At The Rocket

John A. Collier Sr. - 10/5/2020


VFW Post 4534



Greetings Rocket Post,


     Happy Monday Everyone, I have had a few phone calls over the weekend asking why we shut the post down for two weeks. As I wrote in the short letter, we have had a few positive covid-19 tests and we want to ensure everyone’s safety and hope that each and every one of you get tested to ensure you are ok. With that being said, some phone calls were to let me know they were negative and others were to let me know they were also positive.


     There were a few comments on the Facebook page saying that there are other veteran organizations open so they will just go there. I want to caution everyone that the members of our post also go to these other veteran organizations. The point of shutting down the post for two weeks is to give everyone a chance to get better and in 2 weeks when we do re-open everyone should be free of the virus. That’s the goal anyway. I would never ask anyone to stay home and isolate unless you are positive but if you are in contact with anyone that has tested positive I would hope you find the time to get tested and ensure before you go anywhere that you are not positive. The only way to stop this and ensure our members safety is through honesty and testing.


     None of us at the post will share your name with anyone but if you are around others and you know you are positive or you have been in contact with someone who is positive please keep your distance and wear your mask.


     Over this past weekend I knew I had been in contact with 9 people that tested positive in the past week. I made it a point to tell friends that my wife and I will be keeping our distance for their safety until we got our results yesterday, which were both negative. The test is easy and I believe it is free for anyone. It is simple enough to walk into MEDFAST and get the test done for your own peace of mind. I think I will continue to get one a week because I do work every day and I am around people I do not know most days. Also keep in mind it is not just people but touching anything that others touch. Wash your hands! Use that sanitizer provided all over the place. Be mindful what you touch.


     Now on to happy news! We will re-open on Sunday 18 October. We will have burgers and dogs. We will have Bingo. Between now and then, as always, our post will be sanitized from the hall to the canteen to the kitchen and including the screen room as it has been daily for months now. You can rest assured the Rocket Post is cleaned every single day.


     24 October, Saturday 8:00 AM thru 3:00 PM I need volunteers to help get the post cleaned up. This will include inside and outside. We are looking at some areas that need paint; the screen room needs to be cleaned top to bottom as well as all the furniture. The ditch behind the screen room needs to be cleared. Those that helped last year know that with more help it is really an easy task. I hope to have as much help and more this year.


     I will talk about this for the next 4 weeks! 7 November our Auxiliary is putting on our first annual Fall Festival. This will include both bars being open from 4-10 PM and a live band outside from 6-9 pm. This is going to be a fantastic afternoon and evening. The auxiliary has put a lot of thought into this event and I think it is going to be one of the best events we have had in a great while. Tell your friends and your family and if you know of any veterans out there have them grab their DD-214 and come by because we will also be having a membership drive that afternoon. You do not want to miss this.


Have a wonderful week.                                                 


Sunday 04 Oct.           CLOSED


Monday 05 Oct.          CLOSED


Tuesday 06 Oct.         CLOSED


Wednesday 07 Oct.    CLOSED


Thursday 08 Oct.        CLOSED


Friday 09 Oct.             CLOSED


Saturday 10 Oct.         CLOSED


Sunday 11 Oct.           CLOSED


On the Radar:                      


Oct. 2020

Oct. 09 Fri. Rockin Robbin

Oct. 16 Fri. Karaoke Connie

Oct. 23 Fri. Barefoot Brenda

Oct. 24 Sat. 8:00 AM thru 3:00 PM Fall Clean up (See notes above)

Oct. 30 Fri. Rockin Robbin

Oct. 31 Sat. Halloween Party 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with Rockin Robbin

Nov. 07 Sat. Fall Festival 4:00 to 10:00 PM Live band 6-9 outside.




                                                                        John A. Collier Sr.

                                                                        VFW Post 4534 Life member

                                                                        Sr. Vice Commander

House Committee Chairman

Entertainment Chairman

(407) 271-9238