Lincoln VFW looking for a few good men,and women
September 21. 2012 By Mike Fak, Michelle Ramlow, the current Commander of the Cronin Brothers VFW Post 1756, sat in the empty hall talking about the Lincoln VFW post and its future. “We named the hall, The Freedom Hall Event Center but the VFW is still here, we haven't gone way.”
Ramlow made her remarks to clarify to the community that just because the name has changed and another eatery, The Wishbone, operates out of the basement, it doesn't mean there still isn't an active post at the location. She also wants it clear that she and active VFW members want the center to be even more for the community. And to thrive as a post Ramlow says the VFW members need to become more involved.
“We have 196 members and maybe 10 show up for the meetings” she said. Ten isn't enough to do all the things the post wants to do and Ramlow hopes members will come forward and actively support the VFW and its mission.
Michelle said the auxiliary is doing all they possibly can right now and VFW members need to follow their example.
Ramlow said the center wanting to do more for the community takes money and help. The VFW is financially stable, but besides the normal bills; like a mortgage to pay and utilities, the hall could use some upgrades to become a premier place to hold a special event in the community. The hall which can hold 200 is offered to the community for $250.
Michelle said there are several future fundraisers planned with more in the planning stages and that means more help is needed from membership. Future fundraisers will use the money for paint as well as obtaining matching chairs and tables. Then there is the need for a new ceiling in the hall and a replacement of an A/C unit that all costs money. She said that the current wheelchair ramp also will need replacing in the near future and that and everything else all takes money the center needs to raise.
Michelle said that an active Marine Corp League that also uses the hall helps along with the auxiliary in any way they can and also helps with maintenance, but the VFW needs membership to become much more involved.
Even with the few members they have now actively engaged, the VFW does a great many things for the community.
They sponsor a local blood drive, grow produce for the local food pantry, volunteer at the Oasis Senior Center, donate funds to the D.A.R.E. Program, hold the annual First responders thank you dinner in February, sponsor the Voice of Democracy essay contest for school kids as well as the Junior High Patriots' Pen essay contest where scholarships are awarded.
The post also acts as an advocate for returning soldiers who need help with their adjustments back into civilian life.
And Ramlow pointed out the center has frequent activities all the time including the Lincoln Dance Club and the Pale Riders.
Activities coming up soon are a chicken dinner on November 3 that will include a silent auction and zumba dance lessons. More on those two activities can be found in a separate story today.
And if you aren't a VFW member and want to be one, you can fill out an application. More information about VFW Post 1756 can be found at their website at http://vfwpost1756.org/