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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12196 Adds Auxiliary

VFW Auxiliary

On Tuesday, November 14, the Leland VFW Post 12196 Auxiliary was officially chartered at the Magnolia Greens Meeting Room. This has been a focus of Post 12196 Founder and Past Post Commander Gerald Decker since Post 12196 was Chartered on January 19, 2020. “My experience as Post Commander in Elberton, Georgia, taught me the importance of having an active Auxiliary. Many of the most successful VFW Post have very successful Auxiliaries. I have always thought it would be a necessary addition if this new VFW Post in Leland were to be the best it can be.”

The current Post Commander, Nate Pringle, welcomed a crowd that included Mayor Brenda Bozeman, Department of North Carolina Auxiliary President Connie Holt, and District 5 Auxiliary President Debra Crowder. Auxiliary President Holt gave an informative opening speech about the importance of the work of VFW Auxiliaries and then conducted the Charter ceremony by swearing in the new members.

Following the swearing-in, the new members adjourned to the Club House to have their first meeting and the election of officers. The new officers are:

President Brandi Hinshaw

Senior Vice President Christina Collins

Jr. Vice President Evan Jones

Treasurer Wendy Hunter

Secretary Lynda Jones

Chaplain Joanne Hugh

Conductor Dania Josey

Guard Dot Marone

Trustees: Jennifer Eppick, Joanne McHugh, and Dot Marone

For more information on becoming a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary contact us at [email protected] or call 910-408-1934.


Eligibility Requirements for VFW Auxiliary Membership:

Members must be at least 16 years old.

Those eligible are:

  • Husband/Wife
  • Widower/Widow
  • Father/Mother
  • Grandfathers/Grandmothers
  • Sons/Daughters
  • Grandsons/Granddaughters
  • Brothers/Sisters

Of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Those eligible for membership in the VFW are those who have received a campaign medal for overseas service, have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay.

Step- and adopted parents, children, siblings (and half-siblings), grandparents and grandchildren are considered the same as biological parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren and may join the VFW Auxiliary under their VFW-eligible veteran.

Proof of service is required for eligibility and must be obtained by the applicant.




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Jan Morgan-Swegle
Jan Morgan-Swegle is the Editor of Cape Fear Voices.  She has been writing for CFV for almost 3 years.  She is originally from the Cleveland area and moved down to Leland 12 years ago.  She and her husband, Tony, and their dog, Dixie, enjoy sitting on the lanai listening to music and sharing wine (Dixie likes white wine but only gets two finger tips full!!)  They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren living in Cleveland, Ohio,  Charlotte, North Carolina and Lakeland, Florida.
Gerald Decker
Gerald Decker, Founder, President
Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for nine years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Gerald founded Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald is founder and Past Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor's Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was ranked #5 in the nation for 2022-2023. Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc. in Oct. 2021, entitled "The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology." Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (55 years) and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher in a men’s adult fast-pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

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