White Hats

It is getting to that time of year to evaluate the various requirements to earn a White Hat and where you stand in the process. Of course, if your membership won’t be 100%, you can skip to the next article regardless of your Post’s achievements. However, if you have achieved 100%, make sure your “i’s” and “t’s” are dotted and crossed. Last year we had a Post who should have received a White Hat but the various Community Service Reports omitted some important information such as participation in various VFW programs. Make sure that you go through the requirements for a White Hat and that your paperwork is in order.

Memorial Service

March 28, 2015 our district meeting will be held at Post 2100 Everett. This is our Memorial Service. The District Chaplin, Jim Raymond, will need a list of all your deceased members that have died since March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. Jim has requested the list be sent to him no later than March 14, 2015 at:

Jim Raymond
P.O. Box 1352
Granite Falls, WA. 98252

Post Nominations & Elections

Section 217 of the Manual of Procedure requires that nominations of Post officers shall open in March and remain open until the Post is ready to vote. The Section goes on to say the Post elections will be held in April and officers will take office following Department’s Convention which is held in June. It is critical that your Post Election Report be completed as soon as Post elections are held in April. John Hamilton, Adjutant General, requests that you submit your reports online using the Online Membership System (OMS). By doing so, a copy of the report will be sent to the email address of the person completing the report and Department HQ’s. Please submit a copy to District as well. Even if there is no change in your officers from year to year, the election report is still required to be submitted annually. Failure to submit the report by June 1st can result in the Post’s Charter being revoked.

2016 Essay Themes

Department announced that next year’s youth essay theme will be

“Why is America My Favorite Country?”

National has also announced their themes:

Themes for Voice of Democracy are “My Vision for America” while the Patriots Pen theme will be “What Freedom Means to Me”.

It’s not too early to let your teachers and schools know the themes so they can build them into their curriculum for next year.

Edmonds Post Moving Forward on Veterans Plaza

Edmonds Post Moving Forward on Veterans Plaza

On January 20th, the Edmonds City Council approved the design concept for Veterans Plaza. Above is the Memorial Wall with waterfalls segmenting a granite wall. Each segment will feature a branch of the service. The design was selected from a number of submissions of ideas from around the country and even one from Mexico. SiteWorkshop of Seattle was chosen unanimously by the committee who has been meeting since last summer. Committee members are made up of members of VFW Post 8870, American Legion Post 66 and members from the community including a wide representation of various interests.

Post 1040 Supporting Scouting Does Your Post?

Post 1040 Supporting Scouting Does Your Post?

At the BSA Cub Scout Pack 331 Blue and Gold banquet held at Edmonds United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 28th, VFW Post 1040 awarded the Scouting Spirit & leadership award to Webelos Cub Scouts Dirk Smith & Justin Hecox. This award is given annually for outstanding Leadership and Scouting Spirit shown by a member of Pack 331. Pictured L-R; VFW Past Commander Martin Spani, Scout Dirk Smith, Scout Justin Hecox & VFW Quartermaster Brian Seguin.

Using Amazon to Support VFW Projects

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

I grabbed the above description off the Amazon website. I know I spend far too much money at Amazon but, then again, I rarely end up at the Mall. I signed up for Amazon Smile and selected Puget Sound Honor Flight for the charity I wished to support. Every purchase I make will give Honor Flight .5% of the amount spent. Painless, easy, and a great way to help out a good cause. Thanks to Marty Spani who pointed it out to me.

Tally Reports

Post 921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
Bylaws  8/2/13 See individual post page
Articles X 11/4/13 X X X X X X X
Insp. 1/10 10/14 10/2 10/7 10/21 10/9 11/13 11/14 11/29
990’s 13 13 13 13 EXT 12 13 13 13
Audit
Jun 7/30 7/7 7/8 10/14 8/18 9/17 7/15 7/22

Sep 10/30 10/6 10/8 10/22 11/14 12/15 10/14 11/3

Dec 1/13 1/14 1/9  2/10 2/13 1/20 2/16
C.S.R. Post 921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
May 5/30 6/2 11/5 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 7/30 8/8
Aug 8/28 9/5 9/11 9/5 10/20 9/15 9/3 9/12
Sep 10/6 10/3 10/14 10/6 10/20 10/9 9/26 10/14
Oct 10/30 11/7 11/12 11/6 11/17 11/13 10/27 11/5
Nov 12/11 12/5 1/13 12/15 1/8 1/6 12/30 12/12
Dec 1/2 12/31 1/13 1/13 1/13 1/6 12/30 1/22
Jan 1/29 2/6 2/10 2/16 2/20 2/9 1/27 2/16
Feb 3/4 3/5 3/4
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
Sep 10/30 10/3 10/14 10/6 11/3 10/6 9/29 10/14
Oct 10/30 11/7 11/12 11/6 11/17 11/13 10/27 11/5
Nov 12/11 12/5 1/13 12/15 1/6 12/3 12/12
Dec 1/2 12/31 1/13 1/13 1/13 1/6 12/30 1/22
Jan 1/29 2/6 2/10 2/16 2/20 2/9 1/27 2/16
Feb 3/4 3/5 3/4
Chaplain’s Report Post 921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
May X X X X X X
Jun X X X X X X X
Jul X X X X X X X
Aug X X X X X X X
Sep X X X X X X
Oct X X X X X X
Nov X X X X X X
Dec X X X X X X
Jan X  X X X X
Feb X X X X
Post 921 1040 1561 2100 2554 7511 8870 9417
Bonds 5K/
3K
100K/
3K
60K/
3K
90K/
3K
30K/
3K
90K/
5K
15K/
3K
30K/
30K
10K/
8K
Club Bonds 3K
Poppies 2K 1.5K 10K 2K 1K 500 5K 500

 

Membership as of March 7, 2015

Post

Life

New

Re-
inst.

Cont.

Total

Adj.
Prior Year

%

N/R
LM

Prior
Annu.

Reten-
tion

921

58

2

0

5

65

63

103.17

0

6

50.00

1040

195

8

2

62

267

291

91.75

0

90

67.78

1561

108

2

0

33

143

155

92.25

0

53

75.47

2100

697

11

3

56

767

792

96.84

6

81

75.31

2554

31

5

0

5

41

34

120.58

0

9

44.44

7511

33

0

1

4

38

38

100.00

0

6

66.67

8870

145

5

0

38

188

211

89.09

1

58

70.69

9417

51

2

1

14

68

67

101.49

0

14

100.00

Totals

1318

35

7

217

1577

1651

95.51

7

Websites & Facebook

I’d like to add each Post’s website, Facebook, and other social media to our listing of meetings. In addition, I think they should be added to our next District Directory. I attended Post 1561’s meeting and found out they had updated their website http://vfw1561.org and it is very well done. I know that Sultan Post 2554 also has a nice website and Facebook presence. My Post, 8870 in Edmonds, has a good website but we are a bit weak in the social media area. 1040 has a website and a Facebook page. If your Post needs a hand in setting up a website or social media page, please let District know and we will see if we can give you a hand. If you do have a website, make sure you update it frequently. There is nothing like going to a website and seeing meeting information that is a month old.