Greetings from Commander Jarvis

Warm Greetings to all,

In this ever-changing world one thing remains the same: DAV’s commitment to the men and women who served. The Department of Minnesota walks that walk.

The organization is strong and healthy, focusing on legislation, transportation, outdoors, enterprise, and our foundation which reviews grant applications. You will see all this explained in detail in the articles included in this newsletter.  We can be proud of the successes in each of these areas already this year.

Since the state convention in early May I have been busy being the’ face of DAV MN ‘for many events and fundraisers. The Old Glory Run in St Joseph was a huge success as was the Foundation’s Golf Event in Apple Valley. Many hours of planning and organizing resulted in generous donations and community good will at these state events.

I attended the national commander/Adjutant orientation in June at National headquarters in Cold Spring KY. We had seminars about updates in all departments. It was good to network and share ideas with other states. There is a lot of good work being done across the country for our veterans!

Our DAV MN committees are in full swing and are always looking for new ideas and involvement. Have you heard of something another veterans group is doing or seen a veteran’s event that was successful somewhere else? Tell us about it! We encourage you to find your place in DAV and to volunteer with us.

I look forward to this year as your Commander. I will work hard and keep you updated through the newsletter and through the e-news on our website. I am excited to meet new faces as I travel around the state! Let’s make this year fun and successful by working together. I encourage you to get involved in your local chapters and come to the Fall Conference to share ideas with all of us.

Respectfully submitted,
Rick Jarvis
Commander Dept of MN