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I may not always believe in and trust our government, but I will ALWAYS believe and trust the American Soldier.  You have taken a sacred oath to protect the many FREEDOMS that so many of us take for granted.  Please understand that I am grateful for your sacrifice(s) and your service on my behalf.  It is an honor to call you "My Countrymen".

 
 
   
 

DEPARTMENT OFFICERS

 
 
 
 
 
Matthew David
Post: 423
Army
mdavid@vfwmi.org
State Commander
I entered the US Army in July of 1984 as an armor crewman. Was stationed at Fort Polk, LA before being assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment , 2nd Infantry Div,  Camp Casey, Korea where I earned my eligibility for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Upon completion of my enlistment in 1988, I joined the Michigan Army National Guard. I attended Central Michigan University where I joined ROTC and earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant of Armor in the Michigan National Guard. I was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 246th Armored Regiment where I served as a Tank Platoon Leader, ultimately becoming the Company Executive Officer before leaving the military. I joined C. Robert Arvin VFW Post 2408 in March of 2003 and in traditional VFW custom was nominated as post jr. vice commander at my first meeting and subsequently elected the following month. Moving through the chairs, I was nominated and elected post commander in 2004 and lead the post to achieve All State in 2005-2006. In 2007 I transferred to the Graf-O'hara Post 423 in Ann Arbor. In 2006 I was elected as 6th district jr. vice commander. Moving though the chairs, I became the 6th district commander for 2008-2009 where I lead the district to become an All State and All American district.I have been married to the love of my life, Ivette, for 8 years. Between us, we have 3 sons ages 22, 17, and 13. I have been employed at Liebherr Gear Technology as the spare parts manager for 20 years.
   
   
 
Phil Patterson
Post: 6695
Army
ppatterson@vfwmi.org
State Sr. Vice Commander
My name is Phil Patterson; I am married and have four beautiful children and a grandson. My wife is Lynn Patterson, daughters Bailey(20), Madelyn(16), Emma(7) my son Luke(2) and a grandson Kaiden(1).

I joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 1987; I served Operation Desert Storm 1990-91 and Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2004-05 where I served as the Shop Foreman and Platoon Sergeant. In 2008 I was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8) and in 2010 I retired at that rank from the 46th Military Police Command where I served as the Maintenance Supervisor.

I am a Life Member of VFW Post 6695 located in Plymouth, Michigan.
   
   
 
Mike Fineis
Post: 3055
Marines
Mfineis@vfwmi.org
Department Jr Vice Commander
   
   
 
Lynn Patterson
Post: 6695
Army
vfwqm@vfwmi.com
Department Adjutant/Quartermaster
I enlisted in Army in 1996 until 2009. In 2005 I was deployed to Iraq where I earned my eligibility to the VFW. I joined the VFW in 2009 as a Post Quartermaster until 2014. While Post Quartermaster The Post achieved All-State and All-American. I was the District Quartermaster from 2011- 2012. I held the honorable position as State Quartermaster from 2012- 2013, half 2013-2014. I was re-elected February 2015. On the National level I was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Women's Veterans Committee 2010- 2011, I continued to serve on the committee until 2013.  I am a Life member of VFW Post 6695 located in Plymouth, Michigan.

I am married and have four beautiful children. My husband Phil Patterson, daughters Bailey(20), Madelyn(16) and Emma(7) and my son Luke(2).

   
   
 
Jennifer Smith
Post: 701
Army
chaplin@vfwmi.org
Department Chaplain
Welcome to the VFW Dept. of Michigan Website. Most of you already know my bona fides. Really, the only important point to note here is that my goal remains to serve others as I can, offering spiritual assistance, ethical inspiration, and comfort as needed. My Department email address is chaplain@vfwmi.org but please contact me via my private one at jsmith7148@aol.com; I check it often.

We also have a VFW Dept. of MI State Chaplain's Facebook page for members:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/247781718748883/    You will be sent a private message (messages; 'filtered') to ensure you are a VFW Dept. of MI Comrade and/or Aux. member. The page relates to Department Officers and is (hopefully) uplifting for all. 
 
