Mackenzie-Webster Post 790
Route 302, Barre, Vermont
Post Newsletter for September-October 2015
I would like to use this newsletter for just that, news. We may not be the largest post in the state, but in the 2014-5 year our post members let people know who we are and what can be accomplished when we work together. Recently, we received our third Department Community Service Award in three years. Please stop into the post to see the award signs posted in the entry, and when you do, take pride in knowing that it was all of you who made it possible. Additionally, our past Commander, Ann Marie McCallum represented us at last year’s national convention as an All State Commander and was awarded the honor of All American Commander for that year.
Our Ladies Auxiliary (now The Auxiliary) did not sit idly by this past year either. Kathi Bolduc painstakingly created a miniature version of the Viet Nam Wall from Buddy Poppies, 2300 of them. She entered this work of art into the State Competition, at which it deservingly was awarded first place. The entry was then transported to the National Convention in July, where it was awarded third place in that division. The entry and awards are on display at our post. Please come by and take a look at it, take a close look. Not only is it a work of art, it is a work of love as on each petal is painstakingly painted with the names from the actual Wall of the fallen from Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Maine.
Our addition has been completed, the parking lot has been repaved, the canteen has a new floor, we have 10 new (to us) round tables for events (thanks to National Life) and soon we should have our new sign in place. Understand that these improvements are in no way to change who our post has been for the past 80 years. That’s right, this year marks 80 years since our original charter was issued in 1935. The improvements have been made because our membership has outgrown the existing building. Do you remember how crowded that we all were at the Ladies 121 Raffle before the addition, or how guests had to eat their meal on the back deck in March for the Men’s 151? We now have the room to accommodate both of those events comfortably so that our members, families and guests keep coming back.
Commander Paul Perreault
(Please update your email addresses with the Post)
To our members and their families,
I am very proud to be a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 790 and, based on the passion that I witness every day, I know that you are as well. Our pride is more than just a building where we see our sisters and brothers in arms and our friends. The foundation of our pride is in being a part of a very special and exclusive organization. We honor those among us as well as those who came before us. This brings me to a project that I would like to undertake which I need your help with.
I would like to repurpose one of the window area’s near the copier into a collage board to display pictures of our members, both current and those who have passed. What I need from each of you is a picture of the service member when they were in service. Now, father time has a cruel habit of changing us over the years, so please write your name and date of the photo in the margin. Please, if you know a family member of one of our members who has passed, pass this on to them as well. The pictures can be mailed to the post or left there for me.
Families of our veterans, I know that many of our veterans are humble, but they deserve a place of honor within our post, so please get me a picture of them and I will display it.
Thank you in advance for your help with this project.
By becoming a VFW Life Member, you make a lifetime commitment to serving your fellow service members and veterans. That’s something to take great pride in.
You can also enjoy many great benefits of being a life member! You will:
- Avoid annual dues and renewals.
- Maintain your membership in any Post you choose, worldwide!
- Never pay an increase in dues—Guaranteed!
- Receive a 10% discount on exclusive VFW Store merchandise for the first year.
You can become a VFW Life Member by making a one-time payment as shown below. You can also pay for your Life Membership through our installment plan, with an initial $45 payment, with the Life Membership amount billed over an 11-month period as shown in the table below.
Age attained Payment in Full Installment Plan Option on Dec. 31st Total: Initial Fee: 11 payments of:
Through Age 30 $425.00 $45.00 $38.64
31-40 $410.00 $45.00 $37.27
41-50 $375.00 $45.00 $34.09
51-60 $335.00 $45.00 $30.45
61-70 $290.00 $45.00 $26.36
71-80 $225.00 $45.00 $20.45
81 and over $170.00 $45.00 $15.45
Payment Plan Terms & Conditions: The VFW Life Membership installment plan allows any VFW member/applicant to purchase a Life Membership by making an initial payment of $45.00 and (11) monthly payments. The member will be issued an annual membership card and can elect, upon receipt of the first monthly invoice, to pay via check, credit card or ACH Debit. The applicable Life Membership fee is to be determined from the schedule using the applicant’s age on Dec. 31 of the installment plan year in which the application is submitted, regardless of actual date of birth. A permanent Life Membership card will be issued upon completion of this agreement
SERVICE OFFICERS CORNER:
Veterans & Families, remember that there are people out there to help you with your claims. Do not go it alone, the VA system is a tough one to navigate and there are required details to every claim through the VA. Please, get a service officer to help you with your claims, you will be happy that you did. Contact your local post for the names and numbers of service officers.
STATE BENEFITS AVAILIABLE TO VETERANS:
Veterans License Plate: Veterans may receive a Veterans License Plate or conflict specific license plate when they register their vehicle. Applications can be picked up at any Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or the State Veterans Affairs Office.
Hunting/Fishing Licenses; Green Mountain Passes: 60% service-connected disabled veterans have earned a free hunting/fishing license and Green Mountain Pass (for free use of state parks). You will need to obtain a verification letter from the White River Jct. VA (1-800-827-1000) before submitting your license application. Call (802) 828-1190 for the hunting/fishing license; contact your local town clerk for the Green Mountain Pass.
Property Tax Reduction: Disabled veterans and their surviving spouses may be eligible for a property tax reduction. Applications must be filed before May 1st of each year. Call 802-828-3379 for an application.
Vermont Veterans Medal and Vermont Distinguished Service Medal: Veterans who entered the military when they were a resident of Vermont or a current resident and received an honorable discharge may be eligible for state medals honoring their service.
Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery: The cemetery, located in Randolph Center, Vermont, provides veterans with a resting-place that honors their service at a cost lower than a commercial cemetery. Spouses may be buried with the veteran.
Upcoming Events at Your Veterans of Foreign Wars
11th Patriots Day
12th District 3 Meeting (Post 790)
13th Pitch Tournament
14th Eagle Scout Court of Honor
18th POW/MIA Day
26th Council of Administration (Bennington Post)
4th Bloody Mary Sunday
11th Post 790 80th Anniversary/Family Day
17th Ladies Auxiliary 121 Raffle
24th Ladies Auxiliary Halloween Party
21st Ladies Auxiliary Wine Paring
5th Post Dinner & Silent Auction
12th Christmas Party (Children & Grandchildren)
Remember, we are now booking for Christmas Parties