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.
Here we are, starting a new year. Last year the Post did a lot of good work including making a 100% in membership. We should be very proud. My thanks to all the folks that made it possible. I hope that next year we can do as well for our members and the Veterans we serve.
The new Officers were installed at the May meeting by District 5 Commander Al Serrato. The usual suspects were reelected, with a few changes. I was reelected Commander for the upcoming year. Ron Hunter, who did a great job with the Community Service Reports was elected as Senior Vice Commander. Fortunately, he has agreed to continue the responsibility of the CSR reports. Richard Meek accepted the responsibility of being the Junior Vice Commander and also the job of Post Surgeon. Ken Miller continues as Post Quartermaster, Mike Warner was reelected Chaplain and continues to do an outstanding job in that position. Our perennial trustees Johnnie Smith, Paul Donahue and Clem Hicks continue their work in a rotating shift. Finally, Rad Mays has accepted the responsibility of Officer of the Day, Guard, and our Honor Guard Commander. In the last couple of weeks, Rad has had to cobble together an Honor Guard for a flag ceremony for three departed Comrades. George Warford and Dan Generette from Post 12146 and a few days later one for Robert Reinhardt from Post 9876. He, and the Young Marine Group, together with some of our members did an outstanding job of representing the VFW at their funerals. My thanks to the members that took the time to participate in these events.
District elections will be in Bangkok May 18th. I suspect they will not be nearly as exciting as previous elections. I also suspect that the majority of Offices will be filled unopposed. It appears that Fred Berg from Korat will be new our new District Commander. I will post election results in a later “Commander’s Chat”.
Our annual Memorial Day celebration and banquet is coming up in a couple of weeks on the 25th. I hope everyone has a good time.
Just a reminder, annual dues were increased by National to $50.00 (1,400 baht) and they aredue on July 1st. All of our statistics start from scratch on July 1st. So keep sending in your Community Service Reports to Ron Hudson so that we can get credit for the work that we do in our community.
Thanks for all you do, and I’m looking forward to another great year.
Eric D. Larsen