The VFW is all about Veterans who answered their country’s Call to Duty.We are active in helping veterans in need of assistance, their widows and children and various charities throughout Pattaya. Come pay us a visit, socialize and find out how to successfully live in Thailand as an expat. Our Post meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Guests are welcome. On all other Tuesdays, those of us that can, gather for a general chitchat.
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The new post officers were installed and held their first official meeting. We have unfortunately lost the contributions of Jr. Vice Commander Meek, who had to return to the States and Trustee Donahue, who has moved up country to live with his wife’s family. I thank them very much for their service to the post, and will have to start looking for replacements for their vacated positions. Comrade Bucklen has volunteered to replace our missing Trustee, but I am still looking for a volunteer for the Jr. Vice position.
We held the July 4th, Independence Day Celebration at the Post again this year. The event was well attended with over 40 members and guests. Our members and the Lone Star restaurant put out an excellent buffet and everybody seemed to enjoy the food. Thanks to all for their food donations. The BBQ beef and pork ribs were good and I look forward to having it again at some future food fest.
A reminder that August 19th is the District 5 Meeting in Chiang Mai, and everyone is invited to attend. The next District meeting is going to be in Phnom Penh, and it’s always exciting to get people to venture out there for a District Meeting.
We hosted the monthly get together of the Wife’s Club, and continue to offer our support to them. We thank them for their participation in our events and their contributions to our charity causes.
Our last charity event was a donation to Hand to Hand and Meg, the administrator of the orphanage came by the post to thank us for our donations. We have made some donations to the Pattaya Orphanage and will continue to do so in the future.
Post 9876 regrets that we lost some life members since my last posting. The post Honor Guard was proud to honor their service with flag ceremonies and presentations to their widows and families. My personal thanks to Rad Mays and the Honor Guard for a job well done.
Post membership continues to grow and we continue to add new people to our list of comrades. A reminder to our annual members, Dues are due on July 1st and we will try, once again, to make 100% membership by December.
Thanks to all of you for your Comradeship and Service,
Eric D. Larsen