Hello Brothers and Sisters of the VFW Auxiliary and Happy July!
First, I am humbled and proud to be your Department President this year and I want to thank Past Department President Debra Wright for all her work last year guiding our Department through a very hard time. I also want to congratulate the Department on making 100% in membership! I hope Deb is now enjoying a break from her duties and catching up on her rest.
I am fortunate to have my year start with fewer roadblocks caused by COVID than the last two Department Presidents had to deal with! It was a joy to see some of your smiling faces at the State Convention, and without masks! We may not have been able to do floor work due to the setup required by the hotel, but at least we were able to have our meetings in person.
After the Convention, State Commander Dennis Pratt put on an awesome celebration – band and all! If you were not able to be there, I am sorry you missed it. It was a lot of fun and “Coming Up Threes,” an Irish band, put on a great show. If you did not see their performance of “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor,” accompanied by all the Navy veterans in attendance (including State Commander Dennis Pratt, PDP John Wrinkle, State Sr. Vice Commander Allen Anderson, and others) dancing on the stage, you really missed out! What a great way to start out our year. Thank you, Commander!
Thank you to everyone who agreed to take a job for the Department this year. I look forward to working with you on programs and events. I also look forward to traveling to the National Convention in Kansas City at the end of this month and to our Training Academies in August. I hope many of you can attend at least one of the Academies. Also, our incoming National President, Jean Hamil will be visiting us this year. Jean is scheduled to arrive sometime on August 26 and we will be greeting her with an Aisle of Honor at the Redmond Airport. She will be here through August 28, which is also the day of the Training Academy in Redmond. As soon as I have Jean’s flight times and have a hotel booked, I will let you all know.
I hope you all have a safe and fun Independence Day this year. It will be great to have some of the events that we had to skip last year due to COVID!
In closing, please know that I am here to represent and support all of you. If you have a question, a concern, or just need some help with your activities, please feel free to call, text, or email me. I am here to work for you!
Remember, “Veterans are the Key to Our Freedom!”
Department President, Oregon
OREGON VFW AUXILIARY
The Oregon VFW Auxiliary was founded for the sole purpose of serving those who have protected our country and see that they are protected in return. How do we achieve this goal?
By reaching out with help in communities across America.
Offering an innovative program
Standing up for veteran’s rights in Washington, D.C.
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