September VFWA 1347 Meeting Notes
The September 5th meeting of the VFWA 1347 found two guest, Kay Hammond and District 11 VFW Auxiliary President Wendy Yount joining the ten members that had gathered.
President Lori Skala called the meeting to order followed by Chaplain Lyanne Kelly giving the Opening Prayer. Patriotic Instructor David Jewett led the Pledge of Allegiance.
An application for Brenda Haller to become a new member was approved. Welcome Brenda. We look forward to you joining us.
The minutes of the August meeting were approved. Correspondence was received from the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney thanking us for a donation to their facility. A new Quilts of Valor organization, “Quilts of Valor Sew-ciety” in Grand Island sent information that they had organized and would appreciate any help we can give them. A motion was made and seconded to send a financial donation now with more other assistance as a need arises. Six recipients have received Quilts in the last month. A Certificate was received for the Outreach that has been done recently.
The Treasurer’s report was presented and filed to audit. No bills were presented. The bill from the Vet’s Club for refreshments at the VFW Auxiliary School of Instruction held on August 26 will be presented for the October meeting.
Volunteers helping at the Veteran’s Day program at the State Fair on Labor Day were recognized for the Americanism Committee and the Veterans and Family Support Committee. Approximately 500 people attended the Veterans Day program.
Legislative Committee chair LaVonne Catron reported that she continues to email the Action Corp to members. Information shows that PACT has been extended.
Buddy Poppy Chairman Lyanne Kelly reported that 486 poppies have been included on recognition certificates posted at the Vet’s Club. A Thank You had been received for the assistance the Auxiliary give at the Memorial Day activities.
Membership shows 193 members currently with 14 more memberships to be renewed or joined for us to match last year’s numbers. One new Life Member was recruited at the State Fair. Possible dues increases for both the State and National VFW Auxiliaries were mentioned. These increases could become effective the first of the year so get that renewal in soon! Or upgrade to a Life Membership and save future increases.
Mentoring Chair Loir Skala gave the “Duties of the President” information for members to be aware what the President does for the organization.
The Wreaths Across America Fund Raiser Car Show will be Saturday, October 14. Final plans will be made at the October meeting. Advertising has begun and flyers are available. Food trucks will be available and Breakfast will be served at the Vet’s Club until 10:00 AM.
A motion was made and approved for the Outreach Activities upcoming. Auxiliary members assist other organizations with Volunteer time outside the time they usually give to our Military posts and organizations.
Dates to remember:
District 11 VFW and Auxiliary meetings in Taylor at 2:00 PM
VFW and Auxiliary Homecoming in Omaha on October 6 and 7
Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen winners will give their presentations in Ord on January 21 at the Ord Vet’s Club
Mid-Winter Conference in Lincoln on February 2 and 3
District 11 VFW and Auxiliary meetings at 2:00 PM in Ord.
Things to remember is September include:
This is Suicide Prevention Month
Patriots Day - September 11
Constitution Day – September 17
Gold Star Mothers and Family Day on September 30
The October meeting will be at the Vet’s Club on Tuesday, the 3rd at 1:00 PM with lunch available at Noon.
July 11, 2023, VFWA 1347
Eleven members and one guest were present when Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer for the July 11 meeting of the Hall County VFW Auxiliary 1347. President Lori Skala called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
One application for membership was received for Sue Halicka. Welcome Sue.
The minutes of the June 6 meeting were approved. A Thank You was received from the NWIHCS – Grand Island for treats brought and helping to play Bingo.
The Treasurer’s report was approved and placed on file for audit.
Hospital Committee Chair Billie Herron reported that the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary will co-host an outdoors games and picnic day on Saturday, July 29 for residents of the NWIHCS – Grand Island. Activities will begin at 9:30 AM. All members of both Auxiliaries are encouraged to attend. Games and food will be supplied.
Americanism Committee Chair LaVonne Catron continues to forward the VFW Americorp weekly newsletter to members.
Veterans’ and Family Support Chair Lori Skala reported that the flags were taken down and folded on Sunday, July 9. Thanks to there being a large group helping, it only took 30 minutes to complete the job.
Buddy Poppy Chairman Lyanne Kelly reported that she had taken the Buddy Poppy hat that had won 1st place at the State Convention to the Mid-Nebraska Veteran’s Home at Kearney.
For the Youth Committee report Chairman reported that 4-H Club members, Boy Scouts and Wrestlers from Senior High helped with the taking down flags.
Membership Chairman LaVonne Catron reported that a dues increase of $2.50 will be in effect beginning January 1, 2024. It is recommended that all Annual Membership members renew your membership as soon as possible. After January 1, annual dues will be $8.00 to the State plus the Auxiliary dues.
Historian and Media committee report shows Billie Herron continues to post information to Facebook. Help is also needed to help at the Bingo times at the Vet’s Club on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Mentoring Committee Chair Lori Skala reported that the youth that helped fold flags were also mentored about the folding of the flag.
Guest Kaylene Riley, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, gave information about the Vet’s Club project of cleaning and refurbishing the flower bed just south of the entrance to the Vet’s Club building. About 10 people helped at some time during the 4 hours it took to do the work.
Because the request was received after the June meeting for a donation to the Legion Riders, a vote was taken by e-mail. All responses were in favor of the donation and $75.00 was sent to the Riders for their activities.
President Lori Skala had attended the informational meeting about the new Nebraska Veteran’s Cemetery. Monies have been approved and ground breaking of the new Cemetery will be on Veteran’s Day.
Trophies of Charcuterie boards will be prepared for the Wreaths Across America Fund Raiser Car Show that will be held at the Vet’s Club west parking lot on October 14.
2023/2024 Committee packets were distributed. If you were not at the meeting, LaVonne has your packet for you. All previous packets are no longer valid so destroy them.
This was audit month. The Audit Committee found the information to be correct and the report was approved by the members.
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Closing Prayer.
The next meeting will be held at the Vet’s Club on Tuesday, August 1. Lunch will be available for those wishing to meet at Noon and the Meeting will be at 1:00 PM.
June 6, 2023
VFW Auxiliary 1347 Meeting Notes
The June 6 meeting of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary found 14 members in attendance when Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer. Patriotic Instructor David Jewett called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Lori Skala asked if there were any applications for membership. There were none at this time. The first of July begins the new fiscal year and all Annual Memberships will need to be renewed.
Minutes of the May meeting were approved as presented. Correspondence was received from the NWIHCS – Grand Island for treats of root beer floats and volunteers assisting with Bingo.
The Treasurer’s report was presented and placed on file for Audit. It was reported that $553.00 in donations were received for poppies distributed at the Memorial Day Service.
Americanism Chairman Jean Seely reported that several members helped to raise the Flags at The Veterans Memorial Park before Memorial Day and assisted with the distribution of Buddy Poppies.
Hospital Chairman Billie Herron reported that root beer floats were served and Bingo was played on May 20 which was Armed Forces Day. Cookies will be supplied for Bingo activities in June. Plans are being made for a joint activity outside for games and watermelon in July.
LaVonne Catron, Legislative Committee Chair reported that 3 bills have moved through the House and are headed to the Senate.
Buddy Poppy Chair Lyanne reported that the VFW Post had supplied 800 Buddy Poppies for distribution.
Historian and Media Chair Billie reported that today (June 6) is D-Day Recognition Day. She has also posted pictures of Memorial Day activities on Facebook.
LaVonne Catron attended the VFW and Auxiliary State Convention that was held in Lincoln on June 3 and 4. She reported that a Representative from Fischer House in Omaha was present. There will be an increase of State due beginning January 1, 2024. There is also discussion of National dues having an increase when the National Convention meets in July. This will be discussed further and voted on at that time. Unmet needs donations of over $11,000.00 was distributed to help Veterans last year. Overall the state has lost 128 members over the past year. We are all getting older and many are no longer able to be active or have passed. LaVonne also received Awards and Recognitions for the Auxiliary at Convention which she announced to the Unit. The Buddy Poppy entry won 1st Place which is awarded to the entry with the most Poppies included in the display. Lyanne Kelly did the decorating and the award was $75.00 that will be sent to the Unit.
President Lori asked for volunteers to work on how we can continue to grow our Auxiliary Unit if dues are increased at both the State and National levels. Volunteers are LaVonne, Jean and Janie Zweifel and will meet after the National Conference in July if dues do go up.
New Business was announcement of upcoming events. There will be a meeting regarding the Veteran’s Cemetery on June 20. Representative Hilgert with the Veterans will be attending. Check local information for time and place. Bingo with the residents of NWIHCS – Grand Island will be on June 24 at 2:00 PM. If you can assist, arrive about 1:45. The Army National Guard Band will present a Concert on June 24 at Stuhr Museum at 7:00 PM. Admission will be free and bring your chairs or blankets.
Members of the Veterans and Auxiliary organizations will be having a work day to clean up and refurbish the Flower Bed in front of the Vet’s Club on Monday, June 19, beginning at 9:00 AM. All volunteers are welcome to come help. Please bring any equipment that you might want to work with.
The Charter was draped in Memory of Helen Harsh, a past State Officer.
LaVonne purchased chances for winning baskets at the State Convention. She came home with 3 baskets! Items from the baskets were distributed to members in attendance with everyone there receiving something.
Because the next meeting date falls on Tuesday, July 4, it was agreed that we would meet the next Tuesday, July 11 for the July meeting. You are welcome to come and eat together at Noon at the Vet’s Club and the meeting will be at 1:00 PM.
Chaplain Lyanne gave the Closing Prayer.
April VFW Auxiliary 1347 Meeting Notes
The April 4th meeting of the Hall County VFW 1347 Auxiliary was held at the Vet’s Club with 10 members attending.
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer followed by President Lori Skala leading the Pledge of Allegiance and calling the meeting to order.
The minutes of the March meeting and the Treasurer’s Report were approved as presented with the Treasurer’s Report being placed on file for audit.
A Thank You was received from NWIHCS – Grand Island for treats supplied to residents in March. Hospital Deputy Representative reported that cookies had been delivered.
Legislative Committee Chair LaVonne Catron requested that members be in contact with their State Legislative member in regards to proceeding at the State Legislature. LaVonne also reviewed the Goals for the VFW and Auxiliary for the coming year.
Lyanne reported that there are 287 Poppies on a hat she decorated for inclusion in a display contest for the State Conference.
Mentoring Chair Lori reminded everyone about the VFW Auxiliary no longer being a paper magazine received in the mail but to find it on the computer.
The Car Show booklet has arrived with our ad for the Wreaths Across America fundraiser show in October listed. Plans for more details will be prepared later this year.
Restrictions for volunteering at NWIHCS – Grand Island have been revised. Three persons may visit for 1 hour and must wear a mask. Because we can now enter for these activities, Linda, Lyanne, and LaVonne will help with Bingo on April 8.
No plans had been made by any of the groups purchasing and presenting blankets to winners or owners of the winner of each horse race on Military Recognition Saturday. Suggestions were discussed and it was decided that since the blanket had been given back to our Auxiliary, we would be able to display it as a table cover when hosting events when the Auxiliary is involved.
A Blood Drive will be held May 5 from Noon until 6 PM at the Vet’s Club. Please plan to be a donor.
After receiving nominations and electing each position for the 2023-2024 Offices the Slate of Officers is:
President: Lori Skala
Senior Vice-President: Linda Winget
Junior Vice-President: Jean Seely
Secretary: Cathy McKown
Treasurer: LaVonne Catron
Chaplain: Lyanne Kelly
Guard: Mary Lubken
Patriotic Instructor: David Jewett
Conductress: Janie Zweifel
Trustees: Kim Cronin – Liz Gerberding – Connie Jakubowski
Paperwork for Delegates to the Department and National Conventions were completed.
The Audit was completed by the Trustees and approved by the group.
District 11 will be holding their meeting on April 16 in Broken Bow at 2:00 PM.
The VFW and Auxiliary State Conference will be in Omaha June 3 and 4.
The May meeting of the Hall County VFW 1347 Auxiliary will be held at the Vet’s Club at 1:00 PM with lunch at Noon for those wishing to attend. Installation of Officers will be held.
Hall County VFW Auxiliary 1347
March Meeting Notes
Eleven VFW Auxiliary members were present when Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer followed by Patriotic Instructor David Jewett leading the Pledge of Allegiance. President Lori Skala called the meeting to order.
The Minutes and Treasurer’s reports were approved with the Treasurer’s report being placed on file for audit. There were no bills.
Correspondence was a Thank You from the NWIHCS – Grand Island Campus for treats of Dilly Bars and sherbert supplied during February.
Linda Winget, Deputy Hospital Representative, reported that Volunteers are now being allowed in the Grand Island Medical Center with stipulations. Only up to 3 volunteers wearing mask and able to show proof of vaccination will be allowed for an hour to participate with activities with residents. No activity was planned this month other than supplying green decorated cookies for St. Patrick’s Day.
Legislative Committee Chair LaVonne Catron reported that a bill concerning the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery is still in Committee at the Nebraska Legislature. Lori Skala attended the committee hearing and reported that the hearing room was full. We listened to a video about the Cemetery and LaVonne will be sending it out to members on their email.
Lori also attended the races at Fonner Park during the Military Recognition Day at the races. We now need to decide how to proceed with what to do with the Winners Blanket for the VFW Auxiliary race.
Lyanne reported that a hat will be decorated with Poppies for entry at the State Convention Buddy Poppy contest in June.
LaDonna Obermiller reported that the Youth Committee report has been submitted and the 4-H Club is active with programs.
LaVonne reports that we are still a few members short of making our Goal for 100 % of last years numbers. The year is winding down but we can still reach the goal with new or returning members joining.
For the Mentoring Committee Lori reported that Hospital Representative Billie Herron had met with new Deputy Linda Winget to inform her of the duties and responsibilities of the position.
David Jewett reported that the Outreach Committee report is being sent.
David also said he would be responsible for contacting members about becoming officers or Committee Chairs for the 2023-2024 year. Elections are to be held in April. Please consider adding you name to the list of Nominees.
All year end reports are due to the State by April 15.
The District VFW and Auxiliary District meeting will be in Broken Bow in April.
We will be working on decorating a tree at the Stuhr Museum Fantasy of Trees Christmas display in November.
Lyanne gave the Closing Prayer.
The April meeting of the VFW Auxiliary will be held at the Vet’s Club on Tuesday, April 4 at 1:00 PM. Lunch will be available at Noon for those wishing to have some social time together before our meeting. This will also be Election of Officers so everyone is encouraged to attend.
Hall County VFW 1347 Auxiliary
February Meeting Notes
Fifteen members were present when the Hall County VFW 1347 Auxiliary met at the Vet’s Club on Tuesday, February 7.
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer which was followed by Patriotic Instructor David Jewett giving the Call to Meeting and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. President Lori Skala opened the meeting and the Minutes of the December 6, 2022 meeting. There was no meeting in January because of inclement weather. The minutes were approved as corrected. Correspondence was read from the Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care Services (Veteran’s Medical Facility for treats supplied in December and January. Margie Kohler sent a Thank You for postage given for her to be able to continue to send greetings to Veterans.
The Treasurer’s report was given and placed on file for audit. Billie Herron presented a bill for magnets she had purchased for use with emblems to be worn when members do volunteer work.
Billie reported that we are still supplying treats to residents at the Veterans Med Center but that we are still not able to do volunteer activities with the residents.
As Chairman of the Mentoring Committee, Lori Skala reported that the VFW Auxiliary magazine is no longer being printed but is available by going to the Malta website.
The Wreaths Across America Car Show ad has been paid for and will be in the 2023 Car Show catalog. This is the annual fund raiser for the purchase of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America event in December.
More wreaths were delivered to the Veterans Cemetery than needed. The extra wreaths were taken to Westlawn Memorial Cemetery and distributed as far as they would go. Approximately 150 to 200 people attended the Ceremony last December.
Mike Ponte met with the group with information about the purchasing of a Winners Blanket at the Fonner Park Races on Military Recognition Day February 26. The Auxiliary voted to purchase a blanket.
President Lori Skala announced the appointment of Linda Winget as Deputy to the Hospital Healthcare Representative Committee after the resignation of Pat Geiger. She will work with Billie Herron on this committee. Congratulation Linda.
A motion was approved to send a donation to the Quilters Cottage in Kearney to help defray expenses for making Quilts of Valor. Quilt of Valor Day was February 4.
The Christmas tree was taken down after being displayed at the Stuhr Museum Festival of Trees. Plans will be made to decorate a tree again for Christmas 2023.
More VFW Auxiliary emblems and clutch backs will be ordered. The emblems are to be worn whenever a member does Outreach Volunteer activities in the community.
A “Sample” t-shirt had been sent to LaVonne Catron to advertise their merchandise. Any member interested in receiving the shirt placed their name in a drawing and Joyce Christensen’s name was drawn.
The Trustees preformed the audit of the Treasurer’s and Secretary’s books. A motion was approved for the audit report.
The Chaplain gave the Closing Prayer and the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting will be March 7 at the Vet’s Club. Lunch together will be at Noon with the meeting to follow at 1:00 PM.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary
Due to inclement weather, President Lori Skala canceled the January 3 meeting of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary.
The next meeting will be on February 7 at the Vet’s Club. Those wishing to eat together will meet at Noon.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary Meeting Notes
The December 6 meeting of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary met at the Vet’s Club with 10 members attending.
