Poppy Days will be decided at the May meeting. Please answer the call to help if you are able and available. At our May meetings we will be asked to sign up for a two hour assignment to distribute poppies and receive contributions. The poppies are actually given away to remind all of us of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES
Thursday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. Place small flags on the graves of all veterans in Harlington Cemetery.
Saturday, May 25, 9:00 a.m. Put up Avenue of Flags. We need lots of volunteers to help at Harlington Cemetery.
Monday, May 27, Memorial Day parade and service. Joe W. Cretzmeyer VFW Post 2208 is in charge of the program this year. We should have a Color Guard for the parade. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. Members in the parade should report there by 10:00 a.m. Any activities after the service will be announced at the service.
Monday, May 27, 2:00 p.m. Gather the small grave flags on Harlington Cemetery. 4:00 p.m. Take down Avenue of Flags. Help is also needed to take down the flags and poles to put away until the next time they are needed. 4:30 p.m. H-dours (Hors d'oeuvre) served for flag volunteers at the VFW.
INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
Post officers elected at the May meeting will be installed at the June Meeting by County Commander David Lahmann.
The nomination committee consists of Arne Waldstein, Brent Wightman, and Marvin Behrens
HAWKEYE BOYS STATE
Our post has selected two delegates for The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State at Camp Dodge this year. It will begin June 9 and end June 14. Legionnaire Day is Tuesday, June 11.
Representing us this year will be Zachary M. Hansen, son of Dennis and Jacqui of Waverly; and Keaton Hull, son of Shannon and Denise of Waverly. Both are juniors at Waverly-Shell Rock Senior High School.
IOWA DEPARTMENT CONVENTION
The 94th Annual Convention of The American Legion, Department of Iowa will be Friday-Sunday, July 12-14, at the Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth Street, Sioux City. For reservations, call 712-277-4101. For more details, see the June-August 2013 issue of the Iowa Legionnaire & Auxiliary Communiqué.
WAVP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Waverly Area Veterans Post will have its third annual general meeting at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2013, at the Legion Hall, 208 8th Ave. SW, Waverly, for the purpose of installing (seating) board members, presenting annual reports and conducting other business as shall be presented by the Board of Directors.
All members, both veterans and auxiliary, of all four member organizations, are encouraged to attend. More details will be published in the next issue of this newsletter.
BREMER COUNTY LEGION MEETING
The next meeting of the Bremer County Association of American Legion Posts is Thursday, July 18, 7:00 p.m., at the Acker-Matthias Post 653 Legion Hall, 161 East Main Street Denver. At this meeting the officers for the next biennium, 2013-2015, nominated by Waverly Post 176 and elected at the April meeting, will be installed by 2013-2014 Third District Commander Jim Zacharias. They are Brent Wightman, Commander; Marvin Behrens, Adjutant and Finance Officer; and Chad Johnson, Chaplain. All members of this Post are encouraged to attend.
CHILI AND OYSTER SUPPER
The Chili and Oyster Supper was served to 234 persons this year. The net proceeds from the supper this year were $858.00 of which the Auxiliary received $429.00.
The target for our post for 2013 is 145. On April 26 our membership was 117, 80.69% of target. Dues are $35.00 per year. Post dues increased to $35.00 beginning January 1, 2013. Please pay yours as soon as possible. Anyone whose dues are not paid on or after February 1 for 2013 is no longer a member in good standing.
AUXILIARY UNIT # 176
NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT
We are moved! Our new address is—Jerome & Vera Hoins, 201 East Grove Street, Shell Rock, IA 50670-1060. Our phone number is 319-885-4146. We are slowly getting settled.
May is poppy month. Please sign up to distribute the poppies. Let's do the best ever!
Memorial Day will be celebrated on May 27 this year, a great day to honor all the veterans.
This spring has certainly been different weather. Hope it warms up pretty soon.
Hope to see all of you on Monday, May 6, at the Unit meeting at 7:30 p.m., and at the Vet's (WAVP) breakfast on Saturday, May 11, at the VFW between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.
—Vera Hoins, 2012-2014 President
Membership goal for our unit is 110. On April 19 our membership was 106, 96.36% of goal.
Dues have increased for the 2013 membership year from $15.00 to $20.00. National dues are increasing $4.00 beginning the same membership year as voted at the 2011 national convention.
Junior dues have increased from $4.00 to $5.00 for 2013.
BREMER COUNTY ALA OFFICERS
Bremer County American Legion Auxiliary officers for 2013-2015 will be from the Waverly Unit. They are Lois Slaba, President; Portia Licht, Secretary/Treasurer; and Vera Hoins, Chaplain.
Save soda (pop) can tabs for the Ronald McDonald houses in our area. This is primarily a project of the Junior Auxiliary.
Miranda Buchholz, daughter of James and LuAnn is the local delegate for Girls State this year. Alternate is Stephanie Lashbrook, daughter of Bret and Marcil. The government learning experience is June 16-21 on the campus of Iowa State University. The lessons learned from practical experience will last and are used for a lifetime by many of them.
WAVP BUILDING UPDATE
Efforts are underway to refocus, revive and revitalize the fundraising drive with the hopes of concluding this year or early next year to move on to the building construction phase. Building plans and modification are currently also being considered.
Support of the community is sought for a service facility for the benefit of veterans with some degree of disability. VA is good at the financial and medical, we provide community help to find gainful and family supporting employment, to find a friendly environment for the stressed and overburdened who recently served in combat, to find support in a caring place to live with understanding neighbors.
We shamelessly ask for personal and financial contributions from a caring community. Would you like to get involved? Would you help? How much? All constructive comments are welcome. Marvin Behrens, Board Member of WAVP
LEGION HALL RENTAL
SLOGANS AND PROJECTS
The Legion Symbol is the Cornstalk. The Auxiliary symbol is the USA Flag.
The Legion slogan for the year is "Duty Still Calls" The Auxiliary theme is "Saluting Our Flag, Saluting Our Veterans."
Department Commander Lyle Schaffer's project is to assist with repairs to the Department of Iowa Legion Headquarters building and grounds.
Department Auxiliary President Mary Littrell's projects are (1) Veterans Home at Marshalltown, (2) Iowa City VA Women's Health Center, and (3) Iowa Girls State.
Richard Miller, Post Commander 352-9085
Burton Boevers, Post Adjutant 352-4513
Vera Hoins, Auxiliary President 885-4146
Marvin Behrens, Newsletter Editor 352-0798
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