6-Year-running Wisconsin All State Team
To foster an on-going recognition of Veterans and their sacrifices in military-service to America. Each veteran made those sacrifices to ensure the freedoms and security of a way of life that we all enjoy today. Our Members pay tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service when “Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living”. The many National Veterans of Foreign Wars Programs are promoted to recognize the needs of those now serving in the military, our Disabled Veterans and the Widows and Orphans of Veterans. VFW educational programs are offered to local schools and their students of all grades to help recognize military Veterans and to promote true Patriotism through art contests, essay- writing and an oratory-program. Those students who chose to participate are rewarded for their efforts.
987 Runs a Brat Fund-raiser at the Annual Badger Steam & Gas Show
987 Runs a Brat Fund-raiser at the Annual Badger Steam & Gas Show. Shown are QM/Adj. Leroy Martz, Commander Jerry and Jr. Vice Mark Greenwood, along with Gene Fenske and Rich Evans in the back.
Also attending the fund-raiser were (l-r) Ladies Aux. Treasurer, Jackie Martz, Ladies Aux President, Mickey Powell, Auxiliary member Jo Zipsie, William Browning, son of another Aux member, and 987 member Dennis Kluge.
987 Pays Visit To Veterans At King Veterans Home
Post Quartermaster Jerry Parchem, a member of the VFW State Honor Guard, greets Past State Commander James La Sage during the recent annual VFW King Day at the Veterans Home. 1994-1995 Past State Commander Jim is now a resident at King, having called nearby Waupaca home during his tenure.
987 Puts On A HUGE Brat Sale At
This Years Badger Steam & Gas Show
Comrade “chef” Bill Luebke raises grill-cover to check-on meat delicacies as Comrade Rich Evans reloads the gallon jug with huge Kosher dills to serve hungry show-goers. Over 1,000 brats, franks, and chicken-fillet sandwiches on fresh bakery were served during the recent 3-day event. Funds raised during the event are distributed to aide Nat’l VFW Programs supported by the Post and its Ladies Auxiliary in an effort to lengthen it’s sixth consecutive-year Post “White Hat” status. A sizable amount of profit was also committed to support the Badger Steam & Gas Club which hosts the event on its grounds each year. This was the first year that VFW and Ladies-Aux members could combine their efforts to make it a huge success.
VFW Post 987’s Color Guard led the daily 2pm Parade at the Badger Steam & Gas Show. Show-goers lined the route to witness the steam & gas-powered machinery that followed during the hour-long parade. Lt to Rt, Comrades Roman Statz, Cmdr Larry Randall w/ Stars & Stripes, Don Fox behind POW/MIA, Jerry Parchem on cadence, Gene Fenske behind Post Colors, and Mike Popp, guarding. It is estimated that 8 to 9 thousand admirers attended the 3-day event to witness vintage farm-machinery in-action, enjoy great summer weather, the good food offered by the many non-profit organizations, and perhaps discover a collectible item found at the many swap-meet vendors there during the show.
Commander Larry, along with LAUX members Cindy Randall and Bea Statz and other “shy” Post-members during a brief lull in serving event-goers. The Post fund-raiser will help secure needed monies to support VFW Programs through out the year.
987 Awards Coloring Contest Winner
Post 987 Officer’s are shown awarding a 1st-grade student who provided the most colorful and properly displayed US Flag entry above all his other classmates at his school. Mom and Dad, little sister and brother were happy to be present at St. John’s school. All other classmates were given a patriotic Pledge of Allegiance coloring-book and a new VFW pencil. The contest is held each May in all six district schools and awarded before Memorial Day. The bicycle-awards are obtained through the local Walmart with a store grant. Past Sr. Vice Commander/newly elected Commander Larry Randall (far right) contributed at each of the six ceremonies.
987 Awards Patriot’s Pen Awards
Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 987 recently awarded 4 of 52 St John’s Lutheran 6th, 7th and 8th grade-students who participated in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. L-R, 1st-place, Jayden Parchem, grade 6, 2nd-place, Mason Mistelle, grade 8, tied for 2nd-place, Clarinda Yarish, grade 8, and 3rd-place, Elizabeth Showers, grade 7. These students had presented their essays entitled “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers” at the Veterans Day Observance held on November 12th. Each was awarded a Certificate of Recognition, a monetary award, and a special ball-point pen to keep on expressing their individual patriotic views. Also shown is Post 987 Commander Jerry Parchem and Ladies Auxiliary President Mickey Powell.
2012 Voice of Democracy Winner Honored
Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 987 of Baraboo chose Jordyn Schara, to represent the Post in its district competition. The Reedsburg H. S. senior provided a recorded essay for the VFW-Voice of Democracy Scholarship Contest. Jordyn recently spoke at a Post meeting where Veteran and Ladies Auxiliary-members were duly impressed by her eloquent presentation. She also related her summer adventure as a 2012 Summer Olympic’s Torch Bearer in England, as she brandished her very own torch. She stated “I was overwhelmed when I realized I was the only person on the entire planet to carry my torch for 300 meters in this hamlet of Ludgershall, England. The feeling was indescribable.” Jordyn was chosen for that honor after initiating a non-profit organization called Wisconsin Prescription Pill & Drug Disposal in her school at age 14. To date, her group has collected over 960,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs and has merged with her mentor’s national program, now active in 22-states. Pictured are Commander Jerry Parchem, contestant Jordyn, mother Krystall, and Ladies Auxiliary President, Mickey Powell. The Post awarded Jordyn a scholarship-check for $100. She now enters a competition where, if selected, her recording goes on to National Competition and can be awarded the top scholarship of $30,000.
