Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931
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2436 Walcutt Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Post Phone: (614) 876-4817
 
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A Moment With The Commander
Commander Marty Sutton
   Summer 2016 has come and gone. We started it out with a very enjoyable Hog Roast at your Post in May celebrating Memorial Day. Then in July some of us marched and others rode the float in the Hilliard 4th of July parade in downtown Hilliard. The float was pulled again by Tyler Richards and families, M35A2 deuce and a half truck. The summer was closed out with a great time on 27 August with the Corn Roast and Veteranís Picnic again at your Post. We may be a small Post in numbers but we have good people who do great things for many. After that there was the Veteranís Fishing Trip on 21 September which is held each year in Delaware on the property of your very own Auxiliary President, Linda Deitz. This fishing trip gets our disabled Veterans who are living in Veteranís Homes a chance to get out and enjoy a day of sun, food, fishing , talking with other Veteranís and that chance to catch the big fish in Lindaís pond. I want to thank all of those who were able to prepare for or be there in person for this worthy event.
   Your Ohio State Buckeyes are off to a good start. Would you like to enjoy the game in the company of other Veterans who also are proud to wear their Scarlet and Gray? Each and every game whether an afternoon or evening game there will be a Tailgate Party at your Post Canteen that is open to you and your family. Bring some kind of snack or munchies to share. Snacks can be homemade or store bought. If everyone brings a little, there will be lots for everyone. Noon game Tailgating starts at 11:30 AM. Afternoon and evening game tailgating normally starts at the Canteen about 60 minutes before kickoff. Okay, earlier if there is more excitement for that game. Look forward to seeing everyone there.
   Things coming up at your Post soon are the monthly Steak Fry on 14 October from 5 to 8 PM. Bring family members or friends as this is an open event to the public every month. For only $17.00 this buys a great steak cooked on the grill to your order, baked potato, salad, dessert and coffee. Other beverages are available at your cost at the Canteen counter. We sold 79 steaks last month in September so letís try to break that number in October. Saturday, 15 October brings us the Auxiliaries ďBill Parton Pool TournamentĒ starting at 1200 Noon. Stop by to sign up but walk-inís that day are accepted and this is open to all Post members. Your other monthly activities are the regular VFW or Auxiliary Meetings and those are noted on the attached calendar.
   On Veteranís Day, Friday, 11 November there will be activities at the Post including free Bean Soup and Corn Bread for Veteranís and their families. Remember that the November Steak Fry will be cancelled as Post Veterans and Auxiliary members will be participating in the annual Hilliard Veteranís Day Parade held that evening. This is one of the few parades actually held on Veteranís Day so come out and show your support. We will be leaving Post around 6:00 PM (possible that time could be changed) with Tyler Richards again pulling the float so if you would like to ride the float or march with us in the parade please let me know. (More information will be forthcoming. Watch your monthly Newsletter, our Face Book page https://www.facebook.com/Hilliard-Memorial-VFW-Post-4931-129990553760674/timeline/ and Post website http://www.vfw4931.org/ for updates.) If you canít join us on the float or marching in the parade we look forward to seeing you along the parade path cheering us along.
A couple other things to plan for now and put on your calendar are the; Veteranís Day celebrations at your Post on Friday, 11 November along with the already mentioned parade that evening. Saturday, on the morning of 3 December is Breakfast with Santa, the Post members Christmas Party on the evening of Saturday, 17 December, and to close out the year 2016 and welcome in 2017 is the Post New Yearís Eve party on Saturday, 31 December. Please watch for more information on these events. If you are interested in helping with these or any other events please let me know. We never turn down good free help.
   There are changes in your Canteen happening! We have Robin back on board as the Canteen manager. This will help relieve some of the duties of our overworked Senior Vice Harley and the Wizard behind the curtain (well in the office), Brenda. Welcome Robin aboard next time you stop by the Post. Some other things happening are the reintroduction of Happy Hour at your Canteen. Starting 1 October Happy Hour will be returning and every Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 PM there is 25 cents off all alcoholic beverages. New food items will be on the menu and if you have an idea for food menu or activity for the Canteen please let us know.
   Just as a note we will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days so our Canteen employees can enjoy those holidays with their families. Please donít forget our shut in Veterans and our Veterans who might not have family living close by. Think about inviting them into your familyís celebrations during these holidays.
   For those who may not know about it we have a fund drive going on to help with replacement of the black top in front of your Post. Now this is just for the current black top in front of the Post and not for the complete black topping of all of the areas or any of those sections currently with just stone. To date we have about $6,000 ear marked specially for this requirement. We need a total of around $30,000 dollars but with your help I feel we can do this. One current fund raiser is the raffling off of OSU memorabilia donated to us by Auxiliary president Linda Dietz. There will be there three drawing chances for just the purchase price of one $5.00 ticket or 6 tickets for only $25 dollars. We have tickets available for a series of drawings which will be held during the OSU Michigan game this November. So with each ticket purchased you will receive up to three chances to win a great prize. All prizes are professional framed photos and ready for display. First place winner will receive a three photo set of OSU stadium circa 1922. Second place winner receives a two frame set; one photo of a 1900 rail advertisement for the OSU vs. Michigan game train ride and the second frame is of a 1901 photo showing horse drawn wagons and people watching the OSU vs. Michigan on the old Ohio Field. Third place winner receives an actual framed drawing of the OSU Horse Shoe sitting chart before the closing in of the Horse Shoe stadium. These would make great Christmas gifts for those Scarlet and Gray friends we all know of. Stop by the Post to purchase your tickets or ask a member who is currently selling them. If you would like to help sell ticket just let me know.
   Your Post continues to experience upgrades as it should be, but we always need help for other projects. Your help can be in the form of labor, light duty or heavy duty, materials be it inexpensive or costly and again, labor. So if you have a talent, want to burn some energy, want to help your Post and fellow Veterans, then see below for things we need done at the Post:
                                     1. Kitchen Floor, would like to put commercial tile down so as we are health department compliant. We need people with tile experience.
                                     2. New small concrete pad for monument stone out front Post by flag pole.
                                     3. Front hedges need trimmed back and weeds and tree sprouts pulled from hedges again.
                                     4. Filling in of holes in driveway.
                                     5. Preparing the outside of the Post for winter.
Any help you think you could do for your Post would be greatly appreciated.
We have a new VFW member we would like to welcome to our Post and that is Peter Stanford. Make sure we all welcome Peter into our VFW 4931 family. We also have a Life Member, Captain John Keller to keep in our thoughts and prayers as he is currently deployed to Kosovo. We also want to keep in our prayers Pat and Mike Poole. Pat is still recovering away from home and we hope she gets better soon.

       Commander, Marty Sutton