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Angel" Military Tribute Truck Honors the Wisconsin Fallen Military from the
Persian Gulf. This started when the first female soldier to die in conflict over
in the Gulf area. For more information, click
Of significant interest to Vietnam Veterans
United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration
50th Anniversary Commemoration
Certificate of Honor Program
Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin
Miss AMVET White Clover Princess Eligibility
Important information regarding White Clover Princess reunion
More Women Veterans Living on the Streets, Including in Milwaukee
WDVA April 2017 E-news
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AMVETS Post 30 is partnering with
Community Blood Center of Appleton. We are looking for
some Heroes to Save lives. Blood donors will help AMVETS too because each blood
donation awards AMVETS Post 30 a monetary donation that we can use to fund
Please advertise this in and around Appleton area and on your web sites to do what we can during one of the most needy times of year for blood.
June 28th Mash Blood Drive. You can sign up on line and walk ins will be taken as well. www.save3lives.org
For information, click here >>> Mash Blood Drive
Dennis Scherer, Commander of AMVETS Post
99 in Manitowoc presents $500 to
Kyle Bryntesen, Business Development Director for the Salvation Army to assist
with the fire victims from Parkview Haven.
Post 99 crew at Calvary Cemetery placing
flags at all veterans graves for Memorial Day 2017. From left front: Debbie
Luchsinger and Chris Mahloch. 2nd row: Linda Dueno-Dufek, Roger Dufek and Ed
Mahloch, back row: Larry Yax, Bill Johnson and Mike Mahon.
May 23, 2017 AMVETS Post 13 Commander Gary Rodencal, and Leon Rinke 1St Vice and Robert Rauth from Post 13, receiving 900.00 check from Redgranite Correctional Institution, to use for our different things for community and our Veterans.
On Friday, April 14, 2017 the AMVETS
Ladies Auxiliary, along with the help of the Easter Bunny delivered 80 Easter
Basket to the residents living at Aspirus Regency House, Duroy Terrace Apts,
Aspirus Primrose Corner, Rosewood Terrace and LakeSide Villa LLC Pictured are
Auxiliary members Carol Ponshock, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Marilyn Flietner, the
Easter Bunny and Judy Atchley, and Duroy residents Muriel Cress and Helen Kubiak.
On Thursday April 13, 2017 the AMVETS
Ladies Auxiliary hosted a baby shower for a young mother. She received a large
assortment of gifts from the auxiliary. Those members who attending the shower
were: l to r Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Judy Atchley, Rita Laatsch, Carol Lapp,
Marilyn Flietner, Lonnie Sherry, Winnie Kolanowski, Etola Foytek, Carol Ponshock
and Linda Schweikert and in the center the young lady the shower was held for.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips On February 14, 2017 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary visited the Lakeside Villa Assisted Home in Phillips and held a Valentine’s Day party for the residents living there. Valentine cards were handed and the residents played Valentine Bingo. After everyone received prizes the residents were served hot chocolate and valentine cakes
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wi
Post member presented a “Blue Star Banner” to Bill & Kelly Falk. Their daughter Hailey is serving in the U.S. Army.
From left back District commander Richard Jesky, John Trewyn, Post Commander Douglas Rasmussen, Kelly & Bill Falk, Wayne Stade, Adam Frye.
Front, Deb Metzker, Deric Beligren, John Staples
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, WI
Post member presented a “Blue Star Banner” to Parents Of Dakota Olson who will be entering the U.S. Army after graduation.
From left rear District Commander Richard Jesky, John Trewyn, Post Commander Douglas Rasmussen, Angela Keller, Dakota Olson, Steve Olson, Adam Frye
Front from left Deb, Metzker, Deric Beligen, Wayne Stade, John Staples
5/8/2017 Redgranite. Following are pictures from AMVETS Post 13 and Auxiliary 13 members being installed by Armin and Sandy Condradt and new Post 13 Commander Gary Rodencal
Michael Etheridge, Executive Director of
the Haven of Manitowoc County (a Men's homeless shelter) receives a check from
AMVETS Post 99 Auxiliary President Karen Spittlemeister to help support the
2017 - AMVETS State Dartball Teams
Team: Old Schoolers Sat. Mar 18 Day 1 Ed, Marv, Jada, Jean, Paul, Chris, Bill & Tim
Old Schoolers Sun. Mar 19 Day 2 Ed, Doug, Chris, Armin, Paul, Jada & Jean If
any: 12th Place
Team: Conroe Bugs Day 1 & 2 Larry, Dave, Les, Cory, John, Jim, Rick, Jodi & Dick Hey: 4th Place
Team: Post 99 Guys & Gals Day 1 & 2 DC Bill, Mark, Candy, Lynn, Karen, Mark, Marvell, Diane, Dennis & Jim
Area children participated in an Easter Egg Hunt put on by AMVETS Post 99 and
hosted by Yvonne Reno, Child Welfare Officer on April 15,2017.
