Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
As I am writing this column, November is almost over and we haven’t seen any snow around here worth bragging about. I’m sure it will come sooner or later but I hope it’s later.
As I mentioned last month, the month of November was a rather slow month for us. On Friday the 10th of November, we gathered enough Color Guard members to present the Colors at the Lincoln Learning Center for their Veterans Day Program. They had an Afghanistan veteran as a guest speaker who shared his story of being a Veteran. Then the different Grades sang the theme songs for each of the different branches of the Armed Forces for us. They did a very good job of entertaining us.
The next day, Saturday the 11th, we had our Veterans Day program at the Post that started at about 10:30 a.m. Our Chaplain started off by giving a Veterans Day prayer for all Veterans. We recognized all branches of the service, plus a WWII hero by the name of Claude Williams, who was held as a POW and made it home safely. Then we had a few words from our distinguished guest, the Honorable Mayor Jim Francis who also presented the Post with a Minnesota Legislature House resolution honoring the Jerikovsky brothers for their military service during WWII and the Korean Conflict and returning home safely. He also asked the audience if they would stay for a while after the program because he had asked Congressman Jason Lewis, who was running late due to other commitments for the day, to come and address the audience and also present us with a Congressional Plaque honoring the Jerikovsky brothers.
Our steak and shrimp dinner on the 17th of the month was a rousing success again. I think our friends and customers are telling their friends. Keep up the good work and remember that the proceeds go to the Veterans Awareness Fund.
Our last Steak and Shrimp dinner for the year will be on Friday, December 15th. They will resume next year after Lent and the Fish Fry’s are over. The first Steak and Shrimp dinner of the New Year will be on April 20th. Hope to see you there.
I can’t forget to mention Turkey Day as the last big day of the month. I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day and ate their fill, and had a safe trip home if you had to travel. Moving on to December, we’ll be having our Purse Bingo on Sunday the 10th which starts at 2:00 p.m. Watch for information flyers at the Post for more information.
The annual Kids Christmas Party will be on the 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be food and popcorn and snacks and Christmas stockings for all the kids. And of course the honored guest with the big belly and white beard will also be there.
Don’t ‘forget ‘New ‘Years ‘Eve!!! Come on down and help us say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the New Year.
Finally, a Happy Holiday to all our members and their families from all of us at Post 295.
Lastly, 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
"TAKE PRIDE IN 295"