Commander’s Corner (November 2023)

By Alyson Teeter

In case you missed it, we had our most exciting and successful Post 3063 fundraiser in recent memory Oct. 21. We raised a gross fundraising total of nearly $19,000 through a raffle, a silent online and live auction, dessert dash and ticket sales. This year we had help from fundraising guru and Vietnam Veteran, Comrade Jay Fiske. We wholeheartedly appreciate his help, along with our post and auxiliary volunteers, to make it a fun event for everyone who attended. 

There is no rest for our post as we’re now focused on planning our Veterans Day event. We will dedicate our new flag pole to Comrade Harold Rodenberger at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11. After our ceremony, we’ll open up the post to the public until 2 p.m. We’ll have a pop-up coffee shop called Emme serving custom brews and baked goods. We’ll also have information about the post, auxiliary, Buddy Poppies and VA benefits on display for those who stop by. We’d love to have our post members there to tell their stories and inform the public about our missionPlease sign up here to participate or contact me directly! 

Want another opportunity to serve? We have our next quarterly BloodworksNW blood drive scheduled at the post Nov. 10, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sign up to give blood at this link.

For our Nov. 16 social, we plan to deviate from our traditional Thanksgiving dinner and have a Thursday Night Football-themed event. (We’re currently dealing with some plumbing issues so heavy cooking in the kitchen is on pause.) Earlier that day at 10 a.m. we’ll also continue the Five and Five discussion group led by Comrade Dave Tyner.

Lastly, you may be wondering about our print newsletter. After analyzing our budget and encountering issues with the printing company, we’ve decided to print and mail one issue per year. It will be mailed prior to our May installation. As the commander and newsletter editor, I apologize to those who enjoy reading the print newsletter. If you have feedback, please send it to [email protected].

Fundraiser a huge success!

We’re still basking in the glow of our VFW Post 3063 fundraiser dinner and online auction’s incredible success. The outpouring of support from each and every one of you has left us feeling both grateful and inspired.

From the mouthwatering delights and cherished moments at our dinner to the spirited bidding and excitement in our live and online auctions, your involvement has made a significant difference in our mission.

But our gratitude doesn’t end there. It extends to our exceptional volunteers, who include post and auxiliary members, families, friends, and the ever-inspiring Girl Scouts. Your time and selflessness have propelled our cause to new heights.

Together, we continue to fulfill our promise of fostering camaraderie, serving our veterans, the military, and our communities, and advocating for all veterans.

Thank you for being a vital part of our community and for your unwavering commitment to our shared mission. With your support, we can truly make a difference.

Commander’s Corner (October 2023)

By Alyson Teeter

Fall is here so that means we’re in the midst of Post 3063’s fundraising season. As the Seelig family knows, planning and executing a fundraising event is no easy feat. Please show up and support your fellow veterans on Oct. 21! It only takes 15 seconds to RSVP here so do it now. (So far we have less than 15.)

Here are a few events coming up this week:
Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. – Deployment care package assembly with the Fremont Rotary at the post
Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Public comment about the Memorial Stadium Memorial Wall landmark status; contact me for details.
Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. – Monthly Business Meeting

Another big item on our radar is the VFW’s Youth Essay Program. We have the high school level Voice of Democracy contest, middle school level Patriot’s Pen contest, and the VFW WA Department-sponsored elementary school level Youth Essay contest. Encourage your family, neighbors and friends to participate and submit their essays to the post by Oct. 31.

Looking ahead to next month, we’re in the early stages of planning a Veterans Day event at the post. If you want to help with the planning, let me know at [email protected].

TMC at Post 3063 for 9/11 Service Event

On Sept. 16, The Mission Continues, a dedicated organization committed to supporting veterans and promoting community service, sponsored a service event at our post. The event was held to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11 and honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that day.

Volunteers from various backgrounds, including veterans, SeaTac Customs and Border Protection agents, family and community members, gathered with a shared sense of purpose and unity. Their mission? To give back to the community and contribute to the VFW post’s mission of supporting veterans and their families.

The day’s activities were diverse and impactful, reflecting TMC’ dedication to making a meaningful difference. Participants rolled up their sleeves and got to work with tasks that ranged from furniture assembly to picture hanging, bookshelf reinforcing, tree pruning, and even the respectful recycling of unserviceable American flags.

In addition to the meaningful service activities organized by TMC and the dedicated efforts of the volunteers, the sense of community and support during the event was further exemplified by the VFW Post 3063 Auxiliary. They played an integral role by providing a delicious lunch to all the hardworking volunteers.

Thank you to TMC and Wes King for supporting our post and local veterans!

Commander’s Corner (September 2023)

By Alyson Teeter

Hello comrades, take a look in this month’s newsletter at all the interesting and diverse activities we have to offer in September and October. From Paint and Sip, to coffee and talk, to service, we have something for everyone. 

As we host opportunities for service and camaraderie at our post, I’m building a list of our active participants who we can depend on to help spread the load for our volunteer organization. If you want to be added to this list, please volunteer to help at the post at an event or in the office during our office hours. Being on the list also give you access to perks, like free Mariners tickets!

I’m also keeping a close eye on our spending. The award of a $15,000 county grant should help lighten the burden of our social costs. We’re also trying to increase our revenue through our rentals programs so we created a rental pricing list. If you’re aware of any other grant or donor opportunities or have feedback on the rental pricing, please let me know! 

Lastly, thank you to the Seeligs for hosting our annual picnic at Lake Serene. I heard Joe and Laura Fitzgerald are the new Post 3063 Corn Hole Champions. Congratulations! 🙂