987 LAVFW Donates to Veterans Trust Fund
Sauk County Veterans Benefit Specialist Kathy Kent, left front, accepts a $300 donation to the Veterans Trust Fund from Greenwood Memorial Ladies Auxiliary members, Secretary Carolyne White, President Mickey Powell, and Treasurer Cindy Randall. The Veterans Trust Fund has provided essential services to our Veterans for decades, including assistance for employment, housing, health care, education, and transportation. The Veterans Service Office provides a welcome-home to service members returning from deployments and who are returning to a challenging economy. Many have also sustained mental and physical trauma. It is only right that our Veterans should continue to be provided the services they have earned and the support they need to help them get back on their feet from which they will contribute to their local communities as productive, independent citizens.
This Year’s Eagle Scout Honored
Cmdr Jerry is shown with Scout Leader-Andy Jones and Eagle Scout-Nathan Fritschler during their recent Troop 173, Court of Honor ceremony. Nathan was presented with a Post recognition certificate, a Dept of WI certificate and a check for $100 as a post-entry in the VFW Depart-WI ‘Scout of the Year’ Program.
987 Recognizes Wal-Mart
Members of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 987 assembled for a fund-raiser last Saturday, Armed Forces Day, at Walmart. Time was taken to recognize Walmart Store Management & Staff with a “Certificate of Appreciation” for its continued support to the Veterans Post and its VFW Programs in the community. Pictured L to R is Post Jr-Vice Commander – Mike Popp; Chaplain – Tom White; Commander – Jerry Parchem; Store Co-Manager – Tyler Johnson; Quartermaster – Dave Yatalese; Service Officer – Rich Evans; Member – Bob Doepke and Sr-Vice Commander – Larry Randall. Thank you to the Baraboo community and visiting guests for making the annual event successful.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Pledge Recited in Baraboo
VFW Post 987 Life Member Rich Musser, on right, accepts the Pledge of Membership for his absent grandson, Larry Osche III, currently serving in Afghanistan with the Army’s 25th Infantry Division. The newest VFW member has served there since November of 2011 and will return state-side in late summer. The “swearing-in” was witnessed by Post Officers and members in attendance during a recent meeting while Post 987 Commander, J Parchem administered the oath.
Teacher Of The Year Nominated
St. Joseph Catholic School 4th grade teacher recently recognized for Post-1st place nomination. Standing L to R is Post Cmdr Parchem, Ladies Aux-President Powell and Teacher Linda Baumgarten. Below are Mrs. Baumgarten’s 4th Grade Class gathered to acknowledge her awards. She holds a 3rd place-Certificate awarded at the District Level
Patriot’s Pen /Voice Of Democracy Winners Recognized
St. John’s Lutheran School students were recognized for their submitted essays. Pictured are; 2nd place Post-winner, Reed Showers, 1st place Post-winner, Grace Korthals, Post Commander Jerry Parchem, and 3rd place Post-winner/3rd place District-winner, Mason Mistele.
Patriot’s Pen Winners Hpnored At Veterans Day Observance
Post 987 Ladies Auxiliary President Powell introduced Patriot’s Pen Winners, Grace Korthals & Reed Showers, and VOD Winner Gabrielle Marx on Veterans Day, 2011 at Baraboo’s Community Center. All 3-students read their essays to Veterans and the general public in attendance. They provided much Patriotism.
Baraboo VFW Post 987 donates to WI State Honor Guard project-need
A Dept State Honor Guard project to chrome the rifles used in Dept Memorial Services was supported by Post 987. Here Post Cmdr / Honor Guard member Jerry Parchem is shown providing Colonel Matt Mayer of the Honor Guard with the check to cover that expense. Much of the amount needed was volunteered by Post 987’s Life-Member Harry Heiser (not shown) who is a proud, 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran.
State Honor Guard Member Parchem displays a fully-dressed rifle following the recent Pass & Review Service held to honor our PSC Steve Lawrence. Rifle stocks were refurbished and time donated at the State Honor Guard home-Post 9537 by its Past Commander Dave Knuth.
VFW Mid-Winter Conference Banquet Violinists Recognized
Reedsburg H. S. Junior-violinists L to R, Sade Murdock, Abby Rivard, & twin-sister Athena Murdock are shown receiving their financial awards for entertaining all attending members and guests with patriotic music during the Mid-Winter Banquet. Dept Cmdr Kutschma donated his earned Red Carpet-stipend to reward the young women for their talents and to help them earn their way to FL’s Disney World to further express those talents in the spring. Shown on the far left is Sister JoLee Mockler, Art Teacher at Reedsburg H.S. and VFW Post 1916 L-Auxiliary Member. On the R, representing Dept Cmdr Larry Kutschma is VFW Post 987 L-Aux Pres. Mickey Powell and Post Cmdr Jerry Parchem.