Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931
All donations to the Post are tax deductible
2436 Walcutt Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Post Phone: (614) 876-4817
A Moment With The Commander
Commander Marty Sutton
Let me start off by saying 2018 was an amazing and memorable year for your VFW Post 4931! We experienced many good things and had many advancements. With this momentum 2019 should be an even better year. These things are only possible due to the hard work and commitment of those VFW and Auxiliary members who give their time to help other veterans and our community. We are always looking for others to pitch in so please donít be shy. For 2019, make a resolution to be more involved with your VFW Post 4931.
Since our last newsletter we had a couple of our Post officers in need of some medical attention and some recovery time due to injuries. Most severely injured was long time member, current Service Officer, past Post Commander, holder of many Post positions, and 2-Year Trustee, Tom Ray. Tom took a nasty fall down his stairs and required over a week in the hospital. Tom is home now and being taken care of by his loving wife Michelle. We wish him a speedy recovery so he can get back to the Post to continue providing us with his guidance, VFW knowledge and help keeping the Post going in the right direction.
Another member of the Post is our very own VFW Post Chaplin, Jim Lutz. Jim was at the Post as part of a small group working to replace the water-stained ceiling tiles to make the Post even more beautiful. Jim was on a stepladder when he lost his balance and fell, getting a large cut on his arm. Being the tough old Soldier he is, his arm is healing, but I donít want him on a ladder anymore! Get well soon, Jim.
The last event for the Year 2018 was the Post New Yearís Eve party on Monday evening 31 December. The music and Karaoke was provided by the Post Auxiliary. Thank you so much! The DJ was an old Post friend, JR. There were a couple of roasters full of pork loin and sauerkraut prepared by Michelle Brenneman, and other dishes brought in by other members. The music and Karaoke continued until the ball dropped and then the noise makers came out and the hugs started. Once we realized 2019 was here the music and Karaoke continued for a little while more. Fun was enjoyed by all.
One great achievement the Post received recently was at the December District 11 Quarterly Meeting. Our Post was honored by the District for leading the way with achieving 100% membership for the 2018-2019 year. This was possible thanks to the hard work of our Senior Vice Commander Eric Tarbox for his efforts on contacting members to remind them of their membership expirations as well as our members staying on top of their own memberships. If you have ever thought of becoming a Life Member please contact me or any Post or Auxiliary Officer about a Life Membership. You can email us, call the Post or leave a message on the Post Facebook page.
I want to bring to your attention to what I call a noble deed from a Post member for the help that he provides in his own special way. Tom Hart will stop by the Post sometimes after his own trips to the grocery store and bring a package or two of paper towels and toilet paper when he goes shopping. This greatly helps out your Post. Thank you Tom! The Post is open to accepting any cleaning supplies you would like to drop off that will help to keep the Post and Canteen clean. Remember the Canteen is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 Noon to at least 8 PM if you want to drop off supplies.
One of the many things the Post does is to help veterans in the Columbus community. For example, Linda Deitz from our Auxiliary recently went to the Volunteers of America (VOA) on Harmon Avenue, where they operate a facility for veterans in need to get help and a place to sleep while they get their lives back on track. Linda was dropping off some of the winter accessories graciously donated by our members, which are greatly appreciated by the VOA. While Linda was there the VOA personnel told her what they need right now are slightly used or new wash cloths and bath towels. When the Veterans come in many have nothing but the clothes on their backs. If you have any used or new wash cloths and bath towels please feel free to bring them by the Post so we can donate them to help less fortunate veterans. Thank you to our Auxiliary for putting up the annual Underwear Christmas Tree where many of you place gloves, stocking hats and other items for our fellow Veterans. Just because the tree is put away now doesnít mean you canít donate. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, other toiletries, along with gloves, stocking hats, etc., are always needed.
Speaking of donations, I want to say a big thank you to a few folks who attended our January Steak Fry and dropped off supplies. Linda and Becky brought in toiletries and snacks to send to Veterans currently stationed overseas, and Kevin dropped off a bag of those wash cloths and bath towels I previously mentioned. Their contributions are a great start and I hope other members and the public will continue this effort.
As for the Steak Fry I would like to say thank you for all of those hard-working people who made the 11 January Steak Fry happen, and to those who attended. In only 72 minutes we sold 107 steaks, which is new record for the shortest time period the steaks have sold out. I was very sorry to have to tell people we were sold out when they arrived at the Post that night. Even though it only took 72 minutes to sell those steaks, it took a lot longer to set up, cook the steaks and potatoes, and clean up afterwards. That same evening we also were able to honor the VFW 4931 entry for Police Officer of the Year, Hilliard Police Department Officer William Okey. He was accompanied by family, along with Hilliard Police Chief Bobby Fisher and Deputy Chief Grile. We appreciate the devotion our police officers and all first responders who give of themselves for our communityís safety.
The January Steak Fry also enjoyed a two-piece band, Accordion Joe & Filthy Rich, who played music throughout the dinner and during clean-up. It was great having them there and we look forward to hearing them again in the future.
Remember, the 2nd Friday of every month is Steak Fry Night. For $17.00 you will receive a cooked-to-order (outside on the grill no matter the weather!) large steak, baked potato, salad bar, dessert and coffee or water. Any other drink is available for purchase at the Canteen. This event is open to the public so bring a friend or two or three and show off your VFW Post. If you would like to split the meal between two people that is fine. If you want an additional potato or salad those are available for a small fee.
Thank you to those VFW and Auxiliary members who make the monthly Steak Fry happen. If you would like to help in any way with the preparation, set-up, day of Steak Fry operations, or clean-up afterwards, your help would be greatly appreciated. Just contact any of the fine members who work the Steak Fry, VFW or Auxiliary officers, or stop by the Canteen, or show up the day of. The next Steak Fry is 8 February from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and let us know.
Your Post also recently had three of our newest and younger Veteran members attend the Student Veterans of America National Conference 2019 in Orlando, Florida from 2 through 6 January. Adjutant Tom Wike, Three-Year Trustee Gretchen Klingler and Judge Advocate Eric Sowers all attended this conference to increase their knowledge of Veteran support and programs now available. They are available to share their knowledge with you. If you have a concern on a Veteran issue they will be the ones who can talk directly with our state and national political and elected officials. Tom Wike and Gretchen Klinglerís travel and accommodations were paid for through their membership in The Ohio State Chapter of the Student Veterans of America, Vets 4 Vets. VFW Post 4931 contributed $750 to Eric Sowers towards his expenses for him to attend this conference. While at the conference the National VFW Commander chose our own Three-Year Trustee Gretchen Klingler to receive an all-expense paid trip by VFW National for her to attend this summerís VFW National Convention in Orlando representing our Post. All three of these young members are devoting their lives to being advocates for Veterans. Eric is the Delaware County Veteranís Court Mentor coordinator. The Mentor is there to act as a coach, guide, role model, and advocate for participants of the Veteran's Court. Eric helps those Veterans who have gotten into minor legal issues due to possible Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other issues associated with being reintroduced into civilian life. Eric has just completed his Bachelorís Degree and is now working towards going to law school with a career in legal support for Veterans. Tom Wike and Gretchen Klingler are still attending college and devoting themselves to Veteran concerns and support. All three of these young Veterans have traveled to Washington D.C. at least once to sit down and talk with elected officials on Veteransí issues, and will continue letting Washington D.C. and the State of Ohio officials know of your concerns. Make sure you reach out to them if you have a concern or want to thank them for their service to Veterans.