Licking Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post 6337 honors member with 60-year pin

Photo by Shari Harris
VFW Auxiliary President Princess Fahnestock, left, presented Joan Brannam with her 60-year pin last week. VFW Post 6337 Commander Billie Krewson was present for the award.
By Shari Harris

Thursday, July 18, a special honor was bestowed upon a member of the Licking Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post 6337. Joan Brannam was given a pin commemorating her six decades of membership and service.
On February 28, 1959, Brannam and her mother became charter members of the Success VFW Auxiliary. Brannam moved to the Licking Post when the Success Auxiliary closed.
Requirements to become a member of the VFW Auxiliary include:
Being a citizen of the U.S. or a U.S. National;
Being at least 16-years-old; and
Being a spouse, widower/widow, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, or sibling of a person who was or is eligible for membership in the VFW. Step- and adopted relatives are considered the same as biological relatives. VFW membership requires overseas service resulting in a campaign medal, serving 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or service receiving hostile fire or imminent danger pay.
Brannam’s father was a World War II veteran, and in addition to her and her mother, Brannam’s sister Cleta Mills is also an Auxiliary member, with 50-years of membership. Her sister-in-law, Violet, has been a member for 40-years. Of the 140 active members of the Licking VFW Auxiliary, Brannam’s 60-years has been the longest. The late Betty Crow was believed to be the last living charter member of the Licking VFW Auxiliary. With the closing of Auxiliaries in Success, Plato, Houston, Cabool and Summersville, Brannam isn’t the only one in District 18 who has transferred their membership to the Licking post.
Brannam stated, “I’ve enjoyed it. You’ve got to be devoted to it. I’ve been every officer there was, even some in the District.”
Licking Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post 6337 President Princess Fahnestock presented Brannam with the award. Sixty years is quite an accomplishment, and when the member has been as active as Brannam, the time she has devoted to the organization is truly exemplary.



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