Winners of VFW Publications Contest Announced

 VFW has announced the winners of the 2013 National Publications Contest. Two non-VFW-affiliated journalism professionals served as judges for the competition. This is designed to guarantee impartiality and objectivity in the judging. To reiterate, VFW staffers play no part in judging the entries.

 Because all levels of VFW have seen declining membership in recent years, the small, medium and large qualifications were re-evaluated for the 2013 contest. The winning publications in each category are:

Department Publications

Large (21,500 or more members)

1st Texas VFW News

Roy Grona, Editor

2nd Illinois VFW News

Barbara Wilson, Editor

3rd VFW Wisconsin

William Knudson, Editor 

Medium (10,000-21,499 members)

1st South Dakota Overseas Veteran

Dick Pickering, Editor

2nd Oklahoma Combat Veterans

Ron Gimondo, Editor

3rd The Oregon VFW News

Sue Piper, Editor 

Small (9,999 or fewer members)

1st Utah VFW

Dennis Howland, Editor

2nd The Montana Veteran

Timothy C. Peters, Editor 

3rd Idaho Veterans and Auxiliary News

Susan Thompson, Editor

District Publications 

Large (2,600 or more members)

1st The “Fighting 6th” District News

(District 6, Minnesota)

Delphine Kelly, Editor

2nd The Broadside

(District 4, Texas)

Jim Haycraft, Editor

3rd Dispatch    

(District 1, California)

Russell Eseltine, Editor  

Medium (1,000-2,599 members)

1st “No One Does More For Veterans”

(District 1, Washington)

James M. Traner, Editor

2nd District 1 Commander’s Newsletter

(District 1, West Virginia)

Robert S. Kish, Editor

3rd District Untouchable News

(District 2, Illinois)

Robert J. Drzewiecki, Editor 

Small (999 or fewer members)

1st Freedom Crier

(District 3, Oklahoma)

Michael A. Kennerson, Editor

2nd The Battle Cry

(District 2, Florida)

Carl J. Duncan, Editor

3rd District 2 “News Around the Sound”

(District 2, Washington)

Lois M. Mezek, Editor 

Post Publications 

Large (190 or more members)

1st  News from the Barn
 (Post 8677, Illinois)

Dale Anderson, Editor

2nd Post Intelligencer

(Post 806, Minnesota)

Patricia Okafor, Editor

3rd Newslink

(Post 7318, North Carolina)

Mary Kim Koppenhofer, Editor

Medium (80-189 members)

1st VFW Post 12024 Newsletter

(Post 12024, Texas)

Strick Strickland, Editor

2nd General Orders from the Commander

(Post 814, Illinois)

Al Harkrader, Editor

3rd The Quartermaster Page

(Post 7829, Colorado)

Bernard L. Minetti, Editor

Small (79 or fewer members)

1st VFW Post 3258 Newsletter

(Post 3258, Pennsylvania)

William Malone, Editor

2nd Veterans Views

(Post 1578, Illinois)

Bob Reichert, Editor

3rd Rodeo VFW Post 683

(Post 683, Washington)

Pat Cort, Editor