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Commander Letter

Monthly Newsletter

June 2024 Newsletter 
Greetings Comrades, 

It has been my honor to serve as the District 1 Commander over the last year.  What a year it has been!  We as a District have accomplished so much!  I cannot count how many meals have been served to those that were displaced due to flooding, how many veterans that have been assisted with benefits, how many ceremonies have been attended.  When a call for help was heard, our Posts have showed up!  Together we have maneuvered through a new inspection program and have made our Posts better for it.  We all have taken the time to do training and learn new things that will help us support Veterans and their families.  We have also brought a greater awareness of our fellow brothers and sisters that have been deported and how to speak loudly to bring them back. 

Our work isn't done yet!  We still have Membership goals that can be met.  Maintaining membership is how we keep advocating for our benefits.  Keeping our Posts FUN, FRIENDLY and INVITING make it easy to gain new members and keep old ones. 
On a personal level, I feel fortunate to have gotten to know many of you and your Post families better.  You all have taught me so much and this experience has given me a better understanding of our by-laws and rituals and the importance of maintaining them.  My biggest take away is, every day when I walk in my Post, I am going to think, "Am I making my Post's namesake proud? Would Archie G. McArthur want to join our Post?" If the answer is no, then I will do better.  I encourage you all to do the same and then see where we all are this time next year.  

Thank you for your dedication.  I can't wait to see what The Mighty First does next year!
Alexis Henshaw
VFW District 1 Commander

Auxiliary President Letter

Monthly Newsletter


June 2024 Dispatch

Hello Auxiliary and Comrades.

June is bittersweet- sad to end the year but happy for the memories! Thank you all for the work you put in and for being there for each other. Succeeding in our mission’s work is only accomplished when we work together with kindness and respect. It has been my honor to serve the members as the District 1 VFW Auxiliary President for 2023-24 and although my year is ending, I will continue to do all that I can for our organization, our veterans, and our communities.

I enjoyed meeting with so many of our members during my Official Visits and I thank you for the warm welcome. Thank you to the Line Officers, Chairpersons, Advisors and all District 1 members. Thank you to District Commander Alexis, for sharing the successes of our District! The success of the Mighty First belongs to all of You!!

Congratulations to the new District Officers- I wish you all a successful new year! The year is ending, but our work continues. Please continue to work on the Programs especially membership!

If you are interested in walking in the La Mesa Flag Day parade, please call me or send me an email. Everyone is invited to participate!

I look forward to seeing you at the Department Convention!

June Military Anniversaries & Observances

· D-Day (June 6, 1944)

· Flag Day (June 14) Army Birthday (June 14)

· Anniversary of start of Korean War (1950)

· Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (June 27, 1953)

Loyal in service for our Veterans,

Diana Kulhanek



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