State VFW official
congratulates local post
by Sandy Wyman
At the Silas Wainwright Post 6338 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gouverneur on Saturday, March 11, amid all the observances observed was the 71st anniversary of the post.
Post Commander Dominick Simione read with reverence the post history bringing everything that the organization stands for into the evening of celebration.
Guest speaker for the auspice occasion was New York State Junior Vice Commander of the VFW Eugene Ratigliano.
“A year ago, you celebrated your 70th anniversary. It was a major milestone in the history of this post. And here you are, continuing to carry on that tradition.
“I am honored to be here to represent the Dept. of New York and our commander Dennis Sullivan, who is absent due to another commitment.
“Our success as a national organization begins right here in this post, the foundation on which the VFW is built.
“Your celebration this evening is just as it continues the commitment to America’s veterans. You continue to forge ahead and continue to fight for veterans’ rights.
“In order to stand steady, we need a strong membership. We are nearly three-quarters through the VFW year and membership is the focus of our effort as we draw down to the national convention in June.
“As an organization, the VFW relies on a large membership base to give it strength, power and influence to represents the interests of its members.
“Each member we keep and recruit allows us to fulfill our commitment to supporting our veterans.
“That is why it is so important to keep those members we have recruited as well as getting back into the fold those who have not renewed their memberships.
“We know how hard it is to recruit that member in the first place, let’s not leave them stranded by having them going out the back door.
“Continue to encourage members who have not paid their dues to do so, so that we can remain strong and viable, I am sure all of you would like to see our state commander, Dennis Sullivan, make that goal of 100 percent in membership.
“We can improve membership by keeping faith in our VFW programs, the Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, National Military Service, Teacher of the Year, Scouting and of course, Americanism.
“Much of what you do sometimes is never reported in the community, we need to do a better job of that.
The National Commander of the VFW has said many times that we need to press the brand, that is, advertise the VFW and make it more viable in the community.
“By celebrating your anniversary each year like you have been doing, keeps alive the hopes and dreams of those veterans that founded this post in 1946.
“It is important to take pride in your past achievements and I wish you great success on continuing to build on those principles and serve your community.
“I am most happy to be here on behalf of our state commander and to benefit by the kind hospitality shown.
“At this time, I would like to have Post Commander Dominick Simione and Post Auxiliary President Melissa Simione come to the podium for a presentation.”
The post was then presented with an embossed citation that states:
“Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards this citation to Silas Wainwright Post 6338. Congratulations and best wishes to the Officers and Members of VFW Post 6338 On the occasion of the celebration of its 71st anniversary. We share the pride that all of you have in the many accomplishments of the post during the past 71 years of service.
“Our organization was founded in 1899 when 13 Spanish-American War veterans gathered in the rear of a tailor shop in Columbus, Ohio and little did they dream that what they started in their dedication to assist those who fought for our country would turn into the over two-million-membership that it is today.
“Just as our founding fathers recognized the need for an organization that would work for the good of former servicemen, it is reassuring to note that today’s veterans are becoming increasingly aware of the needs for the continued growth of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, an organization that has earned the right to be called the Veterans’ Advocate.
“As VFW Post 6338 marks its 71st year in extending the VFW hand of comradeship and assistance to those in need, may the post continue to grow and expand as we all join together in preserving a proud, free and secure America.”
Speaking on behalf of the New York State Auxiliary President Karen Dotson was Jean Ratigliano who had the following accolade:
“I bring greetings from our president who was unable to attend, nevertheless she wishes to extend to the comrades and members of the Silas Wainwright Post 6338 a happy anniversary and the best of wishes for the year to come.
“This year TEAM NY has attained outstanding milestones and would like to express her gratitude for your continued support of our mission to veterans and their families.
“Thank you for your service and dedication.”
Handshakes, applause and photos were plenty for all involved.
The VFW’s across this nation are a mainstay in the landscape of America that stay the course of veteran causes and this post located in Gouverneur is a great example.
State VFW official