FAC Newsletter February Edition – Empowering Your Financial Future

I hope this email finds you warm and safe! I know the weather has been a challenge for traveling, health, and snow shoveling! Please be careful out there!
Attached is this month’s newsletter. I focused on financial wellness, tax tools available for military members, and ideas for empowering families to take charge of their spending. There are many resources available for military families to get them started on a solid financial plan. With furloughs, layoffs, and many other life changes that can happen, having a solid plan in place can make a huge difference in how these events effect a family. If you know of a Service Member or Family Member that could use assistance, please let me know, I am always to help to see if there is a resource that they can be matched with.Thank you for all you do. As always, if I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me, I am happy to help!

Sincerely,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor

MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181
Yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil

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Proto Labs Supports PBYR with a Generous Donation!!

I was delighted to participate in an event at Proto Labs on February 13, 2019 that was organized to help support Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. We greatly appreciated Proto Lab’s invitation, support and trust!

Proto Lab’s very generous donation of $700.00 will be put to good use helping service members, veterans and their families in times of crisis or need.  Proto Lab’s employees demonstrated great values and a lot of positive energy at the event ,especially in the bean bag game and the chili competition! Pictures of the event will be placed on PBYR.org.

PBYR is a proud member city of the Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BYR) network of 219+ Minnesota cities that have banded together to assist service members, veterans and their families. In April 2016, PBYR received a 5-year appreciation award for being a proud member of the Minnesota BYR network from General Nash, MN National Guard. This award is proudly displayed at Plymouth City Hall. In 2015 PBYR received certification from the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit corporation and as a result all donations are tax-deductible. PBYR has no paid staff and operates totally with volunteers.

Proto lab’s donation is greatly appreciated by PBYR!

GARY GOLDETSKY, PSY.D., LP
PRESIDENT, PBYR BOARD

Greenwood Elementary Students and Parents Donate to PBYR!!

On February 8, 2019 Kersten and I had the privilege to again participate in the Greenwood Elementary School Family Service Night.  The school was very active with a commitment and effort to help others, even with the temperature outside very cold and the roads slippery.

The Greenwood students wrote beautiful letters and created art work for service members which are always warmly received and appreciated by deployed Minnesota soldiers.  The Greenwood  parents AGAIN generously donated Holiday, Cub and Target Gift Cards!  Their very generous gifts will help PBYR distribute needed assistance to Service Members, Veterans and/or their Families that could use some emergency help.

PBYR greatly appreciates the support of Angela Leger and the Greenwood Elementary Parents and Students!!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D., LP

 President, PBYR Board

BTYR Offer – Save $10 on Stars on Ice tickets

As a fellow Beyond the Yellow Ribbon company member, I am excited to share a special military offer with you and your community to “Stars on Ice,” coming to Xcel Energy Center Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30pm. Guests may conveniently purchase 1-8 discount tickets on-line at www.xcelenergycenter.com/military or via the attached order form, and call me directly at 651-312-3486 to reserve 9+ tickets. Please contact me with any questions. 
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Thank you,
Karen Reisinger
Group Sales Coordinator
317 Washington Street * St. Paul, MN  55102
Direct: (651) 312-3486 * Fax: (651) 726-8246

February Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Newsletter

Attached you’ll find February’s Edition of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Newsletter.  This month’s issue includes saluting healthy hearts for the month of February. The resources of the month are Military OneSource and the MN Military & Veteran Exchange. There is also news from Yellow Ribbon companies and from across the state! 
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V/R,

Ellyn E. Emde
1LT, AG, MNARNG
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program OIC
MN Family Programs, J1
(O): 651-268-8538
(C): 651-334-0302

147th Human Resources Company
Rear Detachment Commander
Arden Hills, MN

Unique Opportunities

unique opportunity

Troops To Teachers Program

WHO:  Current military members, retired, and honorably separated military personnel
WHAT:  Troops To Teachers Program
WHEN:  Ongoing
WHERE:  Nationwide
WHY:  To assist transitioning service members and veterans in beginning new careers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools.
HOW:  Troops to Teachers is a DOD program which facilitates Service members’ successful transition to a teaching career by providing counseling and financial and placement assistance for eligible Service members and veterans.

POC:  Dr. Charles Rick at 218-780-0343 or for online information go to

ZMC Hotel Discounts and Promotions
WHO:  Military and Public Service Personnel (valid ID required)
WHAT:  Hotel discounts and promotions
WHEN:  Various year-round
WHERE:  Duluth, MN
WHY:  To show support for military, law enforcement, and public service personnel
HOW:  go to  www.zmchotels.com/military for details and rates
Personal Financial Counselor
WHO: Military and their families
WHAT: Making Financial Decision
WHEN: Based on Appointment
WHERE: Multiple Locations
WHY: No cost Services
HOW: Contacts listed below
POC: 612.397.0295, 612.297.2826
Sam’s Club Free $15 Gift Card “It’s Our Salute to You!”
WHO: Active and Retired Military and their Spouses
WHAT: Free $15.00 Sam’s Club Gift card
WHEN: Open
WHERE: All Sam’s Club locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin
WHY: Sam’s Club Salute to You for Your service

HOW: Present your Military ID to the Store Associates when signing up or renewing your membership with Sam’s Club and you will get your $15.00 Gift Card