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer followed by President Lori Skala calling the meeting to Order and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes of the November 1st meeting were approved after a date correction had been made.
Thank You notes were received from the NWIHCS-Grand Island for treats and meals delivered to residents. There was also a Thank You from the Kearney Veteran’s Home for a donation to be used to purchase equipment for a Den at the Homed.
A request was received from the National Home for donations due to the rising cost of everything. A motion was approved to increase our yearly donation and to make it a Standing Order.
The Treasurer’s report was approved and place on file for audit.
Billie Herron reported that treats and meals were delivered to the residents at the NWIHCS-Grand Island in November. December treats being planned are hot chocolate and cookies for Christmas.
There will not be a State sponsored Christmas Party due to the continuing health concerns.
LaVonne Catron thanked everyone for their support by voting on Election Day and encouraged everyone to continue following what our legislators are doing.
Lori Skala reported that 700 people attended the Veteran’s Day breakfast held at the Vet’s Club. A group was brought from Heritage Living Center to attend. Flags were raised on Friday preceding Veteran’s Day and taken down on Friday after.
We have gained 1 new member but are still hoping to match last year's numbers of 212 members. Currently there are 157 Life and 44 Annual members.
While the number of people attending the Vet’s Club members and families Christmas Party jointly hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary was not as many as had been hoped for, everyone in attendance had a Good Time. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also there to greet the group.
For the Mentoring Committee, Lori Skala reported that the VFW newsletter will no longer be mailed to members. You will be able to access the newsletter on the computer by going to MALTA and entering some information. Updates will be emailed to members having a computer as information becomes available.
The Wreaths Across America program will be held at the Veterans Cemetery on December 17 at 11:00 AM with the laying of the wreaths to follow the Ceremony.
A group of 5 members decorated a tree at Stuhr Museum for the annual Fantasy of Trees event. There will be an Open House event for members to view all the trees on Thursday, December 15. The Tree decorating Committee will make plans for when the tree will be taken down.
Plans for the 2023 Wreaths Across America Fund Raising Car Show are being made. The date will be October 14 and advertising will be in a Car Show Catalog.
Everyone is encouraged to look into the cost and where to get supplies for making name tags with the VFW Auxiliary emblem as part of the tag. Discussion will continue at the January meeting.
The Charter was Draped for 3 members. They are Helyn Leathers, Helen Jacobsen and Past National President Sandy Germany.
A motion passed for LaVonne to purchase a roll of postage stamps before the price goes up in January.
The Closing Prayer was given by Chaplain Lyanne.
The January meeting will be held at the Vet’s Club on January 3 at 1:00 PM with lunch at Noon for those wishing to attend.
Ten members were present when the VFW Auxiliary 1347 met on November 1 at the Vet’s Club. President Lori Skala called the meeting to order and Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Minutes of the October 4 meeting were approved as presented. There were 2 correspondences, one from the NWIHCS – Grand Island for treats they received in October and one from Patrick Sayre for a donation divided among the Veterans organizations.
The Treasurer’s report was given and placed on file for audit. There were no bills.
For the Hospital report, Billie Herron reported that 10 dozen cookies were delivered for residents at the NWIHCS – Grand Island.
LaVonne Catron reported that the Action Corp and Check Point news items are continuing to be forwarded. She also reminded everyone to vote.
Lori Skala announced that some members had helped at the Connection event held at Fonner Park.
Our membership is at 195 for the 2022-2023 year. We are needing 17 more members to match our number from last year.
For Media, Billie stated that she continues to post Auxiliary and Veterans information on Facebook.
Lori asked that everyone “Be kind to one another” for our Mentoring activity.
LaVonne had sent information for the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen contest to the local schools. She did not receive and entries for the Voice of Democracy but did receive 8 essays for the Patriots Pen. The entries were judged and the winner forwarded to the District contest.
Reports were given regarding the Wreaths Across America Fund Raiser Car Show that was held at the Vet’s Club west parking lot on October 8. There were 93 entries for show with several of the owners also parading their vehicles through the NWIHCS – Grand Island driveway so the residents could enjoy viewing them too. There were a couple suggestions for the next car show which is suggested to be held about the same time of year next year.
Wreaths Across America presentation and laying of the Wreaths will be held on December 17 at 10:00 AM at the Veterans Cemetery. Northwest football players will help to distribute the Wreaths from the GI Express truck to areas around the cemetery. The City Parks Department will clean the Cemetery in January.
The VFW and American Legion Auxiliary will co-host a Christmas Party at the Vet’s Club for children and grandchildren of Club members. Each organization will be supplying cookies for decorating and games and treats will be furnished. A motion was made to pay toward costume rental for Santa and Mrs. Claus which was approved. Candy canes were still to be purchased for Santa to present to the children.
Volunteers are needed to help Veterans with their trays and to serve drinks at the Veteran’s Day Breakfast on November 11 at the Vet’s Club. Serving will be from 5:30 to 10:30 AM.
Flags will be put up on Friday, November 4 at 5:00 PM and taken down on November 18, also at 5:00 PM. There area 372 flags to be placed at the Memorial Park.
Decorating of the Christmas tree at the Fantasy of Trees at Stuhr Museum will be on Monday, November 14 at 1:00 PM. Help will be needed to do the decorating.
VFW Raffle Calendars are available at the Vet’s Club. Cost is $20.00.
Kim Cronin reported that 4 Quilts of Valor had been presented by her group of Quilters.
The Closing Prayer was given.
VFW Auxiliary 1347 will hold their December meeting at the Vet’s Club on Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00. Anyone wishing to eat together before the meeting will gather at Noon.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary
September 6 Meeting
President Lori Skala called the September 6 meeting of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary by asking for the Opening Prayer led by Chaplain Lyanne Kelly followed by Patriotism Chair David Jewett leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
There were no applications for membership. One membership is being taken care of by Standing Orders.
The August meeting minutes were approved as presented. Correspondence was read from NWIHCS – Grand Island for the items that were delivered for the Transitional Room.
The Treasurer’s report was given and filed for audit.
Americanism Chair Jean Seely Thanked all the Volunteers that helped in any way during the Nebraska State Fair.
Hospital Committee Chair Billie Herron reported that Volunteers are being allowed in the facility with restrictions. Because of the extent of the restrictions, it was decided to not participate as a group at this time. Anyone wanting to participate on a one-to-one basis may do so. Treats will be delivered this month. Volunteering at the Nebraska Veterans Home – Kearney has similar restrictions so we will not be able to go there as a group either.
The Kearney Veterans Home will not be doing Staff for Santa this year. Instead, they are asking groups to “Adopt a Den” in one of the wings of the home. Donations will be accepted to purchase items for the residents to use in the Den of their wing at the home.
For the Legislative Committee LaVonne Catron reported that she keeps getting bumped off the Action Corp site and asked that everyone go to the VFW Action Corp news to read the information. She also reported that PACT has passed and been signed into law.
Chairman for the Veterans and Family Support committee, Lori Skala reported that there were several members that had volunteered in many ways during the Nebraska State Fair. Some members also attended the Viet Nam Veterans Reunion that was held in Kearney.
A Gift Card to the Vet’s Club will be sent to our Gold Star Family by Chairman Lyanne Kelly.
Historian and Media Committee Chair Billie Herron continues to post information on Facebook and the web site. She is always looking for pictures of activities to include.
Mentoring Committee Chair Lori Skala reported that everyone is able to go to the Malta web site and can read all the reports and information available there.
In addition to the regular monthly Outreach activities, Chairman David Jewett reported that some members volunteered at other activities at the Nebraska State Fair.
For Unfinished Business, the Wreaths Across America Car Show Fund Raiser was discussed with information about updated details. Everyone was asked to display Posters around the community. Volunteers signed up to help that day.
Linda Winget and Lyanne Kelly along with their husbands attended the Viet Nam Veterans Reunion in Kearney and gave a report of the activities. They also sold 44 Military Recognition Bracelets. They said that our organization was mentioned by Kenneth Yant for all the deeds that we do.
We will now be reporting Audit and Membership information to the VFW Post quarterly.
The fall District meeting will be held in Valentine on September 18. Anyone wishing to ride with Post members is asked to call Ron Hitch.
The National Guard unit will be having a Family Day. Information will be forwarded to members wishing to help or attend this weekend.
The State VFW meeting will be in Lincoln on October 8. Registration information is available from LaVonne or Lori.
The State Fair Veteran’s Day program was discussed with different ideas suggested for next year. There were approximately 400 people attending the program.
The American Legion Auxiliary will be working with our Auxiliary to host a Christmas Party for Club members families. The date is tentative at this time.
Jean Seely brought 6 Patriotic Viet Nam picture plates. A motion carried to have a Silent Auction of the plates at the Wreaths Across America Car Show with the proceeds going to the Wreaths Across America event in December. Jean will be in charge of the display and bidding process.
LaVonne has contacted all the local schools about the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests. She had also put an article in the Grand Island Independent.
Another contest is new and a motion was passed to send $25.00 for the National President’s Project for 3-D Art Contest.
September dates important for Veterans are:
September 10 – 10th Celebrating America’s Freedom Event, Flight 93 National Memorial, September 11 – Patriot Day, September 16 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, September 17 – Constitution Day, and September 25 – Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.
September is also Suicide Prevention Month. A new phone number for help has been activated. If you need help, call 988.
The Closing Prayer was given.
The next meeting of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary will be on Tuesday, October 4, at 1:00 at the Vet’s Club with those wishing to gather sooner having lunch at Noon.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary
August 2,2022 Meeting Notes
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer with 13 in attendance when the VFW 1347 Auxiliary held their August meeting at the Vet’s Club. Patriotic Instructor David Jewett called the unit to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. President Lori Skala opened the meeting by asking if there were any applications for membership.
The Minutes of the July meting were approved as presented. There was correspondence from NWIHCS – Grand Island thanking the unit for treats supplied for the 4th of July.
The Treasurer, LaVonne Catron reported that the transfer of the Treasury to 5 Points Bank has been completed. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and placed on file for Audit.
Ron Hitch, Adjutant and Quarter Master for VFW Post 1347 met with the Auxiliary. Several things were discussed about how the Post and Auxiliary work together and communicate what each is doing to the other group. This is the last year for the Auxiliary to work with local schools for the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy programs. They will be turned back to the Post for presentation and selection. The Post orders Buddy Poppies.
All materials for completing the Transitional Room were brought and will be taken to furnish the room after the meeting.
The Viet Nam Veterans Reunion will be held in Kearney on August 10 through 14. The Replica Viet Nam Wall will be at the Kearney Veteran’s Home for viewing during the Reunion.
We have 156 Life Members and 19 Annual Members. 2022/2023 Memberships are now beginning to be received. Reminders will be sent out soon. Please contact Treasurer LaVonne Catron to renew or become a Member.
“Tree Bombs” will not be a part of the Nebraska State Fair this year. The information says they are going back to decorating hay bales.
Billie Herron is talking with Dave Davis about trophies for the Wreaths Across America Car Show that will be held in October.
There are now Facebook and Website options for checking what the Auxiliary is doing. These sites will also cross reference to each other.
“Why We Belong” was read from the State Newsletter to remind members about whey we do everything we do for the Veterans.
A $1000.00 Scholarship has been presented to Crista Barker in conjunction with other Auxiliary units.
Reports of the School of Instruction recently held in Seward were given. There are revised Scholarship forms with 32 different scholarships available. These scholarships are available to members, spouses, children, grandchildren and step-children of members.
A motion was made and approved to donate $200.00 to the Vet’s Club new signage that is being ordered.
Anyone volunteering at the Nebraska State Fair is to attend a training that will be held on August 9 or 11 at 6:00 at Fonner Park.
Veteran’s Day at the State Fair will be on Tuesday, August 30 with the Program at 3:00 PM in the Events Center.
The Charter was draped for Past National President, Glenetta Vogelsong.
The September meeting will be on the 6th at 1:00 at the Vet’s Club. Lunch is at Noon for those wishing to meet then.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary July Notes
Junior Vice President Jean Seely gave the Opening Prayer when the VFW 1347 Auxiliary met at the Vets Club on July 5. President Lori Skala called the meeting to order.
Two memberships will be renewed by standing orders. Renewal notices will be sent out before the end of July.
June meeting minutes were approved with a correction of the web site address. The correct address is www.https://vfwaux1347.wixsite.com/1347.
One correspondence was received from NWIHCS Grand Island for treats that had been supplied for the residents.
The Treasurer’s report was given and placed on file for audit.
Billie Herron reported that fried chicken, beans, potato salad and dinner rolls were furnished for the 4th of July for the residents at the Grand Island VA Medical Center (NWIHCS). Note pads, envelopes, phone chargers and gift cards to local restaurants are still being requested.
Items to furnish an apartment at Transitional Housing are being gathered. Once we have everything we will deliver them.
Lori reported that the flags will be taken down on Friday and help is needed to fold and put them away.
Final report from Memorial Day is that there were many Buddy Poppies given out and Memorial Cards filled out. A suggestion was made to use clipboards to be able to allow for more convenience when people fill out the forms.
The Viet Nam Wall will be displayed at the Viet Nam Veterans Reunion in Kearney August 10 to 14. A request for volunteers to help during this time was announced. Contact Billie for more information.
Lori Skala and LaVonne Catron attended the State VFW meeting in Kearney. Awards that were received were distributed to the committes and items from a basket won in a drawing were given to members in attendance. New Committee packets were distributed and all old paperwork is to be destroyed.
The Wreaths Across America fund raising Car Show will be October 8 in the west parking lot of the Vet’s Club. Information flyers will be emailed to members so that they can distribute and display them.
School of Instruction will be July 30 at the Civic Center in Seward. LaVonne will drive so anyone wishing to attend may call her about riding along.
The Charter was draped in memory of Past National President Marion Watson.
The Trustees did the quarterly audit and made a motion to approve the results. The motion carried.
The Closing Prayer was given.
The August meeting will be held at the Vet’s Club on August 2nd at 1:00 with lunch at Noon for anyone wishing to eat together.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary
June Meeting Notes
Ten VFW 1347 Auxiliary members were in attendance when Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer for their June meeting held at the Vet’s Club. President Lori Skala called the meeting to order.
There were no applications for membership. The May meeting minutes were approved and the Treasurer’s report was given and placed on file for audit.
Billie Herron reported that the NWIHCS Medical Center is requesting donations for the residents. Items needed are: notebooks and note pads, envelopes, phone chargers, and gift cards for local restaurants.
She also reported that the Med Center is looking for Sponsors to furnish apartments for the Transitional Housing. Needs there are: twin XL bedding including sheets, blankets, pillows, mattress covers and comforters as well as bath rugs and table lamps. A motion was passed to furnish 1 room with several members having items available they wish to supply.
LaVonne Catron, Committee Chair of the Legislative Committee, reminded everyone to stay up to date with information about the candidates and issues that will be voted on this fall.
Veterans and Family Support Committee Chair, Lori Skala, reported that 10 members had helped display the over 300 flags in Memorial Park for Memorial Day. Four members helped to fold the flags and several youth helped with both activities.
LyAnne Kelly, Buddy Poppy Committee Chair reported that a large number of Poppies were sold at the Memorial Day program.
David Jewett reported that a link has been added to the Web site. You can access the VFW 1347 Auxiliary web site at: www.https://vfwaix1347.wixsite.com/1347.
Guest Willie Skala and friend Gary asked the Auxiliary members if they might be able to sponsor a “memory card” that could be added to the Memorial Flag given to families after a Military person had passed. The purpose of the card would be to list the history of the Military person so that family members would have the history recorded and available to decendents. There was discussion but the proceedings were tabled to allow members to consider if and how to proceed with the project.
Treasurer LaVonne Catron requested permission to look into changing the bank accounts from the Great Western Bank new affiliate as she is having trouble accessing account and banking details. Several members also said that they are having trouble. With the help of other Veteran’s organizations officers, she will work on making the change. There was a motion to approve the change and all members were in agreement.
Flags will be raised for the 4th of July on July 1. Help is always appreciated.
The Charter was draped for Julie Brown who had passed on May 8. She was a Past Department President.
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Closing Prayer.
The next meeting of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary will be at 1:00 PM on July 5 at the Vet’s Club. Lunch will be available for those wishing to gather at Noon.
May 2022, VFW 1347 Auxiliary Minutes
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer when the Auxiliary gathered for their May meeting with 12 members present. President Lori Skala presided over the meeting.
The April minutes were approved as amended.
Thank you notes were read from the Veterans Hospital and Fisher House thanking the auxiliary for its donations.
Jean Seely made a motion the the money collected from the coupon book sales be sent to GI Express for wreaths. The motion was seconded and passed. Money received from the registration for the Car Show will be used to pay the expenses for the show.
Jean Seely presented a bill for postage for $8.70 for postage to mail winning contest entries to state. Liz made a motions to pay the bill; it was seconded and passed.
Remember to vote in the primary election in May.
Our membership stands at 214, over 100%.
The VFW Auxiliary website is now active. David will send the address so that we can access it. Please let David know if there are any sites you would like linked to the web site.
David Jewett made a motion to donate $75 to the Legion Riders for their Freedom and Independence Poker Run in July to help defray expenses and to be used as scholarship money for Gold Star Families. The motion was seconded and passed.
Jean Seely installed the officers for 2022-2023 year.
