Chatfield’s Kelsey-Giese post has gone national.
“By serving our communities, we live up to our VFW constitution and provide valuable service to many areas of our community. We can’t conduct our programs without our members who generously contribute their time and talents,” stated Chatfield Kelsey-Giese Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6913 auxiliary member Julie Lange, sharing the 2013-2014 national recognition award the post received for its volunteer work done in the past year.
“From volunteering to assist senior citizens and promoting Americanism in our schools to providing color guards for funerals and community events, we strive to build pride among our members,” said Lange. “Our monetary donations, along with our commitment to support our goals, are positive ways the VFW and the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary continue to support our community. This award was received basically because the post is being recognized for its support of the community – not just Chatfield, but also the area – the district specifies what programs we do, but we do something each month.”
Lange shared a list of the post’s projects, including: sending packages to the troops overseas; supporting the Chatfield post prom party; donating to the Bell of Honor, the Chosen Valley Care Center, the VFW Hospice Recreation Fund, the History Day program, Bethel Lutheran Men’s Ministry, 4 Paws 4 Patriots, the Chatfield Christmas Project, the Chatfield Sassy Quilters, Chatfield bowling leagues and Western Days; as well as providing support for youth and church assistance, community and organization involvement, aid to senior citizens, members and families.
Ladies and members of the VFW also support the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation’s Roll and Stroll fundraiser, encourage members to give blood or help with the food for the Red Cross Bloodmobile when it’s in Chatfield, support the Eagles Cancer Telethon along with the Wounded Warrior Project, the Girl Scouts and poppies for disabled vets, provide color guards for parades, for funerals and community events such as Veterans’ Day at the school and Memorial Day in the park, collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, and support the Relay for Life.
The auxiliary member related that the Kelsey-Giese members and auxiliary keep very busy throughout the year, and there are so many who quietly carry out their volunteer work without recognition or fanfare. The national award will be hung alongside other awards on the post’s wall, sharing with visitors exactly what the members have accomplished.
“We do so much throughout the year…this award involves everything,” said Lange.