It was a perfect day for our annual Rib Cook Off and Horseshoe Tournament 2016!
We had a great group of people and way too much food as always. Please take some time to look through the pictures of this fun day!


Saturday, February 27 at 6 PM
TLC Pet Fosters Paint n Sip Fundraiser was a huge success! 
Great People - Great Fun - Great Artwork!


  The VFW annual white elephant party was another fun event for the holidays. We had a great group of people that attended this and I'm pretty sure everyone walked away with some wonderful gifts. 

What a great way to start the holiday season. Thanks to everyone that participated and made the night a fun event for the VFW.


The 20th Annual Rib Cook - Off and Horseshoe Tournament was a wonderful day for all who attended!

You really couldn't ask for a more perfect day all around...

the weather, food, competition and friends were all awesome!

Thanks Willie for all your help and organization on the shoes and to Bob for the Cook Off!!




. We were very fortunate to spend our Memorial Day at the Morton Legion's Celebration on Monday. I want to take the time to thank these men and women for creating a wonderful tribute to this monumental day, it was truly a special day for everyone involved. Thank You to all that participated in this day!!


The horseshoe tournament had 12 teams competing for the grand champion. These teams began throwing at 12:00 and continued on into the evening. Congratulations go to "Frito and Cheeto" (aka. Steve and Justin Scott) for their consistent marksmanship! It was actually a hard fought match from what I'm told, as they beat out the day-long undefeated team of Speedo and Cold Passing Johnnie (aka. Robert West and John Hardy)in the come back series of the day. 

The 20th Annual Rib Cook Off and Horseshoe Tournament was a great success!!!

 The weather was perfect and we had an amazing crowd to help celebrate this fun day. You couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. There were 10 entries in the ribs competition and I was told the judges had a difficult time deciding from all the delicious ribs they sampled. Congratulations to Robyn and Lynn for their winning combination of grilling and sauces .

A Great Bi"THANK YOU" to all that participated and attended making it a great day!  

JUNE 2013 

 VFW Dinner Club News 

After a long rainy work-week, the dinner club adventured out into the monsoons to enjoy a wonderful meal together. 

 On Thursday, we put our names in the bucket and drew out Germantown Grille in Germantown Hills.

We began our evening with a cocktail hour at the VFW before we ventured to the resturant, and for some of us it was an adventure just to get there!

 The Grille was a quaint little bar and they had our table all set up for us.

We each tried something different off the menu as no one had eaten here before. Over  all all we gave this place a rating of  9 thumbs up and 1 down and would recommend it to others as a good place to eat.

Of course we ended this perfect night back at our favorite place, the VFW, for nightcaps... and someone had to pick up the special dessert made just for him!

Be sure to sign up for our next dinner outing and join in the fun and food.

MARCH 2013 

 V.F.W. Women’s League

Bowling Banquet 2013 

The Women's league ended up the season with their annual banquet on Saturday the 13th. We traveled across the river to dine at Sky Harbor and all enjoyed a delicious meal serenaded by wonderful piano music. After dinner we  had a great time dancing to the singing and music,  although it was a little tight around all the tables! We then traveled on to a little Karaoke bar where we all enjoyed some sing-along as we continued to celebrate. We ended up the evening back at the place we all enjoy most, the VFW, and toasted to our terrific year and wonderful sponsors  

We send out a great big THANK YOU SO MUCH to the VFW members for helping to make our season so much fun!  See you next bowling season!

ST PAT'S   2013 

It was another great St Patrick's Day at the VFW.

We had good food, good drinks, and great friends to celebrate this crazy day!  

There was a little bit of everything going on  with the Early Bird dinner and Football game at 2:00 then celebrating the "little bit of Irish in all of us!"

Thank you VFW for another fun day. 

Meatloaf Cook Off:  February 9th, 2013 

Records indicated that this was the 31st Annual Meatloaf Contest at the Morton VFW... amazing!

With Bob Rassi as the head judge this year, he recruited Sherry, Terri, Kyna and members of the Tazewell Tigers Football team to judge. Thank you! 

Some pretty serious cooking went on for the contest this year. I am so glad we had such great judges because I sure would not have wanted to decide, they all tasted so wonderful. 

3rd Place went to Lynn

2nd Place winner was Tim

....... and the 2013 - 31st Meatloaf champion was Jaime! Congratulations!

Super Bowl Sunday! Great Day! Great Friends! Great Food!

  January 26th, 2013

Members of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 238th GSAB leave Bartonville airport with an early morning lift off.  Family and friends were on hand as they deployed to  Fort Hood, Texas for up to two months of training before leaving for southern Afghanistan. The 238th flies the CH-47D Chinook helicopter for the U.S. Army This group is also known as the "River City Hookers," as the 238th can "hook," lift and transport things from supplies to vehicles to weapons.