April 6th. The Walter Miller AMVETS Post # 5 of Menomonee Falls is proud to
announce the 70th anniversary of the building of the Menomonee Falls World War
II Monument. Read Article.
AMVETS 2017 - Post 99 White Clover Drive with 2016-17 Department Commander Bill
Forry Mar 31- Apr 01 Pictured are Dan, PC Dennis, DC Bill, Mike & Ed at a WCD
collection location and Chris, Les, Larry, PC Dennis, DC Bill, Lynn, Mike & Ed
WCD workers and collectors. Larry and Ed - WCD Chairperson
December 2016 Manitowoc – (From L) AMVETS Post 99 2015 -2016 Post Commander PDC Dennis Scherer presents plaques for 2016 of Special Recognition for many years of outstanding service within the Post 99 Honor Guard to post members: Dave Soukop - Co-Chairperson, Henry Carmody - Chairperson (Since 1972) and Larry Yax - Co-Chairperson.
December 2016 Manitowoc – AMVETS Post 99 2015 -2016 awards by PDC and Post Commander Dennis Scherer (R). From (L): Post members Mike Mahon - Community Service Award, Larry Yax – Special Recognition with Military Honor Guard and Ed Mahloch – Post 99 ‘AMVET of the Year’.
Following is a letter Tim Thiers received from our last Veteran we assisted with
the TVDF(Terminal Veterans Dream Fund). Signed by Wendy & Mike McDonald.
Letter from Mike McDonald regarding AMVETS TVDF
March 25th. The following pictures are from
Command Bill's and President Sandy's testimonial, taken by our ace photographer,
On Saturday, February 4th,
AMVETS Post 33 held its 10th Annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser at Johns Bar in
For the past 10 years owner John Beil has graciously offered his facility at no cost to AMVETS Post 33.
His staff prepares all of the spaghetti, meat sauce and salad for several hundreds of people at around cost.
Post 33 Members along with the Leipsig 4H club Served all you can eat spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad and desert, milk & coffee.
The desserts are mostly baked and donated by post members & their spouses.
Along with the Spaghetti feed the post holds a silent auction with Items donated by various area business & post members.
There was also a 50/50 raffle and donations were collected for Honor Flight.
Several state officers & their spouses attended, Post 33 thanks them for their support.
AMVETS Post 57 in Howard held a
meat raffle at Shoot's Bar on Saturday, January 7th. The funds raised will be
used to assist veterans in the Green Bay area. Following are some of the
AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50
Phillips Eleven students from the Phillips Middle and High School received
Certificates of Recognition from the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary. The
certificates were in recognition of their volunteering in distinguished services
for the AMVETS Ladies Aux. Post 50, Phillips.
Pictured from l to r in the back row: Dakota Olson, Christian Makovsky and Joshua Carlsen for their help in construction of the Life Jacket Loaner Station that is located in Lionite Park. Next Boy Scouts Grant Willers and standing in front of him Colin Overby for their help in planting the evergreen trees behind the Lidice Monument at Sokol Park. Front row l to r Brandon Shipley and Loren Sauter for their help in setting up tables at the Armory. Not pictured but who also helped with the table setting and Armory clean up were Brooke Spacek and Mason Sauter.
From Wreaths Across America, 17
Dec16, King, WI. submitted by Paul Probst, AMVETS Post 30
"We are not here to decorate graves. We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives." Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America
Bloomer Post 6440 Members (left to right) Jim Hudacek, Ron Clutter, Paul McElroy, Tom Vodacek, and Post Commander Darren Knutson with 300 pounds of turkey donated by the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Wisconsin. The turkey will supply meals for local low income veterans and the Chippewa Falls Veterans Homeless Shelter.
