The VFW building has been closed to the public since last August because of internal organizational issues. But the local chapter of around 130 members remains active and in recent weeks has been discussing plans to lease out the building for small weddings and events.
The move will help generate funds for upkeep of the building, according to chapter leaders, and VFW membership has been working on a possible arrangement with Hopper’s Bar & Grill to provide catering as needed.
Headquarters shut down the post under a 90-day suspension last summer because of internal organizational issues. A team of state VFW officers was established then to work with local leadership to resolve those issues.
The state organization has since authorized the local chapter to reopen and local leaders are now sorting through details and paperwork, according to new recently elected commander Mike Paris.
Weddings and events would be the first step in going public, and Paris hopes that eventually the VFW will be open for regular business and events.
“Just like loyal American soldiers, we keep hanging in there” Paris said.