Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your Department of Michigan District 11 Commander once again for the 2020 – 2021 year.
I hope this year finishes off much better than it started, in regards to the Pandemic, it has been very hard on us as veterans both physically and mentally. Also forcing us to shut down our posts, causing them to lose money each month when they could be making money and doing good for our veterans.
I am a Life Member of St. Helen VFW Post 5680, honorably serving as the Post Quartermaster for the past 8 years, I was previously the Post Chaplain for 2 years and in the past, the Bingo chairman, responsible for Bingos on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.
In the past I have served the Department of Michigan as the Department Community Service Director for the 2018-19 year and I have also served VFW National, on the Bi-Laws and Resolutions Committee.
I served in the
United States Air Force as a Firefighter from October 1987 to November
1991. During my 4 year term of service I
was stationed at Andersen AFB, Guam, and Wurtsmith AFB, Oscoda, Mi.
I was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990 - 91, during the Persian Gulf / Desert Storm War, earning my eligibility in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
While in the Air Force I earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Longevity Service Award, NCO Professional, the Air Force Training Ribbon, and Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars.
My goal is to see to it that each post gets reported in every category at least once during my term. All activities should be reported by the 10thday of the following month, if you are having issues with reporting please contact one of the district chairman or myself as soon as possible. With your help we will have a very successful year.
Thank you for your service, and thank you for being a member of the VFW. You being a member means you care about the many men and women who have served our country.
2020-2021 District Meetings:
Comrades, below is a list of the district meetings this term… Beginning at 9am we will have some form of Breakfast, 10am will be class of instruction with the meeting beginning after. Post roll call is conducted at 10am.
Sunday August 2, 2020 - Linwood / Kawkawlin VFW Post 6950, 132 E Beaver Rd, Kawkawlin
Training will begin at 10:00 am, topics covered will be; filling out post inspection report, video tutorial on electronically reporting activities & electronically doing hospital reports through the department of Michigan web site, attending should be Post Commander, Adjutant, Post Activities & Hospital chairman are also encouraged to attend this meeting.
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - Midland VFW Post. 3013 Bay City Rd,
Training will begin at 10:00 am, Quartermaster, Trustees & Adjutant training. Please encourage those mentioned above from your post to attend this very informative training. Attending should be Post Commander, Quartermaster, & Trustees.
Sunday, February 7, 2021 – Coleman VFW Post, 104 S 4th Street,
Training will begin at 10:00 am on filling out Post-Election Reports, Delegate Fee’s the difference between national and department, properly filling out the forms, and a brief discussion on navigating the National Website.
Sunday, May 2, 2021 - Harrison VFW Post 1075, 3190 N Clare Ave, Harrison
District Testimonials begin at 10:00 am. With installation of all newly elected officers immediately following meeting.