Waving Flag
Post Eternal
Full Military Funeral
09/15/17 Damian Grabish
09/19/17Carrol Pease
09/22/17Donald Raether
10/14/17Dwayne Johnson
10/17/17Dale Desautel
10/23/17Donald Belden
10/28/17Steven Saylor
10/28/17Henry Tillman
Additional Flag Presentations
09/04/17 Labor Day Parade
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Sick Call
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Hospital - Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Inter-Faith Care Center
  • Art Gilderman
  • Art Johnson
  • Barb McTaggart
  • Charlie Lembke
  • Dorraine Backka
  • Joe Miller
Suncrest Assisted Living
  • Bea Yanda
Light House - Cloquet
  • Grace Ulvi
Barnes - Esko
  • Kenneth Beies 
If you know of anyone who is ill or in a Hospital/Nursing Home/Assisted Living who is not on our list, please contact one of the Post Officers and that person will be added to our list. Thank you for your help and support.

Post Bulletins

November - December 2017


Have not received anything from the Commander.

Aaron Johnson


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


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

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


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


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.***

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


Thanks for all you do for Veterans!
Richard Chasse Sr.