Welcome to VFW Post 8867

Flag Day June 14, 2015
Flag Day June 14, 2015
   Flag Day June 14, 2015
Thanks to all who participated in VFW Post 8867 Flag Day Ceremonies and disposal of more than 20,000 flags.  Special thanks to organizer John Pearson, who was up at 5 AM preparing the 12 barrels to retire flags by incineration.

Public Law94-344 para. 42 states: "When the Flag is so badly torn, soiled or faded that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display the Flag should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.  A torn Flag may be mended, or if soiled it may be washed or dry cleaned."  Proudly display and respect the Stars and Stripes.

Best Regards...Jack C. Russell, Cmdr.

Memorial Day 2015
VFW Post 8867 Memorial Day Parade May 2015
   VFW Post 8867 Memorial Day Parade May
Sunday, May 24, 2015 
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS MEMORIAL DAY - May 25, 2015 In May 1868 Commander-in-Chief John Logan issued General Order no. 11 which states in part “The 30th day of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country . . . “. Since the days of the Civil War, Americans have honored and remembered our fallen service members each year for almost 150 years. Today, Memorial Day, is a sacred day for Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is a day of solemn remembrance. We stand with patriots who come home from the fight and mourn the valiant fallen, our heroes. We empathize with their families, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, wives husbands and children. When a warrior, a patriot is lost fighting for his or her ideals, the community and nation suffers the loss also. As we gather for activities over this long weekend, we must remain ever-cognizant of the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy. Freedom is not free. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice believed in something greater than their selves. Our warriors, our heroes believed in the American way of life, free of tyranny and fear. They were willing to die to protect our freedoms. Some of those are freedoms of speech, religion, the press and freedom of assembly. This Memorial Day take time out. Then reflect on the absolute selflessness of the one million three hundred thousand members of our nation’s military, who paid the price to ensure our way of life endures. Let us not forget the families whose pain will never go away, but may be lessened with our prayers, honors and remembrance. God Bless our fallen, their families, and American men and women in uniform throughout the world. God Bless America! Jack C. Russell, Commander VFW Post 8867, Brick, NJ

V-E Day, Dinner, Blessing 0f the Bikes
1.) Friday May 8, 2015 @ 5:45 PM, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe. May 8, 1945 V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain. 2.) Friday May 8. 2015 @ 6 PM Dinner (WWII Vets free) Menu: Garden Salad, Pulled Pork on Brioche Roll, Freedom Fries, Dessert & Coffee $10.00, includes entertainment 3.) Saturday May 9, 2015, 1 PM - 5 PM: Blessing of the Bikes. Picnic Pavilion/Grove. Food, beverage, raffles. General admission $20/ Extra Rider $15 for advanced ticket purchase. At Gate add $5. All are invited with or w/o bikes. See you this weekend. Regards . . . Jack, Cmdr.

Installation of Post 8867 Officers
Election and appointment of Officers for fiscal year 2015Ė2016 were finalized in April. Officers elected are: Commander, Steve Grinnell; Sr. Vice Cmdr., Ken Eith; Jr. Vice Cmdr., John Kirwin; Quartermaster, Joe Lamb; Chaplain, Charles Richardson; 3 Year Trustee, Jack Russell. Elected and appointed Officers will be sworn in during the Post Installation Ceremonies Sunday May 3rd at 2 PM. Ladies and Menís Auxiliaries will be sworn in also. All members are invited to attend. The Post Command will change effective June 20, 2015, which coincides with Dept. of NJ changes. During the May 3rd program, we will recognize WWII Veterans. It was 70 years ago May 8, 1945, VE Day, that Germany signed an unconditional surrender. WWII Veterans are encouraged to attend and to display memorabilia. Please contact Commander Russell at 732-804-3661. Congratulations to incoming Officers. Please see attachment for a complete list of elected and appointed officers. Sincerely . . . Jack, Cmdr.

Friday Night Dinner, Post Elections, County Connection
1,)  Friday Night Dinner April 3, 2015 @ 6 PM
Choice of Menu:  
Seafood Alfredo / Linguine w/Crab Cake


Chicken Alfredo / Linguine w/Crab Cake

Dessert and Coffee         Only $12.00 

Entertainment by C&R Karaoke

2.)  Post Nominations and Elections Monday 4/6/2015 @ 6:30 PM

Manual of Procedure Sec. 217 States Post Officers shall be elected in April.   
". . . nominations and elections shall be Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, Quartermaster, Chaplain and Trustee."  Absentee ballots and proxy voted are prohibited.
3.)  County Connection RV will be at the Post Thursday 4/9/2015 10 AM-2 PM and again each month on the 2nd Thursday.
The purpose of the mobile van and staff is to provide information about County, State & Federal Services available to Seniors and Veterans.  VFW Post 8867 Service Officer Bob Michalski will be on to assist questions of Veterans benefits.   
Happy Easter! .  .  .  Jack, Cmdr.

Service Officer Michalski
VFW Post 8867 Service Officer Bob Michalski is eager to assist Veterans and families in processing claims and benefits for Veterans. Bob attended a Service Officer Seminar in October 2014 from VFW Dept. of NJ Officer Training Institute in Sea Girt. He then received five additional days of training in A.C. for Service Officers. Bob continues to update knowledge and skills. Please see the attachment describing some responsibilities of VFW Service Officers.

