Mighty First District - CA


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Commander Letter

Monthly Newsletter

February 2024 Newsletter 
Greetings VFW Family!

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication so far this year! We as a District are on a great track for reaching our goals! Membership is where our focus is going to shift to! We are members, we love our Posts, why wouldn't we want to invite everyone to join us? 

  The Commander-in-Chief's goal this year is 102% and I know we can reach it and have fun at the same time! The key to reaching 102% is going to be keeping members we already have. I encourage everyone to contact members you haven't seen for a while. Pick up the phone and check on them. Most people just want to know that their membership matters. 

  Spring is around the corner and our beautiful weather will be back. See where your Posts can engage in community activities and come prepared with applications. Keep a stash in your car or in your bag. The key is to always be prepared to recruit and confidently know your "why", why are you a member and why should they join. 

Spring is known to be the season of growth and change. It is also our season for picking our Post leaders. If you want to see growth and change in your Post (or in yourself) consider taking a leadership position. If you have new ideas and are invested into your Post speak up and make them happen. March is nominations and April elections. Think of where you want to see your Post and how YOU can factor into getting it there!

Please continue to share how your Post is impacting your community! We want to share your activities on our media! There is no better way to recruit then to share how much fun we are having!
Yours in Service,
Alexis Henshaw
VFW District 1 Commander

Auxiliary President Letter

Monthly Newsletter


February 2024 Dispatch

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I hope you are staying both dry and safe! January was a busy month as I assisted with the presentation of the District VOD / PP Awards reception. I also attended the Department VOD / Patriot Pens Award Banquet in Sacramento and the Council of Administration meeting where I had the pleasure of meeting National Jr. Vice President Lois Callahan. I also attended the Homecoming Reception for our Department President Diana Russell -Milton.

. Here are the events for February:

· Feb 3- Four Chaplains Day

· February 4 District Auxiliary Meeting at the Knights of Columbus building hosted by Auxiliary 1513 @ 9:00am.

· February 12- Lincoln’s Bday

· February 12 – 16 – Salute to Veteran’s Patients Week

· February 14 Valentine’s Day

· February 19- Washington’s Bday, Coast Guard Reserves B day

· February 20 – Liberty and Libations fundraiser to benefit Freedom Dogs @ Santee Post

· February 27, Auxiliary Membership Meeting at VFW 11387

PAW-some news! As of this writing, our District 1 Auxiliary is 101.04% in Membership. Congratulations to all Auxiliaries who are 100% or higher! I so appreciate the efforts that all District 1 Auxiliaries are making towards this goal.

Do not forget to report all the wonderful things that your Auxiliaries are doing for our programs. We have 4 months left, so let us finish the year strong! Auxiliary Presidents, please have your Program Chairpersons get their reports into the District and Department Program Chairpersons as soon as possible.

Auxiliaries, please continue to strive in submitting your reports, so that we can be 100% in reporting. Your Program Chairperson is always willing to help you submit them. Please remember that this year, as part of the Circle of Excellence requirements, Auxiliaries must submit at least 1 report each for Americanism, Hospital, Veterans and Family Support, and one other program. If you need any help with submitting reports, please let me know. Let us try and report for EVERY program!

I hope you are all staying safe, warm, and healthy during our winter season. See you at the District Business Meeting!

Loyal in Service to Our Veterans





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