My brothers and sisters-in-arms, please continue your worthy efforts of selfless service and know your dedication helps maintain our great legacy of patriotism; With positive change coming to each District /County Council/ Post, and/or from person-to-person with each act of giving. Let's make 2016-17 another time that touches lives with care, uplifts the spirits of those in need, and renews our patriotic purpose.  
 
Blessings and Thanks,
 
Chaplain Smith+
   
   
 
Jerry Smith
Post: 6134
Marines
surgeon@vfwmi.org
State Surgeon
United States Marine Corps 1970-1997, Retired Master Sergeant (E-8)

Viet Nam,1972-1974, USS Coral Sea, Libya Raid, 1984-1985

First Gulf War 19891990
USS Guam, Bosnia, Mogadishu, 1990
USS Nassau, Haiti Uprising 1994,Detachment Sergeant Major
Operation, Deny Flight Aviano Italy 1995
 
Community Awards:
Veteran of the Year, Wayland Michigan
Leadership Award, Wayland, Michigan
Patriotism ward, Wayland Michigan
 
VFW Experience:
Department Hospital Chairman 2008-2011
District 8 Commander 2011-2012
Post Commander 2009-2011
 
Selected 5 Times National Convention, Veterans Services Resolution, Committee Member
   
   
 
Kevin Conklin
Post: 6248
Army
judge@vfwmi,org
State Judge Advocate
   
   
 
Paul Pirlot
Post: 4230
Air Force
paul.pirlot@va.gov
Department Service Officer Director

   
   
 
Joseph Tebor
Post: 6695
cs@vfwmi.org
Department Community Director
   
   
 
 
 

DISTRICT OFFICERS

 
 
 
 
 
Gary Gamble
Post: 345
Marines
ggamble345@sbcgobal.net
District 4 Commander
   
   
 
Robert Caldwell
Post: 6695
Army
District 4 - Sr. Vice Commander
District Appointments:
District 4- Assistant Inspector
   
   
 
James Johns (aka JJ)
Post: 9363
jaj48192@yahoo.com
District 4 Jr. Vice Commander
District Appointments:
District 4- Assistant Inspector
   
   
 
Michael Martin
Post: 1136
Air Force
eagle6705@comcast.com
District 4 Quartermaster
District 4 Appointments:
District 4- Inspector
   
   
 
Eric Bell
Post: 345
Marines
roadrunnerdaddy@hotmail.com
District 4 - Trustee 1 Year
District Appointments:
 
District 4 - National Home Chairman
District 4 Military Order of the Cootie Liaison
 
 
 
   
   
 
Ray Lopez
Post: 1136
Marines
r.lopez38@sbcgobal.net
district 4 Trustee 2 year
District Appointments:
District 4 Assistant Inspector
   
   
 
Joseph Tebor
Post: 9941
Army
cs@vfwmi.org
District 4 Trustee 3 year
District 4 Appointments:
District 4 - Community Service Chairman
   
   
 
Dave Endyke
Post: 7546
Army
endykedavid@gmail.com
District 4 Adjutant
   
   
 
Matthew Dzikowicz
Post: 1136
Army
sapperjuggernaut@gmail.com
District 4 - Chaplain
   
   
 
Jennifer Heraty
Post: 1136
Navy
navyjenn26@yahoo.com
District 4 Surgeon
District 4 Appointments:
District 4 Honor Guard
District 4 Membership Committee
 
   
   
 
Roger Fater
Post: 9363
Army
strohs-me@charter.net
District 4 - Judge Advocate
District Appointments:
District 4- Assistant Inspector
   
   
 
Paul Pirlot
Post: 4230
Air Force
paul.pirlot@va.gov
District 4 Service Officer
   
   
 
John Kowalczik
Post: 1136
Marines
jkowalczik@sbcglobal.net
District 4 Chief of Staff
   
   
 
Joe Kanthack
Post: 1136
Navy
District 4 Chief of Staff Asst
   
   
 
 
 

POST OFFICERS

 
 
 
 
 
Eric Engelmeier
Post: 78
Post Commander
PVT. James D. Donovan VFW Post 78
is located at 25620 Van Born Road, Dearborn Heights MI 48125
  
  
Main: 313 292-2070
Clubroom: 313 292-2070
Hall Rental: 313 930-3688 
 
VFW Membership Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday at 7pm.
VFW Auxiliary Meetings are held 3rd Wednesday at 7pm.
   
