Fruitport VFW Post – Veterans of Foreign Wars

Elections were held on May 7th & the following are the post officers for 2018-19

• Commander: Max Riekse; Vietnam & Iraq Veteran.
• Senior Vice Commander: Floyd Peplinski; Panama & Iraq Veteran
• Junior Vice Commander: Edward Vokal; Korean Veteran.
• Quartermaster: George Kotkowicz; Iraq Veteran.
• Trustee: Wesley Owen; Korean era veteran
• Trustee & Assistant Chaplain; Larry Davis; Korean era veteran
• Trustee & Assistant Chaplain: Andy Peck; Persian Gulf veteran.
• Surgeon: Darrell Huddlestun; Vietnam Veteran
• Adjutant: Floyd Peplinski
• Guard: Larry Davis
• Judge Advocate: George Kotkowicz.
• Legislative & POW/MIA Officer: Max Riekse
• Offices of Chaplain & Community Services remain open.

The Fruitport VFW normally meets on the first Monday of the Month at 7:30pm; call Max Riekse for more details; If you’re a veteran of Iraq & or Afghanistan, think about joining your local VFW Post – especially if you live in Spring Lake & Fruitport; This is a non-drinking post as we have no Bar; George Kotkowicz is the Fruitport Cub Scout Master; and Andy Peck is both a Cub Scout & Boy Scout leader; Floyd Peplinski is the post Edward Jones financial adviser; Our post, along with the local Fruitport Cub Scouts & Fruitport Boy Scouts, place American flags on the graves of local veterans at the Fruitport – Pine Hill cemetery on the Friday before Memorial day at 5pm; and on Monday, hold a Memorial Day event at 11:00am at the Fruitport – Pine Hill cemetery; along with leading the parade with our Fruitport color guard which we have done for over 40 years. Our post also helps the children of local veterans go to Cub Scout camp; Boy Scout camp; VFW summer camp; etc; If you’re a veteran who has been awarded a military service medal, give Max Riekse a call and ask about joining your local VFW post; (231) 865-3238.

Post activities coming up are: Meet the Candidate/legislative event on Wednesday July 11th 5:30pm – 7pm for the upcoming August primary; & on Wednesday, October 17th 5:30pm – 7pm for the November election; On Friday July 20th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, a special meet & greet of our new 2018-19 VFW Post officers will be held for members, their families; and prospective members; especially those from Iraq & Afghanistan. Food and refreshments will be served. Bring your own band/music. Spouses of veterans can join the Fruitport AUX; Female Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans are especially welcome to become active in our/your local Fruitport VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

Max Riekse
May 11, 2018

Marty Keller Joins the NVBDC Advisory Board


DETROIT, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, March 23, 2017 — Keith King, President of the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marty Keller to the NVBDC Advisory Board.

Mr. Keller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization, having held a number of positions working on behalf of disabled Veterans and the small business community.

“Marty is the type of leader we need to help the NVBDC grow nationally. With his knowledge and expertise of the issues faced by our Veteran Businesses he will be able to help us deliver the message of why our SD/VOBs must become certified” said Mr. King.

Mr. Keller served as Deputy Executive Director of the Disabled Veterans Business Alliance (DVBA) from July, 2014, through November, 2016. The DVBA’s mission is to support disabled veteran entrepreneurs through training, networking, and connecting to public and private programs to encourage business contracting with disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs).

In his leadership capacity, Mr. Keller directed many of the Alliance’s initiatives, including the Pass the Torch program which helps younger Veterans buy the businesses of older Veterans.

“I have always had a special respect for the sacrifices our Veterans have made in the service of this great country,” Keller said. “And I very much look forward to supporting the NVBDC in its outstanding work on behalf of our service men and women. It’s an honor to be able to continue my work in this regard.”

Mr. Keller previously served as Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate for the State of California to which he had been appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May, 2007, and reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January, 2011.

Prior to this post, Mr. Keller served as Executive Director of the California Automotive Business Coalition, and in a number of other executive positions that supported the small business community. He has won numerous well-deserved awards for his dedication and vision.

“We have worked with Marty over the past couple of years and we have seen his dedication to our Veterans first hand, we are very pleased that he is bringing that dedication to the NVBDC” said King.

The NVBDC is the only Veteran Owned Business Certification organization developed by Veterans, for Veterans. The purpose is to provide a credible and reliable certifying authority for all size businesses ensuring that valid documentation exists of Veteran ownership and control.