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111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
COMMANDER'S COLUMN
 
       June 2017
Hello Comrades,

     This will be my final letter as Post Commander. I have enjoyed my year in the barrel. We have had some success and some setbacks. The Club continues to operate daily but business is not what it used to be. People have become afraid to venture out of the house and go to the club. I am not totally sure why this is happening but it has. This has
been the ongoing trend for over fifteen years now and our club is not an exception. I am asking that each of you take some time out during the month and visit the Post and the
club. We are here for you. What makes me somewhat sad is that we have grown dependent on the public to ensure our future. Gone are the days where the Club was full of members. While I enjoy meeting and working with the public I would also like to have members present. You donít have to drink, there are many people that stop by for coffee or water or even a soda.

     On the Department level, we are seeing the decline in membership leveling off. I expect that we will continue to lose more members but I do not foresee a time where the
Department falls below 35000 members. This is very different from our heydays in the late 80ís where we had 80000 members. Please be mindful that there are potential
Members out there, people that are looking for a place to call their own and an organization that is like-minded. It is estimated that Minnesota has about 32% of VFW eligible members in our organization. As low as that number is we actually lead the nation in percentage of eligible in our ranks. Letís be open and friendly and welcome these brothers and sisters in.

     Starting with the June meeting Mike Running will once again be commander of the Post. Mike had a good year the last time he was commander. I would like to see us all help make his year a success. Friday and Saturday meat raffles continue to be a success at the Post. Third Friday of the month, Steak and Shrimp, come down and support these events.

Upcoming Calendar:

State Convention June 8-11 in Brooklyn Park.
Post Executive board meeting June 13 at 6:30
Post Meeting June 14 at 7:00
National Convention will be in New Orleans, LA
July 22-26

Thank you all for supporting me this past year. The Post has had a successful VFW year.








Tate Doom, Commander
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