Greetings Veterans and Fellow Patriots:

Six of us met this last Saturday to clean up Highway 26 and I thank them very much for their help. You can tell that we have been out there before as there wasn’t tons of trash to pick up.  Idaho Department of Transportation really appreciate our efforts to help them. We are committed to do this twice a year so expect to see it on our schedule next April or so.

Our Appreciation BBQ was nice and I’m very glad that we had cover when the rains hit. Thank you, Sam, for grilling up our burgers and Cowden’s for helping set up and securing our location. Congratulations to Steve Shryock for receiving the MacGyver award this year for our rally. I heard many times over that we couldn’t have done the rodeo as smoothly without him. I still have certificates of appreciation that need to find their way to their rightful recipients. If you know someone who is still waiting to receive theirs, please let me know and I will try to get them out this next couple weeks. If you would like to help distribute them, please let me know. I can always use your help!

We have our National POW*MIA Recognition Day Ceremony this Friday, September 15, 2023 at 7:00pm at the Southeast Idaho Veteran’s Memorial in Upper Ross Park. Civil Air Patrol, Bugles Across America, Pocatello & Chubbuck Mayors, Senator Mike Crapo’s Office and Veterans of Foreign Wars are helping us with the ceremony. I greatly appreciate their help. This will count as our September general member meeting and I encourage everyone to attend. According to the weather report, it is supposed to be a nice day with no rain showers so everyone keep their fingers crossed.

The POW*MIA Awareness Association Fall Colors Ride Saturday, September 30th at 10am, KSU 10:15am
Maverik on South 5th, 3434 S 5th Ave, Pocatello
Questions call “Cowboy” Rudy Moore at 208-695-7581

October 28th is the Homeless Stand Down at ISU. We have been asked to provide security for this event again this year.  Please speak with Nitro if you would like to volunteer.

The Veteran’s Day Gala will be November 10th this year and we have been invited back this year. Those of us who helped last year are unable to attend this year so I am calling for volunteers for this year. It was a wonderful event and I’m sorry I will be missing it this year. Please get with Cami Chopski if you would like to volunteer and we will get you all the information you need.

This Association needs your help. We need members to become Board Members and help direct. Our open positions are:
Administration – 1 year,
Entertainment – 2 years,
Facilities – 2 years,
Runs & Events – 2 years,
Sales/Pins & Patches – 1 year,
Special Liaison – 2 years.
None of these positions require you to do it alone. You will always have help. Most of the positions require delegation. Plus, there is a committee in place that is working on the Bylaws and the changes that need to be made. You could be part of that. If we do not have Board Members by December, we will not be having a Rally next year. It takes preparation and I cannot do it alone. I do not want our Rally to die on my watch. We had numerous people ask us to make sure it never dies, but that takes volunteers. I have asked this past year. I am not sure what I am doing wrong since no one has come forward. So please, I am asking you to please step up and help our Association’s Rally not die.

Please read the August General Membership Meeting Minutes, so we will be able to take a vote to accept or amend them. Keep an eye on the calendar and Facebook for all of our events.

I look forward to seeing you and talking about where we are taking our association in the future at the National POW*MIA Recognition Ceremony.

Thank you,

Yvonne “Eve” Aprato, Director
POW*MIA Awareness Rally Association – Pocatello

Upcoming Events:
9/11 Patriot Day Community Commemoration
Monday, September 11th 5:30pm
Bannock County Courthouse, 624 E. Center
Flag up muster at the south end of the former Varsity Cleaners Building, 275 South 5th, parking lot at 5:00pm.September General Meeting & National POW*MIA Recognition Ceremony Day
Friday, September 15th 7:00pm Meeting
Southeast Idaho Veteran’s Memorial in Upper Ross Park
This is also considered our General Meeting for the month of September.POW*MIA Awareness Association Fall Colors Ride
Saturday, September 30th at 10am, KSU 10:15am
Maverik on South 5th, 3434 S 5th Ave, Pocatello
Questions call “Cowboy” Rudy Moore at 208-695-7581

October General Meeting
Friday, October 20th 7:00 pm

Southeast Idaho Homeless Stand Down
Saturday, October 28th 8:00am – 11:00am (We will be providing security from 7am-12pm)
Reed Gym at Idaho State University
936 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Pocatello