VFW Post 3838 News

Lake Rules Posted 03/30/2016 see new fish limits.

1)   Permission to fish is granted to VFW Post 3838 Members, Auxiliary Members, their immediate families and 2 guests per current member.

2)   Each individual assumes ALL responsibility for injuries incurred to self, family members, guests, and minors under your charge, while on VFW premises.  Card carrying member must be present at all times.

3)  No hunting or discharging of firearms is permitted.  No swimming, wading, gigging, seining, trout lines, jug fishing or netting at any time.

4)  No littering on premises or lakes at any time.  No defacing lake property.

5)  Limit one pole or rod per fisherman.  Limit two catfish per person per day with a minimum length of 15 inches.

6)  No motors allowed.

7)  Camping is permitted in designated areas only.  Electric is only 15 Amps.

8)  All pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet in length.  Pick up pet waste and dispose in trash receptacle. 

9)  Lake Committee has the right to revoke fishing privileges.  VFW members may each bring 2 guests, but members must be present while guests are on lake property.  Any VFW member has the authority to question any other person and ask for a VFW membership card at any time.  That person will be asked to leave the lake property if they cannot produce a current membership card.  Key cards are not to be loaned out, and are not a substitute for a membership card.

10)  No dumping on lake property at any time!




BASS                                       NO LIMIT

HYBRID SUNFISH                 7 INCHES

BLUEGILL                               7 INCHES

REDEAR                                 7 INCHES

CRAPPIE                                 7 INCHES



BASS                                        NO LIMIT

CHANNEL CATFISH              2



VFW Post 3838 Honor Guard  "Being on the Color Guard is an honor and an enjoyment." said Melvin Kuehle.  However, the Color Guard needs more members to join.  The VFW member is provided a complete uniform at no cost to them including; shirt, pants, coat, hat, shoes and gloves.  The Color Guard has the duty and honor to preside at funerals for fallen comrades, perform duties at schools, churches, or events.  They post the colors for meetings and functions within the community as well as Post functions.  You do not have to be retired to be on the Color Guard, some events only take an hour or two.  You will be trained by members who have been on the Color Guard for years.  There is so much pride in serving on the Color Guard.  If interested, please contact Melvin Kuehle @ 573-275-9612 or Commander Joe Wolsey @ 573-450-1750.

Rent our Banquet Halls for Every Occasion!  ♦ Weddings  ♦ Family Reunions  ♦ Birthday Party  ♦ Fund Raiser  ♦ Meetings  ♦ Wedding & Baby Showers.  Call the Post for pricing.  (573) 334-4438.


     Memorial Day Services 2015 Osage Center

              Ladies Auxiliary members taking oath of office 2015-2016

          Carry the Load 2015

 Meet the Member

Meet Kevin Colyott, a Life Member of Post 3838 and a Jackson, Missouri native who graduated from Jackson High School in 1983.  His first job was stocker/bagger at Schaper's IGA in Jackson.  He attended Southeast Missouri State University graduating in 1987 with his Bachelors in Criminal Justice and later earned his Masters in Management from Webster University.  While attending SEMO he joined the Air Force ROTC and entered the United States Air Force in January 1988 and retired in January 2008 as a Major.  Coming full circle he completed his military career teaching Air Force ROTC at SEMO.  He is currently the Veterans Service Supervisor in the Southeast Region for the Missouri Veterans Commission.

Kevin's military career as a Security Police Officer has given him quite the resume and taken him to various parts of the world.  He received his eligibility for the VFW in Saudi Arabia 1994-1995 during a 6-month TDY to Price Sultan Air Base and again in 1996-97 for a year to remote to Riyadh Saudi Arabia.  Then in 2004-2005 he had a six month tour in Baghdad, Iraq with the Joint Area Support Group as the Director of Security fo the Green Zone.  His career has taken him to such bases as Minot, North Dakota providing security for B52's on alert and 150 Minutemen III missiles.  He was then assigned to Aviano AB, Italy for three years securing F16s and a nuclear weapons storage area.  He was Security Police Operations Officer at Scott AFB responsible for the day to day security of the base.  He was sent TDY to Saudi Arabia as Chief Security Police for Prince Sultan Air Base.  As the Director of Security at Riyadh Saudi Arabia he advised the Royal Saudi Air Force on security procedures for their Air Defense system for the kingdom of Saudia Arabia.  Kevin's deployment to Iraq found him providing security for the first Iraqi democratic elections.  His final assignment was as an Air Force ROTC Instructor at Southeast Missouri State University.  While he had many other assignments and duties during his career he found being an ROTC Instructor to be one of the most rewarding as he was able to develop and mold new Air Force Officers.  The most challenging and memorable was his six months in Iraq  When I asked Kevin what the worst part of his 20-year career was he did not hesitate, even a moment, to say the separation from family.  The missed birthdays, Christmases, and other holidays with his children, which he is trying to make up for now.  He has three children, sons Kyle (18) and Jake (21), and a daughter Erin Nicole (26) who has given him his first granddaughter Ellie Mae (2).  Ironically Erin is married to one of his former ROTC cadets he trained who is now a Captain in the Air Force.  They are expecting their second child in March.

When he isn't busy with work or family, Kevin enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams play and also if time allows he likes boating and fishing during the summer.

Even though he retired from the military Kevin still serves his country by helping Veterans and their families get the care and assistance they are entitled to through the VA system.  Once again Veterans serving Veterans, what the VFW stands for.  So the next time you see him, shake his hand and say thanks for a job well done.


Dues:  Post Members $40, Ladies Auxiliary $25, Men's Auxiliary $40.  Key Card for Post and Lake Property $1.00.  Please pay your dues!! 

New Dart Machines in Canteen!!!  Come check them out!  Interested in being on a team?  Trying to form dart league, come on out!!!

Member Benefits... Local businesses have agreed to give discounts to our members just by showing your membership card.  They are; the Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course give $6 off weekdays between 11 am and 4 pm and after 2 pm Saturday and Sundays.  Style Shop Lifestyle in Jackson offers 10% off.  Mary Kay Consultant Pat Silman gives members a 25% discount.  We hope to add more each month.  Be sure and take advantage of the discounts and support those who support our organization.

 Lake Committee Report

Need a place to host your family functions, birthday parties, etc.?  Renting the Lake property is perfect for all occasions.  To reserve the Main Pavilion by Nelson Building or Large Pavilion by Lake is $50.  To rent the Nelson building including the kitchen is $70 with a $50 cleaning deposit which will be returned if area is cleaned back up.  

"My Momma said I don't learn nothing with my mouth open."  Herb Nance

Legacy Wall The wall is nearing completion with only a few spots left.  If you would like to memorialize a loved one, thank a veteran, or just add your name to the wall, please contact John Dragoni ASAP.  A discount will be given volume bricks if you need more than two.  The three sizes are 12x12, 8x8, or 4x8. Forms can be picked up at the Post. 

Membership Report

Membership is key to every organizations success.  The Post is currently at 91.70% (that is 652 Life Members, 21 New Members, 17 Reinstated Members, and 161 Continuous Members) with only 70.79% of our continuous members paid.  The Ladies Auxiliary is at 91.51% (that is 293 Life Members, 3 New Members, 5 Reinstated, and 206 Continuous Members).  The Men's Auxiliary currently only has 74 paid members.  We have about 15 Jr. Girls.  We must do all we can to retain, recruit, and reinstate our members.  What are you doing to assist?  We must all work together in order to make our Post a successful Post in our organization, for our community, but especially for our Veterans and their families.

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