GI Go Fund Helps Veterans
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
The GI Go Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  GI Go helps veterans find employment, access housing, and secure educational and health benefits.

Gift cards were presented to veterans by Jack Fanous Executive Director and Brick Township Mayor John Ducey.

Initiation Ceremony & VFW Post 8867 65th Birthday
New Member Initiation VFW Post 8867
   New Member Initiation VFW Post 8867
VFW Post 8867 members and guests attended the New Member Initiation Ceremony February 23rd followed by the Post's 65th Birthday Celebration.  Members stating the Obligation and receiving the Cross of Malta were: John Kirwan, Joe Lamb, Louis MacDonald, Robert Michalki and Charles Stout.

At the conclusion of the Initiation Ceremony, Past State Commander Pierre Lameraux thanked the Post for supporting the District at every opportunity.  Pierre presented a 65th Anniversary Citation from William A. Thien, VFW Commander-in-Chief, congratulating the Post on 65 years of service to the nation, community and veterans of all wars.  The Commander-in-Chief thanked each veteran and auxiliary member for contributing to success of programs and purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8867.

Past State Commander Walter Merklin presented a plaque to Post 8867 for sixty-five years of service to veterans and the community. Dinner was prepared by Mulberry Street with entertainment by DJ Reggie.


Jack C. Russell, Commander 

Operation Joint Endeavor New Year's Eve Party
(Left to Right) VFW Post Cmdr. Russell; US Army Spc. Travis Ruggiero; American Legion 348 Cmdr. Skip Amundson
   (Left to Right) VFW Post Cmdr. Russell;
      US Army Spc. Travis Ruggiero; American
      Legion 348 Cmdr. Skip Amundson
Commanders Russell and Amundson welcome home Travis Ruggiero, who returned from a tour in Afghanistan only two weeks earlier.

The New Year's Eve Party was a great success and was sold out prior to the evening. 

Thank you to the joint American Legion and VFW committee for their planning, work and decorations for the successful event.

Commander Update and Holiday Greetings
On behalf of VFW Post 8867 Cmdr. Russell presented check to NJ Cmdr. Art Taylor for State Commander's Project.
   On behalf of VFW Post 8867 Cmdr. Russell
      presented check to NJ Cmdr. Art Taylor
      for State Commander's Project.
Holiday Greetings Comrades,

Post 8867 Members, Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries have been busy since our last publication of the Newsletter.  Our main work continues to be Veterans helping worthy Veterans.

The annual Labor Day picnic was well attended with family activities for children and adults.  From face painting, moon walk and playground to horseshoes, dancing to DJ Reggie and camaraderie.  Thanks go to members and both the Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries.  Planning, shopping, cooking and supervising activities required a lot of volunteer hours and coordination.

Our Color Guard has been active several times this quarter.  Whether at Pt. Pleasant Beach, the grand re-opening of a Supercenter or their presence at the new Mayor and Council inauguration on New Year’s Day 2014, Co-captains Bob Miller and Bill Duffy and the entire Color Guard proudly represent Post 8867.

Post Remembrance events include POW/MIA 9/22/2013 sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary and two Veterans Day ceremonies 11/11/2013, one at Town Hall and the other at the Post.  In the address at Town Hall, I appealed to attendees to assist our older veterans in need and to help create jobs for our men and women in uniform returning from tours in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  After our Post service Brick Police Benevolent Association provided breakfast for veterans and families.  We appreciate the work done by Bob Shepherd, Mike Bevacqua and other PBA members in organizing the event.

Veteran’s Day activities also included Post 8867 co-sponsoring with VFW Post 4715 and Brick Library a book signing and lecture “Let Us Never Forget” Stories and paintings of WWII by author/painter Francis J. McGinley.  Our Post members also attended breakfast and entertainment honoring Veterans at Veteran’s Memorial Middle School, “Honoring Our Heroes” at the Chelsea and a Tribute to Veterans at St. Peter School.  On 12/7/2013 we remembered the attack and losses at Pearl Harbor.  Our Post also attended N.J. Mission of Honor at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery and helped sponsor 2013 Run for the Fallen.  Whether providing holiday turkeys for Veteran’s families, stocking Wm. Reeves Pantry or delivering gifts to Vet Haven North, Post 8867 supports Veterans.

President Pete Pedersen and the Men’s Auxiliary sponsored a “Seafood Festival” in October.  The sold out crowd feasted on lobsters, shrimp, clams, mussels, beef, corn, etc.  Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries and Post members take turns providing tasty and affordable dinners each Friday night, thanks to Pete, Diane Merfert and Hook.  No reservations are needed, just be at the Canteen at 6 PM each Friday.

Future events include children’s and adult Christmas parties 12/14/2013 at 1 PM and 5 PM respectively, as noted in our August 2013 Newsletter.  December 31st ring in the New Year at the Post with friends and joint sponsor American Legion Post 348.  A.L. Cmdr. Skip Amundson, Bar Chairman Rich Kruysman, their wives and others have been busy assisting Mike Rubin, Hook and myself to make this the best New Year’s Eve Party ever.  Youth Awards will be 1/20/14 at 7 PM and we hold another 65th Post Birthday celebration 2/23/2014 at 2 PM.  New members will be inducted and receive VFW pins.  I’m looking forward to seeing you.


Jack C. Russell, Commander


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