Auxiliary 13 President Darlene Hempel,
Parliamentarian Lynda Taylor and Mary Woiak, 3rd vp, community service rep went shopping for Christmas
family and Post 13 Commander Gary Vanderperren delivered a truckload of food and
gifts for this young family.
Bob and Jackie Rhode of Amvet
Riders of Post 13 Redgranite Wi, ringing bells for Salvation Army. At Shopko in
AMVETS Post 50, Phillips On
November 13, 2016 the AMVETS Post 50 conducted their first Veteran Day
Breakfast, which ran from 8:30 to 12:00 at Club 13 Restaurant and Lounge in
Phillips.The proceeds from the breakfast will be used to send veterans on the
Never Forgotten Honor Flight in 2017. Along with the breakfast the Post held
numerous raffles.The Post is very grateful for the support of the community
making the fund raiser a great success. Pictured are, on the left Commander Doug
Rasmussen, Bob Phillippon John Staples, Tasha Staples, Britt Bilgren and Deric
Bilgren. On the right: Tony Lueck, Deb Metzker, Joe Fox and Dewy Metzker
AMVETS / AMVETS Ladies
Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips On November 11, 2016 at the Phillips Middle School/
High School Veterans Day program Commander Douglas Rasmussen accepted the check
in the amount of $600 from the Student Council members. The Auxiliary is doing
a fund raiser with all school in Price County. Each school is trying to raise
enough money to send a local veteran on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in one
of the 4 flights that will take place in 2017.
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips On
November 11, 2016 the AMVETS and the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary participated in the
Phillips Elementary Veterans Day Program. AMVETS member Joe Fox was the guest
speaker. Pictured in their gold jackets were the veterans who attended the Never
Forgotten Honor Flight. The students made an Honor Wall honoring veterans of the
Newspaper picture of Redgranite
Post 13's POW
Ceremony and MIA at First Lutheran Church of Poy Sippi
Redgranite Post 13 doing
Veterans Day at Redgranite Elementary School and Pleasant View Elementary
School. And the kids at Redgranite Elementary School raised 145.00 for the Honor
November 10 - Members of AMVETS
Department of Wisconsin attended a Milwaukee Bucks game at the Bradley Center,
during Military Appreciation Night. Information about AMVETS was presented by PDC Alan Willis, Dept 1st Vice Jim
Ruppel, PDC Dennis Barrington, PDC Jim Tratz, Post 1051 member Bob Szymkowiac,
and PNC Duane Miskulin, along with officers from the Milwaukee Police
Department, and Milwaukee Bucks dancers.
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Ron Hansen on behalf of TREA
donates $600 to Post 99 Auxiliary. Pictured are Karen Spittlemeister, Dennis
Scherer, Diane Benzschawel and Ron Hansen.
Adopt a Teacher Program at
AMVETS Post 99. Chloe Cigler a 6th grade teacher at Monroe Elementary School
and Principal Bill Bertsche each received a check for $750 to use for their
class and school. Pictured are from left: Commander Dennis Scherer, Auxiliary
President Karen Spittlemeister, Bill Bertsche, Chloe Cigler and Auxiliary Child
Welfare officer Yvonne Reno.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50
Phillips On September 24, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary held their Walking
Taco fund raiser during the Fall Harvest Festival. With the money they made from
the bakery sale the auxiliary made a donation to the State Scholarship Fund.
Over $500 was also collected for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Pictured are
auxiliary members, l to r: Judy Atchley, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Linda
Schweikert, Winnie Kolanowski, Carol Ponshock, Marilyn Flietner and Mae mattison.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post
50, Phillips On October 11, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary of Phillips hosted
the American Red Cross Blood Drive which was held at the Phillips Municipal
Building. Phillips donated 119 units of blood the best drive held by the group.
All together the three communities Park Falls, Phillips and Prentice, in Price
County, donated a grand total of 180 units. An awesome drive!
