VFW Post #1347

The August meeting was held on the sixth. We had a total of eight members present.

The Board reported that three of them attended the County Board meeting. If the County gets possession of the land west of the Club, the Club will lease it from them. Also, they are seeking someone to take Rich Boerson’s position keeping Bingo’s accounts.

Voice of America and Patriot Pen are on schedule.

The Army Motorcade is due to arrive the evening of the 27th.

Members voted to purchase 10 wreaths for Wreaths Across America.

The next meeting will be on September 3rd at 7:30 PM.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The July meeting was held on the second. We had a total of eight members present of these six were officers.

The Board reported that the flag poles are old and getting worn. Looking for ideas. There are now 45 engraved bricks on the Memorial Walk. The WIFI system has been replaced. The south wall of the lounge will be the Poppy Certificate Wall.

There will be a veterans benefits meeting on the 17th in the Liberty Room at 6:00 PM.

On the 20th of July Stuhr Museum will be holding a 100 anniversary of WWI.

The Auxiliary won $75.00 at the Department Convention for their Poppy Flag entry.

It would be nice to see more members attend the Post meetings.

The next meeting will be on August 6th at 7:30 PM.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The May meeting was held on the seventh. We had 9 members present.

 

The Board reported that new crash bars are being installed on some of the doors. Viet Nam wall is coming this month. Ron Callihan is the new maintenance man and Don Kemerling is his assistant. 40 bricks have been sold on the Memorial Walk.

 

Shelia Zelazny from St Croix Hospice spoke about their benefits for veterans who choose to select their services.

 

Commander Real received 240 American Flags. These flags will be given away on Memorial Day at the Park.

 

Thank you cards were received from Grand Island High School and Northwest High School for out supporting their Post Prom Parties.

 

Heidi Cooper sent a card, and photograph, informing us of her winning the VFW scholarship for the coming year.

 

It was reported that the Veterans Hospital will become smoke free in October.

 

The next meeting will be on June 4th at 7:30 PM.

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The April meeting was held on the second. We had 10 members present.

 

The Board reported that they are seeking a part-time maintenance man and possibly a replacement for our full-time maintenance man. Drink prices have been increased on those using canned pop or juice.

 

Members voted to donate $100 to the Auxiliary for toys for flood victims.

 

Second call for nominations for officers. None  received. Motion and 2nd to cast a White ballot for present officers. Carried.

 

Officers for the upcoming year are: Commander Robert Real, Sr. Vice Commander Mike Ponte, Jr. Vice Commander David Pieper, Chaplain Ron Callihan,  Quartermaster Richard Simpson, Three year Board member Mike Ponte, Surgeon George Olsen, Judge Advocate Ron Hitch.

 

GI School Foundation was contacted and the problem about the scholarship was resolved. The student was given the wrong information by the wrong person.

 

There will be a scholarship recognition day on April 24 at GISH east gym at 10:00 AM.

 

The next meeting will be on May 7th at 7:30 PM.

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The March meeting was held on the 5th. We had 10 members present.

 

The Board reported that the floors had all been stripped and waxed. The coun ter-top in the waitress station is to be replaced. All insurance policies have been updated.

 

Members voted to donate $100 to GISH Post Prom Party.

 

The Surgeon discussed the lack of ability to get the names of members who a re sick or in distress. This is because of the HIPPA rules. It is suggested that if you know of anyone being sick please contact him, George Olsen, at 308-384-2835 or cell 308-391-2522 or georgejolsen@gmail.com.

 

Fist call for nominations for officers. All renominated. Second call and election at the April meeting.

 

A letter is to be sent to the Grand Island Jr. ROTC for their being chosen for the national contest.

 

GI School Foundation is to be contacted concerning the granting of scholarships.

 

The next meeting will be on April 2nd at 7:30 PM.

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The February meeting was held on the 5th. We had eight members present.

 

There was much discussion concerning how our representatives to the Club Board were following directions from our members. There seemed to be no particular concern or any real problems.

 

The Board reported that the land west of the Club has been surveyed staked. On  February 11 the Club is going to have the floors cleaned and help is needed to move the tables and chairs. Then on the 14th help is needed to move them back.

 

Members voted to donate $100 to GICC Post Prom Party, Westside Bowling for scholarship and to the fire department for their fire safety program for children.  
Also, they voted $50 to the Veterans Hospital Volunteers for their Valentine Day party.

 

The next meeting will be on March 5th at 7:30 PM.

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The December, 2018 meeting was held on the fourth. There were 11 members present. 

 

Minutes and financial reports for November were approved as presented.

