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2020

December

AMVETS Post 30 Go Guards Lunch Fundraiser & Year in Review

The Bernatello’s  and John Koehler helped us by donating 3 cases of Pizza and a Pizza Oven to our GO Guard Lunch Fund Raiser.

The 2nd Picture is a GO Guard lunch of fresh and hot Pizza  from Luigi’s that our Post delivered!

The AMVETS Post Year in Review is a collage of things we put together done during the Year of COVID and we submit for December along with “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Post 30 of Greenville”

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AMVETS Post 6440 Baskets for Nursing Home Veterans

Just spent the day with fellow AMVETS making and giving away 25 gift baskets for the vets stuck in the local nursing homes under covid rules. Thick wool socks, fruit, beef sticks donated by Shattuck's Grocery, and lots of seasonal sweets in each one. Merry Christmas to everyone!
From left to right, Paul McElroy, Julie Hamm, Darren Knutson, Tom Vodacek.

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November

AMVETS Post 30 Veterans Day

Keeping connected to our Senior Vets on Veterans Day.  Post 30 Cmdr Rick Vesperman and  Officer Thomas Glass along with Dennis and Kim Craddock walked around the Heritage Woods Assisted Care Facility in Appleton with Flags to keep connect to the Senior Veterans and Veteran Spouses who live in the facility that they can’t visit due to COVID.  They presented to the office a huge basket of military puzzles, one for each Branch of Service along with Snacks, Crossword books,  and Word puzzle books.  They also gifted a smaller basket of goodies to the Greenville Livingtree Estates Assisted and Memory Care facility. They also participated in the Safe Distancing and Masked Outagamie County Veterans Day event in Appleton.

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AMVETS Riders Ch 13 Donations to AMVETS Post 13

On November 9 at the AMVETS Post 13 meeting Rose Buck and Jackie Rohde presented a check for $3800 from AMVETS Riders Chapter 13. This money was raised through various raffles and fundraisers which included:

  • $3000 from AMVETS Riders gun raffles
  • $500 from raffle prizes donated by Commander Robert M. Rohde
  • $300 from 50/50 raffles at Bladers on September 19th.

Thank you AMVETS Post 13 without you we wouldn't have AMVETS Riders chapter 13.

  • Photo Credit: Rose Fields

October

AMVETS Post 30 Comfort Kit Event

Oct 31st AMVETS Members   Cmdr Rick Vesperman, Joe Eiting, and Kim Craddock present check from AMVETS Post 30 to Desert Veterans for their Comfort Kit event.  Kim made a personal donation and dropped off some new winter wear for the kits. Each year Desert Veterans raise money and collect winter wear for the Veterans in the Fox Cities.

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AMVETS Post 30 Flag Drop

Oct 21st AMVETS Post 30 had an outdoor meeting doing FLAG DROP Box Reveal. The Flag drop off box was restored by post member Bryan Neuman and wrapped in its glory by Bryan Hohn and team from No Limits Graphics and Signs.

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AMVETS Riders Chapter 13 Donation to Waushara County CVSO

AMVETS Riders of WI Chapter 13 donated $5,000 from their 5th Annual Benefit Ride to the Waushara County Veteran Service Office.

This donation is to help local veterans with emergencies, such as dental care. These expenses aren't covered by regular veterans assistance. During the past five years, Chapter 13 has donated $10,000 for a total to date of $15,000.

AMVETS Riders Chapter 13 holds an annual benefit ride on the Saturday before Labor Day. Local businesses and organizations make this event possible every year with their generous donations and support of our event. Without their support this event wouldn't have the success and growth we've experienced.

Back Row L to R: President Robert Rohde, Todd Hughes

Middle Row L to R: Treasurer Jackie Rohde, Judge Advocate Leon Rinke, Ned Lashey, 1st Vice Larry Redmann, Fritz Spinn, Michael Eisner, Sgt-At-Arms Gary Hopkins

Front Row L to R: Secretary Rose Fields, Clem Stencil

  • Photo Credit: Rose Fields

AMVETS Post 30 Beaming Event

Beaming has a mission to help people and at the Oct 3rd Event at the KK Ranch the focus was Veterans.

Post 30 AMVETS joined up with other Veterans to attend the event and find out how Beaming and riding Horses

can help and heal Veterans.  Beaming address is   2692 County Road GG. Neenah, WI 54956

Here are some pictures from the event and some info.

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AMVETS WI Auxiliary Chaplain

On October 5, 2020, AMVETS Auxiliary WI Chaplain Jacqueline Rohde mailed a get well card to President and First Lady Donald and Melania Trump.

  • Photo Credit: Jackie Rohde

AMVETS MURPHY POST 2180 TOMAH/NECEDAH RIBBON CUTTING/Butts Park - Tomah, WI

by the Tomah Chamber of Commerce  September 10.  This event was to highlight what Post 2180 is doing for the Veterans and the community. 
 
