Commander’s Corner (February 2024)

TONIGHT IS MEETING NIGHT! Consider attending to learn more about our post and our mission. Quartermaster Hamilton is cooking food, which will be served around 6 p.m. and then the business meeting starts at 7. If you can’t come physically, we also offer a virtual option via Zoom.

Our leadership focus has turned to membership, which includes recruiting and retention. Members old and new can help with these endeavors in a variety of ways, such as setting up a booth at the Ballard Farmers Market or calling expired members. To be successful, we must make this focus a team effort. (Quick plug for expiring members: renew ASAP or consider a lifetime membership, which includes a $100 rebate!)

In other news, our last World War II veteran, Ed Westing, passed away in January. Comrade Engler and I attended his service and learned he was a B-17 and B-29 gunner in World War II. This marks the end of an era for Post 3063. It’s a reminder that we need to stay in touch with our elder members and honor their legacy of service through connection and listening (and even recording their histories!). I’d appreciate it if someone could step up and volunteer to lead our outreach at local assisted living facilities. Contact me if interested.

In comradeship,
Aly Teeter, Commander

Last World War II Post 3063 member passes away

On Thursday, January 18, 2024, VFW Post 3063 Comrade and our last World War II veteran, Edward “Ed” Roy Westing passed away at age 97 in Seattle. Ed was born June 19, 1926 in New York, NY to Carl and Anna (Brünges) Westing.

He was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army Air Force where he was stationed in the Pacific with the 20th Air Force. Ed graduated with a business degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1972 and worked at Westinghouse in Baltimore, Maryland as a technical writer for more than 20 years. He was passionate about chess, receiving a meritorious service award from the U.S. Chess Federation in 2019. For many years Ed wrote a chess column for the Jeffersonian Newspaper in Towson, Maryland, and was the longtime president of the Towson Chess Club and member of the Maryland Chess Association. Ed was also known for his love of movies and his impressive book collection. He relocated to Seattle in 2016 to be close to his daughter and enjoyed frequent visits to the Seattle Swedish Club and the National Nordic Museum. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith, of 35 years. He is survived by his daughter Karen, son-in-law Chintan, and extended family and friends.

Wanted: Honor Guard Volunteers

We invite you to take pride in serving your community and honoring our veterans by joining the VFW Post 3063 Honor Guard. As members of this distinguished group, you will have the unique opportunity to represent the values of the Veterans of Foreign Wars while participating in patriotic events, Wreaths Across America ceremonies, and various community engagements.

Why Join the Honor Guard?

Serve with Honor: Demonstrate your commitment to honoring our fallen comrades and supporting the VFW’s mission of advocating for veterans’ rights and well-being.

Patriotic Engagements: Participate in meaningful events that celebrate the spirit of patriotism and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed for our freedom.

Community Involvement: Strengthen your ties with the local community by being an active participant in parades, memorial services, and other events that bring people together to commemorate our nation’s history.

Quality Uniform and Training: We provide top-notch uniforms and comprehensive training to ensure you represent the VFW with the dignity and respect it deserves.

How to Join:

Reach out to Comrade Joe Fitzgerald at [email protected] for more details on how you can become a part of the Post 3063 Honor Guard. Comrade Fitzgerald will guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and share the rewarding experiences that come with being a member of this esteemed group.

Ballard Food Bank drive results

Members, families and friends filled our donation bins, equating to 202 pounds of non-perishable items donated to the Ballard Food Bank. We also collected $215 in monetary donations. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

If you missed out on this drive, don’t worry, we still have a bin stationed in the lobby. Once the bin is full, we’ll do another donation drop off.