Tough choice for struggling Elgin VFW post: Time to sell building?
December 17, 2016
If you walked into the members- and guests-only bar of Elgin VFW Post 1307 on an average Friday night, you'd be lucky to find 10 people.
There is no bingo or fish fry anymore, although twice-monthly country line dancing and weekly raffles have survived. Occasionally, the hall gets rented for events.
And now, the post's membership will make a pivotal decision about its future on Jan. 2: Sell the building, or mortgage it to make much-needed repairs with no foreseeable means of repaying the debt.
Post Commander Art Buckheister and Post Quartermaster Scott Webb believe it's best to sell.
"The VFW is not about bars and canteens and things," Webb said. "The VFW is about veterans. Serving veterans and serving our community. That's what must be paramount. It's time to get out of the bar business."
Buckheister agreed. "We were pretty good at it for a lot of years. Now things have changed and it's time to refocus."
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