Once again, I deviate from the normal column news to report’on the untimely’passing of a Comrade who served our Post for many many years. ‘Comrade Leslie (Les) Tybo passed away unexpectedly March 23. He was a Life Member and served as our Post Commander on several occasions and as a bingo caller.’ Les also served as the McCulloch County Veterans Service office this past year; had worked for the City of Brady and was retired from the Volunteer Fire Department. He will be sorely missed by all’members of the Post.’ Three memorials have’been received in Les’ name, and an appropriate plaque to be hung in the Post Hall has been ordered by the Post Commander in’Les’ name. Additionally, a new sign pointing out directions to the VFW Post will be erected at the entrance of Memory Lane in his name. *** VFW Post 3234 Monthly Update’ Our’April 2’meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m., by Commander Clayton Moore. ‘Acting Officer of the Day Rick Melcer prepared the room for the salute to the colors and checked membership cards. ‘Acting Chaplain Mark Day offered the opening prayer. Commander Moore led all members in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag and read the ‘open for business purposes and objectives statement for the VFW.’ Roll call of post officers was conducted, and’Comrade’Norman West was absent.’Twelve members were in attendance. Adjutant John Lacy’read the minutes from the’March 6’meeting, and the minutes were accepted as read. ‘QM Mike Trollinger provided both the post financial report and the bingo financial report, and both reports were accepted as read. Acting Chaplain’Mark Day’offered a prayer to the VFW Child-ren’s Home. ‘Commander Moore opened the floor for a second reading on nominations for post officers for the 2007-2008 year. No’change to’nominations were received, and the nominations from the March meeting were closed and accepted as previously read. Nominations were as follows: ‘Commander, Clayton Moore; Senior Vice Commander, Alex Rivera; Junior Vice Commander, Paul Cude; Surgeon, Weldon Smith; Chaplain and Service Officer, Mark Day; Quartermaster, Mike Trollinger; Judge Advocate, Norman West;’ trustees, Leonard Westra, third year; Gene Williams, second year; Rick Melcer, first year. ‘Members discussed the vacancy at the McCulloch County Veterans Service office, and it appears that two interested individuals may wish to’fill the spot.’Ed Hernandez and Clayton Moore will determine which one of the two will submit an application. Members’are in agreement that either individual will be a welcome addition to the position.’The County Commissioner’s Court must approve any application made. ‘Members voted on and approved the following donations: ‘ $250.99 to the Brady’Sports Foundation for youth softball uniforms; ‘ $100 to the 4-H Shooting Sports for use at the state meet. ‘ Plaque’in memory of deceased member Leslie Tybo and a sign to be posted at the entrance to Memory Lane showing directions to VFW Post Hall. ‘ $20 to pay annual dues for Ladies’Auxiliary member, Betty McMillan.’ ‘Mark Day, Post Service Officer, requested that members contact their representative and senators’in support of maintaining troops on the ground in Iraq.’ ‘At the conclusion of the business meeting, Acting Officer of the Day’Melcer retired the colors, and Acting Chaplain’Day provided’the closing prayer. The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.’ Our next meeting will be held’May 1’at 7:30 p.m. *** ‘Bingo We invite’everyone who may be interested in playing bingo to come out each Thursday evening for’a session’of bingo. We are located on Memory Lane off U.S. Hwy. 87.’ Our games begin promptly at 7 p.m. and we usually have you on the way back home by no later than 8: 45 p.m.’ Light snacks and soft drinks are served by the Ladies Auxiliary.’ Our bingo coordinator has stated that if we can manage to have 100 paying persons at a bingo session each week, the post will increase the last jackpot game of the evening from $400-$500.’ With that challenge in mind, we ask you to’bring along a friend or two to’each bingo session.’See you there.