VFW sets programs
The Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 839 on Tuesday processed a batch of business topics, including final elections of officers for the 2021-2022 year.
Rob Shepherd was re-elected with most of his staff, and he presided over the meeting.
Among items of business Shepherd and Rick Johnson led planning toward facility repairs at the Harry C. Harter Post, including roof repair and updating outdoor signs.
Johnson headed acquiring volunteers to man posts at stores for distributing small flags in the annual “Flags for Veterans Graves” program through donations from May 27 to 29.
Quartermaster Roger Dirks reported a candidate for membership to the post and he was unanimously voted affirmative. He is Andrew Toma of Colo, an Iraq War-era Army veteran of 12 years service and three years of Army Reserve. Toma, a combat engineer and sergeant, served three trips to Afghanistan, two to Iraq and one to Kuwait.
Bob Miller presented an update on combined VFW/American Legion Honor Guard activities, noting eight participations at veterans military funerals during April and 27 to date for the year.
Shepherd said Post 839 members assisted the Post Auxiliary at “tip night” at Culver’s.
Other program roles included Adjutant Larry Tuttle, role call; Roger Dirks, quartermaster’s revenue update; Rick Johnson, guard duties; Dennis Myers, service officers update; and Gary Scott, chaplains prayers.