Marshalltown VFW upgrades agenda

Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 839 processed an extensive roster of topics in a two-hour session during Tuesday’s September meeting.

Looking ahead the 15 members of Harry C. Harter Post in attendance even set the unit’s Christmas party date this year for Dec. 2, with Rick Johnson and Delmar Roberts leading planning. Also a public fundraiser tenderloin meal was set for 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Among other topics was planning for outdoor facility signs at 107 E. Meadow Lane — Veterans Helping Veterans and POW/MIA. Also a topic was lighting the outdoor flag. Steve Hyde, judge advocate, explained discretionary funding available for costs.

Prior to Commander Rob Shepherd opening the meeting, Debra Brinkman, volunteer coordinator and bereavement councilor with Hospice services in seven area counties presented cause and mission of her work. With family connections, including a son in the U.S. Navy, Brinkman appealed for “compassionate veterans” to assist the Hospice program. “Veterans know veterans,” she said.

Mike Hankins presented the joint VFW/American Legion Honor Guard activities. He reported the unit participated in 76 veterans funerals already this year and nine during August through Friday. Hankens also gave a rundown on public donations to the unit.

Weekend Oktemberfest activities were addressed, with Betty Needs and Linda Fuller reminding about sponsoring a lunch at VFW quarters following the Grand Parade.

Commander Shepherd directed further rituals, assisted by Gary Scott, chaplain; Pete Dumer, senior vice; Larry Tuttle, adjutant; Roger Dirks, quartermaster; Rick Johnson, guard and Laurel Degelau, trustee and service officer. Degelau gave the service officers report and led discussion on providing a VFW banner at the Iowa Veterans Home Valor Field for which Post 839 approved funding.


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