Memorial Day will be celebrated May 30. The flags at the park will go up on Friday, May 27 at 5:00. They will come down on June 3 at 5:00. Memorial Day program will begin at 10:00 with patriotic music, followed by the program and then lunch at the club. If you can help during the morning to hand out poppies and have people sign the poppy cards, arrive at 9:00 to help with setup.
June meeting will be help June 7 at the UVC, with lunch at noon and meeting to follow.
Secretary Pro Temp
April 2022 VFW 1347 Auxiliary Notes.
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer when the Auxiliary gathered for their March meeting. Eleven members were present. President Lori Skala presided over the meeting.
The March minutes were approved as written.
Our patriotic collage was selected as a winner to hang in the Kearney Nebraska Veterans’ Home.
Jean Seely reported that she had 3 entries for the youth patriotic act competition and one entry for Red, White, and Blue singing competition. The 7th grade art chosen to move on to state competition was created by Jewel Kosch. The 5th grade entry was my Alexa Seely. The music competition prize was awarded to Rylee Seely. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card to Walmart. David Jewett made a motion to reimburse Jean for postage for this project.
Hospital representative reported that a cake had been delivered to hospital residents for March with a patriotic theme.
Legislative Committee chair, LaVonne Catron, reminded everyone to vote in the primary and to check their emails for the information sent to them. The state has agreed to turn the land on the west of the club over to the county.
Under Veteran and Family Support, Lori Skala reported that her daughter had sent six care packages to former students who were now in the service.
The Buddy Poppy competition centerpiece was finished with a total of 132 poppies. It will be displayed at the state convention in June.
We are at 100% membership.
Under old business, Linda Winget had the 50 coupon books from HyVee that we will sell for $5.00 each.
The members voted to used the small ribbon for the Stuhr tree that will represent the POW/MIA service members.
David Jewett made a motion that we send Fisher House $150. Motions was seconded and passed.
Election of officers: Lori Skala, President; Linda Winget, Senior Vice; Jean Seely, Junior Vice; Cathy McKown, secretary; LaVonne Catron, Treasurer; Lyanne Kelly, Chaplain; Mary Lubken, Guard; David Jewett, Patriotic Instructor; Kim Cronin, Liz Gerberding, Connie Jakubowski, Trustees.
The books were audited and accepted.
District meeting: April 24 in Ord; State Convention: June 11,12 in Kearney.
Secretary Pro Temp
March 2022 VFW 1347 Auxiliary Notes
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer when the VFW Auxiliary 1347 gathered for their March meeting. Janie Zweifel gave the Opening for the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. President Lori Skala presided for the meeting.
Kathy Maw was approved as a new member giving us 13 in attendance.
The February minutes were approved as presented and a Thank You was read from the NWIHCS – Grand Island for the cupcakes furnished in February for Valentine’s Day.
The 2022 Day of Service will be May 7 with encouragement to “Serve” through out the month of May.
All Committee reports are to be to the State VFW Auxiliary by April 30.
The Treasurer’s Report was approved and placed on file for Audit.
Liz Gerberding will be collecting “travel size” personal care items to be taken to local shelters for residents.
Although Americanism Chair Jean Seely was not in attendance, she had reported to Lori that she had not received any entries for the Youth Art or Singing contest.
Hospital Representative Billie Herron reported that she will be ordering a sheet cake to be delivered to the residents at the NWIHCS – Grand Island. She had also contacted the facility and found that Volunteer Groups still are not being allowed to visit. Billie has been contacted about her continuing to be the Representative to the Med Center for another year.
Legislative Committee chair LaVonne Catron reminded everyone to read their VFW Auxiliary magazine and pay special attention to the 2022 VFW Priority Goals. At the April meeting, the Volunteer Hours report will be discussed so that everyone will know what to include and how to fill in the information on the monthly report.
Many activities that have happened for Veterans and Family Support were listed and discussed. Many more plans are being made for the upcoming year.
David Jewett has offered to assist Billie in setting up a Web site. Billie already posts many activities on Facebook.
April is time to elect officers for the 2022-2023 Auxiliary year. Please consider taking on the duties of being an officer or committee chair.
A Patriotic Collage assembled by Jean Seely was one of four chosen at the State meeting. It will be displayed at the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney.
A Hy-Vee Coupon Book was presented to the group to look over as a possible Fund Raiser to sell for earning funds for Wreaths Across America. It was approved to order 50 books that will sell for $5.00 each. They will be available at the April meeting for distribution. Plan how many coupon books you would like to offer to your friends and family.
A list of items that could be included in Care Packages for soldiers was distributed.
Ribbon for the Fantasy of Trees Christmas tree was discussed as there are only a few options being considered. Plans for the tree are coming along nicely.
The Fisher House residence for families of patients at the NWIHCS – Omaha campus was reported on. There are many different activities and facilities available for out-patients and families to use while receiving medical treatment at the Med Center. Contact your Veteran’s Service office if you need assistance making arrangements to use the Fisher House.
The State VFW and Auxiliary Meeting will be the first weekend of June in Kearney. More details will be upcoming.
The Nebraska Viet Nam Veteran’s Reunion will also be in Kearney. More details for that event will also be coming.
The next meeting of the VFW Auxiliary 1347 will be on Tuesday, April 5 at the Vet’s Club. Lunch will be at Noon for those wishing to gather for that activity with the meeting at 1:00 PM.
February 1 VFW 1347 Auxiliary Notes
Thirteen members and 1 guest were in attendance when the VFW 1347 Auxiliary met for their February meeting at the Vet’s Club. Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer followed by Senior Vice President Linda Winget presiding for the Opening Ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes of the January 4th meeting were approved as distributed. One Thank You was read from the NWIHCS – Grand Island for treats provided for the residents in January. The Treasurer’s report was given and placed on file for audit.
Americanism Chair Jean Seely gave information about an art contest for Kindergarten through 8th grade students and a singing of the National Anthem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. A list of schools in Hall County and in Aurora was compiled to contact about the contests. A motion was made to give a $25 Gift Card to the local winners of each of the Contest.
The Hospital Committee Chair Billie Herron reported that pizza had been delivered to the Residents of the NWIHCS-Grand Island. Cupcakes would be sent for the residents in February for Valentines Day which is also VA Hospital Appreciation Day.
Legislative Chair LaVonne Catron reminded everyone to do their own studying about the candidates and their issues for the upcoming election.
There was a report from Lori Skala, for Vets and Family Support. She had stayed at the Fisher House at the VA Medical Center in Omaha and found it to be very nice and with well stocked supplies for families use.
Billie is continuing to keep up with Facebook and is working on starting a Web page.
Wreaths Across America money making ideas were discussed. Bring you ideas to the next meeting!
Members were invited to attend a Family Day Open House at the National Guard Armory for the units families to have a fun time together on February 12. Snacks were to be provided by some of the members.
There were ideas presented for decorating the Christmas tree at Stuhr Museum for the Fantasy of Trees 2022 this fall. Some materials were passed out with more to be available in the future for making decorations.
A luncheon was held in Ord for the winners of the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy contests in early February. We did not have any winners from our area.
The Chaplain gave the Closing Prayer and the meeting was adjourned.
Bring items for a “Care Package” that will be sent to a members soldier to the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 1:00 PM at the Vet’s Club. Lunch will be at Noon for those wishing to gather at that time.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary
January Meeting Notes
January 4 found 13 member of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary meeting with President Lori Skala presiding. Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Four new members are added to our rolls with three of them being transfers from Hastings. Welcome Aboard Connie Jakobowski, Diane Lipsack, Ginger Asmus and Cynthia Jelinek. New members are always Welcome.
The December minutes were approved as presented. Correspondence was received from the Kearney Veterans Home for the donation toward Christmas gifts, The State Fair organization for our contributions toward Veterans activities and the NWIHCS – Grand Island for treats, socks, gift cards and pizza.
The Treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
The Hospital Report showed that a Pizza Party was held and Hy-Vee supplied finger sandwiches for New Years. Thank You card were sent to Brent at Hy-Vee and Brandi at Pizza Hut. There is a new person to contact at the NWIHCS – Grand Island for resident events.
Cupcakes will be provided for Valentines Day.
Thank You cards were also sent to several people for their help with the Wreaths Across America. There were over 300 volunteers helping to place the wreaths on the Veterans graves. Pictures and information was sent to the State and National VFW Auxiliary.
Mentoring Chairman Lori explained that the monthly donation for MAP sponsors send off and Care Packages while Unmet Needs donations go to a fund to help with emergency and monetary assistance request.
The Christmas tree at Stuhr Museum will be taken down on Wednesday, January 5 beginning at 1:00 PM.
The National Guard unit will be having a Family Day in February celebrating Valentines Day. More details will be available by e-mail or at the next meeting. Cookies will probably be provided once we find out more information.
A luncheon will be held at the Ord VFW for Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy winners on January 16.
The Mid-Winter Conference will be at the Graduate Hotel (Cornhusker) in Lincoln on February 4.
District 11 meeting will be April 24 at 2:00 PM in Broken Bow.
Karlie Schultz is the new Chairman for Veterans Day activities at the Nebraska State Fair.
The quarterly Audit was held and the results were approved as presented.
The February VFW 1347 Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, February 1 at 1:00 PM. Anyone wishing to join us is also invited to come for lunch at Noon at the Vet’s Club.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary
November 2, 2021
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer when eleven members of the VFW 1347 Auxiliary met on November 2. President Lori Skala then called the meeting to order.
There was one application accepted as a transfer of membership from the Hastings Auxiliary. Welcome to the Grand Island Unit Charlene Petr.
The minutes of the October 5 meeting were approved. Americanism Chairman, Jean Seely presented a bill for postage to mail the Collage entry to the State Chairman for judging. The Treasurer’s Report was placed on file for Audit.
Jean also reported that 9 Auxiliary members attended a book presentation to the Grand Island Public Library. Eight books were given to the Youth area with information about history of the United States.
Hospital Committee Chair Billie Herron suggested ordering cupcakes to be delivered to the NWIHCS-Grand Island VA Medical Center for Halloween. She will place the order. Donuts will also be ordered for the Medical Center for Veterans Day.
As Chairman of the Veterans and Family Support committee, Lori Skala reported that 6 members helped serve cookies, hot chocolate and cider to approximately 54 members of the National Guard unit and spent some time with the soldiers.
The Auxiliary Unit received a Certificate for their participation in presenting an entry to the State Buddy Poppy Contest.
Youth Chairman LaDonna Obermiller reported that she had presented the Flag Etiquette lesson to 5 more 4-H Club members.
Community Outreach Chairman Barb Graham sent a report to the State Office and received information about other items that could be reported.
Wreaths Across America is continuing to receive contributions. The Wreaths Across America Ceremony and Laying of Wreaths will take place on Saturday, December 18 at 10:00 AM. Posters were distributed for members to post around town listing the details about where and when the Ceremony will take place and where to send donations.
Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen entries were received. Local winners were selected and forwarded to the VFW District 11 for judging at the next level.
Information was given with a request for Volunteers to help with the Veteran’s Day Breakfast that will be served on November 11 at the Vet’s Club beginning at 5:30 AM.
Plans were made for Auxiliary members to set up and decorate a Christmas tree at Stuhr Museum for the Fantasy of Trees. Set up will be on Tuesday, November 16 at 1:00 PM and take down will be January 5, 2022, also at 1:00 PM.
Standing Orders were presented and reviewed. All Orders were accepted as presented with an addition of a per mileage price listed for members to attend District and State meetings if they wish to ask for reimbursement.
Billie asked for everyone to send her Veterans Day activities so she can post them to Facebook and include them in our Scrapbook.
The December meeting will be on the 7th with those wishing to eat together gathering at Noon at the Vet’s Club. The meeting will be at 1:00 PM.
VFW Auxiliary Notes
September 7, 2021
The Opening Prayer was given by Chaplain Lyanne Kelly. Senior Vice President Linda Winget called the September 7 meeting of the VFW Auxiliary 1347 to order and led the eleven members attending in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The August minutes were approved as presented and the Treasurer’s report was placed on file for audit. There were no new applications for membership. A Thank You was read from Christa Barker for the Nursing Scholarship she had received.
Several sites are being explored for purchasing books for the Library. These books will be purchased and a group presentation will take place when the books are received.
Billie Herron has made arrangements for pizza to be delivered to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for residents and staff on Patriots Day.
A report showed that 533 Veterans attended the Veteran’s Day Program at the State Fair on Labor Day. Bob Briesno and wife were Grand Marshall for the Veteran’s Day parade which also had 48 Patriot Guard and 20 Veteran’s Club Honor Guard members along with other Veterans from across the state.
There were 52 entries at the Wreaths Across America Fund Raiser Car Show at the Vet’s Club on August 14. Trophies were given and Food trucks were available for everyone to enjoy the day.
The State Fair Graffiti tree decorating contest judging will take place during the month of September with winners announced by the end of the month.
More Military Recognition bracelets have been purchased with some being sold at the Viet Nam Veteran’s Reunion in Lincoln in August. The local members were informed that they will be able to have a sales table at the 2022 Reunion which will be held in Kearney.
Volunteer opportunities are open for Auxiliary Members to help with Project Connect on October 28. The event will be held at the Expo Building at Fonner Park this year. Hours of the event are from 10 AM to 3 PM. There are lots of areas in which to assist those attending.
Home Coming for the State VFW Auxiliary President and a reception for the National VFW Auxiliary President will be held in Nebraska City on October 10. Reservations will need to be made to attend.
The group decided that when the information is received about the Stuhr Museum Festival of Trees that we would again enter a decorated tree this year.
Lyanne gave the Closing Prayer and the meeting was adjourned.
The October meeting will be on Tuesday, October 5 with anyone wishing to eat together arriving by Noon. Business meeting will be at 1:00 PM.
VFW Auxiliary 1347
August 3, 2021
Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer when 12 members of the VFW Auxiliary met on August 3 at the Vet’s Club. President Lori Skala led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes of the July 6 meeting were approved and the Treasurer’s report was given and placed on file for audit. There were no bills.
Two applications were approved for new members Beverly Slagle and Mary Lubken. Welcome ladies. The new fiscal year began in July so it is time to renew your membership if you are an Annual Member. Of course, you may always become a Life Member.
Four Thank You correspondences were read with all being for various donations sent by the Auxiliary.
Committee reports were given.
A tree along State Fair Boulevard was decorated for the Graffiti Tree Contest to “Welcome” visitors to the State Fair.
The NWIHCS – Veterans Medical Center Grand Island, is in need of items for their residents. If you have any of these items to donate, they may be left at the Vet’s Club or taken to the Medical Center. Items requested are – phone cards, travel size personal care items, Gift cards for eating places that will deliver to the Center, phone charger cables, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors and womens personal care items.
Several Youth from the 4-H Club helped at the Hall County Fair and are also planning to help at the State Fair.
Three applications have been submitted to the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarships. There are 30 different Scholarships available in the State of Nebraska. They can be viewed on the VFW web site.
Treasurer LaVonne Catron gave a report after she had attended the VFW and Auxiliary School of Instruction in Seward in July. There are many suggestions for the Committee chairs to use during the year.
Volunteer training for the State Fair is August 10 and 12 at 6:00 PM. You would only need to attend one session.
Veteran’s Day at the State Fair is Monday, September 6. To volunteer, please be at the Heartland Events Center by 9:00 AM and the Program will be at 10:30 AM.
A Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held on August 13.
A Car Show was held at the Vet’s Club on Saturday, August 14. Proceeds are to help defray costs associated with the Wreaths Across America program which will be held December 18. Watch for more details.
A Viet Nam Reunion was held in Lincoln at the Cornhusker Hotel on August 13 and 14. Several members and spouses were planning to attend.
Billie Herron will be checking on pricing for delivery of Pizza to the Veterans Medical Center in recognition of Veterans Appreciation Day on September 11.
Mid-Winter Conference will be in Lincoln in January.
The meeting was adjourned and the Closing Prayer was given.
The next meeting of the VFW Auxiliary will be September 7 at the Vet’s Club. Those wishing to eat together will meet at Noon with the Business meeting to be at 1:00 PM.
June VFW 1347 Auxiliary
Jr. Vice, Patricia Menough called the June 1, 2021 VFW Auxiliary meeting to order at 1:00 PM at the Vet’s Club. Everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer.
After the approval of a new membership application for Carol Tjernagel, there were 12 members present.
The May minutes were approved. There were several correspondence received, all Thank Yous for activities from the Auxiliary including a donation to the Wars National Veterans Service Fund, Stamps for the Wounded for a large box of stamps that was sent to them, the Grand Island Veterans Medical Center for May Baskets for the residents and staff and the 911 Dispatchers for their recognition in May.
The Treasurer’s Report was approved and placed on file. There were no bills.
Several VFW and Auxiliary members helped raise the flags on May 28 in preparation for Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, members, with the help of some members youth, passed out Buddy Poppies and Flags along with small wooden crosses. They also sold Military bracelets and bottled water. A “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” marker and a White Rose were dedicated in acknowledgement of the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C.
The 2021 State Fair Veterans Day activities and the decorating of a tree along State Fair Blvd were discussed. There will be more details after a meeting later this month .
A Car Show is being planned for August 14 at the Vet’s Club. More information and details will be available after the July Auxiliary meeting.
Our local National Guard Unit will be having a Family Day in August. After we receive a list of wants and needs, members will be preparing to help with activities.
