Our Post picnic was a great success – thanks to everyone who made
that happen! We had a good turn out, with plenty of good food and
activities for the whole family. This shows what we can do when
everyone 'does their part”!
At the October meeting, we'll be taking nominations for those interested
in performing the duties of Post Quartermaster. If you're considering
running for the office, please make sure you understand completely the
responsibilities you'll be taking on....this is no office for someone who
wants to take short cuts, or doesn't like “paperwork drills”. Comrade
Tom Dulinsky has done an outstanding job as the acting
Quartermaster, in spite of several obstacles he head to deal with upon
his assumption of the office. I hope you will support him in this election
I'd also like to welcome Ollie Vanderveen to the position as our new Canteen Manager. She has
jumped in with both feet and is doing a fine job ensuring that the transition from Comrade Link to
her has been seamless. Our canteen stats seem to be on the upswing, and at least for the
September steak dinner, we nearly tripled our normal dinner sales. I want to thank Brenda Critell
and Jesse Cancino for coming in to help make that dinner a success!
At each meeting, I've mentioned the need for increased membership...something not easily
accomplished in a struggling economy. After consulting with the Executive Committee, I've
decided that to encourage our membership to get their dues in early, we're going to offer a FREE
Life Membership as an “Early Bird Special”. To be eligible, you need to have your dues paid to
the Quartermaster by close of business on October 30 th (this date will NOT be extended).
Everyone who pays their dues by the 30 th will have their name entered into a drawing for the a
chance for a free Life Membership. This is a great deal, and I encourage you to take advantage of
Finally, I want to speak to the subject of respect for the members of this Post..or rather, the lack
of it on the part of a very few individuals. Last month, a guest came to our Post and expected to
be served...in spite of the fact his membership card (from another organization) had expired two
years ago. When the bar maid refused to serve him, he made a vulgar remark to her and left.
This is unacceptable, and that individual has been barred from the Post. Another individual was
disrespectful to several veterans, and as a consequence, has paid a very heavy price for it. For
those that continue to disparage others in our Post, if you're still not a “believer”, rest assured,
there WILL be consequences for those actions. We have a lot of good, hard working, supportive
members in this Post; I'm not going to let one or two malcontents ruin it for everyone else.
I appreciate all of you who've stepped up to the challenges of the day to day operation of this
Post! I recently came across the comments of Marine Corps Commandant and Medal of Honor
recipient General David M. Shoup, that I think says it all:
"The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes
because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because
they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of
adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. He is the break in the wheel of progress. And
yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that
he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things."
General David M. Shoup , Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
So, “Keep up the fire”!
Also, please take a moment to pause and remember the sacrifice of our Post namesake, Private
Raymond J. France, who was killed in action 91 years ago this month, on 16 October, 1918.
School is in session again – please keep a sharp eye out for the neighborhood kids darting in and
out of traffic – and be mindful of the speed limits around the schools! Also, please keep in mind
that it is now law that you must have your headlights on at all times when using your windshield
FROM THE QUARTERMASTER:
I appreciate everyone's support as I continue to learn the ins and outs of the Quartermaster's
position – thanks! As a reminder, we now accept VISA and MASTERCARD for dues payment,
but ensure your receipt is marked “Dues.” Please try to get your annual dues paid as soon as
possible, and as Commander Conrad mentioned, we'll be entering the names of all who pay their
dues by October 30 into a raffle for a free Life Membership.
Tom Dulinsky, (acting) Post Quartermaster
01 November is the beginning of Daylights Savings Time, don't
forget to roll your clocks back an hour!
FROM THE HOUSE COMMITTEE:
The regularly scheduled House Committee Meeting is held the first Wednesday of each month at
6:00PM – October 7th is the next meeting.
- Gene Camp, House Committee Chairman
FROM THE CHAPLAIN:
The next VA Bingo trip to Ward 7 South will be on October 22nd . As always, we’ll plan on
leaving the Post at 6:30PM. The vets on the ward really appreciate us for spending time with
them and bringing a little fun to brighten their day - come out and join us in serving our fellow
- Ron “Padre” Groves
FROM THE SURGEON:
If you know of any Comrades who are in ill health or hospitalized (or you yourself are), please let
me know so I can help you with assistance you might need. I can be reached at 258-8303.
- Jess B. Cancino
FROM THE SERVICE OFFICER:
As we all know, times are tough, and one of the prime concerns people have is their health care.
The Veterans Administration is expanding it's coverage to cover Category 8 veterans. You'll need
to complete the VA Form 1010EZ, and provide a copy of your DD Form 214. If you're a Purple
Heart Recipient, you'll need your award citation or orders if the medal is NOT listed on your
DD214. To register in the VA system, contact the Enrollment Coordinator at the Dayton VA
Medical Center at
Dayton VA Medical Center
4100 W. Third Street
Dayton, OH 45428
You can also bring the form to the Dayton VA Medical Center. The Eligibility Office is located on
the ground floor of Building 310, phone (937) 262-2128. I can help you fill out the forms and get
enrolled if you need assistance – just let me know!
