Rockford American Legion Post in danger of closing

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ROCKFORD, Mich. - American Legion Post 102 in Rockford says they are about $10,000 behind on their mortgage and if they don't get some help soon, they'll have to close down.

The post recently received notice that their mortgage is in default.  They say they'd like to raise about $600,000 to pay off their entire mortgage on their building and get back to devoting time and funds on the community of Rockford and the surrounding areas.

So far, the Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion have donated close to $8,000.  The community has raised about $600 on a GoFundMe page set up just four days ago.

Members say that declining Legion membership and fewer wedding reservations at the post's banquet hall have led to the financial difficulties. "We need younger members," said Jerry Rodel, Commander at Rockford Post 102. "We've got some of those members, but we really need those people to bring in new ideas."

They say their current building is a great place for veterans to meet and for the community to find support.  The post offers a food pantry once a month that serves several hundred families.

To contribute, visit their GoFundMe page here.  Also, residents are invited to eat at the Legion post and funds from the restaurant contribute to their bank account.

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  • Kevin

    The decline in wedding reservations can be solely attributed the lady they put in charge after the person who handled it for years and years retired. We have clients constantly telling us that they have attempted to contact her but get no response, and that she is inflexible. It’s a shame because it’s a great spot for weddings.

    • Keitha

      I am not inflexible and I have contacted everyone who has left a message. I am there everyday 6 days a week. I don’t know what clients you are talking about or what company you are talking about.

  • Garb

    Tuesday morning, she was an hour late to unlock the building for the monthly food pantry. All the volunteers, workers and patrons had to wait outside. Even the truck containing donated food was there before she was. Her inconsiderate late arrival, Tuesday, to open for the pantry event, wasn’t the first. Around 100 people, had to sit around waiting, while she wasted over an hour of their time. At least the weather was nice by the time she got there.

    • Keitha

      This is not the place to discuss me. This is about the Legion and trying to get help for it. If you have a problem with me then I suggest you call me or come and see me and I would be willing to hear your complaint. Putting the complaint here does not help the American Legion

  • Robin Calkins

    The American Legion Post 102 is not closing and going strong. Has a great Commander now and. great group set of people in place to run it and make it extremely successful.