A motion was approved to donate $100.00 to the State Cemetery project. The Hero Flight committee will be holding a “Hamburger Night” at the Vet’s Club on June 16 as another fund raiser for the Cemetery project.
A 4th of July Picnic will be supplied for the residents and staff at the NWIHCS (Grand Island Medical Center).
We are still needing Members to step forward and be Committee chairs for the Americanism, Buddy Poppy National Home, Legislative and Community Outreach committees. Supplies and information are available so you are not doing something without support from the Unit.
The Closing Prayer was given by Lyanne.
July 6 will be the date of the next meeting to be held at the Vet’s Club. Anyone wishing to enjoy eating together will meet at Noon and the Auxiliary meeting will be at 1:00 PM. All members are encouraged to attend. This will be the first meeting of the new year and lots of activities are in the works for 2020/2021.
VFW Auxiliary May, 2021
After President Karen Linden called the May 4 meeting of the VFW Auxiliary to order 11 members recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the opening Prayer.
The April meeting minutes and the May Treasurer’s reports were approved with the Treasurer’s report placed on file for audit. A Thank You was received from the NWIHCS, Grand Island was received.
The Auxiliary unit helped at the Frig Breakfast held May 2 at 7:00 AM with approximately 70 National Guard members in attendance. A Family Day is being planned for August 8.
President Karen Linden and Treasurer LaVonne Catron attended the District 11 VFW meeting. A report was given along with the announcement that LaVonne was elected to the District Guard position.
Five members helped to present wooden flags made by David and Kelly Davis to the State Patrol, City of Grand Island Police and all the Fire Departments as well as the 911 Dispatchers on April 16. Key chains and Angel wings were also presented to department staff members and dispatchers.
Veterans Day at the State Fair will be on Monday, September 6. The theme will recognize the Unknown Soldier. More details will be announced and plans made as the time comes closer.
Nine members met to make May Baskets for the residents and staff at the Grand Island Veterans Medical Center. The Baskets were delivered by Billie Herron. May Day is also Loyalty Day and the Med Center thanked the Auxiliary for the remembrance recognition.
All Veterans organizations agreed to support the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier marker and White rose bush that will be placed in the Rose Garden at the Vet’s Club. Palmer Scheffield Monument Company will place the Monument. The memorial will be dedicated on Memorial Day.
Plans are being made for a Car Show to be held at the end of July or early August as a Fund Raiser for Wreathes Across America to be held in December.
The State VFW and Auxiliary Convention will be held June 5 and 6 in Norfolk.
Auxiliary members are encouraged to gather at 9:00 AM on Memorial Day to set up for Memorial Day activities at the Vet’s Club on May 31. Buddy Poppies and small flags will be handed out and bottled water will be sold. Help will also be appreciated on Friday, May 28, at 5:00 PM for raising the Flags at the Veterans Memorial Park in preparation of Memorial Day.
Installation of Officers for the 2021/2022 year was held. The new officers are:
President: Karen Linden
Senior Vice President; Lori Skala
Junior Vice President: Linda Winget
Secretary: Cathy McKown
Treasurer: LaVonne Catron
Chaplain: Lyanne Kelly
Conductress: Liz Geberding
Guard: Shirley Greenough
Patriotic Instructor: Pat Geiger
Trustees: Barbara Graham, Liz Gerberding and Shirley Greenough
The next meeting of the VFW Auxiliary will be Tuesday, June 1, at the Vet’s Club. Those wishing to eat together before the meeting will meet at Noon.
April 6, 2021
VFW 1347 Auxiliary Meeting
President Karen Linden called the April 6 meeting of the Hall County VFW 1347 Auxiliary to order with 15 members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer.
The March meeting minutes were approved and the Treasurer’s report was presented and placed on file for audit.
A Thank You was read from the Nebraska Western Iowa Veterans Health Care Services for treats in March.
Committee activities include:
Veterans Medical Center -make and deliver to the Center, May Day Baskets for the residents and staff.
Legislative – read the Action Corp and Nebraska Legislative Report
Youth – discussed the Youth Coloring Contest for 2022
Membership – no changes but one prospect at this time. We would like for you to join us too!
Mentoring – Promote Americanism, discuss Committee duties, information given about Military family Star Flags
National Guard Breakfast May 2 – Andrea Lee is our contact and she will have information for us at a time closer to the event
We will be distributing Buddy Poppies and small flags along with selling bottled water at the Memorial Day activities at the Vet’s Club Memorial Park. Set up time is 9:30. There will be Patriotic music beginning at 10:00 with the program at 11:00. Lunch will be available at the Vet’s Club following the service. Help will be appreciated putting up the Flags on Friday evening, May 28 and taking down the Flags on Monday, May 31, both days at 5:00 PM.
All reports are to be sent to the Nebraska State Officers by April 15.
The 2021 Nebraska VFW and Auxiliary meetings will be held in Norfolk on June 7.
A committee involving several Military organizations has recommended placing a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a white rose in the flowerbed at the Vet’s Club for the 100 Anniversary of the original Tomb in Arlington Cemetery. The Unit approved covering our share of the cost.
Lori Skala, Kim Cronin and LaVonne Catron attended a Quilts of Valor presentation. 3 members of the National Guard Unit were among the recipients.
Election and appointment of officers for 2021/2022 were held. Installation and announcement of officers will be held in May.
Audit of books was held and approved.
The May meeting will be at the Vet’s Club beginning with lunch at Noon for those that wish to attend. The business meeting will be at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 4.
VFW Post 1347 Auxiliary
March 2, 2021 Meeting Minutes
Junior Vice-President Patricia Menough called the March 2 meeting of the VFW Post 1347 Auxiliary to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer. Ten members were in attendance.
The minutes of the February 2 meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s report was given and place on file for audit. There were no applications for membership. We have 144 Lifetime and 63 Annual members.
Committee reports were given.
The list of VFW Priority Goals was presented and reviewed.
Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen winners were mailed their certificates and checks.
Americanism holds a coloring contest for 3 age groups with a deadline of February 15. We will look into the program and plan to present the contest in 2022.
Girl Scout Troop 335, the 2 Rivers 4-H Club and David, Heather, Russell and Scott Sandsted family as well as Peggy Holtorf made and gave Valentines to the residents and staff, along with Dilly Bars presented by the Auxiliary Unit, at the Veterans Medical Center in Grand Island on Valentine’s Day.
Member Kim Cronin announced that the 2nd 135 Muleskinners National Guard Troop is hoping to have a breakfast in May and a Family Picnic Day in August. There will be more plans made at the April meeting.
LaVonne Catron and Billie Herron are continuing to work at putting together a Scrap Book. If you have any articles or, especially pictures to include, Please, get them to these ladies. Billie continues to update the Facebook site.
Mentoring Chair, Patricia Menough, stated that she is available for anyone that wishes help or more information about Mentoring.
The Action Corp and the Nebraska Veterans Affairs Legislature updates are continuing to be email to members that receive the Unit updates.
Several members continue to participate in Community Outreach activities.
The VFW Auxiliary State meeting was held by Zoom on Saturday, February 13. The Buddy Poppy entry will be held for a later meeting due to not having an in-person meeting.
The Big 10 VFW and Auxiliary meeting will be October 16, 17 and 18 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, donations to the Central Nebraska Veterans Home are to be mailed and not dropped off at the facility.
Military Appreciation Month is May and Military Spouse Appreciation Day is Saturday, May 8.
World War II Veteran Wilma Kellogg will be celebrating her 100th Birthday on March 4. Central Community College is hosting a Virtual 100 mile walk to celebrate her day. More information can be found on Facebook at “Salute to Women Warriors”.
The April VFW Auxiliary meeting will be Tuesday, April 6 with lunch for those wishing to attend at Noon. Meeting will be held at 1:00 PM. It is time to prepare for the election of officers for 2021-2022. We especially need members to be “Chair of Committee” for several committees.
VFW 1347 Auxiliary
February 2, 2021 Meeting
Nine members were in attendance when Senior Vice President Patricia Menough called the February 2 VFW 1347 Auxiliary meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lyanne Kelly, Chaplain, gave the Opening Prayer.
The January 5 minutes were approved as read and the Treasurer’s report was approved and place on file for audit. There was no correspondence.
We have 64 Annual members and 144 Life members. Only 7 more memberships would bring us to match the 100% number we had last year. Although we are not able to do all the things we did before Covid – 19 and the Pandemic, we are still able to plan and participate in many VFW Auxiliary activities. Won’t you join us?
Committee reports were presented.
Dairy Queen Dilly Bars were purchased for treats for the residents and staff at the Grand Island Veterans Medical Center for Valentine’s Day.
Six hundred Veterans have been vaccinated for Covid – 19 at the VA Medical Center.
Historian Billie Herron continues to send information to both the State and National VFW Auxiliary offices. She is also keeping the Facebook page updated.
Patricia’s Mentoring Moment suggested that it would be a good idea to look in all directions when entering an intersection to check for traffic that might be coming in the wrong lane.
Many members are helping with activities for Community Outreach in the community.
The VFW Auxiliary Mid-Winter meeting will be held by Zoom on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 AM. Information about the methods to participate were announced.
LaVonne Catron had received a call asking for a donation to help pay for making bags to place wheelchair leg extensions in while not needed so that they don’t get lost. A motion was approved to pay for the materials used once we receive the billing invoice.
Chaplain Lyanne gave the Closing Prayer and the meeting was adjourned.
The March VFW Auxiliary meeting will be Tuesday, March 2. Please watch for information and plan to be at the Vet’s Club at 1:00 PM.
January 2021 VFW 1347 Auxiliary Minutes
Ten members attended when the VFW 1347 Auxiliary met on January 5 at the Vet’s Club. President Karen Linden led the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Chaplain Lyanne Kelly giving the opening prayer.
Mike Ponte and Ron Hitch represented the Vet’s Club and Veterans organizations as well as the Honor Guard to Thank the Auxiliary and its members for the work done to honor our Veterans with The Wreaths Across America program and activities throughout the year.
There were no applications for membership.
Minutes and information of the November meeting and December activities were approved as presented. The treasurers report was presented and placed on file for audit.
A Thank You was read from the Ivan Messersmith family for the memorial that was sent. Avery Rodgers sent a Thank You for her being chosen the Voice of Democracy winner. Letters were read from the VFW Foundation for an Unmet Needs foods donation as a Memorial from the Donna Obermiller family. The Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System (Grand Island Veterans Medical Center sent a Thank You for treats for the residents and staff for Veterans Day, Christmas, and New Year’s. The Veterans family that received gifts and food for Christmas also sent a Thank You.
Committee reports were given:
There were many positive comments about the Wreaths Across America ceremony and the number of volunteers that helped to distribute the wreaths. Approximately 100 youth were included in the volunteers.
Money was donated for laundry care and groceries for needy veterans.
Donated quilts and throws were distributed to local veterans.
We have 63 annual and 144 life members. To reach 100%, we still need 8 new or renewal memberships.
Due to personal needs, Liz Gerberding asked for someone else to take on the responsibilities of the Mentoring committee. Patricia Menough will assume these duties.
There were questions about Scholarships that might be available and where to make donations for Veterans causes.
New business consisted in information about the Midwinter State Conference which will be held for viewing on Zoom in February.
Discussion about treats for the residents and staff at NWIHCS (Veterans Med Center) were discussed. It was decided to purchase heart shaped Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen.
The Trustees held the audit the 4th quarter audit which was approved.
Closing prayer was given and the meeting was adjourned.
Watch for information about the February meeting which will be Tuesday, February 2 at the Vet’s Club. They are hoping to be serving lunch starting in February so we may be able to have lunch before our meeting scheduled for 1:00 PM.
VFW Auxiliary Unit 1347 Meeting Minutes
November 3, 2020
Vice Chair Patricia Menough called the November 3 meeting of the VFW Auxiliary 1347 to order at 1:00 PM at the Vet’s Club with 5 members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. A card was signed for member Sharon Harper after she was severely injured in a vehicle accident. The Volunteer Hours were recorded. Minutes of the October meeting were approved as was the Treasurers Report which was placed on file for audit.
Committee Reports were given.
LaVonne Catron had given a presentation about Americanism to a Boy Scout Troop.
Fried chicken is to be served to everyone at the Vet’s Med Center on Veterans Day, courtesy of the VFW Auxiliary.
Lori Skala and LaVonne “Welcomed” Guard members.
We have 55 Annual and 143 Life Members.
The Veterans Day Breakfast at the Vet’s Club has been cancelled.
Help is needed to put up and take down the flags for the Veterans Day Observance.
Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy entries were received and judged. The winning entries were forwarded to the State Contest.
Wreathes Across America will be an abbreviated Ceremony to be held at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at the corner of Webb Road and Capital Avenue on Saturday, December 19 at 11:00 AM.
A Christmas tree will be decorated at the Stuhr Museum on Tuesday, November 24 at 1:00 PM.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 PM.
The next meeting is to be Tuesday, December 1 at the Vet’s Club. Please watch for any emails with updated information.
VFW Auxiliary Unit 1347
October 6, 2020 Meeting Minutes
The October 6th meeting of the VFW Auxiliary Unit 1347 was held at the United Veterans Club with 12 members present. President Karen Linden called the meeting to order.
Captain Larson and two other members of B Company presented the auxiliary a flag with a certificate saying the flag flew over Afghanistan on 9/11. The plaque will be hung on the VFW Auxiliary wall in the club.
There were no applications for membership. Membership stands at 48 annual and 143 life members. The minutes of the September meeting were approved with one edit. The treasurer’s report was given and placed on file pending audit.
Under Committee reports, flags were handed out by two youth at the Wreaths Across America Car Show Saturday, October 3. The Veterans Hospital is still no open for outside activities. A motion was made and passed to provide a fried chicken dinner for Veterans Day for residents of the hospital. The rest of the meal will be provided by the hospital kitchen staff. Under Veteran and family support, Lori Skala reported that volunteers spent 6 hours cleaning the headstones at the veterans’ cemetery. 1200 headstones were cleaned. Help was provided by several people in the community, including the Legion Riders and ROTC. The cemetery is on track to be moved under the state ownership. The Wreaths Across America Car Show netted $830 in registration fees and $401 in donations to place wreaths on the graves at the cemetery.
The auxiliary voted to send cards to residents of the hospital and the veterans’ home at a way to connect with them as long as we can’s visit.
The Fisher House for families of veterans using the VA hospital in Omaha needs supplies.
A motion was made and passed to decorate a tree for the Stuhr Festival of Trees.
October 10, Saturday motorcycle rally for Wreaths Across America fund raiser.
October 17, Saturday at the UVC. Captain Lee is hosting a get together for the B Company.
October 18, Sunday is drill day at the facility. Breakfast will be served at 7:00. Anyone wishing to go needs to contact Kim to get gate permission. The Auxiliary will contribute money to buy snacks.
The next meeting will be at the UVC on November 3 at 1:00, with lunch at noon.
Secretary pro tem:
March VFW Auxiliary Information
Fifteen VFW Auxiliary members were in attendance when President Karen Linden called the meeting to order. Everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Chaplin Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer.
Carmen Angelmyer was approved for membership. There are now 220 VFW Auxiliary members giving us 100% membership for the year. New members are always Welcome.
The February minutes were approved after some editing for spelling of names. The Treasurer’s report was approved and placed on file for audit. There were no bills.
Communications were read. President Karen had requested monetary assistance from the VFW Post for programs that the Auxiliary helps promote. A response was received with the Post approving giving the Auxiliary $500 a year. A Thank You was read from the Veterans Medical Center in appreciation of the Unit’s assistance with programs.
A Pizza Party was held Tuesday evening, February 11 for the residents and staff at the VA Medical Center with a very favorable response. Plans are being made for another Party for Memorial Day on Saturday, May 23 by having a cookout.
There was a very good response of volunteers to help pick up the Wreaths at the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery on February 15. The Boy Scouts helped to count the graves so that we know how many wreaths to order next year to have a wreath for every Veteran. The total was 1488 grave sites. Thank You to all who helped with the placing and clean-up of the wreaths.
At the current time, the Grand Island Veteran’s Cemetery is cared for by the City Parks and Recreation Cemetery division. La Vonne had a good talk with the Directors about how they are happy to work with us for displays and upkeep of the cemetery. Word was also received that Kohl’s has a volunteer group that would like to be involved with the Wreaths Across America program next year.
La Vonne reported that she had not been able to receive the VFW Action Corp information. As soon as she is able to get it again, she will continue to forward it and the Adrian Smith newsletter to all members that she has e-mail information for.
President Karen attended part of the VFW Mid-winter conference held in Lincoln. Word was received that a Nebraska youth won the National Voice of Democracy contest and will receive a $30,000 award.
La Vonne Catron and Karen Linden will be serving Coffee at the VA Med Center on Saturday, March 14.
The National Guard unit will be meeting at the Readiness Center on the weekend of March 21 and Alexa Linehan has asked for treats to serve. Those making treats are to have them to the Vet’s Club before 4 o’clock on Friday, March 20.
The Welcome Home for the National Guard members that were deployed will be on April 19 at 2:00 P.M. at the Hanger. Kim asked for refreshments for 300 to 400 attendees. Sheet cakes will be ordered and supplies purchased with several members volunteering to help serve. Lori Skala will do some price checking so that she can write a Grant request to cover the expenses.
Chaplain Lyanne had sent Sympathy cards to the Desta Strivn and Terri Gerhardus families.