If you know of a Post Comrade, or a family member who might need help, please feel free to call
me at 902-8001. We are always ready to help another veteran or his/her family – they don’t need
to be a member of this Post, or the VFW for that matter. If you know of a person or group doing
good work for the community that could use a helping hand, let me know that as well!
- Mark Conrad, Post Service Officer
FROM THE HONOR GUARD:
I'd like to welcome our newest member of the Honor Guard, Loraine Simard. Loraine is a retired
Air Force Colonel, and during her career was also a Base Honor Guard commander – welcome
We had a very busy schedule last month...on September 6 , we had the honor of posting and
retiring the Colors at the reunion of the 345 th Bomb Group, the famed “Air Apaches” of World War
II. The Honor Guard rendered honors at two Post ceremonies as well, the September 11 th
Patriot Day service and again on the 18 th as we remembered those who have born the heaviest
burden of our defense – our Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. On September 20 ,
we again posted and retired the colors for a WWII unit reunion, this time for the crew members of
the USS Harris. Finally, on the 26 th, the Heritage Honor Guard led the Posts of the 3 rd District at
the Founders Day parade and service in Columbus. We also accompanied Padre Groves to the
VA for bingo on Ward 7 South - I appreciate the Honor Guard members who have given up so
much of their time to help us honor our veterans – thanks!
- Mark Conrad, Honor Guard Commander
01 November is the beginning of Daylights Savings Time, don't
forget to roll your clocks back an hour!
FROM THE LADIES AUXILIARY:
Our next meeting is scheduled for 13 October at 7:00PM – District 3 President Connie McCreary
will be visiting us along with her officers and Commander Conrad to provide everyone the facts
on recent events concerning our Ladies Auxiliary - please make every effort to attend.
To all who are ill, we wish you a speedy and continued recovery, and to those who have lost a
loved one, we offer our sincere condolences.
Teresa Bates, President
FROM THE MEN’S AUXILIARY:
It is time for the ghouls and goblins; however, at our September meeting we were privileged to
have an honored guest, Post Commander Mark Conrad. As many of you are aware there has
been some “uneasiness” surrounding the status of our monthly meeting schedule. Commander
Conrad was gracious enough to speak at the meeting and explain the current situation as to the
status of the Post and the scheduling of events and meetings, to accommodate the “best
interests” of the Post. As of now, we will be holding the Men’s Auxiliary meetings on the fourth
Tuesday of the month, rather than the first Thursday. It is the belief of the Post that Thursdays
are best suited for holding Bingo, and as a result, the Auxiliary would have to move the meeting
night. We have done so and will decide in the near future if a bylaws change will be necessary to
make the move official and “binding”.
I would like to thank the Commander for his time and effort in helping to clear up what had
become a contentious issue and potential distraction for the Auxiliary and the Post. After
speaking on the matter, the Commander was “brave” enough to field questions and clarify points
of interest and concerns from the members. I believe that our Auxiliary is very comfortable
knowing that when questions arise, Commander Conrad will provide the time answers that we
I would like to thank everyone that was able to attend the Post picnic and certainly hope that a
“good time” was had by all. A tremendous amount of effort was exerted to ensure an enjoyable a
day was had by the members and their families and friends.
As I mentioned in the introduction, it is already time for Halloween. The little ones will soon be
out “begging” for candy and treats and we should all be prepared to share good fortune and be
alert as they walk the neighborhoods, probably when it is dark outside and harder to see them.
Dark for trick or treaters, it can only mean that the time is changing. Please remember
to set your clocks on 01 November and use the occasion to change the batteries in your smoke
and CO2 detectors. If you do not have detectors, please look into purchasing them or contact
your Fire Department obtaining one. Many departments provide them free of charge, if
We had another great visit to the VA Center in September and I implore the membership to
consider a field trip with us, on the first Wednesday of each month, as we honor and show our
appreciation for the men and women who are dealing with injury or illness and are spending time
away, yet again, from their families. It is only about an hour of your time, but it will make you feel
like you hit the lottery.
I wish everyone a wonderful Columbus Day and a fun and enjoyable Halloween. Our meeting will
be held on the fourth Tuesday, 25 October. If you fail to appear, you will certainly to into a
All the best,
- John Hickey, President
FROM THE POST HISTORIAN:
The winner of the September trivia contest and $25 U.S. is Bob Carter, who correctly answered
that Operation URGENY FURY was the name assigned to the US-led invasion of Grenada which
began on 25 October 1983. Congrats Bob!
