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Harrison VFW Newsletter July 2016


Greetings Post Officers, VFW Members, Auxiliary, LOV-S and our many friends. Let me first say how much of a privilege it is to be your new commander. Hats off to Bob and the gang for handing off a great organization that is prepared for future endeavors. What a great celebration we had on 11 Jun and I must thanks LOV-S for going above and beyond in their support. We aspire to be an organization that understands what its members want and how to continue to serve the community. We all know the club is our biggest source of revenue, so I will be taking a close look at how we do things, so we can continue to turn that success into support for veterans and the community. I’m not looking to change things just because we can. We all have great ideas and I want you to tell me what you think might work. I don’t subscribe to the, “we always done it this way” philosophy. If that was the case, we still would fight with muskets and telephones would still be rotary. The executive board meeting is being separated from the VFW member meeting with hopes to encourage more transparency and sharing of ideas. Both the Auxiliary and LOV-S are invited to have as many representatives they care to have there. I hope to have the leaders at these E-board meetings, so we truly have an executive board. Anyone and I mean anyone, can attend an E-board meeting to be heard. We will reserve the first few minutes for non-members to come express concerns and ideas. This is where folks should come and tell us what we are doing wrong, not through the rumor mill. We have a great post and I speak from experience, traveling 27 states and visiting VFWs as part of my profession. This is your post and you should value it. I’m just the guy holding the wheel, where we go and how we get there is up to all of you. I thank everyone who continues to volunteer. I realize there is a core group keeping this post afloat and value your commitment. Pray for our troops, post and country. LOOK for the new meeting times.

Thanks – Michael W. Jones, Commander


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CANTEEN Open Mon. – Fri. at 3pm /   Sat. 8am and Sun. 1pm


VFW Executive Board Meeting: Wed, 7/6, 7pm: All members (VFW, LOV-S, and Auxiliary) invited to attend to share ideas.

VFW Regular Meeting:  Wed, 7/20, 7pm.

Max & Joe Line Dance every Wednesday in the Canteen (no cover)

Line Dance Lessons every Monday, beginners at 6pm; regulars at 7pm  $5. (Except Mon, 7/4))

LOV-S Monthly Breakfast on Sat, July 9: 8am-11:30am $7.00 & FLEA MARKET 8am- 1pm.

Cabana Entertainment: Friday, 7/1: Simmer Down Band; Fri, 7/8: Biggin;

Fri, 7/15:  Patterson James Band; Fri, 7/29: Michael T.

Weekly CRUISE IN.  Every Thursday, 5-9pm.  DJ John Summers, food, drinks and prizes.

Live Band: 2 Second Warning: Sat, 7/16, 8pm, $5.00  (Event Center) (Open to Public)

Mud Volleyball:  Sat, 7/23, 8am.  Contact Ed Eggleston, 513 213-6666

I am a US Navy veteran and I am happy to be taking over the responsibility of Club Manager. Please feel free to let me know your ideas.


Jeremy “Andy” Anderson, Junior Vice



Friday $5.00 Drawing Winners:

Jill Memory (100%); Becky Stephenson (100%); Sylvia Cole (n/p); Jack Monahan (100%)


Auxiliary raffling a Kimber Stainless 45 cal. Ultra TLE II – Night Sights (or $1,000 cash). Must be 21 and legally allowed to own a firearm.  Only 225 tickets sold.



Happy Birthday

Jan St. John, Wayne Miller, Cappy (born 1925); Hoppy, Dallas Grubbs, Karen Downing, Ed Crawford. Birthday Party is Sat, July 16, starting at 6pm with happy hour prices for Birthday Person til 9pm, birthday cake, juke box.  Bring snack to share and invite some of your friends.

CONGRATULATIONS to Nick Wilcher on the birth of his daughter, Zoey.



We have a long list of friends that are ill they are: Walt Miller, Joe Ecklar, Darlene Johnson, Tilly, Mary Reed, Judy Brown, Barb Bowling, Donna Smith, Pam Kern’s granddaughter, Duffy Vines, Sandy White and Hilda Kober. Please keep these members and families in your prayers.

 As always, please keep our service men and women, POW’s & MIA’s in your prayers.

Joe Eckler, Chaplain



Next meeting is Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm. The Mud Volleyball will be Sat, July 23, need volunteers.  Raffling off a Kimber, tickets are $10.00, help us sell these.

Remember to keep our troops in your prayers

As always: Remember to Thank a Veteran, God Bless America.

Dave Wendell, President Men’s Auxiliary



Our election of officers was held 6/23/16. LOV-S 2016/2017 officers:  Mary Ann Callan (President); Bev Hilmer (Vice President), Linda Dole (Secretary), Hazel Schuck (Treasurer), Phyllis Wolf (Chaplain); Nancy Betz (Sgt of Arms); Judy Brown, Lois Lane, Sue Sonderman (Trustees).  Congratulations to all of the ladies.  Thank you all who ran for office and submitted your votes.  Our next breakfast is 7/9, if you are able to volunteer to work, call or e-mail me.  I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.

 God Bless Our Veterans

Mary Ann Callan, President LOV-S



I am a US Navy Veteran and I have been elected as the Post’s Quartermaster.

Come down to the meetings: Executive Board 1st Wednesday of each month at 7pm & Regular meetings on the 3rd Wednesday at 7pm.  We would love to hear your input and ideas for the betterment of the Post.  If you need a ride, give the Post a call and we can make arrangements to get you here.

Let’s keep it helping Veterans, their families and area needy for another 70 yrs.

God Bless America

Regina Graichen, Quartermaster



The Post has helped in May: 29 Veterans and families with VA assistance, driving to Veterans facilities and assisting with paper work and finances. People helped thru Charitable Events using the Canteen, Event Center. Every Thursday at noon AA meets here. We have given out over $4,750.00 for our veteran members, local area needy, etc. This was a big month and that’s what we are here for – to help! Post needs your help to step up and get active a few hrs. a month!



  • Many improvements and clean up, can use your help anytime.
  • Volunteers needed to help with the September 17th Cruise-In.  Need sponsors, door prizes and planning for this big day.


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