School for Performing Arts
WHO: Military Families
WHAT: Opportunity to participate in School for the Performing Arts
WHEN: Open
WHERE: ONLINE
WHY: Private Lessons for Voice, Acting, Beginning Piano, and Flute via videoconferencing tools Group Music and Theatre Classes on a Global Scale, Consistency and Flexibility
HOW: More information on the programs Play.Sing.Act, LLC offers please Check out
POC: April Vargo Founder, Owner, Educator Play.Sing.Act http://www.playsingact.com
 Minnesota Military Museum Veterans Registry
WHO: Interested Military, Veterans and Individuals
WHAT: Camp Ripley, MN – The Minnesota Military Museum wants your story for their “Veterans Registry”.
WHEN: The Minnesota Military Museum is open seven days a week from May through September and Thursdays and Fridays from October through April, with special tours coordinated at any time.
WHERE: Camp Ripley, MN – The Minnesota Military Museum
WHY: The Registry is easy to use and anyone can submit a Veterans story and pictures of the veteran. This service is also FREE and a great way to preserve a record of your service for your family.
HOW: Interested veterans and individuals should Click Here  and also click on Veterans Registry.

POC: Executive Director, Jeff Thielen Email jthielen@mnmilitarymuseum.org

PROTOLABS selects Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon for a donation

I am pleased to announce that PBYR was selected by Protolabs for their quarterly project to support a local community non-profit. They heard about the PBYR mission and very much liked our PBYR.org website.

**KUDOS to John Swol for steadily helping behind the scenes to make our website interesting.  The yearly increase in traffic to the PBYR website from 2012 to the present speaks to his efforts!!  PBYR is very lucky to have John’s help and support.  He also helps PBYR even when he is engaged in competitive sun tanning competitions in Florida!!

Protolabs will be doing a raffle and I will be the PBYR representative in attendance so the raffle will not be construed as violating gambling laws as we are a 501c3 organization. The date of the raffle is February 13, 2019 from 11 AM-1 PM at their office in Maple Plain.

** PBYR extends appreciation and sincere thanks to Protolabs for their support and trust!!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D., LP
 President, PBYR Board

HOLES FOR HEROES ice fishing tournament

HOLES FOR HEROES ice fishing tournament

Who: 34 ID Deployed Soldiers and their Families
What: A time to ice fish and connect with loved ones at a fishing tournament supported by the community
When: 2 FEB 2019, Approx. 13:00-14:00
Where: Medicine Lake, MN and at various deployed locations via VTC
Why: Honor the Soldiers and Families and provide a place and time to connect.

Follow this link for more information:

FAC Newsletter – January

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Attached please find this month’s issue of the FAC Newsletter. The focus this month on is self-care and being deployment ready as a family.

FAC Newsletter- January 2019.pdf

As always, if I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to continuing to work with you, thank you for everything you do!

Sincerely,

Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor
MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181
Yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil

April – Month of Military Child (MOMC)

Please see attached and below the information for April Month of the Military Child Activities.

Come celebrate the Month of the Military Child on Friday, April 12th at the Mall of America. Activities include:

  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
  • face painting
  • character appearances
  • photo booth,
  • air brush tattoos
  • YMCA Youth activities and more

Beginning Monday, March 18th Registration will open for the Nickelodeon Universe Wristbands and Build A Bears tickets.

Additionally, many activities will be available and advertised during the month of April.  See the attached flyers for:

  • Family Programs Art contest
  • Photo Contest
  • Register to receive a letter from the Governor.

2019 momc art contest.pdf

 

Laura Groeneweg
MN National Guard Contractor
Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
O: 651.268.8695
M: 651.242.6938
Laura.l.groeneweg.ctr@mail.mil

Minnesota Wild Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Night 

Welcome to the 6th Annual Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night with the MN Wild! Thank you for your continued support of this great organization. This year’s ticket package will include a new custom designed T- Shirt, pre-game on-ice photo, and entry into raffle for autographed items and game experiences. Plus, a portion of each ticket will be donated back to St Paul Beyond The Yellow Ribbon. The first 1,000 tickets purchased will also receive a BTYR Draw String Bag from Hiway Federal Credit Union. Please share this offer to help support a great night and great cause! For additional questions or support, please reach out to Matt Sayre at (651) 312 – 3479 or via email at msayre@wild.com.

WHAT: 6th Annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Night on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 vs. Los Angeles!  Ticket package offer to service members, veterans and military families.

To get access to the offer, simply click on the link: https://offer.fevo.com/beyond-the-yellow-ribbon-fe4f56b?ref=MSAYRE     Limited packages so get yours soon!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7PM

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(O) 651.282.4002
(C) 651.955.3108

Breakfast with Santa on December 15 in Arden Hills – Free for Military Families

Breakfast with Santa in Arden Hills

As a thank you to military service members and their families, the City of Arden Hills would like to extend an invitation to:

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 15

9:30 – 11:30 am

Arden Hills City Hall

Ages 1 – 10 (other family is welcome)

Fee: waived for family of service members serving in Arden Hills/Ramsey county

Breakfast will include donuts, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee; craft, games and a photo op with Santa.

Please contact Joe at jvaughan@cityofardenhills.org for additional information and to register.

Sincerely,
Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor
Strategic Resources, Inc.
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MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Office: 651-282-4055
Mobile:612-382-4181
Yolonda.m.vonitter.ctr@mail.mil