Ribbon cutting photo
left to right
 
Joan Sirek, AMVETS Auxiliary 1051, Duane Miskulin PNC, AMVETS Post 1051,
 Tony Worden, 1st Vice, Necedah, Don Vander Molen , Finance Tomah , Sherrine Madoza, Adjutant, Tomah , Deb Suchon, President, AMVETS Auxiliary 1051. Behind Sherrine, Glen Gallagher, Deputy Rep.@ Tomah VA, and Chaplain, 2180 Tomah.
 
Also in attendence was Jen and Deb Volunteer Services, Tomah  (Directly behind Deb Suchon)
  • Photo Credit: Deb Suchon

September

AMVETS Post 30 - Blue Star and American Legion Post 258 event

AMVETS Post 30 was present and accounted for at the Blue Star and American Legion Post 258 event held at the Windmill on Sept 27 2020 in Little Chute.

Past Commander of Post 30 Joe Eiting officiated as the new Commander of American Legion Post 258.  AMVETS Post 30 current Commander Rick Vesperman and Quartermaster Thomas Glass along with Marty Huss and Blue Star Mother/Post 30 Adjutant  Kim Craddock took part in the setup, takedown, and event activities. Joby Sewal spoke to Gold Star Program. Kathryn Murphy explained the Blue/Gold Star Banner. Deb Wenzel, Honorary Gold Star Mother, spoke about her son and the importance of speaking their names…..Never Forgotten.   Then 9 luminaries were lighted by Blue Star Mothers as the  9 members of the amphibious assault vehicle this summer were remembered by Cmdr Eiting.  The audience was asked to come forward with any others they wanted us also to include, lighting a luminary for them.  Post 30 was honored to be present and support this event.

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Auxiliary Post 50 School Supply & Community Daycare Donation

On Sept 15, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary donated $175 worth of school supplies, and Auxiliary member Pam Goebel donated 10 new back packs to the Phillips Elementary School. 

Pictured in the first picture delivering the items are Auxiliary  Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Phillips Elementary Secretary Stacie Grapa and Auxiliary member Carol Lapp.

On Sept. 15, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50, donated a television set, a VHS player and 15 Disney movies to the Phillips Community Day Care center. 

Pictured in the 2nd picture with the donation are Aux. member Carol Lapp, Dominique Kleinhans and Dolores Gradinjan.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 recently donated school supplies and back packs to the Prentice Elementary School. 

Pictured in the third picture with the cart full of donated  supplies  are Elementary Secretary Kaye Erickson and Aux. Pres. Dolores Gradinjan.

  • Photo Credit: Dolores Gradinjan

AMVETS MURPHY POST 2180 TOMAH/NECEDAH RIBBON CUTTING/Butts Park - Tomah, WI

by the Tomah Chamber of Commerce  September 10.  This event was to highlight what Post 2180 is doing for the Veterans and the community. 
 
Ribbon cutting photo
left to right
 
Joan Sirek, AMVETS Auxiliary 1051, Duane Miskulin PNC, AMVETS Post 1051,
 Tony Worden, 1st Vice, Necedah, Don Vander Molen , Finance Tomah , Sherrine Madoza, Adjutant, Tomah , Deb Suchon, President, AMVETS Auxiliary 1051. Behind Sherrine, Glen Gallagher, Deputy Rep.@ Tomah VA, and Chaplain, 2180 Tomah.
 
Also in attendence was Jen and Deb Volunteer Services, Tomah  (Directly behind Deb Suchon)
  • Photo Credit: Deb Suchon

August

AMVETS Post 30 Networking to help Veterans

Post 30 Adjutant and Past Post Commander Kim Craddock  presented a plaque to Elks member Diane Hinze recognizing her help at the Post’s  Mash Blood Drive in June and thanking her and the Elk’s club for the opportunity for the AMVETS to raise money for the Emergency Fund within the Fox Cities.  Tim Cody, board member of Fox Valley Veterans Council, was with Kim as she pinned a White Clover on Diane.

AMVETS Post 30 of Greenville Wisc also presented a check of $535.00 to Fox Valley Veterans Council President Jim Strong for the  “Veterans Emergency Fund” which helps veterans in need financially.  The Appleton Elks club is a big supporter of Veterans having recently given $2500.00 to the Emergency fund.  Networking and working together makes the Fox Cities a major place of support for veterans.  The Fox Cities veteran population is over 8%!  https://www.foxvalleyveterans.org/

 

  • Photo Credit: Various Sources

AMVETS Post 30 Elks Golf Outing Hole 13 Fundraiser

AMVETS Post 30 of Wisconsin was fortunate to connect with the Appleton Elks Club during their Mash Blood Drive as it allowed them an opportunity to sponsor a hole at the Elks Golf Outing on August 17th.  To liven things up Post 30 labeled their 13th  hole the “Life Saver” hole and for a $10.00 donation they handed out rolls of life savers with raffle ticket on them. Raffle was conducted at the dinner held after the golf outing.   This 50/50 variable raised over $500.00 for the Fox Valley Veterans Emergency Fund.  Rick Vesperman and Kim Craddock enjoyed a great day on the Westridge Golf course meeting over 100 Golfers some of which were Veterans themselves!

