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New officers selected for island VFW

May 29, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

An installation ceremony was slated for the VFW Saturday, May 25, for the new officers who will start their term on June 16.

Keith Keefer was nominated and voted in as the new commander, Ron King is the new Men's Auxiliary president and Diane Trazzera is the new president of the Ladies' Auxiliary.

Keefer said the auxiliary is the backbone of the VFW.

"Without the auxiliary we wouldn't have the money to operate," he said. "Without them we wouldn't be open."

Keefer, who recently purchased a home on the island, moved to Pine Island five years ago from Cape Coral.

"This is my last move," he said.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970 and spent most of his time in Germany, with the exception of 1969 when he was in Vietnam.

Once he takes office next month he said his first priority is to clean up the VFW.

"We want to clean the inside and paint it, so when the snowbirds come back and people come in, it will be wow," he said of the plans. "We are looking for the wow effect."

Keefer said they are also looking into having memberships of "Friends of the VFW," so they can get more people to stop in and enjoy a drink and have a meal.

The VFW is currently hosting Bango, the card game, on Tuesday and Saturday night at 5 p.m.

Keefer said they began offering the card game to get people to come into the VFW and enjoy the setting.

Bango, Keefer said, is played by having five cards faced up on the counter and he calls from the deck. He said when a card is called the individual flips it over.

If there are 10 players the winner receives $10, if there are 20 players, the winner receives $20.

"Anyone is welcome," Keefer said.



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