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ALL AMERICAN POST 7909
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2017
"NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS"
Thanks to all the volunteers who worked long hours to make our Independence Day celebration such a huge success. The entertainment was fantastic, and we served over 100 dinners. Not only was it a festival but also a day of thankfulness to God for blessing our country so abundantly.
Together with the post officers and a great membership and auxiliary, I am excited about all the possibilities we have this year to improve the post and assist our veterans and the community. With the great work of our 2 Service Officers, Bob Hull and Todd Shutler we will continue to give the best service possible to our veterans and their families. They are at the post on Tuesday and Thursday.
Our bingo has been gaining numbers, and we welcome more players. It starts at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesdays, but come early for poor man’s dinner which is served at 5:15 for a $5.00 meal. The Queen of Hearts game is doing very well and is growing each week. Drawings are held every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. If no one wins we dispose of all the tickets and start selling tickets for the drawing the next Saturday. You do not have to be present to win, so stop by and get your tickets from the bartender. Tickets are only $1 each and you may buy as many as you like.
Financially the post is doing very well, and I am proud to say that John Daniels, our quarter master has agreed to serve another year taking care of our finances and our financial obligations.
You might not have noticed but our round tables in the back were in serious need of repair. Screws were loose or missing and some of the tables you could not sit at. Thanks to Woody, Beaver, and Jack all our tables have all been fixed with new hardware and are in great working condition. These comrades spent most of their day doing this so if you see them, say thanks. On another note I know you are going to move the tables, so I ask that you use 2 people to move the tables and put them back when you are done if you can.
We are into another year, and we need volunteers to help with all the meals and general upkeep of the VFW. We have worked hard to get to where we are today and we want to always strive to grow and make things better because the better we are the more veterans and their families we can help.
Remember that our post is here for veterans so if you know of a veteran that needs help let them know we are here. We are veterans helping veterans!
EMPLOYMENT INFO Jobs for Veterans
The following websites are provided:
Federal Jobs (USAJOBS)
State Jobs (People First)
https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/peoplefirsthttps://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/peoplefirst for help (877)562-7287
Local Jobs (Career Source)
http://www.careersourcenortheastflorida.comhttp://www.careersourcenortheastflorida.com for help (904) 356-5627
Employ FL Vets
http://veterans.employflorida.com/portals/veteranhttp://veterans.employflorida.com/portals/veteran/for more info 1 (866) 352-2345
Amazon is now hiring
Thousands Pre-Enroll for VA National Cemetery Interment:
Since first announced last December, more than 10,000 eligible veterans have taken advantage of a new VA benefit that allows them to pre-enroll for interment in a VA national cemetery, which means less paperwork that survivors will have to complete following their loved one's death. Interested veterans can submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; email to Eligivility.PreNeed@va.gov; or by regular mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151.
Save the Date
November 11, 2017
$30 per person
As we closed out the 2016-17 VFW financial year, the post took a large financial hit during June. To save $700 in interest cost we opted to pay our insurance in full for the liquor liability and post. We were forced to also purchase a new ice machine when our 20 year old machine finally gave out and to repair it was not financially sound. It will take awhile to recover from these expenses and, if we have no
setbacks, should be OK as we enter the 2017-18 VFW year. Our game machines (large source of income) are down with the loss of several of our large players and Florida law on what machines we can have in the post.
As the commander continually asks, if you know someone that is a member and has not paid their dues, please encourage them to do so. The post has close to 70 individuals that are delinquent but continue to visit the post. Please keep your dues up to date. Remember, for our Veterans to HELP other Veterans we need membership to be current and visit the post for a meal or evening of entertainment. The future looks brighter than the past. We still have the greatest membership of any VFW.
The department convention which was held in Orlando has come and gone. Our hard work was rewarded with the third place trophy for our veterans and family support program. We should all be so proud of this award because this is our reason for joining the auxiliary. We received a trophy for the best overall promotion of the National Youth Activities Program Goals. Another trophy was ours for contributing over $1,000 to the Dept. President’s Special Project which was homeless veterans. These trophies are not just based on the money we contribute but also on the reports we write. I will be happy to teach any member how to do these reports online. If you don’t want to learn reporting, let me know what you are doing. Are you doing something for a veteran or a veteran’s family? What about a youth group? Are you donating money to any of the above? Do you send cards or visit veterans or their family members in hospitals or nursing home facilities? This is all reportable. Of course, the main reason we do these things is to show our love and appreciation for our veterans, but these reports also ensure our non-profit status.
