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Commander's Column 2 Veterans Service Update 3 State Cmdr. Testimonial 5 VFW Activity Photos State Officer Reports 6-7 8-9
Vol. 42, No. 1
SSN 0745 4031
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010 Ladies Auxiliary Report 11
PROMOTING THE VFW MISSION: “HONORING THE DECEASED BY SERVING THE LIVING”
Department Celebrates Many 2009-10 Successes and Kicks Off the New Program Year
With deployed troops battling the nation's enemies, veterans searching for much-needed assistance and citizens from all walks of life struggling with hardship, State Convention delegates were proud to hear how VFW Pennsylvania Department service programs are fulﬁlling the organization's mission of serving others to honor deceased veterans. Reports and award presentations given at the recent four-day convention in Gettysburg conﬁrmed that the VFW's service philosophy is beneﬁting military personnel, their families, veterans from all service eras, youth and many persons facing ﬁnancial and health-related difﬁculties. National Commander-in-Chief Tom Tradewell commended the Pennsylvania Department for putting service at the forefront of its programs, in part by donating more than $130,000 to the VFW's National Military Services (NMS) troop support initiatives. "I have been around the world visiting with our troops. Their dedication and capabilities are amazing," said Tradewell, who traveled to Iraq to personally thank troops ﬁghting in the War on Terror. "I want to thank the Pennsylvania Department for your strong support of our NMS and troops in your state. Thanks for coming home from the wars you fought in and putting on the VFW hat to serve your fellow veterans and to take care of our military and their families. "The real strength of the VFW comes from individual members and local posts. Every time you visit a classroom, march in a parade, support the troops and do other patriotic activities, you move our mission forward. Keep up the great work that you are doing." Community service continues to be a top priority at many posts, reported Community Service Chairman Ed Arnold. Pennsylvania posts donated more than $9.8 million to their communities over the past two years. This ﬁgure is even higher since some posts do not report their activities to State HQ, said Arnold, who urged all posts to use the Activities Report Form posted on the
State Commander Ben Mastridge (center), State Sr. Vice Commander Larry Reece (right) and State Jr. Vice Commander Gary Anders perform the unity handshake.
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(Clockwise starting top left): PA Guard LTC Scott Perry, an OIF veteran and State Representative, received a VFW Eagle Award from outgoing State Commander Frank Mills. Membership awards presented by Commander Mills included: two awards to District 28 Commander Randy Gray for the greatest percentage membership increase by districts and most recruited new members; trophies to Post 7251 (Throop) Commander John Tomasovitch and Quartermaster James Frisbie for highest post membership increase and highest percentage of new/reinstated members per existing membership; and awards to Post 5958's Commander Cecil Dennis and Quartermaster Eric George for highest post total of new members (166).
VFW Continues Supporting the Troops at Home and Overseas
Post 9264 (Macungie) attended a Freedom Salute for its adopted unit, PA Guard C CO, 1st BN, 111th INF, 56th SBCT. The post received a certificate for its strong support of the unit during and after its tour in Iraq. Presenting a certificate commending the unit to Company Commander CPT Peter Mueller are Commander Don Howe (right) and Quartermaster Chuck Jackson.
VFW members serving in the PA Guard's 228th EN CO (MAC) in Iraq include (from left) SSG Mark Brown (Post 7418), SPC Justin Farley (6708), SFC David Secord (6341), CPT Joe Martinkis (148), SSG Cedric Johnson (8023), 1SG Bill Kennedy (6341), SGT Gary Shatzer (6319), SSG Jim Banner (928) and SGT Tim Wallace (1400). Posts are encouraged to support deployed members by sending care packages, using VFW military service programs and contacting military families to offer them assistance.
2009-10 State Commander Frank Mills presents the Guard's 28th ID HQ staff, including Division Deputy Commander and VFW member Col. Walter Lord (second from left), with a banner showing the VFW's support of Division soldiers. The banner hangs in the Harrisburg Military Post chow hall where soldiers attending drills will be reminded that the VFW appreciates their service.
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
From the State Commander
We have a Talented and Dedicated Team
Benjamin A. Mastridge - email@example.com
Hello my fellow left out extraordinary recruiters but space comrades and sisters. limitations prohibit me from mentioning I want to thank you everyone who deserves recognition.) all for your support at On a more serious note it has been the State Convention. my unfortunate duty to have to investigate Being elected to be members who are not eligible for the your Department VFW. Let me say this on the topic of Commander is eligibility: Post Officers are not doing certainly one of the these people any favors by protecting highlights of my life. I promise to give them. You are merely prolonging an you all my best effort to make sure that embarrassing situation for the person our Department stays number one in the involved and for your post. My advice to nation. you is to treat every application—whether I especially want to thank my district, it’s a regular member, reinstatement, District 8, and my Post 6495 for not only transfer or a member-at-large—as a new their financial support but also for all of member. Make them prove their eligibility their moral support and guidance. As so down the line we do not have to remove you know, “Service someone who has Through Teamwork” become our friend. is my motto for the National HQ has year. I think I have put a new emphasis put together the on Life Memberships best possible team and Legacy Life of comrades, so Memberships. As with their help I can the year goes on you achieve the goals will hear more about that I have set for these programs that the Department of help to ensure our Pennsylvania. organization’s future. Our first priority Incoming Commander Mastridge and his To become All-State must of course be to leadership team are installed during the this year you will serve our fellow vets State Convention. need to participate in and returning troops. We can best do that these two membership programs. by completing our programs that National National HQ has also decreed that has set forth for us as a TEAM. Now, all members should wear a poppy at all down to the part that we must all engage meetings and events. To promote this in: MEMBERSHIP, and as usual, this will effort State Chairman Al Chambers will not be an easy task. “So what else is new,” be around with a poppy and donation can. you ask? I have all the confidence in our State As we all know, if we each bring National Military Services Chairman, one new member into the organization Glenn Umberger, that he will continue to we would double our size. Unfortunately, provide the superb leadership that he has some people do not work to recruit given in the past on this vital troop support members. Some of us go the extra mile like program. Every post should participate! recruiters Cecil Dennis and Randy Gray, Thanks again for your support. A who year after year bring in hundreds of special thanks to the HQ staff for helping new members. So I ask you all to try to the “new guy on the block” feel at home. recruit at least ONE new member and be God Bless America and may America part of the TEAM. (I apologize if I have keep blessing God.