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post
50, Phillips On October 28, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary visited 120
residents at the various Homes: Aspirus Regency Home, Aspirus Pleasant View
Nursing Home, Duroy Assisted Living Apartments, Aspirus Rosewood, Aspirus
Primrose Center and Lakeside Villa Assisted Living and presented each resident
with a Trick or Treat bag of goodies furnish by the Auxiliary Pictured are
Dolores Gradinjan, Carol Lapp and Liver Saver volunteer Ginmger Geng.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post
50, Phillips During the months of Sept 18, 2016 - Oct. 30 2016 the St. Vincent
de Paul Food Pantry conducted their "Food For More" challenge. With this
challenge they had the opportunity to stretch their dollars in support of their
food pantries. For every dollar donated to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry,
Feed My People Food Bank would match it with a pound of food, up to 5,000
pounds! The AMVETS made a donation of $100 and the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post
50 made a $150 donation. Pictured l to r are: AMVETS Commander Doug Rasmussen
Marge Handschke, Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan and auxiliary member
Post 13 October 30 - Mary Woiak
of Post 13 Redgranite handed out candy from our post and handed out AMVETS and
Auxiliary fliers, as well.
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wis
received a Donation for the " Never Forgotten Honor Flight' from the Price
Country Tavern League. The donation will be matched be the state.
Picture from left: Wayne Stade, Dan Virnig Tavern League president, Doug Rasmussen Commander, Deb Metzker, Deric Belgren
The fund raising breakfast will be held November 13, 2016 at Club 13, Phillips.
October 23 - AMVETS Post 13.
Mary Woiak and Gregory Sr , along with Dale and Dawn Fadrow went to the Vietnam
Moving Wall and Oshkosh Military Museum. Following are the pictures.
Gregory Woiak Sr/Mary Woiak and
Dale and Dawn Fadrow more pics from Vietnam Moving Wall
Gregory and Mary Woiak and Dale
and Dawn Fadrow of Post 13 at Oshkosh Military Museum
October 23 - The Chapter 8
riders received checks today from their July fundraiser. Included in the
donations was a $500 matching funds from the tavern league of Wisconsin.
Manitowoc Chiefs Young Football
donates to the AMVETS Post 99 "Boxes for Troops" project. Boxes are sent to
deployed troops 4 times a year. Anyone with family or friends serving overseas
can submit addresses to be added to mailing list. For more information call
Mary Pohl, Americanism chairperson at 1-920-901-7358.
Pictured are from left Front: Ryan Fischer, Adrien Flores and Brysen Roulette, Chiefs players.
Back row left: AMVETS Commander Dennis Scherer, AMVET members Roger R Dufek and Ed Mahloch with Auxiliary member Christine Mahloch.
AMVETS Post 50, Phillips, Wi
attended the Taylor County Veteran Outreach program to represent the AMVETS
August 2016. This year it was dedicated to the Vietnam Veterans. Taylor County
VSO Jeff Hien spoke to the group. Senator Dave Zein spoke to the group on his
time in Vietnam. Each veteran received a Vietnam challenge coin. A Huey
helicopter gave ride to all the Veterans and their families that wanted to ride.
AMVETS Post 50, Phillips, Wi
dedicated 6 new Veteran Legacy Stones at the Veterans Memorial ball Field
located behind the Phillips Elementary School on Turner street. The family
members were invited to the dedication program. A new sign was installed on the
fence to help the community find the ball park.
New stones can be purchase from the AMVETS Post 50 Phillips or contact the Veteran Service Office.
The next stone placement will be in the spring.
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, WI
member John Trewyn return from the "Never Forgotten" Honor Flight Oct 10th,
2016. Family members were escorted to the waiting area. Returning veterans were
greeted by hundreds of people. All veterans groups were there to welcome all 99
veterans on the last flight of the season.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50
Phillips On October 6, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary made a donation of 30
winter jackets to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The auxiliary purchased
these jackets ranging in size from 2T to Large size 12-14 for both boys and
girls. It is hoped by the Auxiliary that the food pantry will find a good home
for them. The Auxiliary will also donate jackets to our three local elementary
schools located in Price County. Pictured are Food Pantry director Pat Scowcroft
and Auxiliary member Linda Schweikert.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post
50, Phillips On September 21, 2016 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members hosted
the September Birthday party at the Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home in
Phillips. At 2 o'clock Jim Pekol played music for the party. The Auxiliary
served cake and ice cream to all 45 residents. The Auxiliary also bought gifts
for those residents having September birthdays. Pictured are: back row l to r
Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan, Auxiliary members Carol Ponshock, Winnie
Kolanowski, Jim Pekol who played the music, Lonnie Sherry, Linda Schweikert and
Marilyn Flietner. Those residents having September birthdays l to r: Marian
Young, Rosalie Timmers, Lillian Pesko and Marianne Collins.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50
On Monday September 12, 2016 a check, in the amount of $2,500, was presented to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight from the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips. The money was to pay for the five veterans who took the flight in September and the next flight in October. Those veterans the Auxiliary collected money for were: Charles Morris, Butternut Willard Washatka Park Falls and Thomas Schmitt Park Falls. John Trewyn and Dennis Schroeder from Phillips will go on the October 10, 2016 flight. To date 2289 WWII, Korean War and Vietnam veterans had the opportunity to visit "their memorials" in Washington DC, at no cost to the veterans. This is only possible with generous donations. Pictured below are: l to r Never Forgotten Honor Flight Director, Janice Wendtland, handing the check AMVETS Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan and Director Sara Johnson.
