VFW POST 9650 NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2020
This has been one of the hotter summers I’ve experienced in a while, well with the exception of my 1 year tour in the Middle East. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the upcoming cooler weather that is, hopefully, not too far off. Summer officially ends on September 22, 2020, so we should see some cooler weather very soon.
This year, so far, has been a complete disaster for the Post. COVID-19 has caused us to close all Canteen and Hall function through at least Septemberor until we’re given the clear to reopen by both the State and VFW. Hall rentals are a large contributor in our keeping the Post open. We have no information as to when we’ll be able to reopen. The Post was required to close on March 15, 2020 and with the exception of a few days in July we’ve had to remain closed. VFW Department of California has stated that we are mandated to follow guidelines set forth by the State of California and Shasta County Public Health. In the meantime we still need to pay the everyday bills to maintain the Post. Those funds are starting to dry up, so we need to be allowed to open as soon as possible. You may see some raffles in the very near future just so that we have a few dollars to assist in paying bills.
It won’t be too much longer before Veterans Day is upon us. This year I would like to recognize all those WWII Veterans who are members of Post 9650. Below is a listing of those I believe are all WWII Veterans and members of our Post. Pandemic permitting I would like to hold a special function within the post to commend each and every one of our WWII Veterans in November, so look for additional details either by email or in our next newsletter. Your assistance in documenting these Veterans will be very important.
A you may have noticed we’re still planning on having functions within the Post through October 2020, however they may have to be cancelled due to COVID-19, we shall see.
WORLD WAR II POST 9650 LIFE MEMBERS
With Veterans Day approaching in November I would like to thank many of our World War II Veterans who are life member of the Anderson VFW POST. These gentlemen and ladies are the last, within our post, of the Greatest Generation. VFW POST 9650 and I as Commander salute each and every one of you. Should you have a phone number on any of these individuals please contact me at email@example.com
ROBERT ABNEY – 95 YRS OLD
CHARLES R. ANSTEAD – 93 YRS OLD
CHARLIE L. BARR – 92 YRS OLD
JOSEPH E BECK, JR. – 92 YRS OLD
JOE W. BOURLAND – 92 YRS OLD
LORRAINE E. BOYD – 94 YRS OLD
BEN BRACKETT, JR. – 91 YRS OLD
ROBERT E. COURTNEY – 93 YRS OLD
MARJORIE L. CRAFT – 95 YRS OLD
ROBERT E. CREWS – 90 YRS OLD
JEAN A. DE AMICIS – 90 YRS OLD
ROBERT L. FORRESTER – 95 YRS OLD
WILLIAM T, FOSTER – 93 YRS OLD
CHARLES M. FULGHUM – 94 YRS OLD
ROBERT W. HEASE – 92 YRS OLD
JAMES HEISLER – 91 YRS OLD
DONALD L. HOGES – 94 YRS OLD
JOHN H. JONES – 96 YRS OLD
ERNEST R. KNECHTEL – 92 YRS OLD
STERLING LAMBERT – 99 YRS OLD WILLIAM J LARGENT – 95 YRS OLD
JAMES R. MASHORE – 99 YRS OLD
JOHN M. NUFER – 93 YRS OLD
ROBERT E. PILGRAM – 93 YRS OLD
ORVILLE E. PRICE – 95 YRS OLD
EDWARD J RE – 97 YRS OLD
BILLY J RUSSELL – 90 YRS OLD
ROSS SALAZAR – 91 YRS OLD
EVERETT I. SCHUMACHER – 98 YRS OLD
OGDEN VICTOR SEXTON – 07 YRS OLD
HERMAN SHOOPMAN – 100 YRS OLD
DONALD E. SPEERS – 100 YRS OLD
CLARENCE J STAUNTON – 98 YRS OLD
SEYMOUR W, THURBER – 97 YRS OLD
RICHARD K. WAIT, 90 YRS OLD
MILTON E WATSON, 94 YRS OLD
JAMES E. WILSON, 94 YRS OLD
May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at you back. May the sunshine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hands. - (Irish Blessing)
Pray for your troops. (Wherever they may be) Heavenly Father, hold our troops in your loving hands, protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in this time of need. These things I humbly ask in the name of the Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen
If you have any news regarding a Post/Auxiliary member’s via email at
Due to the extremely high cost of postage we can no longer mail the Post Newsletters to members of the post. Therefore, effective immediately the Post will email a copy to each member we have an email address for and will also place it on our w Webpage, VFW9650.org. A limited number of Newsletters will be made available at the Post for those members who do not have access to a computer.
HAS YOUR ADDRESS or EMAIL CHANGE LATELY?
If so, please send your current information to the Post by letter or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide full Name, new Address. Phone Number and email. Post mailing address can be found at the bottom of this Newsletter. There has been a lot of information forwarded to post members via email over the past few months regarding the Post Closure and the Coronavirus so it’s important that we have your email address on file to keep you informed.