General Orders #1
Having been duly elected and installed Commander, Department of Pennsylvania, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, for the year 2010 - 2011, I hereby assume command. 1. PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: All previous appointments have expired and are hereby null and void. 2. THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS HAVING BEEN PROPERLY ELECTED on June 19, 2010, in conjunction with the 91st Annual Convention in Gettysburg, PA, will be recognized and respected in accordance with the positions they occupy. SENIOR VICE COMMANDER: Larry N. Reece - Post 5667 JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER: Gary M. Anders - Post 7689 QUARTERMASTER: John B. Getz, Jr. - Post 3376 JUDGE ADVOCATE: Robert DeSousa - Post 9639 SURGEON: Ruth A. Fairchild - Post 315 CHAPLAIN: Peter R. Hook - Post 6393 NATIONAL COUNCIL MEMBER: Albert S. Thomas, Jr. - Post 974 3. DISTRICT COMMANDERS: The following members having been properly elected for the ensuing year are officially recognized as Commander of the District and members of the Department Council of Administration. District 1 District 7 District 8 District 9 District 10 District 11 District 12 District 13 District 14 District 15 District 16 District 17 District 18 District 19 District 20 District 21 District 22 District 23 District 24 District 25 District 26 District 27 District 28 District 29 Cdr. William Stowe - Post 3090 Cdr. Philip Atwood - Post 928 Cdr. Dennis Bicking - Post 6495 Cdr. Richard W. Getz, Jr. - Post 1463 Cdr. Chester J. Potoski - Post 7251 Cdr. James W. Merk - Post 8317 Cdr. Larry R. Patterson - Post 8206 Cdr. James L. Lindsey - Post 6558 Cdr. Joseph F. Nolte - Post 1568 Cdr. Larry E. McFall, Sr. - Post 6753 Cdr. William H. Adair, III - Post 1711 Cdr. John F. Kane - Post 882 Cdr. Glen J. Hoffer - Post 9639 Cdr. Daniel Edmiston - Post 8806 Cdr. Gerald Harbin - Post 294 Cdr. William R. Smith - Post 15 Cdr. Larry A. Billett - Post 5825 Cdr. Allen K. Ryan - Post 7219 Cdr. Paul M. Bierer - Post 764 Cdr. Keith Black - Post 8805 Cdr. John G. Kuhn - Post 1586 Cdr. Jack G. Mognet - Post 6743 Cdr. James R. Bailey - Post 7465 Cdr. William Gribbin - Post 5008
4. THE FOLLOWING DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS ARE HEREBY ANNOUNCED: ADJUTANT: John A. Brenner - Post 2493 CHIEF OF STAFF: Michael Bolli - Post 6495 INSPECTOR: Leonard Spaar - Post 7293 DEPUTY JAG: Thomas French - Post 9639 1st DEPUTY JAG: James McFadden - Post 9639 2ND DEPUTY JAG: Robert G. Cameron - Post 7530 3RD DEPUTY JAG: Frank McGovern - Post 15040 STATE PARLIAMENTARIAN: Allen Q. Jones - Post 21
REGIONAL SERVICE OFFICERS:
Service Officer Chairman: John Foster, 133 E. Wolfert Station Road, Mickleton, NJ 08056 NORTHEAST: (WILKES-BARRE) Service Officer Albert Pritchard, 1123 E. End Blvd., Bldg. 35, Suite 1, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-1521 (570) 821-2535/2536 Fax (570) 821-2539 Outreach Service Officer: Richard Reiser EAST: (PHILADELPHIA) John Foster/Timothy Toal, VA Center 5000 Wissahickon Avenue, P.O. Box 42938, Philadelphia, PA 19101-2938 (215) 381-3123 Fax (215) 381-3491 Outreach Service Officer: Joseph Buckley
National and State Headquarters created Facebook pages to help veterans, troops and military families stay current on the many ways the VFW improves their lives and to learn the latest on breaking news. Simply go to Facebook and search "VFW" to find both pages. VFW members are encouraged to visit these pages regularly and to click "Become a Fan" to read about the VFW's annual programs, special projects and post success stories. Please add both pages to your "favorites" on Facebook. Visit with your State and National VFW families online today.
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WEST: (PITTSBURGH OFFICE) Michael Schomer/ Brian Sheetz, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Room 1601, Pittsburgh, PA 150222 (412) 395-6259/6260 Fax (412) 395-6261 ERIE OFFICE Jeffrey Leonetti/ Peter Glaze, 142 Main Street - EAST, Girard, PA 16417 (814) 774-3106/814-774-3107 Fax (814) 774-3265 CENTRAL: (OUTREACH OFFICE IN HARRISBURG) Audrey Bergstresser/ John Chiodi, 4002 Fenton Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17109-5943 (717) 234-7927 Fax (717) 234-1955
FAQ's About VA Claims and Benefits
This information is provided by the Department's Service Officer program. See the information at the bottom of this article for contact information to reach the nearest VFW Service Office, which will provide you with free benefits information and claims support.
STATE COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN:
AMERICANISM/LOYALTY DAY: Ronald G. Herman - Post 8951 ARTHRITIS/DIABETES: Robert A. Mandera - Post 402 AUDIT COMMITTEE/INTERNAL AFFAIRS/FINANCE: Robert C. Eiler - Post 8805 BARGER SCHOLARSHIP: William J. Mayer - Post 8896 BOY SCOUT: James B. Miller - Post 12019 BUDDY POPPY: Albert Chambers - Post 6345 BY-LAW: John A. Biedrzycki - Post 418 COMMUNITY SERVICE/SAFETY: Peter Walter - Post 6495 CREDENTIALS: Joseph Rogal, Sr. - Post 1586 EMPLOYMENT: Norman Brower, Jr. - Post 7362 HOMELESS VETERANS: Gary M. Anders - Post 8685 HOSPITAL/VAVS: Ruth A. Fairchild - Post 315 HOSPITALITY: Harry Carper - Post 1754 INTERNAL AFFAIRS CO-CHAIRS: James R. Frisbie - Post 7251 Edward Arnold - Post 1568 LEGISLATIVE CO-CHAIRS: Dominic A. DeFranco - Post 764 Nelson Lowes - Post 734 Peter Krenitsky - Post 6082 MILITARY SERVICES: Glenn R. Umberger, Jr. - Post 7155 MEMBERSHIP: John Rybcinski - Post 3474 NATIONAL RECRUITERS: EAST/RECRUITERS: Robert W. Stanton - Post 928 Thomas Nesbitt - Post 3090 CENTRAL/RECRUITERS: William J. Mayer - Post 8896 William A. Crampton - Post 8984 WEST/RECRUITERS: Cecil K. Dennis - Post 5958 Leonard Franklin - Post 7597 Randy Gray - Post 5958 LEGACY LIFE/DELINQUENT MEMBERSHIP: Gary Smith - Post 6241 LIFE MEMBERSHIP: Joseph Bowman - Post 928 RESTRUCTURING DISTRICTS: Albert S. Thomas, Jr. - Post 974 NATIONAL HOME: Thomas Brown - Post 923 PATRIOT'S PEN: Russell R. Canevari - Post 5544 POLITICAL ACTION (PAC): James McComb - Post 175 POW/MIA: Wrayburn "Kelly" Reinsmith - Post 6168 STATE COLOR GUARD: CAPTAIN, George P. Beck, III - Post 6704; Glenn Steager - Post 477; Jeffrie C. Walker - Post 6704; Paul L. Kreiner, Jr. - Post 6704; Jefferson Mann - Post 6704; Daryl Potteiger - Post 6704; J.C. Coble, II - Post 6704 STATE SGT-AT-ARMS: James Gubash - Post 1810 STATE ASST. SGT-AT-ARMS: Robert I. Hayes - Post 294; William J. Mankey - Post 2754; Cecil K. Dennis - Post 5958; James J. Ritchie - Post 6495; Charles W. Dietz - Post 191 SHE SERVES: Barbara K. Loncar - Post 6954 VETERANS SERVICE: John Foster - Post 7213 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY/YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Dwight R. Fuhrman - Post 8896 WEBMASTER: Ernie Huffine - Post 5424 BY: Benjamin A. Mastridge - State Commander, 4926 Knable Lane, Trevose, PA 19053 ATTEST: John A. Brenner - State Adjutant
There have been recent changes to the initial and supplemental claim forms for compensation and pension, and additional regulations pertaining to PTSD stressor verification for claims (i.e., fully developed claims and benefits due at discharge). For further information on any of these recent changes contact your Department Service Officer. Below is a brief overview of the revisions relating to PTSD. On July 12, 2010 the Department of Veterans Affairs published new regulations on PTSD claims. The new rules simplify and improve the PTSD claims adjudication process for veterans who the DVA considers as non-combatants by their job classification. The new rules eliminate the time-consuming requirement that VA adjudicators must conduct to corroborate the veterans claimed inservice stressors. Under the new rules a veteran will be able to establish an in-service stressor through his/her own testimony provided that: • the veteran has been diagnosed with PTSD; • a VA psychiatrist/psychologist confirms that the claimed stressor is adequate to support a diagnosis; • the veterans symptoms are related to the claimed stressor; and, • the claimed stressor is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of service and the records show no clear, convincing evidence to the contrary. The veteran is no longer required to prove that he/she was in direct combat. The new rules states that the stressors must be related to a “fear of hostile military or terrorist activity,” and the stressor is “consistent with the places, types and circumstances of the veteran’s service.” Under the new §3.304(f) (3), any event or circumstance that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of the veteran or others, would qualify as a stressor. If you previously received a PTSD diagnosis, but were denied service-connected disability because your claimed stressors could not be validated, immediately contact
an accredited Service Officer for assistance in reviewing your claim. Medallion is an Option for Veterans' Graves in Private Cemeteries The VA is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a veteran. The new item can be furnished instead of a traditional government headstone or marker for deaths on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. Under federal law, eligible
veterans buried in a private cemetery are entitled to either a governmentfurnished grave marker or the new medallion, but not both. More information about VAfurnished headstones, markers and medallions can be found at http://www. cem.va.gov/cem/hm/hmtype.asp. VA is currently developing an application form for ordering the medallion. Until it is available, applicants may use the form for ordering government headstones and markers, VA Form 401330. Instructions on how to apply for a medallion are found on the VA Web site at www.cem.va.gov/hm_hm.asp. All VFW members and non-members can submit VA claims through these VFW Service Offices: Philadelphia - (215) 381-3123 Wilkes Barre - (570) 821-2535 Pittsburgh - (412) 395-6259 Erie - (814) 835-8494 Harrisburg - (717) 234-7927 VFW outreach service officers travel to VA facilities, other locations and, if necessary, to an individual’s home. This outreach is made possible through Pennsylvania’s Act 66 Service Officer grant program.