The State Campout was the
weekend of September 24th and 25th, here are some pictures, courtesy of Mary
Commander Dennis Scherer, Roger
Dufek, Davis Reno , Ed Mahloch and Karen Spittlemeister, holding checks received
from Memorial Day Picnic profits to be used for Post 99 projects throughout the
Auxiliary 99 member Ann Kiel receives Appreciation Award from President Karen Spittlemeister.
On August 25, members of Auxiliary 60 were at Miller Park selling White Clovers at Miller Park prior to the Brewer game.
Pictured are Immediate Past Department President Elaine Ludka with the Famous Racing Sausages, and (back row) President Elaine and Aux 60 President Marvell Ruppel (front row Aux 60 members Dorie Jankowski and Debbie Janczak.
White Clover Drive at Sturgeon
Bay August 30
White Clover Princess at
Greenville Parade 27 Aug 16
White Clover Princess at
Boyceville Parade 21Aug 16
On Sunday, August 28th, AMVETS Riders Chapter 13, our newest chapter, held their first annual Poker Run
Ruthie from Hideaway gave back her winnings
from 50/50 to the AMVET Riders
Raffle prizes and Bartender (Gary Rhodencal)
after RIDERS got back to club house
Denise Blader of Bladers Dakota Inn with AMVET
RIDERS Post 13 as she gave her winnings from the 50/50 back to the riders.
For more pictures from the run, click here.
AMVETS Post 57 supported the Veteran's
Services tent at the Brown County Fair on 20 August. Static displays and
information about the AMVETS were available to any fair attendees.
Post 51 Family Picnic.
Post 51's Commander Beth Wartella presenting
Andy Spittlemeister with a check for winning the Terry MacDonald Scholarship.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips In
the poster drawing/essay contest "AMVETS Against Drugs and Alcohol Abuse"
Butternut students in second, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Grade participated. The
theme for this year's contest was "Be Smart, Don't Start." Kaycie Scherwinski,
who was in Mrs Dural's Fourth Grade class won First Place at the State level
with her poster. also winning was Fourth Grader Abby Lyons. She won second place
with her entry. Eighth Grade Grace Wegner, in Mr. Barnes Eighth Grade class won
second place with her entry. Pictured front row Kaycie Scherwinski and Abby
Lyons. Back row AMVETS Auxiliary members Mae Mattison, Dolores Gradinjan and
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members Mae Mattison and Dolores Gradinjan visited
Butternut on Sunday during the Pioneer Days parade and collected donations to
help send Vietnam veteran Charles Morris on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight
which will leave on September 12, 2016. Pictured l to r are: AMVETS Auxiliary
members Mae Mattison, Veteran Charles Morris and Dolores Gradinjan.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 held a "Slice
of Pie" and flag sale fundraiser during the Fourth of July weekend. All money
collected went to helping send two local Vietnam veterans to go on the Never
Forgotten Honor Flight which will leave on October 10, 2016. Pictured standing
are: l to r Judy Atchley, Judith Stanke, Linda Schweikert, Carol Ponshock, Carol
Lapp, Winnie Kolanowski. Lonnie Sherry and Marilyn Flietner. Seated left to
right Mae Mattison, veterans Pastor John Trewyn, Dennis Schroeder and auxiliary
president Dolores Gradinjan.
The weekend of the Flambeau Rama parade,
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Post 50 members, Mae Mattison and Dolores Gradinjan
continued the Auxiliaries Americanism fundraiser, of collecting monetary
donations to help send local veterans on the upcoming Never Forgotten Honor
Flight. Pictured along with the auxiliary member are the Park Falls veterans the
Auxiliary will sponsor who will be going on the September 12, 2016 Honor Flight.
