It was a beautiful warm January 29 when the Comrades and Sisters gathered for a meeting at West Plains, Missouri, VFW Post 1828. The sun was shining bright and the temperature was warm for January in the Ozarks. There were 80 at the business meetings which began at 10 a.m. and we were joined at noon by the VOD winner from Ava Post 5993 and her family and the PP winner from Hartville Post 3135 and her family. We were also joined by the District Teacher of the Year sponsored by Mtn Grove Post 3770 and her husband.
Lyle Seelinger, Department Surgeon and from Post 3118 was the Department Representative and Robert Myers, Assistant Veterans Service Officer – Dept of Mo was a guest and took the opportunity to speak to us. It was a long drive from Poplar Bluff for Mr. Myers and we appreciate his effort.
District Commander Vernon "Butch" LaMont conducted the meeting.
Department Surgeon Lyle Seelinger of Post 3118 addresses the members.
(left to right) Haley Paige Olsen and Emily Tredway
VOD District 18 2nd place winner Emily Tredway sponsored by AVA Post 5993 presenting her speech.
District 18 1st place Patriots Pen winner Haley Paige Olsen sponsored by Hartville Post 3135 presenting her winning essay.
District 18 Sr-vice Commander Chris Johnston of Post 1014 Alton presents the Teacher of the Year Award to LaDora Pounds, 1st grade teacher at Mtn Grove Elementary sponsored by Post 3770, Mtn Grove.
Mrs Pounds addresses the crowd and states her appreciation for being chosen as the Teacher of the Year.
|Post 1014 CDR Richard Wodinowich accepts an award for the post for participating in this years Teacher of the Year program.||Post 3770 CDR "Pete" Proctor accepts an award for the post for participating in this years Teacher of the Year program.|
|Post 4107 CDR "Doc" Jeffers accepts an award for the post for participating in this years Teacher of the Year program||Post 473 CDR Russell Olewinski accepts an award for the post for participating in this years Teacher of the Year program.|
Below is a slide show of several photos taken before, during and after the meeting. Photos were provided courtesy of "Pete" Proctor, Bill Moriarty and Iris Joe Kelley. Enjoy the photos and see if you are in one if you attended the meeting.