HAMEL VFW “1959 STYLE” DANCE SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD 

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.

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

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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

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

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:

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.
…Creating Powerful Solutions
An International Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certified
CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rated
Please visit: www.sri-hq.com
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

Minnesota Wild – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Night – Tues Jan 15th vs. Los Angeles

Welcome to the 6th Annual Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night! 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 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

HAMEL VFW NOVEMBER DINNER & DANCE!

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance Night on Saturday, November 17th. Food (Rose’s “Huge Hamburgers” are back) from 5:00-8:00 pm with music from 7:00-10:30. The Arcades are back on stage playing their great dance rock! Remember, we have a full hardwood ballroom floor. So come out for a lazy night of fun at The “V” because we all need a break! Call for reservation if you have a large party. Pass the word….
Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111

Voices of the Winona Armory Exhibit Opening Reception

On Monday, November 12, 4 -6 p.m., at the Winona County History Center, a new permanent exhibit will open highlighting the history of the 1915 Winona Armory, now part of the History Center and the Winona County Historical Society’s largest artifact.
This new permanent exhibit highlights the old Armory’s history, its special way of connecting military and civilians and how it still connects various members of the community as a museum today. The exhibit also features a short film with area community members, both civilian and veteran, sharing their memories and stories of the old Armory.
The Winona County Historical Society was awarded a Veterans Voices Grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center to do this project and are honored to partner with them and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Project to also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice, which later became Veterans Day, and thank our area military veterans and their families with a special reception and exhibit opening. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served with a cash bar, and the film screening with some special remarks will be at 5:15 p.m.
A special commemorative patch will be given out (as supplies last) that highlights the emblem still on the Armory main floor that was used for the 47th Infantry Division, known as the Viking Division, the local guard was Company C, Second Regiment.
This work is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Project partners are Engage Winona and Wenonah Creates.
Find more and plan your visit at http://www.winonahistory.org or call WCHS at 507.454.2723.