VFW Peacock Post 5315 Auxiliary passes annual inspection

Guidelines and protocols in place

BALDWIN — Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin recently participated in the annual inspection of the VFW Peacock Post 5315 Auxiliary in Baldwin.
Martin has been involved with the organization since 2016, currently serving as the senior vice president.

“Each year an inspection is on by the district president sure all guidelines and protocols are met,” Martin said. “This year, District 12 President Judy Schafer was in attendance to do the inspection.”

The VFW Auxiliary is an organization consisting of fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandfathers, grandmothers, grandsons and granddaughters of those persons, both male and female that have honorably served in the Armed forces of the United States.

The Peacock Post 5315 which serves Lake County and the Baldwin area is one of the largest auxiliaries in the area, Martin said.

“Where all members volunteer daily, weekly and monthly in the name of Veterans to instill a sense of patriotism and pride within our individual communities, our members have direct family relationship to a Veteran and consistently reach out to assist with the needs of our active duty military personnel, Veterans, and their families,” he said.

The VFW Auxiliary provides fundraising events for the post as in picnics, dinners and other events. They also regularly contribute to various other non-profits, Camp Trotter and families of veterans. 

“As Sheriff, I have been able to donate over $3000 to the VFW and VFW Auxiliary with various charitable campaigns through the Sheriff's Office,” Martin said. 

Currently serving as local auxiliary president is Betty Coleman, with the prior presidents being Geraldine Sampsell and Joy Denney, he said.