Jim Blossey takes helm as VFW Post 8870 installs new officers
At its May meeting, VFW Post 8870 installed newly-elected officers who will assume their year-long terms in June.
Jim Blossey was installed as Commander, replacing Fred Apgar who has served as Post Commander for the past two years. Under Apgar’s leadership, the post has experienced significant growth in membership, enhanced fundraising efforts to increase support to veterans in need, expanded the post’s visibility in community programs, established the Freedom Scholarship for four deserving graduating seniors, and participated in Edmond’s planning of the newly created Veterans Plaza.
The newly installed officers for VFW Post 8870 are:
Commander Jim Blossey
Senior Vice Commander Chris Edwards
Junior Vice Commander Terry Crabtree
Quartermaster Dennis Peterson
Surgeon Al Boyett
Chaplain Fred Apgar
Judge Advocate Don Stapleton
Third Year Trustee Daniel White
Members of the VFW Post were installed by District 1 Commander Jim Traner, who is also Past Commander of Post 8870.
Prior to the installation ceremony, the post recognized several of its members for their long years of membership in VFW. Robert Crosby has been a member of VFW for 50 years, and Joe Kuchiniski joined VFW 35 years ago. Those whose membership has spanned 30 years are Wilson Burrill, William Garber, Billy Johnson, Jack Mowat and Thomas Schulstad, and Rick Kane (posthumously). At the start of the meeting, the post charter was draped to honor the memory of Rick Kane, and his widow Lucy was presented with his 30-year pin and patch.
Apgar also read a letter of thanks from the Commander of VFW Post 1561 (Arlington), Willy Hughes, for the $2,000 donation that the Edmonds Post made to assist veterans and family members who were impacted by the Oso mudslide. The Arlington post has assumed a leadership role in providing much needed assistance to active duty personnel and veterans whose lives have been changed, forever, by the natural disaster.