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October/November 2017

Posted by District7VFWIndiana on October 17, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Greeting Brothers and Sisters!


Can someone find the brake and slow time down so that I may catch up! I have already missed my deadline to get this out on the first of the month so I am going to go an October/November newsletter. I would like to thank everyone for your support as the District is 100% reported in Community Service. Continue to submit your reports on a monthly basis.


Since the last letter on the 4th of September; I have attended the NSWC Crane POW/MIA Ceremony on the 14th, Crane Golf Scramble on the 16th, District Meeting in Odon on the 17th, Indiana Day at the National Home for Children on the 24th, Indiana Day at the Indiana Veterans Home on the 1st of October. Both the National Home for Children and the Indiana Veterans Home were great trips. If you have gone before or have never gone these are great places to go to see your money at work. I also attended the State Campout in Rushville on 4-7 October 2017.


The Fall Conference at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis on 27-29 October is coming up quickly. If you Post has already donated please contact me so that we may make arrangements to pick you donation before the conference. Remember we have the best hospitality room in the state and it is run on donations only. So please pay so that we can play!


Also, the deadline for Teacher of the Year, Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen are fast approaching for all entries need to be at the Post by 31 October 2017. Your judging needs to be completed and packages turned in at the District Meeting in Spencer on the 19th of November. A completed package consists of the entry form, the essay or speech on CD/Flash drive, a photo of the participant, and all signatures. If you turn in an incomplete package your Post may not get credit for it.


Veteran’s Day is coming up in November and please remember that this is a great time to do buddy poppy and membership drives. Also make sure that your Post records all your activities in the Community Service Report.


As mentioned before the District Meeting will be held on the 19th of November at Spencer. This is change from the original list of meeting dates due to a scheduling conflict. The Spencer Post is planning events on the Saturday before the meeting and more information will be sent out later.


Lastly, I need to talk about membership for as of the 12th of October the District stands at 76.92% and is 8th of 11 Districts in the Department. We need 902 members to get to 100%. That may sound like a lot, but we have 11of 20 Post that need 30 members or less to be 100%. So please contact your members and ask them to pay their dues!


Thank you and I hope to see you somewhere soon!


Keith Rohloff

7th District Commander

September 2017

Posted by District7VFWIndiana on September 4, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings Comrades,


Where does the time go? Just yesterday we had our District meeting in Crane and now it’s the 1st of September. I have attended the National Convention in New Orleans, 9 Post meetings, the School of Instruction, and the District Campout. My schedule for September is again full. Upcoming events for this month are; NSWC Crane POW/MIA Ceremony on the 14th, Crane Golf Scramble on the 16th, District Meeting in Odon on the 17th, Indiana Day at the National Home for Children on the 24th, and the Indiana Day at the Indiana Veterans Home on the 1st of October.


The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane is hosting a POW/MIA ceremony on the 14th @ 1100. If you are interested in attending please contact for I need to submit you information to Security to get you on base. We meet at the Crane Post at 1000 and carpool in because of limited parking.


The Crane Golf Scramble is on Saturday the 16th of September at Hidden Hills Golf Course in Owensburg. Cost is $200 a team, shotgun start @ 0900 and chance at $10,000 if you get a hole in one sponsored by the Crane Credit Union.


The Odon Post is hosting the September District Meeting on the 17th. I have sent maps and flyer of events out to the Post. A POW/MIA ceremony will be held at the Odon Community Center at 1000. This is the same building that the Auxiliary will meet for their meeting. After the ceremony, the VFW meeting will be held at the Odon Post. Check out their flyer for events and info. They have blocked rooms in Washington for anyone that would like to spend the evening.


The is a bus trip leaving the Greenwood Post 5864 on Saturday September 24th @ 0900 for anyone who would like to go the Indiana Day at the National Home for Children. The Post will be serving breakfast before the bus departs. Also, we are looking for donations (cash, beer, liquor and gaming) for the trip. If your Post would like to donate, please bring it the District meeting.


The Indiana Day at the Indiana Veterans Home is Sunday October 1st in West Lafayette.Beside, these planned events; I will be making my rounds and attending 6 Post meetings this month. I hope that all the Post have purchased your buddy poppies, your Quartermaster and Gaming Bonds (if you have a private insurance policy for these, please make a copy and sent it to Department Headquarters so that they may give you credit for it), sent in your July 2017 Trustee Audit to the Department, and have submitted a Community Service Report (reporting for the year started on 1 May 2017) to Mike Curl (7th District Chairperson) and Becky Murphy (Dept of Indiana VFW Chairperson).


Lastly, if you or your Post is doing a drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, please report it in your community service report and let us know so that others may contribute to the cause. Thanks and I hope to see you somewhere down the road!


Keith Rohloff

7th District Commander


July 13, 2017

Posted by District7VFWIndiana on July 14, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (7)

13 July 2017

Greeting Comrades!


I am writing this as I would like to start a monthly letter out all members of the 7th District.


First of all I would to thank everyone for all your hard work that you did this last year. Your efforts didn’t go unnoticed for the 7th District is an All-American District and Mike Curl is All-American District Commander for the 2015-2016 year. A job well done!


Although the year has just started I have hit the road running. I have attended 5 Post meetings just in the last 2 weeks and saw a great fireworks display in Crane on July 1st. It has been a privilege meeting our fellow Comrades and thanking them for the great year we had and preparing them for a great year ahead. Don’t worry; I have a plan to visit the remaining 15 Post all before the 1st of November. This may sound like a long time away, but many of our Post have their meetings on the same evening.


