VFW 257 Auxiliary is conducting a membership drive during the months of September and October. Members must be at least 16 years old and be a close relative of those who served in overseas combat. The members are sons or daughters, brothers or sisters, husbands or wives, mothers or fathers of persons who are or were eligible to be a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Yes, the VFW Auxiliary now includes men! New members are always welcome but many projects get underway in September so it is a good time to enroll and volunteer for projects such as working with local veterans to write their story, or judge the essay contests for local students’ scholarship opportunities, or volunteer in the concession stand during the Friday night Bingo games. There are many projects and opportunities to support youth as well as local Veterans and their families as well as developing skills by holding an office or serving as a project chairman or working on a committee in the Auxiliary.
Nationwide, Auxiliary members volunteer many hours to support veterans, military service personnel, and their families. Our members help support the annual “High Stakes Bingo” game that is held for the residence of the Veterans home at Mt. Vernon. Our Auxiliary sends birthday cards to veterans in the local nursing home and honor them during special occasions such as Veteran’s day. We support the community by our membership in the local Chamber of Commerce. We provide funds for youth scholarships through the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen programs. We raise funds for the National VFW Children’s Home and raise funds for disabled veterans through the Buddy Poppy program. The Auxiliary provides support to the VFW Post for special events such as the POW/MIA Ceremony, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day observances. The main fund raiser for the VFW Post is the Friday night Bingo Event! Everyone has a great time and the Auxiliary provides a concession stand for players.
Locally the VFW Post 257 Auxiliary meets on the first Monday night of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the post building on the corner of First and Pine Streets in El Dorado Springs. Parking is available in back of the building.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the VFW Auxiliary or want to find out more about membership requirements, please contact the President, Linda Bartkoski at 876-5068.