Welcome to VFW Post 8867

Service Officer Michalski
VFW Post 8867 Service Officer Bob Michalski is eager to assist Veterans and families in processing claims and benefits for Veterans. Bob attended a Service Officer Seminar in October 2014 from VFW Dept. of NJ Officer Training Institute in Sea Girt. He then received five additional days of training in A.C. for Service Officers. Bob continues to update knowledge and skills. Please see the attachment describing some responsibilities of VFW Service Officers.

GI Go Fund Helps Veterans
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
The GI Go Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  GI Go helps veterans find employment, access housing, and secure educational and health benefits.

Gift cards were presented to veterans by Jack Fanous Executive Director and Brick Township Mayor John Ducey.

Post Update December Events
Thursday, December 4, 2014 
VFW Post 8867 Update for December Events
1.)  Friday 12/5/2014 @ 6 PM.  Dinner by Ladies Auxiliary
        Home Made Baked Ziti
        Garlic Bread Parmesan
                *  *  *  $8.00  *  *  * 
          Plus Entertainment by DJ Reggie
2.)  Sunday 12/7/2014 @ Noon - Pearl Harbor Remembrance.  We will hold a brief ceremony at the flagpole to remember survivors and those who perished from the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.
3.)  Saturday 12/20/2014 @ 1 - 4 PM.  Children's Christmas Party with visit from Santa.  Sign up your children or grandchildren in the Canteen now.  Must be preregistered to attend.

4.)  Wednesday 12/31/2014 @ 8 PM to1 AM - 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration "Operation Joint Endeavor". 
Hosted by VFW Post 8867 & American Legion Post 348.  Live Band "The Mangos" and "DJ Reggie".  Food by Classic Caterers Jack Gregory.  Beer and wine included.  Only $35 per person! Limited tickets now on sale in the Canteen. No ticket sales at the door. 
Jack C. Russell Commander.

Happy Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 20, 2014 
VFW Members & Friends,

1.) St. Peter School is having a Veteran's Day celebration Friday Nov. 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM in the school gym.  All Veterans are welcome.  The celebration will include light refreshments, a prayer service and a few patriotic songs presented by the students of St. Peter School.  Those of us who attended last year agree it is well worth the time.  The address is:  415 Atlantic Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
2.) Dinner Special by Ladies Auxiliary in Post Canteen Fri. 11/21/2014 at 6 PM:
        Oven roasted Turkey w/Stuffing
        Potato, Veggies & Cranberry Sauce
        Dessert         *  *  *   $10  *  *  *
With Entertainment by C&R Karaoke
Please NOTE:  The next Friday Night Dinner is Dec. 5th.  We will NOT have dinner Fri. 11/28/2014.
3.)  "Thanksgiving Dinner" at American Legion Post 348 to any and all Veterans at 822 Mantoloking Road, Brick at 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  If you would like to attend or help serve, please tel. Bruce Blaum at 732-903-7958 for more information.
Regards .  .  .  Jack C. Russell, Commander

Commander Update for Post Events
Friday, July 25, 2014 

On Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 12 Noon at the Post, we will commemorate the 61st Anniversary of the Korean Armistice.  It is important to remember our Korean Veterans and the 33,000 U.S. service members killed in action.  After the brief ceremony, we will show the video "Freedom is Not Free" produced by the Korean War Veterans Association.  (Just 10 min.)

 And on Sunday July 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the Canteen, FREE Blue Claw Crabs (while limited supply lasts).  Bring your own mallet, crackers and newspapers.
On Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Noon to 4 PM, VFW Post 8867 Annual Labor Day Weekend Picnic.  Donation is $12.00 in advance for Adults, $15.00 at the gate, and On sale NOW at the Canteen
Children 6-12 $6.00;  5 and under free.
Next Post meeting is on Monday August 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM.  Volunteer a few hours on a committee or two and be involved with Veterans activities, Boy Scouts, students, JROTC, the Brick community.  See how you can benefit when you bring in a new Post member.
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1 to 5 PM, VFW Post 8867 will host the Homecoming Event for NJ State Jr. Vice Commander Conrad "Connie" Hoffmann.  Connie is from Toms River Post, our District 12, and he will be NJ State Commander in two years.  Free food, beverages, entertainment plus more and souvenir mugs for a $10 donation each.  VFW State Commander Jack Kane and other State Officers will be there.  I will too, how about you?
Regards .  .  . Jack C. Russell, Cmdr. 

