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.