meeting. It has been changed as of September 2010 to 8 days before the regular Post Meetings. Questions? Call me. My phone is listed and I do not get heartburn over helping a fellow Veteran understand what needs to be done or how things work.
Know a Veteran that is not a member of this great organization? We have several plans to help these Veterans get started and stay on track. Call Me or check at the Post Home for more information.

Don Douglas
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

The 2010-2011 program year is now officially underway. Don and I are looking forward to serving as Post Commander and Auxiliary President and we want to thank the membership for your ongoing support and continued dedication to serving our veterans.
We have just returned from the Department of MN annual convention and all I can say to my sisters in Auxiliary #3979 is THANK YOU for another successful year!! Post and Auxiliary #3979 received many awards and much praise for all the time, donations and dedication of YOU - the members of our great organization. Thank you for making this happen once again. One program award deserves special recognition and MANY THANKS to chairman Sandy Franke for her devotion to the Patriotic Art contest. Our local entry from Sadie Lane won second place and $200 for her entry in the contest at the Department level.
There is one program that has no end date and we need to continue working very hard at this on a daily basis ... that is MEMBERSHIP recruitment. According to the National Headquarters of the VFW there is an average of 4 to 6 potential Auxiliary members for each VFW member. Sisters, we need to invite these eligible people to come and join us in serving our veterans. We are asking for the assistance of every member to find and sign up those eligible people.
Our goal is to be 100% in membership by September 30, 20 I 0, so those of you who pay your dues annually .... please do so NOW. Dues can be paid at the Post Home or mailed to Lil LaVoy, 321 8th Street, Cloquet. If you know of any current sister either in a nursing home or having financial difficulty please share that information with either myself or Lil as the Auxiliary may be able to assist then. Thank you. Please get those dues in ASAP ....

July August
5 BINGO at nursing home 2 BINGO at nursing home
8 Meeting Night 12 Meeting Night
24 C of A Meeting - St. Cloud 27 Country Store /  Fish Fry
    29 District Meeting (Duluth-Post 137

The months of July and August are fairly quiet as far as scheduled activities. Currently there are committees working on the Standing Rules; Meal Pricing; and our annual Cancer Aide & Research Country Store 1 Fish Fry fund raiser. We value your input and if there is something you would like to share please contact me and I will pass it along to the appropriate committee.
A SPECIAL NOTE: Auxiliary members who are unable to attend the meetings ... your assistance is needed .. .in any capacity that you are able to do. We need volunteers for various fundraisers to help with making phone calls, making baked goods, craft items, garden produce, volunteering at the nursing home with bingo, and we especially need your ideas for future fundraising, etc. Please call one of the officers listed in this newsletter if you can help in anyway.
Some upcoming events to make note of: Retired Men's Dinners will resume in September - volunteers and menu suggestions are needed. Our Post is hosting an 8th District meeting October 2nd & 3rd ... our own sister Alma Ojala is the District President for the 20lO-201l year .. .Lets make the meeting here a special occasion for her. The November meeting date falls on Veterans Day, therefore the Post has set Wednesday, November 10th for the meeting. Please note this on your calendars.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, I am Matt Selonen, the new Quartermaster for the Post 3979. I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with this position. Please thank Dave Burgett for the excellent work and all the time he has sacrificed during his tenure as Quartermaster. I look forward to meeting you all.

Happy 4th of July
Matt Selonen,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

41st Annual MN State VFW Golf Tournament Cloquet VFW Post 3979 & Black Bear Golf Course Fri., Aug. 7th, Sat., Aug. 8th, Sun., Aug. 9th Volunteers needed. Please call Dave Burgett at 879-5187.
Friday, August 7th, "Build your own Burger" - 4:00-8:00 p.m. $3.00, $1.00 for fries - Open to the public
Saturday, August 8th-"Steak or Walleye Dinner" 4:00-8:00 p.m. - $12.00 - Open to the public


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May - June 2010

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
These past 2 years serving you as Commander have gone by quickly and will be coming to an end soon as I will be moving on to other endeavors. It has been a great couple years and I have enjoyed many good times working with you and for you. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in helping our fellow Veterans and making our Post the best Post in the District. Keep up the good work.
It was passed at the last Post meeting that we will carry on the tradition of having our famous Fish / Steak fries on the last Friday of the month. Normally we would take a break during the summer and pick it back up in the fall, but by popular demand we decided to keep it going. So now you can look forward to a nice, big filet of walleye or a big hunk of juicy steak every month. And if you feel like lending a hand, we could always use the help.
The Military Order of the Cooties has started meeting at our Post every other month with the next meeting being on June 8th at 2:00. These are members of our Pup Tent that merged with the Duluth chapter. If you are a Cootie and you haven't been able to attend the monthly meetings, now is your chance to start attending them again.
As a reminder, Buddy Poppy day is May 7th, so come out and give us a hand with Buddy Poppy distribution. We can always use you help. If you are interested, call your Poppy Chairman Leo Grochow or Lil Lavoy and volunteer some time, you will be glad you did. Or you can stop by or call the Post and let them know you are interested.
Thanks again for letting me serve you as Commander; I'll be seeing you around.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

The year is rapidly coming to an end, but we still have a few things to deal with. The most urgent is our Buddy Poppy cards. Donations thus far at an alarming low; if you have not sent in your donation for a card to be displayed at the Post Home please so do as quickly as possible. As most are aware, the Buddy Poppies are made by disabled veterans - let's keep them employed!!
The annual election of officers was held at the April meeting which resulted in the following all being elected by acclamation:

President: Joanne Douglas Chaplain: Chris Pirila
Sr. Vice: Alma Ojala Conductress: Jan Menze
Jr. Vice: Ruth Blesh Guard: Helen Steide
Secretary: Cindy Hilton Trustee: June Lembke
Treasurer: Lil LaVoy  
The installation will take place at the May meeting and new officers are on board at the end of Department Convention in June.

may June
3 BINGO at nursing home 7 BINGO at nursing home
7 Buddy Poppy Day 10 Meeting Night
11 Memorial Day Meeting 17 - 20 Dept Convention
12 Safety Patrol Pizza Party    
13 Meeting Night    
19 Awards Day - CHS    

The Retired Men's dinners are done for the summer months but will resume in September.
The bowling banquets and other dinners held in April were all a great success. I want to extend a very special thank you to all those who dedicated so much of their time to assist with those fundraisers. Thank you Sisters!
The annual School Safety Patrol pizza party will be held on Wednesday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m. Please attend and support our area youth and thank them for their dedication to the safety of their fel1ow students.
We will be holding a joint memorial service prior to the meeting in May for the members we have sadly lost during the past year. Please attend and show your respect for our fallen Sisters.
The annual St. Cloud VA fishing trip is set for Monday, May 24th. This year they will be stopping at the American Legion for lunch on their way to the Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely. Many of us are members of both organizations and will be assisting the American Legion with this effort. Contact Jan Langenbrunner at the American Legion if you would like to help.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

I want to THANK all of you for the support, guidance, and friendship during my tenure as Quartermaster. I will be leaving this position at the end of June. Matt Selonen will assume the job of Quartermaster. He is a good hardworking man. Please show him the same courtesy as he "learns the ropes" of this job. A BIG SUPER SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to the Ladies Auxiliary, You have been GREAT to work with in all of our adventures. We still need help with the State VFW Golf Tournament to be held on August 6,7,8,2010. Here is a list of possible jobs.
--Registration Table August 6 & 7
--On Course workers
--Fund Raising through Ad/Sign sales
--Friday August 6 Hamburger Night Help
--Saturday August 7 Fish/Steak Dinner
Please contact me if you can help.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Remember to buy Poppy Cards.
Call Lil Lavoy 879-3224 or buy at the VFW Post.
Poppy Day is May 7th.


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March - April 2010

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
The end of the membership year is quickly coming up and some of our members still have not paid their dues. Don't wait until the last minute and let your membership lapse, make your payment today. You are not only affecting yourself by not paying your dues on time, you are also affecting all Veterans as well. Veterans, like you, who made the sacrifices necessary to defend this country and keep America free. Those sacrifices were not made without consequence. Some of the personal, physical and emotional issues that Veterans face, and are still enduring, need to be addressed and taken care of. And we need to look out for our new Veterans of today as well, so they don't have to endure the same hardships we went through to get the few benefits we have now. I thank you for your service and sacrifices, however, there are some who are not so grateful and continue to try to take those benefits away, benefits you so justly deserve. By paying your dues on time keeps your voice active on Capitol Hill and helps in keeping the few benefits we have and getting those that we are still fighting for. If you show that you don't care about your membership, they will have the same attitude and they won't care if you have benefits. If you belong to another Veterans organization, that's great, your voice can be heard more than once. It only takes a minute to write a check and put it in the mail, don't let that minute be the deciding factor for losing those benefits you fought so hard to get. Don't let everything we've fought for be all for naught, make that payment today. You'll be glad you did.
In appreciation for all you have done, even if you think is ever so slight, we are having a Post and Auxiliary Appreciation Banquet on March 13th to show our appreciation and thank you for your service and dedication. But you must let us know you are coming so we have the right quantity of food to serve you. Call the Post at 879-2447 no later than the l1th to put your name on the list and let us know what your meal choice is. The choices are Chicken Kiev or Ham, with all the trimmings of course. Your spouse or significant other, whether a member or not, is welcome as well. Social Hour will begin at 5:00 pm with the meal commencing at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there.
By the time you get this newsletter it's won't be too late to sign up for the Firearms Safety class sponsored by our Post. Sign up starts at 6:00 sharp on Tuesday March 2nd and is an 8 week course (every Tuesday night for 8 weeks). If you ever want to hunt in the State of Minnesota, you need this course certificate to get a license. The minimum age to take this course is 11 years old (not a day earlier). So now is your time to take advantage of a great opportunity to get this certification.
Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication in support of our Veterans. You're the reason why I feel our Post is the best in the 8th District. Keep up the good work!!

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

ATTENTION MEMBERS: On Saturday, March 13, 1020 Post #3979 and its' Ladies Auxiliary members are invited to attend a joint Member Appreciation Dinner at the Post Home. Social hour is at 5:00 p.m. with a free catered dinner to follow at 6:00 p.m. This dinner is for members and their spouse, partner or significant other and is being held to express our appreciation for your membership and also to give the members an opportunity to support our Post Home and become more aware of activities and promotions happening there. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending. You MUST make a reservation for this event prior to Wednesday, March 10, 2010 by calling me at (218) 384-4426 to ensure that there are enough catered meals available for all planning to attend. NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER THIS DATE and NO EXTRA DINNERS WILL BE PREPARED. Your dinner choices are Ham, Chicken Kiev or Chicken Cordon Bleu.
NOTE: If there is no answer after several rings, please leave a message on my answering service with your name, name of other persons attending, your phone number, and all meal choices.
Tuesday. March 23, 2010 is Legislative Day at the Capitol. Arrangements have been made again this year to have bus transportation through LSC Coaches at a cost of $5.00 per person. Again, you MUST call me at (218) 384-4426 to sign up no later than March 13, 2010. The bus will pick us up behind Super One at 5:30 a.m. and will also make stops at Hinckley and Forest Lake to pick up people there. This event is open to ANYONE, member or not, so please plan on attending and let others in the community know it is available.

March April
1 BINGO at nursing home 5 BINGO at nursing home
10 Retired Men's Dinner 8 Retired Men's Dinner
11 Meeting Night 14 Meeting Night
13 Membership Appreciation Dinner 20 Viking Shrine Club
23 Legislative Day at Capitol 28 Retired Men's Dinner
24 Retired Men's Dinner 30 - May 2 Loyalty Days - Cook, MN
26 Fish Fry 30 Fish Fry

We are anticipating bookings for bowling banquets toward the end of April; no dates are confirmed as of this writing. Check with the Post Home or feel free to call if you are able and willing to help serve them.
Please continue to save your manufacturer coupons, postage stamps, can tabs, Campbell soup labels, box tops for education and milk caps for various programs. Bring them in on meeting nights or drop them off at the Post Home.
Any U.S. Veteran from the Cloquet area who has served at least 180 consecutive days of active duty may apply for a $1,000 scholarship. The monies are available through the V4V Foundation and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Application forms are available with the Cloquet VFW and Post Commander, The Carlton County and Fond du Lac Veteran Services Officers, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and on the entry way bulletin boards of the Cloquet Super One and Cloquet Public Library. Application deadline is April 1.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Matt Selonen has taken over the Quartermaster duties while I am in Arizona. We communicate by phone and e-mail, so if Matt has any questions he contacts me. He is doing a good job. Give him a pat on the back the next time you see him.
We are hosting the State VFW Golf Tournament for the third and last year of our commitment. We will need help in hosting this event. Please contact me if you can help in any way. I will put out more information in the next newsletter. Continue to get your dues updated!
Congratulations! to the Burger Night crew on the new record of 299 burgers served. WOW!!! Keep up the good work.

As always keep those memberships up to date.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Free Hall & Kitchen Rental
Except for Weddings $50.00
$50.00 Deposit


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January - February 2010

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
Hope everyone's holidays were safe and enjoyable. If you are receiving this newsletter, that's a good thing because that means you are still a part of the Finest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth. Thank you! With a brand new decade upon us we have the opportunity for a fresh start. What can be done this decade that makes your Post better than the last? Although last decade was great, we can make it better. What would it take to get more members and participation at our monthly meetings? What would it take to get more members and participation at our many functions? What would it take to keep membership up? From the last newsletter you know that we are not "Just a bar", we are here to help Veterans and be a positive role model for the community. There are a lot of you that have some great ideas on what can be done to make YOUR Post better; the only problem is we don't know what those ideas are. Please, let me know your thoughts and ideas, I am open to suggestions. Or you can talk to any of your line ot1icers and let them know what's on your mind. Better yet, come to a monthly meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month and share your ideas. Remember, this is YOUR Post, help keep the momentum going. Thanks to all the volunteers we have had, for all your hard work and dedication. Your service to our Veterans and community is invaluable and GREATLY appreciated.
Are you having trouble getting around or have you had a recent injury which impairs your mobility? Did you know you can get items such as walkers, canes or wheelchairs at our Post? We even have a hospital bed. If you can use any of these items, come down to our Post and see what we have available. There is a small deposit required.
Firearms Safety classes are starting again on March 2nd with registration starting at 6:00 pm and classes going from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The classes will continue every Tuesday for the next 7 weeks from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Post home. If you want to hunt in the state of Minnesota, you need to have completed this Firearms Safety course to be able to get a hunting license. The only age requirement is that the student has attained the age of 1 I prior to starting the course.
And for those who were waiting for year end to pay your dues, the year is over. Please get those dues payments in as soon as possible. We are close to being 100%, in fact, for Post members; there are only 25 who still have to pay their dues. Mail it in, walk it in or have someone bring it in for you, let's get those dues in. And for those who have paid your dues all ready, THANK YOU!! And thanks to our Life Members who don't have to worry about being reminded to pay dues anymore. They know the cost savings and benefits of being a Life Member. If you're not a Life Member, let me know so you can be one today.

