Hope to see you there tonight.
Hope to see you there tonight.
A day for honoring Women Veterans. Our day will begin with a Native American Women Veterans Color Guard and a Welcome from Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, WDVA Director. Mistress of Ceremonies for the event will be Alex Quade, War Reporter, and two-time National Edward R. Murrow Award winner.
Guest Speaker, Sarah Plummer (aka Semper Sarah) will be starting out our day with a motivational message and will also be presenting a workshop based on her book “Just Roll With It: the 7 Battle-Tested Traits for Creating a Ridiculously Happy, Healthy, and Successful Life.” Our keynote speaker is BG (Ret) Rebecca Halstead who will be presenting on “Leadership – The First Person You Must Lead is You” during our lunch hour and will also be joining us at our Networking tables and a Workshop on Health and Wellness with Standard Process.
We will have 3 workshops available to choose from in the morning and another 3 workshops to choose from in the afternoon (more details on http://www.dva.wa.gov/2014womensummit.html). We will also have free services available to include massages, activities such as demonstration on fly tying (for fishing), Networking tables (mini sessions on various topics), and many exhibitor tables.
The day will conclude with a Runway Fashion Show with Summit attendees presented by Audrey’s Boutique.
Voice of Democracy 2014-15 “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”
1st Place – $100 2nd Place – $50 3rd Place – $25
State level prizes range from $400 – $1,200
National level prizes range from $1,000 – $30,000
Each year, more than 45,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000- $16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Patriot’s Pen 2014-15 Theme “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans”
1st Place – $75 2nd Place – $40 3rd Place – $20
State level prizes range from $50 – $700
National level prizes range from $500 – $5,000
VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest.
Annually, roughly 126,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter. One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.
Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
Youth Essay * 2014-15 Theme “What can I do to make our country better”
1st Place – $50 2nd Place – $25 3rd Place – $15
State level prizes range from $50 – $100
*This is a State of Washington program only not National (yet)
This essay contest is for grades 3 thru 5. This is exclusively awarded by the VFW Department of Washington. Judging is done at the Local Post, District and State levels. The state winner will receive a Savings Bond.
Attached is a notice for the Missing In America Interment Service to be held on August 8th at the Veterans Cemetery. We would like as many comrades as possible to be there.
Hope to see you at the next meeting. Commander Hemphill will be going over a few things related to the Hall renovation and ways to improve our rentals.
Tonight is our monthly meeting and the first for our new Commander Nathan Hemphill. Come on by.
Post QM Nick Sullivan