Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931
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2436 Walcutt Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Post Phone: (614) 876-4817
 This next thing is something we missed out on this past year and I accept the fault for that, but we will definitely be back into full swing this coming fall. The programs are the Patriotís Pen and Voice of Democracy. Both programs are for school-aged students, and the children do not have to be a child of a VFW or Auxiliary member; any student can enter. The Patriotís Pen is for children in grades 6th, 7th or 8th. The Voice of Democracy is for children in 9th through 12th grades. The students are given a topic related to Americanism or Patriotism to write about in the early fall and have until late October/early November to get their essay written for Patriotís Pen, or an audio essay completed for Voice of Democracy and submitted to the Post for review. There will be a Post winner chosen who will then move on to District 11 for review and hopefully to win in District 11. Once District 11 has picked a winner, that childís submission will move up to Department (State) of Ohio. There are 12 districts within the state. A Department winner will be chosen at the 2020 Mid-Winter Conference Banquet in January 2020. Each step gives a cash award to the winner(s). At this yearís Mid-Winter Conference Banquet (held on Saturday 12 January), nine of the students in the Voice of Democracy received $2000 each. The 3rd place winner received $3500. The 2nd place received $5000 and the 1st place winner received $8000. Not a bad pay-out for writing an essay about Americanism or Patriotism. At the Mid-Winter Conference the essays are read by each student before the winner is announced. How great to hear what these young kids can write about from their hearts. It gives you a warm feeling that America is still going to survive. The younger students who write for Patriotís Pen also receive a cash award and prizes for their essay submissions. I would like to know if someone would volunteer to step up to be the Chairman for this program. If interested please contact me or any VFW or Auxiliary Officer.
   At the same banquet our very own Post 4931 Firefighter of the Year winner from Norwich Township, Lieutenant George Sorge, was honored as the Department Firefighter of the Year. Lieutenant Sorge was awarded by Department $300.00 for him to donate to a charity of his choice, Honor Flight. George and his wife Amie also received an overnight stay at the hotel along with their banquet meals paid for that night.
Tom Ray
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VFW Post members and guest attending the 2019 Mid-Winner Awards Banquet (Left to Right)
Commander Marty Sutton, Auxiliary Chaplain Michelle Brenneman, Aaron Gall, Three-Year Trustee Gretchen Klingler, Quartermaster Paul Ritzenthaler, Post Rental Manager Beth Graves, Amie Sorge, and George Sorge, Firefighter of the Year.
  Events are always being scheduled. One of the events coming up again is Free Haircuts for Veterans, happening on April 15, 2019. This event provides free haircuts to Veterans by State Licensed Cosmetologists along with a free lunch prepared by our Auxiliary members. There will also be some slightly used clothing and shoes as well as toiletries available for those Veterans who might need them. Please pass this information along to any Veteran you might know. This is not just for Post members and is open to all Veterans.
  The Post VFW House Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to VFW members, Auxiliary members, Canteen management and employees. The next VFW Post Membersí meeting is also Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 PM. These meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month with the House Committee meeting starting at 5:30 PM and the Membersí meeting starting promptly at 7:00 PM.
   As I close out this monthís newsletter I want to ask you to please keep in your thoughts and prayers those who are unable to get out or not feeling their best. Take a minute to stop and check on a neighbor who is less fortunate than you. Fortunately spring is on the way soon, but until then keep an eye on those who need it.
  Donít forget our four-legged friends either. Remember, if you were outside in your bare feet you would get cold, so please bring in your pets or provide a safe and warm shelter outside for them with fresh, unfrozen water and food. Our four-legged friends give us unconditional love.
  I know I missed someone, something or some event so let me apologize now! To help me remember for next time please feel free to contact me at commander@vfw4931.org or call the Post and leave me a message, (614) 876-4817.
                               Marty Sutton Commander
   I need your help to gather information for our activities report. Many of you take part in important activities we should include in our reports: Youth activities; POW/MIA awareness; Hospital activities; Americanism; Community activities and involvement; Safety activities, etc. The list is too long to fully describe here. Volunteer activities, giving blood, are examples. Contact me with questions, or for clarification. Thanks in advance. Tray48tr@gmail.com or service officer@4931.org