Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295












111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
       October 2017
Greetings Comrades,

     September is over and October is here and the leaves are starting to fall. “Yippee” I’m sure everyone is looking forward to raking their lawns. At least the weather is staying nice for a while. I’m sure everybody appreciates that. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. At last month meeting we accepted 29 Life Members who transferred from Post 4462 in West St. Paul. They are now members of Post 295. Welcome to all. Due to the fact that many of the members are in nursing facilities and couldn’t read the Thank You note our adjutant sent to their Post, I am reprinting the note here for all to read.

Please accept our deepest thanks for the generous donation of $4,732.15. The money has been put into a special Account that will be used to purchase Hats for any of you members who have transferred to our Post and request them by January 2018. The balance will then be used to promote Life Membership thru a program to be approved on the Post Floor in the future.
Yours truly,
The members of Post 295

     As you all know, we are a non-profit organization, yet I continue to hear from nonmembers and members alike that we have money pouring into our Club and Post, so why don’t we spend it on all sorts of things. To quote the Oxford Dictionary, “non-profit is not established for the purpose of gain or making money”. Yes we bring in money and we use it to pay our bills but what is left over, the so-called profits, is given back to the community in the form of donations to youth groups, the police, parks and Rec and many other organizations that request donations from us. THAT IS WHERE OUR SOCALLED PROFITS GO. Our Charitable Gambling, AKA Pull Tabs, gave $5,322.00 back to the community in the form of donations last month.

     On September 15 we had our Steak and Shrimp dinner and it was a rousing success. As usual everyone loved their steaks. Tom Klaren was the chef and I think he uses a secret recipe for grilling the steaks. Thanks Tom for all the good work. We appreciate it.

     On September 21, we had our second “Purse Bingo” which was also a success. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and the purses they won.

     Our next Purse Bingo session is scheduled for Sunday October 29, beginning at 2:00 P.M. in the afternoon.

     We had our VFW Fall Conference on September 21st to the 24th in St. Cloud, MN. Our keynote speaker was our new National Commander in Chief Keith Harmon. He touched on the new direction of our organization which is to let the public know more about what we do for our communities. A lot of people know who we are but not what we do in our communities and be more visual and vocal about what we do.

     Several of our Officers and members attended the conference and attended classes and seminars to keep up to date about the inner workings of our organization.

     Saturday, October 7th we will be meeting at the Madelia VFW Post for our District 2 meeting. The joint meeting will begin at 12:30 P.M. Hope to see you there.

     Congratulations to those celebrating a birthday or anniversary, a speedy recovery to those who are ill and our condolences to those who have lost a loved one.

Yours in Comradeship,

Mike Running, Commander