Happy New Year Everyone

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

Happy New Year!! Where did 2009 go?? As we start the new decade, our Ladies Auxiliary has attained 100% in membership ... Thank you sisters for your continued support!!
Thank you to all who attended the first annual Christmas Tea. We had a lot of fun and the consensus of the 30 who attended was to do it again next year. We had a wonderful luncheon, a fundraiser raffle for cancer aid and research, exchanged gifts, played bingo and had prize drawings. A very special thanks to the VFW Post for paying for the entire event - without the support of the VFW Post there would be no Ladies Auxiliary. Also, special thanks to co-chairman Lil LaVoy and Shelly Nelson for organizing this event.
In January we will be holding a hot dish/salad fund raiser for the National Military Assistance Program, which umbrellas many of the VFW programs including Operation Uplink (phone cards for veterans), Unmet Needs (assistance for military families) and is the Department Commander, Don Nix's special project for the year. Auxiliary members will be asked to donate a dish to share or cash for this fundraiser so expect a phone call.
The annual kids Christmas Party was held on December 20th with many area youth and their parents enjoying the games, crafts, cookie decorating, a magician and Mr. & Mrs. Santa were there to hand out treats. Again, a huge thank you to the VFW Post for their assistance and financial support of this annual project. Also, a huge thank you to Kathy Peterson and Lois Frey for organizing this event.

DID YOU KNOW that the VFW Hall and kitchen is available to Post and Auxiliary members free or at very affordable rates to hold any type of celebration?? Birthday, anniversary, wedding, class reunion, family reunion, bridal or baby shower, or retirement party .... just to name a few. The hall is always appropriately decorated and there is also catering service available either through the Ladies Auxiliary or the catering service the rents our kitchen. So the next time you are planning an event, or just want to have a get-together with family and friends, how about using the VFW Post Home as a gathering spot. ... we support our veterans by supporting the Post Home.

JANUARY FEBRUARY
4 BINGO at nursing home 1 BINGO at nursing home
13 Retired Men's Dinner 10 Retired Men's Dinner
14 Meeting Night 11 Meeting Night
15 - 17 Mid-Winter Conference 20 - 21 District Meeting - Gilbert
22 MAP - Hot Dish/Salad Dinner 24 Retired Men's Dinner
27 Retired Men's Dinner 26 Fish Fry
29 Fish Fry    

In closing - welcome to our new members to the Ladies Auxiliary. We are so very pleased that you have joined us and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday, January 14th - dinner at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the Auxiliary officers listed below.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and the start to a Great New Year! Make one of your New Years' resolutions to get more involved at the Post. We need new people, new ideas, and new energy to keep the Post moving forward. To quote Auxiliary President Joanne Douglas, "A helping hand will not be refused". If you have thoughts, ideas, or common sense to promote more Post/bar business, PLEASE speak-up!!
Please let your friends, family, classmates, and the general public know about are facilities for rent. Our hall is excellent for almost any event. Now is the time to schedule for class reunions, family reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversary parties, and any other event that fits your needs.

As always keep those memberships up to date.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Free Hall & Kitchen Rental Jan-Feb-March
Birthdays - Anniversaries - Meetings - Class Reunions
Any Party Weddings will have a charge of $50.00 Deposit


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November - December 2009

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
This will be my last newsletter of the year and of the decade. To recap this past year, I d say it was a fantastic year. Our Burger Nights have been by far a huge success. Our Fish/Steak fry s have been incredible and have been talked about throughout the state. Our annual Smelt fry s are always a huge success. We have had fundraisers for post members stricken with cancer; cancer aide and research; a member that lost his home in a fire; and youth sports, to name a few. We catered luncheons for Post/Auxiliary members that have passed. We hosted one of the State Recruiter Team visits that made the front page of the Gopher Oversea'r. We honored Vietnam Veterans and had a State Senator as our Guest Speaker. We honored Korean War Veterans and had a Members Appreciation picnic. We sponsored the State Golf Tournament for the 2nd year and have one more year to go. We put flags out at our local cemeteries on Memorial Day to honor our fallen heroes and we usually have participation from the community, for instance, this year the Girls Softball team provided assistance. We go to the nursing homes and play Bingo with the residents. We have our annual Buddy Poppy distribution day and solicit donations for our relief fund so we can continue to help Veterans in distress. We started having a POW/MIA Recognition day to honor our Veterans who were Prisoners of War and who are still Missing in Action and to promote public awareness so our comrades are not forgotten. We ve donated flags to schools. We maintain the upkeep of Veterans Memorial Park. This summer we hosted the 8th District meeting. This year we had our VFW and Ladies Auxiliary birthday celebration, a celebration that we haven t had in a long time. We recognized our Past Commanders and Past President s by having a Banquet in their honor. We work closely with other community organizations by hosting Pool Tournaments, Bowling Banquets, Deer Hunters dinner, Kiwanis breakfasts and Youth Gun Safety courses by approved DNR instructors. Biweekly we are having either a senior dance or retired men s dinner, these events are open to all members and guests. And don t forget about our annual Kids Halloween party. And our Combined Veterans Honor Guard continues to be relentless in honoring our deceased Veterans by presiding at Veterans funerals (post members or not) and leading parades and flag presentations at various community events. So, if you were thinking that the Veterans of Foreign Wars was just a bar, you are missing out on a lot and what the VFW is all about, Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living . Help yourself and your fellow Veterans Get involved.
Coming up, we are having our Veterans Day dinner on November 11, a Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 14, a Lutefisk dinner on November 20 and our annual Children s Christmas party on December 20. If you are interested in finding out what else is going on at our Post and want to get involved, visit our website at www.vfw3979.org or come by the Post Home, we have a 3 month calendar of events posted for your information. There are even sign up sheets so can get in on the action. The next newsletter will be the first of a new decade.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

The Holidays are rapidly approaching and our Ladies Auxiliary will be trying something a little different for our annual Christmas party. Be sure to mark your calendar on Saturday, December 12th from Noon to ??? for our first annual Christmas Tea. The members at the last meeting chose to have our party during the day in hopes that it will enable more to attend. There will be no charge for the meal and a $5.00 gift exchange is optional. Plan to come and spend a relaxing, fun afternoon with your Auxiliary sisters.
Those who choose to pay your dues annually, please do so as soon as possible. Our Auxiliary is very near the 100% goal and the December 31st deadline is rapidly approaching. If you know of anyone experiencing financial hardship and that are unable to pay their dues, please contact either myself (384-4426) or Lil LaVoy (879-3224).
Ladies please continue to save your grocery coupons to be shipped to our troops. Either drop them off at the Post or bring them into a meeting. We also collect pop can tabs, box tops for education, Campbell soup labels and milk caps for our youth programs. We learned at our last District meeting that the auxiliary will continue with the postage stamp program so you can go back to saving those as well.

NOVEMBER DECEMBER
2 BINGO at nursing home 1 DAV Christmas Dinner
11 Veterans Day Dinner 4 VOTL Rib Feed
12 Meeting Night 7 BINGO at nursing home
14 Marine Corps Ball 9 Retired Men's Dinner
20 Lutefisk / Meatball Dinner 10 Meeting Night
26 Happy Turkey Day 11 Lutefisk / Meatball Dinner
    12 Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Tea
    20 Kids Christmas Party
    25 Merry Christmas

Due to the newsletter going out every other month there are activities going on at the Post Home that may not appear above. Check at the Post Home for other events happening.
October 24th was "Make A Difference Day" and this year we visited 46 veterans in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities and presented each with a lap robe and a thank you for serving our country card.
October 25th was the annual Kids Halloween Party. We had 58 area youth and many, many parents attending. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Post and their Gambling Manager for making it possible for this event to happen every year!!

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Every year we are constantly bombarded by our National, State and District Organizations concerning membership. Yes, we do need to keep our membership levels as high as possible and we are trying to reach those goals, but, we first need to sell OUR Organization and its programs of helping Veterans and OUR Community.
We need to "toot" our own horn. Our community needs to know all the good deeds done on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. We are not just a bar where "Old Vets sit and tell war stories." Think of all the good deeds we have done over the years without bringing attention to ourselves. We need to "brag" a little so that the general public/community knows WHY, we are a Great Organization.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris one day by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carryon. ''You have been to France before, Monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." Then the American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it," "Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. The he quietly I explained, "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.


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September - October 2009

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
It's hard to believe summer is almost over and school will be starting soon. Where did the summer go? Soon it will be time to send the kids to school, harvest the crops, and get ready for winter. And if don't have a garden or your kids are all ready grown, that's great for you, it'll give you time to come down to the Post and join in the fun and camaraderie. We can always use your help and your friendship. Just check out the website at www.vfw3979.org  to find out all the events that's going on. And as long as you're dropping by, might as well pay your dues if you haven't all ready done so. Membership dues are DUE NOW!! Don't wait until next year, or until you get around to it, next thing you know the year is over. Make your dues payment today!! If you have paid your dues, THANK YOU! If you are a life member, outstanding!! If you're not a life member yet, but want to be, let me know so we can get you there. If you think you can't afford a life membership, come down and see how we can work with you to get your life membership paid so you can rest easy and not worry about paying dues every year. It's that simple.
Congratulations to all that participated in this year's State Golf Tournament. For those that weren't able to attend the tournament or the last post meeting to hear who the champions for each flight are, I have posted the rankings on the website. Our Post had a lot of 1st place champions this year, like the Team Champions, Medalist and State Champion, to name a few. Special thanks go out to Dave Burgett and Louie Hubbell and all those that helped make this year a huge success. Thank you very much; you all did a GREAT job!!
Upcoming events include the Retired Men's dinner which will be starting on September 9th and running the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Burger nights are also starting on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. We are also having a POW/MIA Recognition fundraiser on September 18th. And don't forget about the Auxiliary Steak/Fish Fry and Country Store on the 25th to raise money for Cancer Aide and Research. These are all events that require the 3 P's, Preparation, Personnel and Participation. We welcome anyone who is willing to lend a hand and join in the fun. Also coming up is the Department Fall Conference being held in Wilmar on September 25th - 27th. Make your reservations now before it's too late. And for October we have the Past Commanders / Past Presidents Banquet on the 10th and the Kids Halloween party on the 26th to name a few. See you there.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

I am proud to announce that our Auxiliary received 21 awards from Department for program participation for the 2008-2009 year and our Department President, Terri Fenn received Outstanding Department President from National Headquarters. Thank you Auxiliary sisters for making this happen. The current 2009-2010 program year is starting out equally great with over one half of the annual dues paid and plans are beginning for fundraisers to support our Auxiliary and VFW programs.
YOUR help is needed as volunteers to assist in any way possible ... the only way we can continue the fund raisers for out Auxiliary is if we get more volunteers to help with them. Please members ... we need you to step up and relieve our senior members who have volunteered for many years to see to it that we continue our service to the veterans, their families, area youth and the community. As was stated at our August meeting ... if the volunteers don't step up the fundraisers and program participation will go away!!" We all joined this organization to assist veterans, their families, area youth and the community.... NOW IS THE TIME TO PROVIDE THAT ASSISTANCE. Our senior members are a fountain of information and willing to assist new volunteers in an\y way they can to ensure our service continues.
How can you help?? The list is on-going. but there is always a need for help in the kitchen; cooks: bakers; ticket sellers; servers: table set-up and clearing; dish washers; etc. The dinners we serve don't just magically happen! Please sisters.... You are needed to step up and assist.
Our Auxiliary has regularly scheduled events that happen monthly. The first Monday is the bingo at 1he Cloquet Nursing Home at 1:30 p.m.; Retired Men s Dinners are the second and fourth Wednesday with prep at 8 a.m. and serve at noon; and our Auxiliary meeting is the second Thursday, dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m.

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER
7 Labor Day Parade 3 - 4 Dist. Meeting - Deer River
9 Retired Men's Dinner 5 Nursing Home Bingo
10 Meeting Night 8 Meeting Night
14 Nursing Home Bingo 10 Past Commander / Presidents Banquet
17 85th Anniversary of VFW LA 14 Retired Men's Dinner
18 POW/MIA Fundraiser 25 Kids Halloween Party
23 Retired Men's Dinner 28 Retired Men's Dinner
25 - 27 Fall Conference    
26 Ed Strom Memorial Luncheon    
28 110th Anniversary of VFW    

To those of you who have paid your annual dues, thank you.... to those who have not, please do so as soon as possible. We would like to be 100% before Fall Conference. If you know of anyone experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay their dues, please call either myself or Lil LaVoy (879-3224).
Call me at 384-4426 or 591-5727 leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

The 40th Annual State V.F.W. Golf Tournament is now in the history books. We hosted this event for the second of a three year commitment. Many thanks go to the Black Bear Golf Course and Hotel/Casino for providing a great venue for this event. The Golf Course was in GREAT condition. Our Tournament was the most secure of any of these events ever. We shared the weekend with the Hell's Angels and Law Enforcement.
104 golfers entered the tournament. Qualification took place on Friday and Saturday to determine your flight. 12 were in the Championship Division, 12 were in the Sr. Division with 2 flights, 8 in the Commanders Division, and 72 in Flights 1 through 9. Both, State Commander Don Nix and 8th District Commander Darrel Lindgren participated.
At 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning the final round began. Mother Nature cooperated and we finished, dry, at 2:30 p.m. Here is a list of VFW 3979 members that placed in the top 3:

Saturday Medalist--"Dapper" Danielson with a score of 75
Team Champion-VFW 3979 Cloquet
State Champion-"Dapper" Danielson
2nd Flight 1st Place-Dave Burgett
8th Flight 1st Place --Louie Hubbell
2nd Sr. Flight 1st Place-Gene Lavan
4th Flight 3rd Place-Steve Obeidzinski
1st Sr. Flight 3rd Place-Harry McCuskey

I would like to give special thanks to Chuck Smith / FDL Veterans for all that you did to make this a successful event. Special thanks also to Lou Hubbell for doing a lot of the behind the scenes work that is needed.
Thanks to all that helped make this a very successful event. We made our Post look very good to the rest of the state.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

The second year of the State VFW Golf Tournament was, again, a big success!!! We haven't heard many negatives but hundreds of positives. We need to thank all those who helped make it a great success. Without you, it could not have been done! Congratulations and Thank You!!!
Thanks to: Richard Chasse, Don Douglas, Joanne Douglas, Chuck Smith, Beth Anderson, Fond du Lac Honor Guard, Dave Cahill, Mary Touve, Laura Crosby, and Terry, all 3 from Humana, Louie Hubbell, Shelly Nelson, Sharon Moehrke, Anna Lind , Lil Lavoy, Jamie Psyck, Sharon Hubbell, Dapper Danielson, Harry McCuskey, Alma Ojala, Jim Burman, Betty Lavan, June Lembke, Lois Frey, Donna Burgau, Duane Hilton, Cindy Hilton, Alvin (Tilly) Tilman , Valerie Roberts, Kathy Peterson, Marlene Salo, and Terry Salo.
Thanks to the hole sponsors: Humana, B & B Market, Pete & Sons, Premier Theater, Sammy's Pizza, Community Printing, Ken Muckala C.P.A., Lift Pro, Carmen's Dry Dock, Fond du Lac Veteran's, DAV, 8th District VFW, Cloquet Ford Chrysler and Wal-Mart.
If we missed you, we apologize. To put on this tournament, you need the cooperation of many many people. Thanks to all of the above from the bottom of our hearts.

