THE CEDAR POST
From The Commander
On February 6, 2014 our VFW Post and Ladies of the Auxiliary met for our regular post meeting. Due to an unforeseen incident, I was not able to attend and was put out of commission for about three weeks. I apologize for the being late in getting out the Cedar Post for the month and will work harder at making sure it gets out a bit earlier. While I do wish more of you were able to attend our meeting and enjoy the wonderful dinner the Ladies of the Auxiliary work so hard to prepare for us all, I do understand now just how quickly things can come up to prevent us from attending. I do look forward to seeing you at the March meeting on the 6th.
I want to welcome Gaberial Gonzales as our newest member of the post, he transferred in and we are honored to have him as a member. He is still on active duty and due to deploy again within the next 6 weeks. Please make sure to welcome him.
Remember our Bingo every Friday night. If you would like to just come play it is a lot of fun, winning money is always fun and if you have some time on your hands you just do not know what to do with maybe you would think of joining our Bingo Crew. If you think this might appeal to you please touch base with Larry Merkin I know he would love to have you join. There have been a few changes to the qualification to joining the Bingo team which includes a small fee and a 10 year Criminal Background check.
We had a major water leak occur which cause the loss of not only the revenue to fix it but we also lost some rentals due to the leak. The upside to it all is it is now fixed just in time for spring so if you are looking for a place or know someone who is looking for a place to hold a family reunion graduation party or just nice day out with friends remember we now have fenced in a lighted areas outside you can rent, please check with Michael Harthcock.
We handed out the VOD Awards at our February meeting; John Shine, Erin Rowland, and John Neff, we will honor our Patriots Pen Winners at the March Meeting Dinner; please make your plans to join us.
On Friday, February 14, 2014, Jack Tatum, Michael Harthcock and Neta Odell presented the 2013-2014 Patriot Pen awards to the ten winners at Danforth Middle School. All the kids were very happy to receive their certification and checks from the Post.
Nominations for Post Officers will be opened in March at out Post Meeting and elections will take place in April. If you are interested in please be sure and be at the Post meeting in March.
A note for all Rodger Parker our Post Chaplain underwent Surgery and the last news I had was it all went great. Please wish him and pray for his speedy recovery.
Best wishes for you all,
Commander VFW Post 6441
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties”.
The quartermaster financial report includes repair expenses of $2,700 for the water line break at the Post. The leak was an emergency repair so Post could continue to operate during Bingo and Hall rentals. An additional $600 paid for the temporary water line for emergency water to Post shortly after water line break. Lastly, an additional $200 paid for temporary toilets at the building to accommodate the Friday Bingo session. Overall – $3500 for the water line break and repair.
The Post members attended the quarterly District 5 meeting on Sunday, February 16th at the Canyon Lake Post. Post 6441 had eight VFW members and three Post Ladies Auxiliary members present at this meeting. The Post had the largest attendance at the District meeting. Corky Gibbs nominated for District 5 Junior Vice Commander. A vote will take place at next District meeting on or about May 18, 2014.
Post officers also attended the VFW State Mid-Winter Seminar held in Austin, Texas from January 30 – February 1, 2014. Our officers represented the Post each day of the seminar.
See you at the March 6, 2014 Post meeting. Show up and support the nominating process for your 2014-2015 officers.
Post 6441 Quartermaster
LADIES AUXILIARY REPORT
Welcome new members Francesca Gonzalez and Marian Johnson. We are happy to have you join us!
Activities are posted to the Auxiliary Calendar on our website at www.vfwaux6441.weebly.com Please check frequently as sometimes dates and times change.
The Auxiliary will host an Easter Egg hunt for the children and grandchildren of Post members at the Post home on Easter Sunday at 1 PM. Hope to see you there!
At the district meeting there were 2 Auxiliary sisters present besides myself. I appreciate each of you taking time out of your busy schedule to attend. All totaled there were 52 sisters from the District.
At last report there were no new wounded at the hospital in San Antonio.
Ladies Auxiliary President
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT
February 20, 2014:
VA Announces Rollout of Secure Veteran Health Identification Cards WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the Veteran’s Member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a Plan ID, reflecting the Veteran’s enrollment in VA health care. “VA is committed to providing high quality health care while ensuring the personal security of Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “These new identification cards are an important step forward in protecting our nation’s heroes from identity theft and other personal crimes.” The VHIC is personalized to display the emblem of the Veteran’s branch of service. It also provides features that make it easier to use, such as the addition of “VA” in Braille to help visually impaired Veterans, and the printing of VA phone numbers and emergency care instructions on the cards. The card replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004. As part of a phased rollout, starting this month, the card will only be offered to newly enrolled and other Veterans who have not been issued a VIC. Then, in early April, VA will begin a three month effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to current VIC cardholders. VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is replaced. While not required to receive VA health care, all enrolled Veterans are encouraged to get a VHIC. Enrolled Veterans can get more information about the VHIC by visiting their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator or the website www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility. Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, Calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.
The 69th annual rodeo will be here before you realize. It is not too late to get involved with the rodeo. Rodeo planning is progressing well and sponsors are coming in. The following officer positions are elected: Commander; Sr. Vice; Jr. Vice; Chaplin; Quartermaster; and Three Year Trustee. All other officers are appointed
Donald C Wheeler, Jr.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Post Meeting – 6 March – Nomination of Post Officers
Rodeo Committee Meeting – 12 March
Kosovo Campaign – 24 March
Somalia – 31 March
May 1 – Loyalty Day
May 8 – VE Day – German unconditional surrender signed 1945
May 28 – Memorial Day
Jun 6 – D Day – Allied invasion of Europe
Jun 14 – Flag Day
69th Annual VFW Rodeo – Jul 3, 4 & 5 _ Ladies Auxiliary Dance – Jul 5 _ Fireworks – Jul 6
Jul 4 – Independence Day
Jul 27 – Signing of Korean Armistice in 1953
Aug 31 – Operation Iraqi Freedom
Sep 2 – VJ Day – Japan surrender 1945
Sep 11 – Patriot Day
Sep 19 – POW/MIA Day
Oct 9 – Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Oct 18 – Recognition of Women in Military Service
Nov 11 – Veterans Day – Signing of WW II Armistice 1918
Dec 7 – Pearl Harbor Day – 1941