Website last updated 1/12/20

Welcome to VFW Camerado Post 10165

  On this page of our website you will find news of our most recent events, announcements of upcoming events, our meeting and breakfast times and place (and map), mailing address, etc.  Check out the "About," "Officers," and "Photos" pages for more information about our Post.    The "calendar" page is now up and running; if you have anything to add to the calendar, call or e-mail Dave Sauvé, our Post Adjutant and website administrator.  If you're interested in joining the VFW, click on "Join Us."  

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    Interested in joining our Post?  Or have a spouse interested in joining a VFW Auxiliary?  Go to the "Join Us" page for a special offer!!!

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 Check out the "Communications" page for current messages from our Post Commander, Adjutant and Service Officer as well as meeting notes from the most recent Veterans Memorial Building Council meeting
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   Any member who is not on our e-mail list and wishes to be added to the list please contact Adjutant Dave Sauvé at (530) 622-2564 or at our Post e-mail address:
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Next monthly meeting ~ Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.  Social hour starts at 6:00 PM, business meeting at 7:00 the lounge at the Veterans Memorial Building.

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    Next Sunday breakfast ~ Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at the VMB ~ 7:00 AM start.  Call Kitchen Commander Len Squier IV (647-2547) to help.

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Check out the Calendar page and the "Adjutant's Corner" on the Communications page for upcoming January, 2020 meetings, ceremonies and celebrations.
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Veterans_appreciation_lunch.png   Three members of our Post were honored at a veterans appreciation luncheon presented by the Marguerite Parlor #12, Native Daughters of the Golden West at the El Dorado Community Church on November 19th.  Find us in the picture above! - JVC Veronica Salter, Adjutant Dave Sauvé, and WWII Army veteran Salvadore Gigante. 
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      Kew Horton, wife and "Angel" of Post member John Horton, and PPC and current Chaplain Jim Goodspeed at the Cameron Park Safeway on Saturday, November 9th doing a gracious, well dressed and charming job of manning their "Buddy Poppy" fundraiser table.  We did very well during this weekend long effort to raise money for our relief fund.  Thanks to all who participated.

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    Memorial Day weekend events - Left, Jim Wassner installing a flag and cross at the Clarksville Cemetery (Hwy 50 and Joerger Cutoff Road) on Friday, May 24th.  Right, Adjutant Dave Sauvé decorating the downtown Placerville Vietnam Memorial with roses and flags on Saturday, May 25th. 

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    Our Service Officer/Breakfast Cashier Rich Meagher reports that our 1/12/20 "Second Sunday Community Breakfast" was a moderate success.  We fed 119 adults, 9 workers and 8 paid children.  The brisk weather didn't seem to affect the turnout adversly.  We had plenty of help in the kitchen and dining room. Thanks to all who pitched in!


   Veterans from our kitchen, dining room staff and customers saluting Post member Steve Blackstock at his "Quilt of Valor" award at our 5/12/19 breakfast.  Left to Right: Trustee Rich Heller, Commander Bob Kinzel, Guard Glenn Lewis, Post member Bob Walsh, member Dennis Haas, Adjutant Dave Sauve, Post member Bill Vannoy and Service Office/Judge Advocate Rich Meagher.

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           Commander Kinzel opened the meeting at 7:02 PM with 22 members and 2 guests present.  We introduced and voted to accept two new members to the Post - Army veteran (38 years) Lauralee Flannery and Army and USMC veteran Shelby Falls.  All officers were present or accounted for. 
     The minutes of the 11/5/19 and 12/3/19 meetings were approved as published and the Quartermaster's report was approved as read by QM Squier (subject to audit).  Service Officer Meagher reported on his assistance to several veterans with financial help for restoring phone service, replacing lost I.D. at the DMV and moving expenses.  He also detailed the ongoing "firewood for vets" programs. 
       It was reported that Dick Akin's wife Neva had just returned home from a stay at Marshall Hospital, SVC Len Squier III was dealing with a cancer diagnosis but getting better day to day.  Jason Shepherd returned to the fold with a new titanium hip and claims to be 100%.  Chaplain Goodspeed is going to have carotid artery surgery on 1/9/20 at Marshall.  Our Charter was draped in honor of the passing of Post member Dennis Forni. 
       Buddy Poppy Chairman Vic Mansfield reported on the outstanding success of our Veterans Day weekend fundraiser and thanked all involved.  The Post thanked him in return for his hard work and organizational expertise.  Under unfinished business, Commander Kinzel reported on the results of the "Patriots Pen" and "Voice of Democracy" essay contests and announced that we would be having an awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 28th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to present the winners with certificates and checks.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
     Under new business, Commander Kinzel announced that the Post needs to replace Len Squier III as SVC due to his continual health challenges, and that JVC Veroncia Salter had volunteered to step up.  The leaves a vacancy at JVC, and Jim Wassner raised his hand to fill that position for the remainder of the 2019-2020 term.  Commander Kinzel displayed the "Teacher of the Year" award for Kim West of Sierra Ridge Middle School and we voted to reward her fine work and dedication during the "Patriots Pen" project with a check. 
      Good of the Order included Adjutant Sauvé reading a thank-you letter from the Boys and Girls club and asking for volunteers to staff the kitchen and dining room for the 1/12/20 breakfast.  Commander Kinzel mentioned the upcoming (2/1/20) District 17 monthly meeting and a art presentation in Diamond Springs on 1/21/20 dedicated to portraits of women veterans.  Jason Shepherd donated his new "big wheel" wheelchair that he got from Mather VA to anyone who needs it.  Commander Kinzel adjourned the meeting at 7:43 PM and John Horton (again!) won the 50/50 attendance drawing.  We enjoyed outstanding chili prepared by Lauralee Flannery with corn bread by the Adjutant and home-made chocolate chip cookies by Steve Blackstock after the meeting.   
      Next meeting is Tuesday, January 7th, 2020.
Dave Sauvé, Adjutant