Until next year, August 6,7 & 8, 2010,
Dave and Paula Burgett


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July - August 2009

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
This is the start of a new VFW year where membership and reports are at a new beginning. We have done an outstanding job on timely reporting so far, and membership for the Ladies Auxiliary was exceptional. However, membership for the post was good but we can do better. We ended the year with 95.71 % in membership, which is about 20 members short of 100%. This year we will strive for that 100% (or more) in membership. Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. Without our members, it is more difficult to help fellow Veterans and their families and be able to maintain the rights we so deserve. Membership will be a high priority, along with participation. And speaking of participation, I d like to see some new faces at the monthly meetings. The meeting goes on the 2nd Thursday of each month. at the Post Home, at 7:00 pm with a free meal served at 6:00 pm. Come down, enjoy a meal and camaraderie, attend the meeting, find out what's happening at your post, in your community, and what changes are happening that could be affecting you and/or your family.
We received quite a few awards and certificates this year at the Department Convention in Rochester. We are just that good. I want to thank all who participated and helped us receive recognitions for all those accomplishments. We just received the awards; you are the ones that earned them. Congratulations on a job well done! One of the awards was our website being voted the Best Veterans Website in the state of Minnesota for the 3rd year in a row. Let's see what we can do to keep it on top and maybe even make it better'. Go to our website at www.vfw3979.org and send the webmaster an email with your comments. Let me know what you think. By the way, you will be able to see all the awards we received from Department and National on the Accolades page of the website as soon as I can scan them in.
Don't forget about the VFW State Golf Tournament at the Black Bear Golf course starting on July 31st through August 2nd. If you haven't all ready signed up to participate, time is running out, send in your application to the post ASAP. If you need an application you can download one from our website, the link is on the home page.
Thanks again for all your help and support with all the projects and functions to help make our post the best post in the District. And to show our appreciation, I am inviting you to a Membership Appreciation picnic on July 26th at Veterans Memorial Park. It will also be a day to honor our Veterans who served in Korea and to show them our appreciation for their dedication and sacrifices as well. I look forward to seeing you all there. Until then, stay safe and help a Veteran when you can.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

We have just returned from the Department of Minnesota June Convention in Rochester and I want to express a HUGE THANK YOU to the members of Post and Auxiliary # 3979 for your assistance, support and dedication to the veterans, their families and the programs for the past year. Post and Auxiliary # 3979 received many, many awards (too many to list here), however there are two that stand out. Commander Rich, for the third year, took top honors in the state for the website he developed and maintains; and Auxiliary # 3979 received the Outstanding Auxiliary President award (only 10 were received state wide). This award is presented based solely on the hard work and dedication of the membership that supports their President. All awards received will be presented at the August meeting. Thank you Auxiliary Sisters and I look forward to serving as your President for another fulfilled year.
With the start of a new program / membership year comes renewed energy and dedication to our veterans, their families, community and youth activities and promoting Americanism! It also brings a new membership year and those who pay their dues annually are encouraged to do so as soon as possible (or consider buying a life membership); those who already are life members, remember to get your cancer insurance paid as soon as possible. Checks can be mailed to Lil LaVoy, Treasurer, 321 8th Street, Cloquet, MN 55720 (879.3224).
July is our quiet month and will be spent preparing for and organizing the activities calendar for the upcoming events.
August starts with the Department VFW Annual Golf Tournament, then moves right in to hosting the 8th District meeting the following weekend. I encourage and invite everyone to attend both events and participate in the scheduled activities. All members are welcome.
August also holds a time for the Auxiliary to have their annual cancer aide and research fundraiser with a Fish/ Steak Fry and our traditional 'Country Store'. A letter will be forthcoming with information on this event. The co-chairs for the Country Store are Velda Beck and Betty Lavan and the Fish Fry co-chairs are Shelley Nelson and Kathy Peterson. Thank you ladies for stepping up!!

July August
9 Meeting night 1 Fish/Steak Fry - Golf Tournament
31 Burger Night - Golf Tournament 8 - 9 8th District meeting - here
    13 Meeting Night
    28 Country Store and Fish Fry

If any of you have suggestions for activities or projects please feel free to give me a call or bring it up at the next meeting. I can be reached at 384-4426 or 591-5727 most of the time, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

July 1st marks the beginning of the VFW year, so get those memberships in ASAP!! Our VFW Post will host the State VFW Golf Tournament again this year. This is a great opportunity to "show off" our Post and community. We will need some help.

Schedule of events:
Friday July 31-Registratlon at Golf Course, -Golf, ---Burger Night 4:00-7:30.
Saturday August I-Registration at Golf Course, -Golf, Fish/Steak 4:00-7:30.
Sunday August 2-Golf, -Hole events, --Awards ceremony.

Workers/Help needed:
Friday July 31-Registratlon-l; 3 hr. shifts. 3 or 4 per shift. Burger Nlte-3 or 4.
Saturday Aug 1 -Registration same as Friday, -Fish/Steak-6 or as many as possible.
Sunday Aug 2--Raffle ticket sellers-l hr. shift-2, Hole events-Hole in 1, 2 shifts of 2, 50/50 Hole, 1 shift of 3, Vacation Hole, 2 shifts of 2.

Lou Hubbell has stepped up again to lead, hole sponsorship/advertising sales. Please contact Lou to help him as this is a very important part of this event.
Post 3979 is the defending Team Champion. Please help in making this a successful event.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies glow In Flanders fields.

Canadian physician, Lt. Col. John McCrae, wrote this poem on May 3, 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, only 22 years old, the day before.


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May - June 2009

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
Congratulations to the newly elected and appointed officers (Post and Auxiliary) for 2009 / 2010. These will be historic years as we close out the first decade of the new millennium and introduce the next decade with renewed enthusiasm. We will continue to make our mark and set the pace for others to emulate. We have the drive and the passion to make our post the best in the District and the State of Minnesota. I know that together, we can accomplish anything we set our minds to and this year we will accomplish many things. I have enjoyed working with all the current Officers and appointed Chairs and look forward to working with the incoming regime with eagerness and fervor.
As I come to the end of my first year as Commander and reflect upon all the accomplishments we ve made over the past year, I can truly say how proud I am to be a part of this post and a part of the Finest Veteran s Service Organization on Planet Earth! From hosting fundraisers for many worthy causes, honoring our WW II Veterans, and serving Veterans on their way to/from Vets on the Lake, to the long awaited welcoming home of our Vietnam Veterans and sending Troop Boxes to our Veterans currently serving our country overseas, it has truly been a remarkable year.
To highlight some of the tasks we face ahead, we will continue to focus on membership since membership is the lifeblood of our organization. Without our members, if is more difficult to help fellow Veterans and their families. Membership will be a high priority, along with participation. There are many ways to participate in VFW functions and activities that you will be made aware of and you are probably all ready doing and didn t realize it.
A few reminders, Buddy Poppy Day is May 8th, it s not too late to lend a helping hand with poppy distribution. Contact your Poppy Chairperson (Leo Grochow and Lil Lavoy) and let them know you are ready and willing to help. For more events that are coming up, visit our website at www.vfw3979.org And if you still have not paid your membership dues, please do so as soon as possible. Continuous Membership goes from July 1st through June 30th each year. Let s keep those membership dues up to date!
Thank you for a great year and I look forward to seeing more of our members this coming year. Stay safe and thank you for the sacrifices you made for your country so Americans can enjoy the many freedoms we have today.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

The 2008-2009 year is winding down, the year-end reports are done and election for the upcoming year is completed. Our Auxiliary has gained nearly 20 new members this year and we continue to grow.
We continue to work on the various programs and want to remind you that the Buddy Poppy cards are still available. The collection of can tabs IS on going, as well as the collection of UPC labels from Campbell's products and cancelled postage stamps. We are also collecting vendor coupons for the veteran families overseas who shop at the base exchanges. Coupons can be dropped off at the VFW Post Home.

May June
1 - 3 Loyalty Days 1 BINGO at the nursing home
4 BINGO at the nursing home 11 Meeting Night
12 School Patrol Pizza Party 17 - 20 Department Convention
14 Meeting night    

Officer installation will take place at our May 14th meeting.
Newly elected officers are:

2009 - 2010 Officers:

President Joanne Douglas Chaplain Lorraine Henschel
Sr. Vice Alma Ojala Conductress Shelley Nelson
Jr. Vice Kathy Peterson Trustee #1 Velda Beck
Secretary Cindy Hilton Trustee # 2 Shelley Nelson
Treasurer Lil LaVoy Trustee # 3 Dorothy Branham
    Guard Karen Price

A huge thank you to the member that assisted in shopping, preparing, serving and clean-up for the anniversary party, bowling banquets and retired men's dinners. Without your support and tireless effort we would not have been able to get them done. THANK YOU!
Buddy Poppy Day is Friday, May 8th. PLEASE step up and volunteer a couple of hours for this worthwhile project. Contact Leo Grochow or Lil LaVoy to sign up.
The School Safety Patrol Pizza Party is scheduled for Monday, May 11th. This is an annual event to honor the elementary students who serve as crossing guards at area schools. This is a joint effort with the Post and they will assist us with the program.
Members, thanks to your dedication we have accomplished a great deal in the past year. I have no doubt we will continue to do the same in the upcoming one. With your continued help and dedication Post # 3979 and its' Ladies Auxiliary will once again be known throughout the state.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

We returned from Arizona and were greeted with some great weather for a day or two. Then we got back to spring in MN. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay in the Desert Southwest. Our plans are to do this again next year for an even longer stay. So, we need to find someone who will fill the role of Asst. Quartermaster while I am gone. I will help whomever and do the bulk of the work. The job is not that complicated! Please give me a call if you are interested.
We need helpers for the State Golf Tournament to be held at Black Bear on August 1 & 2. If you helped out last year and want the same jobs please give me a call. Louie Hubbell was fantastic as a co-worker last year. You can contact him also!! Helping hands are always welcome.
Let's make our Post 100% in membership!! Get your dues in if you haven't done so already.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

The American Flag & Military Funerals (continued)

Have you ever noticed the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but it's not. Read on to learn.
The 8th Fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th Fold is a tribute to womanhood and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, their loyalty. and their devotion, that the character of the men and women who have made this country great, has been molded.
The 10th Fold is a tribute to the father, for he too has given his Sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The 11th Fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The 12th Fold represents an emblem of eternity, and glorifies in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The 13th Fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are in the uppermost, reminding us of our nations motto, "In God We Trust."
After the flag is completely folded, then tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today. There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded, and now you will know why. Share this with the children you love, and all others who love the symbol of "Liberty and Freedom'"


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March - April 2009

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
It's not too late for those who have not yet paid your membership dues. If you want to avoid the hassle of paying your dues every single year, it's time to consider making that life long commitment and pay for a Life Membership. If you want to make payments to achieve that goal, call me, you'll realize it's a better deal. Lets do the math, based on the average life expectancy of approximately 75 years, and you are a 50-year-old veteran, which means you still have about 25 years of life to look forward to. If you continue to pay $25.00 per year (current rate) for 25 years, you'll end up paying $625.00. If you pay for the life membership at age 50, your total cost is only $375.00. That's a saving of $250.00. There's no telling when the dues will be going up again so call me now to get that life membership started. If you still rather pay the yearly amount, that's fine too, but you need to get your payment in as soon as possible to continue receiving your VFW benefits. You earned that right to be a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Thank you for your commitment to being part of the Finest Veterans Organization on Planet Earth.
Firearms safety classes are starting up again on March 3rd 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Post Home. The firearm safety class consists of a minimum of 12 hours of classroom and field experience in the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility. The field experience allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle range. Upon successful completion of this course, students receive a temporary certificate. This certificate will allow the bearer to purchase a hunting license in Minnesota and other states where certification is required. Bottom line - if you want to hunt, you need a Firearms Safety certificate to get a hunting license, regardless of your age!
The Buddy Poppy campaign will be underway soon. Did you know that in 1923, the VFW was the first organization to promote a nationwide sale of Poppies made by disabled and needy veterans. The inspiration came from Col John McRae's famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'. The Poppy has become traditional as the Memorial Day flower and as the symbol of remembrance for the men and women who have lost their lives or their health in the defense of their country. Its significance has spread throughout the world. Please be kind (and generous) to the hard working volunteers distributing the Poppies. If you want to volunteer to distribute Buddy Poppies, please tell your Poppy Chairperson Leo Grochow or Lil Lavoy.
Loyalty Day (May 1st) is right around the corner. I'm sure that some of you only associate Loyalty Days as the last hoorah for the District Commander and Auxiliary President. However, that is not the case. The two events just happen to coincide with each other. Loyalty Day originally began as "Americanism Day" in 1921 to counter the Communists May 1 celebration of the Russian Revolution. On May l, 1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York's Union Square to promote patriotism. On May 1, 1949 it evolved into Loyalty Day and in 1958 Congress enacted Public Law 529 proclaiming Loyalty Day a permanent fixture on our nations' calendar. So do something patriotic on that day and show your pride to be an American.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

Attention Program Chairpersons: The year-end reports are here and need your attention. There will be a meeting for that purpose on Thursday, March 12th at 5:00 p.m. If you feel you need the blank forms prior to that please give me a call and we'll make arrangements.

Attention Post Members and Auxiliary sisters who are unable to attend the meetings: The Post Appreciation Dinner cancelled on February 14th is rescheduled for March 14th. The sign-up sheet for Post members wishing to attend is posted at the Club. Sisters, this is an opportunity for the Auxiliary to express our gratitude to the Post for allowing us to be a part of their organization and assisting us in too many ways to list. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the meal.

I encourage all of you to attend the March and April meetings. At the March meeting the nomination of officers begins for the upcoming program year. At the April meeting nominations will continue and election will be held. Please note ANY MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING (dues paid) is eligible to hold an office in our Auxiliary, either elected or appointed. I encourage our new members to attend and take part in our organization.
Thank you Auxiliary sisters for promptly paying your dues. Our Auxiliary has now surpassed the 103 % mark in membership and we continue to grow. Auxiliary #3979 has gained many new members this year, and with the assistance of our long-standing members has become well known throughout the state for our accomplishments.
It appears the calendar of auxiliary activities is going to be quite hectic for the next two months ... they are as follows:

March April
2 BINGO at the nursing home 6 BINGO at the nursing home
11 Retired Men's Dinner 8 Retired Men's Dinner
12 Meeting night 9 Meeting Night
14 Post Appreciation Dinner 21 Bowling Banquet
25 Retired Men's Dinner 22 Retired Men's Dinner (last one)
29 Vietnam Veterans Day 23 Bowling Banquet

At every meeting and in every newsletter a request for volunteers to assist with the fundraising activities is made; unfortunately the response has always been the same people stepping up to help. We are over 230 members' strong ladies ... and your help is needed!! If we can't get volunteers we may need to look at canceling future fund raisers. If you are able to spare a couple of hours we could use some help for the activities listed above ... give me a call. (384-4426.)
Spring brings on the time to work on our scholarship program for area youth. We are in need of a committee to judge and select applicants to receive these scholarships. If anyone is interested on serving in this capacity, give me a call.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Now is the time to start thinking about Golf!!! We will be hosting the VFW State Golf Tournament again this year and next year. The tournament is held the first full weekend in August. Friday July 31, August 1 & 2 will be the dates of 2009 Tournament. Golfers are needed! We will need lots of help again this year. Please contact me 879-5187 or Lou Hubbell 879-3127 if you are able to contribute in any way. We will not turn anyone down. Thank you!!
Keep looking for new and reinstate members. We still offer a 25% reduction in Life Membership dues. That is a great deal for you!!

