On Saturday, January 20th, 2018 the members of District 1 met at the post home for Princeton VFW Post 7159 in Princeton, MO., for it’s regular quarterly meeting. The main feature for this meeting was the presentation of the District VOD/PP/TEA awards. Sr. Vice Commander Jim Thorpe was present representing the Department of Missouri. Once the meeting was called to order by District 1 Commander, Don Brockmeier, he turned the proceedings over to John Krumpelmann, VOD/PP Chairman.
John Krumpelmann began by presenting the Teacher’s of the Year awards. First up was Ryan Beenken of the Gallatin R-V School District was chosen in the 6th – 8th grade category. Cynthia Sypkens of the Hamilton Elementary School was chosen for the K – 5th grade category. Each received an apple for their desk and a certificate. Both winner’s were sponsored by Gallatin VFW Post 2172.
John Krumpelmann then presented the winner’s for the Patriot’s Pen essay’s. The 3rd place winner was Lucas O. Curp, a 7th grader at Polo R-7 was not in attendance but was sponsored by Chillicothe VFW Post 858. The 2nd place winner was Karter Burnside, a 8th grader at Hale R-1 and was sponsored by Hale VFW Post 3464. The 1st place winner was Jocelyn A. Hazlett, a 6th grader at Lawson Middle School and was sponsored by Lawson VFW Post 6278. Burnside and Hazlett both read their entries and were then presented with checks and certificates. Curp’s check and certificate were given to the Chillicothe Post Commander for presentation.
Krumpelmann then presented the winner’s for Voice of Democracy. The 3rd place winner was Hannah E. Richardson, a home schooler was sponsored by Gallatin VFW Post 2172. The 2nd place winner was Rachel E. Malloy, a Junior at Carrollton High School and was sponsored by Carrollton VFW Post 1773. The 1st place winner was Naomi G. McManus, a Junior at Freedom Christian High School and was sponsored by Brookfield VFW Post 4557. Richardson and McManus both read their entries and were then presented a check and a certificate. Malloy was unable to attend so her check and certificate were presented to the Carrollton Post Commander for presentation. After the presentations were completed the students and their parents joined the VFW members in attendance for lunch.