The Buddy Poppy project was discussed and Lyanne and Linda Winget will decorate our entry for this year.
The History Book was discussed. Pictures are not to be included. The members would like to see activities of the VFW Post be part of the information. The State officers will be considering changes to the guidelines for the future.
A motion was approved to send $200. to the Veteran’s Service.
Vietnam War Veterans Day is Sunday, March 29.
The next meeting will be April 7 at the Vet’s Club at 1:00 P.M. There will be election of officers and it is time for the quarterly Audit. Anyone wishing to eat together before the meeting is invited to meet at Noon.
VFW Auxiliary Unit 1347 Secretary
February 2020 VFW Auxiliary Minutes
Senior Vice President of the VFW Auxiliary Post 1347, David Jewett, called the meeting to order followed by all 16 members reciting the Pledge and Lyanne Kelly, Chaplain, gave the opening Prayer.
Membership applications were approved for Vicki Hellbusch and Teri Gerhardus. Welcome to the Auxiliary.
The minutes of the January meeting were approved as edited and the Treasurer’s Report was approved and placed on file for audit. There were no bills.
Correspondence were received from the NWIHCS and Veterans Medical Center in Grand Island Thanking the Auxiliary for their Volunteer activities and the Great Western Bank concerning bank fraud.
Committee reports were given.
There will be a Pizza feed on 3rd floor for all residents and staff at the VAMC on Tuesday, February 11 in Honor of Nursing Home Apprecitation Week. Plans are to order enough pizza to feed 80 people. Everyone is encouraged to attend and assist the residents to the dining hall. Valentine cards will be given to the Veterans too.
Legislative Committee chair, Sherry, encouraged everyone to keep up with the Political events and be ready to vote come Election time in May.
Lori and La Vonne attended the Valentine Party at the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney on Sunday, February 2nd. They were told that there are 160 residents at the home.
Kim reported that the National Guard members that had been deployed had all returned home and were about to return to activities after having leave time with their families. There will be a Yellow Ribbon activity in Lincoln on February 8. Home Coming will be held locally April 19 at the Readiness Center. Another Yellow Ribbon day will be in conjunction with National Guard Family Day May 16 and 17.
The 4-H Club will be hosting Coffee Hour and Bingo at the VA Med Center on Saturday, February 8.
La Vonne announced that we are over 100% in our membership numbers, with approximately 220 names on the roll.
Wreaths and Flags that were placed at the Veterans Cemetery are still needing to be picked up. Hope for some good weather and watch for announcements.
The State VFW and Auxiliary Mid-Winter Conference is this weekend, February 8 and 9, in Lincoln. The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen winners will be announced there. Karen and La Vonne will be attending some of the Conference activities.
Upcoming Bingo days at the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney were announced. They are:
President’s Day Bingo on February 18 at 2:00 PM.
Mardi Gras Bingo on February 25
Leap Year Bingo on February 27
Everyone is encouraged to attend and help at any of these times.
The Charter was draped for Vesta Strinv.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 P.M. Lunch is at Noon for those wishing to eat together before the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned to work on sorting pictures and assembling pages to put in a Scrap book. More work on the Scrap book will happen as more pictures of events are added.
VFW Auxiliary Unit 1347
January 7, 2020 Meeting Minutes
Twenty-one members attended the January 7, 2020 meeting of the VFW Auxiliary held at the Grand Island Vet’s Club.
President Karen Linden called the meeting to order followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Chaplin Leyanne Kelly giving the Opening Prayer
New memberships for Lindsey Schwan, Kelse Bennett and Josie Reves were approved.
The minutes of the December meeting and the Treasurer’s Report were approved with the Treasurer’s Report being placed on file for audit. There were no bills.
Five Thank You cards were read from the Larry Revair family, The Veteran’s Service at the VA Medical Center, the VFW Foundation for a donation for Unmet Needs, the Buddy Poppy National Home and The Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care Services in Grand Island.
Twenty guest and twenty residents were in attendance for the VA Medical Center Christmas Party.
Over 300 attended the “Wreaths Across America” Ceremony held December 14 at the Vet’s Club and then helped to lay 1200 wreaths at the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery. Watch for an e-mail about helping to remove the wreaths when the weather cooperates. Later this spring, members will be going to the cemetery to count how many graves there are since not all graves received a wreath.
The National Guard unit has returned home and a Yellow Ribbon and Welcome Home ceremony will be held February 8 in Lincoln. Plans will be discussed about having a Valentine Party for the families.
The Unit has reached the 100% mark of members compared to last year, but others are always welcome to join. Monies were received for reaching 95% and more is expected for reaching the 100% before the end of the year. There was discussion about the pros and cons of Annual members converting to Life membership.
A Valentine Party will be held at the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney on February 2. This will be an opportunity to see the new facility and reacquaint ourselves with the residents that had been in Grand Island. Anyone wishing to attend should call Karen, Lori or La Vonne for more information.
During the February meeting, members will be working on identifying places and people in pictures and help to get things organized in scrap books. It will be a good time to discuss events from the last year!
The Mid-Winter VFW and Auxiliary state meeting will be held in Lincoln February 7 and 8 at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel.
Sharon, Lori and Linda will host the Coffee Hour on Saturday, January 11 at the VA Med Center.
The audit was held and approved.
The Charter was Draped for Nancy Sliva.
Next meeting date is February 4 to be held at the Vet’s Club. Dinner for those wishing to attend will be at Noon with the meeting to follow at 1:00 P.M.
December 3, 2019 Meeting Minutes
The December 3, 2019 meeting of the VFW Auxiliary was held at the Vet’s Club after several members met for lunch.
Senior Vice, David Jewett presided at the meeting.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and Opening Prayer led by Chaplin Leyanne Kelly.
One name was submitted for membership and approved giving us 17 members in attendance. Welcome Teresa Bernard. Membership applications were distributed as several other people have expressed an interest in joining.
Printed minutes of the November 5 meeting were distributed and approved after corrections were made. The Treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit. There were no bills.
Committee reports were presented.
Pat Geiger gave information about activities at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Volunteers are needed to escort residents and help them choose and wrap gift for their families on Tuesday, December 10 at 10:00 A.M.
The VFW State Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 P.M. in the Rec Room at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
There are 58 Annual memberships and 151 Life memberships. We are still needing 10 new or renewed memberships to reach 100%. Please contact La Vonne Catron with your membership information.
Wreaths Across America donations have reached the goal of being able to place a wreath on all grave sites at the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery. The program will be held Saturday, December 14, at 11:00 A.M. at the Vet’s Club followed by the placing of the wreaths at the cemetery. Help is requested to help prepare the Memorial Hall room at the Vet’s Club for the program. A big “Thank You” to all for your generous donations!
Several members decorated a Christmas Tree at the Stuhr Museum “Fantasy of Trees” display. It will be available for viewing until December 31.
Lori Skala made a motion that was approved, to give $25.00 in place of the Basket Raffle that had been held for VAVS.
The National Guard unit has returned home. There will be a “Welcome Home” along with the “Yellow Ribbon” ceremony some time in February. More information will follow.
The next meeting will be January 7, 2020 at the Vet’s Club. Lunch for those that wish to attend is at Noon with the meeting to follow.
VFW Post 1347 Auxiliary
Minutes of November 5, 2019 Meeting
President Karen Linden called the meeting to order at 1:20 P.M. The 14 members in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Chaplin Lyanne Kelly gave the Opening Prayer.
Copies of the October minutes were distributed and approved as read.
The Treasurer’s Report was presented, approved and placed on file for audit.
Communications were read from Nancy Klimek of the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney thanking the unit for their donation to Staff for Santa and Irene Klein for the gift certificate recognizing her for being a Gold Star Mother.
Volunteers are needed to help with several upcoming events. These events include:
On November 11 – Veteran’s Day
Veteran’s Day breakfast at the Vet’s Club from 5:30 to 10:30 AM
Lunch for Veterans at the VA Med Center at 11:00 AM
Bring a covered dish for lunch at Victory Place – Contact Chef Anthony
Flags up and down and folded at Veteran’s Park (times subject to change – information will be e-mailed accordingly) Current times are up at 7:00 AM and down at 5:00 PM
Lori reported that approximately 300 people were assisted at Project Connect on October 24. She also asked that more members consider being volunteer escorts next year as there are many veterans that are assisted with this program.
The Country Kids 4-H Club will serve Coffee Hour at the VA Medical Center on Saturday, November 9. Coffee Hour will not be held in December due to the State Christmas Party being held that day.
Membership report is that we have 49 annual members and 151 Life members giving us a total of 200. We are still needing 19 memberships paid to reach 100%. Please have your membership dues to La Vonne by December 31.
The current years Program book was taken apart so that committee information could be distributed to Committee Chairs. Report forms are due to the State in December.
Karen attended parts of both the State VFW meeting in Norfolk and the Big 10 Conference in Omaha. She worked the 50-50 and Raffle tables.
La Vonne reported the winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contest. The theme for both contests was “What Makes America Great?” Devin Rathman of Heartland Lutheran High School was the only entry for VOD. Maci Miles was the winner of PP over 2 other entries. Both youth entries were forwarded to the next level of competition.
There was lots of information about Wreaths Across America.
The Hot Dog sales at Super Saver north on Saturday, November 2, took in $384.00 with the Auxiliary earning 70% of the total. There was also a donation canister which took in over $800.
La Vonne reported that she had taken $1535.00 to GI Express. Two more checks were presented totaling $345.00.
There are 1200 grave sites to decorate at the Veterans Cemetery. Wreathes cost $15.00 each. That comes to a total of $18,000.00 needed.
Another fund raiser was scheduled for October 30 at Walmart North from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Billie is to check details and any changes will be sent out by e-mail.
The Wreaths Across America will be held at the Vet’s Club on December 14 at 10:00 AM followed by volunteers going to the Veterans Cemetery to place the wreaths on the grave sites.
La Vonne talked about how the Wreaths Across America program has become the responsibility of the VFW Auxiliary since the Central Nebraska Veterans Home move to Kearney. Wreath stands will be needed for display of wreaths for the program. Super Saver can order stands at a cost of approximately $18 each. Dave made a motion and Patricia seconded the motion for La Vonne to place the order for 8 stands so that they will arrive before the program.
Due to the extra expense for ink to print materials, La Vonne asked that the Unit purchase ink with the discount card at Office Max. Dave made the motion and Patricia seconded the motion.
Wreaths Across America t-shirts are available for purchase at the Vet’s Club Bar by the 8th.
Stuhr Museum request 100 Buddy Poppies for a World War I display. La Vonne had taken care of this.
The deployed Guard troops will be coming home in small groups with the whole squad being home be February with a program to be planned sometime in February.
The Charter was draped for Marietta Hofferber.
There being no further business, President Karen declared the meeting adjourned at 2:30 PM.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 3 at 1:00 PM. Everyone is invited to meet at Noon and eat together before the meeting.
VFW Post 1347 Auxiliary
October 1, 2019 Meeting
Seventeen members and 1 guest were present when Karen Linden, President, called the October 1 VFW Post 1347 Auxiliary meeting to order at 1:20 P.M.
A motion was made and seconded to accept Alexis Linehan as a new member. Her husband is Patrick and he had served in Iran. Welcome Alexis.
Because no one can hold more than one elected office, David Jewett will be the Sr. Vice Chair. Patricia Menough was nominated and the motion was seconded with an approval vote to be the Jr Vice Chair.
The minutes were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read and placed on file for audit. There was a bill for supplies for root beer floats at the Med Center in September.
Thank You notes were read from Linda Vogel for Ways to Show a Poppy. Lori Skala had received as Thank You from NWIHC for support at Bingo and Coffee Hour.
Patricia Menough made a motion seconded by Linda Winget to purchase a Gift Card for La Vonne Catron for “All She Does”.
The 4-H Club did Coffee Hour in August and will be serving again in November. This month will be Sharon Harper, La Vonne Catron and Billie Herron.
All Committee Reports are due by December.
We have 42 Annual and 151 Life Memberships. Please send your 2020 membership to La Vonne by December 31.
The Hero Flight Welcome Home will be held October 9. There are 2 World War II, 78 Viet Nam, and 15 Korean Vets on this flight.
Billie reported on the Vet’s Coalition that was held August 7 at Grace abbot Park. There were approximately twice as many attendees as last year. She also sold 10 bracelets.
Wreaths Across America donations are coming in, but we are a long way from being able to sponsor a Wreath for every Veteran. Methods of raising funds were discussed with the possibility of placing donation containers around town, a Harley Poker Run, and talking to school youth groups. Please go to: wreathsacrossamerica.org and follow the prompts to make your donation!
Project Connect will be held, October 24 at the Evangelical Free Church. Volunteer helpers are requested to help that day. There are several possibilities to help with.
There was discussion about again decorating a Christmas tree for the Stuhr Museum Fantasy of Trees. Cathy McKown will contact the museum to add our name to the list.
Billie Herron is now the volunteer coordinator for the Vet’s Club Bingo. More helpers are always welcome.
Meeting was closed with a Prayer. The next meeting will be November 5 at 1:00 at the Vet’s Club.
Secretary, Cathy McKown
VFW Auxiliary Post 1347
September 3, 2019 Meeting
August 6, 2019 Minutes
Fifteen Auxiliary members attended the September 3 meeting of VFW Auxiliary Post 1347. President Karen called the meeting to order. The Pledge was recited and Prayer was given.
The minutes were approved after a correction was made. There were no new membership applications. We now have 150 Life memberships and 40 Annual Memberships. We are needing 29 more memberships to have 100%. Memberships are due December 31, 2019. The Treasurer’s Report was given and there was one bill for $153.42 for decorations for the Float at the Nebraska State Fair that was approved for payment.
Ron Hitch attended the meeting to give information about the Flag procedures for Holiday displays. He also presented the Auxiliary a check for $500.00 from proceeds received during the Traveling Viet Nam Wall display over Memorial Day weekend.
FRIG Family day was discussed. La Vonne made a motion seconded by Linda to donate $100.00 to the Car Show with the monies being given to the Central Nebraska Veteran’s Home in Kearney for the Staff for Santa Program.
The t-shirts are still on back order. La Vonne will watch to see when they become available and order accordingly.
Lori Skala found a 1975 VFW postage stamp in a package of canceled stamps that had been donated. It was decided to frame and display the stamp with the other VFW Auxiliary displays.
La Vonne Catron took entry information for “Voice of Democracy” and “Patriot’s Pen” to all the local schools. The theme for this year’s contests is “What Makes America Great?” These are National Contest with monetary prizes given at several levels.
Due to the moving of the Senior Vice President, David Jewett volunteered to hold both the Senior and Junior Vice offices. Motion made and seconded, with vote approval.
Jean Seely will donate 2’x2’ “Barn Quilt” displays that will be taken to upcoming Conventions for raffles.
Billie Herron reported about Veteran’s Day at the State Fair activities. There were over 750 in attendance at the morning program featuring Justin Kane with a special Veterans Musical program. Nine recruits took the Oath officiated by General Bohack. The Hall County Convention and Visitors Bureau had 150th Nebraska State Fair postcards with Anniversary Postage Stamps and special Anniversary Post Marks available for attendees. The Auxiliary had several members as well as family members of the Mule Skinners Troop ride on the Float in the Parade. Coffee and water were donated by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.
“Remember Our Military” bracelets were sold at the Viet Nam Veteran’s Reunion in Omaha. Bracelets will also be offered at the “Veteran’s Appreciation” at Grace Abbott Park on Saturday, September 14, from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Sharon Harper and Leyanne Kelly will be there.
Gold Star Family day is the last Sunday of September. A $25.00 Gift Certificate to the Vet’s Club will be given to our Gold Star Mother, Irene Klein.
The “Wreaths Across America” program was discussed. Donations to purchase wreaths are to be made on-line at wreathsacrossamerica.org and go to “Donate”. Look for Grand Island Express, Central Nebraska. “Wreaths Across America Day” is December 14.
The Bingo schedule was completed.
Coffee Hour at the NWIMC (Nebraska Western Iowa Medical Center) Vet’s Med Center, Grand Island, will be Saturday, September 14.
The Charter was draped for Ina Haney.
The next meeting will be at the Vet’s Club October 1 at 1:00 P.M. with lunch at Noon for those wishing to eat together.
VFW Post 1347 Auxiliary
Minutes of the August 6, 2019 Meeting
Vet’s Club, Grand Island, Nebraska
Seventeen members were in attendance when the VFW Auxiliary Post 1347 met on August 6 at the Vet’s Club.
Ron Hatch, Web master of the Vet’s Club newsletter and a member of the Vet’s Club Board, met with the Auxiliary with information from the Board. He acknowledged Billie Herron for her work taking pictures of the Traveling Viet Nam Wall when it was here over Memorial Day weekend. There are many pictures on file as well as one picture in the Nebraska VFW calendar for 2020. There was also discussion about the procedures for handling of the flags after they are taken down on National Holidays. The Auxiliary is willing to continue to help and share responsibilities for folding and storing the flags properly.
The business meeting opened with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Chaplain giving the Opening Prayer.
The July minutes were read and approved.
There were no new members so the membership is: 150 Life members and 28 Annual members giving us a total of 178 members. We would be at 100 % with 220 members for 2020. Membership dues are to be sent to the Treasurer, La Vonne Catron, before December 31.