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

The American Flag & Military Funerals

Did you know that at military funerals, the 21 gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but it's not. Read on to learn..
The 1st Fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd Fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The 3rd Fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th Fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
The 5th Fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our Country, right or wrong."
The 6th Fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th Fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through them that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries or our republic.
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January - February 2009

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone s New Year was safe and enjoyable. As I reflect over the past year, I ve come to realize even more how great this veteran s organization is. From helping veterans from the Twin Cities on their way to their fishing trip at Veterans on the Lake to honoring World War II Veterans; hosting a State Golf Tournament to having children s Halloween and Christmas parties and all of the Burger Nights, Fish/Steak fries and fundraisers in between, we have accomplished a lot in 2008. It has been a great year. I want to commend everyone for their hard work, dedication and commitment to helping veterans in every way possible. Thank you to all the Post members and Ladies Auxiliary for your many long and laborious hours volunteering for the numerous functions and community service for our post.
I also want to give special thanks to the Combined Honor Guard. You are not forgotten and are greatly appreciated. What you do for our fallen heroes is exemplary. Through all kinds of weather you put your personal comfort aside to make sure our comrades are honored with dignity and respect. You are leaders in the community as evident by leading and setting the pace for every parade; to presenting our nations colors at funerals and other community events. Your dedication and steadfast call to duty is second to none. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Looking ahead, we have an exciting year awaiting us. Coming onboard is the start of the Men s Auxiliary to our post. We are excited about the challenges and rewards this new arm will bring to our post and the new members of this Auxiliary. Congratulations and welcome aboard. Also coming up is the Mid Winter Conference in St Paul on January 16 and 17, the Fish/Steak Fry on January 30 and February 27, the Post Appreciation dinner on February 14, the 8th District meeting in Duluth on February 21 and 22 and the Certified Recruiter Team visit on February 28.
One more and important thing to mention is for those who still need to pay their dues. Let s get those dues in as soon as possible so you can continue to be a member in good standing. Why not make it a life membership instead? If you need assistance with that, let me know. Thank you and see you soon.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

Hope everyone had a safe, healthy and happy Holiday season!!

The fundraisers held in November and December enabled our Post and Ladies Auxiliary to meet and exceed VFW and Ladies Auxiliary program expectations. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you for supporting them. Thanks to you and the community support we were able to raise over $500.00 for troop box supplies; over $500.oo for our local homeless veterans program (MAC-V); over $700.00 for Veterans on the Lake Resort; $1,000.00 for phone cards for the troops and receive recognition in the community for our efforts and dedication to the veteran programs. VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary # 3979 members share a reputation for stepping up and getting the job done! Again ... THANK YOU !!

The calendar of Auxiliary activities is going to be calming down for the next two months ... they are as follows:

January February
5 BINGO at the Nursing Home 2 BINGO at the Nursing Home
8 Meeting Night 11 Retied Men's Dinner
14 Retired Men's Dinner 12 Meeting Night
16 Mid Winter Conference 14 Post Appreciation Dinner
17 Mid Winter Conference 21 District Meeting - Duluth
28 Retired Men's Dinner 22 District Meeting - Duluth
    25 Retired Men's Dinner

If you are able to spare a couple of hours we could use some help for the dinners listed above ... give me a call. (384-4426 or 591-5727) or send me an email through our website (www.vfw3979.org).

Our next fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, March 13th. We will have a Hot Dish / Salad Supper to raise money for our relief fund, which we sue to assist local veterans and their families. Please contribute time, food, supplies or cash to support this effort.

Our Auxiliary is very close to achieving 100% in membership. Sisters, if you have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so ASAP. Also, if you know of anyone experiencing a hardship that makes it difficult to pay their annual dues, please contact Lil LaVoy (879-7493) for assistance.

Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

I hope that you all had a happy Christmas season. I also want to wish you a successful and prosperous New Year.
Our Ladies Auxiliary has done an outstanding job this year. They have initiated fundraisers, benefits, and many other events. These functions have promoted Veteran issues, youth activities, and our Post. Joanne Douglas and her crew deserve a huge pat on the back for a job well done!!
Burger nights continue to be a big hit. Shelley Nelson and the rest of the Burger Babes really do a great job. If you have not attended a Burger Night mark it on your calendar now and make sure you try it out.
Remember that VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. We are a select group of individuals. Take great pride in that fact. Our goal is to help Veterans. Not all of us made it home. So in memory of those who paid the ultimate price, let's make sure that we never forget all our Veterans. Come to meetings and get involved. That is how we/you can continue to make this the Greatest Veterans Organization in the World.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

The Story of Taps
Why the name Taps? The most likely explanation is that the name was borrowed from a drummers beat. The beating of a bedtime roll-call called Tattoo by the drum corps would be followed by the Drummer of the Guard beating three distinct drum taps at four count intervals for the military evolution Extinguish Lights. Following the call, three single drum strokes were beat at four-count intervals. This was known as the "Drum Taps" or in common usage of soldiers "The Taps" or "Taps".
It is not clear how or why Taps became associated with funerals. However, its earliest official reference for use at military funeral ceremonies is found in the U.S. Army Infantry Drill Regulations for 1891.
As soon as Taps was sounded that night in July 1862, words were put with the music. The first were, "Go to Sleep, Go to Sleep." As the years went on, many more versions were created. There are no official words to the music but many popular verses exist today. www.tapsbugler.com

 


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November - December 2008

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
It's coming up on the end of the year and it is still GREAT to be a part of the Finest Veterans Organization on Planet Earth! We are the only organization in the nation that can say we are Veterans of Foreign Wars. We have earned that title and that honor and I thank you. I thank you, not only for what you have done to earn that respect, I thank you for what you continue to do as Veterans, as members of this great organization and as pillars of the community. Together we will not let our brothers/sisters in arms go hungry, go homeless or go without care. We help one another and work together for the benefit of our country and for the men and women who fight for this nation. "Together we stand, divided we fall." There is truth to the saying that there is strength in numbers. We need your membership to stay active so together we can continue to help our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. So, don't hesitate, pay your dues now, stay active, stay involved and continue to show our fellow veterans that we will stand by them, no matter what.
We, as Veterans of Foreign Wars, can't do it all alone. We are fortunate to have working with us the Ladies Auxiliary. These ladies work tirelessly to ensure our mission is accomplished in helping veterans and the community. They are always there to lend a hand and continue to show support in every way imaginable. Their untiring devotion is second to none and is greatly appreciated.
All this community involvement and helping of Veterans has prompted another entity to want to be a part of this great organization. It is with great honor to have been approached by members of the community who also want to respect their family members that have served. There is a great interest from the community in starting a Men's Auxiliary at our post. Therefore, we invite all members interested in the formation of a Men's Auxiliary at the Post Home in Cloquet to the November meeting for discussion and a vote as to the formation of this supporting arm of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I urge all members to attend and add to the discussion and vote.
It was passed at the last post meeting that there would be a fund set aside for any branch of the Armed Services to have a Birthday Ball. Therefore, there will be a Marine Corps Birthday Ball held at our post on November 8th. If you are interested in attending, please let me know so we have enough meals. I challenge any other branch to celebrate their birthday as well. It was also voted that volunteers who help with post meal functions pay 2 price for their meal. It was discussed that "volunteer" is an unpaid event and a meal is considered payment. However, only paying 2 price for the meal was considered reasonable. It was also passed at the Department Fall Conference that Minnesota VFW would no longer accept any pins, hats, clothing or other items made in Communist countries going forward. It is contradictory of the VFW to fund these countries or to proudly wear these items. And coming up in January is the start of the Fire Arms Safety classes sponsored by our post. You'll need this certification in order to hunt. Don't be caught without it. See the calendar or visit the website at www.vfw3979.org for upcoming events.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

The Auxiliary will be holding an election at our November meeting to fill the position of # 2 Trustee. Contrary to rumors, the position does not need to be filled by a past president. Any Auxiliary member in good standing can be elected to fill any position in the Auxiliary.
With the Holidays rapidly approaching the next two months are proving to be quite busy.

November December
3 BINGO at the Nursing Home 1 BINGO at the Nursing Home
11 Veteran's Day dinner 5 MAC-V Fundraiser - Honor Pearl Harbor Survivors
12 Retired Men's Dinner 10 Retired Men's Dinner
13 Meeting night 11 Meeting Night
14 Veterans on the Lake Fundraiser 12 Hot Beef Fundraiser (Troop boxes)
21 Lutefisk/Meatball Dinner 13 Auxiliary Christmas Party
28 Hot Beef Fundraiser (Troop boxes) 21 Kids Christmas Party

We are in need of volunteers in any and all capacities to help with these activities....don't be afraid to step up!! A chairman is needed for the Dec. 10th Retired Men's... please call....

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

The POW/MIA fundraiser enabled us to make a $300.00 donation toward that effort. The Hot dish/Salad supper fundraiser enabled us to provide over S700.00 toward the purchase of phone cards for the troops. A huge thank you to all Post and Auxiliary members as well as patrons that donated food, cash and time to help fulfill our obligation to those programs and to our veterans, past and present.
Please continue to support the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary in our efforts to fulfill all of the program obligations.
The Retired Men's Dinners are going well and their attendance is rising. Anyone interested in helping out with these dinners, please call (384-4426 or 591-5727) or send an email through the website (www.vfw3979.org).
The annual Christmas Party is scheduled for December 13th. Sisters, if you plan on attending you MUST make reservations no later than December 8th to allow the Post enough time to plan accordingly. Please call (384-4426 or 591-5727).
Our Auxiliary is very close to achieving 100% in membership. Sisters, if you have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so ASAP. Also, if you know of anyone experiencing a hardship that makes it difficult to pay their annual dues, please contact Lil LaVoy, (879-7493) for assistance.

May this Holiday season bring peace and bring our troops home!!
Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Membership is the buzz word all the time with the National and State VFW. We have a great organization. Our local Post is top notch. So, you would think that eligible candidates should come knocking on our door to sign up. That does not happen all that often. WE must go looking for these eligible candidates and bring them into our extraordinary organization!
When most people hear the name VFW they think bar. We must emphasize that VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. We as Veterans of Foreign Wars have unique experiences that no one else in our society can relate too. Our organization provides a place where we can meet and relate with other Veterans. We don't brag or talk often about our Veteran experiences, but we are the HEROES of our society. Yes I said HEROES!!!
The Veterans of Foreign Wars was founded to help Veterans. That should remain the primary goal for our organization. Veterans helping Veterans is what we do!!
Stand tall Veterans for you are Americas HEROES!!

Keep those memberships up to date!!

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

The Story of Taps Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to render emotion than the call Taps. The melody is both eloquent and haunting and the history of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded in controversy.
Taps began as a revision to the signal for Extinguish Lights (Lights Out) a bugle call that was used as the final call of the day and as the name implies, it was a signal to extinguish all fires and lights. Up until the Civil War; the infantry call for Extinguish Lights was the one set down in Silas Casey's (1801-1882) Tactics, which had been borrowed from the French. The music for Taps was adapted by Union General Daniel Butterfield for his brigade in July 1862.
As the story goes. General Butterfield was not pleased with the call for Extinguish Lights, feeling that the call was too formal to signal the days end, and with the help of the brigade bugler, Oliver Willcox Norton, wrote Taps to honor his men while in camp at Harrison's Landing, Virginia, following the Seven Days battle. These battles took place during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. The new call sounded that night in July, 1862, soon spread to other units of the Union Army and was reportedly also used by the Confederates. Taps was made and official bugle call after the war. www.tapsbugler.com


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September - October 2008

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
Where has the summer gone? Soon it will be time to harvest the crops, send the kids to school and get ready for winter. And if that isn't enough to keep you busy, we have a lot of things planned at the Post. And if you don't have a garden or your kids are all ready grown and on their own, that's great for you, it'll give you more time to come down to the post and join in the fun and camaraderie. We can always use your help and your friendship. Just check out the website at " www.vfw3979.org " to find out all the events that's going on. And as long as your dropping by, might as well pay your dues if you haven't all ready done so. Membership dues are NOW DUE!! If you have paid your dues, THANK YOU! If you are a life member, outstanding!! If you're not a life member yet, but want to be, let me know so we can get you there. If you think you can't afford a life membership, come on down and see how we can work with you to get your life membership paid so you can rest easy and not worry about paying dues every year. It's that simple.
Congratulations to all those that participated in this years State Golf Tournament. For those that weren't able to attend the last post meeting to hear who the champions for each flight are, I'll be posting the rankings on the website shortly. Special thanks go out to Dave Burgett and Louie Hubbell and all those that helped make it a success.
We recently had veterans from the Minneapolis Veterans Home come through our post on their way to Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely. They had a great time, and listening to their stories on their way back, they caught a lot offish! We are looking forward to the veterans from the Hastings Veterans Home to come through Monday September 8th on their way to fun on the lake. They'll be coming back through on Friday September 12th. Come down to the post and give us a hand and enjoy the fun and excitement these veterans bring with them. These guys are great.
Upcoming Events
The Retired Men's dinner will be starting up again on September 10th and will be running the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Burger nights are also starting up on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Also in September is the Honor Guard Banquet on the 14th and Past Commanders/Past Presidents Banquet on the 20th. And don't forget about the Post Fish Fry on the 26th. These are all events that require Preparation, Personnel and Participation. We welcome anyone who is willing to lend a hand and join in the fun. Also coming up is the Department Fall Conference being held in Alexandria on September 26th - 28th. Make your reservations now before it's too late. And coming up in October is the Kids Halloween party on October 26th. See you there.
And last, but certainly not least, is the need for an Assistant Gambling Manager. Marc's last day was at the end of August and we need a replacement NOW! The Gambling Control Board mandates the importance of keeping and maintaining internal controls. By having an Assistant Gambling Manager keeps us in line with preserving more accurate record inventory and reporting. The Gambling Manager can't do it all and shouldn't. We need someone to step up to the plate and be a part of much needed position at the post. Please call me if you are interested. Thank you.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

We have gained 12 new members since our year started...welcome sisters!! Thank you to all those who have paid their annual dues so far; and those of you who have not, please try to do so before September 20th. Our Auxiliary could be in the running for some outstanding drawings on the Department and National levels.
The next two months are just as busy as the past two.

