“About five years ago, the post had fallen on some hard financial times, but through some luck and by implementing better business practices, we were able to turn things around,” Post 100 Commander Jim Duncan said. “The reason we decided to hold the celebration was because 70 years is a long time and it’s a milestone we wanted to recognize.”
Doors opened at 10 o’clock, kicking off an exciting day of presentations, food and entertainment. Commander Duncan presented certificates of service to past commanders of the post, as well as to former leaders of the Sons of AMVETS and AMVETS’ Ladies Auxiliary.
“As a past AMVETS state commander and a longtime AMVETS member, I’m proud to be part of this 70th anniversary celebration of Post 100,” Ed Wright of Jacksonville said.
“The celebration is another way to get the AMVETS name out into the public, letting them know we are an open club,” Vice Commander Alice Towers added. “We hope to draw younger members to the organization. I would also like to reach out to more female veterans and encourage them to participate in the AMVETS.”
With over 260 members, Post 100 is one of the largest AMVETS posts in Illinois.
“The reason I enjoy belonging to the AMVETS is for the camaraderie and the shared experiences of serving in the military,” Lewis Camerer of Jacksonville said. “It doesn’t matter what branch you served in, we are all part of one big family.”
“We also act as a clearinghouse for veterans looking for assistance or information on benefits,” Commander Duncan said. “We are also active with the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. We host an annual Good Friday party for the residents and some of our members serve on the Veterans Home’s advisory council. Our vibrant Ladies Auxiliary also donates resources to the five Illinois veterans homes.”
To find out more information about AMVETS Post 100, call them at 217-243-9990 or visit their Facebook page.
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