Due to some member's concerns, let me clarify the “Rules of Engagement” for our monthly trivia
contest. The contest is for Regular members and the members of the Ladies and Mens
Auxiliaries only. We appreciate some of our guests like to participate in the monthly trivia, but the
intent of the contest is to provide another benefit to our membership. In order to ensure the prizes
go to the eligible people, when submitting your answer, please include your name AND your Post
membership number (you can find your number in “the book”). Answers submitted without the
number will be discarded. You can now win more than two months in a row – so submit
A winner will be randomly drawn from a pool of correct answers submitted, and will receive $25
(there won’t be any trick questions, but they won’t always be easy either). Write your answer
down (with name and Post number) and place it in the mess kit in the Heritage Room or send an
email to mvmhm”at”yahoo.com by the 20th of each month. Good Luck! To speed up the process,
if you see your name in the newsletter as the trivia winner, that’s your authorization to contact
Comrade Tom Dulinsky for your prize. One thing for everyone to note....the “Guess who this is”
picture is NOT a contest, it's just for fun – there's no prize.
The October question is:
Who was the first African-American pilot in World War I?
This month in military history:
October 7, 1970: President Nixon announced a new 5-point peace plan for Vietnam.
October 12, 1917: First Battle of Passchendaele.
October 14, 1950: Chinese Communist troops cross the Yalu River into Korea.
October 16, 1918: Private Raymond J. France is killed in action.
October 19, 1781: British surrender at Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War.
October 21, 1861: Union defeat at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.
October 31, 1941: U-552 sinks the USS Reuben James, 115 die; first US ship lost in WW II
Did you or one of your relatives serve in World War II? Have you (or they) had your name
registered in the Book of Remembrances at the National WWII Memorial? If not, contact me and
I’ll do it for you. I need to know:
- The person’s full name
- Branch of Service (this includes civilians who worked on the Home Front!)
- Anything special you want people to know, such as where they served, awards and
Regarding awards and decorations, if you never received yours, or they’ve been lost over the
years, I can help you get them replaced FREE OF CHARGE! The process can take up to six
months, but it’s absolutely free and gives you a chance to leave a tangible reminder of your
service to our great Nation to your children and grandchildren.
I’ve received a number of requests from people asking how they can get their or a loved one’s
medals. To speed up the process, please make sure you have already located one of the primary
source documents: WD-50-55, DD Form 214, or the actual award certificate.
The “guess who this is” photo has been pretty popular, so I'd like to open it up a little more; if you
have pictures of any of your relatives who served in the military during any time period, I'd be
happy to publish one of those each month...you can email pictures, or I can make digital copies –
see me for details.
- Mark Conrad, Post Historian
The Air Force Security Policeman shown in last month's photo was Men's Auxiliary
member Brent Davidson. Can you name this Korean War Seabee?
FROM THE CANTEEN MANAGER:
First of all, thank you Al Link for all that you've done for Post 657 and it's members! My name is
Ollie Vanderveen, I'm married (for sixteen years) to a wonderful Vietnam Veteran, Mike. We
have six great kids. Now for the canteen news, October is going to be wonderful. FOOTBALL -
We have the NFL Package and will be serving food, so watch the board for your favorites. We
have a Costume Party planned for Halloween for both the kids and adults, as well as some
karaoke and bands.
At the request of several members, and in consultation with the Entertainment Committee, we're
going to make some changes to the way we run the Thursday night Bingo “coverall” game, which
will make it, for lack of a better term, a more “fair” game...I'll provide more details once we work
out all the “wrinkles”!
Last, but not least, God Bless Our Troops and our Veterans. Thanks for supporting our Post, and
I hope to see you in the canteen!
Ollie Vanderveen, Canteen Manager
FROM THE ENTERTAINMENT COMITTEE:
I would like to thank everyone that volunteered their time and effort to make the post picnic a
success. To Thomas Stanley, Gene Camp and Ralph( BuB) James for cooking the hamburgers,
hot dogs and sausages that Ron Peck brought. Also a special thank you to ones that brought in
covered dishes, and to all that came out to enjoy the picnic. I would also like to thank the guys
that volunteered for the pie in the face event - Mike Schmidt, Gene Camp, Kenny Rupert and Matt
Osterfeld, thanks guys for your support. Also a big congrats to Tessa Rupert, Tyler Camp, and
Chris Boehmer all $5.00 winners of the event. After our September 11 th ceremony, we enjoyed a
spaghetti dinner thanks to Mary Wuellner, Brenda Critell, and Jesse Gardner and Commander
The “Luck of the Draw” tournament was won by Sue Baker and son Brian Sprowl. Congrats Sue
and Brian. As some of you probably already know, we now have the football channel on our TVs
which means you can now watch you favorite NFL team on Sunday’s. There is a lot of good
entertainment coming up this month, so take a look at the weekly events that are posted in the
folders on the bar counter. Trigger Band will be here on the17 th . Oktober fest will be held on the
23rd w/ Brats, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, and German beer. And on Saturday the 31
Halloween, there will be a children’s Halloween party from (2 till 4PM.) w/ hot dogs, potato chips,
and a soda. (a prize will be awarded to 1 st and 2nd place best costumes). There will also be a
meal of pork BBQ sandwiches, cold slaw, and potato chips served from (5-7PM.) - price of the
meal is $3,00. Also during that time frame, there will be a contest for the grossest, scariest food
plate, and we'll have Karaoke from 8-12PM. At 10:PM there will be judging for best costume of
the Adults; the First Place winner will receive $50, Second Place, $25, and Third Place, $15.