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Department's web site (www.vfwpahq.org, "Forms"). Convention delegates learned that families residing at the VFW National Home for Veterans' Children are enjoying the Department's ongoing support of the Pennsylvania House and events like the recent Fishing Derby. Posts in the Commonwealth donated more than 25% of all funds raised nationally for the Derby. More veterans of all ages are receiving VA beneﬁts due to support from the Department's Veterans Service Ofﬁcer program, which annually connects veterans and their families with more than $35 million in federal assistance. Thousands of veterans appreciate the lifeenhancing assistance they accessed through VFW Service Ofﬁces in large cities, outreach centers and information booths at public events like county fairs. Delegates applauded the Department's continued strong support of homeless veteran shelters. Homeless Veterans Chairman Gary Anders thanked posts for the many donations of money and clothing that were distributed to homeless shelters. Anders presented awards to District 26, the Roaring Spring Post 7689 and the Post's Ladies Auxiliary for raising funds through an annual motorcycle Poker Run. The Department continued its far reaching support and recognition of Pennsylvania troops by presenting its third VFW Eagle Award to Guard LTC Scott Perry, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and state representative. Outgoing State Commander Frank Mills, who at the Department's Mid-Winter Conference awarded a VFW Eagle to PA Guard SFC Roger Daub for his service in Iraq with the 56th Stryker BCT, commended Perry for his outstanding service in a combat zone. "LTC Perry deserves this award because of his outstanding service as a citizen soldier who carries out the National Guard’s commitment to protect freedom, and who went above and beyond the call of duty to uphold the VFW’s mission of honoring others through service. He is an impressive patriot, and we are proud to call him a brother in the VFW," said Mills, noting that LTC Perry holds many awards and decorations, and is qualiﬁed to ﬂy the Kiowa, Huey, Cayuse, Cobra, Chinook, Blackhawk and Apache helicopters. "We also honor Scott for his service as a State Representative. Veterans in the Legislature are few and far between. Scott is a terriﬁc example of how well veterans
"On behalf of my generation and generations to come, I thank all VFW members for the sacrifices and accomplishments you made for our nation. Your service and the sacrifices made by your families make it possible for us to all live free and to enjoy all of the precious things that make living in our nation so special." - Guard LTC Scott Perry, OIF Veteran VFW Eagle Award Recipient
can serve their state as lawmakers," added Mills. "No one appreciates how much our society and government owes its veterans than another veteran. That’s why we need more veterans like Scott to help guide our state." Perry accepted the award while recognizing the signiﬁcant contributions of his fellow Guardians and the important role that combat veterans from earlier wars have made to the cause of freedom. "On behalf of my generation and generations to come, I thank all VFW members for the sacriﬁces and accomplishments you made for our nation," he told convention delegates. "Your service and the sacriﬁces made by your families make it possible for us to live free and to enjoy all of the precious things that make living in our nation so special. "I can't tell you how privileged and how humbled I am to get this award. However, I am just one soldier, and every single person that I served with overseas deserves this award. Things don't get done without every soldier carrying his share of the load. I thank the VFW on their behalf and for the support you show to the troops." Department elections held during the convention generated a strong leadership team for 2010-11 including State Commander Ben Mastridge of Post 6495 (Levittown), State Sr. Vice-Commander Larry Reece of Post 5667 (Elizabethtown) and State Jr. Vice-Commander Gary Anders of Post 7689 (Roaring Spring)—all Army veterans of the Vietnam War who have many years of service in the VFW. Other 2010-11 ofﬁcers include State Adjutant John Brenner of Post 2493 (Mt. Wolf), State Quartermaster John Getz of Post 3376 (Ephrata), Chief of Staff Michael Bolli of Post 6495 (Levittown), State Judge Advocate Robert DeSousa of Post 9639 (Shellsville), State Surgeon Ruth Fairchild of Post 315 (New Castle), State Chaplain Peter Hook of Post 6393 (Yardley), State Inspector Leonard Spaar of Post 7293 (Whitehall) and State Parliamentarian Allen Jones of Post 21 (Connellsville). Al Thomas of Post 974 (Darby) continues to serve as the Department's National Council Member and Frank Mills of Post 1754 (Huntingdon) is the Immediate Past State Commander. The Department ﬁnished the 2009-10 year with a very successful 98.01% membership rating, which included welcoming many War on Terror veterans into the VFW through free introductory memberships. More than 6,166 new and reinstated members were recruited, which was offset by the 3,205 members who passed away. Congratulations were extended to the posts ﬁnishing ﬁrst in their state membership division: Division 2 - 5958, 119.83%; 3 - 470, 116.99%; 4 - 928, 134.55%; 5 - 6558, 131.62%; 6 - 6743, 107.34%; 7 - 7251, 142.58%; 8 - 6773, 127.59%; 9 - 204, 109.72%; 10 - 12019, 108.93%; 11 6700, 126.09%; and 12 - 743, 113.33%. (See page 10 for a list of membership contest award winners.) The convention hosted numerous guest speakers including National Guard Army Cpt. Ryan Quinn, Director of the Pennsylvania Guard's Family Assistance Program; Bette Moseley Brown, Associate Director of the VA Center for Women Veterans; State Auditor Jack Wagner; U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey; and a representative of the Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate campaign. After compiling details about the many VFW successes in Pennsylvania during 2009-10, Convention delegates returned to their posts inspired to lead their comrades to another year of service to veterans, the troops, military families and entire communities. Please see pages 9, 10 and 12 for additional State Convention photos and awards
Special thanks to BAE Systems, a global defense, security and aerospace company, for their sponsorship of the Department's 2010 State Convention.
