The Galesburg American Legion Post 285 will not be closing its doors after all.
The Legion’s board decided on July 19 that their doors would be shut immediately due to sinking revenue and participation as well as a stack of backlogged bills.
But then on Aug. 4 during the full member meeting, 40-50 members showed up.
Post 285 Commander Tim Roll tells WGIL that the voices were clear.
“Most members agreed that we didn’t need to sell the building,” Roll says. “But to restructure how things have been operating with the changing of times, how business has been conducted.”
He says restructuring was inevitable, saying for too long time the legion had weak record keeping.
He says before the legion was a clubhouse with a single checking account and now they’ll have several.
Roll adds that now the legion’s a “club that runs a business.”
They’ve enlisted a CPA to do the accounting as well as a finance officer, something that had before fell on to Roll.
He admits that this responsibility was somewhat overwhelming.
At the meeting members voiced their opposition to closing the building, members formed a business committee.
Post 285 has also established a Gofundme.com page.