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American Legion Receives Check from Heritage Jubilee Committee
posted November 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The
American Legion Hezzie Griffis Post #30 is $5,000 closer to healing its
financial woes. The Post was presented with a check Thursday night from
Joel Jolly, chairman of the Heritage Jubilee 2008 committee.
Approximately 30 people were present for the presentation and regular
meeting. "It was an easy choice for us to make after seeing the need
described in an article in the newspaper," said Jolly. "We had a
meeting and decided in less than a minute where the money was going."
The Jubilee committee donates the proceeds from the event every year to
a different charity.
"These are tough times. We wish it could be more," said Jolly. "It was
not quite as much as we had hoped for. But we are very grateful to the
local folks who gave at the festival knowing where it was going."
"This was a windfall and unexpected (the Jubilee's decision)," said
Commander Matt McGinnis. "It puts us in a more comfortable position.
We've gotten out of the red ink we were in last year. We're very
thankful for all the help we've received."
McGinnis said that like many other entities they were struggling to
survive and had more output than input this time last year.
"We lost eight of our members last year," he said. "Also, we have
always been able to depend on our dues, but the part we are able to
retain from the American Legion gets less and less each year. Unless we
have fundraisers, we can't make it."
He said the Legion approached the County for help with the insurance on
the building a while back. The insurance comes due once a year and it
is almost $900. The County uses the building as a polling precinct.
"This building was built in 1919 and was a WPA project," he said. "It
would be hard to replace."
"The County gave $1,000 and the Legion held a steak supper, raising
McGinnis said some of the current money will be used to replace ceiling
panels and roofing tiles.
"We just did some work in the Ladies Auxiliary area where water was
coming in," he said. "The gas heaters are new and the front porch has
been redone. We will now have a prudent reserve, which we haven't had
in a long time."
The Legion currently has 93 members, many of them inactive. "We have
not been able to recruit many of the younger ones," said McGinnis.
"Membership is only open if service was during certain time frames.
It's been open since 1990 (the Gulf War) to today."
If interested in joining, contact McGinnis or Ken Hartkopf or come as a
guest first. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month.
Memorial contributions (when a loved one dies) can be made to the
American Legion through the Veteran Affairs office in Edgefield.
Pictured above: Joel Jolly, chairman of the Heritage Jubilee, presents
Matt McGinnis, commander of the American Legion Post #30 in Edgefield,
with a check representing the proceeds from the 2008 Jubilee.
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