MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDER
Team Century is into our 3rd quarter stretch now and continuing to pick up speed. At our Mid-Winter Conference, we honored and our Past Department Commanders and Presidents at our Joint Opening Ceremony and presented our Youth Essay winners for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade and Patriot Pen Awards as well. We gave out our "Silent Rae" J.A.S.O.N. awards and 3-member recruiter pins to those who earned them. We recognized our Teachers of the Year, Patriot Pen 1st Place winner and our District and Department VOD winners at a banquet in their honor. We had some great classes on Membership, Dashboard, Quartermaster, Post Service Officer, and VFW 101 and Mentorship.
I have had the honor traveling around our 106 Posts in the State and making presentations for 100% membership Post Awards and Steamers, All-American Post Award Citations and streamers for 2020-2021, Post Anniversary Citations for 75 years and 100 years chartered, Youth Essay Awards, Teacher of the Year Awards, Membership recruiting Awards and State Commander Coins of Excellence to members chosen by their Post and District Commanders for their unwavering commitment to taking care of Veterans, Families, and the Community. I could not be prouder of all that you all are doing!
As a Department, we remain steadfast in support of our National Commander in Chief's Missions of increasing awareness of the VFW thru our Community Service and Partnership Events. By having Veteran and Community impact events, our membership will continue to grow and keep our organization over a million members strong. Continue growing our organization by actively searching for qualified members to join us as well as making phone calls to let our membership and previous members of our Organization know how important they are to ensuring Veteran support and benefits continue for current veterans and their families as well as future veterans and their families. That is the "why" as well as the "what's in it for me" answer. Our mission of taking care of our military brothers and sisters (all veterans) and communities never ended when the uniform came off. We continue, thru the VFW, to assist in bettering the welfare and morale of our active-duty military and their families. We ensure all our Veterans, and their families are awarded and receive the benefits they are entitled to. We advocate thru legislation for our Military, Veterans and their families. We continue to protect and strive to better our Communities thru our Community Service Programs. We continue teaching and educating our Youth in Patriotism and remembrance of our Military Historical dates.
I am honored to be serving on Team Century with you and look forward to all of the great things coming in this 3rd quarter.
Carry the Torch!
TEAM CENTURY IN ACTION
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