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Veterans of Foreign Wars Roscoe Post 2955

Roscoe VFW Post 2955 & VFW Auxiliary

May, 2019 - Monthly Newsletter

 Notes from the Editor


    I hope the past few days is no indication of upcoming weather; that snow was extremely unpleasant and unwelcome! Maybe now Mother Nature will get her act together, and warm weather will be here to stay!      


    Congratulations to the newly elected Post and Auxiliary officers! They will be installed in their respective installation ceremonies during their regular meetings on Tuesday, May 7th.  


    Don’t forget the annual Memorial Day parade and services on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, and the Horseshoe League begins play on Wednesday, May 1st. More details on both of these events later in the newsletter.


    Mothers’ Day is Sunday, May 12th. If possible, call or visit your mother, and thank her for everything she has done for you!  


   -Tom Cleland, Editor


Skirt  Zipper

    As the bus stopped and it was her turn to get on, the young woman became aware that her skirt was too tight to allow her leg to come up to the height of the first step of the bus.

    Slightly embarrassed, and with a quick smile to the bus driver, she reached behind her to unzip her skirt a little, thinking that this would give her enough slack to raise her leg.

    She tried to take the step, only to discover that she couldn’t. So, a little more embarrassed, she once again reached behind her to unzip her skirt a little more, and for the second time attempted the step. Once again, much to her chagrin, she could not raise her leg.

    With a little smile to the driver, she again reached behind to unzip a little more, and again was unable to take the step.

    About this time, a large Texan who was standing behind her easily picked her up by the waist, and placed her gently on the step of the bus.

    The woman went ballistic, and turned to the would-be Samaritan and yelled, “How dare you touch my body! I don't even know who you are!”

    The Texan smiled and drawled, “Well, ma'am, normally I would agree with you, but after you unzipped my fly three times, I kinda figured we were friends!”


Humorous Thoughts

A wise man once said nothing.  


Behind every angry woman is a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong.  


Life is not a fairy tale; if you lose your shoe at midnight, you’re drunk!


VFW and VFW Auxiliary Monthly Meetings


   The VFW and VFW Auxiliary both hold their monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month (this month it is May 7th) at

7:00 PM at the Post Home, 11385 2nd Street.


    At last month’s meeting, the following VFW officers were elected for the 2019-2020 term:

         Commander: Ruben Hernandez;

         Senior Vice Commander -Bill Graves;

         Junior Vice Commander -Gene Mund;

         Quartermaster - Morrie Buffo;

         Chaplain - Carl McCardle;

         Three Year Trustee - Rodney “Rooster” Engelkes;

         Four Year Board Member - Brad Neuenschwander.


    Because Gene Mund will have to resign his Trustee position to accept the office of Junior Vice Commander, the Two Year Trustee position is open, to be elected at this meeting.

    The new officers will take office on June 15th, after the State Commander is installed at the State Convention.  


    The new VFW Auxiliary officers elected, or appointed, at the April meeting are:

         President - Ann Stenberg;

         Senior Vice President - Vickie Goodman;  

         Junior Vice President - Lou Thorpe;

         Treasurer - Angelika Streck;

         Secretary - Brandon Ingle;


    All VFW and Auxiliary members are invited to attend their respective meetings.


From Commander Bill Graves:

    The month of May is a very active month for our Post. We have Poppy distribution and also the Memorial Day Parade. Volunteers

are needed at both events. If you are thinking about getting involved, this is perfect opportunity to do so.


    The Poppy distribution will be held at the intersection of Main and Bridge Streets in Roscoe. The dates and times are Friday,

May 17th from 3 pm to 6 pm,  and Saturday, May 18th from 9 am to 1 pm.  Let Steve Preston or myself know if you want to participate.


    The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27th, with step-off at 11:00 AM. The parade will assemble at Bridge

& Main Streets, proceed down Main to Broad Street, then on to Roscoe Cemetery. The traditional Memorial Day services will take place at the cemetery immediately following the parade. At the conclusion of the services, everyone is invited back to the VFW for refreshments and fellowship.  


    On Memorial Day, we also need help with set up of the speaker system at the cemetery, and passing out the small flags to the

crowd before the parade.


    This is why we belong to the VFW and its Auxiliary. We feel a sense of patriotism and pride when we state we belong to

VFW Post 2955 in Roscoe.


    Thanks to everyone who helped with the Post dinner last month!


    Congratulations to the newly elected VFW officers. I wish you the best in the coming year!


From Auxiliary President Ann Stenberg:

    I, along with everyone else, hope April showers (and snow) bring May flowers.  


    We had a great turn out for the Easter Egg hunt. So many little egg hunters attended. Great job by the Easter Bunny for all the eggs that were stuffed with goodies. I want to thank everyone for making this a big success!


    We will be doing the meat raffle on Saturday, May 4th. We would like to see you there.  


