On December 15th 2023, DAV North Central Minnesota Chapter 7 Commander Gene Schwantes, Jr. Vice Cmdr. Tom Annonson, and DAV Volunteer Jim Heffern placed three Christmas wreaths in the Greenwood Cemetery (at the locations pictured) in Honor and Remembrance of all our comrades that lay at rest there.

Commander Gene Schwantes (L), and DAV Volunteer Jim Haffner (R) at the main flagpole.

DAV Volunteer Jim Haffner (L), and Commander Gene Schwantes (R) at the kneeling Soldier statue.

Commander Gene Schwantes (L), and Jr. Vice Cmdr. Tom Annonson (R) at the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) memorial statue.

2017/18 DAV North Central MN Chapter 7 Officers

  • Pictured L-R; Bruce Holden, Tom Annonson, Jeri Harvey, David Myers, Mike Zimmerman, David Sterr, Walter James, Bruce Tiegen. Not pictured; Tara Schwinghammer, Joe Vene, Glen Aagard, Gene Schwantes

Elected Officers:

  • Commander: Dave Sterr
  • Senior Vice Commander: Mike Zimmermann
  • 1st Junior Vice Commander: Joe Vene
  • Treasurer: Jeri Harvey

Appointed Officers:

  • Adjutant: David Myers
  • Chaplain: Tara Schwinghammer
  • Judge Advocate: Bruce Holden
  • Historian: Tom Annonson
  • Sergeant at arms: Bruce Tiegen
  • Officer of the Day: Glen Aagard
  • Service Officer: Walter James
  • Legislative Chair: Joe Vene

Executive Committee Appointees:

  • Walter James
  • Tom Annonson
  • Gene Schwantes

February 15, 2016 meeting, New chapter officers


Front row: Bruce Tiegen – Sergeant at Arms, David Sterr – Commander, Mike Zimmerman – Sr. Vice Commander,  Dave Strege – Jr Vice Commander, Jeri Harvey – Treasurer, Robert Saddoris – Adjutant, Mike Gutz – Chaplain

Back row: Tom Annonson, Walter James, David Meyers – Executive Committee Members at Large

McDonalds Donation, 25 Nov 2015


Bemidji McDonalds stores customer relations manager, Jackie Matheny (C), presents a donation check for $1500 to Commander David Sterr (R) and fundraising chairman, Tom Annonson (L). The donated funds are from the proceeds of the daily sales that occurred at both Bemidji McDonalds locations on Veterans Day, November 11th 2015


2015 Beltrami County Fair Booth

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Past State and Chapter Commander Chuck Deeds’ 90th Birthday party!

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Chapter 7 2014 Summer Picnic