"The real strength of the VFW comes from individual members and local posts. Every time you visit a classrooom, march in a parade, support the troops and do other patriotic activities, you move our mission forward. Keep up the great work that you are doing in the Pennsylvania Department." - Tommy Tradewell, National Commander-in-Chief
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Commander's Testimonial Weekend is Oct. 22-23
State Commander Ben Mastridge will be the guest of honor at the Commander’s Testimonial Weekend scheduled for Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 at the Radisson Philadelphia Northeast in Trevose. Hosted by District 8 and its Ladies Auxiliary, the weekend includes a reception Friday night featuring a Philly Sampler Buffet and the Testimonial Dinner Saturday with a beef or ﬁsh dinner, sides and dessert for a combined cost of $55 per person. For Friday’s reception, Commander Mastridge encourages everyone to come dressed as a popular Philadelphia person (sports, historical, etc.) or as a Halloween character. A Council of Administration meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Use the forms to the right to make reservations for dinner and to place an ad in the commemorative book. To make room reservations call the Radisson Hotel at (215) 638-8300 or use the form on www. vfwpahq.org. Mention the room code “VFW” to receive a reduced group rate of $95 per night. Room reservations must be received by hotel staff no later than September 21, 2010.
State Commander's Testimonial Weekend Reservation Form
Checks payable to: Mastridge Testimonial Fund Name: __________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________ Post/Auxiliary ___________________ District ______ Phone:_________________ # of Reservations _______ Number of Black Pepper Sirloin Beef Dinners _____ Number of Talapia Fish Dinners ____ Amount enclosed _________ (# of Reservations x $55) RESERVATION DEADLINE: October 6th Check # _____
Testimonial Commemorative Program Book and Boosters
The Mastridge Testimonial Committee will be having a Commemorative Program Book with Boosters for the Testimonial to offset the cost of the events. Choose ad size: (This form must be sent with ads)
___ $80.00 Full ___ $30.00 Qtr. ___ $50.00 Half ___ $20.00 1/8th page or business card ad
The ad book will measure 5.5" wide x 8.5". Please type ads or attach camera ready ads. Ads can be sent on CD or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (if emailed use Word 2003-07 or a PDF). A copy of the ad should accompany payment. All electronic ads will be held until payment is received. Deadline is September 30. Checks payable to: Mastridge Testimonial Fund. Mail ads to: Chuck Jackson, 6358 Manzanita Dr., Macungie, PA 18062 Payment enclosed ________ Check # _________ Name/phone:____________________________________ This order is a contract. No agreements have been made other than those in this agreement. This order is legal and binding. By submitting this form, you have read, understand and agree to these terms. __________________________________ Signature _____________ Date
Please list dietary restrictions: ___________________ _______________________________________________ Mail reservations to: Lynn Musselman, 2007 Perilli Dr., Telford, PA 18969. Tickets will be available for pick up in the hotel lobby on Friday from 12-4 p.m. and Saturday 12-3 . The $55 per person includes the Friday night buffet and the Testimonial Dinner on Saturday night. The charge for this event will help offset expenses.
National VFW HQ to Unveil New Web Site
The VFW National Headquarters is proud to announce the launch of its new web site coming this August. After careful review and analysis of the user feedback submitted in recent years, the project began with three main objectives: to create a unique and interactive site that will better serve to educate members and non-members on the VFW's history, mission and importance; to redesign the look, navigation and layout of the existing web site to make it more engaging and user-friendly for members, vfw.org friends and supporters; and to condense numerous existing VFW web sites into one while enhancing each area. Just a few of the new elements will include a new members-only area, a new member profile section, a live VFW Twitter feed; a showcased video player, topic-specific RSS feeds and an interactive "Why Join" page. Members will soon have the opportunity to log in to a new VFW Online Membership System (OMS) directly from the site. OMS will replace the current eMembership application and is stacked with role-specific information and tools to efficiently manage membership information.
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(ISSN 0745 4031) OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPT. OF PENNSYLVANIA VFW - Act of March 1879 Dedicated to the comradeship of those who borne arms in defense of the USA, to the principle of informed and active patriotism, working to keep us strong and free. Periodicals postage paid @ Harrisburg PA Post Office. Four issues printed annually dated August/September, November/December, March/April and May/June Dept. of PA Veterans of Foreign Wars, 4002 Fenton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109-5943 State HQ - (717) 234-7927 - Fax: (717) 234-1955 - www.vfwpahq.org - Facebook: "VFW Department PA" Editors: State Commander Benjamin Mastridge and State Adjutant John Brenner Produced by Department Communications & Public Affairs Director David Sandman 0.85 cents of membership dues is for a subscription to Pennsylvania VFW News. Postmaster: Send address change to PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS Circulation Dept., (VFW Magazine), 406 WEST 34TH ST., KANSAS CITY, MO 64111-7503
14 VFW POST 5642 MONTROSE 10/17/10 2:00 P.M. 16 VFW POST 6956 GLADWYNE 10/20/10 8:00 P.M. ALL POSTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE REPRESENTATION AT DISTRICT MEETINGS. POST COMMANDERS WHO CANNOT ATTEND MUST APPOINT AN APPROVED POST DELEGATE (APPOINTMENT AS A DELEGATE MUST BE NOTED IN POST MEETING MINUTES)
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
Focus on VFW Activities
(Clockwise from top left): Boy Scout Troop 88 held a flag retirement ceremony at VFW Post 5642 (Montrose). Post members and Boy Scouts also placed new flags at veterans' grave sites before enjoying a lunch at the post. Post 4480 (Parkesburg) hosted the PA Hero Walkers for the second straight year as the marchers stepped from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. The post provided hotel rooms, a hot meal and a check for $500. Dr. Rose Constantino of the PA Nurses Association helps Barger Scholarship Chairman Bill Mayer and State Adjutant John Brenner choose the winners of this year's six VFW nursing scholarships. At Post 914's Memorial Day service, speaker Col. Craig Bollenberg (second from left) meets with Post Senior Vice Commander Jake Bradich, Iraqi Freedom veteran; Post Commander Charles Krebs, Vietnam veteran; and Kenneth Curcio, Persian Gulf War veteran. West Mifflin VFW Post 914 Commander, Charles Krebs, right, proudly recognizes the three 2010 winners of the Walt Kuczma Scholarship Award. Also pictured is Charles Freker, Post 914 Youth Activities Chairman, left. The Post's annual academic scholarship is named for the VFW unit's founder, who passed away earlier this year. Folsom Post 928 recently prepared many boxes to send to deployed soldiers as its does every month to show overseas troops that the VFW thanks them and supports them. Palmyra VFW Post 6417 sponsored their 2nd Annual Bike Ride to raise funds for hospitalized veterans. The group consisted of 15 riders and raised $314. Marysville VFW Post 882 canteen manager Karen Purdue presents a check for $100 to David Gyger, Sr. Vice Commander of the Palmyra Post. Donations were given to the Lebanon VA Medical Center.