They are: seated, WWII vet Willard Washatka and standing next to Dolores,
Vietnam vet Thomas Schmitt. Not pictured is Vietnam vet Wayne Herbst who will be
going on the October 10, 2016 flight. The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members are
very grateful to everyone in Phillips, Butternut and Park Falls area for their
generous contributions to our project. For without their help, our auxiliary
would not have been able to personally fund the local veterans we will send on
the two Honor Flights. The veterans we are funding are: WWII Willard Washatka,
Vietnam Thomas Schmitt, Korea Charles (Sonny) Morris, Vietnam John Trewyn,
Vietnam Dennis Schroeder and Vietnam Wayne Herbst.
AMVETS Post 99 and friends visited River Woods
Place to honor veterans, play bingo and have ice cream sundaes.
From left front: Cyrilla Marcus (Navy) from Kindred Hearts, Carl Domonoski(Marines) Hildagarde Rebenack(Army). Back row left: Bill kretsch (Navy), Marvin Baker(Air Force), all of River Woods Place followed by: Dennis Scherer, Ed Mahloch and Roger R Dufek of AMVETS and Clarence Brunner with the Retired Enlisted Association.
AMVETS Post 51 recently held its Installation Banquet for the 2016-17 Officers. All officers were sworn in by State Amvet Commander Bill Forry who is from Post 51.Pictured from left to right are:
The 14th Annual Veterans "Welcome Home" picnic was held July
21st, 2016 at the Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin. The dedication
of the 1966 Vietnam Memorial stone was conducted be for dinner.
The seating of the "Honored Guest" at the POW/MIA table was conducted be for the meal.
About 100 veterans and there families attended the event.
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips Wisconsin members attended the
Highground Desert Storm "Welcome Home" Honor stone Ceremony July 23, 2016. Forty
stones were placed that day. 500 people attended the program.
AMVETS Post 99, the AMVETS Auxiliary and VFW 659 visited with
veterans at Manitowoc Health and Rehab on July 26, 2016. All the veterans
received hats and shirts along with a certificate of appreciation.
Pictured from front left:
Residents Dennis Bottesi, Leonard Schuh(WWII), Daniel Blitz(WWII, POW) and Eldon Riha.
Back row from left: Harold Kummer(WWII) representing VFW Post 659, Roger R Dufek, Dennis Scherer and Ed Machloch all from AMVETS Post 99.
During the AMVETS Department of Wisconsin 2016 convention Shawano AMVETS Post 10 donated $3,200 to Ken Wendt Chairperson of AMVETS Hospital and Service committee. The Hospital and Service committee oversees 8 Veteran Affairs hospital and nursing facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula. From left to right Stu Kohlin Post 10 CDR, Ken Wendt H&S chair.
The following pictures are from the 2016 State Golf Outing,
courtesy of Stu Kohlin
Bloomer Post 6440 held a Brat sale on June 30 and July 1 and 2 at the Gordy's
IGA in Cornell, WI.
AMVETS Post 99, VFW Post 659, The Retired Enlisted Association, Vietnam Veterans 731 and AMVETS Auxiliary and Sons of AMVETS honored veterans at Atrium Post Acute Care in Two Rivers, WI. The group honored veterans Albert and Alfred while playing bingo and serving ice cream to all the residents.
Pictured: Front - Albert Andrews. Second Row - Harold Kummer and Alfred Behrendt. Back Row - Ed Mahloch, Fred Giesler, SR, Dennis Scherer, Roger R Dufek, Clarence Brunner.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Phillips
held a "Slice of Pie" and flag sale fundraiser during the 4th of July weekend.
All money collected went to helping send two local Vietnam veterans to go on the
Never Forgotten Honor Flight which will leave on October 10, 2016. Pictured.
standing l to r: Auxiliary members Judy Atchley, Judith Stanke, Linda Schweikert,
Carol Ponshock, Carol Lapp, Winnie Kolanowski, Lonnie Sherry and Marilyn
Flietner. Seated l to r.: Mae Mattison veterans Pastor John Trewyn, Dennis
Schroeder and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips The Phillips AMVETS Auxiliary made a
float in which they had 12 local past Never Forgotten Honor Flight vets ride on.
While the float was pulled they played the tape "God Bless the USA. People
watching the parade stood up, clapped and cheered. What an Awesome experience.