Blood Donations Need Still Critical
The Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood to help maintain a sufficient supply for those battling COVID-19, other infections, and trauma victims. Please schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting VITALANT or scheduling an appointment at (877) 258-4825.
Do you have a family member or a friend that may be eligible for membership into the VFW? If so and they meet all the eligibility requirements as stipulated below have them complete an application or contact the post.
There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our By-Laws. An individual must meet all three in order to become a member. They are as follows:
1: Citizenship – must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.
Service – must have served in the Armed Forces of the
United States and either received a discharge of Honorable or General
(Under Honorable Conditions) or be currently
3: Service in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters*. This can be proven by any of the following:
authorized campaign medal ( medals and badges)
- Receipt of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay (verified by a military pay statement)
- Service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days
*This information is usually available through a veteran’s DD-214. If other information is needed or if a veteran’s DD-214 is not complete, they can or at 314-801-0800 to request more information.
VFW Recognizes National Purple Heart Day
National Purple Heart Day is observed on Aug. 7 each year. It is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice. The VFW and our Post honors all service men and women who have earned this medal with their sacrifice.
FROM THE CANTEEN MANAGER
Join us in the Post Canteen Friday, Saturday and Sunday for some good conversation, a game or two of Pool and of course a few drinks. (After Covid-19)
Tina’s Taco’s every Saturday from Noon until 2:00 pm
Pool – 9 Ball Pool each Friday beginning at 5:00 pm – starting July 3rd
Bingo – Every Sunday beginning at 3:45 pm for Early Bird Bingo and 6:00 pm for Regular Bingo.
Post Breakfast – Third Saturday of each month (when permitted) from at 8:00 until 11:00 am
POST T-SHIRT ORDER
I have not yet received enough request for Post Shirts to place an order however, I am still taking orders so get your request into me. We will be sending in a new order for Post T-shirts very shortly. If you would like to order a shirt email your information to email@example.com or leave a note for the Commander in the Canteen noting your size and preferred shirt color along with your phone number so that you may be contacted when shirts arrive.
There are a limited number of shirt available at the post should you wish to purchase one of those.
IN MEMORIAL TO OUR DEARLY DEPARTED COMRADES
Mildred "Millie” Goss – Lifetime Auxiliary Member
A GET WELL WISH TO THE FOLLOWING COMRADES CURENTLY UNDER THE WEATHER
Kenny and Edna Williams
VFW K9 SERVICE DOG TRAINING
Our Service Dog Training has branched out to assist other veterans in Northern California. Our first class in Colusa, CA, VFW Post 2441, was completed on Sunday, May 24th and will continue each Sunday afternoon until further notice. The program is expanding as we now have Veterans from Redding, Anderson, Chico and Sacramento attending. An additional post in Madera, CA will soon begin their own K9 Service Dog Training Classes based on our Posts success. Should you wish additional information or wish to make a donation to the program please email me at
Military Order of the Cootie
The Military Order of the Cootie of the United States is a
non-profit Veterans Service Organization. We are known as "The Honor Degree of the VFW" and our members are comprised of the
officers and leadership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Membership in the MOC is
recognition of outstanding service to the VFW and its programs.
Founded in New York City on September 17, 1920, the MOC is based on the principals of good humor and fun. Over the past ninety years, the Cooties have provided social and entertainment programs to members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. as an Ancillary unit within the organization. Since 1923, our first year as a part of the VFW, the Cooties have worked hard to further the aims of the VFW while adding to it the frivolity known as Military Humor to the serious work of our parent organization. What would ultimately become known as the VFW National Home for Children, a sprawling campus of homes located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, started out as the brainchild of the MOC. We firmly believe in caring for the widows and children of our Armed Forces. Literally millions of dollars have been raised and donated to help "our kids" over our history; starting with the library, the swimming pool, the Fire Department, and a host of other projects designed to make life fun and educational for the children during their stay at the National Home.
With the outbreak of World War II, the Cooties recognized a need to entertain hospitalized troops and veterans during their confinement and rehabilitation at Veterans Administration facilities throughout the country. Our service program is described as a directive to "Keep 'em Smiling in Beds of White." Each year the Cooties volunteer thousands of hours of time worth over ten million dollars to DVA Hospitals and domiciliaries throughout the United States. This work, in addition to the hours of service donated as active members of the VFW, set the members of the MOC apart as Foreign Service and Combat Veterans who are fully engaged in their communities, and their fellow comrades in arms and their families. Our distinctive red hat and unusual uniform sets us apart and draws attention to the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves. We sacrifice a little of ourselves to bring a smile or a laugh during what is normally a difficult time for our heroes. We seek others like us to join and help us help them in their times of stress and anxiety.
Are you interested in a more complete history? Drop us an email at
ANDERSON VFW POST 9650
The post will hold a Gun Raffle to generate funds to assist in paying monthly obligations. Items to be raffled are as follow:
One (1) .45 Kimber Custom
One (1) .357 S & W Revolver
One (1) 300 Win. Mag. Browning Rifle
W/Leopold Scope & Sling
One (1) 1 box of hand Tied fishing flies
Tickets are $10.00 each. There will be a total of four winners.
