Community service

VFW Post 2492 hailed for community service

Michigan State VFW awards first place to Imlay City position

IMLAY CITY – For their exemplary community service during the year 2020-2021, members and auxiliaries of VFW Post 2492 won 1st place in their division for the Michigan Department of Foreign War Veterans Community Service Award .

Post Commander Bob Conrad was made aware of this honor in a recent letter from Sunni Hagland, Director of Community Services for Michigan State Foreign War Veterans in Lansing.

Abigail Koning, member of the Esteem team, holds the microphone for Ernie Rabideau, 97, who serenaded the audience with his moving rendition of “Make the World Go Away”.

“On behalf of the Michigan Dept. of Veterans of Foreign Wars, thank you for all your continued efforts to provide multiple levels of service and support not only to our fellow Veterans but also to your community,” Hagland said in a handwritten letter. . “We greatly appreciate all your hard work and congratulations on finishing first in Division 1.”

The recent honors may have inspired members of Post 2492 and The Auxiliary to do even more to ensure that all local children and their families can enjoy the 2021 holiday season.

In another show of goodwill, Post 2492 donated $ 200 to the Lapeer County Holiday Depot program, which allows needy local families to purchase Christmas gifts for their children.

The Post made another $ 200 donation to the annual Christmas program of Lois Woodworth, a resident of Imlay City, to benefit local foster children.

In addition, a Toys-4-Tots gift barrel has been placed inside the lobby to collect toys, clothes, toiletries and other essentials for children and families.

Christmas dinner

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, on Sunday, December 5, the auxiliary members of extension 2492 prepared a full Christmas dinner for the guests and community members in attendance.

Commander Conrad took the opportunity to recognize the leadership and dedication of former 2492 Commanders Phil Hunkele, Tom Davis and Harry ‘Butch’ Earehart, who were all in attendance for the occasion.

During one of the evening’s highlights, members of the Lapeer County Esteem Team paid tribute to local 97-year-old veteran Ernie Rabideau for his distinguished service to the country during World War II.

After which, Rabideau loudly entertained the general public with his heartfelt rendition of the Ray Price / Eddy Arnold classic, “Make the World Go Away.”

The members wanted

Conrad recalled and encouraged all qualified U.S. military veterans to join the organization.

He further thanked the Post’s current veterans and auxiliary members for their continued support in honoring the American veterans community.

For more information or to become a member of Post 2492, contact Bob Conrad at 810-614-7810 or 810-724-8114.