VFW Commander Ted Storck and VFW Auxiliary President Joan Kopacek. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Charles Luthard Post 5039 and its Auxiliary will hold their annual membership dinner Sunday at Old #1 in Morris, starting with a 4:30 p.m. social hour and a 5:30 p.m. dinner. Reservations need to be in by Thursday. Post Commander Ted Storck and Auxiliary President Joan Kopacek gave a rundown of the Post’s accomplishments in the past year on the KMRS Community Connection program. These included donating $2,000 for a K-9 service dog for the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, a $1,000 scholarship for a veteran or relative of a veteran going to the University of Minnesota Morris, and a donation to the Hospital Fund.

Poppy sales are a driving force for the Auxiliary’s efforts to provide money for St. Jude’s Hospital, the vet homes in Fargo and Minneapolis, Someplace Safe, the Armed Forces Service Center at the MSP International Airport, the Project Turnabout drug addiction treatment center, the National Home facilities, among others. But even with the laundry list of activities that benefit veterans, Storck, a veteran of the Vietnam War, noted that the Post still needs some fresh blood.

The VFW Post was established in 1945 and you must have served in a war zone and earned certain medals to be eligible for membership. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to anyone with a family connection to military personnel serving in a foreign country. Those interested in attending the Sunday dinner should contact by Thursday Storck at 585-5925 or Kopacek at 246-3381.

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