Yes, we, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, are committed to serving returning veterans, their families, and our communities. This new Public Service Announcement shares that vision. How about you? Are you ready to join with other veterans to give back to our country? We came home. Some of our friends did not. That is why we serve others. We do it to memorialize the many brave men and women who did not come home or who came home badly injured. It is our sacred duty in their honor.
District 6 is very proud to announce district competition winners for both the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Contests for 2017. The winners and their sponsoring posts are:
1st Place Laura Jones Mebane Post 1920
2nd Place Michael Slaton Henderson Post 2417
3rd Place Litao Tu Durham Post 2740
1st place Amelia J Solum Chapel Hill Post 9100
2nd place Maggie McLean Bass Butner Post 10777
3rd place Aaren C Capilitan Durham 2740
District winners receive a certificate and a small award. All first place winners will now compete in a state-wide competition and the winning contestants will compete in the National Finals. We extend our congratulations to all winners and look forward to one or more winning state and national recognition.
Each year Chapel Hill Post 9100 holds a raffle to raise money for their Veterans Relief Fund. The raffle has two purposes. One is to raise money for veterans assistance. The other it to show the local community that they have an active and vibrant group of veterans by meeting and greeting passersby in beautiful downtown Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill announced that their drawing for the pair of season tickets for Tar Heel Men’s Basketball for the 2015-2016 season was held this afternoon. There were 300 tickets in the tub from which the winner was drawn. The winner was Lee Heavlin, a career Navy veteran from Carrboro who finished his career as the Administrative Officer for the Navy ROTC Unit on campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heavlin has also served as District 6 Commander and is active in local veterans groups and projects.
$3000 was raised from the raffle ticket sales. Post 6 stated on their website, “We can’t begin to tell you how important it is for our Chapel Hill VFW Post to help needy veterans who come to us for financial assistance. The fund into which the raffle ticket money went is our source for that help. We call it our Veterans Relief Fund.”
“Other money that goes into that fund is what we raise from our Buddy Poppy efforts. This is a nationwide VFW program to raise money for veteran assistance. You may see men and women in front of grocery stores or “big box” retailers, especially around Veterans Day, giving away small red and green flowers. These poppies are made by disabled veterans and are given to people by VFW members to remind them of the sacrifices made by members of our military. Donations are gladly accepted but not requested from those to whom the poppies are given. Again, every penny raised goes into the fund from which assistance is provided to veterans in financial need who approach the local VFW Post.” Learn more about Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill also reports that they added an antique water kettle and campfire tripod to their project. The kettle was painted red, white, and blue and it draws a lot of attention. Those who have no idea what a Buddy Poppy is recognize a donation catcher and freely contribute. Many stop and chat. World War II bomber crewmember Major Elmer Hughes is always at the ready with a big smile and a handful of Buddy Poppies.
District 6 Commander, Harry Bays, has announced the winners of District 6 contest winners for Patriot’s Pen, Voice of Democracy, and Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 contests. They are:
PATRIOTS PEN — First Place: Julia K. Angenola-Thomas, Yanceyville Post 7316. Second place winner was Payce S. Rohrer, Post 10607 Burlington. Third place winner was Courtney S. Matthews, Post 2740 Durham.
VOICE OF DEMOCRACY — First place winner is Rylee A. Govoreau, Post 1920 Mebane. Second place went to Melissa R. King, Post 2740 Durham. Third pace winner was Christopher R. Cheever, Jr.,, Post 2417 Henderson.
The VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year winner for First Place, Middle School Division, is Ms. Robin McMahon, Smith Middle School, Chapel Hill, NC. Ms. McMahon was sponsored by C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100.
All first place contest winners now compete in state-wide competition against the winners from all districts within North Carolina. Winners of the Department of North Carolina competition go on to represent the state in national competition.
