|BURGER KING Restaurants Launch Annual VFW Fundraiser Funds raised to support the VFW’s Unmet Needs troop assistance program
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – November 1, 2016 – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce that for the tenth consecutive year, participating BURGER KING ® restaurants will raise funds for the VFW Unmet Needs program throughout the month of November. Patrons are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the program upon checkout. The fundraising campaign officially begins November 1.
Established in 2004, the Unmet Needs program assists service members and military families during times of financial hardship by providing monetary assistance toward basic life necessities such as rent, mortgage and utility payments, vehicle repair, medical expenses and food. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded, and to date, the Unmet Needs program has provided more than $5.8 million in aid to struggling service members, veterans and their families.
Since 2007, participating BURGER KING franchised restaurants have raised more than $3.84 million in support of the program. Over 900 locations nationwide participated in last year’s fundraising campaign with even higher participation expected this year.
“For nearly a decade, BURGER KING restaurants and their loyal patrons have demonstrated a very impressive amount of support for the members of our armed forces,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy. “BURGER KING franchisees’ generosity enables the VFW to assist our nation’s military families when they need it most, and we are so appreciative of their continued support and dedication. I’m encouraging VFW members, and all Americans to stop into your local BURGER KING restaurant and help those who are working to support this vital campaign.”
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Due to a vote at the National VFW Convention, the Men’s Auxiliaries across the nation will be closed on December 31, 2016. These individuals have been working very hard to support our Veterans and can be a vital part of your Auxiliary. Encourage them to fill out an application and join your Auxiliary. They can join your Auxiliary and still remain a member of the Men’s Auxiliary until they close. They care just as much about our Veterans as we do and need us to welcome them into our organization. Congratulations to all the Auxiliaries that have already started signing up these important members.
The new VFW Auxiliary Podium Edition books are now available to purchase from National.
“Walking In Style with Our Veterans”
Fashion Show Luncheon
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Presented by VFW Auxiliary to
Overland – St. Ann Memorial Post #3944
10815 Midland Ave. – St. Louis, MO 63114
11:00AM until 3:00PM (doors open at 10:30AM)
Attendance Prizes – Raffle Baskets –
50/50 Drawing – Vendors
Ticket Price $15 Advance / $20 at the Door
Proceeds to benefit: H.E.R.O.E.S. Care
For tickets please contact: Debbie @ 314-566-0599
Or Pat @ 314-484-6952
VFW AUXILIARY DEPT OF MISSOURI
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
2:00 P.M. Line Officers Meeting, Department President’s Room
5:00 P.M. Dinner for National Representative (By Invitation Only)
7:30 P.M. Department Council of Administration Meeting
Floor Practice to follow Council Meeting
SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 2016
(Official Look Shirt for Line Officers/Floor Team)
7:00 A.M. Breakfast – Come meet our National Representative
8:30 A.M. Department Meeting
Noon Lunch on your own
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Recruiter Training by National Recruiter Trainer, Betty Arnold
2:00 P.M. Ways ‘n Means Winners announced
2:30– 3:00 P.M. Department Chairmen’s Meeting, Dept. Pres. Room
3:15 – 3:45 P.M. District Presidents’ Meeting, Dept. Pres. Room
6:30 P.M. Doors open for Banquet – Cash Bar Available
7:00 P.M. Dept. Commander & Dept. President’s Dinner
(Patriotic or Cops ‘n Robbers; Casual Attire)
* Addition/Corrections from Original Agenda – Everyone encouraged to attend. I learn something new every time I set in on one of Betty’s sections.
The Radisson in Branson now has a new photo for their Wall of Fame. This was delivered earlier this month by Department Historian, Mary K. Thurman
Department of Missouri members attended the National CAFE event at Mount Rushmore.
Jackie Davis, Susan Kelb, Brenda Bryant, Nelda Clifton & Betty Arnold (not shown Charlie Clifton)
If you have not had the opportunity to see the National Home for Children or you enjoyed it so much you want to go back; then check out the information below for this year’s trip. Deadlines are coming soon and they need to know if they have enough people going for a bus. Don’t wait to sign up. 2016 National Home Trip Form
The Department of Missouri VFW Auxiliary had a great time in Branson with our National President Colette.
National President Colette Bishop made her official visit August 23-25th in Branson, MO. While in the Branson area, she had a “meet and greet” the day she arrived.
The next day was a busy one and it started with our National President being greeted by the Aisle of Honor. President Hazel then had a short meeting. Department Chairman presented information on their programs. Department Membership Brenda Bryant had several drawings for the membership contest she is having. Auxiliary Presidents in attendance with 100 per cent or more was recognized. Department President Hazel introduced the District Presidents that were at the meeting and gave them a chance to speak about what was happening in their districts. Gifts from several members to National President Colette.
We were then off to College of the Ozarks for a luncheon. A student from the college spoke about admission to the college, its work program and the Patriotic Education Program. She told about her recent trip to Vietnam as a chaperone with one of the veterans and how she plans to use in the future when she teaches her history classes.
We then walked across the street to the Veterans Grove where a group photo were taken. Then, National President Colette was taken on a driving tour of the campus before going back to rest before the dinner cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle.
Department Commander Chris Johnston and his wife joined us for the event that evening. A wonderful meal along with a show was enjoyed by all. And one of our own, District 6 President Cathline Vest was pulled on stage to participate in a magic trick by Aaron Radatz.
To end the cruise, National President Colette took a photo with President Hazel and Commander Chris and members from District 18.
National President Colette came to breakfast on Thursday morning where members thanked her for coming to our state and wished her safe travels. Department President Hazel took National President Colette to the Springfield/Branson National airport where she boarded a plane for the next stop on her journey.