Greendale VFW Post #10519
OCTOBER 2013 NEWSLETTER
Greetings Members and Friends of Greendale VFW Post 10519,
At our September meeting we had guest speaker, Marie Honel (Representative of Volunteer Program Coordinator for Veterans), she addressed both the Post members and Auxiliary members. Marie talked about opportunities in making a positive difference in the life of a veteran through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Volunteers for Veterans Program. This program connects volunteers who are 55 and over to opportunities with local agencies serving veterans and their families. Volunteer opportunities are varied and flexible, based on your interests and schedule, and include delivering a box of groceries, driving, serving meals and more. To learn more, contact Marie Honel, Volunteer Program Coordinator for Veterans at (414) 220-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can check out their web site at www.interfaithmilw.org/rsvp.
Roger Volland, our outgoing Poppy Chairman has submitted a letter to the Milwaukee Brewer’s organization requesting dates for Poppy distribution for 2014. Once the Brewer’s respond, I will pass that information on to you. We are hoping for many dates and hopefully some premium games.
The “MILWAUKEE HOMELESS VETERANS INITIATIVE” operates an emergency food pantry to help Veterans who are in short term crisis situation. MHVI put out a request in September for donations to help replenish the cupboards. Post member, Kristin Dodds, answered the call for help by organizing a food drive through her employer Hydrite Chemical. Due to Kristin’s efforts over 400 pounds of food was collected in one weeks time (September 16-20) from Hydrite Chemicals four Milwaukee area locations. Kristen presented the collected food and a $500.00 donation check from the Post to MHVI Board member Paul Moriarty. Paul stated that all of the food will go into their Emergency Food Pantry that serves Veterans in transition who may not have access to a regular food bank for a nutrition program. They also supply a box of food to Veterans they help move into their first apartments. MHVI moves 20 to 25 Veterans per week. Thanks Kristin for a job well done.
The Veterans Day parade will be on November 9th starting at 11 am. Your VFW Post 10519 Color Guard will be marching as always. This year we will have a vehicle behind the Color Guard honoring the Post’s VETERAN OF THE YEAR, BILL PEKRUL. The vehicle door sign will present Bill as our Veteran of the year, a World War II Veteran, a D-Day Invasion participant and that Bill had been awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star. I hope many of you can make the parade to honor all Veterans.
As I mentioned in the August and September Newsletters the Post monthly meeting attendance has been down. If anyone wishes to attend a meeting but has transportation issues contact me. Depending on the circumstances we may be able to make arrangements for a ride.
Another quick reminder, our Post Christmas Party is scheduled for December 14th. More information will be in the November newsletter.
The Post has an e-mail address, it is GREENDALEVFW@GMAIL.COM. If you have any questions or concerns call or e-mail me. The Post’s web site is www.myvfw.org/wi/post10519. And once again if you would prefer to receive your Post Newsletter and Auxiliary Newsletters and other information updates by e-mail, send an e-mail to GREENDALEVFWNEWS @GMAIL.COM.
OUR NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING IS OCTOBER 28TH AT 7:30 PM. I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US.