Officers to remain one more year
Harry C. Harter Post Commander Rob Shepherd presided over 14 members in attendance. After first and second call elections, it looks as if Shepherd and most of the current officers will remain for another year in office. Rick Johnson, assistant quartermaster, headed nominations during the session.
Normal rituals were held. Bob Miller presented the combined VFW/American Legion Honor Guard report on activities, noting participation in nine military funerals during March. The post charter was draped during the meeting in memory of Les Graham, a World War II veteran.
Steve Hyde, post Judge Advocate, offered a series of forms whereby veterans can update their military records such as DD 214 forms medals list, etc. Dennis Myers presented the Service Officers report.
Shepherd reminded about plans for the Iowa VFW Convention at Gateway Hotel in Ames June 3-6. He also told of plans to replace a front window sign on 107 E. Meadow Lane quarters because of a spelling error on the previous sign.
Johnson headed discussion about the traditional “Flags For Veterans Graves” program May 27-29, noting permission already to sell small flags in front of JBS, Fareway, Hy-Vee and pending communications with Walmart. Johnson called this project a top fundraiser for Post 839.
Also Johnson and Shepherd lauded Post 839 and its Auxiliary for successfully hosting the Third District VFW meeting on April 17. About 50 veterans attended the meeting. Also planned is the VFW Riders on May 15 to meet at local post quarters after visiting the Iowa Veterans Home.
Roger Dirks gave the Quartermasters report; Johnson served Guard duties.