At The Rocket

John A. Collier Sr. - 9/13/2021


VFW Post 4534



Greetings Rocket Post,

     Another week in the books but this time it was not all fun. As you all know, Saturday the 11th of September, we remembered what happened here on our own soil 20 years ago. On that tragic day in 2001 we lost 2,977 innocent people and another 25,000 were injured. Of those, 246 were on the four planes, 2,606 were in the World Trade Centre and the surrounding area, and 125 were at the Pentagon. To this day a lot of us still ask why! All we can do in their honor is Never Forget and we will not. I am sure you saw the various ceremonies all over the country that were televised all day Saturday. I bet everyone remembers exactly what they were doing on 11 September 2001 at 8:46 in the morning, I know I do. May we all never forget!

     I want to send a huge thank you to our volunteers for the past Thursday, Friday and Sunday. You all make the post run like a well-oiled machine. For those that missed Evelyn’s breakfast Sunday morning I will tell you that you missed out big time. I ate like champ and I will not miss the next one either.

     I heard someone talking Saturday about how they wished we still had the dinners, "TO GO”, I thought, we still do. For those of you that did not know this, we offer our Thursday dinner, Friday dinner and even our Sunday lunch to go if you desire. We never stopped offering that.

     We have 5 tickets for the muscle car museum down in Melbourne. This Saturday the 18th at 6:30 PM they will be honoring Veterans and raising money for the Honor Flight. We at the Rocket Post have purchased 5 ticket sand will be raffling them off this Friday during dinner. If you are interested please come by the post this week and get your ticket for a chance to win one or more of these entry tickets. One raffle ticket is $10.00 and three raffle tickets is $20.00. Sorry for the short notice but we just received the tickets Saturday afternoon. You do not have to be present to win just fill out the back of your ticket and if you are one of the lucky 5 we will call you immediately after the drawing at 7:00 PM.

     NFL vs. Bingo! This is a topic that will probably be discussed for years to come and that’s ok. Eventually I hope everyone understands and appreciates that making every single person happy is virtually impossible. Just yesterday I was asked to turn the volume down on the television in the canteen so they could hear the bingo caller. As I have previously stated, any changes to the happenings in the canteen is up to the canteen associate who is volunteering. That being said all the canteen associates know that if there is one person watching a football game in the canteen they have the priority. There will be times, like yesterday when the folks watching the games did not need the volume and said they did not mind if the volume was turned down. In a situation like that it will be perfectly fine to turn the volume down on the game and turn on the speakers for the Bingo game. Please remember if there are those watching the games in the canteen they do have the priority in the canteen just like the Bingo game has priority in the hall.

     Coming up; Wednesday 29 September the kitchen is offering a special dinner. Beef Liver and Onions, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad and dessert. Please sign up in the canteen so Carl knows how much to prepare. Please sign up by 18 September.  

       The Patriot Pen Theme is "How Can I be a Good American?  This program is for 6th thought 8th grade.  It requires the student to write a paper between 300 and 400 words.

      The VOD Theme is "America: Where do we go from here?”  This program is for 9th through 12th grade.  It requires the student to record their speech on a CD or flash drive.  The speech must be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds)

     The Teacher of the Year application must describe in 350 words or less why the teacher promotes patriotism and their dedication to education and complete the nomination form.

     All forms must be received at the Post NLT 31 Oct 2021.

    If you have any questions please contact Lavonda Thompson at 330-201-1119.

Have a wonderful week.

Sunday 12 Sep.

NFL Ticket

1:00 – 3:00 PM Tailgate Menu

2:00 PM Bingo


Monday 13 Sep.

Fun day Monday

7:00 PM Pool League


Tuesday 14 Sep.

7:00 PM Paint Stick Bingo

7:00 PM Texas Hold’em


Wednesday 15 Sep.

1:00 PM Cards

5:30 PM House Committee Meeting

7:00 PM General membership meeting


Thursday 16 Sep.

2:00 PM Bingo

5:00 PM Rocket Tacos and more

6:30 PM Karaoke Connie


Friday 17 Sep.


1:00 PM Shuffleboard

5-7:30 PM Fish dinner baked or fried; Chicken Tenders is an option

7:30 PM Rockin Robbin Karaoke


Saturday 18 Sep.

1:00 PM Show me the Money

3:00 PM Celebration of Life (Hall Rented)

7:00 PM Pool League (Cancelled)


Sunday 19 Sep.

NFL Ticket First come First serve

1:00-3:00 PM Tailgate Menu


7:00 PM Close (Bartenders discretion)



On the Radar:  

23 Sept. Thurs. Bad to the Bone

24 Sept. Fri. Barefoot Brenda

25 Sept. Sat 10:30 AM M.F.C. monthly meeting

25 Sept. Sat. Barefoot Brenda

29 Sept. Wed. Special Dinner, Liver and Onions (Must Sign up)

30 Sept. Thurs. TBD

02 Oct. Sat. M.F.C. Luncheon 11:00 AM thru 3:00 PM (Hall Rented)

28 Oct. Thurs. Bad to the Bone

18 November 5 PM- ???? Hall Rental




                                                                        John A. Collier Sr.

                                                                        John A. Collier Sr.

                                                                        VFW Post 4534 Life member

                                                                        Sr. Vice Commander

                                                                        House Committee Chairman

Entertainment Chairman

(407) 271-9238



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