State of Michigan VFW awards first place to Imlay City’s post


IMLAY CITY — For their exemplary community service during the year 2020-2021, VFW Post 2492 members and Auxiliary earned 1st place honors in their division for the Michigan Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars Community Service Award.

Post Commander Bob Conrad was informed of the honor in a recent letter from Sunni Hagland, Community Service Director for the State of Michigan’s Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lansing.

Esteem Team member Abigail Koning holds microphone for Ernie Rabideau, 97, who serenaded audience with his stirring rendition of ‘Make the World Go Away.’

“On behalf of the Michigan Dept. of Veterans of Foreign Wars, thank you for all of your continued efforts to provide multi-levels of service and support to not only our fellow veterans, but to your community as well,” Hagland said in a hand-written letter. “We greatly appreciate all your hard work, and congratulations for finishing in first place in Division 1.”

The recent honors may have inspired Post 2492 and Auxiliary members to do even more to ensure that all local children and their families are able to enjoy the 2021 holiday season.

In another display of goodwill, Post 2492 made a $200 donation to Lapeer County’s Holiday Depot program, which allows needy local families to purchase Christmas gifts for their children.

The Post made another $200 donation to Imlay City resident Lois Woodworth’s annual Christmas program to benefit local foster children.

Additionally, a Toys-4-Tots gift barrel was placed inside the hall to collect toys, clothing, toiletries and other much-needed items for kids and families.

Christmas dinner

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, on Sunday, Dec. 5, Post 2492 Auxiliary members prepared a full-course Christmas dinner for guests and community members in attendance.

Commander Conrad took the opportunity to acknowledge the leadership and dedication of past Post 2492 Commanders, Phil Hunkele, Tom Davis and Harry ‘Butch’ Earehart, all of whom were present for the occasion.

During one of the highlights of the evening, Lapeer County Esteem Team members honored 97-year-old local veteran Ernie Rabideau for his distinguished service to the country during World War II.

After which, a full-voiced Rabideau entertained the large audience with his heartfelt rendering of the Ray Price/Eddy Arnold classic, ‘Make the World Go Away.’

Members wanted

Conrad reminded and encouraged all qualifying U.S. military veterans to join the organization.

He further acknowledged the Post’s current veterans and Auxiliary members for their sustained support in honoring America’s veterans community.

For more information, or to become a member of Post 2492, contact Bob Conrad at 810-614-7810 or 810-724-8114.