Again this year we will collect school supplies for elementary students at Westview K-8 and Bayview Schools until the middle of September. There is a big collection bin near the game room entrance at the post. Also there is a file drawer for supplies for hospitalized veterans. They need deodorant, triple edge disposable razors, shaving cream, playing cards, nail files, toothpaste, toothbrushes, large print word searches, writing pens, and hangers with clips. The next Lake City VA Hospital visit is Saturday, August 5th. We meet at the post between 9:30 and 9:45 to carpool.
Speaking of youth, we had a wonderful Flag Day celebration on July 8th with Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and assorted grandchildren. Lady Liberty made a special appearance, and through our Jeopardy game we learned lots of patriotic facts. Hot dogs, chips, and chocolate chip cookies topped off the evening. Thank you, Conni Smith for all those homemade cookies, J R Wood for manning the grill, and Jody Wood and Arlene Archer for kitchen duty. If you know of a youth group which needs assistance, let us know. Also we would like to invite them so they can be involved in our patriotic activities.
If you are a lifetime member you should have received your new life member card. Our organization is implementing a new computer system called MALTA. As of this writing it is not available. When the national organization has it up and running, members will be able to pay their dues online. If you wish to go through the treasurer you may still do so by sending your 2018 annual dues of $30 to Conni Smith, 5050 Havenwood Oaks Terrace, Jacksonville, FL 32244 or drop it by the post. And if you’re tired of those annual dues, consider converting to lifetime! If you need information about any of these items call me at 757 685-1837.
If you would like to learn more about our many programs, an excellent opportunity is the district school of instruction which will be held Saturday, August 19th at Post 1689, 3409 St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207 at 10:00 A.M.
In August and September plans will begin for the next district variety show. We are always looking for new performers so email me at
mailto:Kathy_wright@bellsouth.netKathy_wright@bellsouth.net if you’re interested. I guarantee it will be an unforgettable experience.
Pray daily for our troops overseas and the families who await their safe return. Suicides and crime are at an all time high for veterans.
Kathy Wright, President
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
All American Post 7909
6204 Blanding Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32244
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
Commander Glenn Wright
SR Vice Larry Christner
JR Vice J D Steichen
Quartermaster/Adj. John Daniels
1st Year Trustee Danette Hernandez
2nd Year Trustee J R Owen
3rd Year Trustee Pat Laffey
Chaplain Henry Moreland
Surgeon JR Wood
Judge Advocate Pat Laffey
President Kathy Wright
Sr Vice Linda Christner
Jr Vice Leilani Jones
Secretary Jody Wood
Treasurer Conni Smith
1st Year Trustee Pat Kinghorn
2nd Year Trustee Keith Eppes
3rd Year Trustee Gary LaFrance
Conductress Kristina Vaughn
Guard Gary LaFrance
Patriotic Instructor Bobby Jones of the National Youth Activities Program Goals. Another trophy was ours for contributing over $1,000 to the Dept. President’s Special Project which was homeless veterans. These trophies are not just based on the money we contribute but also on the reports we write. I will be happy to teach any member how to do these reports online. If you don’t want to learn reporting, let me know what you are doing. Are you doing something for a veteran or a veteran’s family? What about a youth group? Are you donating money to any of the above? Do you send cards or visit veterans or their family members in hospitals or nursing home facilities? This is all reportable. Of course, the main reason we do these things is to show our love and appreciation for our veterans, but these reports also ensure our non-profit status.
If you are a lifetime member you should have received your new life member card. Our organization is implementing a new computer system called MALTA. As of this writing it is not available. When the national organization has it up and running, members will be able to pay their dues online. If you wish to go through the treasurer you may still do so by sending your 2018 annual dues of $30 to Conni Smith, 5050 Havenwood Oaks Terrace, J