Mar
23

Membership March 23,2017

Comrades,

Let’s all join Commander Sandberg and congratulate Commander James Abel and the membership of Post 6126, Perry for reaching the 100% membership benchmark!!! Department of Georgia VFW now has 17 Posts at 100% or greater in membership, and have passed the 87% mark as a Department.  Remember, every day is a VFW Day, and membership is crucial–90% is our goal for the month of March!

Thanks for all you do,

Michael J. O’Steen
Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia

Mar
23

Georgia World War I Centennial Commission

The VFW Department of Georgia presents Georgia’s World War I Centennial Commission with the 2nd installment of a $50,000 pledge at the Commission’s March 22, 2017 Meeting.  The image shows twenty checks from 20 posts of the Department totaling $17,050.  When combined with $10,000 from the VFW Department of Georgia presented to the Commission January 19, 2017 our new total is $27,050. Our ongoing efforts to honor our posts and those who served in World War I continues through financial support of the Commission’s work. The third pledge installment will be presented at our VFW State Convention in Macon, Georgia on June 16, 2017.  Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is the only Veteran Service Organization dedicated to combat veterans. Our members remember it is never a matter of what is in your wallet, but more of what is in your heart.  General George Patton, famed World War II warrior said, “Hate War, Love The Warrior”.  And VFW members are warriors whose respect and honor of World War I veterans is shown through gifts to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead by giving not till it hurts, but till it feels good knowing the mission continues.  Formed in 1899 by veterans of the Spanish American War to advocate on behalf of those who served in combat, their widows and orphans we dedicate ourselves to their honor.  We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and with the 100th Anniversary of our entrance into World War I how fitting it is to remember these brave men and women who sacrificed so much. Also noteworthy is the fact the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States presented the National World War I Centennial Commission a check for $100,000 on March 21, 2017.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars…Nobody Does More For Veterans.
 
Pictured left to right are VFW Department of Georgia State Commander William Sandberg of VFW Post 3679 Fort Ogelthorpe, Georgia World War I Centennial Commission Member Rick Elder, VFW Post 7116 Sylvania, Al Lipphardt VFW Department of Georgia Centennial Commission Advisory Member, member VFW Post 12002 North Fulton, Georgia World War I Centennial Commission Chairman Dr. Billy Wells, University of North Georgia and VFW Department of Georgia Senior Vice Commander Richard Attaway, VFW Post 4629 LaGrange. (images of checks from VFW Posts 2667 Newnan, 2872 Athens, 2872 Auxiliary, Athens, 3679 Fort Ogelthorpe, 4180 Sneville, 4583 Jesup, 4629 LaGrange, 4742 Cordele, 5080 Lake City, 5255 Lawrenceville, 5255 Auxiliary Lawrenceville, 5976 Douglas, 6330 Jonesboro, 6447 Thomaston, 6449 Fairburn, 7116 Sylvania, 7402 Buchanan, 9998 Northside, 10822 Dunwoody and 12002 North Fulton)
 

 

Mar
22

VETERANS GOLF TOURNAMENT Blueberry Plantation Alma Georgia

Mar
22

Officer Resignation

Comrades,

It is with regrets that I send the following information on behalf of Department Commander Sandberg.  Department of Georgia Sr. Vice Commander Richard Knight submitted his resignation yesterday, March 21,2017, due to health issues.

Comrade Richard Attaway is now Sr. Vice Commander.

In Accordance with Article V, Section 520 of the National By-Laws, the Council of Administration will convene at a special meeting to elect a Jr. Vice Commander and any other position that may become vacant.  Nominations are being accepted at this time.

Thanks for all you do,

 

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia

Mar
21

Vietnam Veterans Day

Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.

Most states celebrate “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on March 29 or 30 of each year. Though there is some debate, March 29 is generally viewed as a more appropriate date. On that day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. It is also the date President Nixon chose for the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974.

 

Mar
20

Membership

Congratulations to Commander Ronald Stubbs and Membership of Post 3650 Fayetteville for reaching 100%. Keep in mind March is Membership month. We would like for all Post to be at 90% by the end of March. There are currently 20 Posts within 10 members of being 100%. Keep pushing.

Mar
13

World War I Commemoration Campaign

Comrades,
 
“Perpetuating the Memory and History of Our Dead”
 
Below please find the latest information from our National Council of Administration regarding the World War I Commemoration Campaign.  This information is in addition to the news the Department of Georgia Council of Administration approved a match of up to $25,000 for donations to Georgia’s World War I Centennial Commission.  The following posts have contributed $1000.00 to which Quartermaster Gwizdak issued a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Georgia’s Centennial Commission.
 
Donations Received:
$2000.00 Post 12002 North Fulton, Post 7583 Roswell (consolidated)  
$1000 checks – Post 2667 Newnan, Post 3679 Chickamauga, Post 4583 Jesup, Post 5255 Lawrenceville, Post 5976 Douglas, Post 6330 Jonesboro, Post 6449 Fairburn, Post 7402 Fairburn, Post 9998 Northside Warner Robbins, Post 10822 Dunwoody,                       
 
$500 Check Post 4629 LaGrange, $250 Check Post 6447 Thomaston, $100 Check Post 4180 (of a $1000 pledge) in hand = $850 
 
For posts to receive credit for matching funds make checks payable to Ga World War I Centennial Commission in the amount of $1000.00 and mail either to VFW Department of Georgia PO Box 3025, Macon, Georgia 31205 or to Al Lipphardt, PO Box 1336, Stone Mountain, GA 30086.  Recognition will be provided to all posts making contributions to the Georgia World War I Commission at Gold Level $1000.00 or more, Silver Level $500 to $999.00 and Bronze below $499.00 at the Department Convention June, 2017.
 
Visit the links below to learn more to take advantage of “FREE MONEY”.
 
World War I Commemoration Program 100 Cities/100 Memorials
  • Memorial Poppy Seed Program

    • The VFW is joining the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission in announcing the launch of a great new grassroots awareness and fundraising program, called the WWI Poppy Program. This program aims to raise awareness of WWI and the sacrifices made by veterans.

      Participate in this program today http://www.worldwar1centennial .org/1881
      by purchasing a World War I Poppy Kit from the WWI Centennial Commission. Each kit contains 60 poppy seed packets that will spark awareness and conversation about the WWI Centennial as it honors the legacy of the 4.7 million American veterans that served during WWI.

      The WWI Poppy Program is an opportunity to not only raise awareness, but also to raise funds for your Post or Department alongside your Buddy Poppy distribution. The World War I Poppy Kits can be purchased for $64.99 and each seed packet can be distributed for donations to support your Post programs and community projects! For more information on the WWI Poppy Program and to order your Poppy Kits, visit ww1cc.org/poppyhttp://www.worldwar1centennial .org/1881.

Contact VFW Programs Director Lynn Rolf, LRolf@vfw.org.

or VFW Department of Georgia representative to the Georgia World War I Commission, Advisory Member, Al Lipphardt , al@lipphardt.org

Mar
09

Press Release on Mental Health for OTH

Mar
09

VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testified before a special joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on March 1, 2017

Mar
08

Makeup Service Officer School

Department Service Officer Joel Willis will be holding a Makeup Service Officer School at Post 6330 Jonesboro on March 11, 2017  Start at 0900 And Ends At 1300. If your Service Officer did not attend the first one this will be the chance to makeup for this miss.

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