Volunteers Needed – Both Civilian and Veteran To Coordinate or Staff Events To Serve on Committees To Help Fundraise


Were you aware?
Did you know that a selfless group of veterans and their friends volunteer their time EVERY DAY to drive our veterans needing transportation for medical appointments and hospital visits? A fleet of vehicles designated as Bay County Veterans Transportation makes multiple trips to various locations each day.

We Need You
This program works because of the continued support of the Bay County Executive and Bay County Board Of Commissioners but the true heroes are the schedule and get behind the wheel of a vehicle each day.

How Can You Help?
If you are willing to volunteer you time – even one day a week – and have a good driving record, we need you! The days start very early because the medical appointments start early as well. Sometimes the days are very long so commitments is crucial.

Bay County maintains these vehicles for the Veterans Transportation Program. There is no expanse to our drivers.

Also, our lead coordinator is ready to turn over his scheduling responsibilities to another person willing to step up and assume this task. He’s done a fine job that we are very grateful for but it’s time for him to take a well-deserved break.


Honor Guard

Bay County Veterans Council Honor Guard is a ceremonial unit, composed of veterans and ladies auxiliary. The existence of the Bay County Veterans Council Honor Guard started after World War II. The primary role for the Honor Guard is to provide funeral honors for fallen veterans. The Honor Guard also serves on ceremonial occasions, upon request, to present the colors at Bay City/County functions and place American flags at cemeteries on Memorial Day. They are present for all military branches Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Honor Guard averages over one hundred military funerals a year.

The rendering of Bay County Veterans Council Honor Guard is free of charge. Families of veterans can request military funeral honors through their funeral director and the funeral director will contact the Commander Gary Drzewicki. The Honor Guard detail performs a ceremony that includes posting of the colors, a prayer, salute of M1 Grand’s, playing of Taps, folding and presentation of the American Flag and brass to the next of kin.

The Bay County Veteran’s Military Honor Guard consists of 24 volunteers: Commander Gary Drzewicki, Dick Ahlberg, Gary Wright, Gary Miller, Dale Kiezell, John Combs, Mark Smith, Marilyn Lazarz, Van Digby, John Toussaint, Harold Griffin, Lori Wenglikowski, Gene Netkowski, Jim Flannery, Dave Lambert, Angie Lambert, Bob Cuthbert, Bob Stevenson, Jon Vantol, Guy Obey, Connie Sniecinski, Frank LaPan, Kellie LaPan and Sherri Smith.

Volunteers are always needed and High School students, who need volunteer hours, if interested, are to call the Bay County Veterans Council Honor Guard Commander Gary Drzewicki at 989-893-0219989-893-0219.