 

The Board reported that they are working on acquiring the land west of the Club. The Club will be closed all day on December 24 and open from noon to 6:00 PM on December 31.  Two tall tables and 8 stools have been purchased for the lounge.

 

Thank you cards were received from our Patriot Pen winner and the Veterans Breakfast committee. A community service award was received from the Fire Department for our participation in Fire Safety.

 

The members were in a holiday mood and voted to donate $100 to Christmas Cheer, Salvation Army, Wreaths Across America, Gulf War Memorial and Northwest High School Post Prom Party

 

Due to New Years Day falling on the first Tuesday of the month, January’s meeting is postponed. The next meeting will be February 5, 2019.

 

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The November, 2018 meeting was held on the sixth. There were 10 members present. 

 

Minutes and financial reports for October were approved as presented.

 

The Board reported that the sprinklers in the park have been installed and that 21 new trees were planted. Happy hour prices have been revised.

 

Two Voice of Democracy and two Patriot Pen entries have been received.

 

The Sons of the American Legion requested a donation to cover the expenses for a band that they are arranging for. Members voted to donate $500 to help.

 

Commander Bob Real  reported that the Veteran Home in Kearney will not open until sometime in January 2019.

 

The Adjutant discussed the possibility of changing meeting times from evenings to daytime. No action was taken.

 

A motion to donate $100 to Northwest High School Post Prom Party was tabled pending finding out if the students are charged to attend.

 

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on December 3, 2018.

 

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The October, 2018 meeting was held on the seconded. There were only six members present.  Four officers were absent. This getting to be a problem.

 

Minutes and financial reports for September were approved as presented.

 

The Board reported that new sprinklers will installed in the park to eliminate the water wheels. There will be a band in the Park for Memorial Day. Bob Lathen was installed as Vice Chairman of the Board. Ron Hitch is a new Board member. There were only four guests at the Open Board Meeting.

 

As of now only one Patriot Pen essay has been received.

 

The Post passed its annual review.

 

Motion and second to donate $500 for the Vietnam Wall was approved.

 

Commander Bob Real has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. We wish him well and a speedy recovery   

 

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on November 6, 2018.

 

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The September, 2018 meeting was held on the fourth. There were only 10 members present.  A number of officers were absent.

 

Minutes and financial reports for August were approved as presented.

 

The Board reported  that the new freezer has been installed and the old one donated to Central Catholic. More trees and sprinklers will be added in the park. The annual open Board meeting will be on the 19th 0f September.

 

A thank you card was received from the Veterans Hospital Special Services Committee for our donation to their programs.

 

A discussion was held about conducting a drawing at our meetings for prizes to get more members to attend. No decision was made.

 

Military branch flags will be added with the American flags on memorial occasions.   

 

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on October 2, 2018.

 

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

 

The August, 2018 meeting was held on the seventh. There were only 9 members present.  A number of officers were absent.

 

Minutes and financial reports for July were approved as presented.

 

The Board reported on that a new freezer has been ordered; NFL football games will be televised, maybe.

 

Veterans Service Office has a budget of $226 thousand for the coming year. There are 22 applicants for the fourth flight.

 

The schools have been notified of the VOD and PP programs.

 

Members voted to donate $50 to Auxiliary for a rest area at the State Fair on Veterans Appreciation Day. They also voted to donate $50 to the VA Volunteer Services for their continuing programs.

 

Thank you cards were received from the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.  Also a thank you was received from the Auxiliary for our donation to them.   

 

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on September 4th, 2018.

 

 

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The June, 2018 meeting was held on the fifth. There were only 10 members present.

Minutes and financial reports for May were approved as presented.

The Board reported on the water line break that closed the Club for a portion of Tuesday, June 5.

Members voted to donate $200 to the Veterans Home for Fireworks and $500 to Relay for Life.

Members voted to cancel the July meeting due to its proximity to July 4th.   

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on August 7th, 2018 at which time the new officers will assume their duties.

Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The May, 2018 meeting was held on the first. There were only 9 members present.

Minutes and financial reports for April were approved as presented.

The Board reported that the kitchen door has been replaced. 31 bricks have been sold. A Naco cheese unit has been ordered for the Lounge area.

Members voted to donate $200 to our Auxiliary for their veterans Easter party.

Received a report on our Scholarship program. It is doing well and this year’s  receipient is Wyatt Stueven.  

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on June 5, 2018.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The April, 2018 meeting was held on the third. There were 19 members present.

Minutes and financial reports for March were approved as presented.

A group  representing Grand Island High School gave an update of the proposed changes to the Memorial Stadium.

