FEBRUARY 2023 CHAPTER AND UNIT MEETINS

MN DAV Chapter 39 & Unit 39  will meet this Thurs., Feb. 9, 2023, at 6:30 PM in the VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433.  Topics include an overview of the Minnesota DAV MinnFluence Program is for members to address your local elected officials about major Veteran concerns and programs.  If you have not already done so, sign up online at http://davmn.org/legislation/voters-voice/

The 2023 MN DAV Chapter 39 Golf Tournament, held in July, is one of our major fund-raising events to support local veterans and families.  The Golf Committee could use your help in recruit golf tournament foursome teams, identify tournament sponsorships, and help with fund-raising prizes.

Nominations for Auxiliary Unit Officers will be held at this meeting, with installation of officers conducted following the elections.  Any member in good standing may run for an officer position.

The Spring Convention is being held  at the Holiday Inn in Duluth (downtown), April 27-29.  Room rate is $119 plus tax.  Phone (218) 722-120 for reservation and ask for DAV Block. 

Membership drive continues with a lifetime membership at a discounted cost of $50.00

MOVED?  Unit and Chapter members who have moved should call to have your new address updated by calling (763) 427-3544.

Veterans Day on the Hill will be held March 30th.  We are planning a bus to take us down to the Capitol. Details of events can be found on our Facebook site and this Website.

There is nothing more important than your health and the health of your fellow members.  If you do not feel well, please do not attend the meeting.

FOUR CHAPLAINS DAY

Governor Tim Walz has directed flags at all state buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, February 3, 2023, in recognition of Four Chaplains Day. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the torpedoing of the USS Dorchester, a United States Army transport ship, 150 miles off the coast of Greenland that resulted in the loss of 672 lives. Four Army chaplains demonstrated heroism, humanitarianism, and self-sacrifice onboard the sinking ship.

“While the ship sank, the four chaplains went from soldier to soldier, calming fears, handing out life jackets, and guiding people to safety. When there were no more life jackets to give, they removed their own and gave them to others,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. “Many of the 230 people who survived owed their lives to these four chaplains.”

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in lowering their flags in recognition of Four Chaplains Day.  Learn more about the Four Chaplains at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Chaplains

VETERANS DAY ON THE HILL 2023

VETERANS DAY ON THE HILL is March 30, 2023.  You do not have to be a member of any to attend.  All supporters of Veterans and their families are welcome.   MN DAV is hosting coffee at 10:00am and lunch at 11:00 am one block from the Capitol at 600 Cedar Street, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Veterans March to the Rally begins at 12:40 pm, just as short walk from Armory to State Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th St, St. Paul.  CTF, UVLC, and MACVSO representatives will on site at the Rally in the Rotunda from 1:0 0 to 2:00 pm.  Topics include the passing of the Clean Veterans Omnibus Bill, ensuring the surviving spouses have access to property tax relief, fixing the Post 9/11 Service Bonus to include ALL current residents, and increase the amount of property tax value exclusion.  Questions about Veterans Day on the Hill 2023 can be directed to Trent Dilks at Trent@DAVMN.org.

DECEMBER 2023 MEETING

MN DAV Chapter 39 and Auxiliary Unit 39 will meet Thurs., Jan. 12th, at 6:30 PM at the VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., MN 55433. Meeting agenda includes a review of 2023 fundraising events, notice of upcoming nominations and elections of officers, and continuation of special discounts for new lifetime memberships. Working with county veteran service officers, the Chapter supported 93 Veteran Families with $22,925.00 in gift cards over the Holiday Season. As health concerns continue, if you do not feel well, please do not attend the meeting. Nothing is more important than YOUR health, and the health of your FELLOW MEMBERS.

HAPPY HANUKKAH

December 18 marks the first of eight days of Hanukkah. As we enter into this special week, we are reminded of all of our own personal freedoms/ to worship and celebrate, thanks to the sacrifices made by veterans every day.

CRAFT & BAKE SALE “A SUCCESS”

MN DAV Auxiliary Unit 39 thanks the community and employees of the Anoka County Courthouse for supporting the 2022 Craft & Bake Sale on December 8.  Scott Berndt, adjutant and treasurer for MN DAV Chapter 39, says he was appreciative of all the Unit and Chapter volunteers who donated their time and baked the holiday treats, and crafted the hundreds of items sold at the event.  All proceeds go directly to local Veterans and their families in Anoka and surrounding counties.  This year MN DAV Chapter 39 unanimously voted to help defray costs for new members, so for the few weeks remaining in 2022, the cost of becoming a Lifetime DAV member is only $50.  Scott invites area Veterans and family members interested in joining the DAV or DAV Auxiliary, to reach out to him at s-berndt@msn.com.   (Photos and art courtesy of Ken Plant, MN DAV Chapter 39 IT/Webmaster https://www.facebook.com/MNDAVAnokaChapter39 ).