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Legion planning fundraisers

Friday, April 22, 2011

Members of the American Legion Post 2 are planning numerous fundraisers. The Legion building is currently closed, but has not surrendered its charter. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
The news was somewhat devastating.

In December 2010, officials with the Clay County American Legion Post 2, the oldest post in the state, confirmed the facility, located at 1015 S. Forest Ave., Brazil, had to shut down due to financial issues.

At the time, Post Commander Nick White told The Brazil Times the post was not surrendering its charter, but also had not finalized plans for its future.

The group, however, is rising from the ashes and has devised a plan.

On May 14, the legion will conduct the first of many upcoming fundraisers.

The event will take place at the V.F.W. Post 1127, 303 S. Depot St.

The event will feature a meal, bake sale, auction and entertainment. It is scheduled to begin at noon and conclude at midnight.

The meal will consist of a hog roast, along with baked beans and coleslaw. Cost is $7.

Both the meal and bake sale will last until all the food is gone.

In addition, Timberman Auction will be on hand calling the auction, starting at noon. The auction will continue until all items have been sold.

Four local bands have been scheduled to provide entertainment as well, including Ida Mae Sheriff (noon-2 p.m.), Flashpoint (2:30-4:30 p.m.), Barn Lizard (5-7 p.m.) and Big Dead Bird (8 p.m.-midnight).

Women's Auxiliary President Tammy Young told The Brazil Times the Auxiliary Second Vice President Selma Paver was a big reason the fundraiser has been scheduled.

"She was the person who got the ball rolling," Young said. "She's been absolutely wonderful. I'm so glad she stepped up."

Young said local businesses have also stepped up, providing donations for the auction. She said gift certificates for area restaurants will be available, as well as a Thomas Kincaid picture, a set of golf clubs, two antique porcelain dolls and more.

"The businesses in the area are still willing to support us," Young said. "I was really surprised with all the people that were willing to give us things in order to auction off. We've got a lot of nice stuff so far."

Young said businesses that provide a $50 donation would also be placed on a banner the Legion intends to carry during the Loyalty Day Parade, scheduled to take place Saturday, May 7.

There is no cost to attend the May 14 fundraiser, which is also open to the public.

"Everybody is welcome to come," Young said.

All proceeds from the benefit will help the Legion take care of the financial issues.

Young said other fundraisers are in the works, including the Legion Riders White Knuckle Ride, scheduled for 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, June 11.

She said a breakfast and dinner would be offered during the event, which will also take place at the V.F.W. Post.

"(The May 14 fundraiser) is the first of many," Young said. "Unfortunately, one (fundraiser) is not going to take care of it.

"(The financial situation) is not too far out there that we can manage to raise the money. It's not an astronomical amount, but it's not a trivial amount."

The Brazil Post has operated in the state since 1920. According to White, there are approximately 560 members, not including the Women's Auxiliary, the Sons of the Legion, Legion Riders and others.

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I sure hope their fund raisers are successful and they get the post back up and running.

-- Posted by BWare on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 7:50 AM

How about some background on what the Legion's purpose is? I assume a "club" or fraternity for those in military like Veteran's? Why not combine forces and buy into the veteran's building and share expenses? No reason why two organizations can't use same facility is there? Legion group can rent space for specific meeting times agreeable for both organizations.

How many does each organization serve? Do they have similar purpose? Do they do similar activities?

Different churches share buildings..why not two military groups? Just asking. With all the needs of the community, is another fund raiser really their only option?

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 8:44 AM

Jenny, there are several differences between the VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, etc. Too many to go into here.

If you want to know what the purpose is of the American Legion, go here: http://www.legion.org/

-- Posted by BWare on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 11:51 AM


Thanks..Went to the site. But still...can't two organizations share a building? Seems a lot of expense to pay for and maintain a building for even weekly meetings.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 1:57 PM

They can occupy the same building, they are now. They are totally separate veteran organisations though with different membership requirments.

I suppose they would rather be independant of another organisation, therefore separate buildings. That's the way its always been, but maybe it's time for a change. My post recently lost their post home also. They too are now sharing.

I know of a cpl Eagles Aeries who have closed for financial reasons.

-- Posted by BWare on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 5:29 PM

Jenny: Sharing a club building would be like sharing your house with your neighbor; we all have rules that may not match up with someone eles rules. Different military organizations have different membership qualifications. Like BWare said, http://www.legion.org/ offers everything you have asked here. For instance http://www.legion.org/history gives a complete history of the Legion, http://www.legion.org/preamble tells about the purpose (note the first four words are "For God and Country..."). It's all there, Jenny.

I wish the best for them.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 5:49 PM

Actually, for the two service organizations to share one building is not quite like sharing your neighbor's house. It is more like two churches sharing one building when they are of different faiths or denominations. While most people know of the Legion and the VFW, most do not realize that these organizations also have subordinate organizations within them and officers that need a minimum amount of space to store materials and work on post business in the post building.

The two organizations can share one building indefinitely, provided that the building had been designed to accommodate that when it was built. That is not the case.

Support American Legion Post 2, it supports local veterans.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 7:19 PM

Opps, meant "organizations".

-- Posted by BWare on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 7:22 PM

And there you have it Jenny, Leo has spoken. Of course he really didn't say anything that hasn't already been said.

-- Posted by BWare on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 7:24 PM

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