The Lake Chautauqua Memorial Post 8647 Veterans of Foreign Wars mourns the loss of Donald Skellie, who was Post Commander for several years. Members are very grateful for all the work he put into the Post and will always honor his memory. Military honors were by VFW Post 8647, Men's Auxiliary; VFW Posts represented were from Westfield 6764, Ripley 2769, and William L. Travis American Legion Post 493 of Mayville. Commander-Elect Paul Holthouse presented a 5'x8' U.S. Flag to the Chautauqua Golf Club honoring their 100th year in memory of Commander Donald Skellie.
Election of officers for the 2014-2015 year are as follows: Paul Holthouse, Commander; Leonard Neckers, Sr. Vice Commander; Gary Counts, Jr. Vice Commander; F. Wayne Dunbar, Quartermaster and Adjutant; Edward Cannon, Chaplain; Leonard Neckers, Service Officer and Judge Advocate; Hobart Damico, Surgeon; and Trustees are Janet Derbish, Richard Thomas and Wesley Weise.
The Post was surprised and awarded "Best of Mayville Award" that was recently announced in the April-June 2014 New York State Overseas Veteran newspaper.
Commander Holthouse and Ladies Auxiliary President Deborah Cenni recently attended Chautauqua Lake and Sherman Central Schools to present awards to the following:
VFW Americanism Award Molly Hindman and Charity Ludwig of CLCS and Alexis Oehlbeck and Joseph Spacht of SCS; VFW Achievement Award MacKensie Byerly of CLCS and Abigail Kuhn of SCS; VFW Armed Services Award Ben Lawson entering the USAF and Calista Smith entering the US Army, both from CLCS; and the Wesley W. Weise Jr. Scholarship Award Emilie R. Christie of CLCS and Jordan R. Boland of SCS.
Lake Chautauqua Memorial Post 8647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the William L. Travis Post 493 American Legion of Mayville held Memorial Day services on Monday, May 26 at the Mayville cemetery. Master of Ceremonies was Raymond Cenni, VFW Men's Auxiliary, along with Commander-Elect Holthouse of Post 8647 and Commander Scott Dearing, Post 493 conducting the services. Chautauqua County Council VFW and District 6 VFW level CLCS teacher Michael Rohlin, who was awarded the 2014 VFW Citizen Teacher of the Year, gave the keynote address "Why We Must Remember" and CLCS Band under the direction of David Lloret played several patriotic selections.
On June 14, Flag Day, both veteran organizations held a flag retirement ceremony at the VFW Post 8647. Boy Scout Troop 126 was represented, along with the Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries. The ceremony was conducted by both Post Commanders Holthouse and Dearing, and officers from each Post. Some who attended the service had never witnessed such a service, and it was very meaningful.
Worn or faded flags can be turned into your local veterans' organization for proper disposal.
Recently, Commander Holthouse of the VFW attended the Chautauqua Co. Council, District 6 and Department of NY Veterans of Foreign Wars conventions.
Members participated in the July 4th parade. Upcoming events include the family picnic and the golf benefit for the Mayville Food Pantry in August. The golf event will be in memory of Commander Skellie, who chaired this tournament for the last 15 years. Call 753-2444 to sign up for the tournament.