We had 18 members and one guest at our Monday morning meeting. Joining us was our guest speaker, Roy Krueger, from the local American Red Cross Chapter. Glen Treml had a “Happy Buck” for finding out that his next grandchild will be a girl. Bonnie Baerwald announced that members of the Community Services Committee are currently shopping for our Christmas Adopt-A-Family. Bonnie is also asking members to donate some extra cash at our next several meetings so we can purchase a food gift card for our family to purchase a nice Christmas Dinner. Be generous in this collection at our Monday meetings. Marlin Towne circulated a sign-up sheet so we can get a little better idea of how many people we might see at our Family Christmas Breakfast on December 17th. Chris Serres was the 50/50 Raffle winner and she drew the Ace of Spades. While that wasn’t a winner it does take another card out of the deck. Next week’s drawing will have 44 cards with nine pay cards and a pot of at least $101. Good luck.
Roy Krueger-American Red Cross
Roy Krueger joined us on Monday morning to tell us what he does for veterans as a volunteer of the American Red Cross. Roy is an Army veteran with 22 years and seven months of active duty before he retired recently. Roy retired as a Lt. Colonel from Ft. Benning, Georgia. While the transition to civilian life wasn’t a walk in the park, Roy decided to do something constructive with his new found time and started volunteering for the American Red Cross. Roy’s role is the Information Officer for the northeastern region of Wisconsin pertaining to veteran affairs. Roy informed us that the Red Cross was formed in 1898 for the purpose of serving the folks in the military. While the Red Cross has expanded their focus to things such as Blood Services, Disaster Services, Health & Safety Services and International Services in addition to their continued service to the military and their families.
Roy brought with him literature and post cards for the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. Attached to this newsletter is a copy of the handout that Roy brought on Monday along with a copy of the post card that we can fill out to send to our veterans wherever they may be stationed. This project is so simple that all we need to do is stop at the Red Cross office on North Main Street, pick up one or as many cards as you’d like to complete, fill out the card(s) and then just return them to the Red Cross office on North Main Street. The attached handout gives the do’s and don’ts when filling out these cards. According to Roy, this simple holiday card means a lot to the veterans that receive them as it lets them know that we’re thinking of them wherever they are.