At our May 1 business meeting, Post 3063 officers were installed for 2023-2024. The highlight was recognizing outgoing Post Quartermaster, Harold Rodenberger, for his service. For anybody who knows Harold, we can all agree that he has left an indelible mark on the post and membership.
Here are the elected and appointed officers serving for the next year: Commander: Alyson Teeter Senior Vice Commander: Mark English Junior Vice Commander: Gabe Whetsel Quartermaster: Harold Hamilton Adjutant: Shennae Curtis Service Officer: Joseph Mesa Judge Advocate: Dan Stokke Chaplain: Joe Fitzgerald Surgeon: Robert Lehman Officer of the Day and Guard: Vince Cardenas 3-Year Trustee: Harold Rodenberger 2-Year Trustee: John Ellingboe 1-Year Trustee: Aaron Stoltz 3-year House Committee: Jesse Basher 2-year House Committee: Robert Lehman 1-year House Committee: Gail Engler
While we’ve been working on updating the inside and outside of our post home, we’ve also been updating our digital presence. Our membership approved the new post logo at our February business meeting, which is now featured on our website and Facebook page. (We’ll start having swag made with the new logo too.) You’ll see that our website look was updated to reflect our new branding, along with this newsletter. Based on feedback from new members, we also created an Instagram account. Be sure to follow, like, share and engage with our social media accounts!
Check out this profile from the Queen Anne & Magnolia News about one of our comrades, Bob Kettle. He’s been a steadfast volunteer at Post 3063: he created and maintains our Facebook page and regularly emcees our annual Spaghetti Dinner. Bob is also a fierce local advocate to the city and school district for maintaining the Memorial Wall at Memorial Stadium. We are very fortunate to have him on our team as we continue to serve our community and veterans. Thank you for your dedication, Bob!
At the Spaghetti Dinner and Fundraiser Oct. 22, Comrade Commander Teeter presented the Seelig family with a service award as they have been the linchpin for camaraderie at Ballard Eagleson VFW Post 3063 for nearly a decade. Vietnam Veteran Russell Seelig, his wife and chef, Kay, and adult daughters, Amber, Adrienne and Alyss, cook high quality meals every month for 15-20 veterans, family and friends, special holiday meals for 25-30, and more than 100 during yearly fundraisers. Overall the Seeligs have raised nearly $35K for the post’s Veterans Relief Fund, which is used to assist Seattle area veterans-in-need.
During the Covid lock-down, the Seelig family kept cooking their meals and pivoted to a take-out model, which was a hit for our membership because it created small moments of camaraderie that were deeply needed. Russ also served as post trustee 2016-2019, house committee member 2020-2023, and membership committee member. Russ acted and dressed as the elf aiding Santa during our holiday parties as well.
The Seelig family continues to positively impact our veteran community during a time when participation in organizations is low. Their diligence in fostering a spirit of camaraderie for veterans around the dinner table is incredibly honorable. Thank you for your dedication to veterans and Post 30363, Seelig Family!