Marshalltown VFW reviews busy agenda

Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars members aired a host of topics during their Tuesday session, including potential fundraising activities. Following a pre-meeting chili meal, Harry C. Harter Post 839 Commander Dallas Clark presided over the 25 veterans in attendance.

Honor Guard update was presented by Ken Breinig. He noted appreciative public financial and material donations from the public, some from surviving families of deceased veterans. The joint VFW/American Legion Honor Guard participated in three veterans funerals during December, totaling 87 during 2016. Among them, 78 were full honors and nine basic services.

Breinig also reported on a special certificate of appreciation being presented to Marty Mitchell (Mitchell Funeral Home) for donations of an automobile van to Honor Guard.

Clark led discussion about prospects of obtaining a sandblaster related to developing bricks which could be sold and engraved in a fundraiser project. The bricks would be designed for providing a memorial area outside the building. The post voted to table the idea pending further study.

Members also voted in favor of Commander Clark’s suggestion for Post 839 donating $50 toward engraved memorial bricks for each of Post 839 members Larry Larson, Laurel Phipps and the late G.V. Grewell, all past Iowa VFW Department commanders.

In another donation to the veterans, Jeff Heiden reported that Marshall County Abstract Company has provided generously toward a veterans operating fund.

Concerning additional community fundraising, Rick Johnson reported two upcoming events in which VFW volunteers will participate. A “tip night” is planned in cooperation with Jimmy Johns from 4 to 9 p.m. on March 9. Another fundraiser is also set with Culvers in two shifts from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 13.

Phipps led discussion concerning a tax relief for veterans bill being considered in the Iowa Legislature. The bill would aid veterans in need toward payment of taxes. Jerry Black led discussion concerning long discussed potential for state aid in providing vehicle licenses for veterans.

VFW volunteers were asked to assist residents in wheelchairs at the Iowa Veterans Home at 2 p.m. bingo on Feb. 20.

In other meeting roles, Chaplain Larry Larson read prayers; Quartermaster Roger Dirks gave the receipts and disbursements update; Adjutant Jim Bacino read role call and read past minutes and Richard Stevenson conducted guard duties.