Hello DAV of Minnesota. I hope you are enjoying your summer with family and friends. We are having a quick start after our Department Convention already completing the Old Glory Run in Cold Spring, Trolling for the Troops at Camp Ripley, DAV of MN Golf Classic at the Wilds, and Key Leader Training at the Tuscan Center in St Cloud. Remember our mission is to help disabled veterans and their families and as such each of our activities are oriented to this cause.
Thank you and kudo’s go to all of the volunteers who planned and participated and the very generous sponsors who play a huge role in these recent events. It would be impossible to thank everyone individually but please realize you are making a difference. Thank you!
Also, during this timeframe our clothing program was the center of our attention at the Department. It appears we are closer at getting back to a business as usual operations level. Our goal is to continue to fund programs like the DAV Transportation Program, DAV Outdoors, and provide outreach to veterans as needed, while maintaining our integrity, being in compliance with all state and federal laws, and have little or no impact on each chapters clothing operations. I believe in the very near future we will be in a better positon to help disabled veterans and their families reaching out long term.
I am excited to work with our newly elected board of officers. We will continue to focus on membership, as we ended our year leading the division and exceeding our membership goals significantly. Our Department Officers have committed to move forward within each of their respective committees and make them more effective in supporting our common goals. We look forward to meeting with Chapter leadership and members during Chapter visits. These visits are intended to keep communications open between the Department and the Chapter.
I’d ask that you pay special attention to legislative issues, both at the state and federal levels. We can’t let veterans be forgotten. While our Military is taking cuts as a result of sequestration, we need to remind Minnesotans and our legislators of our service and sacrifice and the need to fulfill our promises to the men and women who served. We can do this in part by focusing on public awareness and also by talking with our legislators of opportunities to help veterans. You are a vital part of keeping the disabled veterans as an important issue in your community.
I look forward to seeing and speaking with you at future events to include Chapter visits, the DAV National Convention in Denver, Fall Conference at Lake Elmo, the State Fair Booth, and DAV Outdoors Events.
In closing I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate LeeAnn Karg our DAV Auxiliary National Commander. She is an inspiration to all of us. She continues to remind us “DAV & DAV Aux. Together as One” I’d encourage you to partner with your DAV Aux. Unit. They are an important part of the team.
Gregory Remus, DAV of Minnesota State Commander