Communications received gave information about two recipients for the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship. The Scholarship winners are Nicolle Nellson and Cherokee Reinhart.
The members that attended the VFW School of Instruction in Seward reported that they had a good day meeting friends, making new friends and learning several new things.
The Treasurer’s report was given with one bill presented for treats that were served at the NWIMC – Grand Island on July 13. The Countryside Kids 4-H Club will serve treats on August 10. It was also announced that the Countryside Kids Club received the “Heart of 4-H Award” from the Hall County Fair Board.
Lori Skala reported that four Auxiliary members helped to hand out 580 Buddy Poppies at the “Welcome Home Celebration” at Stuhr Museum.
Lori Skala and Sharon Harper attended Bingo Day at the Kearney Veterans Home. They were able to talk to some of the residents that had been in Grand Island and received a tour of the Veterans Home facilities in Kearney.
Due to some sizes of the shirts being out of stock, the subject of ordering new blue polo shirts was postponed until September. Anyone wanting to order a new shirt may call La Vonne Catron for information on prices and sizes. Her phone number is: 308-380-2663.
2020 VFW Calendars were available for $20.00. A picture of the Traveling Viet Nam Wall by Billie Herron is shown in November. To purchase your calendar, contact a VFW member.
“Wreaths Across America” is still a program that will take place at the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery. The cost of each “Wreath” is $15.00. Volunteers will be needed to present a Program at the cemetery and to place the wreaths on the grave sites of our Military persons. Everyone is invited to donate to purchase a wreath and to help!
David Jewett reported that new flags had already been purchased by the new schools. We will check about any other school/s needing flags, either new or replacements for damaged flags.
The Bingo work schedule was prepared for August.
The crocheted Flag Afghan will be raffled at the Big Ten VFW Conference in Norfolk later this year. Plan to attend the Conference and get your chance to receive the afghan.
A Viet Nam Reunion will be held in Omaha on August 9 and 10.
Veteran’s Day at the Nebraska State Fair will be held on Monday, September 2, Labor Day. There will be a “Hospitality Tent” available for veterans and their families to use for resting and listening to the Veteran’s Day Program from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. The plans are to have drinks available. Billie is working on getting things set up for the drink donations. The tent will be on the south end of the State Fair grounds. Volunteers are welcome to “Greet and Assist” in the Hospitality Tent.
Auxiliary members will be riding in a truck with the VFW Auxiliary Banner displayed on it for the Veteran’s Day Parade.
There being no further business, President Karen Linden adjourned the meeting.
The next meeting will be September 3 with lunch at noon for those wishing to eat together and business meeting at 1:00 P.M.
March 5 Meeting Minutes
After several members gathered for lunch at the Vet’s Club, the VFW Auxiliary held their March meeting with 14 in attendance. President Karen called the meeting to order followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ron Hitch spoke about the Traveling Vietnam Wall that will be at the Vet’s Club from May 23 through May 27 and the opportunities for Volunteers to help the community who will be visiting it. There is a sign-up sheet and a phone number to call to Volunteer.
Two membership applications were approved by the group. This now gives the organization 100 percent with 220 participants, 72 Annual members and 148 Lifetime members.
The minutes were approved as corrected and the Treasurers report was placed on file for audit. Two Thank You notes were read. Committees gave their monthly reports. Treasurer LaVonne handed out a listing of the Goals and Purpose of the VFW Auxiliary.
It was reported that members helped at the Readiness Center to pack Care Packages that are being shipped to the recently deployed Reserve troops. Another Care Package will be sent for a member’s family member that is serving in Syria.
There was discussion about the Veteran’s Relaxation tent that will be available on Veteran’s Day at the State Fair. A motion carried to donate $50.00 toward the rental fee.
An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Vet’s Club for the families of the Deployed Reserve troops on April 13. Many members as well as The Caring Ladies will be helping with treats and activities.
The Poppy Contest entry for the State VFW Conference in Omaha was discussed. The backing board will be repaired and a motion was approved to purchase the poppies with work to be done by several members before the June meeting.
The 4-H Club will be hosting Coffee Hour at the NWI Medical Center for March.
The meeting was declared adjourned by President Karen and the announcement was made that the April meeting will be held at the Vet’s Club on the 2nd with those wishing to eat together come at Noon and meeting at 1:00.
The VFW Auxiliary met Tuesday February 5, 2019 at the United Veterans Club at 1:00 with 18 members and 1 guest, Alexis Linehan, with the National Guard family program.
Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
January minutes were read and accepted with 2 following corrections.
Jerad Roseland, winner of VFW voice of America 11th district goes to state for a chance to win a trip to Washington DC and a $20,000.00 scholarship.
There will be speakers in March for deploying Soldiers.
State meeting February 9th & 10th. Lavonne will attend to support Jerad Roselund.
Feb. 16: Care Packages 9AM-2PM Armory . Club donating 62.50 for postage.
Mar. 23: Yellow Ribbon- at the armory in the readiness center. Lavonne is making a pamphlet explaining what the Auxiliary does and will take application forms for those interested in joining the Auxiliary.
Reviewed and explained monthly volunteer sheet.
Treasurers Report: filed subject to audit. No bills.
New Business: Coffee hour at VA Hospital. Heather and Sharon. Saturday March 30 @ 1:30.
Family Support: Heather folded 200+ pocket flags. The Club voted to accept a prayer written by Heather, which will be with the flag.
State convention in June. An “ALL PATRIOTIC TABLE” for unmet needs.
Upcoming events for FRG:
Friday February 22: Tri-City Storm
April 6: “Pass the Boot”
April 13: Easter Egg Hunt 2:00 @ the Armory
There will be a Hero Flight Dinner the Third Wednesday in February.
The VFW Auxiliary met Tuesday January 8, 2019 at the United Veterans Club, at 1:00 PM. / 20 members.
Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes from December meeting were read and approved.
Membership: Annual 67 Lifetime 148 Total 215
Collected for MAP and unmet needs
Thank-you notes for donations were shared: Crisis Center, VFW Foundation,
Jerad Rosenlund ( winner of VFW Voice of America 11th District) Jerad won a free trip to Washington D.C. and a $20,000,00 scholarship.
Discussed volunteers for Bingo. Enough volunteers for the month.
District meeting Sunday January 20, 2019.
Vets Home : Nancy Klimek: One last Bingo Tuesday January 15, at 2:00 PM, at the Grand Island Veterans Home. Serving Root Beer Floats.
Hero Flight Burger night, Wednesday January 16, 4-7PM.
Vets across America: A wonderful Service in the Chapel honoring all branches, followed by lots of volunteer placing the wreaths.
A send off committee gave 50 pocket flags to the deploying National Guard soldiers. The event served 200-250 soldiers and families. Discussed ways to improve relationships with the soldiers. Third Saturday in March the there will be an all day event with speakers, crafts and assembling care packages.
February meeting will explain our volunteer sheet and how to fill them out,
Presented new member Heather Gruber. Welcome Heather.
Draped the Charter for: Thelma Spiehs
Approved Audit Report
Secretary, Donna Callihan
The VFW Auxiliary met Tuesday December 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Collected $2.00 + from each member. Will be given to the Crisis center.
Reports: LaDonna is checking prices for the VFW Auxiliary Shirts.
Billie: Americanism: Club bought 3 meals for the Vets at lunch today. The Veterans Day Breakfast served 725 meals and sold 80 bracelets.
Lori: Veterans family support: Sent in collected items for Victory House – Billie volunteered her garage to store items for Victory House.
Saturday January 5: Will be giving flags at the deployment of the National Guard at the Heartland Events Center.
Membership: 60 annual- 148 life Total 208 members.
New member Joyce Chrylenan. Welcome Joyce!
Treasurers Report: on file subject to audit
Wreaths Across America. Blessing of the wreaths, Saturday Dec. 15, 11:00 AM at the Veterans Home Chapel. Following the service we will place wreaths on the graves.
Calling tree will be replaced with e-mails.
The Auxiliary Christmas tree displayed at Stuhr museum was named “BEST OVERALL TREE”! It was beautiful! Great job team!! Taking tree down Jan. 6 at 1:30.
Coffee hour at Veterans Hospital Saturday December 8, 2:00. Bingo. Karen, Billie, and Sharon Hostesses
Help with Veterans Hospital gift wrapping, December 11 @ 10:00 AM
Veterans Home Bingo December 18: Nails 1:30, Bingo 2:00, Ice Cream Social by Sharon Powers.
Sunday December 16: 2:00 in the Veterans Hospital Rec. Room State Department Christmas Party. Just Be There!
We NEED more volunteers for Bingo at the club. Need 8-8 volunteers on Sunday. Sign up to help !
Hero Flight Meal! December 19 - $5.00 – Hamburger Steak- Potato.
Nest meeting Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:00
Secretary, Donna Callihan
November 5, 2018 found 20 member meeting for lunch at the United Veterans Club at noon followed with meeting at 1:30pm.
New Business talked about the Auxiliary doing or helping with Bingo on Sunday we will talk more about that
at later meetings.
Minutes read and a correction was made. Treasurer report given and subject to audit.
Bill where handed in and paid.
Reports given toys for tots for veterans to give to kids is December 11.
December 1 st is the Chili Cookoff and toys for tots at the Readness Center.
Membership Annual 54---Life 202 for a total of 256.
Motion was made to pay dues for those in nursing homes.
December 15 is the date to place wreaths at the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery.
Coffee Hour at the Veterans Medical Center November 10 at 1:30pmLaVonne Catron and Billie Herron.
November 20 th at Nebraska Veterans Home Nails at 1:30pm followed by Bingo at 2pm.
Meeting called to order at 1:15pm with pledge to the flag. Member present was 20.
Minutes read and approved Treasurer given and subject to audit.
Motion made and seconded to pay bills.
Membership report---51 annual and 144 life time for totl of 195.
Cards will be played at the Veterans Medical Center on Wednesday at 2pm in rec, room.
Bells rang 231 times with the DAV at the Nebraska Veterans Home.
Polka Day with kolaches served.
Oct. 16 nails 1:30pm and bingo 2pm at the Nebraska Veterans Home.
Sunday November 11 Veterans day Breakfast starting at 6 am ending at 10:30am for all Veterans.
Rest of time was spent making items for tree at Stuhr Museum.
May 1 st 17 met for lunch at noon and meeting at 1:30pm at the United Veterans club.
Treasurer report was given and approved subject to audit. Minutes read and approved with
Pat Geiger made motion to pay bills with Lenora Norden seconded.
Old Business: Calling tree and roster gone over.
New Business:May 19 th is Family Day at the National Guard Center 9--12 with games, bouncie house,cotton candy and other items to keep kids busy.
Nebraska Veterans Home: May 15 th nails at 1:30pm and Bingo at 2pm.
United Veterans Club May 28 th, Flags go up at 7am and are taken down at 5
pm. The VFWA will be handing out poppies on May 28 and also will have water
for sale. Program is at 11am.
May 12 at the Veterans Medical Center will be coffee hour at 1:30 pm and Bingo with Sharon Harper,Carman Angelmeyer, and Lori Skala.
Items are needed for the Red, White, and Blue for the State Convention in Omaha
in June 9 and 10 starting at 9 am.
Draped the Charter for Doris Scuppan and Dorthy Knight.
Installation of Officers took place.
President Karen Linden
Senior Sheila Foster
Junior Vice Donna Obermiller
Secretary Donna Callihan
Treasurer Lavonne Catron
Chaplin Cathy McKown
Conductress Linda Steffes
Guard Lori Skala
Patriotic Instructor Pat Geiger
Trustees Janie Zweifel
April 3 ,2018 13 members met at the United Veterans Club for lunch followed by the meeting at 1pm. The time of the meetings will change to 1:30pm lunch will stay the same at 12:00PM.
Correction made to the minutes and now will stand as read. Treasurer will stand
as read subject to audit.
Membership total 221 Annual 75 Life 146.
Easter Egg games and hunt went very well for the National Guard children. We
had 50-55 children there. Look forward to more next year.
Deviled eggs where made by a group of VWFA ladies for the people of the Nebraska Veterans Home.
Coffee Hour at the Veterans Medical Center on April 14 was done by David Jewett, Karen Linden, and Sharon Harper at 1:30pm.
Happenings at the Nebraska Veterans Home the rest to April are the 17 is Bingo and Nails at
at 1:30pm with bingo at 2pm. April 19 th at 5:30 pm is the volunteer and appreciation time
Veterans Medical Center Appreciation is April 17 for all who volunteer and help out in other ways.
Lori Skala made the motion to Keep the same officers Linda Steffes seconded it. only changes are Donna Obermiller will become Jr Vice and Donna Calliham will become
Barb Graham made motion to send a $100 d0llars to Sandy Bellows for the Bake less Bake sale,seconded by Pat Geiger.
June is the State Convention at Lincoln so make plans to attend will list date next month.
District Convention is April 15 th at Broken Bow at 2pm. Books where audited by
Barb Graham and Shirley Greenough and found okay.
May 1 st will be the next meeting with lunch at 12 noon and meeting to follow at 1:30pm.
March 6 th found 13 members meeting at the United Veterans Club for lunch at noon followed by meeting at 1pm.
Membership report life and 76 annual for total of 222.
Minutes where read and accepted after changed made. LaVonne Catron made motion and Pat Geiger 2nd it.
Treasurer report read and accept and subject to audit.
Old business: Number of pocket flag that will be needed and how many are done.
National Guard Unit and their families will be at the Easter Egg Party on March 24
at the United Veterans Club. Different activities will be held including games,Easter egg hunt,decorate cookies. The eggs for Easter egg hunt have been filled by the Caring Ladies who will also have a booth.
Several member will be bringing 3 dozen cookies to end the day with.
New Business: Coffee hour will be done by the Kountry-Side 4H Club on Saturday at the Veterans Medical Center.
Nebraska Veterans Home Nails 1:30pm and Bingo at 2pm March 20 th.
March 30 at 8:30 am deviled eggs will be done.
The Charter was Draped for June Quaife and Sharon Bowers.
Next meeting will be April 3, 2018 at the United Veterans Club at noon for lunch and meeting at 1pm.
February 6 th found 11 members meeting at the United Veterans
Club for lunch with meeting following.
Minutes Linda Steffes made motion to accept minutes as read with Billie Herron seconding it.
Treasurer read and approved with subject to audit. Pat Geiger made the motion to approve with David Jewett 2nd.
Membership: Life 146 Annual 76 for total of 222. New Member
Carmen Amylimeper LaVonne Catron made motion to accept her and Par Geiger 2nd it she is now a member.
A reminder of Care Package item are needed to be send oversea to the soliders. Bring to next meeting.
Old Business: None
New Business:Coffee Hour at the Veterans Medical Center this Saturday to be served by Pat Geiger , Jack----,and Sharon Harper
on February 10th.
February 11 State wide VFW will meet at the Nebraska Veterans
Home for the Valentine Party at 2pm.
February 20 at Nebraska Veterans Home 1:30pm Paint Nails and 2pm Bingo.
Will be doing Pocket flag for our troops as they go over seas. Pat Geiger made the motion to use card stock in with the flags and
was seconded by David Jewett.
Next meeting we will be talking about the Easter Egg Party in
We are going to order plastic eggs to put candy in for the hunt.
David Jewett made the motion and was seconded by Billie Herron.
Next meeting will be March 6 th with lunch at 12pm and meeting to follow at 1 pm
Due to cold weather only 7 members met at the United Veterans Club on Jan. 2
for lunch at noon followed by meeting at 1pm.
Meeting was started with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Membership 71 Annual 147Life and total of 218 members.
Items for care boxes are needed to send to the troops.
District will be held in Ord at 1 pm.
Mintues read and approved.
Treasurer report read and approved and subject to audit.
No Old Business:
New Business: Kountry-Side 4-H Club will serve coffee at the Veterans Medical Center at 2pm.
Nebraska Veterans Home Nails 1:30 pm and Bingo at 2pm.
Valentines Day will be observed February 11.
Next meeting will be February 6 th at noon with meeting at 1pm.
The auxiliary of 13 members met on December 5 th at noon for lunch with meeting following at 1pm.
Treasurer report was read and accepted subject to audit.
Minutes read and accepted with changes corrected.
New Business: Life Members ca not transfer without replying for member ship.
Membership: 71 Annual and 147 Life total 218 need 13 for needed 100%.
Americanism was on POWS and was very interesting.
Nebraska Veterans Home: December 19 th 1:30pm nails with Bingo following at 2 pm.
Wrap grifts 9-11am for gifts for Santa
Santa at the Veterans Medical Center for Christmas Party.
Billie Herron made the motion to give gas card to Santa and was seconded by Sherri Jewett in the amount of $25.00.
Santa will be at the Veterans Medical Center at 2pm for Christmas Party. LaVonne Catron made motion she will make up a cookie tray with 10 dozen cookies. Seconded by Cathy McKown.
Next meeting will be Janurary 2 2018 at the United Veterans Club.
November 7 2017 15 members met at the United Veterans Club for our
monthly meeting with lunch at noon and meeting at 1pm.
New member--Marilyn Kuher Lavonne Catron made motion to accept seconded by David Jewett.
Membership 64 annual and 147 life total 211
Thank you was read from the VFW Foundation for Unmet Needs $140.
Veterans And Family report
October 26 th was the Homeless Connect where needed items where given to those in need.
October 26 th was Truck or Treat at the National Guard Flight Center.
