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Wiersma, Ronning, Johnson to lead West Fargo VFW, Auxiliary, Cooties

Arthur W. Jones VFW Post 7564, Ladies Auxiliary, and Military Order of Cooties Pup Tent 8 recently had their election and installation of officers for the 2012 - 2013 year.

Leading the VFW as Post Commander is Mike Wiersma, an Army veteran with 24 years of active duty and National Guard service. Mike served overseas in Iraq, 2003 - 2004. He and his wife, Darcy, reside in West Fargo with six children. They are members of Holy Cross Church. Mike is employed as a heating and cooling specialist with Fargo VA Health Care

Serving with Wiersma as line officers are Sr. Vice Commander John Thoemke, Jr. Vice Commander Jamie Olson, Quartermaster/Adjutant Bill Tuff, Judge Advocate Joy Mikyska, Chaplain Nic Jalbert, and Surgeon Joseph Best. Trustees are Craig Johnson, Rick Fuller, and Russell Berg. House Committee members are Daryl Best, Bob Geske, Richard Belling, and Don Faith.

Janet Ronning is the newly elected President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She is employed by Sanford Health Systems as an office specialist. She and her husband, Dale, have been married 46 years and have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren. This is her second term as Auxiliary President.

Serving as Auxiliary line officers are Sr. Vice President Laurie Tostenson, Jr. Vice President Betsy Olson, Treasurer Joyce Weible, Chaplin Jill Shoman, Conductress Jackie Faith, Guard Vicki Paradis, and Secretary Patti Tuff. Trustees are Agnes Rieniets, Marge McClellen, and Mary Ann Hudson.

The West Fargo VFW and Ladies Auxiliary have a rich tradition in enhancing the lives of a lot of people through its community service programs, special projects and maintaining the National VFW motto of "Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living."

Craig Johnson is the newly elected Commander of the Military Order of Cooties, Pup Tent 8 of West Fargo. Craig served in Korea, has been married to Tracy for 29 years and has resided in West Fargo for 30 years. He grew up in the Climax, Minn. area and is employed by O'DAY Equipment of Fargo. He is the Past Commander of VFW Post 7564 and was recently selected as All State Post Commander.

Military Order of Cooties Pup Tent 8 "Pack Rats" is the "Honor Degree" of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Cooties are dedicated members who perform duties involving the aid to hospitalized veterans, donating blood, and promoting membership of the VFW in addition to the various projects with the Post and community. Their motto is "Keep 'em Smiling in Beds of White."

The West Fargo VFW located at 308 Sheyenne St. is open to the public.