Quartermaster Update (July 2022)

By Harold Rodenberger

Welcome to the new VFW year. Please join me in welcoming our new Post officers. For the next twelve months, Commander Alyson Teeter and crew will be sailing our good ship in search of new goals such as standing up our own 501(c)(3) organization and getting our remodel project back on track. Our normal mission of serving veterans and their families will continue and expand. There may be an occasional tempest along the way, but if we all help hoist the sails, trim the sheets, and holystone the decks, we will make good progress.

Our Service Officer, Joseph Mesa, has agreed to serve another year. Joseph is one of the best VSO’s in the state. If you, (or a vet you know) need help filing for veteran’s benefits, please get in touch with Joseph, [email protected] or 206-488-8981.

Junior Past Commander Joe Fitzgerald and I attended the 102nd VFW State Convention in Spokane last month. We learned in classes and participated in elections as the Convention took care of business. One highlight was the award of First Place in Editorial Excellence to our newsletter. Congratulations Aly on a great job as Editor of our Ballad Eagleson Patriot!

Looking to the near future: The shredder truck will come to our parking lot on July 26th sometime between 0900-1400 (9-2). They will update us the day before with a more precise time, so if you want to standby and watch your papers be shredded, call Tuesday morning and I may be able to pin it down more closely. I understand that some of you would like to see the truck come and stay for four hours as we did in the past, but the charge for this new service is less than a third of the other. If you want you can drop off your papers and we will secure them and then watch as they’re shredded.

King County has approved our request for a grant to pay for a mural on the front of our building. It will be exciting to watch our public face upgraded. Watch for further updates on this project.

Next month (8/20/22) is the Third Annual Post Picnic at the Seelig’s place on Lake Serene. Look for more info at the Post, elsewhere in this paper, and on our website.

October 22nd is the date of our Annual Spaghetti Fundraiser. It’s not too early to begin rounding up prizes for this great charity event. Restaurant and other business gift certificates, special gift baskets, and other personalized gifts make enticing raffle/auction prizes. Please do your best to contribute some prizes for our annual effort to raise money for our Post Relief Fund.

Electronics handyperson wanted. We’re in the process of upgrading our post security camera system. If you have expertise in this area, please consider volunteering to help us install a good security system. Contact [email protected] or call 206-972-2135.

Please note: The Post Picnic and Spaghetti Fundraiser will take the place of our social nights in August and October.