VFW Post 9650 Newsletter November - December 2020

Greg Rogers - 11/17/2020





To all Members who visit the Anderson VFW Post

 SHASTA COUNTY IS CURRENTLY IN COVID-19 CONDITION PURPLE.  Effective immediately all members visiting the Post will be required to wear a face mask, while in the Post and in all adjoining rooms, to include BINGO.  The Post has a limited number of face masks available at the bar, should you need one.  Because of COVID Purple we must turn the post into a Restaurant so it is also imperative that you have a sandwich while visiting.  We have a limited menu should you wish to have a drink.  You can order multiple drinks providing you have a meal/food at your table/bar.  Should you not wish to purchase a sandwich and still wish a drink it will be necessary for you to utilize our outside smoking room.  Social distancing is a must while in the Canteen and all adjoining rooms.   Anyone who does not wish to wear a mask will be asked to leave immediately.  As always should you be running a fever or just not feeling well please do not visit the Post.



Greg Rogers

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 ended on September 22, 2020, welcome to fall, so we should see some cooler weather very soon.


Prayers are extended to our Comrades, Families and Friends who have suffered from this most recent Zogg Fire and COVID-19.

This year, so far, has been a complete disaster for the Community and the Post.  COVID-19 caused us to close all Canteen and Hall function through at least September or 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 on a fulltime basis.  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.  Your Donations are also gladly accepted.

It won’t be too much longer before Veterans Day is upon us.  This year I would like to recognize all those WWII

A you may have noticed we’re still planning on having functions within the Post through December 2020, however they may have to be limited or cancelled due to COVID-19, we shall see.


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.

2: Honorable 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:

- An authorized campaign medal (see a full list of qualifying 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 contact the National Personnel Records Center online or at 314-801-0800 to request more information.


Join us in the Post Canteen Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for some good conversation, a game or two of Pool and of course a few drinks.

Hotdogs served daily in Canteen.

Tina’s Taco’s every Saturday from Noon until 2:00 pm

Pool – 9 Ball Pool each Friday beginning at 5:30 pm

Bingo – Every Sunday beginning at 3:45 pm for Early Bird Bingo and 6:00 pm for Regular Bingo.

Post Breakfast – Every 2nd Saturday of the month from at 8:00 until 11:00 am (pending COVID restrictions)

Hall Rentals – Make your Reservations now for Renting our Hall and Dining Room before the Calendar fills up.


Bob Crews

Mike Tarrett

Charles Fulghum

Charles T. Davidson 


Bill McKinney

Kenny and Edna Williams 

Ready to Vote?

The General Election is approaching on Nov. 3, 2020. All registered voters in California should have automatically receive a mailed ballot in early October. Make sure your address and voter registration are up to date so you can vote by mail and have a healthy, safe voting experience.  As a reminder you may also drop your Ballet off at any Voting Percent within the State or County


As a reminder Tuesday, November 3rdis Election Day.  Make your voice count by casting your vote


 Remember to set your clocks back one hour at 2:00 am as Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 1, 2020.

                                                 GET YOUR FLU SHOT


Have you gotten your flu shot yet?   It’s even more important than ever to be vaccinated this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends one for most people age 6 months and older

                                                     FOUND FAREWALL TO GUY MILLER

Guy Miller, a long time VFW Post 9650 Life Member will be moved to New Jersey on October 12, 2020.  Guy has been a hugh supporter of the post and a longtime member of the Post Honor Guard.  As we say in the Navy "Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate”.  You are going to be truly missed by all within the post.


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 vfwpost9650@aol.com.  This is an excellent program and is provided free to all VFW Members who Combat Veterans suffering with Diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) or a Traumatic Brained Injury (TBI).

I would like to thank the following organizations who have donated to the K9 Program.

Tractor Supply, Anderson, CA

VFW Post 9650, Anderson

VFW Post 3327 Auxiliary

VFW Post 2441, Colusa, CA

Military Order of the Cootie

 The name "Cootie" originated in World War I when the different armies were massed together on the battlefields of France.  Each country repesented in WWI contributed to what is now known as the Cooties, by amalgamation of lice.  The common American Greyback, the Black Algerian Schinnels, the great

Blue Louse from India, the British Blue Bloods, the Belgian Gold-Strped Heneckers, the French Grey and theGold Parisian Cooties were all thrown together in the trenches and at once began to increase and multiply so that by the end of the war we had the most intelligent Cooties that could be produced.  They were known to bite the soldiers at just the right time to save the soldier's lives; for often when a shell left the German trenches the Cootie would bite the soldiers, causing them to stoop and "scratch" at just the exact time that the shell would pass over the place where the soldier's head had been. 

Many soldiers, lying in their shell holes, were saved from death when the highly intelligent Cooties, knowing that a shell was coming in their direction, would bite the soldiers, causing such agony that they were forced to retreat to the trenches or other places of safety for "shirt reading" and "seam running" while the shell burst harmlessly in the places they had just vacated. 

The Cooties Organization carries on in the same degree of usefulness.  The Military Order of the Cooties work for their parent organization, "the Veterans of Foreign Wars" and continuing to do good for all whom they come in contact with.  They are always ready to help their Comrades, the Comrades' widows and orphans and contribute generously to the maintenance of the Orphanage at Eaton Rapids, Michigan. At this orphanage a swimming pool and playground known as "Cootie Field", a complete and modern fire department has been built and financed by the Cooties. 

The spirit of Comradeship and good will that exist in the Cooties is beyond comparison in other organizations, for in the Cooties, Fun is King and willingness to help in any cause for the betterment of humanity is our goal. 

That is why the Cootie slogans are, "Busier than a Bee" and "Closer than a Brother"!



 We still have tickets available for the post Gun Raffle.  Funds generated will be used to assist in paying our 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 in the Canteen, Post officers or by calling 530-365-6568 and leaving a message. 


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!  A LIMITED NUMBER OF FACE MASKS ARE AVAILABLE!

Let’s all enjoy and have a good time.  Good Luck on your Winnings!



The Post Honor Guard provides a Firing Party at all funeral honor ceremonies. The ceremony includes a 3 volley rifle salute, playing of Taps and the presentation of 3 expended rounds signifying that the flag has been retired. Additionally, an Honor Guard representing the veteran's branch of service presents a folded flag to the veteran's family.