July-August Commander's Column
Greetings, Comrades and welcome to the new VFW Year!
As we embark on what is sure to be another great year for John Lyon VFW Post 3150, I want to first take a moment to look back over our last year and thank a few of the people who helped us get to where we are today.
Firstly, I would like to call out our Past Junior Vice Commander and now Senior Vice Commander Brenna McVaney for her tireless efforts behind the scenes to keep us running. If you have been to the Post for some of our events or joined the Post in the last year, there is a good chance that Brenna’s efforts to market and advertise our events and our Post is the reason why. I could devote an entire column to Brenna’s efforts over the last year, but will summarize by extending my thanks to her both for everything she has done and for stepping up and climbing the ranks this year to continue that great work.
Without the unrivaled commitment of our Adjutant, J Gary Wagner, not only would you not be reading this newsletter every month, but our Post leadership for the past many years would be without some of the most sage wisdom and counsel I have ever been privileged to witness and receive. When I was elected as your Post Commander a few months ago, I emailed the other incoming officers and told them that I committed to being the hardest worker of us all this coming year. While I meant that sincerely, I knew that Gary would give me a run for my money every day. Gary’s dedication and enthusiasm for the Post is an example we should all strive to follow. Thanks, Gary, for accepting the nomination of Adjutant for the 26th (may more) year in a row and continuing to bless me, this Post and our fellow Post Officers with your wisdom and experience.
No list of contributors to the Post in the last 12 months would be complete without mention of our Past Post Commander Dave Hanisch. A year ago the Post was in dire straights. Account balances in the red and more money going out that coming in. Without Dave’s leadership and guidance over the last year, I am confident that we would all have had to find a new home Post as 3150 would have closed its doors for good. Thank you Dave, not only for saving the legacy this Post has established over the last eight decades, but also for your friendship, counsel, and the hours of sleep you sacrificed to set me on the right track as I prepared to man the helm of this Post you saved.
I was told to write between a page and a page and a half for this, my first Commander’s Column of the 2017-18 VFW year and could not possibly constrain myself to so few words while also adequately listing all of our Comrades who have helped make us who we are today. One of the most admirable qualities about all of them is that they do it not for the praise and the thanks, but simply for the betterment of our Post and their Comrades. You know who you are and so do we all. Thanks.
Thanks to the foundation that has been laid for us, John Lyon VFW Post 3150 is innovating every day and constantly finding new ways to serve the community around us and the veterans who reside therein. To complement the wildly successful GWOT Happy Hour, we are adding THREE new happy hours to occur on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of each month. These happy hours are designed for all of our members and guests, and will provide an additional special for the group being recognized by the event. Those groups will be First Responders, Active Duty Military, VFW & Auxiliary Life Members, and Veterans of the Global War On Terrorism. But wait, there’s more! In an effort to strengthen the bonds of comradeship between us, John Lyon VFW Post & Auxiliary Members and their guests are invited to take part in a monthly field trip. Tubing, a trip to the Arlington County Fair, and an evening of baseball at Nats Stadium are only the first three of these events currently scheduled through November.
These are just a few of the many great things that you can expect to come out of John Lyon VFW Post 3150 this year. I consider it a privilege and an honor to be leading you all as Post Commander this year and I commit to dedicate myself in tireless service to you, the members of John Lyon VFW Post 3150 for the duration of my term in office and beyond.
Walter Sweeney, USMC, AFG
John Lyon VFW Post 3150