My next adventure is taking me to New Orleans for the National Convention July 22-26. After that I will be spending the rest of the week in Pensacola with my family before I return and hit the road again.


The State Golf Scramble is being hosted by Post 1108 Richmond and the deadline to getting your entry submitted is closing quickly. I will be there to represent the 7th, however my game may be terrible but I guarantee you that I will have a great time!


I strongly encourage all officers, especially Commanders, Quartermasters, Trustees and House Committee members to attend the School of Instruction in Indianapolis on August 12th, 2017. There will be a lot of information given out in a short time. If you need any assistance, please let me know for myself and the great leadership in the 7th is willing to help you out.


18-20 August is the District Campout at Lake Melissa. I will be sending a flyer out very shortly with addition information. If you interested in camping with us let me know for there are a limited amount of camping spots available.


Sign up now for the 7th District bus trip to the National Home for Children in September. The seats will fill up fast! This is a trip that you will not forget.


Until my next letter in September, have a great day and I look forward to seeing you down the road!


Keith Rohloff

7th District Commander

August 24, 2016

Posted by District7VFWIndiana on August 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (3)

Comrades, 

We just completed the Department of Indiana VFW School of Instruction. Here are

a few notes of interest in case you didn’t have the opportunity to attend. New this

year is a change in the Bonding of the Post. The Quartermaster Bond will cover all

Post assets except for your Gaming Account. When you apply for your bond with

the VFW, add all accounts minus your gaming and that is the total you will want for

your Quartermaster Bond. This Bond is a Positional Bond so if you happen to

change Quartermasters during the year the new person will be covered by this

bond. Club managers and gambling operations must be bonded separately. A

Quartermaster that is handling any gaming accounts is not covered under the

Quartermaster Bond. They must be covered under the Club Manager Bond. This

bond is in the name of the person not the position and is not transferable. This in

turn means that your Quartermaster needs 2 bonds to cover the funds of the Post.

With the approval of the By-law amendment at the National Convention that all

Men’s Auxiliaries will be disbanded by 31 December 2016; your Post should inform

your Men’s Auxiliary members that they need to apply for membership into the

Auxiliary and show proof of eligibility. If you Men’s Auxiliary has accepted any dues

this year (July 1st and after) those dues must be refunded. Your Post should

complete this disbandment sooner than the 31 December 2016 deadline. Get those

members into your auxiliary, get all accounts settled and closed, and send the

Charter to the Department of Indiana VFW.

Please take a look at your inspection paperwork and get everything together for

Post inspections will be starting soon. Make sure you have proof of eligibility for

ALL officers on file!

Hope to see you at the District Campout at Lake Melissa on 26-28 August 2016.

If you have any question please contact me!

Commander

Mike Curl

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Commander's Corner- August 2016

Posted by District7VFWIndiana on August 2, 2016 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello to my Brothers and Sisters in the Great 7th District!

I am looking forward to a great year! Don't forget that School of Instruction is August 18-20 in Indy. Make sure to get a copy of your Quartermaster's Bond turned in to State Headquarters. 

Let's have a great year!

Mike Curl
7th District Commander


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Commander's Corner - March 2016

Posted by District7VFWIndiana on March 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Comrades:

 

We’re quickly heading into the home stretch of the 2015 – 2016 year. We have seen some very good results from working core programs and keeping to the VFW mission.

 

This year we had outstanding participation in the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy programs, with one of our participants advancing to state. It was a genuinely proud moment for all who attended the 7th District awards presentation, especially for the parents and teachers of these remarkable young students. The theme for the 2016 – 2017 PP/VOD competition is now available at vfw.org. Get started early. Young people are the future of this country and from I saw this year, it looks bright.

 

Thanks to the legislative efforts of the VFW there has been some success on Capitol Hill this year, but we’re far from where we should be in terms of Veteran’s interests. We need “numbers” for Veterans to be a force in Washington and at the State Capitol. There isn’t a politician, anywhere, who won’t say that they’re thankful for the military and the freedom it provides, but the proof is reflected in their votes.

 

At this moment 7th District leads the state with 129 new members. We’re second in the state in membership percentage. Fantastic job! A lot of our new members are young Veterans who came to us looking for camaraderie. Most have a burning desire, and the energy, to perform the all-important mission of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. If we’re not welcoming and mentoring these new members, we’re not keeping to our mission.

 

Vets. Families. Community. That is our mission. Keep beating that VFW drum Comrades!

 

Glen Bumpus District 7 Commander

Commander's Corner - July 2015

Posted by District7VFWIndiana on July 20, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Fellow Comrades –

I am very excited, and humbled, to be starting a new year as your 7th District Commander.

The mission of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is simple and it is up to each and every one of us to carry out that mission. While our mission is simple, it is not necessarily easy. Working together with our Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary counterparts, District 7 will remain the premier District in the state.

We have a fine group of Line Officers and Committee Chairs who are available, and eager, to answer any questions about the programs in which we should all be engaged. Take advantage. VFW programs will drive membership. Let’s work the programs. Let’s not let the programs work us.

There’s an old saying: “Work hard – Play hard”. So together, let’s take care of business and celebrate our accomplishments.

I am available to anyone at any time. Don’t hesitate to call or email me.

 

Respectfully,

Glen Bumpus

Commander 7th District Department of Indiana

Cell: (765)315-9151

Email: [email protected]


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