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AMVETS Post 30

AMVETS Post 30 had a presence at the Greenville Rummage Sale and Brat Fry. Our Table was near our Memorial Garden site and we had great weather on Friday. We did get rained on a bit Saturday. Networking with community was the goal and we had a very special visit from our Post name sake’s sister.

Phyllis Palmbach came to our table to see what Myron Palmbach Post 30 continues to do in honoring her brother. Myron served in the army during WWII and was a POW who is buried at Ft. McKinney in Manilla having died from his wounds. Phyllis also had two brothers, Lawrence and Leonard, who served in the Air Force and the Navy. Here are some pictures from our efforts to raise Veteran awareness in our community:

  • Photo Credit: Rick Vesperman

June

AMVETS Post 30

AMVETS Post 30 of Greenville Wisc partnered up with Community Blood Center for their 32nd Mash Blood Drive.

Due to Covid the drive was moved inside the Fox Cities Exhibition Center to allow for safe distancing and entry control. The Appleton

Army National Guard provided the “Mash” feel hoisting camo netting. Volunteers and military associated displays from Fox Cities Veterans Council,

Elks Club, Greenville Lioness, VFW/Desert Vets, Blue Star Mothers, and Military Veterans Museum were on hand to support this event. Post 13 Commander and his AMVETS Rider wife Jackie came from Redgranite to support our event! AMVETS Post 30 is very proud to say that over 400 attended the event which began at 7 am. Temperature taking and Masks were required throughout the day. We had a total of 396 donors who gave blood by 6PM that evening. Blood is needed everywhere right now. Please be a Hero and give when you can! Here are some pictures from that event

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AMVETS Posts 13, 30, 57, AMVETS Riders Chapter 13, and AMVETS Districts 4 & 5

District 4 AMVETS Post 13 Members and Riders, along with members of Greenville Post 30 and District 5/Post 57 members convoyed out to the Neillsville Veterans memorial on June 6 2020 to witness multiple memorial presentations. Here are some of the pictures from that day.

Social distancing rules outside were used and masks were required in the gift shop. It was a beautiful and glorious day to honor our comrades.

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March

Post 13, Post 30, and Post 1212

Members/riders supported the March 7th  Fight Like a Soldier event for Alyssa Gruender who is literally fighting through seizures each day and for her life as she deals with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis.  AMVETS teamed up to work for VFW 2778 and ran four 50/50 raffles raising approximately $1000.00 for Alyssa’s medical and transportation support.  A special presentation by Outagamie Administrator Tom Nelson proclaiming March 7th as Alyssa Gruender day.  Desert Veterans also made a $1000.00 presentation to Alyssa.

CVSO David Holst was with us and many other veterans attended! We hope that this event, silent auction, basket raffles, and food sales, helps this courageous family who has given so much in the past to helping children with cancer through their co-founding of Snowdrop Foundation and who now finds themselves seeking help.  Alyssa continues to fight through each day and with all our prayers we hope they find a cure soon. Special thanks to  VFW 2778- Jon Pylypiv who rallied for the cause, doing a lot of labor for this event (Yes I will work on getting him in AMVETS Post 30!) Thank you to all who attended and gave support to this event!  Please continue to  keep Alyssa in your prayers!

  • Photo Credit: Rick Vesperman

January

Post 30

Greenville AMVETS Post 30 supporting the proposal of Veterans Day for the HMONG Military who helped save many Americans during the Vietnam War. Many of HMONG People had to flee their country from persecution of those efforts.  Rick Vesperman, Kim Craddock, Jim Strong, and Jack Voight came to hear post member Sen Roger Roth  speak on this  new bill being proposed to recognize  May 14th as the official day in Wisconsin to recognize HMONG-Lao Veterans Day. Thanking the brave soldiers and their families as well as sharing stories and sacrifices was humbling opportunity and one we were honored to be apart of.  Please support the new Bill to recognize May 14th as HMONG Veterans day.  Please consider attending the event on Capital steps on that day.

  • Photo Credit: Rick Vesperman

District 4 - AMVETS Veteran of the Year

District 4 Vice Ron Griffin holding up his AMVETS Veteran of the Year Polo he received at Jan 26 2020 District Meeting held at King!

  • Photo Credit: Rick Vesperman

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