July - August 2022 Newsletter

- 6/29/2022

From the Desk of the Commander

Greetings Comrades!

It is with great excitement and pride that I write my first article as the new Commander of Post 2144. The VFW holds a very significant place in my heart. This organization has been there for me at my highest highs and lowest lows. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without it. Through the guidance of past Commander Verne Blauwkamp and Mike Martin, Robin Bailey, and Hondo Robinson, I’m ready to hit the ground running at the best Post in the State of Michigan. Vern and Mike have done a great job leading This Post into the future and I am excited to continue their progress.

For four years we have earned the title of All-State Post, received the National Community Service Award, and now All-American Post honors. These things don’t just happen, it takes every single one of you working together. Every member should be proud of this Post.

This year will host a variety of changes that will better position us going into the future. I welcome any and all comments or suggestions. This Post belongs to all of us.

Our Post picnic will be held September 10th. This year we will extend our silent auction over the course of a week to better raise funds which will be used for our rooftop cooler that needs to be completely replaced. We are also looking into having this year’s Picnic catered.  If you are interested in being on the Picnic Committee, please reach out to myself or Aux President Laura Kinne.

I encourage all members to join us at our monthly meetings. They are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1900hrs (7:00PM). You can also attend our House Committee meetings that are held the same night at 1800hrs (6:00). A wide variety of Post, District, Department, and National VFW information is shared at these meetings so bring a notepad. In addition to our monthly meetings, we will be hosting the District 8 meeting on Saturday August 6th. Lunch is at 11 and meeting is at 12.


Garrett Dickey

Post Commander


From the Desk of the Auxiliary President

Happy Summer!

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the warmer weather. This is the time of year when kids are off to Summer Camp. If you are still looking for a summer camp, Camp Trotter has openings, but you need to act fast. Available dates are; July 10th – 16th, July 17th– 23rd, July 24th – 30th, and July 31st– August 6th. Let us know if you are interested.

The Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Scholarship essay topic is "Why is the Veteran Important?” and the Patriots Pen (6th– 8th Grade) topic is "My Pledge tour Veterans.” More information will be coming to the Post soon.

We are still looking for additional workers to help out with BINGO on Monday and Wednesday nights. Even one night a month would be great.


Our meetings this summer are Thursday July 14thand Thursday August 11th at 7:00PM, all members are welcome and invited. On July 14th we will be holding elections for Sr. Vice.


Laura Kinne

Auxiliary President


Veterans and Family Support 

  Our heartfelt sympathy goes our to the families of Shirley Jacob who passed away April 30th, 2022. Shirley is survived by her children Kay Vonzelaar, Bonie Kale, Leroy Fink Jr., Jane Ferrel and families. Also, Ivy Cammenga passed April 29, 2022. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.

Let’s not forget our military personnel that are still in harms way and their families. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Ellen Robinson


June 1st is the beginning of our new Membership year. Aux treasurer Nancy will start taking your 2023 year Membership dues now. Renewal is $25, or you can go life and never have to renew again. This is the best deal!

Ellen Robinson                                                                                     

Dads Post 132

No news for July or August. I’ll have updates next newsletter.

Dads President

Hondo Robinson                                                                                 

Meeting Reminders

   Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 73 meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm.  All Vietnam Veterans are welcome.

   Vet to Vet support group meets every Wednesday from 630 to 730pm.  Veterans of every era are welcome to attend.

   Marine Corps League meets the Third Saturday of each month at 10am.  Everyone is welcomed to attend.                




Officers and Contact Info

Post: (616)392-2144

Commander:   Garrett Dickey (937)570-8254

Senior Vice:   Michael Mennes (616)402-3502

Junior Vice:   Adam Cameron (309)212-1148

Quartermaster:  Robin Bailey (616)994-2239

Chaplain:   Ken Vanderwall (616)212-7570

Auxiliary President:  Laura Kinne (616)283-9565

Auxiliary Treasurer:  Nancy Vredeveld (616)422-1403

Honor Guard:  Bob Van Dyke (269)751-8858




Social Media

Website: VFW2144.org

Facebook:   Facebook.com/VFWPost2144Holland

Instagram: VFWPost2144

July 2022








Watch Facebook and Flyers for Details

Prices Subject to Change




1—Fish Dinner or T-Bone Steak




4—Closed for Independence Day


5— Tacos


6—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

7-- Burger Night



8—Fish Dinner or Grilled Chicken



11—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


12— Tacos


13-- 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm


14--Burger Night

Post and AUX Meeting 7PM

15— Fish Dinner or Potato with Steak




18— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


19— Tacos


20 - 75¢ Wings


21—Burger Night

22— Fish Dinner or Chicken Quesadilla






25—Euchre 1230

No Bingo

26— Tacos


27-75¢ Wings

Service Officer


Bingo 6PM

28-Buger night

29- Fish Dinner and Sloppy Joe’s

30-Tejano Sound Band




August 2022









1 – Euchre 1230

Bingo 6PM

2— Tacos


3--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

4—Burger Night

5— Fish Dinner or Ribs



8— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

9— Tacos


10—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

11— Burger Night Post and Auxiliary Meeting


12— Fish Dinner or Meatloaf




15— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


16— Tacos


17--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

18-- Burger Night

19—Fish Dinner or Chicken Caesar Wrap



22— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


23— Tacos


24--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

25—Burger Night


26—Fish Dinner or





29—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

30— Tacos


31--75¢ Wings

Service Officer 8am-4pm/Bingo 6pm Bingo 6pm


Watch Facebook and Flyers for Dinner Details

Prices Subject to Change