Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295












111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075

     We have had the April showers. The May flowers can’t be far behind. I can hardly wait. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

     We did it! We completed 15 weeks of fish fries. I congratulate and thank all of the volunteers for everything you did. It takes a village and we have a great one. The annual Volunteer Dinner was held on April 23rd. I’d like to share some totals with you. We used 1030 lbs. of red potatoes, 1250 lbs. of chopped cabbage for cole slaw, 248 gallons of 2% milk, 52 tubs (208 gallons) of salad dressing for tartar sauce and cole slaw dressing, 41 cases (246 large cans) of baked beans, and 7750 lbs. of Alaskan Pollock. This is just a portion of the supplies we used.

     Election of Officers for the 2017-2018 program year was held on April 12th. The results were:

President               Linda Irey
Sr. Vice                 Barb Meyer
Jr. Vice                 Susan Schult
Treasurer              Barb Kleckner
Chaplain                Becky Willenbring
Conductress          Cheryl Kosowski
Guard                   Joyce Webb
Trustee 3 Year      Michelle Smallidge

     Installation will be held following the meeting on May 10th.

     The March Cracker Barrel was held on March 29th. We had a large turnout. We served 35 Veterans, family members and Staff helpers. The blueberry pie, apple pie and brownies were the first to go. Thanks to Herb, Phyllis, Lorraine and Barb K. for the food preparation and Ray, Vi and Susan for going to the Minneapolis Veterans Home with me.

     We sponsored bingo at the Hastings Veterans Home on April 20th. There were 34 participants and we gave out $73.50 in prize money. The cookies and ice cream we served afterward was enjoyed by all. Thanks Ray for calling the bingo and Vi and Susan for helping me with the payouts and treats.

     Anyone is welcome to come with us to Cracker Barrel or bingo.

     We still have a few 2017 membership dues to collect. We are at 94% and we need to get to 100%. Call Barb Kleckner at 651-450-9291 about your dues.

     Have you been diagnosed with cancer? If you are a member in good standing you can apply for a Cancer Grant. Call Barb Kleckner for information.

     Keep those cancelled stamps coming. We continue to send them to “Stamps for the Wounded”. Thanks for your help.

     The Auxiliary would be honored to perform a funeral ritual for a member who has passed away. Contact Barb Meyer at 651-457-9156.

     The next Auxiliary meeting will be May 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Dates to remember in May:
1      Loyalty Day Law Day
4      National Day of Prayer
6      Nurses Day
7      Unconditional surrender of all German Forces signed 1945
8      V-E Day declared 1945
12    Military Spouses Day
14    Mother’s Day
15    Peace Officers Memorial Day
20    Armed Forces Day
22    National Maritime Day
29    Memorial Day

     In closing, I congratulate those celebrating a birthday or anniversary. I wish for a speedy recovery if you are injured or ill. I offer my deepest sympathy if you have lost a loved one.

     Happy Memorial Day

Loyally yours,

Barb Meyer
Auxiliary President

         May 2017
Barb Meyer