Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647 Meets

MAYVILLE – Lake Chautauqua Memorial Post 8647 Veterans of Foreign Wars members mourned the loss of Donald Skellie who was post commander for several years. The post is very grateful for all the work he did and members will always honor his memory. Military honors were by Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647 and Men’s Auxiliary, Westfield VFW Post 6764, Ripley VFW Post 2769 and the William L. Travis American Legion Post 493 of Mayville. Commander-Elect Paul Holthouse presented a 5-by-8-foot U.S. flag to Chautauqua Golf Club honoring its 100th anniversary in memory of Skellie.

Elected officers for the 2014-15 year are as follows: Holthouse, commander; Leonard Neckers, senior vice commander; Gary Counts, junior vice commander; F. Wayne Dunbar, quartermaster and adjutant; Edward Cannon, chaplain; Neckers, service officer and judge advocate; and Hobart Damico, surgeon. The post trustees are Janet Derbish, Richard Thomas and Wesley Weise.

Post members were surprised to be awarded the “Best of Mayville Award” that was recently announced in the April-June 2014 New York State Overseas Veteran newspaper.

Holthouse and Deborah Cenni, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, recently attended Chautauqua Lake Central School and Sherman Central School to present awards, including: the VFW Americanism Award to Molly Hindman and Charity Ludwig of CLCS, and Alexis Oehlbeck and Joseph Spacht of Sherman Central School; the VFW Achievement Award to MacKensie Byerly of CLCS and Abigail Kuhn of SCS; the VFW Armed Services Award to Ben Lawson from CLCS entering the USAF and Calista Smith from CLCS entering the U.S. Army; and the Wesley W. Weise Jr. Scholarship Award to Emilie R. Christie from CLCS and Jordan R. Boland from SCS.

Lake Chautauqua Memorial Post 8647 VFW 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 by Raymond Cenni, VFW Men’s Auxiliary, along with Holthouse of Post 8647 and Commander Scott Dearing, Post 493, conducting the services. Michael Rohlin, member of the Chautauqua County Council VFW and CLCS teacher, who was awarded the 2014 VFW Citizenship 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 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 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 a local veteran’s organization for proper disposal.

Recently, Holthouse attended the Chautauqua County Council District 6 and Department of N.Y. Veterans of Foreign Wars conventions.

Upcoming events including a family picnic and golf benefit for the Mayville Food Pantry in August which will be in memory of Skellie who was the chairperson for this tournament for the last 15 years. To enter into the tournament, call 753-2444.