VFW's Mission Makes a Difference
• Troops Touched by Support from PA VFW HQ
“Thank you so much for all of the care and effort that you have put in to your support of the deployed troops here in Afghanistan. You have made a large impact on the morale of my unit. The soldiers here are very appreciative of the amount of work that went into sending all of those care packages and we are very thankful for the simple luxuries that they provided us. You help make a hard job just a little easier and a little more bearable, not just from the items that you send, but more importantly from the support that you show us. Patriots like you truly make it possible for us to keep pushing forward with our mission. We have had so many adventures on this side of the world and we wish that you could see all of the good work that is being done here.” 1LT Robert Dickey, Security Forces Commander, PRT Khost PA Guard 1-110th INF/28th ID, deployed in Afghanistan
Post 1620 Walk Benefits Soldier Family Assistance
Post 1620 (Middletown) sponsored a "Walk for the Wounded" with 100% of the $7,500 raised going to the Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The SFAC consists of enlisted soldiers and civilian employees who coordinate resources and act as a point of contact for patients and their family members. The SFAC is open to assist patients who have been evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OEF). The SFAC also assists families of patients by providing transportation to the hospital as well as counseling and many other types of assistance. The Defense Distribution Depot provided the Color Guard.
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
Focus on Mission Successes
(Clockwise from top left) Palmyra Post 6417 participated in the town's 250th anniversary Old Time Street Fair. VFW members recruited five new members, passed out American Flags and Buddy Poppies, and featured a ring toss game for kids. Pictured are Quartermaster Adam Powell and Commander Dave Gyger. Trappe VFW 7155's Annual Memorial Golf Outing raised $4,400 for Elizabeth (Beth) Reifsneider, a local child diagnosed with cancer. Shown are (left to right) Commander Jack Clawson, Scott Reifsneider (father), Abby Reifsneider (sister), Amy Reifsneider (mother), Elizabeth Reifsneider and John Moyer, President of the House Committee. Mansfield Post 6757's Support Our Troops Committee held the Wounded Warrior Dice Run, in which 90 riders raised $4,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. VFW volunteers served a cookout style meal after the ride. Post 556 (York) hosted the Wounded Warriors PA Hero Walk, which was supported by 175 volunteers who raised $2,300 for wounded veterans. Pictured at far left (standing) is event organizer Al Pulice. District 24 recently organized a full grave site ceremony for one of the nation's first VFW National Commander-in-Chiefs, Tom Crago, who is buried is Waynesburg.
Six VFW posts and three Ladies Auxiliaries attended the annual event that ended with a luncheon at Post 4793 (Waynesburg). Shown with a memorial wreath are Paul Bierer, Commander of District 24 (left) and Michael Klauer, District 24 Quartermaster. Armed Forces Day was an appropriate day to provide a wounded warrior and OIF veteran James McGee with a free turkey hunt sponsored by wildlife federation chapters and supported by local veterans. After the hunt, McGee and other combat veterans gathered at VFW Post 1586 for camaraderie (Permission to reprint this photo was granted by the Towanda Daily/Sunday Review). Post leaders who qualified for the State Commander's 2009-2010 Membership Trip gather at State Headquarters in Harrisburg before boarding a motorcoach to visit the New London Submarine Base in Connecticut, where Commander Frank Mills received training during the Vietnam War. The District 25 contingent pose in front of a deck gun, one of many exhibits at the nearby Submarine Museum. Photo at center: Post 6673 (Munhall) Color Guard members Dave Laughlin, John Lunnati, Tom Albert and Dan Pavasko perform at the local Memorial Day parade.
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
Be a Positive Influence in Your Post
Thank you for your support in electing me Sr. Vice Commander for the Department. It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve the members of the greatest Department. Congratulations to the newly elected District and Post officers. I encourage you to work together as a team. Take your oath of office seriously and keep the lines of communication open. Perform your duties with pride and don’t wait until the last minute to accomplish them. If you need assistance, contact me or any of the other State Officers. We are here to assist you. Outgoing officers and chairmen: assist your replacements in understanding what needs to be done. By sharing your knowledge and the lessons you learned, we can start the year with a new dedication
State Sr. Vice Commander, Larry Reece - email@example.com
and commitment to success. Membership remains the life blood of our organization. We must recruit new members, but we also need to retain the members who are going out the back door. Remember, eligible members will ask the question, “Why should I join the VFW?” Your conduct, your integrity and your guidance as a mentor will answer that question in a positive way. We need to get our current members involved. You can never have too many members at a meeting or too many members serving on project teams. You joined the VFW because of your loyalty to your comrades and your community. We still need you. Your membership, ideas and energy will set the foundation for our future of service. By showing your pride and your service, younger veterans will want to be a part of the VFW, and they will join.
Facts and Figures
Honor the Position and the Person
My thanks to all volunteers who help the greatest combat veterans organization to carry out our mission of “honoring the deceased by serving the living.” I specifically mentioned our charter mission because as volunteers we need to honor those who went before us by carrying out our leadership roles ethically and honestly. We can do this by adhering to the rules that all VFW officers must follow. The oath that officers accept requires them to serve and assist others, not to benefit themselves by taking advantage of their elected position. Rules governing the conduct of VFW officers at the post, district, county and state levels are spelled out clearly in the National By-Laws. We at State HQ do not make up the regulations governing posts. This is serious business and as such all officers should have a copy of the By-Laws to study as a guide for how they will conduct themselves. Post officers should not make rules and regulations up as they go just to fit specific situations. All officers can be effective and stay out of trouble by following the clear language in the Bylaws; this is our official reference for how each officer should carry out their
John Getz, State Quartermaster - firstname.lastname@example.org
responsibilities. The office of post commander carries a lot of responsibility, which is why other post officers should respect that position and give the commander the control and support needed to have a great year. The quartermaster must understand that he or she is not in charge of the post or the canteen. The quartermaster is in control of all funds of each side of the VFW operation, but this person does not tell the commander how to run the post. Post commanders should also respect and honor the role of a quartermaster. All money is under the control of the quartermaster because he or she took the oath to accurately and transparently maintain all accounts. Commanders should not overstep their role by trying to manage or manipulate the finances. VFW By-Laws require that post members vote on all motions to spend post money. Remember, if you read and follow our By-Laws, everything should go well. If necessary, refer to the By-Laws during post meetings to ensure that all actions and decisions are made correctly. No one can argue with the official ByLaws. Give us a call at State HQ if you have any questions. Post officers can honor our deceased comrades by serving today’s veterans with honor and integrity.
Without Teamwork We are Lost
As we move into the 2010-11 VFW program year, post leaders and members should give the following key topics serious consideration and follow through. Our State Commander’s theme is “Service through Teamwork.” He asks that you place a high priority on maintaining effective teamwork this year. Everything you do should lean heavily on maintaining good teamwork—post leadership should support this concept and engage members to participate. You should promote active participation at post meetings. Invite members who have not attended your meetings in the past to come. Ask for input and for volunteers during your meetings to let all members know that you need their energy and time to be successful. Just as some people don’t join the VFW because no one asked them to do so, some members will not become involved unless they are invited to help support your efforts. Here’s a great way to help improve participation: establishing a team to visit or call members to increase meeting attendance and volunteerism for your programs. Getting a few new faces to show up will generate new energy, State HQ often hears about one
John Brenner, State Adjutant - email@example.com
person taking control of a post or canteen, which we know means that the situation will go downhill. If things are slowing down at your post to where no one shows up and your programs are failing, then send your members a letter to attend a special meeting about the future of the post. Don’t wait until its too late. Posts must prepare for their district inspection. Make sure that all necessary material is available to make the process run smoothly. DD-214’s must be on hand for all of your ofﬁcers and all ﬁnancial records (post and canteen operations) should be up to date ready for the inspection team. Find your post’s last inspection, review it with your ofﬁcers, and organize everything to make the process easy. Posts must send representatives to district meetings. There is a good reason for this: your post ofﬁcers will meet ofﬁcers from other posts and your district, who can lead you to success and away from problems. Attending district meetings gives you access to a vast amount of VFW knowledge, which helps you to effectively serve veterans, the troops and your community. You will also enjoy and beneﬁt from the camaraderie. Following these recommendations will give post leaders the ideas, information, structure and support they need for success.
