Post hoping to boost membership at hog roast


By Heather Lusk

The American Legion is hosting a hog roast on Sept. 19, hoping to draw families and potential members into Post #79.

“We’re trying to get the community to come in and realize you could be a member here,” said DeeDee Woodrum, manager for the American Legion, pointing out that membership isn’t limited to veterans.

Bringing in new membership and getting them actively involved will ensure that the post stays open “so we can help our veterans,” according to Woodrum.

The Stand by the Post Hog Roast starts at 1 p.m. with food included in the admission price. Pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and macaroni and cheese will be served. A bake sale and silent auction with raffles will run throughout the day. At 4 p.m. a band will begin performing and will continue to play as late as people stay.

There will be multiple activities for families and children: face painting, a dunk tank, karaoke, a bounce house and slide.

“We’re not going to smother (visitors) with ‘join us,’ but we’re going to give them a short fact sheet to let them know how easy it is to become a member,” she said.

Woodrum will also promote the fact that the Legion is open to the public for lunch daily.

“You have to be a member to purchase alcohol,” said Woodrum, but there are no other restrictions.

“If they’d try it once they’d see how good things are,” she said of the Legion’s restaurant, in particular the fish and steak dinner the second Friday of every month featuring New York strip and ribeye cuts.

“If we could get 100 new members that were active that could come in and help support us,” said Woodbrun, “that would be a blessing.”

Admission for adults is $15 and $5 for children. Donations are welcome.

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