September 1st - Labor day Parade 13th - Hilton wedding reception
8th - Hastings Veterans for lunch 14th - Honor Guard Party
8th - Bingo at the nursing home 19th - POW/MIA National Recognition Day
10th - Retired Men's Dinner 20th - Past Commanders/Presidents banquet
11th - Meeting night 24th - Retired Men's Dinner
12th - Hastings Veterans for lunch 25th - Fall Conference - Alexandria, MN
October 6th - Bingo at nursing home 11th - District Meeting - Veterans on the Lake Ely
8th- Retired Men's Dinner 22nd Retired Men's Dinner
9th - Meeting Night 26th - Kids Halloween Party

As usual, we are in need of volunteers in any and all capacities to help with these activities....don't be afraid to speak up!!
DID YOU KNOW: During the 2007/2008 program year the V.F.W and Auxiliaries in Minnesota volunteered a staggering 2,155,996 hours totaling a monetary worth of $ 6,982,165.00. Think of how many volunteer hours there would be if each of us reported ALL of them!! If you are one of us that don't keep track and don't report, think about starting to do so. If you are unsure if an activity counts, report it anyway; Alma Ojala, Community Service Chair (879-4432) has all of the guidelines. Let's see if we can surpass last year's reports.
DID YOU KNOW: The ladies auxiliary collects Campbell soup labels; we collect postage stamps (also metered mail stamps); and we collect aluminum can tabs. We also send care packages to our troops serving overseas and hold fundraisers for calling cards as well. Any of these items can be dropped off at the Post Home at any time; or can be turned in on meeting night. The postage stamps have to be trimmed 1/4 inch around the stamp; if you are unable to do this, please make sure you leave enough of the envelope to accommodate the requirement. For each 1,000 stamps we send in we earn $ 25.00 toward our community service.
The best way to accomplish something is to first be receptive....! am always open to new ideas and simplified ways of doing things.... Sisters, I am available 24/7 for questions, comments, concerns, criticisms etc. Please do not hesitate to call (384-4426 or 591-5727) or send an email through to our website.
Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

We hosted the State VFW Golf Tournament on August 1, 2, & 3. There were 123 entries for this tournament. The weather cooperated for most of the tournament. There was a slight rain delay for about 1 hour on Sunday. The Black Bear Golf Course was in excellent condition. Thanks to the Black Bear staff for providing a great golf venue for the tournament.
YOUR VFW 3979 won the First Place TEAM Trophy! Congratulations!!!
Individual winners from VFW 3979 included; Dapper Danielson 2nd Place Championship Flight, Mike Peacock 1st Place Commanders Flight, Dave Burgett 3rd place Commanders Flight, Chuck Smith 3rd Place First Flight, Louie Hubbell 2nd Place Third Flight, Duane Brownie 3rd Place Eleventh Flight, Harry McCuskey 1st Place Senior Division First Flight, Orv Swenson 3rd Place Senior Division First Flight, Gene Lavan 1st Place Senior Division Second Flight, and Don Seabury 2nd Place Senior Division Third Flight. Great job golfing VFW 3979!!
Our first venture at hosting this tournament was very successful. We had big business nights at the Post Home and the meals were AWESOME. It takes quite a bit of work, effort and time to make this event happen. I would like to give special thanks to the following that really went the extra mile to make this a success. Louie Hubbell worked his tail off, helping us get donations. He was always there when I needed help with any thing. Chuck Smith and the Fond du Lac Veterans provided tremendous support. Black Bear Casino & Golf Course allowed us to use their GREAT facility.
We have a three year commitment to host this tournament. Next year will even be better. Tournament dates are schedule for July, 31, Aug. 1 & 2, 2009.

Keep those memberships up to date!!

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

It takes a great time and effort by many to host a State VFW event such as the Golf Tournament. Here is a list of all the people and businesses that made this State VFW Golf Tournament a success. THANKS TO ALL!! "If I missed you, please accept my apologies."

Carmen's/Dry Dock Sharon Moehrke
Humana Pete Geasley
Premiere Theatres George Zezulka
8th District VFW Terry Salo
Fond du Lac Veterans Marlene Salo
Cloquet Ford Chrysler Dugan Nephew
Park Avenue Therapies Nick Burggraff
Pete and Sons 66 Service Station Jim Burman
Great Lakes Insurance Agency Tony Jurek
Pizza Hut Louie Hubbell
B and B Market Chuck Smith
Sammy's Pizza Rich Chasse
Medicine Shoppe Dapper Danielson
DAV Chapter 18 Shelly Nelson
VFW Post 8510, Hibbing Mary Touve
Kathy Peterson Frank Thompson
Leo Grochow Dave Burgett
Hilary Dembiczak VFW Post 3979 Golf Team
Rich Chasse Louie Hubbell
Rebecca Chasse Gene Lavan
Duane Hilton Don Seabury
Cindy Gault Harry McCusky
Alma Ojala Orv Swenson
Lois Frey Dapper Danielson
Judy Gaskill Mike Peacock
Sharon Hubbell Chuck Smith
Laura Crosby Dave Burgett
Donna Burgau Duane Brownie
Lil LaVoy Steve Obeidzinski
Ailie Merrill Jim Frey
Nick Burggraff Tim Diver
Joanne Douglas Bob Gaskill
Paula Burgett Mike Van
Shelly Nelson     

 


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July - August 2008

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
I want to thank all of you for having the trust and confidence in me to be your Commander for VFW Post 3979. It is an honor and privilege to serve in the Finest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth! This year will be challenging yet rewarding with all the activities we have planned. I look forward to giving you my best and honest effort in following in the footsteps of great previous commanders and hope to live up to the high standards of this great organization.
I want to thank Commander Don Douglas for opening the door to getting this post on the map by all of his achievements as Post Commander and 8th District Commander. Ending his tour by having Loyalty Days at our post not only showed the 8th District that we are the best; we also portrayed our pride and dedication at the Department level as well. Achieving 100% membership put the icing on the cake, so to speak, in solidifying our reputation as leaders.
I also want to thank our Auxiliary President Lorraine Laine for all her hard work and devotion to, not only the Ladies Auxiliary, but to the community as well. Her leadership was instrumental in also achieving 100% membership and a lot of accolades from the 8th District and Department officers, as evident on the accolades page of our website (vfw3979.org/accolades.aspx). My sincere thanks for a job well done.
One of the challenges we face right out of the starting block is finding a new assistant gambling manager. This is an important and much needed position for our post. Due to circumstances beyond his control, our current assistant gambling manager, Mark, will no longer be able to devote the time needed to successfully maintain the duties of this position. However, he will make time to train his replacement and assist when needed. To qualify for this exciting and rewarding position, you must be a post member in good standing for at least 2 years and be able to devote just a few hours per week for administrative duties. This is a paid position. You can contact any post officer or me if you are interested. We MUST fill this position.
The officers and staff of VFW Post 3979 wish all of you a safe and enjoyable summer. "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken." - (James Dent). I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Respectfully,
Richard Chasse, Sr.
Commander VFW Post 3979

AUXILIARY NEWS

Ladies Auxiliary Article - July and August, 2008
Thank you ladies, for allowing me to be your representative as president for the 2008-2009 year. With assistance from all of you, this will be a fun and memorable year.
Thank you to the VFW Post for allowing us the opportunity to aid them in fulfilling programs and activities that are so vital to helping our veterans. THANK YOU POST 3979 MEMBERS! Without your support, the Ladies Auxiliary would not exist.
Thank you to our long-standing Auxiliary members for your may years of dedication and service to veterans. With your continued guidance, the programs and activities will continue to be fulfilled and our new members will have a wealth of experience to learn from and rely on. Many of you have indicated in one-on-one conversations that you would like to see some changes; new faces; new ideas; special projects; less bickering, etc. etc.
None of this can happen without being brought up at our meeting and voted on by the membership. Remember....ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!
Upcoming Events
July 12th - 50th Class Reunion - Lorraine Laine will chair and also cook.
August 9th - 40th Anniversary - Lorraine Laine will chair and also cook.
August 11th & 15th - Minneapolis Veterans Home here for lunch - chair and cook needed Volunteers?????
August 29th - Country Store / Fish Fry - This is our annual fund raiser for our cancer programs. Chair, cooks and workers are needed for this. Volunteers?????
On-going Activities
1st Monday of each month - Bingo at Cloquet Nursing Home 2:00 p.m.
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (beginning Sept - May) - Retired Men's Dinners
Are there members out there that would be available to cook and/or serve at this function periodically? Please give me a call to be put on the rotation list.
Membership Dues
With the start of the new fiscal year comes the time for our annual members to pay their dues. We achieved 100% in membership this past year and I would like to surpass that this year.
Motto: A helping hand will never be refused; we are all here to serve our veterans.
Phone #'s: 384-4426 (home) or 591-5727 (cell) if I an unable to answer, PLEASE leave a message.

Joanne
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

Greetings to the NEW VFW year. The VFW operates on the July 1 to June 30 calendar year. So the current year will cover parts of 2008 and 2009. As always the big push from the National VFW is membership. So get those dues in early! Let's have another great year!!
We need some volunteer help for the State VFW Golf Tournament that we are hosting. The dates of this event are August 1,2,3, 2008. Please give me a call at 879-5187 if you can help in any of following:

Registration Table:  Friday August 1 and/or Saturday August 2.
Hamburger Night:  Friday August 1 (4:00-8:00)
Steak / Fish Dinner:  Saturday August 2 (4:00-8:00)
Shuttle Car Driver:  Friday August 1 and Saturday August 2 (Times TBD)
General Helpers:  Friday August 1, Saturday August 2, and Sunday August 3.

Our Post is also sponsoring two teams in the Veterans on the Lake Golf Scramble to be held at Black Bear Golf Course on July 26, 2008. If you would like to participate please give me a call. The first 8 members that contact me will be in.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Our VFW Kitchen is second to none. Good food doesn't just happen or come by chance. Good food is made with love and caring. Here at VFW Post 3979 we HAVE good food. Tell all your friends and relatives to come and enjoy a delicious meal or a delicious burger. Many VFW members and VFW Ladies Auxiliary members especially, PAST and PRESENT, have contributed to provide excellent food from our kitchen. The VFW APPRECIATES you and NEEDS you!!! Stop and look at the new fryers or the new refrigerators or the new ice machine or the new stainless steel tables. All were made possible by the Auxiliary Kitchen Fund, and Post and Bar sponsored events.
Just some of the events happening in our Post Kitchen recently: Smelt Fry, Walleye or Steak Dinner, Burger Nights, Retired Men's Dinner, Taco Night, numerous Bowling Banquets, Loyalty Days luncheons and dinners, and free Friday appetizers, all made possible by our kitchen. The VFW Post kitchen has had and continues to have numerous Auxiliary and Post members and volunteers who have worked their magic in the kitchen. KUDOS to you ALL!!!!! We couldn't do it without you!! PLEASE keep up the good work!!


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May - June 2008

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades and Sisters,
The 07/08 year is coming to the last quarter and there are lot of things left to be done before the new commander comes to power. I would like to call on all Cootie's from the old pup tent 59 to come forward and join me in the fight to get the pup tent started up again in Cloquet. I have filled the Seam Squirrel position and CCDB/Adj position, but need more to help the rest of the positions. Please contact me if you are eligible or a former member. 218-384-4426; leave a message.
We are trying to start a Men's Auxiliary also. The signup sheet is at the post home, if there are any questions on eligibility please contact me or any of the line officers at the post.
Loyalty Days , the last 8th District meeting for my year, will be held at the Cloquet VFW Post Home. It would be a wonderful gift to me to have a good showing of VFW members from the Cloquet Post at this meeting. The Agenda for functions going on for these 3 days will be posted at the post home, come take a look.
We have reached 100% in membership in both the Post and Auxiliary. It makes me extremely proud to let everyone know that I belong to Post 3979 and our members stand behind the Post and Auxiliary. Please make time to come down to the post during the upcoming Loyalty Day meeting. "It's your Post, use it!!!!"

The new Officers for Post #3979 are as follows:
Commander - Richard Chasse
Sr. Vice Commander - Hilary Dembiczak
Jr. Vice Commander - James Burman
Quartermaster - Dave Burgett
Chaplain - Tony Jurek

Anyone wishing to help in the setting up of the Men's Auxiliary or Cooties please fell free to contact me.
Poppy day is Friday, May 9th - we need members to help in the sale of poppies. If you wish to help, contact Leo Grochow and he will coordinate the schedule (879-7480).

Don Douglas,
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Dear Sisters,
Congratulations to all of the newly elected officers of the Auxiliary to the Hebert Kennedy VFW Post 3979.

President: Joanne Douglas
Sr. Vice President: Alma Ojala
Jr. Vice President: Ellen Larson
Guard: Maire Westerham
Chaplin: Marge Jurek
Trustee #3: Velda Beck
Conductress: June Lembke
Treasurer: Lillie LaVoy

We are going to be very busy in the next few weeks.

April 21 - Bowling Banquet
April 22 - Bowling Banquet
April 24 - Bowling Banquet
April 30 - Retired Men's Dinner Coed
May 2 - Testimonial Banquet / Loyalty Day
May 3 - Lunch / Loyalty Day
May 3 - Banquet / Loyalty Day
May 4 - Luncheon for Incoming District Commander and President
May 9 - Poppy Day
May 14 - School Patrol Pizza Party

There should be more information soon for the Memorial Day Program and Cemetery Visits.
We have sent 6 more care boxes to the troops in Iraq. Donations are needed to allow us to continue this very important project.
$765.00 was raised and sent to Operation Uplink to purchase Phone Cards for the troops in Iraq.
We have Patterns available for knitting slippers for clients in Silver Bay Veterans home (no wool please). Call Lorraine Henchal for information on this project.
We can be very pleased to report that the State VFW Auxiliary is 95.5% in Membership.
I wish to thank each of you who have worked so hard, supported me, and made this a Great year.

Loyally Yours,
Lorraine Laine
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

All members of the Post should make sure that they have contacted their County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO). Duane Brownie is the Carlton County CVSO. He is one of the very best in the United States. Please hook up with him to find out what Veterans' benefits are available to you.
Members interested in playing golf or working at the VFW State Golf Tournament hosted by OUR Post, please give me a call for details. Thanks!!

Great Membership Year-- -Way to Go VFW 3979!!!

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Loyalty Days
What is Loyalty Days? Loyalty Day originally began as "Americanization Day" in 1921 as a counter to the Communists May 1st celebration of the Russian Revolution. On May 1,1930,10,000 members staged a rally at New York's Union Square to promote patriotism. Through a resolution adopted in 1949, May 1st evolved into Loyalty Day. Observances began in 1950 on April 20th and climaxed May 1st when more than five million people across the nation held rallies. In New York City, more than 100,000 rallied for America. In 1958 Congress enacted Public Law 529 proclaiming Loyalty Day a permanent fixture on the Nations Calendar.


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March - April 2008

COMMANDERS NOTES

Comrades,
I need 6 good members to stand up and pay their dues, which would make us 100% in membership. If you are one of these members please get your dues into Dave Burgett as soon as possible. I would like to thank all the members that have recruited the many new members we have had the honor of receiving this year. It's good to see new faces in the chairs of the post meeting; I hope to see more as the year goes on.
March, April, and early May will be very busy months at the post as they prepare for the 8th District Loyalty Days meeting May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and the post home. A call for help was sent out with very few responses received back. We need your help to make this meeting a great success. Several loyalty day committee meetings have already taken place and their will be more right up to the day of the meeting. If you can help please contact the post home to inquire about the date of the next meeting or if you wish someone can contact you sooner.
Needed: post members to help fill positions at the post home. Want to fill a position just let me or one of the present officer know and we will be more than happy to help you achieve this dream. It's not too late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gun Safety classes will be offered again at the post home on March 4, 2008, for registration call Joe Turcott at 727-7110 or register on 3/4/08 from 6 PM to 6:30 PM.
Spring is just around the corner and poppy cards will be available soon at the post home stop by and get them early and beat the rush.

Don Douglas,
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Dear Sisters,
Our auxiliary has been busy with all of the regularly schedule and special events for this time of year.
At the last count given, we have sent out 58 servicemen boxes to a unit in Iraq.
The nursing home Lutefisk and meatball dinner was very successful. We served 49 meals to residents at the Cloquet Sunnyside Convalescent home. This was twice as many as have been served in the past.
The Retired Men's Dinners have been well attended and received.
We had 24 men sign up for the Men's appreciation dinner. It was a very nice social time for all.
I have been in contact with the two scholarship winners from last year who did not take the scholarship money. They will be sending transcripts as soon as possible so scholarships for the past year will be paid. The new applications for scholarships will be presented to the schools very soon. I hope to see the same great participation that we had last year. We have some great kids out there who are very deserving of our help.
Plans are in the making for the school patrol party. Funding was approved at the last house committee meeting so we can move right along with the plans.
Plans for Loyalty Day are moving right along.
Life members, if you have not paid your cancer insurance premiums please do so now as they are due.
We are working together with the post to hold another salad and hot dish luncheon to raise money for the phone cards for veterans. Please help with this project. The Auxiliary has an ongoing program of buying phone cards for "Operation Uplink", these are made available for veterans also. We have been involved in giving to "Operation Uplink" several times each year.
Many thanks to Alma Ojala for the great job she has done on the Family and Veteran Services report. The job couldn't be done without your outstanding effort.

