VFW holds nominations, decides programs

Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars took on a variety of looming issues, including nomination of officers, during Tuesday’s meeting.

Nominations pointed toward longtime Harry C. Harter Post 839 leader Larry Larson to again serve as commander during 2017-18. He and current Commander Dallas Clark were nominated for the post, and Clark rejected the honor and will continue as a trustee.

Other nominees: Senior Vice Commander—Rob Shepherd; Junior Vice Commander—Jim Carmichael; Quartermaster—Roger Dirks; Chaplain—Mel Pitzen; Trustees—Clark, Richard (Rick) Johnson and Pete Dumer.

Clark, presiding over the business meeting, cited special welcome to Jerry Black, Iowa VFW Quartermaster and outgoing Post 839 trustee. Ken Breinig presented an update on joint VFW/American Legion Honor Guard activities, noting five military funeral participations during March. He also reviewed reimbursement status for activities through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund.

Larson reported on consultations ongoing with construction firms for improvements on grounds outside the VFW facility.

Suggestions include a brick walk of engraved bricks financed by donations. Larson also suggested an outdoor garage sale, and members voted to hold the event on June 10, with public donations of items for sale to be solicited.

Larson also led discussion about rental fees for the post facilities.

Members voted to reduce future fees to $175 for non-veteran groups and $150 for veterans, with a returnable “damage deposit fee.”

Rick Johnson reminded about the annual Flags For Veterans Graves project set for May 25-26 whereby 4,600 small flags will be available by volunteers at local businesses for free will donations by deceased veterans families and friends. He also addressed the April 21 public pork tenderloin meal fundraiser set at VFW quarters.

Commander Clark reported on the recent District VFW Conference in Clear Lake. Clark was chosen then as District Chaplain. He and Jerry Black reported on the District’s raffle project which provided tickets to all posts, among prizes being a week’s stay in Branson, Mo.

Service Officer Dennis Myers and Judge Advocate Laurel Phipps led discussion on progress status toward veterans assistance billing programs. Roles also included: Dirks, quartermaster’s receipts and disbursements; Larson, chaplain’s prayers; Jim Bacino, adjutant’s minutes and roll call; Don Douglas, guard duties.