Independence Day Ceremony
Friday, July 4, 2014 
Not to be deterred by remnants of hurricane Arthur, VFW Post 8867 hosted an Independence Day Ceremony on July 4th at Noon in the banquet hall. Commander Russell stated a brief history of the events leading to representatives of the 13 colonies meeting secretly on July 2, 1776 to vote for independence from Great Britain. Two days later the Declaration of Independence was published and signed by colony Delegates over the next month. Following the ceremony guests were served hotdogs, hamburgers, beans and salads indoors at the Canteen. Special thanks to Chef Mark Youmans for cooking and setting up the food. Happy Birthday U.S.A. was sung by all, as the Commander served a cake with candles designating the 238th birthday of these United States.

Flag Day June 14th
Flag Day, John Pearson and Post Members fittingly disposed over 20,000 worn, torn, soiled and faded Flags.
   Flag Day, John Pearson and Post Members
      fittingly disposed over 20,000 worn,
      torn, soiled and faded Flags.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Flag Day Volunteers on Saturday, June 14, 2014 under the leadership of John Pearson and VFW Post 8867, conducted our annual U.S. Flag retirement ceremony. 

"When the Flag is so badly torn, soiled or faded that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, the Flag should be destroyed in a dignified way, Preferably by burning..." Ref. Public Law 94-344.

Volunteers helped burn Flags from 6AM to 12 Noon. There were eleven 55 gallon drums ablaze to retire an estimated 25,000 Flags of all sizes contributed thru out Ocean County. Thank you to the twenty VFW members, Men's Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary and civilian volunteers for participating in the annual event to retire our National Symbol.

Initiation Ceremony & VFW Post 8867 65th Birthday
New Member Initiation VFW Post 8867
   New Member Initiation VFW Post 8867
VFW Post 8867 members and guests attended the New Member Initiation Ceremony February 23rd followed by the Post's 65th Birthday Celebration.  Members stating the Obligation and receiving the Cross of Malta were: John Kirwan, Joe Lamb, Louis MacDonald, Robert Michalki and Charles Stout.

At the conclusion of the Initiation Ceremony, Past State Commander Pierre Lameraux thanked the Post for supporting the District at every opportunity.  Pierre presented a 65th Anniversary Citation from William A. Thien, VFW Commander-in-Chief, congratulating the Post on 65 years of service to the nation, community and veterans of all wars.  The Commander-in-Chief thanked each veteran and auxiliary member for contributing to success of programs and purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8867.

Past State Commander Walter Merklin presented a plaque to Post 8867 for sixty-five years of service to veterans and the community. Dinner was prepared by Mulberry Street with entertainment by DJ Reggie.


Jack C. Russell, Commander 

Operation Joint Endeavor New Year's Eve Party
(Left to Right) VFW Post Cmdr. Russell; US Army Spc. Travis Ruggiero; American Legion 348 Cmdr. Skip Amundson
   (Left to Right) VFW Post Cmdr. Russell;
      US Army Spc. Travis Ruggiero; American
      Legion 348 Cmdr. Skip Amundson
Commanders Russell and Amundson welcome home Travis Ruggiero, who returned from a tour in Afghanistan only two weeks earlier.

The New Year's Eve Party was a great success and was sold out prior to the evening. 

Thank you to the joint American Legion and VFW committee for their planning, work and decorations for the successful event.

VFW Post 8867 Ladies Auxiliary News
President, Diane Merfert
   President, Diane Merfert
Happy Holidays!

The VFW Post 8867 Ladies Auxiliary hosted and sponsored the Children’s Christmas Party on  December 14, 2013.

The Adult Christmas Party was on  December 14, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Friday Night Dinners at the Post begin at 6:00 PM.

VFW Post 8867 Ladies Auxiliary welcomes your food donations for the Bill Reeves Food Pantry at Vet Works. Bring non-perishable food to the Canteen and it will be taken to Bill Reeves Food Pantry. Donations are appreciated. Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Diane Merfert, President


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