March and April Events

March 12Retired Men's Dinner
March 13Auxiliary Meeting and Bakeless Bake Sale, (proceeds for Political Action Committee)
March 15Post and Auxiliary Salad and Hot Dish Luncheon
March 26Retired Men's Dinner
March 28Fish Fry
April 9Retired Men's Dinner
April 21,22,24 Bowling Banquets
April 30Retired Men's Dinner

Help will be needed for all of these events. I will be calling you for help.
Yearend reports were handed out at the last meeting. They need to be sent in by March 30th. Please bring them to the March meeting, have them fill out as much as you can.
Elections will be coming soon. Give some hard thought about assuming an office. We need your help to make the program work.
Thanks for all the great help and support these past busy months. Keep up the good work.

Lorraine Laine
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

We will have reached 100% membership this year by the time you read this report. Thanks to all of you!! We still need to find and recruit new members.
The VFW State Golf Tournament will be hosted by OUR Post for the next three (3) years, the first full weekend in August. We will need lots of help! Please contact me if you would like to help in any way. My home phone number is listed at the bottom of this newsletter.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

VFW Post 3979 is a better place today because of Nick Burggraff. Nick has been involved in so many things at the Post, we cannot do him justice in this small space. Therefore, following, are just a few:
He was there in the beginning, starting up the Honor Guard with the Legion. He has been a member since then and now co-Captains with Marc Raihala. Nick has done most of the small carpentry in the building. He designed and made most of the frames in our Post including the new picture frames with past Presidents and Commanders, of which he is one. He took on the Commandership under adverse conditions and weathered many storms.
Nick was instrumental in getting Veteran's Park ready for the Military Tank and the two cannons along with all the planning and organizing of the moves. He also changes the flag at Veteran's Park and the Post Home with Tony Jurek.
Nick was a key player in the planning of the VFW float that you see in all the parades. Along with that, goes getting the float in and out of storage, every time.
Nick enlisted in the Army before he graduated from high school, to serve his country during time of war. He is very proud to have been an airborne soldier. Many years ago, Nick was in the first group of WWII Veteran's to receive honorary diplomas and recognition from Cloquet High School. Congratulations Nick.
Nick has done his share of cleaning and cooking at many VFW events. Now, you can see him patronizing the VFW at Retired Men's Dinners, Steak Fry's or Burger Nights.
To list the things Nick has done for Post 3979 is minor compared to his humility, kindness and generosity. Thanks Nick, for all you have done and continue to do, from the bottom of our hearts.


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January - February 2008

COMMANDERS NOTES

Dues are due!!!!!! Tis the season!!!! Tired of hearing about yearly dues? Shed yourself of this burden, the Post home will pay 25% of your life membership to help you get rid of burden every years end. The Cloquet Post 3979 is presently at 93.51% from reaching 100%, if you haven't paid your dues yet please do so.
January 8th 2008
Fire Arms Safety classes will be available to all ages 11 and up. The cost is $7.50 and the course is 8 weeks long. Registration will be at 6pm on the 8th or call 879-2447 or 727-7110 (Joe).
Have a computer!!!!! Check out the post website. It supplies information on post functions and happenings. We have also added a link to the District Website which has information about happenings in the district. Check it out. Be informed.
*WANTED*
New talent, old talent, any talent to assist with Post functions. Cooking, cleaning, supervisor and all talents in between. I have started a call list for people whom wish to be asked to work different functions. Call me and I will add you to my list so that you don't get left out.
LOYALTY DAYS 2008
Loyalty Days - May 2,3 and 4 will be held at the Cloquet VFW Post 3979. We need help with the many tasks required involved in making this work. If you feel you can assist call Rich Chasse - Sr. Vice Commander - Chairman Loyalty Days committee and let him know you have a little, a lot, whatever amount of free time to assist him in making this date special.
The new year has began and I would like to send everyone best wishes for the New Year from myself and all the Staff of Post 3979 Veterans of Foreign Wars

Don Douglas,
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Dear Sisters,
It has been a very uneventful month. We accomplished all of the activities scheduled for the month and paid all of our yearly assessments. I want to thank all of the Auxiliary sisters and Post members who assisted in the Lutefisk Dinner for Hope Lutheran Church. We served 231 meals plus fed all of the workers. We turned a healthy profit, which will go to a mission project.
You can turn in your hours worked on this project for community service as no monies are kept for any use other than the missions. Many thanks go to Joe Turcott and his helpers for the nice meal served for the Auxiliary Christmas Party. The number attending gets smaller every year, but it was a nice party.
Good Job People! Many thanks until you are better paid.
The Children's Christmas Party went well. Thirty children were entertained by Santa Claus, and a magician hired from the community. A lunch, and candy was served by Auxiliary members.

Events coming soon:

January 9 Retired Men's Dinner
January 10 Post and Auxiliary Meeting
January 18-20 Midwinter Conference
January 23 Retired Men's Dinner
January 25 Fish Fry
February 9 Post Appreciation Dinner (tentative)
February 13&27 Retired Men's Dinner
February 16 & 17 District Meeting
February 29 Fish Fry

I wish each and every one of you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Lorraine Laine
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

We have added quite a few new names to our Membership since July 1, 2007. Please Welcome these new/transfer members. Show them why we are working to help all Veterans. The new/transfer members are as follows; Davalance DePoe, Lawrence LaVeau, Glen Koski, Keith Fogelberg, Clyde Markon, Jeff Hall, Michael Schmitz, Jessie Bailey, Justin Butkiewicz, Robert Hecht Sr., Dennis Wiita, Dale Roman, Richard Johnston and Bruce LaDuke.
New/transfer member Richard Johnston is in the active military and was recently promoted to Brigadier General. Congratulations Richie (that was his Scanlon name)!!
We are about 30 members short of being 100%. If you haven't paid your dues please get them in ASAP. If you know of any eligible candidates please encourage them to join this great organization.

Happy New Year!!

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Post 3979 Auxiliary Buddy Poppy Chairman is Lil Lavoy. Lil has had this position for 3 years and serves, as such, at the District level. She believes very strongly in promoting patriotism in the community. She is also the Auxiliary Treasurer and has been for the last 8-10 years along with being the District Treasurer. Lil has worked for Bingo and Meat Boards at our Post for 15 years. During this time, she has also worked her way up the chairs on the Local, District and Department levels and in 2004-2005 was the Department President for the state of Minnesota. Also, Lil is the current Department Historian and Photographer.
Lil has had three National VFW Auxiliary appointments. She was the National Big 10 Hospital VAVS Chairman for 2005-2006. In 2006-2007, Lil was the National Big 10 Americanism Chairman and this year serves as the National Big 10 Veterans and Family Support Chairman. Lil sees these programs as directly working and caring for veterans. This is our goal to support and honor the veterans who gave so much.
She has a definite soft spot in her heart for the Silver Bay Veteran's Home. You can see her sign for ice cream sales at many of the Post and Auxiliary functions. All proceeds go to the Silver Bay Veteran s Home and Veterans on the Lake.
Lil has had the privilege of visiting many other Auxiliaries and Posts during her time in offices. She has discovered the Post/Auxiliary who worked together were the most successful in supporting our veterans. Thank you, Lil, for your hard work and dedication to the Veteran.


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NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2007

COMMANDERS NOTES

The months of November and December bring with them cold weather and holiday festivities:
November 3rd: Salad / Hot dish *Pot Luck* supper (bring a dish to share). Proceeds go to Operation Uplink (phone cards for our troops).
November 11th: Veterans Day Dinner - All veterans are welcome.
November 30th: Lutefisk Dinner
December 8th: Annual Auxiliary Christmas Party - Served by the post membership to the dedicated members of the Auxiliary to Post 3979 in honor of there dedicated support of our post. POST MEMBERS DO NOT FEEL SHY ABOUT SIGNING UP TO HELP OUT AT THIS ONE.
December 16th: Kids Christmas Party * 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A magic show and Santa are scheduled to attend. Come join the fun!!!
December 31st: New Years Eve Dinner (prime rib). Reservations are required.
If you have time on your hands and wish to spend it helping post and auxiliary members accomplish the many projects we have taken on, please feel free to contact me or any of the post or auxiliary officers. Phone numbers are on the newsletter. I look forward to working with both post members and auxiliary members at *ALL FUNCTIONS* during the course of my term as post commander.
Membership; membership; membership. Dues are again in the news. The post offers a wonderful program to help pay life membership. Contact one of the post officers and check it out. For annual dues members it is time, please take measures to pay your annual dues.
At a recent function at the post I had the pleasure of meeting a past command of the post that I had never met. It made me feel sad that he felt that he was too old to be of any value anymore to the VFW. Such a waste of talent and valuable information, it is a shame that as commander I do not have his guidance to help me through my year as commander.

Don Douglas,
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Dear Sisters,
The activities of the Auxiliary to V.F.W. Post 3979 are progressing nicely.
The Veterans Care Boxes continue to be sent to the unit in Iraq. The project will continue until December 1st at which time we will ask the Post to continue on this important and worthy cause.
Make a Difference Day is coming up. We will be bringing staple foodstuffs for the Outreach Center. Please do not send home made food, as they cannot accept it. A representative from the Center will give us a presentation about the facility and it's needs.
We have a very busy schedule for the next two months. It reads as follows:
1. A hot dish, salad, desert potluck fundraiser will be held on November 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00. We need donations of food for this to come from as many of you as possible as the proceeds for this event will go for phone cards for our veterans.
2. The joint V.F.W. - American Legion Veterans Day Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 11th. Please volunteer your services for this dinner. Veterans will eat for free, guests are $4.00.
3. The November Retired Men's Dinner will be held on November 14th. Your help is always appreciated.
4. The annual Lutefisk Dinner will be held on November 30th from 4:00 to 7:00. We need a lot of help for this dinner as it is a lot of work. Call me at 729-8077 to let me know if you can help.
5. The Auxiliary Christmas Party will be held on December 8th from 6:00 til ??. Contact Ester Pastika at 879-7877 for your reservations.
6. The December Retired Men's Dinner will be held on December 12th, please lend a hand for this, we need your help.
7. The Kids Christmas Party will be held on December 16th from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Post Home. We need lots of help with this, (no home cooked treats please).
As you can see this is going to be a very busy and exciting time for us. With your help it will be a lot of fun as well.
I wish each of you a blessed and Joyful Holiday Season. Stay healthy and safe.

Loyally yours,
Lorraine Laine
Auxiliary President

Quartermasters Report

YOUR VFW has many options that will benefit you. You can take advantage of these benefits by reading the information in the VFW Magazine. You can also check our VFW 3979 website (vfw3979.org) to find links to your questions.
Duane Brownie and Rich Dumancus our Carlton County Service Officers located on the First Floor of the Courthouse are the BEST!! If you have ANY Veteran issues contact these guys. You will not find anyone better at their jobs. They can be reached at (218) 384-9173. They WILL get back to you if you leave a message.
November and December are very busy months. Please check the Post Calendar to find out what Veterans/Post events have been scheduled. Membership is always on the front burner. If you have paid your dues, Thank You, if not then get them in ASAP. We have quite a few "new" Veterans returning to our area and community. Please let them know the value of belonging to a Veterans organization. Our goal is to help all Veterans!!

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Post 3979's one and only POW/MIA Committee Chairman is Tony Jurek. Tony, also, is the 8th District POW/MIA Chairman and has been for many years. Tony has also served as the State POW/MIA Chairman. As a Korean War POW, Tony speaks to many groups including the Cloquet Senior High School. He informs the groups about the Korean War and America's hand in the war. He fields many questions about his incarceration there. He feels strongly that the public needs to be made aware of how other countries (at the time, Communist countries especially) treated their POW's.
Tony, with the help of Nick Burggraff, changes the Post's American and POW flags when necessary. They also change the flag on the Veteran's Perpetual Flag Pole in Veteran's Park every other month.
Tony served Post 3979 as Commander during our 50th Anniversary year, 1994-1995. He serves the Post now, in our Honor Guard and as our Chaplain. If you have any concerns that the Chaplain should know about, feel free to call Tony at 879-5886. Thank you, Tony, for your dedication and hard work.


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SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2007

COMMANDERS NOTES

Fall is upon us and the Post is gearing up for all the activities that go along with it. This time of the year we are on the move. The Post website has a complete list of activities going on, as well as the dates and times.
Membership recruiting and membership dues are high on my list of things I wish to stress at this time. Without recruiting new members and getting membership dues paid up we will have no Post. I also wish to stress that the 2007 - 2008 membership dues are NOW DUE.
The Hastings Veterans Home is having their annual fishing trip to Veterans on the Lake Resort the week of September 10th -13th. They will be stopping at the Post on the 10th for lunch (provided by the Post) and again on the 14th (provided by the Auxiliary). Please contact myself or Auxiliary President, Lorraine Laine if you can provide assistance for this worthy group of veterans.
The Labor Day Parade will be on September 3rd. I would like to see all members stop down in a show of numbers to enjoy the parade.
September 12th we have the website meeting at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the Post website and get suggestions for improvements. If you have any ideas or things you wish to see added to the website, stop down. Your input is needed and everyone is welcome to attend.
September 13th is meeting night. This newsletter is my personal invitation to attend this meeting; and it is also your right to attend....please use it!!
September 22nd is the Past Commanders and Past Presidents Banquet. This is our way of honoring our past leaders. If you can assist, please feel free to call me or Auxiliary President. We need your assistance.
September 28th - 30th will be the State Fall Conference at Grand Rapids, MN. I have a complete agenda of training seminars and meeting schedules available as well as housing forms. Please feel free to call me if you wish to get this information.
October 13th and 14th will be the 8th District meeting hosted by Post # 2720, Deer River. I encourage all members to make an effort to be at this meeting. A lot of good information is shared at the these meetings.
October 27th the Post and Auxiliary will be holding a fund raising dinner at the Post Home. The menu is not set at this time, but we hope to see all members and their guests attend for good food, conversation, old fashioned fellowship. See you there!
October 28th is the annual Kids Halloween Party. Help is needed...and you need not have prior experience to volunteer.
October 31st is the annual Silver Bay Halloween costume and bingo party. Your presence at this function is a pure honor and a way to show our veterans that we care enough about them to honor them by joining hands with our comrades and sisters to make this a success.
All updates and changes will be available on the Post website (vfw3979.org) as well as at the Post home.

Don Douglas,
Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Dear Sisters,
We are already well into the busy year that we have planned for us. By the time you receive this newsletter we will already have held our annual Fish and Steak Fry and Country Store, which is dedicated to cancer aid and research.
A yearly calendar has been made and will be presented for your approval at our September meeting.
We served lunch for the Minnesota Veterans Fishing Trip on August 17th.
We will serve the lunch for the Hastings Veterans Fishing Trip on September 14th.
The Past Commander and Past President's Banquet is going to be held on Saturday, September 22, pending your approval.
The Fall Conference is going to be held in Grand Rapids starting September 28.
I am waiting for information regarding the Retired Men's Dinner to find out if we are going to be hosting them this year. I will notify you as soon as I find out.
We are working hard on our membership drive and it is coming along nicely.
We are going to be putting together care packages for the Soldiers in Iraq. We will be sending them to a designated unit. There will be containers for both money donations as well as comfort items that will be in the packages at the Post Home. This project will continue until December 1st, 2007. At that time the items will be sent out. More information will be passed on as the project progresses. Please take part in this most important support of our troops.
I would like to thank each of you that have helped to make these events a success. If we keep working together, we should have a good year!

