VFW POST 7507
In November we celebrated Veterans Day with the Color Guard Posting Colors and a speech that was delivered by Ellen Flanary, our Jr. Vice Commander.
We held our annual golf tournament and had a successful tournament.
We had the honor of having our Color Guard carry the Colors at the front of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. They were followed by 20+ members of the Post and State and District Officers in classic Thunderbirds who donated their time to honor our Veterans.
We had a tremendous response from our VOD/PP essay contest from our local schools. Our judges had a difficult time in selecting our finalists. We donated $350 to those students.
With the help of a grant from the State of Arizona, we were able to purchase computers, tablets, printers and office furniture to start our Veterans Community and Resource Center. Our first classes were held the assistance of Tim Noble, an IT specialist with American Express who is donating his time and energies.
In December, we presented a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in town. We were fortunate to have a flyover from Falcon Field that had a very impressive missing man formation. A recap of some experiences of the men and women from that day was given by Commander Krawczyk. Our Color Guard posted the Colors.
Our Post Christmas Party was held with a great turnout of members and spouses/significant others.
A chapel ceremony was held for our member Dale Berkmeir. The Post had a strong showing as well as the line officers presenting the chapel ceremony. The Color Guard presented the Flag to the Commander who in turn presented the Flag to the family.
A continuation of the Computer Classes was held weekly.
January brought more activity to our Computer Classes each week.
A completion of installing cabinets in the bar area and kitchen has been recognized by members.
We participated in the community non profit summit, resulting in one new member.
We participated and gave $100 gift certificates to our Fireman of the Year, EMS of the year and law enforcement officer of the year at the Post during one of our informal meetings.
In February, we will be attending the Concourse in the Hills Car show. We participated last year and the result of our recruiting booth gave us 2 members. We also sold Red Shirts and are planning the recruiting and red shirt sales again.
The last weekend in February is our Beer Garden at the Fountain Hills Art Fair. This is one of our largest fundraising campaigns. It has grown in the areas of entertainment and hostesses from local restaurants that volunteer their time. We will, again, have recruitment tables and red shirt sales in addition to food and beverages.
We are continuing with our Smart Memory Program which has been funded by the State to test cognitive memory skills.