Change of command at Bay Village VFW
On May 29, after many changes to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic, several key officers from VFW Post 9693 met in the Bay Village police station parking lot to ensure proper social distancing, and were able to conduct a modified version of the official VFW Change of Command.
The police station is the official part-time home of our Post. We meet in the community room on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
After eight years leading the Post, I was relieved by the current Commander Geoff Belanger.
The ceremony was led by past District 7 Commander Art Stone. It was an abbreviated ceremony to meet intended COVID-19 guidelines. It was short and to the point but official.
Commander Geoff Belanger moved to Bay Village joined the post upon retirement from the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander. He and his lovely wife, Anna, have one daughter, Margot. They have lived in Bay for several years now.
Taking over the Post in the middle of a pandemic is not an easy task. It is hard to communicate with community partners and even meet our Post members. Geoff is taking this on with technology and plans for increased outreach.