Aug 2018 Letter from the Commander

Dear Comrades;
 
Over this last year we have seen a lot of changes in the post. We have seen new members come in and old members head to the great unknown. Many projects have been done around the post. Starting with Home Depot coming in and Dr. Brooks donating the new stove and TV for the hall. We have gained new sponsors, new donors, new supporters through the Greater Patchogue Chamber. Businesses in Patchogue have developed more veteran friendly programs with discounts and specials. We have become involved with the arts in the area through workshops and exhibits. Our post has taken part in Color Guards for the Cub Scouts, County Legislators. The post has seen an increase support in media coverage for our events and programs. We also take part in Lights on Veterans a program that recognizes veterans in the area. With the help of Doctor Brook we collected over 500 pairs of shoes for homeless veterans.
 
Now, already one month into the new year and a lot has been going on. During these last couple of months, we have had an increase in Buddy Poppy, held several events, the Incoming Commander and outgoing Commander were honored at the Duck’s Game, work continues to happen around the post, and more items have been donated to the post, we held another Coffee with a Veteran. We were part of Operation TP which collected and donated over 15000 rolls of toilet paper to Battered Women’s Shelters, Homeless Veterans and Food Banks. The Greater Patchogue Chamber has held a meeting at the post to show their support. And, we are now members of the Medford Chamber.
 
But things don’t stop there. Currently two Eagle Scouts and 1 Girl Scout Bronze Project are being done for the post. Which will give us a Flag Box, a new sign for outside and the Museum in the post. We are looking at a grant to replace the handicap ramp. Home Depot is looking to come in to help with the Club House. We have three fundraisers in the works, including one with Rudi’s and another with the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. We will be doing more art workshops and exhibits. We are continuing our program of monthly meeting at a local establishment to show support to those that support veterans. More stones are being ordered and placed to honor veterans. We are looking at creating Long Islands First Veteran Only parking outside of a Municipal Building. We will look at another coffee with a veteran, conduct a Blood Drive, continue to support local organizations through attending their events, giving scholarships to students, thanking those that support veterans, fundraising to assist homeless veterans and those that are struggling with PTSD. Expand our Buddy Poppy Program to ensure that members and businesses that support the program are properly recognized. Look to expand our support to the National Home for Children.
 
As a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars you are an important part of this process as we strive to obtain our All State and All American recognition for Post 2913. A standard that says that all that we do is appreciated. While we do not seek praise, it is important to aim for lofty goals in order to keep the standard of excellence high. While you are out don’t forget that you are ambassadors to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jayne-Lattin Post 2913.
 
• Be sure to always great a follow veteran and ask if they are a member. If not be sure to give them an application, or direct them to the post.
• If you know of a Veteran or Family Member of a Veteran in Distress let us know how we can help them.
• Support our programs (i.e. Buddy Poppy, Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen, Blood Drives, etc.…) by participating in them and helping to organize them.
• Don’t be shy to bring projects to the post that will help the community (While it is true that we are VSO, we also have an obligation to serve the community in which we live).
• Volunteer at a place that helps veterans and those in need. (Be sure to keep track of your time for our community service reports).
• Let us know of someone doing something special to help Active Military, Veterans and their families. (It is important that we honor those that honor us)
 
Since I have joined this post it has been an honor to serve alongside and work with some great veterans. In two years we celebrate our 75th Anniversary as a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. Let us continue to strive to make this the best post not just in the County, District and State but on the National Level, letting people know that those words on our logo is not just a saying but something that we live by “No One Does More for Veterans”.

Published by daves-studio

I truely believe that "Even ordinary life can be immortilized through art". I have always been awed by the mystery of how people are connected and for most of my life as an artist I have looked for new ways to express what was inside of me, what I was feeling and how I wanted people to view and understand what I wanted to say. This caused me to restrict my art to forms that others could understand. I was speaking to the masses, but I was not using my own voice. Over time I realized that it was not so important weather people truly understood what I was saying but rather that I was speaking so I started to look for the way to think out loud and be heard and have found that voice in papercutting. My work is a mixture of Eastern and Western Art that I started after a visit to China in 2004. while there I discovered the ancient and demanding art of Chinese paper cutting and line drawing. On my return from China I began to make connections between the craft of paper cutting and my years as a soldier. The results of this unusual connection have been beautiful two and three dimentional metaphors of the importance of time and the fragility of life and democracy. Paper cutting itself can be found in many cultures and just like in China those cultures for the most part have thought of it as a decorative or folk art, few artists have explored the idea of using this form of art in a more substantive way. It is part of what has attracted me to papercutting in the first place. While the beauty of paper cutting was appealing, more appealing was the idea of using this fragile material to represent serious and even realistic ideas. The process that I use for my paper structures is the same as found in traditional Chinese paper cutting. What is different is the paper, the way it is displayed and the topics talked about in the art. It is these differences in the works that make them stand out from other forms of paper cutting and structures. Instead of using traditional types of paper for papercutting I have made the cuttings out of aluminum or mirror paper. The paper was chosen for its reflective properties, not just for making the art brighter but for the ability of the viewer to see reflections of themselves in the art, showing a connection between the viewers and the subjects in the work. While most paper cutting are laid flat on the board these works are placed between two pieces of glass in the front of the frame allowing the light to cast shadows on the background, making these papercutting sculptures of art. The other aspect of this work that is different from traditional paper cutting is that each piece is individually designed and not mass produced. This is an important aspect of my work as it is about keeping the appeal of POP art while reducing the images to singular forms. My hope for the future is to continue to explore ways to bridge the techniques and styles of paper cutting and western ideals of art. Not just as a way for me to produce my art but as a way to communicate western ideas in Asia and Asian ideas in the West. For art is the only true international language that all people no matter where they come from can appreciate, and it is through art that we can learn about other cultures beyond mere words.

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