   
 
John Swek
Post: 345
vfwpost345@gmail.com
Post Commander
Hubert-Fortiers-O'Grady VFW Post 345 
is located at 37345 Schoolcraft Redford Township, MI 48239
 
 
Main Number: 313-538-6294
Clubroom: 313 538-1806
Fax: 313 534-4037
Hall Rental: 313 58-6294
 
VFW Membership meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 7pm
VFW Auxiliary Meetings are held 1st Monday at 7pm.
 
   
   
 
Mike Ball
Post: 552
Post Commander
Benjamin V. Goodell VFW Post 552
is located at 1125 Fort, Lincoln Park, MI 48146
 
 
VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday at 7pm.
VFW Auxiliary meets on 1st Thursday at 7pm.
 
Main: (313) 383-4505
Clubroom: (313 383-4505
Hall Rental: 313 930-3658
   
   
 
Cliff Harris
Post: 1136
Marines
Post Commander
City of Wyandotte VFW Post 1136 
is located at 633 Ford Avenue,Wyandotte, MI 48192
 

VFW Membership Meetings are held on 3rd Wednesday at 7pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on 2nd Tuesday at 7pm.
  
Main: (734)282-2008
Clubroom: (734) 282-2008
Hall Rental: (734)282-2008
Fax: 734 283-9074
   
   
   
 
Barry Teagan
Post: 1519
Post Commander
Grand River and Police/Firefighters VFW Post 1519
meets at VFW Post 4012 located at 438 South Main Street, Northville MI 48167.
 
MAP 
 
VFW Membership meetings are held the 1st Thursday at 7pm.
   
   
 
Richard Williams
Post: 1888
Post Commander
City of Trenton VFW Post 1888
is located at 2763 Veterans Parkway, Trenton, MI 48183
 

Phone: (734) 676-9330
Clubroom: (734) 676-9330
Hall Rental: (734) 676-9330
 
VFW Membership Meetings are held on 2nd Wednesday at 7pm.
VFW Auxiliary Meetings are held on 2nd Tuesday at 7pm.
   
   
 
Peter Borella
Post: 2107
Post Commander

3001 S Telegraph Rd
Dearborn, MI 48124-3241
United States

Phone: (313) 562-9090

Meeting Location & Time

3001 S Telegraph Rd
Dearborn, MI 48124-3241
United States

6:00 PM 3rd Monday

   
   
 
Bobby Hamilton
Post: 2233
Post Commander

18651 Mound Rd
Detroit, MI 482342547
United States

Phone: (313) 893-9801

Meeting Location & Time

18651 Mound Rd
Detroit, MI 482342547
United States

11:00 AM 4th Saturday

   
   
 
Timothy Carpenter
Post: 3323
Post Commander
Harris/Kehrer VFW Post 3323 
is located at 1055 S. Wayne Road Westland MI 48186
 
  
VFW Membership Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday at 8pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership Meetings are held on 2nd Tuesday at 7pm.
 
Main: 734-326-3323
Clubroom: 734-326-3323
Hall Rental: 734-326-3323
   
   
 
Gerald Genette
Post: 3941
Army
Post Commander
City of Livonia VFW Post 3941 
is located at 31611 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, MI 48152
  
 
VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday at 7pm.
 
Main number is 734-466-8556
   
   
 
Mark Newman
Post: 4012
Post Commander
City of Northville VFW Post 4012
is located at 438 South Main Street Northville, MI 48167
 
 
VFW Meetings are held 1st Tuesday at 7pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership Meetings are held on 2nd Tuesday at 7pm.
 
Main number: 248-348-1490
Clubroom number: 248-348-1490
Hall Rental: 248-348-1490 
 
   
   
 
Llyod Queen
Post: 4230
Post Commander
Rock of Gilbraltar VFW Post 4230
is located at 35427 W. Jefferson Ave Rockwood, MI 48173
 

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday at 10am

Main Number: (734) 379-9190
Clubroom: (734) 379-9190
Hall Rental: (734) 379-9190 
    
   
   
 
John Myers
Post: 4422
Post Commander
Conroy/Renye/McNeil VFW Post 4422
is located at 11590 Pine Street, Taylor, MI 48180
 
 
VFW Membership Meetings are held on 3rd Monday at 7pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on 2nd Monday at 7pm. 
 
