Letter to the Editor - Sept. 4

September 04, 2012

Funding requests were not out of line

To the editor:

A letter was recently mailed out from a local Veterans organization asking for a donation from its members. Apparently some were somehow offended by there being “amounts” requested.  This isn’t new, as most profit and nonprofit organizations specify the requested amount when soliciting funds. For example, EMS organizations, volunteer fire companies, MPT, and the Salvation Army to name a few.

The amounts noted in the Veterans letter were determined based on current debt and the number of members. The letter indicated that if each member was able to make the requested donation the Post would be able to seriously address the financial burden it currently faces.

The letter mailed to the veteran organization members was “inclusive.” It brought to the attention of every member the hardships being faced and the need for its members to step up and help however possible. 

The letter included not only a request for a donation, but also requests for increased visits for dinner, social drinks, special events, and/or all the aforementioned.

It would have been irresponsible of the current post commander to have done nothing. He did the responsible thing by notifying each member of the struggles being faced daily at the Post. 

How each member responds is up to each individual. What each member can afford to do to help, is again up to each member. If unable to make a donation perhaps increased visits to eat is possible. If a monetary donation can be made, it will definitely be put to good use. Bringing new members is another way to help support the organization. Annual dues are extremely reasonable.

We have a beautiful Post, one of the nicest, if not the nicest in the State of Maryland. It’s practically a landmark in Hagerstown and we want to keep it open and operating. It’s in the hands of the members. As always, each member’s support and patronage is appreciated.

Howard Whittington,
SAL Squadron Commander, Post 42

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