AMVETS Riders Department Officers being sworn in by National 1st Vice President
AMVETS, Department of WI White Clover Princess with Robert Lund (Post 25,
Chetek) and Lenny Shier (Post 128, Rice Lake) at AMVETS State Convention, Green
Mark Reiling as the most famous sailor.
Post 13 is very proud of Commander Gary Vanderperren for winning both the Post
Commander of the Year and the District Commander of the Year awards.
Aux 99 Convention delegation. Seated: Lynn Forry, Helen Hermann, Jade Moore,
Karen Spittlemeister. Standing: Chris Maloch, Marsha Lippert, Linda Dueno-Dufek, Deb Manon, and Anne Bridgett. Missing Yvonne Reno and Linda Pike.
AMVETS Department of Wisconsin newly elected officers at State convention in
Green Bay, WI June 26, 2016.
1. Out going president-Elaine Ludka
2. Newly elected president-Sandy Conradt
3. 1st Vice President-Carol Amborn
4. 2nd Vice President-Shari Hagel
5. 3rd Vice President-Judy Berna
6. Chaplain-Joanne Johnson
7. Treasurer-Kelly Koelher
8. NEC-Bernie Flatoff
9. Alternate NEC-Ann Palm (Lynn Beck is standing in for Ann)
June 24, 2016 AMVETS Auxiliary Department of Wisconsin Post 99 attendees.
Lynn Forry, Chris Mahloch, Marsha Lippert, Helen Herrmann, Linda Dueno-Dufek, Jade Moore, Deb Mahone, Anne Bruechert, Karen Spittlemeister
The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips cashed in all the aluminum cans
and pop tabs they collected through the winter. With the money the group
received from the aluminum cans and pop tops they bought $270 worth of supplies
that was listed on the Wish List for the Ronald McDonald House and Hope Lodge in
Marshfield. On Thursday, June 16, 2016 Auxiliary members Carol Ponshock and
Dolores Gradinjan delivered the supplies to both Houses. The Auxiliary, Ronald
McDonald House and Hope Lodge are very grateful to all those who denoted cans
and pop tops, making this project possible.
We also delivered shampoo, conditioner, lotion and small bars of soap that people donated.AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary worked at the Hospitality Table at the 33rd annual Czech Fest celebration. Those members who worked are: l. to r. Dolores Grdinjan, Kinda Schweikert, Carol Ponshock and Winnie Kolanowski.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips After two days od landscaping by
Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan and auxiliary member Linda Schweikert and
volunteer Don Foytik this is the finished product.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips On June 13 and 14, 2016 Auxiliary
members Linda Schweikert, Dolores Gradinjan and volunteer Donald Foytik
volunteered to doing some landscaping for the Lidice Monument located at Sokol
Park in Phillips. The girls drove to a neighboring town and purchased the
edging, landscape fabric, silk rose roses and the mulch for the project. And
then the task of digging out the sod and putting in the fabric and edging.
AMVETS Post 50, Phillips On June 17-19, 2016 the Czech Fest held their 33rd year
Czech Fest Ceremony. In the Phillips High School, AMVETS Commander Douglas
Rasmussen and Sgt. at Arms Ronald Koerner put up their annual military display
for the public to view, in honor of the 50th Vietnam anniversary.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips At the June 13, 2016 Flag Disposal
Ceremony the Auxiliary voted to make a donation to the Friends of Scouting.
Accepted the check l. to r. are: Cub Scout leader Dawn Carlson, Auxiliary Pres.
Dolores Gradinjan and Boy Scout leader Paul Melby.
AMVETS Post 50, Phillips On June 13, 2016 the AMVETS and the AMVETS Auxiliary
sponsoed the 2016 Flag Disposal at the VFW Building in Phillips. The AMVETS
Auxiliary invited the Cubs Scouts and Boys Scouts to participate in the
ceremony. The program started at 6:00 pm and finished at 8:30 pm. Parents and
scouts agreed this was a great learning experience for the Scouts
AMVETS Post 99 visits 12 nursing homes during the summer celebrating with the
veterans and other residents who enjoy ice cream, bingo and gifts. Pictured are
Auxiliary Hospital Chair Diane Benzschawel and her helpers Gio Flores, Ahmani
Bolden and Bella Bolden. This event took place on Flag Day, June 14, 2016
AMVETS Post 99 honors veterans in local nursing homes with gifts, bingo and an ice cream social. The first of 12 nursing home/assisted living was Harbor View. Pictured from front left: Ron Monka, Richard Bouril and Ray Schroeder. Back row from left: AMVETS Ed Mahloch, Dennis Scherer, LaRue Campbell and Roger Dufek.
