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Granby Legionnaires make donations to Legion baseball, Girl Scouts

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

In an effort to become a real community service organization, the American Legionnaires of Post 88 in Granby are putting their money where their mouths are by funding more local causes.

At their Wednesday, Nov. 14, meeting, the Legionnaires approved two more sizable donations. One is being given to fund a summer youth baseball team while the other will help the Girl Scout organization in Grand County.

The first of those donations was $750 to help form a local American Legion baseball team for players up to the age of 16. The funds will be used to purchase uniforms and equipment as well as cover the team’s fees for officials, insurance and transportation costs.

The $750 donation was worked out between Post 88 leaders who had met with local baseball coaches James Newberry and Pete Cross in October.

The donation is only portion of the funding that will be needed for the team, which competes in summer league play. To help raise the additional funding needed for the American Legion team, fundraising events such as a garage sale are being planned this spring.

The other donation approved at Wednesday’s meeting was $250 for the local organization of Girls Scouts, which is part of the Denver Council of Girl Scouts.

Kelly Stern, the Scout leader for Grand County’s Snowshoe Unit, asked the Legionnaires for a minimum donation of $200 to help purchase uniforms for some of the local organization’s 78 Girl Scouts. However, the Legionnaires decided to up the amount of their donation to $250 to match what they had given last month to the local Cub Scout organization to help with its activities.

These latest donations follow a commitment in September by American Legion Post 88 to make a $1,200 donation to Operation Vacation, an organization that provides free three-day vacations in Colorado mountain resort communities such as Grand County to active-duty soldiers and their families.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, the Legionnaires discussed other possible projects such as the sending of gift packages to Grand County residents who are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This string of donations is part of Post 88’s stated goal to become a community service organization. That goal was set in September when the local veterans group held a reorganization meeting under Post Commander Russ Jennings.

American Legion Post 88 was founded in the late 1940s after World War II and was one of Colorado’s most active posts. In recent years, its membership declined to the point where it was forced to sell its building located on Fourth Street in Granby late last year.

Since then, Post 88 has been reorganizing and set new goals for itself. It has also begun a membership drive to bring more veterans into the organization. Vice Commander Hanes Dawson, who chaired the Wednesday’s meeting, urged the Legionnaires to “become ambassadors” to other veterans in Grand County.

Anyone interested in joining American Legion Post 88 is asked to contact membership chairman Steve Pechak at (970) 531-0624. For more information about the organization, call Vice Commander Hanes Dawson at 887-3847.


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