Cedar Post (July 2014)

Cedar Post




Post Office Box 535

Wimberley, Texas 78676

 Volume 14,          Number 07                   July 17, 2014


2014 – 2015 Elected and Appointed Officers

Commander – Don Wheeler;  dcwheeler37@gmail.com;  512 216-4715

Senior Vice Commander – James Clements;  jclements123463@yahoo.com;  512 574-6744

Junior Vice Commander – Joey Palumbo;  Joeyp7990@gmail.com;  512 557-9255

Quartermaster – James Michael Harthcock;  michaelharthcock@hotmail.com;  512 847-3999

Chaplain – Rodger Parker;  rodgert@aol.com;  512 847-7215

Judge Advocate – Larry Merkin;  larry.merkin@outlook.com;  512 847-2174

Surgeon – Denise Ackerman;  dackermann64@gmail.com;  512 667-8753

1 Year Trustee – Jack Tatum;  jtatum@austin.rr.com;  512 558-1156

2 Year Trustee – Kelly Bateman;  texask-9@swbell.net;  512 847-9805

3 Year Trustee – Chuck Cogswell;  chcog@aol.com;  512 847-2139

Adjutant – (vacant)

Service Officer – Charles “Charlie” Johnson;  creandcharlie@hotmail.com;  512-757-3543


Summary of July 10th Regular Meeting of the Post:

  1. The Ladies Auxiliary provided a tasty dinner featuring cold cut sandwiches.
  2. On behalf of the Post, the Commander presented a framed 69th Annual VFW Rodeo Poster to Mrs. Bernice Brown.
  3. A preliminary after action report of the 69th Annual Rodeo – overall the Rodeo was a success, ticket sales were down somewhat, but sponsorship’s were up.

The membership voted to:

  • Pay an unpaid invoice from last year’s rodeo in the amount of $1,652 to Mike Rybarski for construction of a practice arena.
  • Require one signature (the QM) instead of two on checks less than $5K; checks $5K or larger will require the additional signature of the Post Commander.
  • Revise the prize amounts for Voice of Democracy winners to $2K for first place, $1.5K for second place, and $1K for third place.
  • Award Bo Davis a new contract to produce the next five annual rodeos (2015 -2019 inclusive)
  • Determine fire extinguisher requirements for the Post and purchase new fire extinguishers at a cost not to exceed $1,500.

From the Commander:


Through the efforts of a lot of hard working Post and Auxiliary members, we had a very successful rodeo. I thank each and every one of you for your support.  Senator Cornyn served as our Grand Marshal to kick off the July 4th Wimberley Rodeo.

Bo Davis and his crew did a fantastic job of producing the rodeo. The rodeo committee evaluated his performance and decided his interest was the same as ours. The committee voted to grant him a five year contract, and Post members concurred with this decision. He will be producing our rodeo from 2015 though 2019. The rodeo committee, chaired by Jim Clements will begin working on the 2015 rodeo soon.

Again, thanks to all of you who have worked hard for the Post.

Donald C. Wheeler, Jr.


Quartermaster Report:

The efforts of our 69th VFW Rodeo Committee produced a record sponsor commitment. The work of rodeo committee, led by Jim Clements, produced $18,000 in donations from 25 different organizations. I believe this is the first time the VFW annual rodeo has sold all sponsorship packages, including security packages and banners before July 1st. Thank you to all the rodeo committee members for a job well done.

The VFW Hall has one rental for the month. The VFW arena had one roping competition held by Chad Springs. Upcoming rentals include three gun shows on August 16-17; September 20-21; and November 29-30.

The VFW Trustees conducted their quarterly audit of the QM books on Tuesday, July 15th. Books were found to be in order and the required report was signed.

Until next month,

Michael Harthcock
VFW Quartermaster


Service Officer Report:

Watch for your new VA ID card to be mailed by September. If you do not receive it, go to the VA clinic Austin and apply for one.

Charlie Johnson
Service Officer


Ladies Auxiliary Report:

Thank you, to all who made the July Rodeo and Dance a resounding success. Special Thanks to Jim Clements for handling the sponsorships as many of us were tied up with another project.

