March - April 2024 Newsletter

- 3/22/2024

From the Desk of the Commander

Spring is upon us and there’s a lot coming up at the post. Including the annual post chili cook off in March along with nominations for officers. If you or you have someone in mind to hold a position at the post such as Jr. Vice, Sr. Vice, Commander, and Quarter master get to the meeting in March to put your nominations in. I hear a lot of good suggestions and input around the post. This is your time to get down to the post and vote.  We just had TSgt Adrianne Boman’s going away party. I can voice enough how much she will be missed by everyone at the post be sure to say goodbye if you have not she has done so much as an active member of the VFW. Be sure to stay up to date with what is going on down at the post via Facebook or check out the announcement board in the main entrance. If you know of any veteran or member struggling be sure to inform them, we have the recourses they need to get where they need to be. Also, there is a weekly AA meeting in the MCL room on Fridays at noon. Be sure to stay current on your dues so you don’t lose any post and VFW wide privileges. Also, the post will be sponsoring 2 children to camp trotter this summer so if you know of any one be sure to let us know, ages 7 to 13.

God speed,

Michael Mennes

Post Commander


From the Desk of the Auxiliary President

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to Spring!

At our January and February meetings we decorated and put together 128 Valentine’s Day goody bags for all the veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s. A special thanks to Sr. Vice President Heather Dickey for organizing this and getting them to the Grand Rapid’s Home. The 2D Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest and the 3D Patriotic Art Contest are open to all 9th through 12th graders. Applications are on the table at the Post. Applications are due into the post by March 31st .Camp Trotter Summer camp is open. Camp is open to all kids ages 7-12. You can find more information here. We do sponsor a kid each year so if you know someone interested in going please let us know. Camp Trotter could use our help for clean up days to get the camp ready for the kids. Currently clean up days are scheduled for March 8th -10th , March 21st -24th , and April 12th -14th .Elections for Officers will be held at our April Meeting. I have made the decision to step down as President and will not be an officer for this coming year. I will need to be splitting my time between Michigan and South Carolina to help my mom. It isn’t fair to you for me to commit to something I can’t give all the time it needs. This means we will have at least one open position (no, not necessarily President) that we will need to fill to maintain our Auxiliary. We have found ways to make the meetings shorter and still accomplish a lot for veterans. I encourage everyone to come to a meeting, see how we have changed and what we can do together.

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, March 14th , Thursday, April 11th at 7:00, and Thursday May 16 th (May meeting moved to the 3rd week in May because of Tulip Time) all members are welcome!

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 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.

Ellen Robinson                                                                                     

Dads Post 132

Next meeting will be March 2nd Sat at 10 am. Very Important meeting.

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


Social Media


March 2024








Watch Facebook and Flyers for Dinner Details





1– Fish Dinner or Chicken Bowl

2– Comedy Night, $10 at the door.



4— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

5— Maria’s Tacos!


6—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

7— Burger Night


8— Fish Dinner or Steak, Karaoke

9— TBD

10 – Closed



11— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


12— Maria’s Tacos!


13--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

14-- Burger Night Post and Auxiliary Meeting 7PM

15—Fish Dinner or

Corned beef cabbage

16— Chilie Cook Off!

17–  Closed


18— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


19— Maria’s Tacos!


20 - 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

21—Burger Night


22—Fish Dinner or Chicken Enchiladas

23— Rental

24 – Closed


25—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

26— Maria’s Tacos!


27--75¢ Wings

6pm Bingo 6pm

28—Burger Night

 29- Fish Dinner or Loaded Potato, Karaoke

30- Craft fair 10-2

Easter Party 3pm






Or Current Resident



April 2024








Watch Facebook and Flyers for Dinner Details

1- Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

2- — Maria’s Tacos!


3- 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

4- Burger Night

5--Fish Dinner or Lasagna

6– Comedy Night, $10 at the door.

7— Closed

8— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

9—  Blood Drive

 Maria’s Tacos!


10—75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

11— Burger Night Post and Auxiliary Meeting 7PM


12— Fish Dinner or Pork Steaks, Karaoke

13— Rental

14– Closed


15— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


16— — Maria’s Tacos!



17--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

18-- Burger Night

19—Fish Dinner or

MCL Meat Loaf!

20— TBD

21– Closed


22— Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm


23— — Maria’s Tacos!


24 - 75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

25—Burger Night


26—Fish Dinner or Fajita Tacos, Karaoke

27— TBD

28 – Closed



29—Euchre 1230

Bingo 6pm

30— — Maria’s Tacos!


28--75¢ Wings

Bingo 6pm

29-- Burger Night