NEWS

Commander Corner

I hope everyone is well. 

We’ve had some members pass away during the last two months. We lost two in our Auxiliary, Terry "Tiny” Seabright and Enid Stewart. VFW member Ralph Woznieak passed on his 94th birthday.

I am planning to hold our monthly members meeting on 5/13. Being that we must maintain social distancing, I have asked Auxiliary President Lois McBride to postpone their meeting until 5/20. This will allow both groups to have their nominations and elections.

Both Department and National Conventions have been canceled. Department may handle some busy during August’s School of Instruction. But, District 12 Convention is still planned for May 16th at noon. VFW members will have their convention at our post 6287 and Auxiliary will hold their convention in Riverview post 8108. Bring your own water or soda as canteens will not be open.

Be care with fraud calls regarding COVID-19. It seems that every disaster brings new scams. With that comes the latest round where veterans have reportedly been receiving calls from scammers acting as VA personnel offering COVID19 shots at the veteran’s home. These callers are asking the veteran personal information. The VA wants to stress that they will never ask for bank information over the phone and there is currently no COVID19 shot available.

May is Armed Forces appreciation month recognizing Loyalty Day, VE Day, and anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. Mission BBQ is offering a free sandwich from 5/11 to 5/16. Serving the US Army on Monday, Marines on Tuesday, Navy on Wednesday, Air Force on Thursday, Coast Guard on Friday, and all services on Saturday. Be there before noon for the National Anthem.

We plan to lay flags at the Ruskin Memorial Park Cemetery at noon on May 30th. I will be discussing our Memorial Day celebration during this week’s members meeting.

I am planning on holding a Veterans Day parade meeting on May 27 at 7:00 pm.

 

Thank you,
God Bless America,
Patrick Barr
Commander Post 6287

 

 

Chaplain Corner

Build up.  Do not tear down.

Over the last month I have seen the best and worst out of people.  Everyone has an opinion on our current situation and that is fine.  However, I have seen friends and family put at odds.  I even noticed myself getting more and more angry at what I saw as overreach and infringement on civil liberties.  Then I was reminded in scripture that it is ok to be mad but it is not ok to use that anger to tear down others.  Ephesians 4:29-32 reads "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those that hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.”  This message holds true today.  Everyone has a different viewpoint, experiences and convictions.  As comrades, we are to honor bound serve one another, uplift one another and build a stronger fraternal order.  I am very proud of the response of our post to this situation. As we start to come together again, please keep in mind some will step boldly back, other with great trepidation and everything in between.  Welcome them all with understanding and kindness even if you don’t understand or disagree.  We got this.  I can’t wait to see everyone again soon.  As always, I am only a phone call away if you have need for anything.  941-952-8191

 

 

Auxiliary President Corner

Hello Everyone,

 

First I really miss everyone. If you are like me, you are all going stir crazy. I am ready to go out and do something even if it is wrong. I really hope you are all doing ok. 

 

Since the VFW has been closed down we took advantage of the time and did a deep clean and painted the kitchen. A big Thank you to Kelly and TJ, and the other helpers, Sandi Dogen, Bob Moorehead, Randal Carroll, Deb Henry, Jeremy Barr and Patrick Barr. They put in over 75 hours in to making this kitchen look good. We hope to have all the fund raisers back on track 2 to 3 weeks after the Post is open again. 

 

The District is having an election only meeting on May 16th and Department has canceled everything until August, State has canceled everything until further notice.

 

Your President

Lois

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