I encourage each of you to make suggestions for entertainment or other activities we can hold at
the post. If there is someone you would like to see in here, let me or Mary Wuellner know, and
we’ll see what we can do to get it on the schedule. The next entertainment and scheduling
meeting will be on Wednesday the 21 st of October at 6:30PM. I hope to see you there
- Gene Camp
Post “Pie in the face” recipients enjoy their tasty treats.
OTHER POST NEWS:
The Friday evening steak dinners are going strong. We're going to try extending the hours
a little bit as well to give more people a chance to come down and enjoy the meal. The
dinner will run from 6 – 9PM, but please keep in mind that you must place your order not
later than 8:30PM though! Please note, that due to increased costs, the steak dinner price
will increase by one (1) dollar to $9.00 per person – still a good deal when compared to the
local eateries! And we can always use help with the preparation and cooking! AND –
contrary to the rumors already circulating - the “free meal” tickets will continue! However,
because we've had some “enterprising”people apparently making photocopies of the meal
tickets, we'll be switching over to a 'chit”, similar to the drink chips we're using now, but
in a different color.
Times are tough and money can be tight, so if you know of a place that offers discounts to Active
Duty Military and/or Veterans, let me know about it and I'll post it here: If you need any muffler
work done, Muffler Brothers in Fairborn offers a 15% discount (except on oil changes) to military
ID card holders.
Newsletter reminder: Please provide your inputs to Comrade Mark Conrad not later than the
20th of each month. You can send input via email to: mvmhm”at”yahoo.com, or contact me at
902-8001. To speed the editing process, please do not use fancy fonts or all capitals; “Arial 10pt”
is the preferred font. I can also add digital pictures to the newsletter, they need to be in jpeg
format, and of a reasonable size; I’ll convert them to black and white and make enhancements
where needed and when possible. Also, make sure you identify what the photo is of and who is in
it – thanks!
Once again, if there are errors in this newsletter, I accept full responsibility for them. However, I’m
not perfect, so mistakes are going to happen. If you have an “issue”, a complaint (or whatever
you want to call it), come see ME. “Kvetching” at the Quartermaster, bar maid, canteen manager,
or anyone else for that matter is not going to get your issue resolved. If you can’t bring it up with
me, then it can’t be that important.
Thursday 1st Ladies Auxiliary Bingo @ 7PM
Saturday3rd 8 Ball (double elim) tournament ($5 entry fee) @ 7PM
Sunday 4th NFL football
Monday 5 Darts @ 7:30PM
Wednesday 7th Auxiliary visit @7PM
House committee meeting @6:30PM
Thursday 8 Men's Auxiliary Bingo w/Nick's famous subs
Friday 9th Midnight Run, Karaoke @8-12PM
Saturday 10 “Luck of the Draw” @ 7P.M ($5 entry fee)
Sunday 11 NFL football
Monday 12 Columbus Day
Tuesday 13th Ladies Auxiliary meeting @ 7:00PM
Wednesday 14 Regular membership meeting @7:00PM
Thursday 15th Ladies Auxiliary Bingo @ 7PM
Saturday 17 “Trigger Band” 8-12PM
Sunday 18th NFL football
Monday 19th Darts @ 7:30PM
Wednesday 21 Entertainment calendar meeting @6:30PM
Thursday 22nd Men's Auxiliary Bingo @ 7PM w/Nick's famous subs
Post visit to Ward 7 South
Friday 23 “Oktoberfest” and Karaoke w/Papa "D" 7-12PM
Sunday 25th NFL football
Monday 26th Darts @ 7:30PM
Tuesday 27th Men's Auxiliary meeting @ 7:00PM
Thursday 29th Ladies Auxiliary Bingo @ 7PM
Friday 30 Post steak dinner 6-9:00PM
Saturday 31st Halloween and Post costume contests
Happy Hours are Monday – Friday, 5 – 7PM with fifty cents off drink prices
Nov 1st Daylight Savings Time begins
Nov 10th United States Marine Corps
Nov 11th Veterans Day
Nov 27th Thanksgiving Day
Nov 28th 3rd District Convention