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2nd Annual Lititz Walk for Wounded Warriors, Saturday, May 10

More than 50,000 Americans have been wounded due to combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pennsylvania combat veterans need our help!

The Lititz Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1463, Ladies Auxiliary and area civic organizations have joined forces to raise awareness and funds for Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. The mission of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. is to “Help restore wounded warriors to good physical, mental and emotional health.” . . . . (more)

You can download a registration form here.

Here's a list of the ways PAWW has supported Wounded Warriors last year.

Fire and Ice Festival

Thanks to Betty Jo, Kelly and Louie for representing VFW Post 1463 at the Fire part of Fire & Ice Festival. John from the Stars and Stripes cafe prepared his delicious chicken chili! Larger photo can be found here.

Voice of Democracy Winners

Lititz Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1463 hosted a breakfast for the Dept. of PA Voice of Democracy district winners on January 18. This is the second consecutive year Post 1463 has been selected to entertain the students during their awards weekend . . .(more)

Troops Receive Care Packages

Some photos of appreciative troops in Afghanistan who received care packages sent from Post 1463 in December 2013 can be found here.

Lititz Walk for PA Wounded Warriors

More than 50,000 Americans have been wounded due to combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pennsylvania combat veterans need our help!

The Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1463 and area civic organizations have joined forces for the second year to raise awareness and funds for PA Wounded Warriors, Inc. The mission of PA Wounded Warriors, Inc. is to “Help restore wounded warriors to good physical, mental and emotional health.”

Join us on Saturday May 10, 2014 for a “Lititz Walk for PA Wounded Warriors”. You can park your car at the Lititz RecCenter, and then visit the Ladies Auxiliary table where you’ll receive your map, a special pin that designates you as a walker, and information on Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors. Penn Dutch Pacers has outlined several walking paths around Lititz, highlighting beautiful Lititz Springs Park and historic sites. Visit our local retailers and find special offers just for Walk participants.

Complete details on registration and other events in this year’s Walk will be at this website shortly.

Ladies Auxiliary Announces Art Scholarship

The Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 announces the national Young American Creative Patriotic Art scholarship. Students are encouraged to submit artwork of a patriotic nature to the local Ladies Auxiliary for judging. Students in grades 9 through 12 in public, parochial and home schools are eligible. Artists may use water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil. Winners at the local level then progress to state and national judging where scholarship prizes range from $500 to $10,000. Entry deadline to the local auxiliary at Post 1463 is March 31, 2014. Use this link for the rules and entry forms:

Ladies Auxiliary Fundraiser to Benefit Pittsburgh Fisher House

From now until January 11 you can be part of a “tasty” fundraiser for Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House.

Fisher House is a 10-bedroom “home away from home” where families stay, free of charge, while their loved ones are hospitalized at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System. Fisher House provides a comfortable environment and emotional healing during a stressful time . . . (more)

Two Post Members Receive Special Thanks from Their Comrades

At the VFW Post 1463 monthly meeting in November, comrades offered special thanks to John Zagorski and Ira Shaffer for their many, many years of dedication and devotion to Post 1463 and all veterans . . . (more)

Welcome Home for Local Soldier

A local mom reached out to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 to help welcome home her son who was returning to Lititz for a well-deserved leave after deployment in Afghanistan. The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary organized a welcome for Blake Cameron Bomberger at Post 1463 on Friday August 9th. Cameron received an enthusiastic reception from VFW and Auxiliary members and Post patrons . . . (more)

Ladies Auxiliary Earns State and National Awards

The Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 earned numerous commendations for attaining or surpassing auxiliary program goals in 2012-2013. At the state convention in Lancaster in June, the Ladies Auxiliary received citations of merit for Veterans and Family Support, Americanism, Hospitals, Cancer Aid & Research, Scholarships, Community Service Reporting, Youth Activities and contributions to the VFW National Home for Children. Department of PA President Sandy Brenner recognized Post 1463’s work on the Walk for PA Wounded Warriors. . . . (more)

Post 1463 Receives National Award

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1463 and Ladies Auxiliary of Lititz, Pennsylvania, was the recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Community Service Post Award at the VFW’s National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky on July 22 during an invitation only reception. Commander Joel Ellis and Ladies Auxiliary President Susan Ellis accepted the award . . . (more)

Post Hosts Coatesville Veterans

Veterans from Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) recently attended two events sponsored by VFW Post 1463 and its Ladies Auxiliary. On June 5, a dozen veterans found their way to Waltonian Pines in Schaefferstown for a day of fishing. Our visitors were quick to jump off the bus, get their fishing gear and bait and head to the pond . . . (more)

VFW Post 1463 Aide-de-Camp Awards

VFW national headquarters has notified Commander Joel Ellis of his appointment as National Aide-de-Camp to Commander-in-Chief John E. Hamilton. Joel was recommended for this honorary appointment for outstanding services to Post and/or Department above and beyond the call of duty.

