September 2016 Cedar Post

cedar-post-pic-copyTHE CEDAR POST



Post Office Box 535

Wimberley, Texas 78676

Volume 17, Number 9                   September 2016



A big thanks to members of the Auxiliary who provided an exceptionally fine dinner of smoked turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, and a variety of salads, casseroles, and desserts.  They once again proved that there is no better place to be than our VFW meeting on the first Thursday of each month.

Highlights of the meeting included:

  • It was reported that our electric wheelchairs and associated gear have been donated to Project Mend, a non-profit in San Antonio that reconditions used medical equipment for use by veterans and low income patients.
  • The membership voted to turn down the request of radio station KOWO to build a studio / office on Post property, adjacent to the cell phone tower.
  • An expenditure of funds not to exceed $3,500 was approved to upgrade the electrical facilities at the barn. This was a high priority item on our Post improvement project list.
  • Members also voted to authorize the Senior Vice Commander to spend $800 to purchase a VFW tent, table covering, new sign, and some koozies to facilitate his recruiting efforts.
  • There was discussion about whether to continue with the combined color guard (administered by the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza) or to form a VFW Post #6441 Color Guard. The Commander asked members to think about this and asked if there was a Post member who was willing to organize and lead a Post Color Guard.
  • To commemorate VJ Day (September 2nd, 1945), Post Member Jim Hysinger shared his WWII experience with the members. Jim entered active duty in April 1944 and was assigned as a B-24 tail gunner in Okinawa when Japan surrendered.  Jim went on to have a distinguished a career as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, serving in combat in Korea and Vietnam.   Thanks Jim for a fascinating talk!





Well, the rodeo season is over for the Post for 2016.  According to John Thames, their rodeo did well and they were pleased with everything.  Now it is time to begin to turn our attention toward our 2017 rodeo.  We will have our first planning-kick off meeting on October 12th at 1800.  At this time we will set the ground rules for the 2017 rodeo and designate a person of responsibility for each action item.

On Friday, the 16th of September, we will have a POW/MIA flag raising ceremony at Jacobs Well Elementary School at 0900.  In addition, we will address the 4th and 5th grade classes and explain to them the reason for and meaning of the POW/MIA flag.  The uniform for this event is the dark blue golf shirt and VFW cover.  We will gather at the school between 0830 and 0845 by the flag pole.  If you wish to participate please let me know.

If you have a color guard shirt and equipment from the Veterans Memorial Plaza and cannot or no longer wish to participate, please return the equipment to Rodger Parker.  This way he can reissue it to personnel who are able to assist.

The ladies did an excellent job with the meal at the last meeting.  It is good to have their service once again.  The new (old) way of serving is great.  Now you don’t feel like you are in a chow line in the bowels of a ship.  Thanks again.

We are in the process of getting bids to upgrade the power at the “Barn” before we have an electrical fire and burn it down.  The feed to the barn will be underground and upgrades to 200 Amps.  This should handle anything John Diotte wants to do.

Speaking of John, I talked with him about his trip to Washington.  He had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommends it if you get a chance to go on one of the honor flights.  They have opened it up to Korean veterans and Vietnam veterans.


Donald C. Wheeler, Jr.




Boy Scout Troop 127

Boy Scout Troop 127 proudly announced that two Scouts have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  Colton Kilpatrick was installed in a Court of Honor on September 4th.  Taylor Garrett will have his Court of Honor in the VFW hall at 1400, Saturday, September 10th.  All Post members are invited to attend.





Bob Flocke recently debuted as a Bingo Caller, under the not so watchful eye of Larry Merkin.

One member has had to stop working bingo so we are back to having two open positions.  One is on Team #2 (second Friday of each month) and one is on Team #4 (fourth Friday).  If you have not yet taken your turn at Bingo, now is the time.  Contact Larry Merkin, Bingo chairman, 512-847-2949.



There are several opportunities for members to serve the Post and our community in September.

  • If you would like to participate in the flag raising as part of the Patriot Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza (VMP), please report to Rodger Parker at the VMP at 0830 on Sunday, September 11th.
  • Please let the Commander know if you would like to participate in the POW/MIA ceremony being planned for Jacob’s Well Elementary School on Friday, September 16th. Show time there is 0830.







Matt Gunn, who served quite capably as our Post Sergeant-At-Arms for the last several years, has relocated to Houston.  Matt was a key figure at Post meetings and at our annual Rodeo.  No matter the job, Matt was always willing to help.  Thank you Matt, we will miss you and wish you all the best! Kelly Bateman has stepped up to the plate and will replace Matt as Post Sergeant-At-Arms.



The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has published its 2016 Directory.  This directory includes all TVC Offices and Veterans’ Organizations as well as Federal, State, and County agencies in Texas.  See: 




Members of the Oldham-Cummings VFW Post 6441 Color Guard recently took part in ceremonies dedicating a state historical marker at the Miss Lillie Dobie house in Wimberley.  Color Guard members from left to right are Larry Merkin, Gene Watson, Michael Lukowiak, and Post Commander Don Wheeler.  The Miss Lillie Dobie house was built on River Road in 1921.  The house now serves as the Village Store Boutique in the new Wimberley Thrift Store complex.





Thank you to all the Auxiliary members who continue to work hard for our Post and Auxiliary you are truly appreciated. Special Thanks to Post Members Jack Tatum, Frank Ross and Joey Palumbo for going above and beyond in helping the Auxiliary.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art applications are in the schools. Military Boxes and Cards have been sent to: Sharif DeLarge, Jordan Fuller and Susan Jagger’s.

For updates to Auxiliary Functions and Activities please visit our website at


Neta Ross

Auxiliary President






National Patriot Day – September 11th, 0900 at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza

National POW/MIA Recognition Day – September 16th

Post Work Day – September 17th, 0900

Establishment of the U.S. Air Force – September 18th (1947)

Post Planning Meeting – September 29, 1800

VFW Birthday – September 29th (1899)

Regular Meeting of the Post and Auxiliary – October 6th, 1800

Establishment of the U.S. Navy – October 13th (1775)

Post Work Day – October 15th, 0900

Post Planning Meeting – October 27th, 1800

Regular Meeting of the Post and Auxiliary – November 3rd, 1800

2016 Election Day, November 8th

Establishment of the U.S. Marine Corps – November 10th (1775)

Veterans Day / Signing of WWI Armistice – November 11th, (1918)

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