Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest
Who: Contest is open to Active Duty Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Army Spouse or U.S. Army Retiree children preschool through twelfth grade.
What:Tell us what it means to be a military child through a drawing (ages 3 – 3rd grade) or essay (4th-12th grade).
When: Now thru April 30th
For more info and to enter visit: https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/family-assist/month-military-child/young-lives-big-stories/ylbs-faq
HAMEL VFW DINNER & DANCE APRIL 20TH
The Hamel VFW is hosting a “Dinner & Dance Night” this Saturday, April 20th. Food 5-8:00 with music by The Arcades from 7-10:30. Stop in for dinner and enjoy fun night. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again. It’s been way too long! Please call for reservations if you have a large group.
Jim Heimerl (651) 261-3111
Good news in this time era is always helpful to one’s spirit! The attached video on CCX Media highlights the Hamel VFW’s recent project to renovate their restrooms and make them ADA compliant. PBYR is delighted to have been able to help in this project!
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
The Hamel VFW is throwing a back to the 50’s Style Dinner & Dance on Saturday, March 23rd. We’ll serving a “malt shop dinner”. There’s going to be free dance lessons at 6:30 ( by TC Swing), prizes for best costumes and more. The Arcades will be playing their great classic rock. This is one you don’t want to miss!
Last year this event was a complete sellout. Call for reservations if you have a large group and get there early.
The Heinzen-Ditter VFW is remodeling their restrooms to make them ADA compliant and to deal with the age, mobility problems and disabilities experienced by elderly Veterans.
PBYR will assist the VFW with monetary support for this project. If anyone with construction experience that would like to further donate some time and expertise to assist the VFW with this project, please coordinate directly with Bernie Stein.
Bernie and I have reviewed costs and material. All were expertly put together as Bernie has significant experience with managing engineering projects. Bernie is a West Point grad and currently serves as the VFW’s quartermaster. This project includes 3 restrooms: men, women and family — all meeting ADA guidelines.
Home Depot has contributed $3000 to date and it is unknown whether they will contribute more. Some of the estimated costs may be increased or reduced due to Home Depot’s military discount applies to some items and not others. I reviewed the paperwork and plans and believe this project is a go from all perspectives. The following is the plan :
PBYR makes an immediate $5000.00 donation to the VFW. PBYR will review the additional amount needed for the project as construction progresses with Bernie and give another donation after clarification of final costs and Home Depot’s total grant contribution and discount.
PBYR will present a Plaque to be displayed at the VFW after all construction is completed. Gary will coordinate with Sun Sailor as needed as they want a picture of PBYR presenting the plaque.
This project meets the mission of PBYR and will help Veterans for many years. PBYR would not have been able to help without the yearly support and trust of the Plymouth Lions!! Hug a Lion if you see one!!
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Yolonda Von Itter
Family Assistance Specialist Contractor
MN National Guard Readiness Center
1536 Ben Franklin Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112
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
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
Group Sales Coordinator
317 Washington Street * St. Paul, MN 55102
Direct: (651) 312-3486 * Fax: (651) 726-8246
Ellyn E. Emde
1LT, AG, MNARNG
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program OIC
MN Family Programs, J1
147th Human Resources Company
Rear Detachment Commander
Arden Hills, MN
Troops To Teachers Program
WHO: Current military members, retired, and honorably separated military personnel
WHAT: Troops To Teachers Program
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
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
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 email@example.com
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!!!