District 6 would like to thank all the posts for their time spent in promoting the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy and Teacher of the Year programs. “A special thanks goes to the students and teachers involved in supporting the programs through their entries to the posts. Congratulations to all of the winners,”Harry Bays, District 6 Commander.
A reminder to all members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in District 6. The Winter Council of Administration is this weekend at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro. The meeting begins on Friday, February 7. We will be honoring the Department winners for Patriot’s Pen and the Department winner of Voice of Democracy, as well as all of the District Voice of Democracy winners at an awards banquet Saturday night. If you plan to attend, it is a good idea to purchase your banquet tickets in advance by calling the Department in Raleigh (919-828-5058).
We look forward to having a strong representation from District 6 at the meeting.
District 6 Voice of Democracy judging is now complete. We are pleased to announce that the District 6 winners of Voice of Democracy are:
1st Place – Cheyenne DeLaney – Post 10607 – Burlington
2nd Place – John Slaton IV – Post 2417 – Henderson
3rd Place – Faith Wimberley – Post 2740 – Durham
Special thanks to District 6 VOD Chairman Harry Bays for all his work in making this happen and to all those at the Post and Auxiliary level who helped get the information out to the schools and other organizations. This is another core program of the VFW that seeks to recognize our young people for who they are and what they believe.
District 6 Commander Ken Sellers announced the District 6 winners for Teacher of the Year. They are:
1. K-5 – Erika Kennedy – Altamahaw-Ossippee Elementary School, Elon – Post 1920 – Mebane.
2. 9-12 – Douglas Lindsay – Fellowship Baptist Academy, Durham – Post 2740 – Durham.
“Thanks to all committee chairmen and all those in the Post and Auxiliary who worked hard to make this possible. Thanks to you we are doing our part to recognize exceptional teachers for their efforts.” Ken Sellers, District 6 Commander, NCVFW
First Place – Cameron Bridges – Post 10607 Burlington
Second Place – Leslie Omyeji – Post 2740 Durham
Third Place – Robert Ziegler – Post 1920 Mebane
A big thanks to District 6 Chairman, Mike Ayscue, for all his work. This “thank you” extends to the post chairmen and members of each post and auxiliary who helped make possible another successful year for Patriot’s Pen in District 6.
District Commander Sellers stated, “This program is about the young people and recognizing their accomplishments. I,along with the President of District 6 Ladies Auxiliary, Dianne Sellers, was privileged to hear the first place winner read his essay last Saturday as an invited guest at a dinner honoring returning soldiers from Iraq/Afghanistan, sponsored by Post 10607 Burlington. It was good for the new veterans to hear these and other Patriot’s Pen essays read by the students who wrote them. We did not know at the time that Cameron would be the District 6 winner.”
Please extend the gratitude and appreciation of all the members of District 6 and Ladies Auxiliaries to the students who participated and to those teachers and parents who helped make this possible as you present the awards at the various schools.
All post commanders are remined that, as you go around to these schools, it is not too early to talk up the Patriot’s Pen program for next year, recruit, and make contact with teachers who will be willing to help with the program at their school.
On any given day, there are about 50 homeless veterans receiving support, lodging and food from the Durham Rescue Mission. That is a significant effort! You can help them by participating in a local fundraiser.
Thank you for your willingness to feed the homeless and hungry in our community!
Mebane Post 1920 strongly supports the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriotic Art Contest. They received a number of outstanding entries from Alamance High School and one contestant was selected as District 6 winner.
First place winner, Elizabeth Macias, will represent the district in competition to be held at the June Convention in Greensboro. Learn more and read the full story
The Mebane Enterprise covered the story in their April 10, 2013, edition. The News of Orange County and the Mebane Enterprise (both are affiliates) have demonstrated strong support for veterans programs, the many veterans groups, and our veterans.
We salute the Ladies Auxiliary Post 1920 and Diane Sellers for submitting a news story and press release on this program.
How about your post? Writing a press release is just like writing an email. Need a form for a press release and help? Contact your district commander.