The Ladies Auxiliary National Secretary-Treasurer has sent congratulations to ladies auxiliary treasurer, Kathy Wiker, for securing at least 25 new or reinstated members in the year July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

Congratulations to Joel and Kathy from the members of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary; we appreciate their hard work and dedication. They, along with other members, help promote and retain members in our organizations.

The Post Is Now on Facebook!

Bill Thomas has created a Facbook page for the post! Go to:

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Cookbooks Available

The VFW Post 1463 cookbook has arrived! Pickup a few copies at the Post for $10 each. The perfect stocking stuffer and a great gift for yourself or the special cooks in your life!

Flag Drop Box

When an American flag is no longer fit for display it must not be thrown away. Instead there is a special flag disposal ceremony where the flag is burned in accordance with flag disposal protocol.

If you have any size American or POW/MIA flag to be retired, please bring it to the Flag Drop Box at the entrance to . . . (more)

Labels for Minivans!

The Ladies Auxiliary is collecting Labels for Education for the VFW National Home. These labels, when combined with others from across the USA, purchase minivans----yes, minivans--- for the National Home. Details are available here

Veterans News:

Pennsylvania military veterans can now have their service noted on their PA driver’s license. This serves as military status identification if you don’t have another military ID. It identifies you as a veteran, gives police quicker access to social and legal programs for people who served in the military. There is no additional fee for this. . . . (more...)

Commander's Message:

Spring is here! I hope that all of you were able to keep safe and warm during this harsh winter. Let’s make up for all those snowy days without sunshine with enjoyable spring outside activities. We’ll all be cleaning up those yards pummeled by the snow, ice and wind. Okay, how about a visit to some tropical island! The Caribbean sounds good to me! . . . (more...)

President’s Message:

“Welcome To All Our New Members!” We are happy you chose to join our post and hope you will stay with us for a long time. Please read this newsletter from front to back, paying particular attention to the “Calendar of Events”. This is where the activities are listed and it is a vital source of information on what is happening here at Post 1463. Another excellent source of up to date information is our web site.Check it often as updates happen weekly.

I want to personally thank a few people for all they do here to make this club a great place to come and get involved in things that go on. To Mike Horn, our webmaster/Trivia King and to all of his followers; to the Activity Committee members who run our Bingo every Thursday and volunteer their time; to Scoot & Dave Wilt who run the Pool Tournaments on Saturdays; to Mike West and our fabulous dart team who represent this club and have made it to the playoffs; to all of the employees that make this club run so smooth, and last but not least to all of our supporting members that come in, enjoy the club, the kitchen and socializing.

Now is a good time for us to say we run a no-nonsense club. We want all of you to enjoy yourselves but at no time will improper conduct be tolerated. How will you know if you are out of line? Very simple, don’t do anything to make the bar server tell you to calm down. Our servers are lenient but fair and they have the full authority and support of the Board of Governors.

May God Bless America!
Ron Lantz
Canteen President

Annie's Corner:

PLEASE tell me that winter is over! I have never been so ready for spring in my life.

We had a lot of fun with our Shuffleboard tournament. The next one is Sunday, March 30 starting at 1 p.m. Teams are picked out of a hat, so you don’t have to be a pro to sign up. Sign up behind bar. Cost is $5.00 per person with a donation of a little food. Hopefully these will continue throughout the year. We will have them posted in advance . . . (more...)

Adjutant’s Message:

As the Adjutant of Post 1463, my goal is to assemble an email notification list for active members. Email would be used to send out the monthly meeting agenda and minutes. It would also be used to notify members of short-term information such as special events, deaths, or critical Post information.

At some point the newsletter may be sent out by email, to those that prefer that delivery method, saving the Post several dollars in postage. Please send me your email address to:

Thanks in advance,
Tim Frey

Ladies Auxiliary Message:

The end of the auxiliary year is approaching, but we still have a lot going on before June. End-of-year reports highlighting all the work we’ve done on auxiliary programs will be submitted to the department of PA and recognition given at the state convention in June. The Post and Ladies Auxiliary submit their community service record book for judging; the department of PA winner also receives national recognition. Post 1463 has won for 14 consecutive years . . . (more...)

Activity Committee:

I can’t believe it is time for another newsletter, but I sure am glad that spring is here. I know you all are as sick of snow and cold as I am. So with keeping with thinking spring, let’s look forward to the Easter bunny. We will be holding our Annual Ham Raffle on Saturday, April 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, just ask your bartender. . . (more...)


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