It's Time to Step Up to the Plate
Thank you for putting your confidence and trust in me to serve as your State Junior Vice Commander following my election at the convention. The 2010-11 VFW year is off and running, and our programs have been introduced to our district and post commanders. Your State leadership used a road trip to conduct three “training institutes” and the “Flying Squadron” to help prepare leadership at all levels for a good year. Thanks to the posts that hosted us; we appreciated your hospitality and comradeship. I think of our 2010-11 year as a new ball game for Commander Ben. The National Anthem has been played, our
PA Jr. Vice Commander Gary M. Anders - olhomer@aol.,com
coach has his starting line up and he gave us a great pep talk. We’re up to bat, and our Ladies Auxiliary are cheering us on. The coach told us there may be some errors made in the early innings, but as the top VFW team in the nation, we will correct them and start hitting homers. Don’t forget to involve and support our troops in our games along with our veterans in our homes and hospitals. Our state program leaders were hand picked by Coach Ben and I am sure they will attend every game and give their best performance. Our head cheerleader is President Bonnie Drake and as always the Ladies Auxiliary will give us the strong support we need to win. Remember to keep our troops in your prayers. May God bless them, keep them safe and may America keep blessing God!
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
Together We Can Keep Patriotism Strong
Congratulations to all of the Americanism and Loyalty Day Award recipients honored at the convention. As we “wrapped-up” our 2009-2010 programs, the Department recognized these winners for putting their Americanism on display: • 1st Place Essay -“What is America made of?”: Plaque and $100 to Linda Hermansen, District 21, Post 8896. • 1st Place Loyalty Day Poster Contest Winners - “A Nation United): Plaque and $100 were awarded to second-grader Leah Giese, sponsored by District 18, Post 9639 and their Ladies Auxiliary; third-grader Saarthak Maheshwari, sponsored by District 18, Post 9639 and their Ladies Auxiliary; fourth-grader Payton Bowman, sponsored by District 21, Post 8951 and their Ladies Auxiliary; and fifth-grader Jena Bixler, sponsored by District 21, Post 8951 and their Ladies Auxiliary. District 25 received a $100 prize for 100% reporting in Americanism and participating at the State Loyalty Day Program in Harrisburg.
Ron Herman, Americanism/Loyalty Day - firstname.lastname@example.org The National Citizenship Education Teacher Award Program is almost here. There are many teachers deserving to be recognized for the significance they place on patriotism. Remember these key deadline: Post - Nov. 1, 2010, District - December 1, 2010 and to State Chairman by Dec. 15, 2010. First-place winners for each of the three categories (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will receive a plaque and $100, and the school will receive a plaque. Please remember, Post participation in the Citizenship Teacher contest is a core program in order to qualify as an AllAmerican Post. Posts can download the teacher nomination form at www. vfwdepartmentresources.org. For additional information please contact your Americanism Chairman. As we move into Fall please fly our flag on Labor Day Sept. 6, Patriot Day Sept. 11, POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 17 and Pearl Harbor Day Dec. 7. Get out to vote on Nov. 2 and wear something to show that you are a veteran to display our voting strength. Patriotism flourished after 9/11/01, but now it is floundering, stand up proud to be patriotic and show our troops that we support them.
You Can Achieve Your Membership Goals
John Rybcinski, Membership Chairman - email@example.com
You are going to see more changes in our membership program again for this year. You will need to be 100% +1 in total membership and need to have 5% of that total as new or reinstated members as part of earning All-State status. A “reinstated member” is considered to be a member whose dues were not paid for the last 18 months. The total of what you are going to need to reach for All-State honors is based on your year-ending total as of June 30, 2010. Also, to qualify for All-State recognition, you will need two (2) new life members, who could be new or continuous members going to life status. The program also requires posts to sign up one Legacy Life Member for this coming year (a Legacy Life membership is available only to current Life members). Legacy Life membership not only offers expanded and exclusive benefits, but also helps ensure that the VFW’s good work will continue for generations to come. Legacy Life members can select from three membership categories: Gold, Silver or Bronze. Each offers a selection of exclusive benefits. Once activated, a Legacy Life membership will endow additional income —made in your name—that will provide a stable financial foundation for both your post and the VFW. Here are some of the benefits of becoming a Legacy Life member: • A one-time (or annual) endowment will be made in your name to the VFW • Your personally engraved Legacy Life membership card • An official Legacy Life membership certificate • A Legacy Life membership lapel pin • Recognition at the Memorial Building kiosk in Washington D.C., and • Recognition at the VFW National Headquarters Museum. For all Department membership programs, the cutoff date for calculating your membership growth (percentage) is April 30, 2011 while the National cutoff date for membership is June 30, 2011. For All-State qualifications, the All-State Post Commander’s and Post Quartermaster’s Work Sheet must be completed fully and returned to State HQ by April 30 2011. It will be another trying year, but the members are out there and we have to concentrate on getting them back into our organization, especially the past members that we let go out the back door. We must strive to keep members on our rolls, otherwise the impact of new members signed up will be offset by those who do not renew their existing memberships. Don’t forget to use our State Recruiters to plan membership campaigns. These trained and dedicated specialists are ready to help you attract new members. Call State HQ for their contact information. Don’t forget that every member is a recruiter. Post membership will not grow without every member— and yes, that means you—working hard to give the VFW a positive reputation and to recruit new members. The way you conduct yourself at the post and how you support VFW programs will either bring people into your post or turn them away. Remember, our State Commander’s motto is “Service Through Teamwork.” Good luck this year. Keep the VFW the greatest organization in the world. I’m only a call away if you need me. NOTE: Posts are encouraged to visit the Department’s web site (www.vfwpahq.org) and enter “Membership” to view National HQ’s “Recruiting Just Got Easier” brochure (pictured above), which has many materials to recruit new members. Most items are free and the brochure includes an order form to be faxed directly to National HQ (State HQ does not stock these items in bulk). Order your materials at least two weeks in advance.
Honored to Serve and Ready to Support You
Rev. Peter Hook, Chaplain - firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 19, 2010, I became Chaplain for Department of Pennsylvania. As a first step in taking on this responsibility, let me introduce myself to you. I am a native of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, and have also called Indiana and Texas home. I served in the US Army, being drafted in 1966. Upon completion of Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, I received my commission and then served in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry Division. My college education began after my military service. After receiving my Bachelor of Science Degree from Lancaster (PA) Bible College, I studied at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. From there I went on to earn a Master of Theology Degree from Dallas (TX) Theological Seminary. In addition to my pastoral ministry, I have been part of the faculty at Philadelphia Biblical University for 27 years, and I am a National Instructor for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. In my new role as State Chaplain, I would like to work with each of the District and Post Chaplains and function as a resource person and coach to help you carry out your responsibilities and minister effectively to Post members and their families. I plan to send out regular updates and resources via e-mail. Please introduce yourself to me and get added to my distribution list by sending an email to me at PeterHook@verizon.net or by phone (267) 229-7722. I look forward to serving you and getting to know each of you in the near future as we carry out the VFWs mission of serving others. Blessings as you serve.