Main Number 7347 287-6144
Clubroom: 734 287-6144
Hall Rental: 734 287-6144
   
   
 
Robert Krouse
Post: 4434
Post Commander
Huron River VFW Post 4434
is located at 44170 Bemis Rd, Belleville, MI 48111
 
 

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the LAST Monday of the month at 7:30pm

Main Number: 734 697-0505
   
   
 
Tommy Pierce
Post: 4553
Post Commander
Kozdron/Zeyer VFW Post 4553
is located at 2501 Campbell, Detroit, MI 48209
 
MAP 

VFW Membership Meetings are held on 4th Sunday at 2:00 pm
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on 3rd Saturday at 3pm. 
 
Main number: 313 554-9583
Clubroom: 313 554-9583
   
   
 
Karol Clampitt
Post: 5572
Post Commander
Cpl. Lambert Pfeiffer Jr. VFW Post 5572
6737 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101

 
 

VFW Membership Meetings are held on 2nd Wednesday at 7pm

   
   
 
Clyde Rains
Post: 6695
Post Commander
Mayflower-Lt. Gamble VFW Post 6695
is located at 1426 S. Mill St. Plymouth, MI 48170
 
MAP 
 
VFW Membership Meetings are held on  2nd Tuesday at 7 pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on 1st Tuesday at 7pm
 
Main Number: 734 459-6700
Fax: 734 459-1583
Clubroom: 734 459-6700
Hall Rental: 734 459-6700
 
   
   
 
John Welchman
Post: 6896
Marines
vfw6896@sbcgilobal.net
Post Commander
Sgt. Stanley Romanowski VFW Post 6896 
Meets at Newburgh United Methodist Church at 36500 Ann Arbor Trail, Livonia, MI 48150
 

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday at 7pm

Commander's number is: 313 719-2784
  
   
   
 
Barry Van Engelen
Post: 7310
Post Commander
General William Knudsen VFW Post 7310
is located at 8840 Macomb Ave Grosse Ile MI 48138
 

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday at 7pm

Main number is 734-676-9026
   
   
 
David Endyke
Post: 7546
Post Commander
Pvt. John Lyskawa-Pvt. William P. Tutro VFW Post 7546
is located at 6828 Waverly Dearborn Heights MI 48127
  

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday at 7:30 pm
VFW Auxiliary Membership Meets on the 3rd Monday at 7pm.

Main number: 313 274-4666
Clubroom: 313 274-4666
Hall Rental: 313 598-3700
 
   
   
 
Emmanual Paravas
Post: 9283
Post Commander
City of Southgate VFW Post 9283
is located at 16200 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, MI 48195
  
  
VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday at 8pm
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on 2nd Monday at 7pm.

Main number: 734 282-0605
Clubroom: 734 282-0605
Hall Rental: 734 282-0605
 
   
   
 
James Zeh
Post: 9363
Post Commander
Miller/Strawn VFW Post 9363
is located at 25570 Telegraph Rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134
  

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Monday at 7:30 pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on the 2nd Monday at 7 pm.
 
Main number: 734 782-9277
Clubroom: 734 782-9277
Hall Rental: 734 782-9277
   
   
 
Mike Santamour
Post: 9568
Post Commander
Romulus VFW Post 9568
is located at 39270 Huron River Drive, Romulus, MI 48174
  

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 4th Sunday at 12:30 pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on the 1st Tuesday at 6 pm.
 
 
Main number: 734 941-3030
Clubroom: 734 941-3030
Hall Rental: 734 941-3030
   
   
 
Mike Rokita
Post: 9885
Navy
Post Commander
Cpl. Edward J. Bova/246th Engineers VFW Post 9885
is located at 6440 Hix Road, Westland, MI 48185
 
 
VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday at 7 pm.
VFW Auxiliary Membership meets on the 1st Monday at 7 pm.

Main number: 734 728-3231
Clubroom: 734 728-3231
Hall Rental: 734 728-3231
   
   
 
Irvin Fox
Post: 9973
Post Commander
Moroz/Pietrowski VFW Post 9973
is located at 5312 South Beech Daly Road, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
  

VFW Membership Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday at 7pm

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