Marshalltown VFW reviews activities

A multi-topic business session was headed by Commander Larry Larson as Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars members met Tuesday evening. Larson lead discussion on continual improvement plans for Harry C. Harter Post 839 facilities at 107 E. Meadow Lane, and coming activities.

A special open house in honor of Vietnam War era veterans on Sept. 27 following the Oktemberfest Parade is a coming feature. Larson listed a host of community business sponsors willing to provide provisions for the event.

Guests introduced by Larson included Ken Breinig, American Legion member and leader of the joint VFW/AL Honor Guard, and Mary Lake, a veteran of Korean/Vietnam War era military service. Breinig reported that the Honor Guard/Color Guard includes 27 members who have performed at 49 funeral ceremonies this year.

Concerning coming activities, Jeff Heiden noted that the veterans are looking toward Veterans Day, MHS Homecoming and Holiday Stroll parades. He reviewed the local veterans’ participation in the recent Iowa State Fair.

Also, details were outlined by Richard Drummer, chairman for the Aug. 30 garage sale fundraiser at VFW Post 839 quarters. The event will take place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guests asked to offer prices for items, with clothing not accepted. Drummer can be contacted after Aug. 23 via 641-752-5230 (cell phone 751-4720) concerning details and possible picking up donations.

Another looming project is the traditional Buddy Poppy Days project in which cooperating stores permit veterans to donate poppies outside on Sept. 11-12. Heiden is recording volunteers for two-hour shifts in the veterans relief project.

Dennis Myers’ service officer report lead discussion about VFW Post 839 nonprofit status. That topic in reference to IRS and corporate acceptance was clarified through comments by Jerry Black, Iowa VFW quartermaster, and Laurel Phipps, former Iowa VFW commander. Black also asked for more VFW volunteers outside of Marshalltown to assist with bingo at the Iowa Veterans Home,

Post 839 veterans decided to accept a request to assist Marshalltown Kiwanians in the traditional pancake breakfast at the local Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 24-25. A list of volunteers will be compiled.

Larson was given membership approval for continuing extensive exterior property improvements of the quarters, including grading and concrete work. He told of study toward providing storage facilities for the post’s gasoline-operated equipment.

The post charter was draped in memory of Raymond Pettis. Program roles included adjutant’s minutes by Jim Bacino; quartermaster’s financial report by Roger Dirks; guard duties by Don Douglas; and chaplain’s prayers by Mel Pitzen.