November-December 2022 Newsletter

- 11/7/2022

From the Desk of the Commander

Welcome to the final two months of the year. November and December are going to be busy! Following another successful Trunk or Treat we have District meeting on the 5th, Veterans Day dinner on the 11th, Marine Corps Ball on the 12th, Kids and Adult Christmas Parties on Dec 17th , as well as all the fantastic dinners that come out of our kitchen on Friday nights. Keep a calendar on you at all times so you don’t miss anything!

For those who weren’t able to make the last meeting, Trustee Boman reported on the success of the Post Picnic. We raised $1,500 and another $1,000 was donated by the POWER COUPLE, Hondo and Ellen Robinson.

Membership, Membership, Membership! Last year our Post membership rose to 400 members! That made us the 4th largest Post in the state. We currently need 129 renewals to match that number. Since July 1st we have only managed to renew 13 members. You don’t have to do the math to realize that those efforts won’t cut it. We need all annual members to pay their dues. Doing so early would be an even bigger help. It wont effect the date in which you expire would just renew you early and remove you from the expiring reports. There is a price incentive if you reach out to one of the officers to renew early!

Garrett Dickey

Post Commander


From the Desk of the Auxiliary President

I hope everyone is well and getting ready for the many Holidays!

We would like to thank those who helped to raise $5,300 in the Blue Teardrop Walk. We had 19 walkers this year. All the money is going to the VA’s suicide prevention program. A special thanks to Michelle Lawrence who did most of the coordination for this event. We are looking to have a bigger turnout next year!

Each newsletter I would like to highlight 1 or 2 VFW organizations we help to support. At fall conference we learned of some real needs at Camp Trotter. Camp Trotter as you may know is in Newaygo, MI and is owned and operated by the Department of MI VFW. For 5 weeks each summer they run a weeklong camp for 7-12 year olds from all over the country. Every year the Auxiliary donates to Camp Trotter to

help pay for a camper. In the past we have had members volunteer their time to help in clean up and do some maintenance. This year, there are 9 large trees that need to be taking down, the rock wall needs to be moved to a new location and the playscape is falling apart. Early estimates are tens of thousands of dollars in work before campers can arrive. If you or someone you know has experience and is willing to help out please let us know. They will also accept monetary donations. You can find out more about Camp Trotter at

We are in the early stages of planning some donations and fundraisers for November & December to help out locally. We will post about these on our Facebook page & the VFW 2144 website, We will have some advertising at the Post as well. We are helping the Daughters of the Revolution with their National Wreaths Across America Day on December 17th.

We still have a need for additional workers to help with Bingo on Monday and Wednesday nights. Even one night a month would be a great help.

The winner of our Lifetime Membership is Elaine Nyenbrink. Congratulations!

Our upcoming meetings are Thursday November 10thand Thursday December 8th at 7:00, all members are welcome! We would love to get your input!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone these next couple of months!

Laura Kinne

Auxiliary President


Veterans and Family Support 


Ellen Robinson


Dues are coming in, get yours in if you haven’t already. They are $25 or pay for life and forget about it. What a great feeling!

Ellen Robinson                                                                                     

Dads Post 132

Next meeting will be in January

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



Instagram: VFWPost2144

November 2022








Watch Facebook and Flyers for Details

Prices Subject to Change

1 – Soup Tuesday


2 – 75¢ wings

Bingo 6pm

3 – Burger Night

4—Fish Dinner or Sloppy Joes by MCL

5 — District Meeting Post 2406 Charlotte


6—Sunday Breakfast


Football Sunday TBD

7— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


8— Soup Tuesday


9—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

10-- Burger Night

Post & AUX Meeting night 7PM

Marine Corps Birthday

11—Fish Dinner or Steak

Veterans Day

12 — MCL Shoreline Detachment Marine Corps Ball

13 – Football Sunday TBD

14—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


15— Soup Tuesday


16-- 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm


17--Burger Night

18— Fish Dinner Carne Asada w/ rice and beans


20 – Football Sunday TBD

21— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


22— Soup Tuesday


23 - 75¢ Wings

Normal Hours

24—Happy Thanksgiving


25— Fish Dinner Spaghetti



27—Football Sunday TBD

28—Euchre 1230

No Bingo

29— Soup Tuesday


30-75¢ Wings

Bingo 6PM











December 2022








Watch Facebook and Flyers for Dinner Details

Prices Subject to Change



1 -

2 – Fish Dinner or Smothered porkchops!

3 -

4— Sunday Breakfast


NFL Sunday TBD

5 — Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

6 — Soup Tuesday


7—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

8— Burger Night Post and Auxiliary Meeting


9— Fish Dinner or Steak!


11 – NFL Sunday TBD


12— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


13— Soup Tuesday


14--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

15-- Burger Night

16—Fish Dinner or


17—Kids Christmas Party 10-2pm

Post Christmas Party 5-11pm

18 – NFL Sunday TBD

19— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


20— Soup Tuesday


21 - 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

22—Burger Night


23—Fish Dinner or Chicken Cordon Bleu!

24—Christmas Eve


25 – Merry Christmas


26—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

27— Soup Tuesday


28--75¢ Wings

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

29 – Burger Night

30- Fish Dinner or Wet Burritos!

31- - New Years Eve TBD