Marshalltown VFW reports activities

Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars acted on a host of coming activities during its Tuesday monthly meeting, including a coming yard/rummage sale, participation at the Iowa State Fair and getting its quarters at 107 E. Meadow Lane up to fire protection regulations.

With Harry C. Harter Post 839 Commander Larry Larson presiding as the new officers took their posts, 2014-2015 agenda items were reviewed. Roger Dirks was re-elected to the quartermaster seat after Dennis Myers, elected earlier, resigned for personnel reasons. The post charter was draped during the meeting in memory of Don Jaeger.

Myers, as service officer, reported on application procedure for the post obtaining property tax exemption status through a 501C3 license.

Larson reported that several post building items are being rectified to meet fire marshal’s regulations, and weed control is being maintained on the VFW property. He also stated, “we need a storage building” to hold large VFW equipment.

Post 839 plans to participate in the Iowa State Fair parade on Aug. 11. Jeff Heiden is recording names of participants who will meet at post quarters at 8:30 a.m. to travel for the 11 a.m. parade, and who can either march or ride in a vehicle.

Also a topic was plans to invite Vietnam War era veterans to participate in the 10 a.m. Sept. 27 Oktemberfest parade. Larson suggested hopes for hosting a special open house program at Post 839 quarters for all Vietnam veterans on that day.

Richard Drummer volunteered to chair a yard/rummage fundraiser similar to one held in 2009 at the previous Post 839 quarters on North Center Street. The public would be asked to donate good useable items, with the exception of clothing.

Delmar Roberts reported on plans in cooperation with Marshall County Pork Producers to host a public porkburger meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 2. He noted a new meat tenderizer has been purchased.

World War II veterans Laurel Phipps and Robert Randall lead discussion on services by the Marshalltown Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, noting that an additional doctor is in the future. Other program roles were manned by Don Douglas, guard; Jim Bacino, adjutant’s minutes; Dirks, financial status; and Mel Pitzen, chaplain’s prayers.