Tickets are available from Post Members or by calling 530-365-6568/530-365-9650 and leaving a message. Until the Post Reopens you can also notify the Post Commander at or by calling 530-526-5022.
SUGGESTIONS FOR POST BREAKFAST
Should you have a suggestion on Menu Items for Upcoming Post Breakfasts please forward those suggestion to for consideration.
FLAGS FOR SALE AT THE POST
The post has a limited number of 3 X 5 Flags for Sale in the Canteen. Cost is $10.00. Get them while they last.
Due to COVID-19 we’re required to limit the number of people wishing to play Bingo to one half (½) of the capacity of the room which is 150 people. We are asking that should you not be feeling well to PLEASE NOT ATTEND. We will further be asking you to wear a face mask and Social Distancing will be observed. INDIVIDUALS WHO FAIL TO WEAR A FACE MASK WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE!
The kitchen will be open with food and soft drinks.
Let’s all enjoy and have a good time. Good Luck on your Winnings!
VETERANS DAY BUDDY POPPY FUNDRAISER
We need everyone’s help in order to staff FIVE locations in the Anderson Area for three days in November. Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold our Veterans Day Fundraiser to this is important. This has to be an "All Hands Evolution” as we say in the USN, so please step up and take a couple of shifts. If you have friends or family that would like to assist the post we will gladly accept the assistance, we can use all the help we can get. Sign up by email at or leave a message at the Post with name, or call the Commander at 530-526-5022. You may also leave phone message at the Post with your phone number and dates you would like to volunteer.
HISTORY OF THE
PUDDY POPPY: Before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW conducted its first poppy
distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a
nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial
flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains
During our 1923 encampment it was decided that VFW "Buddy"® Poppies would be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with financial assistance. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation "Buddy Poppy" was adopted at that time. Today, Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals.
The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the National Home.
HALL/DINING ROOM RENTALSl
The Post Hall, Dining Room and Kitchen are available for rent for Weddings, Parties, Dances and Dinners at a very reasonable cost. Dining Room Rental (Seats max. 60 people) with a rental fee of $190.00 with our Hall (Seats 320 people) for $500. The Hall Rental includes a full stage with a mini bar available. RENTALS ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC SO PASS THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Post at 530-365-9650 or by email at vfwpost9650.com.
DATES OF INTEREST IN THE POST
Sep 2nd Flags (VJ Day) Flag
sEp 5th 9 Ball Pool (Canteen)
Sep 6th Bingo
Sep 11th FLAGS Patriots/Flag
Sep 12th MOC
Sep 13th Bingo
Sep 14th Membership/Aux mtg
Sep 19th 9 Ball Pool (Canteen)
Sep 20th Bingo
Sep 26th 9 Ball Pool (Canteen)
Sep 27th Bingo
Sep 30th House/Officer Mtg
Oct 3rd 9 Ball Pool (Canteen)
Oct 4th Bingo
Oct 10th MOC
Oct 11th Bingo
Oct 12th Membership/Aux Mtg
Oct 17th Post Breakfast
Oct 18th Bingo
Oct 23rd 9 Ball Pool (Canteen)
Oct 25th Bingo
Oct 28th House/Off mtg
Oct 31st Post Halloween Party (Costumes encouraged)
Oct 31st 9 Ball Pool (Canteen)
VFW POST 9650
3210 W. Center St
Anderson, CA 96007
You were not alone over there. You are not alone now. There are 20
million veterans who would give their lives for you. Please don't take
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. - William Shakespeare
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - President Abraham Lincoln
WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Student Veterans of America (SVA) are now accepting application...
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
CHANGES TO POST NEWSLETTER
Due to the extremely high cost of postage we can no longer to mail the Post Newsletters to each member. Therefore, effective July 2020 the Post will place the current newsletter on our new Webpage, VFW9650.org for review. A limited number of Newsletters will be made available at the Post for those members who do not have access to a computer.
The VFW is keeping up the fight FOR VETERANS in 2020.
Thank you for all you do to support America's defenders. We simply could not help them transition to civilian life, continue their education, and file their VA claims with the expert assistance of VFW Service Officers without you.
Thank you, Gregory.
We want you to know what a difference you make for veterans of every generation. Your support of the VFW:
- Helped veterans receive more than $9 billion in earned benefit payments from the VA, which includes $1.6 billion in benefits paid to veterans in fiscal year 2019.
- Helped us administer over $5 million in financial assistance grants for military families in financial straits (since 2004).
- Awarded over $7.2 million through the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" to help more than 1,606 veterans and service members continue their education (since January 2014).
You can see even more ways your contributions help veterans on our VFW Fact Sheet.
Your unwavering respect for the men and women who defend our freedom is very much appreciated. We’re honored to work side-by-side with you to protect veterans’ rights throughout 2020 and beyond.
Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.