September - October 2023 Newsletter

- 9/1/2023

From the Desk of the Commander

Hello everyone, we are off to a good start some much needed repairs have happened down at the post with the coolers along with the building ac units. As you all know, the post picnic is right around the corner on September 9th we have a bunch of fun things planned. We will be having a quarter auction, bingo, and corn hole tournament with prizes for all events. Lunch will be provided as always, and it will be a half chicken meal with a few different sides. This is an entire building event so if you are in good standing with any of the clubs that are in the VFW building you are welcome, this includes spouses and children. There will also be a DJ for those that don’t wish to be outside. My self and JR vice commander Adam will be utilizing the tiki bar on the outside in our Hawaiian attire providing drinks and music for the membership. Also don’t forget about comedy night which starts the first weekend of September and continues throughout the winter along with Pure Pro wrestling which is in October. If you haven’t been to the Wrestling events its outstanding my family and I enjoy it and it is a great time for the kids.  Make sure to stop by the post and hang out for a little while. We would love to see you and appreciate you.  If there is anything you would like to propose please come to the meetings on the second Thursday of every month and voice your opinions and remember this is your post and your input matters.

Thank you!


Commander Michael Mennes


From the Desk of the Auxiliary President

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Summer as we begin to think about Autumn. We have been working on the Blue

Teardrop Walk! This year the walk will be at 9am on Saturday September 16th, starting at Kollen Park. For anyone

who wants to walk the 5k there is a $25. entry fee. This includes a ticket for breakfast at the Post after the walk.

You can also donate money to a specific walker or donate in general with cash or check. Make out any checks to

"VFW Auxiliary” and put "Blue Teardrop Walk” in the memo section. We did try to do online payments (Venmo/PayPal) but Auxiliary National rules forbid it at this time. There is also a Fundraiser Breakfast after the walk for $10. All proceeds go to the Blue Teardrop fund. All money raised will be going to the VA’s suicide prevention program. Last year we raised over $5,000. We have set up a separate Blue Teardrop Facebook page for all detailed information. You can access it here: We have applications and posters with QR codes for Voice of Democracy (9th -12th grade) and Patriot’s Pen (6th -8thgrade) scholarships at the front table at the Post. Feel free to pick up an application or scan/share the QR codes. The scholarships are open to all students. Students do not need to have a family member that is a Veteran or a member. This year the voice of Democracy topic is "What are the greatest attributes to our Democracy?”. The Patriot’s Pen topic is "How are you inspired by America?”. To all our yearly members, if you pay your dues for 2024 by October15th, you will be entered into our drawing for a free lifetime membership. 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. Our upcoming meetings are Thursday September 14th and Thursday October 12th at 7:00, all members are welcome! We would love to get your input! If you know of a Veteran, Veteran organization or Community organization that could use our help, please let us know. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone these next couple of months!

Laura Kinne

Auxiliary President


Veterans and Family Support 

Please, if you know anyone ill or in the hospital let us know. Send a card, give them a call, or visit them if at all possible. Please keep our troops in your thoughts and prayers.

Ellen Robinson


A big welcome to all new members. Hope to see you at the Post soon, maybe at BINGO Monday or Wed evening. If you haven’t paid your dues yet, please do so this month as the year is coming to an end. If you need help please let us know.

Ellen Robinson                                                                                     

Dads Post 132

Dads state meeting is at Otsego pos 9/16/2023 lunch will be served at noon. Meeting starts at 1pm. Hope too have a good time out.

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 welcome to attend.             


Officers and Contact Info

Post: (616)392-2144

Commander:  Michael Mennes (616)402-3502

Senior Vice:   Ed Lopez (616)546-0511

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

September 2023








Watch Facebook and Flyers for Dinner Details

Prices Subject to Change




1– Fish Dinner or Spaghetti

2– Comedy Night, $10 at the door.



4— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

5 — Taco Tuesday


6—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

7— Burger Night


8— Fish Dinner or Pork Steak

9—Post Picnic!!!

Chicken Dinner, Auctions, Bingo, DJ, Corn Hole, Fun!

10 –


11— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


12— Taco Tuesday


13--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

14-- Burger Night Post and Auxiliary Meeting 7PM

15—Fish Dinner or

Marine Meatloaf

16— Tear Drop run & Breakfast, Quarter Auction


18— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


19— Taco Tuesday


20 - 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

21—Burger Night


22—Fish Dinner or Steak

23—Viento Band


24 –


25—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

26— Taco Tuesday


27--75¢ Wings

6pm Bingo 6pm

28– Burger Night

29 Fish Dinner or










October 2023








1-Watch Facebook and Flyers for Dinner Details

2- Euchre 1230 Bingo 6pm

3- Taco Tuesday

4- 75 cent wings

5- Burger Night

6– Fish Dinner or loaded Potatoes

7– Comedy Night, $10 at the door.



9— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

10— Taco Tuesday


11—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

12— Burger Night Post and Auxiliary Meeting 7PM


13— Fish Dinner or Chick Kabob



15 –


16— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


17— Taco Tuesday


18--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

19-- Burger Night

20—Fish Dinner or


21— Pure Pro Wrestling


23— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


24— Taco Tuesday


25 - 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

26—Burger Night


27—Fish Dinner or Marine Sloppy Joes

28—Halloween Party, Silent Auction


29 –


30—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

31— Taco Tuesday