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
Congratulations to All 2009-10 State and National Program Award Winners
ALL-AMERICAN DISTRICTS: District 28 Commander - Randy Gray Quartermaster - Tom Hanzes ALL-AMERICAN POST COMMANDERS/QUARTERMASTERS Post 15 Commander Robert Finch Quartermaster Bill Smith Post 1536 Commander Daniel Polinski Quartermaster Harry Earley Post 5958 Commander Cecil Dennis Quartermaster Eric George Post 7251 Commander John Tomasovitch QuartermasterJames Frisbie Post 8951 Commander Eugene Myers Quartermaster Lloyd Greenwood Post 9639 Commander Glen Hoffer Quartermaster Tom Gordon CAPTAIN ALL-STATE COMMANDERS/QUARTERMASTERS: Commander - Post 5958 Cecil Dennis/Quartermaster - Eric George ALL-STATE DISTRICT COMMANDERS: Dist. 13 Cmdr. Jim Lindsey and Dist. 28 Cmdr. Randy Gray OUTSTANDING DIST. COMMANDERS: Dist. 7: Bob Stanton; Dist. 15: Scott Ostrom; and Dist. 19: Dan Edmiston FIRST DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN FROM EACH MEMBERSHIP AREA ACHIEVING 100%: Central - Dist. 13 Walter Bosnall; West - Dist. 28 Larry Houston; East - Dist. 7 Bob Stanton DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN ACHIEVING GOAL: Dist. 15 - Larry McFall and Dist. 19 Bill Littleﬁeld CHOSNYK TRAVELING TROPHY AND PERMANENT PLAQUE: (GREATEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE) District 28: Randy Gray COMMANDER’S TRAVELING TROPHY & PERMANENT PLAQUE: (HIGHEST NUMERICAL INCREASE AS OF APRIL 30) 166 members - Post 5958 Cmdr. Cecil Dennis and QM. Eric George ROBERT MUSSER MEMORIAL TROPHY: (GREATEST PERCENTAGE OF INCREASE AS OF APRIL 30) 138.06% increase - Post 7251 Cmdr. John Tomasovitch and QM.James Frisbie VAN ZANDT AWARD: (MOST/NEW REINSTATED MEMBERS AS % OF MEMBERSHIP) 43.87% - Post 7251 Cmdr. John Tomasovitch and QM.James Frisbie JOE SALVO AWARD: (INDIVIDUAL MEMBER WHO SIGNS UP THE MOST NEW/REINSTATED MEMBERS (OVER 25) 113 members - Randy Gray, Post 5958 5020 5207 5308 5424 5825 5887 5958 6231 6233 6241 6345 6393 6417 6558 6708 6743 6753 6757 6824 7045 7155 7251 7295 7377 7465 7505 7530 7605 7689 8518 8861 8896 8951 9264 9639 9788 11322 12019 James Rice William Lamond, III John Nicholas Ernest Hufﬁne Larry Billett Rickey Hicks Cecil Dennis Damian Hambley William Westover Lynn Keener Clair Houston Christopher Desmond Glenn Deturk Thomas Siani Lawrence Petrole Russell Tikey Clifford Cole Lonnie House Glenn Owen Jeffrey Reed John Clawson John Tomasovitch, Jr. Stanton Landis Michael Hoover James Bailey John Fetzer John Hafer David Beckey James Estright Leonard Garzarelli Douglas Strayer John Stape Eugene Myers Donald Howe Glen Hoffer Edward Heary Paul Gerhart, Jr. Andrew Siok, Jr. Floyd Hauth Glenn Standish Danny Hartzell Lawrence Onderko Kenneth Slocumb Freddie Streich Eric George Larry Pifer William Garman H. Wenger Albert Chambers, Jr. Robert Klein Christine Morrison Dale Bricker Joseph Kripp Earl Weygandt John Fish Gerald Farrer Steven Hakes, Sr. Donald Druck James Welsh James Frisbie Robert Nesbit, III Chris Zimmerman Dennis Morgan Robert Carrara Robert Keefer, Sr. Ronald Smith Richard Thomas Fred Laber Joseph Gallo Paul Kopp Lloyd Greenwood Charles Jackson Thomas Gordon Rosemarie Strom John Boylan James Stois Walter Debes accepts a VFW Eagle for his 37 years as a Post Service Officer and his service to the Veterans Service Committee as recording secretary. Post 15 Commander Bob Finch proudly holds a second-place award for his post's community service activity record book.
Gettysburg High School teacher Jessica Oleska accepts one of the Department's Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Awards from Commander Frank Mills, Americanism Chairman Ron Herman and Patriotic Instructor Donna Mills.
NATIONAL OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
1st Place - Post 1462, Lititz Springs 2nd Place - Post 15, Gettysburg 3rd Place - Post 509, Tobyhanna Memorial
$500 scholarship to Drew Loutzenhiser of Greenville
Each recipient received a $1,000 scholarship:
Laura Bly, Beaver Falls; Shayla Thomas, Palmyra; Carolyn Muller, Philadelphia; Shanna Fry, South Williamsport; Genna Doernberger, Pittsburgh; and Sadie Steppe, Jersey Shore
Citizenship Education Teacher Awards
Elementary - Mary Kipp, Wallenpaupack North Primary School/District 10; Middle School - James Reese, Dallastown Middle School/District 21; and High School - Jessica Oleska, Gettysburg High School/District 21
(See the Americanism column on page 9 for other awards)
BUDDY POPPY AWARDS
District/County Chairperson attending 100% participation by 28 Feb: District 14 - Charles Davis, District 26 - Anthony Shea, District 28 Gordon Colvin (Deceased), and Mercer County Council - Al Chambers First three District Chairperson to have/exceed 10 poppies per member: District 7 Nicholas Constantine and District 14 Charles Davis Top three Posts purchasing the most Poppies per Member: 1st - 111 Poppies per member Post 7060, Brookhaven 2nd - 102.73 Poppies per member Post 879, Cranberry Twp. 3rd - 74.04 Poppies per member Post 6343, Elizabethville Member collecting the largest monetary donations: Larry April, Herbert W. Best Post 928 collecting $6,868.00 The ﬁrst three Districts to have purchases of/or exceeding ten (10) Buddy Poppies per member: District 7 Chairman Nicholas Constantine and District 14 Chairman Charles Davis
15 20 25 43 204 212 264 470 477 509 531 740 813 842 845 928 1338 1446 1463 1536 1568 1600 1754 1810 1835 2145 3398 3432 3474 4315 4965
Robert Finch Daniel Phillips John Marullo Sandra Showalter William Littleﬁeld Ronald Peters Joseph Wawrejko, Jr. Dale Herrick Paul Delvitto Claude Walraven Michael O`Hara Thomas Whalen Robert Steinbeiser Richard Best Paul Dougherty Gerald Gavin Patrick Kelley Terry Stokes Joel Ellis Daniel Polinski Roy Schrimp Donald Tressler Richard Henney Henry Mannella Raymond Burke Donald Montgomery Toby Bryant Bruce Kosack Louis Borgia David Wharton Richard Robison
William Smith Walter Debes Joseph Fadden Raymond Wolfe Everett Neill James Belardia William Raupach Lyn Grossholz Scott Horton Thomas Kimmel William Long Edward Denk Fred McFarland John Best Robert Broody Joseph Bowman Edgar Lake Orlo Achenbach Ronnie Tropasso Harry Earley Ronald Hvezda Leonard Hahn Willard Stewart Kenneth Zatezalo Charles Benedict Donald Matthews Harriett Bryant Gerald Lengel Thomas Coar Michael Swope Richard Lepold
Voice of Democracy Winner - Adam Weaver, Post 8724 Patriot's Pen Winner - Gabriel Schroeder, Post 92
NATIONAL MILITARY SERVICES
The Department of Pennsylvania VFW ($135,922) and Ladies Auxiliary both received NMS Gold Awards for the amount donated in the state. Post 6317 ($10,200) also received a Gold Award in the post category. Post 1989 ($4,000) received a Silver Award. Posts 5308 ($2,000), 264 ($1,600) and 5825 ($1,500) received Bronze Awards. NMS Certiﬁcates were earned by Posts 740 ($1,350), 7599 ($1,000) and 6493 ($1,000)
VA VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS
Lebanon VAMC - John Chiodi, Demis Haines, Carl Weihs, Frank Davla, Richard Adams, Michael Larkin, James Polt and Herbert Zensen; Philadelphia VAMC - Walter Debes, Frank Leidy, Ronald Sanders, Donald Wells, Thelma Singleton and Marius Region Wilkes-Barre VAMC - David Morrison, Bruce Kromis and Joseph Senor.
EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
1st Place - Andrew J. Hall, Post 914/District 29 2nd Place - Benjamin Meck, Post 7155/District 16 3rd Place - Joel Bender, Post 1989/District 26
Post 9639, Shellsville - First-place award in Department Competition for medium-size posts, and third-place award in the National contest
NATIONAL WEBSITE CONTEST
First place for Posts - Post 5956, Manheim (www.manheimvfw.org)
John J. Radko Law Enforcement: Ofﬁcer Charles Streightiff Fireﬁghter: Jerold N. Ross, Sr. Emergency Medical Technician: Gerald E. Proctor
Large Employer - Defense Support Center, Philadelphia Small Employer - Dairy Farmers of America, New Wilmington James Gates Award - Barrie Kutruff (Centre County Careerlink Ofﬁce) Employment Service Award - PA Careerlink Center County Ofﬁce
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
The Department President Says. . .
Let's Put Our Hearts into Our Service
By Bonnie Drake - email@example.com
It is an honor and pleasure to serve as President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Pennsylvania for the 2010/2011 term, with Commander Benjamin Mastridge. I am looking forward to a great year ahead for all of us! Our 2010/2011 Ladies Auxiliary National President will be Cortina Barnes and the VFW Commander-in-Chief is Richard Eubanks. During the last few years, we have had several opportunities to meet with them about the goals they have set for this year. There are many changes, deadlines and goals set, that will challenge us ... but we are the Department of Pennsylvania and we can do it! I encourage everyone to attend the Fall Conference September 10-11 at Hotel Carlisle (the Old Ember’s Hotel), in Carlisle. This is a great learning weekend. You will receive an overview of all programs, participation information and the opportunity to meet program leaders. You will be able to ask questions, plus see a special “web site presentation.” I thank those who have assumed elected or appointed positions, chairmen or area chairmen at the Auxiliary, District and Department levels, and our Hospital Reps and Deputies. I appreciate your commitment. Please learn your duties well, and even if you held these positions before, review your duties again. I encourage everyone to read the materials you receive throughout the year. Please contact Department HQ if you have any questions, comments or concerns. We will do everything possible to assist you. Never forget those Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, and to thank all veterans and their families for the sacrifices they made and continue to make for us. Let “Our Hearts Soar Working For Our Veterans” (Department Theme) as we are “United By Love For Our Veterans And Country” (National Theme). God Bless the USA and God Bless our Veterans!
Start Your Engines ... Race to the Finish
By Kelley Sanelli, Membership Chairman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Comrades, your help is needed in recruiting new Ladies Auxiliary members. As a matter of fact, there is an award for any VFW post member who signs up three or more new Auxiliary members by April 30, 2011. We have come to realize that for every VFW post member there are at least five eligible Auxiliary Members. Let’s get them into the Ladies Auxiliary to make our Department stronger. Membership is the heart and soul of this great organization, which is why we work on membership all year round. We would like to stay ahead of the rest of the pack, leading the race from the drop of the green flag. One way of doing this is by having a transmittal pick-up at Fall Conference, Department Commander’s Testimonial, Mid-Winter Conference, and Department President Testimonial. News flash: A “Membership Round Up” will be conducted at each of the Department President’s official visits to the Districts. Plus, as District Presidents, we would like for you to conduct your own Membership RoundUp as you make your inspection. Please ask the Auxiliary President to have a transmittal ready for you. As we are “United By Love For Our Veterans and Country,” remember that we must Retain, Reinstate, and Recruit members by showing how “Our Hearts Soar, Working For Our Veterans.”
Get Into Gear with the VOD and Patriot's Pen
By Marsha Fuhrman, VOD & Patriot’s Pen Chair - email@example.com It is time to get in gear and promote two very worthwhile youth programs: the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests. Please visit your schools as soon as possible with the information so students have ample time to enter. This year’s theme for the VOD is “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?” The theme this year for the Patriot’s Pen is “Does Patriotism Still Matter?” It is imperative that these deadlines are followed so as many students as possible will be eligible for scholarship funds: • Nov. 1 - Student entries to the post by midnight • Nov. 15 - Post judging completed • Dec. 6 - The District judging is completed • Dec. 13, 2010 - All information to the VFW Department Chairman • Dec. 18 - Department Judging “OUR HEARTS SOAR WORKING FOR OUR VETERANS" as they are the most important reason why we, as the Ladies Auxiliary exist. We can demonstrate that we are “UNITED BY LOVE FOR OUR VETERANS AND COUNTRY” as we work together to get 100% participation from every Post and Auxiliary this year.
Reporting Your Activities is Essential
By Denise Oshall, Program Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org
The 20102011 Department Chairpersons have put together great programs for the year and need all of your help to make Pennsylvania 100% in reporting. Our programs focus on assistance for veterans and their families, Americanism and Patriotism, Cancer Aid and Research, Community Service, Legislative support, Membership, and Youth Activities. We are especially in need of volunteers to assist our veterans in our VA Hospitals, Veterans Homes and Veterans Centers. Report forms can be sent to each Department Chairman at any time during the year. Final year-end report forms are due to District Presidents by April 8, 2011. Report forms can be found in the program book provided to each Auxiliary following Fall Conference or at www. paladiesaux.org. Please write down your activities as you do them to make completing your report forms in April so much easier and ensure that you meet all of the requirements to be an “All-State Auxiliary President and Treasurer.” It is important that we publicize our activities in our local newspapers. Please submit pictures and articles to the media. “Our Hearts Soar - Working for Our Veterans” and all of our Auxiliary sisters continue to do their part to show that we are “United by Love for Our Veterans and Country.” Let's have a great year of reporting for our Department President Bonnie.
PENNSYLVANIA VFW NEWS
More Highlights from the Convenetion
Kathleen Tinney of Post 3398, Herman Anderson of Post 1711 and Harriett Bryant of Post 3398 enjoy VFW camaraderie at the Convention. (TJ Nesbitt photo)
Post 1536's Harry Earley receives an Guard CPT Ryan Quinn Outstanding Service Award. speaks about military family programs.
VFW Policeman of the Year Charles Streightiff thanks veterans.
The National Web Site Award for first place in the post category is given to Manheim Post 5969 Webmaster Ben Spera, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Post 1463's Commander Joel Ellis accepts a firstplace community service record book award from Chairman Ed Arnold.
Outgoing State Commander Frank Mills thanks his team of district commanders for leading the Department's regional units.
The Department of PA VFW 2010-2011 Council of Administration gathers for its first meeting.
Retiring State Sgt.-at-Arms Harry Laughman and Asst. Sgt. James Cunningham bid farewell.
VFW 2010 Convention photos including these images and hundreds more have been uploaded to the online Kodak Gallery web site. You can order and pay for prints on the site. To browse the online State Convention photo album, please email Department Communications/ Public Affairs Director David Sandman at email@example.com. You will be sent the link to Kodak's Gallery web site.