Second call for nominations for officers. Bob Real Commander, Mike Ponte Sr. Vice commander, Dave Pieper Jr. Vice Commander, QM Simpson, Chaplain Callihan, Judge Advocate Hitch, Surgeon George Olsen, Three Year Board member Ron Hitch and Scott Schleicher. Election was held. Unopposed nominees were elected by White ballot. Board member elected was Ron Hitch.

The Board reported that the Legion Auxiliary will no longer help at Bingo. Happy hour will be continued during Nebraska football games. Patrons with concerns should talk to the Manager and not try all tell employees how to do their job.

The Club will be used as a polling place for the November 2018 and May 2019 elections.

The Vietnam wall will be displayed May 22-27, 2019.

Members voted to donate $100 to the Junior Bowling Scholarship program.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on May 1, 2018.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The march, 2018 meeting was held on the sixth. There were nine members present.

Minutes and financial reports for February were approved as presented.

First call for nominations for officers. Mike Ponte for Commander, Ron Callihan for Chaplin, Ron Hitch for Board. Second call and election will be in April.

The Board reported that the damaged ceiling tiles in the Liberty Room will be replaced. The furnace was replaced. The big cooler will be sold as it is no longer needed. There will be no more gambling pools allowed within the Club. January income was a negative $478.

Members voted to donate $200 to Grand Island Fire Department’s child safety program.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on April 3, 2018.

Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The February, 2018 meeting was held on the sixth. There were 7 members present.

Minutes and financial reports for january were approved as presented.

Election was held for Chaplain.  Ron Callihan was elected

The Board reported that new tall tables have arrived for the Lounge. Club had a negative income of $5,600 for December.

Members voted to donate $100 to Grand Island Senior High and Central Catholic for their Post Prom parties. Also $100 to Northwest if they request.

Membership is at 93 per cent.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on March 6, 2018.

Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The January, 2018 meeting was held on the second. There were 15 members present.

Minutes and financial reports for December were approved as presented.

Election was held to  replace Jim Ibach on the Board. Candidates were Ron Callihan and Donald Schritt. Ron Callihan was elected.

Nominations were called for the Judge Advocke position. Ron Hitch was nominated. There being no other nominations, Hitch was elected.

The Board reported that new tall tables have been ordered for the Lounge and will be delivered when he matching formica tops are installed.

Members voted to donate $200 to the Sons for the veterans breakfast.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on February 6, 2018.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The December  meeting was held on the fifth.. There were 10 members present.

A  resignation letter was received from Board member Jim Ibach. However, Jim has since died so no action was taken on the letter. Nominations were then opened for his replacement. Ron Callihan and Donald Schritt were nominated. Election will take place at the January 2, 2018 meeting.

The Board reported that the new cooler is in and paid for. The new arch is up in the Park. The tree planting is completed.

VOD and PP reported that there are on students interested in participating.

A letter was  received from the national home and one from the City Library. Both organizations were requesting donations. No action was taken on the  requests.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on January 2nd, 2018.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The October meeting was held on the third. There were only nine members present

The Board reported that only five people attended the open Board meeting. A new “smart” TV is going to replace the present Karaoke TV in order to have music at all times. The Club had a monetary loss of over $4,900 in August.

 The Grand Island schools have been contacted regarding the VOD and PP programs.

 A report from the Grand Island schools showed that our scholarship fund is sufficient to fund our scholarship for the next year.

Motion & 2nd to donate $100 to the VFW Veterans Bus fund. The motion was approved.

The next meeting will be on November 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The August meeting was held on the first. There were nine members present.
District #11 Commander Kenneth Yount was our guest.

The Post received certificates for our participation in the Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy programs.

The Board reported that the new cooler had been ordered and that it should be here the middle of August. Veterans traveling through will be allowed to park in the northwest area of the parking lot. However, no trucks will be allowed. There will be a steak feed on August 12. The annual Open Board meeting will be on September 20 at 8:00 PM.  The Club showed a loss of $975.00 in June.

Service Officer reported that the 3rd Hero Flight was full and that they are working on the 4th flight.

The next meeting will be on September 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The June 2017 meeting was held on the sixth. There were only nine members present. 

The May minutes were accepted as read. Financial report approved.

Board reported that the north well has been replaced, as the west door. SJ Louis Construction will finish grading the west lot when they are in the area. Pedro Rivera Construction has donated labor and concrete for the new entrances on the east as well as the curb on the west drive and concrete posts by the new sign. Financially the Club had a $6300 profit for April.

Members voted to donate $500 to Relay for Life.

Members were reminded of the D-Day invasion of France 73 years ago on this date

Due to the 4th of July occurring on the first Tuesday in July, the members voted to cancel the July meeting.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on August 1, 2017 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The March 2017 meeting was held on the seventh. There were 11  members present. 

