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Clubs and Organizations: American Legion looks to increase role in community

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Finding a new home for itself and a new role to play in the community was the focus of American Legion Post 88’s meeting held at the Granby Library last Wednesday.

Due to rising expenses, Post 88 was forced to sell its old building on Fourth Street in Granby last winter. Since that time, the local veteran’s group has been holding meetings at the town’s library.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the Legionnaires discussed several possibilities for a more permanent headquarters. The organization needs a place to hold its monthly meetings and activities and store its equipment and supplies.

Another major topic of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting was the new community service role that the revitalized local veterans group wants to serve for Grand County.

One of its first steps in becoming a service organization was taken at its last meeting in September when the Post 88 members approved a $1,200 donation to Operation Vacation that provides three-day vacations in Grand County for active-duty soldiers and their families.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the Legionnaires decided to make a $250 donation to the local Cub Scouts. Cubmaster Craig Hardman of Cub Scout Pack 104 was present and explained that Grand County young group’s needs. A check will be presented later this month.

Another service project discussed was the providing an annual scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Post commander Russ Jennings suggested a scholarship for students wanting to enter trade schools. Monica Fuqua of the Middle Park High School staff provided the Legionnaires with information on how a scholarship program could be set up.

Another local service project discussed was the possible sponsorship of an American Legion baseball team for teenagers.

In other business, Hanes Dawson was elected as Legion Post 88’s new vice commander. He said one of his priorities will be to increase the post’s membership.

American Legion Post 88 will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Granby Library. For more information, contact Dawson at (970) 887-3847.

” To reach Will Bublitz call (970) 887-3334 ext. 19602 or e-mail wbublitz@grandcountynews.com.


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