Loyally yours,
Lorraine Laine
President

Quartermasters Report

Get those dues in as soon as possible. Life Memberships are still available. We will pay 25% of a Life Membership with a wide variety of payment options. Give me a call if you have any specific questions.
Here is the Dues breakdown for 2008: National & State....$18.50, Local....$6.50 = $25.00
The $6.50 of your Local dues is divided into two categories, Relief Fund and Dues Reserve Fund, $3.25 to each. The Relief Fund is used to help "needy vets", funeral expenses ($100 per member), Get Well cards, mileage for cancer treatment and any other situation that falls in this category. The Dues Reserve Fund is used to help members in financial trouble or medical situational times, pay dues. Call if you have any questions.
The 3979 Golf Team made an impressive showing at the VFW State Golf Tournament held in Mankato in early August. "Dapper" Danielson finished in 4th place of the Championship Flight. "Sgt." Mike Van WON the 3rd Flight. (Congrats Mike, although the term "Sandbagger" was mentioned). Lou Hubbell and Duane Brownie placed 3rd in their respective flights. Rich Dumancus finished 2nd in his flight. We finished 3rd overall as a team. Side note: We had some competition within our own team. I am sad to report that the SEMPER FI boys edged the ARMY by 1 stroke in service branches contest.
REMINDER: The State VFW Golf Tournament will be hosted by Post 3979 the next 3 years at Black Bear Golf Course.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster

Feature Article

Our Americanism chairman is Velda Beck. Velda is starting her 28th year in this position. She has presented flag etiquette, flag history and other programs to schools, youth and community groups. Due to Velda's vigilance, Post 3979 has been awarded many honors for Americanism. She was instrumental in setting the awaiting table for our missing P.O.W./M.I.A. at the Post Home. Velda was a key player in the development of Veteran's Park and the lighting of the Veteran's Perpetual Flag Pole.
Velda accepts deceased Veteran's flags and dedicates them on Memorial Day. The flags are received and stored at the VFW to be flown over Veteran's Park in the order they were received. A new flag flies every 2 months. The names are posted in the Park, at the Post, over CAT-7 and in the newsletter. If you would like to have your deceased Veteran's flag fly over Veteran's Park, please call Velda at 879-5206, Tony Jurek 879-5886 or Dave Burgett 879-5187, for details. Thank you, Velda, for your dedication and hard work.


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JULY - AUGUST 2007

COMMANDERS NOTES

The new year is upon us and I would like to express many thanks to our Past Commander, Mark Raihala and Past President, Sharon Jones for the outstanding jobs they performed over the last year for the veterans of this organization and their dependents. Their dedication to this organization is inspirational to all of the upcoming officers and hopefully will be the mark of the upcoming year.
The club is now smoke free in accordance with new state and county regulations. I hope this increases the number of members that come to the club, but does not decrease the number of members presently active at the club.
The 1st district meeting will be at the International Falls post #2948 on July 28th and 29th. Plan to attend, it should be a good meeting.
The Post now has a website (VFW3979.org). Those of you that have a computer should take the time to check it out. Also the newsletter and all updates are listed on this site. If you prefer not to receive a paper newsletter, just call the club or contact one of the post officers and we will take your name off the mailing list. I will be instructing the website manager to add a suggestion box to the site. All suggestions will be addressed and appreciated by the new officers.
The '07/'08 membership year has now officially started. My goal for this year will be 100% by December 31st. It has been many years since Post #3979 has had bragging rights in this area. I ask you all to please help achieve this goal; I can't do it without your help.
This year a further goal is to get Post #3979 on the map again, but I will need the help of all members. Service to our country and this organization is a life long commitment; may it be forever.

Loyally yours.
Don Douglas, Commander

AUXILIARY NEWS

Dear Sisters;
Our new year will be starting out with a bang as we celebrate Independence Day by participating in the July 4th Parade. Commander Don Douglas and I will be riding in the Parade, giving out candy and putting our best foot forward as we represent the Hebert Kennedy V.F.W. post and its Ladies Auxiliary.
We have quite a bit of work ahead of us as we still must fill some of the positions of the leadership in our Ladies Auxiliary. We need someone to step forward and assume the position of Secretary. Our meeting will be tape recorded so we will have an accurate record of all business. The former Rehabilitation Committee has no designated chairman, but several women have stepped forward to carry out various parts of this most important committee.
The date of our Annual Fish Fry and Country Store has been moved to August 24th. We are doing this so we have no conflict with the City of Cloquet activities that are planned for the last Friday of the month for the next six months. Mark your calendars and plan to support the Country Store and help with the Fish and Steak Fry. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the V.F.W. Cancer Aid and Research Fund.
The Commander and the Auxiliary President will be sitting with an ADHOC committee to put events on a yearly calendar. This will be presented to the Membership for approval. This will help us keep on track with events and activities we have planned for the coming year. I would like to thank each of you who have given support to the Auxiliary and it's elected leadership. If we work together we should have a great year. Thank you.

Loyally,
Lorraine Laine, Auxiliary President

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Welcome to the New VFW year. Congratulations to all Officers and Committee Members. Please give them all the support needed to make this another successful year for OUR Organization.
National dues were raised last January. We elected to wait until now to make the change. So that means that Our Yearly Dues will be $25.00. If you choose to go with a Life Membership we will pay 25% of the costs. This method can also be worked out on a monthly basis. Just give me a call to arrange a plan that works out best for you.
We have been approached by the local chapter of the DAV to help share information. We will offer them space in our newsletter to distribute information which will benefit veterans. Look for this info in following newsletters. Also check out our web site at VFW3979.org. You can find up to date info about YOUR Post and links are provided to other organizations that benefit veterans. Our new Commander Don Douglas is also the new 8th District Commander. He will be a busy man during the next year. Let's help Don show the 8th District why WE are the number ONE Post in this district.
Make sure you contact your CVSO (County Veterans Service Officer). Duane and Rich are two of the really good guys. They make helping Veterans their number one priority. Their record for helping Vets is second to none. Call them at 384-9173.
If you have any questions about our local VFW give me or any of the Officers a call. Our phone numbers are listed in this newsletter.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett, Quartermaster


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May - June 2007

COMMANDERS NOTES

Since this is the last newsletter of my term, I do extend my thanks and appreciation to all the Post and Auxiliary Members and Brad and Shelley for all your good work to make the remodeling project a reality...
Our Post has been in existence for over 60 years and without volunteers we would not be one of the finest in the state. It has been a pleasure to work with all the officers the past two years. I wish the best for Officers in 2007-2008 who are:

Commander - Don Douglas
Sr. Vice - Richard Chasse
Jr. Vice - Kimberly Callahan
Chaplin - Tony Jurek
Quartermaster - Dave Burgett
Good Luck to all.

The Annual School Safety Patrol Pizza Party will be held on April 30th. Just seeing the kids will add years to your life - or is it the other way around? Be sure to make it down to the Club.
Poppy Day is Friday, May 4th this year. This is an important program since the funds are used for Post and Auxiliary Relief Funds. The Poppy Chairmen are Lil Lavoy and Leo Grochow. Even if you are unable to go out and sell poppies, buy one and wear it proudly.
The St. Cloud Vets Fishing Trip is May 21st, the Vets will stop for lunch. Come down and meet with the disabled vets and help serve them, and enjoy a good lunch.

Your Commander,
Marc Raihala

Remember, a stranger in the Club is just a friend you haven't met.

AUXILIARY NEWS

April has been busy for our Auxiliary. We have served dinner for a Bowling Banquet. A pizza party for Cloquet and Esko School Patrol Students. I want to thank all the volunteers for a great job.
Poppy Day is May 4th; all of the proceeds are used for Veterans Benefits. If you can give a few hours selling poppies it would be appreciated. The poppy cards displayed at the club are also very impressive. A poppy card can be purchased for a minimum of $5.00. Money can be sent to Lil LaVoy at 321 8th St., Cloquet, MN 55720 or left at the club for Lil.
Election for 2007-2008 has been held and congratulations to our new Auxiliary President Lorraine Laine and Commander Don Douglas. Installation will be held at the May meeting (May 10th). New officers will assume their duties after the June State Convention. Let us give them our support.
I want to thank all our Auxiliary members who donated so generously for our bake sales. It was a great success. A big thank you goes to Linda DeRusha and Dennis for organizing this great project. I also want to thank Marion Raihala, Sandy Hemsworth and Barb Grochow for volunteering to call Auxiliary members to remind them to bring baked goods.
New members are necessary to keep our organization viable. Tell a friend or relative about the benefits of the VFW and sign up a new member.
This will be my last newsletter and I want to take this opportunity to thank all the officers and committee chairmen for their dedication.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Jones, President

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Congratulations to the new officers at our Post! Please show them the support and respect that they deserve. They are working for YOU. Commander Don, Sr. Vice Richard, and Jr. Vice Kimberly will need your help as well as ideas. Please feel free to contact them.
Memorial Day is rapidly approaching. This is the time to honor and remember our fallen veterans. Buy Poppies, attend Memorial Day services, Remember our departed Veterans, are ways to celebrate this Holiday. These Veterans have allowed us to be free so that we can have this day. Say a prayer for our Soldiers who are now stationed away from home protecting our country. May those Soldiers return home safely.
The membership year will end on June 30, 2007. We have 28 members who have not paid their 06-07 dues. Please check to make sure this number doesn't include YOU! Don't let your membership lapse.

Respectfully submitted,
David L. Burgett, Quartermaster


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March - April 2007

COMMANDERS NOTES

The Ladies Auxiliary gave the Post Members a very nice appreciation dinner. The food was good, table setting attractive, and the serving was much appreciated. Those who missed the dinner were the losers. Thanks Ladies.
Passed at the last meeting: The Post will give $1,000.00 to the family of a Post Member killed in combat. I pray we never have to write a check for this, but we do support the troops. Currently when a member dies for any reason we pay out $100.00 to the family.
The voice of democracy contest winner was Andrew Korby of Cloquet. His well composed entry won third place in the 8th District. The District gave him a jacket and $50.00. Our Post prize was $150.00 for first place. Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for their work on this project.
Nick Burggraff has remodeled an old frame to replace the one that was stolen. There is still a need for military patches to complete the work. Any patches donated, will be displayed proudly.
Our pull-tab gambling will have some changes as of March 1st. The gaming board is enforcing a limit of 60% expense. The rules are complex and I will not go over all the rules but it boils down to the Club going to sales of pull tabs behind the bar and the pull-tab machine. The cuts will make the tickets available, with a person selling, for more hours per day and we hope a better gambling operation.
Our membership is still less than one year ago. If you haven't paid your dues, please do, if you know anyone eligible, sign them up.
The March post meeting will have nominations of officers for the coming year. Think about showing an interest in getting more involved by taking an office. New ideas are always welcome. The second session of the youth gun safety classes are scheduled and registration is still open to youths 12 years old or older.

Help a Vet today.
Marc Raihala
Commander

CHALLENGE

Chuck Johnson will match up to $400.00 in contributions toward the Honor Guard Van.

AUXILIARY NEWS

I want to thank all the Auxiliary Ladies for making the Post Appreciation Dinner a success.
Ladies remember our bake sale during the Fish and Steak Dinner, Friday, March 30, 2007. Every member is asked to bring a plate of baked goods to the Post by 3:30 p.m. Linda DeRusha has volunteered to handle the bake sale; any questions please call her during evening hours at 879-4798. I also want to thank Marion Raihala for volunteering to call on some of our members to remind them of this bake sale. All the proceeds will go to our relief fund.
At our April meeting we will be holding election for 2006-2007 offices.
The events we have coming up in the next few months are, Pizza Party for School Patrol Students and a date will be set in May for Poppy Day. Remember volunteers are always needed.
Our District (8) has put together a cook book. They can be purchased for $10.00; there are recipes from every Auxiliary in our district. If you wish to purchase one call me at 879-4345.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Jones,
President

We would like to apologize to Sharon Jones, for the typographical errors in her column in the Jan.-Feb. newsletter. Community Printing takes full responsibility for the errors, in no way should this reflect the professionalism of Sharon Jones. We hope this will never happen again, and again we apologize for all of the inconvenience this has caused.
Community Printing, Inc.
1306 Cloquet Avenue
Cloquet, MN 55720

COOTIE NEWS

The time is getting short. Auxiliary 59 will be closing soon. It is time to fill out your applications to Duluth #5. Applications can be picked up from either Lil or Alma. I am hoping that most will transfer. We will only have one more meeting to close out our business. Meetings at Duluth Flea Circus #5 will be at 4:00 pm on the second Tuesdays of the month, at Post 137. Please give filled out applications to either Lil or Alma. Our next meeting, we will have Pot luck lunch at 6:00 p.m. before the meeting. Hope to see you all then.

Alma Ojala,
President Noseeum's Aux 59

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Thank you to all the members that signed up for Life Memberships. At our last Post meeting, we voted to extend the 25% off deal on Life Memberships. Prices have gone up starting January 1st, but we can work out almost any payment plan to get YOU that Life Membership.
Duane Brownie and Rich Dumancus our Carlton County Veterans Service Officers are doing a SUPER job helping Veterans. If you have any questions or concerns as Veterans do not hesitate to give them a call. I can vouch personally for all the great things they have done for us Veterans. With that in mind, please contact your Carlton County Commissioner and let them know of the GREAT SERVICE provided by Duane and Rich. They are also looking for Volunteer Drivers to drive the County Van to the V.A. Hospital and back. Please call Duane and Rich at 384-9172.
If you would like to join the Honor Guard please contact any of the Post Officers. The feeling you get from providing military honors to fallen comrades is extremely rewarding. You once again feel the PRIDE of doing your duty for our country.

Respectfully Submitted,
David L Burgett,
Quartermaster


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January - February 2007

COMMANDERS NOTES

Seasons Greetings and good wishes for the New Year.
The Post has an opportunity to improve our building. The Commander is working on a proposal for another grant. The hall still has water problems in the ceiling and we hope to have this repair added to the grant. Other areas of improvement would be expansion of the bar room, new front door, and possible new brick type front for the building. Do you have any good ideas for the grant?? Lets hear them now.
Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for the good work done on the Honor Guard Party. Alma was in charge and her additions added much to the party.
The Ladies Auxiliary hosted a Christmas Party for area children and I believe all the kids left happy. Great job ladies. Thanks to Leo and volunteers for a fine job of cooking and serving the Ladies Annual Christmas Party Meal, an excellent meal.
The Honor Guard Van is in the shop for much needed paint repairs. Thanks to the members that made their commitment to the project. See them listed at the Post. Additional cost for decals and letter painting will be needed, so if you haven't helped there is still time to do so.
Membership is still short and if you haven't paid your 2007 dues please do so to keep your benefits current.
Good news, Sr. Vice Commander Don Douglas ^made National Aide De-Camp for 2006 and 2007.

