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Posted on Oct 29, 2015

Important meeting nears for disbanding VFW post

The final meeting of the George Washington Post 24 VFW is one that its members should not miss, said Mark Owens, the post’s quartermaster and former commander.
The post is facing an important decision at its Nov. 10 meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. at Quincy City Hall. The post is dissolving but still has a “substantial” amount of money in its account, Owens said.
If the post doesn’t come up with a plan to disperse those funds, then the money must be handed over to the state Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Owens, who has been reaching out to area newspapers to get the word out.
“Otherwise all the work they did (raising the money) will go out of the area when it could have been used here locally,” Owens said.
Founded in 1989, the George post over the years has merged with struggling posts in Soap Lake, Moses Lake and Mattawa. Now the only VFW post in Grant County, Post 24 has more than 250 members, Owens said.
However, the post is dissolving because of inactivity from its membership; it doesn’t have active officers to oversee the post.
“People just don’t have the energy for doing that kind of stuff anymore,” Owens said.
The money was raised over the years from veterans manning state rest stops, community donations, the sale of a building and the merging of the other groups, he said.
In the past, the local VFW has been an active member of the community, helping not only veterans but their loved ones as well, Owens said.
At least 10 members must attend the Nov. 10 meeting to vote how the funds will be dispersed. Members must bring their membership cards.
Owens would like to see the money used for such projects as a perpetual scholarship or the Quincy Valley Veterans Memorial Wall. Or the money could be donated to a charity, he suggested.
“But it will have to be decided by the members at the meeting to be legal,” he said.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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