The end of June we were contacted by Military Peer Network asking for assistance for a Veteran. Sisters we were able to save this young man’s military clearance, with our donation of $300. Thank you all for your hard work in helping our veterans, you rock!

The Blanket Brigade will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9AM till ??? Bring your portable machine and let’s make a Veterans Day Brighter.

Deer Creek Birthday Party will be August 14th at 2:45PM at Deer Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation in Wimberley. Entertainment will be provided by Tori Robinson. Cake, Cookies and punch will be served. Hope to see you there!

2014-2015 Auxiliary Officers

President - Neta Odell-Ross;  512-810-2560;  neta_vfw_aux@yahoo.com
Treasurer - Judy Gulick-Harthcock; 512-847-7100;

Guard – Jacki Kroupa,

Sr. Vice President - Pat Watson,

Conductress - Bailey Anderlitch,

Jr. Vice President - Adrienne Marks,

Patriotic Instructor - Paula Anderlitch,

Chaplain - Lanaie Loveless-Woods,


Neta Odell-Ross,

Ladies Auxiliary President


Calendar of Upcoming Events (60 days)

  • July 19th – National VFW Conference in St Louis, MO
  • July 27th – Anniversary of Signing of Korean Armistice in 1953
  • July 31st – Post Planning Meeting
  • August 7th – Dinner and Regular Post and Auxiliary Meetings
  • August 17th – District Meeting in New Braunfels, 1000
  • August 28th – Post Plannning Meeting
  • August 31st – Anniversary of the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2010
  • September 1st – Labor Day Holiday
  • September 2nd – VJ Day, anniversary of Japanese surrender in 1945
  • September 4th – Dinner and Regular Post and Auxiliary Meetings / District Inspection
  • September 11th – Patriot’s Day
  • September 12th – Cowboy Veterans Golf Tournament in Blanco, TX.
  • September 19th – POW/MIA Day

69th Annual VFW Oldham-Cummings CPRA Rodeo & Fireworks Show


Thursday July 3rd, Friday July 4th, & Saturday July 5th, 2014

Cowboys Professional Rodeo Assn. (CPRA) sanctioned pro/open event (Ranked “Best CPRA Rodeo of the Year” in 2006 CPRA Hall of Fame)

  • Gates open at 5:30. 1st Mutton Bustin’ at 7:00; Rodeo begins at 8 p.m.
  • Events include:  bull riding, tie down calf roping, bareback bronc riding,  steer wrestling, team roping, women’s breakaway roping, and women’s barrel racing.
  • 2nd Mutton Bustin’  midway in  Rodeo
  • Tickets: Adults – $15, Children $10 ($12/$7 if purchased in advance see below)

Common to each night of Rodeo

  • Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Oldham-Cummings Post 6441, Wimberley, Texas as a not-for-profit event benefiting the community, veterans and active duty servicemen and women
  • Producer/stock provider: Bo Davis of Gonzales, Texas
  • 2 calf scrambles nightly: one for ages 5-8 and another for ages 9-12
  • Mutton Bustin’ registration inside the VFW at 6:00 p.m The cost is $20 per ride; 60lb. max rider weight.
  • Advance tickets on sale at VFW Post June 29, 30, July 1 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) from noon to 6 p.m.  Cash, check, major credit cards accepted.  On those days call 847-6441.Limited box seat tickets $25 on sale at advance ticket purchase days listed above.  Advanced General admission prices listed on dates above. General admission Parking $5 per vehicle at gate.
  • Food and vendors on the grounds.

 Dance Saturday Night

  • In Post hall from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
  • $10 admission

Special Fireworks Sunday Night, July 6th

  • Free fireworks and parking in general admission area, Sunday, July 7th
  • Gates open at 6 p.m.; Fireworks begin at 9:15
  • Food and refreshments available


VeteransPark is on Jacobs Well Rd. (CR 182).  Follow the large “Rodeo/Veterans Park” sign at Jacobs Well Rd. intersection at Ranch Road 12 – about 3 mi. north of Wimberley and 11 mi. south of Dripping Springs

Cedar Post (February 2014)



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.

Michael Harthcock       

Post 6441 Quartermaster



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.

Neta Odell

Ladies Auxiliary President



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.

 John Jordan

Service Officer



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.

Post Adjutant



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