It’s beginning to look a lot like winter and the Holiday Season is upon us so as we move into celebrating with our families I would like to remind everyone that it is a very special time of year so please drive careful and enjoy your time with your family this season.
It has been a very busy year so far and we are moving in the right direction. I would like to send a huge thank you to our department staff for making sure we have all of the tools we need to succeed through every obstacle that comes up.
Looking back through this fall we all gathered in Baxter for our Fall Conference which was a great event and was very delightful to see all of you that could make it. As most of you know myself and Adjutant Whitehead had to leave a little early so that we could get out to Washington DC to attend DAV Nationals Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial held on October 5th. This an experience I will never forget to see what we can accomplish if we stick to it and to see how this Memorial brings all of us Disabled Veterans together.
The DAV of MN held a very successful coat drive from December 8-12 of 2014 which turned out to be very fulfilling with all of the coats that we collected for Veterans in MN. We also participated in the Drive for your Community event held at Apple Ford in Apple Valley in MN. Through this event people came and test drove cars around town and for every test drive that took place Ford donated $20 to the DAV. So overall a great event for the DAV of MN.
MN is sitting very well in the membership department right now we only have nine chapters left to meet goal and each of those chapters are very close. MN is currently first in our division and second in the nation so thank you to all of our members that are out there recruiting.
The DAV Outdoors program is up and running in full swing so make sure to go to davmn.org and click on outdoors to see what events are coming up.
Also keep in mind that DAV Mid-winter conference in Washington DC is coming up and I encourage all of you to attend if you are able to this year so that you can see what new things the DAV National are coming up with for the future.
Remember the holiday season is a time to be with our families but let us not forget those Veterans who haven’t made it home to their families yet and let us keep them in our prayers to make it home safely. Please be safe on the winter roads and enjoy your holidays.
David Valtinson, State Commander