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Old 11-09-2008, 06:10 AM
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Locally we have a VFW and an American Legion...the VFW has a bar that is losing money, and has been for years, the building is in need of repair. They have a large membership, but only a few show up to meetings or do anything with the group. The conversation at this months meetings is if they should shut down the bar...I think they should, and only open it for events...I think it's the only way to save the Post.

The American Legion is just the opposite, they have a very small membership, their bar makes money, and they don't care about if you have your membership card.

How are the groups in your area doing? Are all of them having a hard time?
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:39 AM
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I can only speak to the VFW's in our area. Most are doing well and doing better than just 'breaking even'. The beverage prices went up a little this year to make up for rising prices. Our club encourages non-members and the youth (under 50) to patron the place. But the big money is hall rentals and any day where the hall is unrented is lost revenue. That may mean lowering the rental hall price. Some of the events may buy drinks which will help. However the biggest cost is a mortgage. If previous commanders have ran the place like it's their man cave, the second and third mortgages will bankrupt even the most well attended club. Keeping exact tabs on the money issue will promote financial stability in the future. Selling small parcels of land (for example, that back 1/2 acre nobody uses) can help as well as ensuring no employees are skimming from the register (it happens).

While in Texas, the VFW was doing well too. I think it comes down to recruitment. The VFW was formed to benefit the communities and the it's members but today it's more challenging when costs are rising (property taxes, utilities, etc). Having only older members that isolate themselves (no hall rentals) who only talk about the good-ol-days won't sustain any club. Gaining new membership, making the place fun, and increasing awareness in the community is essential to success.
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