I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I want to wish you all a happy New Year. We have had a very busy November and December with many activities. In November our Color Guard participated in several veteran programs around the area. In December our Color Guard marched in a lighted Christmas Parade in Watertown along with a lighted pickup. They gave away 1,500 candy canes to children along the parade. On Saturday, December 15th, we rang bells for the Salvation Army in front of the HyVee.
Seventeen of our members attended the Legislative Round Table at the American Legion in Watertown. It was an interesting meeting and we have great from area legislators. Our legislators expressed a strong need, however, for veteran support when they are trying to pass bills benefiting veterans. As a result, we have formed a Legislative Committee which will be chaired by Phil Braeger.
There are two legislative efforts, in particular, that are significant to our members. One is to designate March 30th as a “Welcome Home Day” for Vietnam Veterans. A second bill is to restore the funding for VSO’s that was cut off during the budget crunch. When these bills come up, we need to get veterans to Pierre to show our support and others to make phone calls to our elected officials. Anyone that would like to show support in person, testify before the legislature or make phone calls, please contact Phil.
We had a little social after the December meeting with a buffet of meat, shrimp, cheese and crackers, hot chocolate, apple cider and the best of all kinds of treats provided by our members. Members also brought a lot of non-perishable food goods for donations to the Salvation Army, The Women’s Resource Center and the Clear Lake Food Pantry.
A drawing was held for winner of the raffle for the sniper rifle, which was won by Randy Holiday. Congratulations, Randy!
Members voted to donate funds to the VSO to help veterans and also to help six families in Grant County.
That’s all for now. Thank you for your support of the best veterans’ chapter around.