This week’s speaker, Commander Charles “Jim” Mack of VFW Post 2226, presented information on how the VFW serves our veterans of war. Their mission is to foster camaraderie among US veterans of overseas conflicts and to serve our veterans, the military and our communities and advocate on behalf of all veterans. The purposes of the VFW….are fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their surviving spouses and orphans. The VFW Hall is open for meals and our own Dina Blackwood bore witness that it serves a stellar breakfast.  Located at 212 Norwood Ave., Oakhurst, the restaurant is open to the public.  Meetings and members, however, is limited to veterans, and they meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm.  For more information, contact Jim at or friend them at
Rotary Fun Fact:  On September 8, 1934, when 125 injured passengers from the burning Morro Castle were taken to the Jersey Shore Medical Center (as it’s now known as), Harry  Jackson enlisted the help of his fellow Rotarians, Jess Webster and Fred Havens, to install additional phone lines which they were able to accomplish in a short period of time.