October 29 th was at the Victory Place.
No Old Business:
New Business: Receipt for items bought
Lori Skala made motion seconded by Janie
Coffee Hour on Friday November 9 th at the Veterans Medical Center sandwich will be served by Pat Geiger, Karen Linden and David Jewett.
November 16 will be the VAVS fund raiser we will have a raffle basket as well as cookies breads and goodies will start at 10 am and soup will be served.
Veterans Day parade will November 8 th at 2pm at Nebraska Veterans Home.
Veterans Day Breakfast will be Saturday November 11 5am to10:30am at the United Veterans Club.
November 21 st 1:30 pm Nails and 2 pm Bingo at the Nebraska Veterans Home
Next meeting will be December 5 th at United Veterans Home at noon for Lunch and Meeting at 1pm.
October 3 11 members 2 guest Sheree Brown District 11 President and Bev Williams met for lunch at the United Veterans Club for
lunch followed by meeting at 1:00 pm.
Membership Life 148 and 52 Annual Total 200 members.
Minutes read and approved. Treasurer report read and approved and subject to audit.
Sherry Jewett gave report about Americanism. Lori Skala reported on Family and support.
New Business: Saturday Harvest of Harmony Parade and the Hero Flight will have float in parade.
October 12 at Nebraska Veterans Home will be doing nails at 1:30pm and at 2pm Bingo.
Trunk or Treat will be at the National Guard Flight Center
5-7 pm.October 26 4:30 for set up.
Homeless Connect Day At at E-Free Church 9am Clothes and other items for winter.
Caring Women of Grand Island will join with us to help send Care Packages.
Draped the Charter for Audrey Cushing.
Pat Gieger made Motion for Tickets for Scholarship and seconded Lori Skala.
Coffee Hour at Veterans Medical Center will be served by
LaVonne Catron and Lori Skala.
Cathy McKnown Audited and Linda Steffes seconded by to accept.
Next meeting will be on November 7 at the United Veterans Club.
September 5,2017 found 10 members present for the noon lunch with meeting following at 1 pm.
We voted on giving a $100 dollars to the Nebraska Veterans Home the Staff for Santa. LaVonne Catron made the motion and was seconded by David Jewett.
The State Fair program was well attended by 800 Veterans and families and good reports where heard.
Membership:Life Members 148 and Annual Members 49 for a total of 197 84% need 36 more for a 100%.
New Business: Coffee hour Kountry-Side Kids 4-H Club will serve coffee.
A motion was made for us to send $25 dollars to Karen Linden as a Memorial for the loss of her husband Bob Linden.
LaVonne Catron made motion with Pat Gierger seconded.
Last Sunday of month is Gold Star Families we will honor
our family with a $20 Gift card.Motion made by David Jewett and seconded by Lori Skala.
September 18 th the DAR week will serve ice cream at 2:30 pm at Nebraska Veterans Home and will ring the bells a 3pm. September 19 at the Nebraska Veterans Home nails at 1:30pm followed by Bingo at 2pm.
September 28 will be Octoberfest at 10 am at the Nebraska Veterans Home.
Fall Conference is in Omaha at Comfort Inn Oct. 6-7.
Pat Geiger made motion to pay dues for hardship case David Jewett seconded it.
Draped Charter for Bob Linden.
Next meeting will be October 3 at noon with meeting following.
August 1 st found 15 members meeting at the United Veterans Club for lunch at noon with meeting at 1 pm.
Membership --149 life 84 annual total 233.new member accept Ammie Gawrych LaVonne Catron made motion to accept Linda Steffes 2nd it.Motion was made to pay 2 hardship cases motion made by Linda Steffes and seconded by Sheila Foster.
Minutes approved after changes made Treasurer report approved and subjest to audit. Fishing at Nebraska Veterans Home was enjoyed by16 Veterans and 2 VFWA members.
New Commander of Co. B 66 National Guard Members met at the United Veterans Club for Lunch and left a tip for the VFWA.
Old Business: none
New Business: August 5 th Tractor Bingo at the Nebraska Veterans Home at 10 am
August 14 fishing at Nebraska Veterans Home at 9 am August 15 Nails 1:30pm followed with Bingo at 2pm.
September 4 th Veterans Day at State Fair 1:30pm program and parade at 4 pm.
Coffee Hour at Veterans Medical Center August 12 Lori Skala and La Vonne Catron will serve. Thank you read from the Nebraska Veterans Home for doing nails and Bingo for
veterans. Sheree Brown District President will be here for Sept. meeting on the 5 th.
July 11 found 15 members meeting for the luncheon and meeting following.
I must put out an apology for an item in last months minutes. I wrote that the charter was draped for Laurel Wolf. I am sorry for that statement as Laurel is very much alive and well.
Minutes read and approved and treasurer report given and approved
and subject to audit.
The new representatives for the Veteran Medical Center are Karen Linden and Pat Geiger.
Membership: Life 149 Annual 84 for a total of 233.
August 11 will fine the Karen Linden, LaVonne Catron and Donna Obermiller at a training at the Nebraska Veterans Home from 10-2.
Bills: Lori Skala bill for $6.96 for treats for Nebraska Veterans Home for Bingo. Pat Geiger made motion to pay 2nd by Linda Steffes.
Awards where announced for 100% membership, Karen Linden for Outstanding President.
The following will be in charge of the following reports for the next year:
Pat Geiger--Americanism Report
Karen Linden--Editor Reports
Pat Geiger--Hospital Reports Chairman
Sherry Jewett Legislative Reports
LaVonne Catron--Membership reports
LaVonne Catron--Patriot's Pen Report
Lori Skala--Veterans and Family Support
LaDonna Obermiller--Youth Activities Report
New Business:Nebraska Veterans Home July 18 th Nails 1:30 with Bingo following.
July 24 th 10 am fishing
National Guard Co. B 235 will be having Drill on Aug 18. The Auxiliary
will furnish cookies. Bring to United Veterans Club by the 18 th at 11 am.
Drape Charper for Connie Lieseck Past Department President.
Audit of Books--Treasurer change despoit of outstanding check Barb Graham made motion and seconded by Lenora Norden. Next meeting will be August 1 with lunch at noon followed by meeting at 1pm.
VFWA May Minutes
May 2 found 12 members at the United Veterans Club for lunch followed by meeting at 1pm.
Minutes read and approved Treasurer report read and subject to
New Business: Coffee hour 2pm at Veterans Medical Center
will be served by Sally Earlywine .
Hero Flight will be arriving at Grand Island Airport at 5pm.
Please be at airport to welcome the Veterans home from D.C. at
Thing going on at Nebraska Veterans Home are the following.
May 16 nails 1:30pm followed by bingo at 2pm.
May 25 will be music day not known yet who will be playing.
Memorial Day help is needed at 7am for raising of the flags and again at 4:30pm for taking down and folding. Selling of poppies
will start at 9:30 am.
May 20 th Salute to Women Veterans at Liederkranz .
We will pay for our 2 Veterans Jane Zueifel and Sally Earlywine.
Lori Skala made a motion to pay Jane Zueifel for material for scrafs she makes for homeless Veterans. Seconded by Shiela Foster.
June 3 rd at Nebraska Veterans Home is the Volunteer Appreciation party 12-3:30.
A gift card will be given to our Gold Star Mother for Mother Days. Shiela Foster made the motion 2nd by Jane Zueifiel.
Next meeting will be June 6 th 12 noon for lunch followed by 1
VFWA met April 4,2017 at the Veterans United Club with
16 members present for lunch and meeting following at 1 pm.
New Member Charlotte Thompsen being voted in.
No Bills where brought to table.
Treasurer report accepted and subject to audit.
Secretary minutes read and approved.
New Business: New calling tree paper handed out.
The following will take place at Nebraska Veterans Home.
April 14 at 9:30 am to do Devil eggs and pass out at Noon meal.
April 18 1:30pm polish Nails 2 pm Bingo.
On April 15 th Meet at the Chocolate Bar downtown Grand Island
to meet with the Ladies for the National Guard Unit at 1 pm.
Break taken to get care packages put together to send overseas to
those stationed there.
On April 8 th the Kountry-Side Kids 4-H Club will serve Coffee
at 2pm at the Veterans Medical Center.
Sally Redwine was wondering if anyone was needing Lawn
Mowing for the season. As she is looking for lawns to do.
State Convention is June 8-11 in Kearney.
District Meeting April 9 th at Ord 2pm at the Veterans Club.
Old Business: Flag Standard in place at Victory Place, after
Meeting please meet over there to have picture taken.
Thank You card was read from Lori Skala for gift card .
Next Meeting will be May 2,2017 with lunch at 12pm with
meeting following at 1pm.
VFWA March Minutes 2017
March 7 th 12 members met at the United Veterans Club for lunch followed by meeting at 1pm.
Treasurer report given and approved subject to audit. Secretary minutes read and approved.
New Members welcomed--Donna Goentzen and Bonnie Stratman. Linda Garvel membership approved for membership.Pat Geiger made motion and Robin Kamper 2nd motion.
Membership 81 annual and 1555 life for a total of 236 members.
Membership and Leadership papers must be correct when send in. All boxes must be checked.
Old Business---The Justin Kane concert held at Grand Theater was well received and lasted 1 1/2 hours instead of 1 hour.
A motion was made by LaVonne Catron and 2nd by Barb to give Billie Heron and Lori Skala certificates to the United Veterans Club.
April 9 th at the Ord Veterans Club the District 11 meeting will be held at 2pm
Coffee hour at the Veterans Medical Center March 11 at 2pm LaVonne Catron and David Jewett will host.
Nebraska Veterans Home: April 14 Do Deviled eggs at 9:30 am.
March 21 nails at 1:30pm followed by bingo at 2pm.
Next meeting on April 4 lunch at noon with meeting at 1pm.
Meeting was held on February 7,2017at the United Veterans Club following a noon meal.
Meeting was opened with Lori Skala acting president according to ritual.
Minutes were read and approved. Thank you was read from Stamps for the Wounded.
Treasurer's report was read and filed for audit.
Membership report 80 annual and 155 life members. We are over 100%. Yea.
No unfinished business.
New business: Mid-Winter hi lights are: VFW calendar sales netted $46,000 and they gifted the Auxiliary $4,000, the in-met needs sales table,50/50 and coin march collected $1061.41. Good for such small group. State Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Kearney
June 6 thru 8th. Election of Officers was held for upcoming year 2017-2018. President Karen Linden, SeniorVice Sheila Foster, Junior
Vice Sally Earlywine, Secretary Donna Obermiller, Treasurer LaVonne Catron, Chaplin Cathy McGown, Conductress Linda Steffes,
Guard Lori Skala, Patriotic Instructer Pat Geiger, Trustees Barb Graham, Shirley Greenough, and Jane Zweifel. Linda Steffes moved to accept the slate of Officers for upcoming year. Seconded by David Jewett. Motion carried. Coffee hour will be hosted by Sheila Foster and Karen Linden at the Veterans Medical Center on Saturday February 11,2017.
Nebraska Veterans Home happening for February: Departments Party Sunday the 12 th at 2pm, Justin Kane on Monday the 13 th at 2:30pm, bingo on 2nd floor at 10am, Fingernails at 1:30 bingo at 2pm on Tuesday the 21.
Justin Kane will also appear at the Veterans Medical Center on February 14 th at 10 am in the rec hall.
Justin Kane will also appear at the Grand Theater on February 14 with meet and greet at 5:30pm with a concert following at 7 pm. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle.
Motion was made by Sheila Foster, seconded by Robyn Kemper to donate a flag standard to Victory Place. Motion carried.
We draped the Charter in honor of Sherry Skinner.
With no further business the meeting adjourned. Next meeting is March 7,2017
Pro Tem Secretary
January VFWA Minutes 2017
January 4 ,2017 found 12 members present for meting at the United Veterans Club for noon meal followed by meeting.
Membership report we are at our goal of 100 % members with the transfer of 6 members from the Aurora Auxiliary.
Treasurer report given and approved Secretary minutes read from last meeting and approved as read.
Old Business: Wreath Across America was talked about and how it only took 30 minutes to put out 1500 wreaths and how beautiful it looked afterward. This was at the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery.
New Business: District Meeting has been changed from Ord to Broken Bow on January 15,2017.
January 14 Kountryside Kids 4-H club will be serving coffee at the Veterans Medical Center at 2pm. January 10 ice cream social at the
Nebraska Home at 1pm. January 17 Bingo at 2pm at Nebraska Veterans Home. February 12 Valentines Party at Nebraska Veterans Home.
Will start doing nails again at the Nebraska Veterans Home February 21 at the Nebraska Veterans Home.
Victory Place is now full with the last move in on January 4,2017.
Motion was to give Billie Heron $50 d0llars for all the works she does for the Veterans by Sheila Foster and second by David Jewett.
Lori Skala made motion for audit to be done and seconded by Sheila Foster.
Charter Draped for June Porter .
Next meeting will be held February 7 th .
December 6 meeting of VFWA 1347 found 15 members and 2 visitors present at the United Veterans Club for the monthly meeting. They met at noon for lunch followed by a meeting at 1 p.m. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with the treasurers report and minutes, which were approved as read. Funds were approved for $30 for gas for Billie Herron for all the travel she does for homeless vets and Victory House. Another order of patriotic bracelets has been received to be sold by members and also at the upcoming Justin Kane concert on February 14. The concert is a fundraiser for the Vietnam Veterans Hero Flight.
Membership report is: there are 148 Life Members and 78 annual members, 226 total, which brings membership to the 100% goal.
The coffee hour at Veterans Medical Center was served December 10 by Lavonne Catron. The State VFW Christmas party at the Veterans Medical Center was December 12. Activities at the Nebraska Veterans Home include Bingo on December 20 at 2:00 in Liberty Cafe, and again on December 26 at 2:00 on second floor. Signed Christmas cards can be taken to the Nebraska Veterans Home before December 22 and they will be distributed to veterans living at the home.
Wreaths Across America is a nationwide program started by a Maine evergreen company with wreaths being taken to Veterans Cemeteries across the country. On December 17, wreaths will be placed at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery on West Capitol following a service at the Chapel at Nebraska Veterans Home. GI Express is providing trucking for wreaths.
Lori Skala and Billie Herron are now on a community committee for the work to be done for veterans moving into Victory Place which is on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Donations are being accepted, and needs include furniture, kitchen pans, small appliances, bedding, and other household items. Billie Herron continues to distribute scarves, gloves, and personal care items to homeless people around town, and also plastic mats made by Mary Long. Janie Zwiefel has been making scarves from fleece.
Lavonne Catron reported that Matthew Fredrichs of Grand Island has won the Voice of Democracy competition. He will be presenting his entry at the upcoming District meeting in Ord on January 15. Theme was My Responsibility to America. Matthew attends Grand Island Northwest High School
Problems with the new t-shirts were discussed again. The company is replacing all the shirts, and they should be delivered soon.
In lieu of a gift exchange, items were collected to take to Victory House. Scarves, towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies and laundry supplies were taken to Victory House following the meeting.
Next meeting is at the United Veterans Club on January 3 at 1:00 following lunch at noon.
November 1 meeting found 13 members present at the United Veterans Club for the monthly meeting. They met at noon for lunch followed by a meeting at 1 p.m. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with the treasurers report and minutes, which were approved as read. Funds were approved for Wreaths Across America, $30, and also for a basket for the Veterans Administration Volunteer Services fundraiser on November 17, $25.
Membership report is: there are 147 Life Members and 61 annual members, 208 total. 18 more members are needed for 100%. If 100% is met by the end of November, the auxiliary will be entered in a drawing for $25 from the state VFW organization. It was approved to pay dues for three hardship cases.
The coffee hour at Veterans Medical Center will be served November 12 by Lori Skala and Karen Linden. Activities at the Nebraska Veterans Home include Bingo on November 15 and Veteran's Parade on November 9 at 2:00. Other upcoming activities were discussed including ribbon cutting at Victory Place November 4 and free breakfast for Veterans at United Veterans Club on November 11; volunteers are welcomed. Hero Flight events include November 11 at Riverside Golf Club 6:00-9:00, Gary Quandt's courthouse vigil November 9-11, and also Hero Flight hamburger night on November 16. Several members are quite active in these events.
Lori Skala and Billie Herron discussed needs of veterans moving into Victory Place on the grounds of the Veterans Medical Center and also homeless veterans other places around town. Lavonne Catron has volunteered the use of a room in her basement to store items collected (except furniture). Holiday Inn Express has already donated coffeemakers, sheets, soap, and other items. A lady from Gibbon crochets large mats for homeless veterans, and plastic grocery bags can be brought to meetings to be given to her for future mats. Personal care items can be brought also for giving to veterans. When Victory Place has a need for items, they will contact Lori to see if we have items on hand or if we can get them.
Lavonne Catron reported that there are two excellent entries for Voice of Democracy and the winner will be announced soon. Theme was My Responsibility to America. Patriot Pens theme was The America I Believe In, and the winner is Sage McCullum. Both of these contests have cash prizes with possible scholarships at the state and national levels.
Problems with the new t-shirts were discussed again. The company is replacing all the shirts, and they do not want the damaged ones back.
Next meeting is at the United Veterans Club on December 6 at 1:00 following lunch at noon. New or gently used towels, washcloths, and toiletries will be collected for Victory Place.
