Mid-Winter is near, and it will be a Mid-Winter like no other. The Auxiliary held theirs via Zoom in January, but I wanted to hold out hope for an "in-person” Mid-Winter with Zoom available to those that don’t feel comfortable venturing out yet. This has become possible now, so Mid-Winter is a go. On Feb 19th and 20th, we’ll be meeting at the Olympia Hotel RL (call Robin for details) with a fundraiser dinner at Post 318 on Friday night. To ensure physical distancing and all other protocols are followed, there will be two separate dinner service times: 1700 and 1900. Again, please call Robin for details. Masks and physical distancing during all meetings will be adhered to!
Unfortunately, we will not be holding our VOD Awards dinner on Saturday night. All District Commanders were directed to ensure their winners were notified so Department didn’t "spoil” the surprise by notifying Department winners. The VOD and PP Winners were invited to give their speeches at our 100-year gala on May 8th, and are very excited about being able to share their essays with us! This was the best alternative plan we could come up with. It is so unfortunate that the Department VOD winner can’t go to DC with us and "storm the hill!” This "perk” is such a great award in that they get to meet their counterpart from other Departments, tour all the sites of DC, and walk down the winners' aisle at the banquet. I HOPE there will be another option for them, like the trip to Valley Forge, but that’s not looking good either. Regardless, let’s try to make these presentations as special as possible!
National Convention is still a GO for now! Keep your eyes peeled to the National website for any updates.
On March 3rd, our Commander-in-Chief will be testifying in front of Congress; sharing what is important to us as VFW members, and how Congress can help Veterans and their families! We’ll try to link the live feed to our Facebook page, if available.
Please, REMEMBER what our mission is, and TRY to work in harmony with the Auxiliary. We realize they are only here if not for the Post they are attached to, but they do run under their own set of bylaws and rituals. Download a copy of their Podium Edition (I have a hard copy on my desk) and before you call them out on something, look through their book first. I have too many issues dealing with Auxiliary/Post problems that really shouldn’t happen if we all just remembered our mission. Sometimes it isn’t remembered that WE, the Post members, are Veterans too, not just the ones still serving.
Lastly, I’ll be putting out a membership challenge for March that you maaaaaay want to watch for!!!
Keep up the FANTASTIC work, Washington!! We’re over 94% in membership now, and 8th in the NATION!! Stay focused on our mission!!!!
I want to sincerely thank all of our members for the hard work and commitment to service you have exhibited over the past year. In the face of 12 m...