Gift package for the year 2018 was determined by membership vote.

-  Certificate and Holder for top three
-  Cash award in red envelope with their name for top three
-  Award Plaque for school with top two winners names - room for additional years
-  Winner will receive a Hand Crafted Daily Planner Leather cover.
-  Second and third place will receive and hand crafted  leather pen/pencil case

Cash award for each program totals 23,000NT$    (~767 USD)
Certificates and holders total  $12.60  and paid from past year by post 727..
Allocated funds for plaques is $350.
Leather goods will be about  $153.

A private contribution funded a non-official Teachers Award-
          VFW Portfolio/Organizer   (2)   - total  $77.60
          T/A Certificate and holder  (2)  - total  $11.90   (items on hand)

A private contribution also funded VFW ball points to all participants.
           VOD pens                          - total   $ 9.50
            PP  pens                           - total   $ 9.50
                              Total value of gifts    =     $108.50

Please note that the transaction - and therefore the cost -  for the school plaques has not yet been determined. 

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Entries for 2018 are in!  Winners are listed here.  District and National have announced their winners.   Link above to see entire list.

Unfortunately, we did not have as many entries as normal - and in the Patriots Pen contest, we only had two  entries.    This year we had  a unique opportunity to achieve All American Status.   Contributions to National  for other qualifying programs were made.   All requirements were met and we place 13th in our division - that means we made All Americn Status.   Scott can order his lapel pin from the VFW store!!!       


Great for the kids, but not so good for budgeting - Orville and Bill often spent their own money to fill out the gift package.  This consisted of T-shirts, baseball caps, rulers, etc. things purchased inexpensively in the PI.  This year (2018) wasn't much different - I spent an additional $108.50 for gifts.


Please refer to the 2018 VOD/PP/TA Department Report for posts that contributed to National rather than sponsor these programs to qualify for All American status.    It may be possible to get some small contribution from these posts for next year.   Previously, posts wanting to qualify for All American status could contribute to a post sponsoring these programs to obtain credit.   Rules have changed in that posts seeking All American status credit must either directly sponsor the programs or contribute to National.   This makes it more expensive for these posts to also contribute to us, but still worth a try!    There were a number of posts in the report that contributed to National - we need to talk to them and encourage them to help a post in Pacific area!   Some change in the program may be forthcoming!  But will not affect 2019 program.  Look on the Departments Web site to find the posts that contributed to national!


Possible gift selections were accumulated and a list compiled for future reference.
Review and select according to budget.

The 4 color pen was highly recommended by the teachers.  Personalize with something like.....   \\VFW - POST 9957

Four Color Pen from Bic.   Personalized.   Minimum order quanity 75 - this would last for several years and at approx. $1.50 each - a deal!


ITEM COST/ea 1ST 2ND 3RD ALL Total Qty Total Cost
Certificate $0.85 x x x   6

$5.10  from VFW

Holder $1.25 x x x   6

$7.50   from Amazon

Cash NT$ 6,500 3,000 2,000     23,000 NT$
Envelope           6


Note book $5.50^ x x x   6 $33*     from VFW
Portfolio $38.80* x       2 $79.9*   from VFW
Lapel pin $4.50       x 20

$90        from VFW

USB stick 4 gig $9.38       x 25 $224.50
Fridge Magnet         x    
Mech Pencil $16.61* x x x   6 $99.70*
School Plaque $58.00* x       2 $116*      VFW-but local is better
Student Plaque $54.00* x       2 $88*     VFW-but local is better
Medal set $16.50         2

$37.00     VFW

Book Marks-clip est $1.23       x 250 $367.50*
4 color pens   x x x      
Name card holder $2.71* x x x   100 $279*
General office supplies and mailing to Dept     350NT$
Shipping and setup charges added to total are marked with an Asterik if known

If you didn't notice, one of the requirements is to submit entries on CD or Flash Drive - thus among my suggested gifts is a USB flash drive.  My thought is to provide the Teachers with several drives to give to the contestants if this is selected.  The students start off with an incentive.   See FLASH BAY quote below.




                    Example of suggested Fridge Magnet


Label with US flag or lower 48 states with VFW POST 9957 - but I can't find these cheap!  Need to look more.

From VFW Store



Look at 4Imprint quote for pens which is cheaper than VFW and labeled the way we want.



This is a trifold leather wallet with VFW logo - $14.95






This works out to approx. $4.71 a pen.


Locally made plaques should be better