All residents are invited for bingo and ice cream.
AMVETS Post 99 members cleaning up after storm, Tom Seiler and Ed Mahloch.
Clean up crew from the storm, Chris and Ed Mahloch with their grandson Seth and his friend Marshall Bennett
The Green Acre Crew: Chris Mahloch, Roger Dufek and Tom Seiler.
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wis on May 18, 2016 sponsored the "Hooked on fishing
Not on Drugs" youth fishing program for the Phillips 4th grade. Fishing poles
and tackle is purchased and give to each student to keep. Many student never had
a fishing pole before this day. The AMVETS also purchased fishing poles and
tackle and placed them in the Library. They can be checked out just like a book.
AMVETS Post 50, Phillips, Wis. along with the Prentice VFW on May 18, 2016
sponsored the " Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs" youth fishing day for the 4th
grade from Prentice school. Fishing poles and tackle was purchased for each
All students receive a new fishing pole and tackle to keep. The fish were biting good that day. Price county DARE officer Laurie Zondlo came to the school and talked to the student the day before.
Members of Post 99 working at and enjoying the Memorial Day Picnic at AMVETS
Post 99 Club.
The picnic was a great success and we appreciate all who helped and attended.
Department of Wisconsin President and Aux 99 President Karen Spittlemeister welcoming new Aux 99 members Rosie Montag and Karen Swoboda.
Department of Wisconsin President Elaine Ludka swears in the new officers and
committee chairs at Post 99 Auxiliary Installation Dinner. From left: Karen
Spittlemeister, Marsha Lippert, Yvonne Reno, Ann Kiel, Deb Mahone, Chris Mahloch,
Laurie DeRoche, Lynn Forry, Anne Brechert, Mary Pohl, Diane Benzschawel and
Post 99 Color Guard getting ready for Memorial Day Festivities.
From left: Pat Gadzinski, Larry Yax, Paul Blashka, Henry Carmody, Ray Lippert, David Soukup, Leroy Free.
AMVETS Post 99 members Ed Mahloch and Dave Soukup placing flags at Calvary
Cemetery in Manitowoc, WI for Memorial Day 2016
On May 27th Commanders tour was held at Zablocki VAMC
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 Phillips On May 6, 2016 AMVETS Auxiliary members
Linda Schweikert and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan packed up three large boxes of
cookies, hard candy, lip gloss and dental floss that were collected at the
fundraiser the auxiliary held at a local store. Pictured above are auxiliary
members with the three boxes that were mailed out. Three days later, the
auxiliary received a letter of thanks from Military Missions.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips On April 19 Commander Doug Rasmussen
and Auxiliary President Dolores Gradinjan delivered two large care packages to
the veterans living at the Tomah VA medical center. The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary
Post 50, worked with a local store and collected cookies, hard candy, lip gloss
and dental floss that was given to the veterans. When customers visited the
store they had the opportunity to purchase these items and the Auxiliary agreed
to delivering the packages.
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips The Central Price County Ambulance and
EMT's are the recipient of the $1000 profit from the annual "Blossoms of Spring"
daffodil sale. Several years ago the American Cancer Society decided to
discontinue the "Daffodil Days" fundraiser for cancer research. At that time the
Health Alliance of Price County decided to continue selling daffodils under the
slogan "Blossoms of Spring." The monies raised are given to local organizations
concerned with health concerns in Price County. Pictured below l to r. are AMVETS
Ladies Auxiliary member Dolores Gradinjan, EMT members Bobbi Grube, Bonnie
Dennee, Auxiliary members Etola Foytek and Linda Schweikert, All are members of
the Health Alliance and worked on the fundraiser.
AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, Wisconsin conducted the first food sale of the year on
Opening day of the Wisconsin fishing season. It was held at the Phillips boat
The money raised will be used for their Youth fishing program.
Members present, Commander Douglas Rasmussen. Wayne Stade, Gail Redmond, Jacob
Schiedewent, Bob McCormick. The jeep got a lot of people to stop.
Tom Vodacek from Bloomer Post 6440 helped build new outdoor benches for the Chippewa Valley Museum located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
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