On Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, Post Commander Nick White confirmed to The Brazil Times the post would be shutting down effective Thursday, Dec. 23, due to financial issues.
On Sunday, White told The Times the post has not surrendered its charter, but has not finalized plans for its future.
"The state commander (Leland Baxter) called me two or three days ago and would like to meet," White said. "He indicated he may have some help for us, but it's a little late as far as the building is concerned."
The legion has called the current building, located at 1015 S. Forest Ave., Brazil, home for approximately 10 years. Prior to moving to the location, the legion was located at 22 S. Sherfey St., Brazil.
For now, White said the legion has been offered space to conduct meetings by other organizations, including the V.F.W. Post 1127 and the Brazil Elks Lodge.
"The V.F.W. has offered to let us meet there and the Elks offered temporary (space) to meet there," he said.
White wanted to make it clear the legion still exists.
"We still have the charter," he said. "It's just a matter of we couldn't meet our obligations as far as the mortgage and the taxes. We were behind and the mortgage owner foreclosed on us.
"I, as a commander, could have a meeting out in my garage. We don't have to have a bar. We just don't have any money at all. We've got tax issues that will have to be met. But you don't have to have a license. We can meet in a house or a garage."
The Brazil post is the oldest in the state, having operated since 1920.
White said currently, it has approximately 560 members, not including the women's auxiliary, the sons of the legion, legion riders and others.