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A huge thank you....

As we enter August, we also wrap up The Kelly Cole Donation Challenge - and what an event. Together, we raised over $12,500 - and that money went a long way to helping the post pay off some past debts. When our leadership team took over in May, we had approximately $5,000 in all accounts total, and over due debt that well exceeded $14,000. I am happy to say all of the debt has been caught up and paid, and we have turned that corner. Also, our 501(c)19 had lapsed. That non-profit status is important when we go solicit help from companies, as it then enables any of their contributions to be considered tax write offs. With the status back, we can now solicit that help. None of this happens without the amazing membership - from the Post members, to Auxiliary members, to even the friends of Post 3513.

Coming up in August, we have our inaugural Ivan Nelson Memorial Fishing Classic. This event has grown from an idea, to a full blown amazing event! We have our pairing dinner on August 17th, and the fishing tourney will be on August 25th at Bartlett Lake. There is nothing about this tournament that could have happened without some amazing sponsors. The list is growing daily, but a special thanks to Jim and Carol Allen, Kokopelli Trailers, Coast Guard Flotilla 10-11, Tom Kendra, and last but certainly not least, Big Bass Daddy himself, Don McDowell. There are flyers around the post, and you can also learn more at www.ivanfishingclassic.com. Fox 10 has committed to media coverage, and we have some great prizes. More to follow on that....

I want to speak a minute on volunteering. Yes, I know the Navy stands for Never.Again.Volunteer.Yourself, but we are in desperate need of more volunteers. Be it cleaning, helping cook, signing up to help at an event, etc... the members volunteering is what makes the VFW great. I share the story from my old Post in Redmond, WA (Post 2995) and Mr. Kenney. Mr. Kenney is a WWII veteran, and still spearheads the Troop Assistance program there. He works 2 Saturday's a month outside a grocery store asking for donations, organizes all of the packing/shipping of items, and emails updates to everyone involved. We can't all be a Mr. Kenney, but even to donate 1-2 hours per week really helps make a difference. We have 450 members - and if each volunteered 2 hours per month, that's 900 volunteer hours. There are only 1,800 hours total in a month - so you can see what a difference we can make. I know all of our lives are fast and furious, but please take a moment to see if you can spare 1 hour a month.

Thank you for all that you continue to do, and until next time,