The February minutes were accepted as read. Financial report approved.

Board reported that they met with Justin Everton to get ideas on plantings for Memorial Park. Money from street widening project. They are considering a new door and concrete slab on west side of building. There will be a deposit on  room rental fees for cleaning. The Easter egg hunt will be on April 8th. The UVC Steak feed will be on March 18thClub profit for January was $6,983.

First call for nomination of officers for 2018. All present officers nominated for another term. Jim Ibach nominated for a full three year term on the UVC Board. Second call and vote will be at the April meeting.

Dale Fillinger made a motion which was seconded that the Post should have a fund raiser. The motion passed and Dale was selected for chair the fund raiser.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on April 4, 2017 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The February 2017 meeting was held on the seventh. There were 9  members present. 

The January minutes were accepted as read. Financial report approved.

Board reported that they are considering placing a barrier at the west parking lot to prevent people from driving on the grass. Talking about bringing back cheese plates in the lounge. Thinking about another customer appreciation day in July. Financial report shoed a profit of $1766 in December.

Justin Keane will be at the Grand theater on February 14.

Members voted to donate $100 to the Grand Island High School and Central Catholic High School Post Prom Parties. Also donated $100 to the Shrine Circus and Amerian Legion Auxiliary for their Easter Egg Hunt.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on March 7, 2017 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The January 2017 meeting was held on the third. There were 12  members present. 

The December minutes were accepted as read. Financial report approved.

Board reported that a 12 passenger van had been accepted for use by the Honor Guard. DAV members are welcome to use the Club. 16 bricks have  been sold in the new sidewalk. Electric hand dryers are being installed in the lounge restrooms.

Local VOD winner was awarded 2nd place at District.

Members voted to donate $300 to the Club for a television. and $100 to Northwest High School Post Prom party.

There will be a Christmas party at the Veterans Home on the 12th of February.

Grand Island School system gave a presentation on proposed upgrades to the Memorial Stadium. It appears to be a very expansive program.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on February, 2017 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The December, 2016 meeting was held on the sixth. There were only eight members present. 

The November minutes were accepted as read. Financial report approved.

Board reported that Bill Kaiser has been contracted to engrave the bricks in the new sidewalk. There will be an increase in menu prices and some seldom sold items removed.

Financial report showed a $5,300 profit for October.

Members voted to donate $200 to the Children’s Home and $100 to Christmas Cheer and the Salvation Army.

There will be a Christmas party at the Veterans Hospital on the 11th of December and a ceremony on the laying of wreaths at the Veterans Home on the 17th.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on January 3, 2017 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The November, 2016 meeting was held on the first. There were 11 members present. 

The October minutes were accepted as read. Financial report approved.

Board reported that the new sidewalk has been named Memorial Walk. Bricks are available for $100 each. Broken concrete in parking lost to be replaced in the spring. They may be installing more security cameras. New TV in the lounge a possibility.

Members voted to donate $300 to the Veterans Breakfast and $100 to Wreaths across America.

VOD and Patriot Pan has three contestants each.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on December 6, 2016 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The October, 2016 meeting was held on the fourth. There were 10 members present. 

The September minutes were accepted as read. Financial report approved.

Board reported that they are going ahead with the archway and sidewalk at the south side of the Park. Finances showed a loss of $7,500 in August.

Members voted to donate $500 to the Hero flight.

Commander has calendars for sale. Monetary award for winning owner after drawing.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on November 1, 2016 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The September, 2016 meeting was held on the sixth. There were 12 members present. 

The August minutes and the financial report were accepted as read.

Board reported that they designated space on west wall for plaque donated by Glen Decker; Honor Guard given space in United Room for display. Working on bids for archway and sidewalk at south end of Park. Discussed monthly steak feed.

Annual open Board meeting will be September 21 at 7:00 PM.

Jim Ibach elected to Board to  replace Bob Real.

Members voted to don ate $200 to the Auxiliary for all of their work and assistance to the Post.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on October 4, 2016 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The August, 2016 meeting was held on the second. There were 11 members present. 

The June minutes and the financial report were accepted as read. There was no July meeting du to weather.

Board reported that they will be responsible for flying the flags at half mast when required. Thinking of installing lights at the south entrance to the park.

Quartermaster reported that over three hundred dollars has been spent to provide assistance to veterans.

Post received a letter of resignation from the Board of Bob Real. Commander opened the floor to nominations. Jim Ibach was nominated. Second call will and election will be at the September meeting.

There being no further business, closing ceremonies were conducted. The next meeting will be on September 6, 2016 at 1930 hours.

Yours in comradeship

Richard L. Simpson

Quartermaster/Adjutant

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