Commanders Corner – Fall 2014

The first quarter of my year as Post Commander is nearly over and it has been a busy one. Just prior to assuming command I made a promise to myself and the post that I would actively recruit at the Phoenix VA. Rich Reel is responsible for getting us a table near the Copper Clinic. Thanks Rich – I won’t let you or the post down. It bears repeating that membership recruiting is one of our most important jobs. We hear that quite often and for good reasons.

When I first joined the VFW twenty years ago, World War II vets were the “senior citizens” of the post; and leadership positions and responsibilities were shared with the Korean War Vets. Vietnam Vets were newcomers and just beginning to learn the rich and proud traditions of the “Elite Combat Veterans Service Organization” that is the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Now Vietnam Vets are the elders of our organization and will soon, of necessity, begin passing leadership responsibilities to younger veterans. Without them our organization will wither and die. I for one am not willing to let that happen. I want to thank all who have helped in the recruiting effort, whether at the Phoenix VA or elsewhere. We have a long road to travel if we want to be an All-American Post, but it can be done if we all pull together.

We have formed a relationship with the Phoenix Sunnyslope Community Center Youth Basketball League. Several post members have gone to watch them play. Our donation to their program allowed for a full roster and made it possible for twenty-five underprivileged youngsters to be a part of that league, and it was a great return on our investment. Tom Landy was able to talk to the staff about the children participating in the Patriot’s Pen program. Having some of the team members help out around the post home is another potential benefit of our involvement with this program. I want to thank Bill Talcott for getting the ball rolling.

We have also seized the opportunity to donate two Scholarships to Boy Scout Troop 30 that will allow two of their scouts to attend a National Leadership Training Camp. It is a six day event that provides scouts with the skills they need to be leaders and gives them opportunities to use and develop those skills. Boy Scout Troop 30 is an important part of our community involvement.

Don’t forget the 9400 Grill it is open every Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Chef Vince does a great job and the food is very good. On Sunday September he will host an NFL Opening Day Brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our Ladies Auxiliary has a great dinner for us on the second Friday of every month from 5:00 – 7:00 pm . . . come on down and join us. The Cooties and Cuties are going to begin their monthly Fish Fry and Bake Sale on the fourth Friday of October (the 24th also from 5:00 – 7:00 pm). Post members are invited to join in and visit with the residents of the AZ State Veterans Home who attend.

We have a busy schedule ahead and I have put together an event calendar for Post 9400 (September through November) with the help of our post planning committee. It will be posted on our website and email notification will go out to all on our email roster. This will be done for each quarter. The next planning meeting will be in November – date and time TBA by email.

Your Commander will attend the Department Commander’s Homecoming in Show Low on the 29 and 30th of August. District 4 will hold its 9/11 Poppy Drive September 12th – 13th and the district meeting will be on October 11th at Black Canyon City Post 1796 at 10:00 am. November 7th – 10th is the Post Veterans Day Poppy Drive. Information will be provided by Buddy Poppy Chairman Bill Talcott.  Ask a friend to join in and help out.

The Pool League is looking for new players for the 9-ball tournament that takes place every Thursday (7:00 pm Sharp). Post and Auxiliary members are invited to join the Cooties and Cuties at their Dog Races and Shells & Bones events. The next Shells & Bones event will be during Veterans Day week in November (date and time TBA). I believe this is a VFW event and all are invited to join in and help out.

Don’t forget about the Post meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Our post will only be as strong and as good as our members want to make it. It is our post – let’s make it the best one in the State of Arizona. Our Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries are a very important part of this post and we need to support them as they do us. Ladies Auxiliary meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm and the Men’s Auxiliary meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

The Unified Arizona Veterans meeting takes place on the first Saturday of each month (except for August) at the Arizona State Veterans Home in Liberty Hall (2nd Floor) beginning at 10:00 a.m. –   find out what this organization does for Arizona Veterans at: http://azuav.org/

Thank you for all you do for your fellow veterans and their families. Pray for those who are still in harm’s way and let’s give thanks that we live in the greatest country in the world protected by the finest fighting men and women the world has to offer.

Yours in Comradeship
Chris Kanios – Commander
VFW Post 9400