Our prayers and thoughts are with them and their families. 














 January 25th, 2013

 Members of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Regiment  were commended during a deployment ceremony at the Army-Aviation Support facility at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport Friday.

January 5, 2013

We had a wonderful turnout for the dinner on January 5th to recognize and honor the military families from the Bartonville-based Illinois Army National Guard B Co 2/238th GSAB This unit is scheduled to ship out later this month to begin training for their deployment to Afghanistan.

A Huge T HANK YOU to all the members and  volunteers that helped in creating this wonderful night of food and fellowship for our military families.

New Year's & Soup Day 2013!

Can't think of a better way to bring in the New Year! It was a fun night bringing in the new year together as well as sharing a "filling" yet relaxing January 1st with the annual Soup Day. 


 We enjoyed a fun night at the "White Elephant" Christmas exchange on the 20th. Even though a blizzard was blowing outside, we all had a fun evening at the VFW. Click on the link below to see the video of this night. 


 Cookie Day 2012!

    Our traditional Cookie Day was another huge success! Not quite sure how many years we have been gathering to bake and collect cookies at the VFW but this year was another great accomplishment.

    Each year we have new friends join in and donate their talents to this event and I am so glad to see this continue to grow. As in other years, we even have our school kids write letters and decorate cards so it has become a whole community event that everyone enjoys. This year a craft and jewelry show was a nice addition to the day and there was even a football scrimmage going on outdoors – what could be better???

Thank you everyone for making this a wonderful day and for helping us deliver the Christmas spirit to others through the VFW. 

 It was a great time at the 7th annual Night Golf Outing  this Saturday! Thank you so much to my "event  photographer", Jaime, for these great action photos, you did a wonderful job! The greens were perfect and the weather actually not as cold as everyone had anticipated. 

This event was once again so much fun! If you've never tried it, be sure to enter next year.

Individual team winners were Steve, Trent and Dean all with  great 6 hole rounds! The overall winner for year 7 at the Rassi Pines Golf Outing was Trent in first with  a 21 on a par 22 and Kyle came in with a close 25.

Rib Cook Off & Horseshoe Tournament

Saturday August 11th 2012

The VFW couldn’t have picked a better day for their Annual Rib Cook Off & Horseshoe Tournament! 

It was such a beautiful day to be outside enjoying the weather, the company, the competitions and of course the food! As usual I was able to get lots of new pictures 

I know this surprise some of you that I would have my camera- 

and I have put them in a video form as well. 

Just click on the link to the right & the video will open in a new window. All you need to do is close that when you're done and you should return here. Or you can click on the pictures below to view photos of this day. 

The 2nd Annual Morton BBQ Throwdown was July 27th and 28th 2012 in downtown Morton. Our team did a great job and it was a lot of fun to go see all the activities.  

  Welcome new officers for the 2013 year. 

From left to right, Bob Rassi - Service Officer,  Will LeBaube - Chaplain, Joe Schwarzentraub - Senior Vice Commander, Jerry Davis - Commander, Gary Clark - Quarter Master, Jim Liston -  Junior Vice Commander, Don Wohlert, - Surgeon General, Steve Aupperle -  Adjutant.



Tuesday July 3rd, the V.F.W. offered an afternoon and evening for family fun in celebrating the Fourth of July. 

Live entertainment from Cathy Reynolds and the Central Illinois Performing Arts Studios was a welcome entertainment for all the families in attendance. Great food and drinks were  available as well.

Thanks for joining us in celebrating our freedom, it was a wonderful day for all who attended.

New lights being installed at the VFW.  June - 2012

**** Annual Meat Loaf Contest****

was held Saturday the 18th

It turned out to be a great day with 10 contestants entering this year. I'm pretty sure no one went home hungry!

Click on the link to the left to watch a movie of this year's event.




It turned out to be a perfect Veteran's Day at the Morton VFW Friday, November 11th, 2011. The CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and crew landed right on time around 11:00. It was great to see so many families and veterans come to pay tribute on this day and enjoy being able to tour the helicopter. Everyone got a chance to sit up in the cockpit and experience the day with the crew before they flew out at 4:00. A special thanks goes out to the crew and base for making this a memorable Veteran’s Day.  

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This annual event is held in August. It’s a great day of fun with teams

 contending not only for the best “shoes” but also the best Ribs.


                                                    NIGHT GOLF

In the fall each year the members and public join together at dark and compete in the Night Golf Championship. This involves using a "glow-in-the-dark" golf ball and a 6-hole golf course laid out in our acreage in the back. The lowest score, as well as the return of  all equipment, determines the winner.