October 4 meeting found 12 members present at the United Veterans Club for the monthly meeting. They met at noon for lunch followed by a meeting at 1 p.m. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with the treasurers report and minutes, which were approved as corrected. Correspondence was read including two thank you notes and a letter from the VFW about $200 they provided for the auxiliary's assistance to veterans and the post. Charter was draped in memory of Eleanor Martens and Irene Luebbe.
Membership report is: there are 147 Life Members and 54 annual members, 201 total. 25 more members are needed for 100%.
Lavonne Catron reported on bracelet sales, which have gone well. There are still 46 remaining unpaid for. $8.54 was approved for reimbursement for treats. It was approved to donate $50 to the President's Project and $10 to the VFW Scholarship fund. Quarterly audit was completed.
The coffee hour at Veterans Medical Center was served by Kountryside Kids 4-H club on October 8. Activities at the Nebraska Veterans Home included Octoberfest on October 13, which included a polka show and kolaches, and Bingo on October 18. There is a continued need at the Veterans Home for large print Bibles, Bibles on CD, and AAA batteries for MP3 players.
The Fall Conference was held at Ord on October 7-8. Several members planned to attend. Lori Skala was planning to make a presentation about Victory Place Apartments at the Veterans Medical Center which are ready for occupancy about the middle of October.
Problems with the new t-shirts were discussed. It was suggested everyone wash their shirts inside out and air dry. Then we will discuss them again next month to see if everyone has problems with cracking and/or peeling, and if so, we will contact the company about the problems.
Billie Herron periodically distributes gloves and scarves to homeless people at Pioneer Park. It was agreed to donate $30 for her to purchase more gloves and scarves which she usually buys at Goodwill. Donations of small toiletry items will be collected and brought to the next meeting to be given to Billie to include with the gloves.
Billie also discussed Project Homeless Connect on Thursday, October 27. She will make new contacts with veterans in need and with other resources to provide help.
Next meeting is at the United Veterans Club on November 1 at 1:00 following lunch at noon.
Sept 6 2016 found 14 members present at the United Veterans Club for our monthly meeting
We met at noon for a lunch followed by meeting at 1pm.
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance follow with the Treasurers report and the Minutes they where approved
after correction to the minutes.
New Business: Two new member where approved :David Jewett and Janie Zweifel are our new members. We now have 147 Life Members and 193 annual members 33 more members are need for a 100%.
Bills: No bills where presented.
Coffee hour a Veterans Medical Center on Sept. 10 th by LaVonne Catron and Donna Callihan
Fall Conference at Ord , Ne. on Oct. 7-8 2016. Starting at 8 PM Friday night. Red White and Blue Items and Fall and Christmas items are needed for Unmet needs table.
Nebraska Veterans home on Sept. 20 th will be Bingo at 2pm. Sept. 19 th DAR 50 Anniversary at the Nebraska Veterans Home on the 19 th
Ringing of the Bells for the Vietnam Veterans.
The Nebraska Veterans Home is in need of : Large Print Bibles, Bibles on CD,3AA Batteries for 3mps.
Sept 25 th will Honor Gold Star Mothers at Nebraska Veterans Home at 2 pm.
Talked about the National President when she was here during the State Fair and the fun tha t was had.
District President spoke Sherre Brown and gave our praise for how well we do things and are so involved in and to keep up the good work.
Officers for the 2016-2017 year are as follows.
Senior Vice President--Lenora Norden
J.Vice President--Gloria Wiedner
Treasurer--La Vonne Catron
Patriotic Instructor--Pat Geiger
Trustees--Lenora Norden, Gloria Wiedner, Lori Skala
Tom Wilcox Scholarship winners as follows
VFWA 1347 August Minutes
On August 2,2016 9 members met for lunch at noon at the United Veterans Clubs with meeting following at 1pm.
Treasurers report was given and approved. Minutes where read and approved.
It was brought to my attention that I had not mentioned who the Officers where for the 2016-2017 year--- the officers will remain
the same and last year.
Old Business: National President will arrive on August 27 ,2016 will attend State Fair and at 4:30 pm lay a wreath at the Grand Island Veterans
Cemetery . Later a meal of roast Beef for sandwiches, salads and dessert will be served.
We will need our members to bring salads and dessert to help with the meal.
Motion made to table sending $100.00 to Sherre Brown Motion made by Cathy McKown and seconded by Jean Seely.
Coffee hour at the Veterans Medical Center was postponed for August.
Nebraska Veterans Home Bingo August 14, at 1:30pm.
We will be selling Bracelets with the different Veterans Service Branches on them---they are $5.00 a piece. Contact the VFWA to buy one.
Membership: 146 Life and 38 Annual for a total of 189 will need 42 new members to make 100%.
Hardship cases : LaVonna Catron made a motion to pay their dues seconded by Pat Gieger
A Thank you was read from St Francis Cancer department for the donation the VFWA made for Cancer.
A donation of a$100.00 was made to the Staff for Santa for the Nebraska Veterans Home. Motion was
made by Lavonne Catron and seconded by Cathy McKown.
District meeting Sept. 25 th,2016 at Pleasanton,Nebraska more will be posted later as well as the Meeting in Ord Nebraska
State Fair Sept 5 Veterans Day make sure you go to the LZ and see the maps that will have pens in them showing where our
Veterans have served. The Veterans Day Parade is at 4pm.
Draped the Charter for 2 members who have passed away.
Next Meeting will be Sept.6 th with lunch at noon with meeting at 1pm.
VFWA 1347 July Minutes
July 5 ,2016 10 members met at the United Veterans Club for noon meal then the meeting following. The meeting open with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
The National President will be here Aug. 27,2016 will be arriving at 2:45pm at the airport. Next meeting final details will be
made at August meeting. Laying of the wreath at the Veterans Park will be Saturday August 27,2016. A meal will follow at 5pm at United
Minutes read and corrected---Treasurer report give and approved.
District 11 President Sheree Brown joined our meeting on her way home from Omaha.
LaVonne Catron a report on the T-Shirts price of short sleeve and long sleeve----orders must be in by July 29 th.
New Business: Awards given out for volunteer hours worked at the Nebraska Veterans home and Veterans Medical Center.
July 11 was a fishing day at the Nebraska Veterans Home. July 19 Bingo at 2pm at Nebraska Veterans Home also on July 11 at 10 am.
July 9 2016 coffee Hour at Veterans Medical Center will be served by Karen Linden.
We are setting up new Priority Goals for our Veterans more will be discussed in the next meeting.
We discussed ordering Veteran related bracelets----- motion Made by Donna Obermiller and seconded by Jean Seely.
Charter was Draped for Joannie Mengers.
Next meeting will be August 2 nd at noon with meeting following.
June 7,2016 11 members met at the United Veterans Club for our monthly meeting.
New members voted in are Sherilyn J. Allen, Sharon Clark, Marlene Fellows, Kathleen (Kathy) Piepers.
Treasurer report read and approved Minutes read and approved.
Memorial Day netted $341.00 in sales of bottled water and donation from Poppies.
Talked more about buying T-shirts locality the cost and where we wanted the graphics placed and cost of long sleeve over short sleeves.
New Business: Coffee Hour at Veterans Medical Center Saturday June 17 Lavonne Catron will take up items to be served.
June 13 th Monday at 2pm will be Fishing Day at Nebraska Veterans Home.
June 14 Flag day Flags to be put up at 7 A.M. and taken down and fold at 5pm.
June 21 st Bingo at 2pm at Nebraska Veterans Home.
June 29 th at the Nebraska Veterans Home at 3:30pm will be music.
Veterans Appreciation Day will be Sept. 5th at the State Fair. more details will follow.
Charter was draped for Audrey O'Rourke and Past Department President Doris Nelson.
Two Thank You notes where read.
Motion was read to send $25.00 Dollar to the Cancer center at St. Francis. In place of sending it in for Relay for Life. Robyn Kamper made motion and Billy Heron 2nd.
Bills Paid $8.58 to Lori Skala for treats for Nebraska Veterans Home. LaVonne Catron made Motion and Donna Obermiller 2n
State Convention at Kearney June 10,11,12. At Holiday Inn
Next meeting will be July 5 th at 1pm following noon lunch.
Just a reminder that on July 4 Flags will go up a 7 am and down at 5pm and folded at the United Veterans Club.
VFWA 1347 May Minutes
May 3,2016 found 8 members in attendance at the United Veterans Club for noon luncheon with meeting following.
Old Business: Amendment to last month meeting-National President not coming due to having surgery.
LaVonne Catron talked about the sites she found on the internet that had T-shirts that we may be interested in for the Auxiliary.
We decided we needed prices be for a vote could be taken to order them.
Coffee hour on May 14 th at the Veterans Medical Center will be served by the Kountry Side 4-H Club.
New Business: May 17 th is Bingo at the Nebraska Veterans Home at 2pm.
Today(May 3). at 5pm the Hero Flight will be arriving in Grand Island everyone who can please come out to the airport to welcome them home.
May 30 is Memorial Day the Auxiliary will be out with the Poppies from 9-11:30 at the United Veterans Club.
Lori Skala made a motion to send a donation to a lady to buy the Healing Hearts Pins motion was seconded by CathyMcKown.
in the amount of $25.00 dollar.
April 5,2016 found 11 members and 1 guest present at the United Veterans Club
for the noon luncheon followed by the monthly meeting.
Old Business: May Meeting of the District meeting is to be held May 15, in Taylor,
Good Friday found several members at the Nebraska Veterans Home making 700 devil
eggs for the residents. The residents really enjoy them.
Our bake sale that was held on March 13 brought in $704.00 for the Auxiliary
to help with our programs to help with our Veterans and families.
Also on March 13th found some members at the National Guard Armory doing the Hidden Egg activity for the children. We also had some baby chickens, a bunny
rabbit, 2 guinea pigs, and a goat for the children to enjoy.
Members of. the Auxiliary 1347 would like thank those who supported our Bake
Sale and Craft Fair for the Veterans
April 9 th found Karen Linden and Sally Burney serving coffee hour at the
Veterans Medical Center and helping with the veterans with bingo.
Nebraska Veterans Home April 19 th at 2 pm will be Bingo with residents.
Nebraska Veterans Home on April 23 is Volunteer Appreciation 1-4 pm program
will be held.
The Volunteer Appreciation meal 11:30-1:30 on April 19 th at the Veteran Medical
We talked about memorial day weekend and what we plan on doing.
State Auxiliary will be meeting on June 4 ,2016 in Kearney.
The National President will be visiting us later on and it was decided to get a gift
for her from Nebraska. LaVonne Catron made the motion with Lori Skala 2 nd it.
A motion was made to keep the same officers in the current offices.
Audit report was done by Lenora Norden and Lori Skala.
Next meeting will be May 3, 2016 at the United Veterans Club at noon with meeting
following at 1 pm.
VFWA March Minutes
March 1 st found 10 members at the United Veterans Club for the monthly meeting.
Old Business: Cookies for the National Guard went over real good with 30 dozen
cookies delivered to the Guard Unit.
Coffee Hour on March 12 at the Veterans Medical Center was served by LaVonne Catron and Lori Skala.
After coffee hour found LaVonne and Lori setting up for Bake
Sale to be held on Sunday March 13 th.
Treasurer report given and approved. Secretary minutes read and approved.
New Business: District Meeting to be held May 15,2016 at Taylor,Ne.
State Convention to be in Ord.
Nebraska Veterans Home ---Bingo March 15 th 2pm. March 29 th make devil eggs
at 9 am.
Veterans Womens Night out will be held April 9 th at Stuhr Museum.
Veterans Appreciation Dinner Pat Geiger made motion to give $25.00 2nd by Donna Obermiller.
Drapped Charter for deceased members Betty Scheweiger and Dolores Guyette.
Next meeting to be held April 5 th at the Club at noon with meeting following.
Due to the blizzard we were not able to meet on February 2, 2016. We met on February 10, 2016 at 11:00 am with lunch meeting; following at 12:00.
Discussed if we want to order more t-shirts or jackets with our new logo on, it was decided to wait until more information comes out.
Treasurer’s report given and approved. Secretary minutes read and approved.
February 14, 2016; BINGO party at Nebraska Veteran’s Home at 1:30 p.m.
February 16, 2016 BINGO at Nebraska Veteran’s Home 2:00pm.
We will need two dozen cookies to take out to a Co. B Drill being held. On February 27, 2016, cookies need to be brought out to the VFW Club by 1:00 pm, on February 26, 2016 to be picked up.
March 13, 2016 is Hidden Egg at the Co. B. center with a petting zoo, this will be from 12:00-2:00.
Also, on March 13, 2016 will be a Bake and Craft Sale. From 8:00-12:00 at the VFW Club. All bake sale and craft goods may be brought to the VFW Club 4:00pm-6:00pm. On March 12, 2016 to be set up and ready to go on Sunday morning at 8:00am.
It was decided that we will send post cards to all members who are not able to bring bake or craft items. A donation, in place of bake or craft items, is welcome.
We are doing the fund raiser to help fund a Veteran’s program at the local level. Linda Stiffes made a motion to send out cards-Jane Seely 2nd.
Francisea Guilford the National Aux president will be flying on Next meeting will be Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 11:00 am., with 12:00 noon meeting following.
December 1 st found 10 members present for lunch and meeting that followed.
Minutes where read and corrected and then approved. Treasurer report read and
Lori Skala made a motion to pay dues for hard ship cases motion was seconded by Billy
Membership 139 Life and 77 annual for a total of 216----- 2 new members where
approved with 3 new members needed to be 100%.
On December 1 st will be ice cream social at 2pm at Nebraska Veterans Home,
followed by Bingo on December 15 th at 2 pm. On December 18 th will be a
concert at Nebraska Veterans Home.
Coffee Hour at the Verteran Administration Medical Center Hosted by Ken Ward.
Next meeting will be Janurday 5,2016 at the VFW Club at 12 noon followed by
meeting at 1pm.
The VFWA 1347 met at the club for lunch at noon on Nov. 3,2015 followed by the monthly meeting.Twelve members and 2 guest where in attendance.
Reports where read from the Treasurer and Secretary and approved.
Veterans Day Nov. 11 the VFW Club will be having a breakfast for all Veterans from 5:30 am till 9am
Nov. 11 is coffee hour at VAMC Kountryside 4-H club will be serveing.
Bingo Nov. 17 2pm.
Nov. 17 9:30am-1pm isVSVS will be crafts and bake sale also basket raffle and meal. Lenora Norden made motion Linda Seffes 2nd to give $25.00 to help with the meal .
Life Membership 139 76 Annual for total of 215 members.
Pat Geiger made motion to send letters to those who have not paid dues for their membership and was 2nd by Cathy McKown.
Old Business --- Haunted Armory and the fun that was had by all. Also Polka Party that was held at Nvh and the memories it brought backfor the members.
Also talked about the care package that were put together at State Fair and sent overseas and when we would do it again.
LaVonne made a motion for $50.00 for Christmas Party, $50.00 for project Homless and $15.00 for Wreaths AcrossAmerica
Jean Seely 2nd..
Next meeting will be Dec, 1 st at the VFW Club at noon followed by meeting.
VFWA Minutes Oct.5,2015
Oct. 5 2015 10 member met at the VFW Club with Dist. present Sheree Brown present. Meeting was opened with the the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurers report and Minutes where read and approved.
Bills presented--Lori Skala presented a bill for $6.99 for treats for the Haunted Armory on Oct. 16. Cathy McKown made motion to pay with Pat. Gieger 2nd.
Membership 139 Life and 64 Annual total of 203 to make 100% 21 more needed
. Dues need to be payed for us to reach this goal.
Motion was made to pay dues for 2 hardship cases. Lori Skala made the motion 2nd by Cathy McKown.
Thank You note was read from NVH for Helping out at the Staff for Santa.
The Haunted Amory is Oct. 16 th --set up starting at 4 pm then 6-7:30 pm.
Care packages where put together at the State Fair to be sent to the men over seas totaled 304.
New Business---Coffee Hour at VAMC Oct. 10 th Lori Skala and LaVonna Catron will serve.
Bingo will be Oct. 20th at 2pm at NVH and on Oct 22 at 9:30 am will be Polka Party at NVH.
Please note change of meetings from now on all meeting will be held on Tuesday at noon at the VFW Club with meeting to follow.
Next meeting to be Nov. 3 rd at noon at the club.
Lori Skala read the trustee report which was read and approved and filed.
VFWA 1347 Sept. 2015 Mintues
VFWA met at noon at the VFW Club for lunch followed by the monthly meeting. Members 9 where in attenance.
Membership Life 138 and annual 58 for total 196.
Bills ---Lori Skala presented a bill that was voted on to pay. 1st motion Robin Kamper 2nd motion Elnora Obermier.
New Business Sept. 15 at NVH 2 pm bingo. Sept. 17 Ice Cream with the DAV with Ringing of Bells at 2:45pm
Sept. 27 Volunteer Apprciation Party at NVH 2-4 pm.
Sept 16 th Hero Flight Hamburger Night.
Oct 16 th Haunted Armory at the readyness center. 6- 7:30pm.Lori Skala will buy treats. Linda Steffes made the motion with Jean Steely 2nd it.
New Business: New ByLaws--Name change--Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Changed its name toVeteransof Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary.
Coffee hour at the VACM Sept. 12 at 2pm will be served by KarenLinden with ice cream bars.
Next meeting will be at the VFW Club at 2 pm on Oct. 5th 20 15.