Website last updated 3/30/20

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, April 7th meeting CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Status of May monthly meeting TBA.

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    Next Sunday breakfast ~ Sunday, April 12th breakfast CANCELLED due to COVID-19 restrictions and advisories.  Status of our May breakfast TBA.

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Check out the Calendar page and the "Adjutant's Corner" on the Communications page for upcoming February, 2020 meetings, ceremonies and celebrations.
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     Post members and some of the award recipients at our annual Awards Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building on January 28th 2020.  Left to Right - Jason Shepherd, James Pullin from Sierra Ridge Middle School, Rich Heeller, Dennis Haas, JVC Jim Wassner, SVC Veronica Salter, Lauralee Flannery, Aedyn Caron from Ponderosa High School, Abigail Mulhollen from Sierra Ridge, Commander Bob Kinzel,  Service Officer Rich Meagher, Chaplain Jim Goodspeed and Adjutant Dave Sauvé




Left - Our "Teacher of the Year" award winner Kim West of Sierra Ridge Middle School and Commander Kinzel.  Right - Diane Hernancez of the Placerville Garden Club, Commander Kinzel, SVC Veronica Salter and Susie King of the Placerville Garden Club at our 1/28/20 Awards Ceremony.

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    Our Service Officer/Breakfast Cashier Rich Meagher reports that our 3/8/20 "Second Sunday Community Breakfast" was somewhat of a success.  We fed 111 adults, 9 workers and 7 paid children.  The brisk, wet, windy weather, the coronavirus scare and the time change didn't seem to affect the turnout adversly as much as we anticipated. 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 7:01 PM with 24 members and 2 guests present. 
       The minutes of the 2/4/20 meeting were approved as published and the Quartermaster's report was approved as read by QM Squier (subject to audit).  Service Officer Meagher thanked Victor Mansfielf for delivering several loads of firewood to a local disabled veteran. He also mentioned that more firewood is needed for local veterans an that he could use some help moving into his new place. 
        Dick Akin's reported that his wife Neva is from Marshall Hospital where she had a pacemaker installed and is resting comfortably.  Trustee Joe Young just returned from a short stay at Marshall Hospital yesterday, and Len Squier III is having additional tests, with results forthcoming tomorrow.
       Under unfinished business, Dick Akin reported that the MG Collins uniform display in the East room was finished and the family will participate in a viewing a ceremony soon.  All veterans and organizations will be invited.  Commander Kinzel gave a short bio of our "Scout of the Year" winner, Jacob Van Spanje.  We approved a donation check to award to Jake when he receives his award at the April 7th meeting.  SVC Salter mentioned the possibility of having a meeting/potluck at her ranch in May.
      Under new business, we conducted the first round of nominations for Post officers for the 2020-2021 year which begins July 1st 2020.  No new nominations were tendered for the elected positions, with the exception of a change in the Chaplain position.  Jason Shepherd has agreed to accept the Chaplain position and Jim Goodspeed will replace Rich Meagher as Service Officer.  We voted unanimously to fund a mostly veterans staffed Placerville Parks and Rec softball team that our comrade Craig Lorenzi plays on, and also approved financial help for SO/JA Meagher in order to get his van operational.

      Good of the Order included a successful show of hands to staff the upcoming (3/8/20) Sunday breakfast. Adjutant Sauvé thanked all the members who participated in the extensive and successful floor recovering project.  Craig Lorenzi mentioned free National Park admission to disabled veterans and also discounts at California State parks as well as a website that offers discounted and free tickets to entertainment and sporting events. SVC Salter announced free carriage rides in downtown Placerville on first Tuesdays, and Commander Kinzel offered his outstanding book "The Toll it Took" on a lending basis.  Jason Shepherd knows of two young men who need work trucks for under $5K.  Keep your eyes and ears open!
    We enjoyed outstanding corned beef, a spicy cabbage stew and potato salad prepared by Mac McAdams as well as dessert provided by SVC Salter and excellent home-made chocolate chip cookies by Steve Blackstock during social hour before the meeting.   
      Next meeting to be announced.  April 7th meeting CANCELLED due to COVID 19 restrictions and advisories.
Dave Sauvé, Adjutant