    The Auxiliary will be serving this month’s dinner on the 15th. We will be serving turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable, salad and bread for only $8. Come help, eat and enjoy!


    If you are a newly-elected Auxiliary Officer, please attend the monthly Auxiliary meeting on May 7th to be installed.


    Please join the Auxiliary marchers, or riders, in the Memorial Day parade on May 27th. Everyone is welcome!


Auxiliary Monthly Dinner

    This month the Auxiliary will be preparing and serving the monthly dinner on Wednesday, May 15th from 4:30 - 7:30 PM. The entree will be turkey, with mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable, salad and bread. The cost of this meal will be $8.00 per person.

    Help will be needed for preparation and serving of the meal, and clean-up after the meal. Contact President Ann Stenberg to volunteer, or for more information.

    Come on down and enjoy a great dinner!


Sixth District Convention and Loyalty Day Ceremony, Sunday, May 19th.

11:00 AM Loyalty Day Ceremony and Program

    This year’s Loyalty Day program will be held at the Field of Honor Veterans Memorial in Loves Park.

12 Noon Lunch

    The Field of Honor Ceremony will conclude in time to return to Post 9759 for a delicious lunch in the Clifford Johnson Hall. District Commander Holmes has asked that the VFW and Auxiliary headcount estimates be called in by May 14th,  815-654-2195.

1:00 PM Joint Time & Place Meeting

    If your Post would like to host an Event/Meeting in the ensuing term, please examine the dates, and compare with your Post's Activity Calendar, to see if your choice fits in.  Also, bring the same calendar to Time & Place, in case it becomes desirable to opt for another function.  

2:00 PM Split-Sessions General Meetings including Nominations and Election of Officers

    The Auxiliary will remain in the Hall. VFW members will also meet in the Post Home, probably in the canteen.

3:30 PM Joint Installation of Officers

    We will reconvene with the Auxiliary for a Joint Installation.  


Horseshoe League Begins

    The Horseshoe league will begin the first week of May, on Wednesday, May 1st, at 6:30 PM. The League usually runs through September. If you are interested in participating, or for more information, contact Matt Austin or Leonard Razim.


ATTENTION!!  CO-ED Horseshoe League

    A Co-Ed Horseshoe League will start on Thursday, May 9th, and continue every Thursday until June 24th. Horseshoes will be furnished, or if you have your own horseshoes, bring them. For more information, and to sign up, see your friendly bartender!


Kitchen Open on Wednesday Nights

    Starting May 1st, the kitchen will be open every Wednesday evening, except the third Wednesday of every month. Sandwiches and other items will be available from 5:00 - 7:30 PM. Try it out and invite your friends!



   On Friday, May 3rd, and Friday, May 17th, there is Karaoke in the Canteen,   starting at 7:00 PM. Come on in to listen to the music, sing along with your friends, or even try your own voice at the Karaoke machine. Everyone is welcome to sing or just listen!


From VFW Blood Donor Director, Chuck Ingle:

    Roscoe VFW Post 2955 will be hosting another Blood Drive on May 8, 2019. Whenever you see me at the Post, please take the opportunity to reserve your donation time; or call me anytime at 815-979-7152. The Rock River Valley Blood Center will conduct the Drive in the Hall from 3:00 - 6:30 PM. “Walk-ins” are always welcome, and we get extra excited about First Time Donors!

    Remember, the gift of a pint of blood can potentially save three lives, guaranteeing an indescribable personal satisfaction! Thanks for the great turn-out during the 2018-2019 term; we dramatically increased the number of units donated!


Kishwaukee Valley ABATE

    A Veterans’ motorcycle ride, sponsored by Kishwaukee Valley ABATE will take place on May 25th. The riders will assemble at Roscoe VFW Post 2955 at 11:00 AM to register, then leave the Post at Noon. More information will be posted in the Canteen. All riders are welcome!


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game!”

    The Post is sponsoring a bus trip to a Chicago Cubs baseball game. This day game against the San Francisco Giants will be played at Wrigley Field on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 1:20 PM. There will be 45 tickets available; ticket cost is $100 per ticket, which includes

a ticket to the game and bus transportation to and from the game. The bus will leave VFW Post 2955 at 10:00 AM on that Thursday. Refreshments will be available on the bus.

    For tickets, or more information, see Bill Graves or Morrie Buffo.


Upcoming Events

June 4  - VFW & Auxiliary meetings

June 14 - Flag Day

June 16 - Father’s Day

June 19 - Monthly Dinner

June 25 - Board of Directors’ meeting


Historical Happenings

May 1   - Loyalty Day; Law Day

May 3   - National Day of Prayer

May 6   - Nurses Day

May 8   - V-E Day (1945)

May 10 - Military Spouses Day

May 12  - Mother’s Day

May 15 - Peace Officers Memorial Day; Women Army Corps founded (1942)

May 19 - Armed Forces Day

May 22 - National Maritime Day  

May 27 - Memorial Day (Observed)