From the Quartermaster:
Samuel J. Maggio, age 75, a resident of Wheaton, passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021. He was born August 6, 1946 in Elmhurst to Joseph & Elisa Maggio.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary; his children Anna Maggio & Nicholas (Ashley) Maggio; and his sister Rosalie Davis.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Andrew & Matthew Maggio.
A visitation will be held Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 3-7pm with a funeral service to follow at 7:00pm at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, Illinois. Interment with Military Honors will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 433 S. Carlton Ave., Wheaton, IL. 60187.
● Oct 23 RSO class
We need more RSOs. For more info call 630-834-8191 or e-mail email@example.com to get in the RSO class on October 23. Room for 3 or 4 more yet.
● Oct 26 Yoga Classes start
Our Fitness and well-being class begins Tuesday, Oct 26, 6:30 – 7:30, and every Tuesday following.
This weekly class will focus on breathing and movement to ease aches and pains and increase strength, flexibility and balance. Appropriate for all ages/abilities, however no child care facilities are available.
Free to Veterans, VFW Auxiliary, First Responders – and their families. Classes will be held in the lower level Acorn Room, until we outgrow it. Park and enter thru the Patio.
Yoga can release stress and improve a sense of wellbeing. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel. For more info:
● Oct 28 Presentation on Medicare Advantage plans
Marketing/Sales event in the Bergh Room at the VFW Post 2801. There will be agents on hand to take questions and applications if anyone wants to sign up. 10 AM – 12 Noon.
RSVP, Darlene – 630 915 4451 or Estee – 773 617 7437
Handicapped parking is available in the lot and there is a ramp at the back of the building which leads directly to where this meeting takes place. Coffee and sweet rolls will be served.
● Oct 30 Halloween Drive – by
Come dressed in your best costume, stay in your vehicle – drive by our Patio and get your treats. 1 to 3 PM
Candy donations will also be gratefully accepted.
● Nov 11 Veterans Day at the Post
Join us Thursday Nov 11 to commemorate this important date in this country’s history. Our service will begin at 11 AM.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed annually on November 11, for honoring veterans, who are people who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War 1.
Coffee and snacks will be served.
● Dec 4 Joyful Traditions is BACK in Villa Park!
We will be Joyful with you in person this year! Mark your calendar for Sat Dec 4th! FREE FAMILY FUN! Sponsored by the Villa Park Chamber Business Community and the Village of Villa Park!
● VFW Post 2801 – Please Help Support Our Post
Post Go Fund Me page
Our two kitchens used as a part of fund raisers to support the Post are in desperate need of updates in order to be adequate for regular rental and canteen usage. Of even greater concern is our roof which is leaking in several places and is estimated to cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace. We need your help in order for our Post to continue to remain in the community.
Click here to go to the Post’s page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/vfw-post-2801-please-help-support-our-post?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet
● Home Depot Grant
State and National VFW officials have notified us of the availability of grants from Home Depot. If we are awarded this grant we have a number of projects around the Post that need the services of a master carpenter. We need this expertise to install new doors, build shelving, install a new covering over the exterior basement stairway (located in the patio), and some other projects around the post.
● Range Opportunities
We still have ammo!!
We still have ammo for purchase cheaper than any other retailer in the area. Federal ammo manufacturers have supplied us with ammo that we can offer you for $20 a box of 50 rounds of 9 mm, and .22 LR for $5 a box of 50 rounds.
That coupled with shooting time for $10 an hour makes for a fun time for you. So check out our range calendar (https://villaparkvfw.org/gun-range/member-page/) and pick a time to come.
● Upcoming meetings/Functions
Oct 18, 7:00 PM, Monday, Post monthly meeting
Oct 23, 8-5 PM RSO class
Oct 26, 6:30 – 7:30 PM Yoga class
Oct 28, 10 – 12 Noon, Presentation on Medicare
Oct 30, 1 – 3 PM Halloween Drive-by
Nov 8, 7:00 PM, Monday Auxiliary meeting
Nov 11, 11 AM, Veteran’s Day Service
Nov 15, 7:00 PM, Monday, Post monthly meeting
Nov 25, Thanksgiving – Post Closed
Nov 26-27, Post, range Open
Dec 4, Joyful Traditions
● Volunteers needed
● Auxiliary hits a home run for the VFW
At their Oct 11 meeting recently, the Auxiliary voted to pay for the Bergh room beer cooler that needed to be replaced. Our thanks to the folks at the Auxiliary for this thoughtful gift
● New Veterans Benefits Guide now available
VA partnered with Stars and Stripes to create a special edition insert for the publication called “The Veterans Benefits Guide.” The print and digital publication, which highlights VA benefits and services available for transitioning service members and their families, is available now.
Click here for a digital version of the Veterans Benefits Guide: Veterans Benefits Guide | Stars and Stripes.
What you can expect
This Guide answers most of the questions asked for a variety of benefits and services, including:
- Life insurance
- Pension and fiduciary services
- Education and training programs
- Economic development and employment
- Home loan guaranty programs and housing assistance
- Mental health resources
● More news from the Auxiliary
Thanks to Debbie Wesoloski, Mary Ciszek and Linda Chamberlin for weeding the front of the Post. They also cleaned by the garbage bin and Debbie had the old trailer and other scrap metal removed before the Outdoor Market and Septotober Fest.
Thanks to everyone who donated, got raffle prizes, and worked that weekend. It made our fund raiser a success. Thanks to our Post and others for donating food, pastries, and coffee which kept our expenses down.
Our condolences to Kathy Cumbee on the loss of her best friend and companion Bob Siessmann and to Todd Siessmann and his family.
We were inspected at the September meeting by Mary Ellen Hollis, District President, and Terry Adams Department Membership Chairperson. They commented that we had a lot of programs going on and no concerns. Thank you everyone for your hard work!
The Post will be having a Veterans Day Program at 11:00 am on November 11th 2021 at the Post.
Hope to see all of you at our next meeting on November 8th 2021 at 7:00 pm.