Using Square for Receipts

Almost everyone has a smart phone or knows someone in their Post who owns one. A product called Square has been around for a couple of years and I suggest if your QM or Poppy chair doesn’t have one, they should take a look at getting one. Basically, it is a devise you can plug into your phone to accept credit card payments. You can use it while you distribute Buddy Poppies, collect dues at meetings from those folks who don’t carry cash or checks, or simply have one available should you need to accept funds from someone. You can order one for free from https://squareup.com/ There is a service fee so cash is best but this is the next best thing.

Martin Spani to Step Down As Post 1040 Commander

After 19 years Marty is stepping down from being Commander of Post 1040. He and his wife are moving north to the Mt. Vernon area. Senior Vice Frank Martinez will be stepping up to run the Post. Over the course of Marty’s leadership, Post 1040 has been one of the most successful Posts in both District 1 and the Department of WA. Under his leadership, Veterans Park in Lynnwood was established and is one of the premier parks of its kind in this area. Marty’s leadership will be missed.

Mid-Winter Reservations

We normally have good attendance by District 1 at the Mid-Winter Conference. We are trying to get a couple of tables together for the banquet on Saturday evening. If you do plan on attending, please let Don Wischmann know ASAP (if you haven’t done so already). We would like to give Robin a good head count earlier than the rest of the Districts. In the Department mailing Robin states that there will be fewer seats than in the past and normally this banquet is packed. Therefore, she is only holding seating open at District tables until October 31st—after that anyone with a paid reservation will be assigned seating at the District table. Also, make sure you get your payment to Department for your banquet tickets. Tickets are $33/person. Neither Don nor I want to be bankers for this event.

Articles in Newspapers

If you have a article published in your local newspaper, please make sure that Ray Fairbank at Department receives a copy of it. If you take a look at the Department’s website of posted articles, you’ll see that the majority of them are from Post 1040. Since I know a bunch of other Posts are also publishing pieces in the local newspapers, it means they aren’t getting them to Department.

50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War Welcome Home Celebration

50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War Welcome Home Celebration

The following is a repost from the Army on this ceremony:

The Commanding General, I Corps, is having a ceremony and reception on 9 October to honor all veterans that served during the Vietnam War era.It is most important to note that this is all veterans and not just those that served in Vietnam and SE Asia.This includes Cold War veterans of that era such as SAC, Air Defense, Europe, Korea, at sea, CONUS, etc.In addition to veterans, the public is invited and encouraged to attend.and the public are requested to enter Joint Base Lewis-McChord through the DuPont Gate at I5 Exit 119 starting at 11:00 am.All will be guided to parking.

The ceremony will be held on Watkins Field (Main Parade Field) starting at 1:00 PM.Included in the ceremony will be the entire 7th Infantry Division, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and other major units stationed on JBLM.The Washington Army National Guard and the civilian community will participate through the Massing of the Colors to honor the American Flag as the symbol of our Country.

Ceremony speakers will be General Barry McCaffrey, recipient of the two Army Distinguished Service Crosses in the Vietnam War, and Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza, Commanding General, I Corps.

Major JBLM Army and Air Force units will have displays for visitors located in the main part of the Army part of the installation.

There will be a reception with the Vietnam Era Veterans and their families and friends where Generals McCaffrey and Lanza will present each veteran with a commemorative pin.

Please RSVP by October 3rd if you plan on attending by following the link

https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=210707&k=0060420E7B50

 

It would be nice to have every Post from District 1 represented at the ceremony and having a representative carrying their Post colors in the Massing of the Colors. You will be rubbing shoulders with a lot of different veterans groups as well as a number of VFW Posts. The Army is going to a lot of work to put this on and I suspect there are a lot of troopers who would rather be doing something else than marching in a parade so our presence will let them know that we appreciate their efforts.

Membership Totals as of September 29th

Post

Life

New

Re-
inst.

Cont.

Total

Adj.
Prior Year

%

N/R
LM

Prior
Annu.

Reten-
tion

921

50

0

2

0

60

63

95.24

0

6

0.00

1040

195

4

2

31

232

291

79.73

0

90

35.56

1561

105

1

1

15

122

155

78.71

1

53

35.85

2100

692

2

4

15

713

792

90.03

4

81

28.40

2554

31

0

0

2

33

34

97.06

0

9

11.11

7511

32

0

1

1

34

38

89.47

0

6

16.67

8870

145

3

0

14

162

211

76.78

0

58

31.03

9417

50

0

1

6

57

67

85.07

0

14

50.00

Totals

1308

10

11

84

1413

1651

85.58

Tally Reports as of September 26th

Post
921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
Bylaws See individual post page
Articles 11/4/13 X X X X X X X
990′s 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 13
Audit Mar 4/14 4/11 5/16 5/5 4/15 5/12 4/9 4/17
Jun 7/30 7/7 7/8 MIA 8/18 9/17 7/15 7/22
C.S.R. Post
921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
May 5/30 6/2 MIA 6/13 7/9 9/15 6/3 7/28
Jun 6/30 7/7 7/14 7/7 8/10 9/15 6/24 7/28
Jul 7/30 8/5 8/10 8/10 8/10 9/15 6/24 7/28
Aug 8/28 9/5 9/11 9/5 MIA 9/15 9/3 9/12
Sep 9/26
Hospital Report Post
921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
May 5/30 6/2 MIA 6/13 7/9 9/15 6/3 7/31
Jun 6/30 7/7 7/14 7/7 8/10 9/15 6/3 7/31
Jul 7/30 8/5 8/10 8/10 8/10 9/15 7/30 8/8
Aug 8/28 9/5 9/11 9/5 MIA 9/15 9/3 9/12
Chaplain’s Report Post
921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
May X X MIA X X MIA X X
Jun X X X X X MIA X X
Jul X X X X MIA MIA X X
Aug MIA X X X MIA MIA X X
Post
921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
Bonds 90K/
3K
60K/
3K
90K/
3K
30K/
3K/3K
90K/
5K
15K/
3K
30K/
30K
10K/
8K
Club
Bonds
3K
Poppies 2K 1.5K 5K 2K 1K NONE NONE NONE

 

District 1 Tally

audits

bylaws

Articles

990′s

March

June

Bonds

8/2/13

X

13

4/15

7/212

5k/3k

 

The Tally Report is almost a week old so if you’ve filed your reports ignore the MIA reference. Make sure your 990’s are filed with the IRS. If they have been filed, make sure Department is getting a copy of them. Also, we have 3 Posts who haven’t ordered Buddy Poppies. It is getting close to the drop dead date to receive them on time for Veterans Day. I have also taken the liberty to highlight the missing reports so don’t blame Robin. Once you get behind, it’s tough to catch up so try and stay on top of them.