Respectfully, Marc Raihala

AUXILIARY NEWS

A Huge Thank You goes out to the Post for the excellent Christmas Party Dinner and friendly service. Thank-you to Leo Grochow and his kitchen help. A special thanks to Nick Burggraff for the beautiful poinsettia plants and to Marc and Marion Raihala and helpers for decorating our tables.
On Friday, January 12, 2007 the Auxiliary will be hosting a Lute Fisk Luncheon at the Sunnyside Health Care Center for the residents. Ladies remember our bake sale during the Fish and Steak Dinner, Friday, January 26, 2007. Every member is asked to bring a plate of baked goods to the Post by 3:30 p.m. Linda DeRusha has volunteered to handle the bake sale; any questions please call her during evening hours at 879-4798. All the proceeds will go to our relief fund.
The Auxiliary has planned a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the Post Members, on Saturday, February 10, 2007 with social hours at 5:00 p.m. and sit down dinner at 6:00 p.m. It will be necessary to sign up for this event by Tuesday, February 6, in order to prepare the proper amount of food. A sign up sheet will be posted in the bar area or call me at 879-4345. This will be a time for camaraderie and fellowship. All post members are welcome.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Jones, President

AUXILIARY TO PUP TENT 59 COOTIE NEWS

Holiday greetings everyone. Shortly after the first of the year, look for a letter questioning your wishes as to joining another Auxiliary. We have until May to close, but the wheels grind slowly.
In January the sec/treasurer Lil and I plan on attending a meeting in Duluth. I will ask whether they would be willing to accept any of us who wish to transfer. That being done, will get letters out to our membership and contact the necessary officials to facilitate transfer and closing.
Those of us who go to the nursing homes will really miss this part of the organization. Bea Yanda puts in a lot of time and effort to make sure the dates are set up, workers there and the events run smoothly. Her reports reflect her dedication. Thank you Bea. We will continue to do visits until closed.

Alma Ojala,
President

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

I hope that you all had a Joyous Holiday Season; I also wish the New Year brings prosperity and good health to you and yours. Please check out OUR new website. Richard Chasse has put in quite a bit of time and effort to help bring OUR Post into the computer age. You can find out almost anything associated with OUR Post as well as State and National VFW. Richard Chasse deserves a huge round of applause from all of us. Way to go Richard!!! The website address is VFW3979.org If you have any ideas for OUR website please contact Richard or any other VFW officer.
Congratulations to all of our newest life members. We signed up 20+ new life members with our 25% off deal. The new life members are; Tom Telandro, Aaron Sanda, Brian Saaristo, Mike Haburt, Richard Tyypo, Don Seabury, Zane Gray, Gordon Stevens, John Vuchenos, Russ Garsow, Wd Wuollet, James Psyck, Robert Hecht, Ron Riel, Jim Nelson, Greg Miller, Adam Roberts, Gerald Hovis, George Zezulka, Kevin Amundson, James Christian, James Bassett, Harold Wallace, and Herb Kamunen. Sometime in the future hopefully we will renew this bargain offer.
If you are offered deals that are VFW sanctioned, double check to be sure that this is correct. I have heard of some Insurance deals that seem to have the blessing of the VFW, this is not always the truth. Remember if any deal seems too GOOD to be TRUE, then it usually is not true.
We have a friendly Post. If a stranger or new member is around please make them feel at home ASAP. This would be an ORDER!!
When you read your newsletter please consider giving a pat-on-the-back to Paula Burgett my lovely bride of 35 years. She is responsible for getting all the addresses to the publisher. This involves much time and effort. Thanks Paula!!

David L Burgett,
Quartermaster


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November - December 2006

COMMANDERS NOTES

The fund for painting the Honor Guard Van is coming along well. Big thanks to Post and Auxiliary members and the Ladies Auxiliary who donated generously to the fund. There is still time to have your name listed on the chart in the Post Home, with a donation of $10.00 or more. Van painting will be done shortly.
Past Commander Fred Branham's donation of Military Flags for Veterans Park will be flown for the first time on November 11th, the flags include all branches of the Military.
The annual Veterans Day Turkey Dinner has been set for November 11th from 4:00 p.m. until the food is gone. The American Legion is in charge of arrangements and the meal will be served at the Post Home. If you can work give Jan Langenbrunner a call at 879-2705. The meal is free for all Veterans and $4.00 for guests. In past years over 400 meals have been served so help is needed, give Jan a ring.
The Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner is set for November 17th, serving from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For all Lutefisk lovers the cost is $11.00 per plate and the meatball dinner will be $7.00. Once again help is needed.
The youth gun safety training program will start on January 2, 2007 at the VFW. Youngsters 12 or older must be accompanied by a parent. Sign up will be at 6:00 on January 2nd. The cost for the 8 week class is $7.50. Joe Turcott, a Certified Instructor, will be in charge of the classes.
May you all have a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Respectfully,
Marc Raihala

AUXILIARY NEWS

Ladies please note: As per National convention Life Membership fees are going to increase as of January 1, 2007. If you have already purchased your continuous dues, you still can purchase life membership. Payment plans are available or payments by credit card accepted. Please call Lil Lavoy at 879-7493 for details.
A Halloween Party has been set for Sunday, October 29, 1 to 4 p.m., for area children 2 to 12 years. Lots of fun is scheduled with games and prizes and food.
Our Auxiliary will be inspected by our District President, Penny Siven, on November 9th. So let us make Penny feel welcome.
The annual Veterans Day Turkey Dinner will be Saturday, November 11, 2006, with serving from 4 to 7 p.m. at the post. The meal is free for all Veterans and $4.00 for guests. Volunteers are needed.
Are you a Lutefisk Lover? Lutefisk and Meatball dinner will be served Friday, November 11, 2006, with serving from 4 to 7 p.m. Volunteers are also needed for this dinner. The Auxiliary will be holding a bake sale during the Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner, every member is asked to bring a plate of baked goods to the post by 3:30 p.m. Linda DeRusha has volunteered to handle the bake sale. Any questions please call her during evening hours at 879-4798. All of the proceeds will be donated to our relief fund. The Auxiliary is also planning to have a bake sale during the Fish and Steak Dinners starting in January 2007.
A Christmas Party has been set for Saturday, December 2,2006, 1 to 4 p.m., for area children 2 to 12 years. Lots of fun is scheduled with entertainment, food and prizes.
Auxiliary Christmas Party has been set for Saturday, December 9, 2006. Reservations are required and must be made by Monday, December 4, 2006. I will be taking reservations, my telephone number is 879-4345, with social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. There will be a $3.00 charge for the meal. A fun time has been planned with an optional $5.00 exchanged gift. Remember all Auxiliary members are invited. Again this year bring a food shelf donation.
The Auxiliary will be in charge of the dinner for the December 14 meeting. This has been an annual event, the dinner will be potluck, so Ladies lets show our cooking talents and plan to make your favorite dish.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Jones, President

COOTIE AUXILIARY NEWS

Mews bulletin: From the office of THE SUPREME COMMANDER Ray Fern. The Auxiliary to Pup Tent 59 has been approved to function until the next Grand Convention in 2007. This will give us ample time to transfer our members to another Auxiliary should reactivation of the Pup Tent fail to materialize.
The Auxiliary will continue doing our visits, next one scheduled for Halloween Day at Silver Bay Veterans Home.

Alma Ojala,
President MOCA 59

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT

Life Memberships have increased since the last newsletter. Please take advantage of the 25% off the current prices. If you have paid your yearly dues we will subtract that amount from your already GREAT DISCOUNT. This is a good deal for you!!
Our Post was awarded the State VFW Golf Tournament for the years 2008-09-10. This event will be held at the Black Bear Golf Course. We will be calling for some help!
I am remiss for not mentioning the results of the most recent VFW State Golf Tourney. Dapper Danielson was runner-up in the Championship Flight. It was a close battle right to the last hole. Mike Van won the 2nd flight for the second time with some superb golf and excellent course management. Louie Hubbell powered his way through the 4th Flight and won for the second time in 3 years. Rich Dumancus placed 2nd in the 5th Flight and gratefully donated his prize to charity. The rest of us struggled with the near perfect conditions to register some not so great scores. Dave Burgett did win a raffle drawing to ease some of the heartbreak or playing poorly.
All members that have not contacted their County Veterans Service Officer should do so ASAP. Duane Brownie and Rich Dumancus, Carlton County, are THE BEST!!!!
If you have any questions concerning membership, golf tournament, or general questions please give me a call.

David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster


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Special Bulletin - Mid September 2006

NOTES FROM COMMANDER MARC

This is a good time to consider buying your life membership, before the large increases. If you have already paid your annual dues for 2007 and wish to upgrade to life membership, you will receive credit for the annual dues.
New or reinstated members are waiting to be asked to join, sign them up and receive a check for $10.00.
A Halloween Party is planned for Sunday, October 29th for area children ages 12 and under. Time is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be a costume contest and other games and prizes. Food and treats will be served. Be sure to get the word out to your kids, grandkids and neighborhood children. If you have any suggestions to help make this a great party for the kids, give me a ring at 879-8807. I am looking for anyone that can play a clown. We do need a person to do face painting, if you know anyone, give me a call.

Best to All,
Marc

AUXILIARY NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary will be holding the country store again this next fish or steak fry on September 29, 2006. If any member forgot to donate and or would like to donate again, please have your donations to the club by 2 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2006. The hours for the country store will be 4 to 7 p.m. All of the proceeds will go for cancer aide and research.
Major changes are being implemented to __- the Campbell Labels for Education Program. The biggest change in the program is Campbell's is no longer accepting labels. They are now taking the UPC Codes (bar codes) from the Campbell's product. This change will start immediately. We have a container at the post home where this can be dropped off. These labels or UPC are being sent to National Home for Education Programs.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Jones

COOTIE NEWS

The Cootie Auxiliary is still doing our Visits. Next one will be the Silver Bay Veterans Home. The date is September 23rd. Joe will be driving the van. Let Bea know if you will attend. The Grand officers have given advice and will continue to do so regarding our status. The Sr. Vice President of the Grand Auxiliary of MN, will be present at our meeting this month for inspection of our books, and will answer any further questions:

Alma Ojala
President MOCA Nosseums 59

QUARTERMASTERS REPORT F.Y.I.

National Dues Increase At the recent National Convention in Reno, Nevada, the National Organization raised Annual Dues, Life Membership Dues and Member-at-large Dues. Annual Dues are now $20.00. We at V.F.W. 3979 will not increase Annual Dues until July 1, 2007. The National will increase their portion of the dues effective January 1, 2007. We will pay that portion until July 1. That means the local will receive $1.50 per member. We receive $4.50 per member now. These are the funds that keep our VFW operation going. So, Please pay your annual dues before January 1, 2007!
Life Membership is another story. Last year we anticipated an increase in the dues but, the increase did not get the full 2/3 vote to pass. This year is a different story. The dues increased by an average of 78%!!! The following is a breakdown of Life Membership:

    Fees effective
Attained Age Current Fees January 1. 2007
Through 30 $245 $425
31-40 $235 $410
41-50 $215 $375
51-60 $195 $335
61-70 $165 $290
71-80 $125 $225
81 and over $85 $170

You can see that the increase is very substantial. We at the local levels don't seem to have much input in these matters. So with that being said, the membership at VFW 3979 is extending an offer that is very hard to refuse!!
We will offer a 25% discount from Current Fees for Life Membership until December 15, 2006. We can work out payment plans. Contact me and we can get the paperwork started.

David L. Burgett,
Quartermaster


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September - October 2006

COMMANDERS NOTES

The following are facts from the August House Committee and Post Meetings. All members should be informed about post business. Upon questions from the Commander about high wages in the charitable gambling at the post home, Freeman Johanson, the gambling manager, said he gave himself a $200.00 per month raise about a year ago. The raise was done without any approval except Freeman. Last payroll Freeman decided he wanted 2 weeks vacation pay, so he gave himself a check for vacation pay. Freeman gave the information and admitted what he had done. He said if you don't like it he would quit the job.
At the Post Meeting a majority voted to forgive the $3,125.00 unauthorized payments, Freeman s wages were reduced and he is responsible for any penalties that the State Gambling Board may levy.
The Honor Guard van has developed rust spots all around the van. The rust spots should be removed and the van painted. Estimated cost is about $1,800.00. The repairs must be made to prolong the life of the van.
All members should be working on membership. You will find many eligible people are waiting to be asked. Lets make the 100% again this year.
The new system for the flag pole was installed by Tony J., Nick B. and myself along with the high work done by Doug Plante and Shawn Crisen. The city donated the use of the sky hook. This means no more roof climbing needed to service the flag.
A group of Veterans from the Hastings Home will stop for lunch on September 11th and 15th. This is the annual fishing trip to Ely, come down to help and meet the Vets.
I have been working with Community Education and a 55 Alive Course has been set up at the Post. The basic, first time people course will be held on October 23rd and 25th. The refresher course will be held on the 26th of October. People that are 50 years or older may take the course. Details are with the applications available at the Post Home. Course cost is $12.00. These classes are very informative and upon completion, give your insurance company the certificate of attendance for substantial savings in your car insurance. A real bargain... The Past Commander & Past Presidents Dinner is coming up September 16th, 6:00 dinner, and 5:00 attitude adjustment hour. A very good Roast Beef Dinner will be served under direction of Chef Leo G. Time to come to greet old and meet new friends. The Post Fish or Steak Meals start in October and volunteers are always needed. Kids Halloween Party will be planned in October for area children.
BETTER TO DO THAN WISH IT DONE
Thanks to Bill Stolberg, who has come forward to take care of the Rose Garden at the Vets Park next year, we will have another year of flowers.

Your Commander
Marc Raihala

AUXILIARY NEWS

Ladies another reminder your 2007 dues are due. To remain a member in good standing and to prevent any lapse in your cancer grant coverage and insurance, dues must be paid before January 1, 2007. Life members your cancer insurance is due, which is $3.70 a year. The yearly dues are $16.00.
I want to thank the Auxiliary members who helped with the meals for the Veterans on their fishing trip. It is always a pleasure to serve our Veterans.
Past President and Past Commander Banquet will be September 16th, with social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. All members of the Post and Auxiliary are invited to honor these fine leaders. There will be a charge of $4.00 for others, who are not Past Presidents or Past Commander. Leo Grochow is our chef again this year. This is one night Past Presidents and Past Commanders will not be asked to help.
Reminder this newsletter is sent out every other month. If and when functions come up, a notice will be posted at the Post home.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sharon Jones, President

COOTIE NEWS

The Cootie Auxiliary is still doing our visits. Grand Madam President Patches Presfield attended our August meeting, she explained our position, and had a question and answer session at that meeting. We visited Cromwell in August, and will go to Silver Bay Veterans home in September. Please pay your yearly dues of $8.00 to Lil if you haven't done so, and join us for visits and meetings whenever possible.

Alma Ojala, President
MOCA 59

QUARTERMASTER REPORT

3979 Members,
I would like to welcome the following new members to our post. Tom Telandro, Life Member, Aaron Sanda, Life Member, Brian Saaristo, Life Member, Gordon Stevens, Bill Schmidt, and Kory Haarsager. If you have any questions or concerns please ask. Hopefully you will become an active member.
We will be hosting a picnic for the Cloquet National Guard Unit on Saturday Sept. 9, 2006. We need to be there around noon to help get ready for this event. B & B will cater and we will assist them as needed. We welcome any help possible. Contact any of the Officers to sign up. Thanks in advance!
Life Membership is still the best option. We can work payment deals to get your Life Membership. Give me a call to work out a plan for you.
Our Post will be submitting a bid for the VFW State Golf Tournament at the Fall Conference at Moorhead. We have already made this proposal last year at the Mid-Winter Conference. The State VFW has asked that we present again this fall. When we receive this award it will be a three year commitment. We will need some help to run this tournament. I will be calling!!

Respectfully Submitted,
David L. Burgett, Quartermaster