American Legion hosts fall conference

Leaders from various posts to discuss membership drive, community programs

— The last time the Craig American Legion post hosted a fall conference for districts 13 and 14, the post was located at First Christian Church. This time, the local Legion has new digs to show off.

Today, members from seven American Legions posts - Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Meeker and Rifle - will convene at the Craig post on County Road 7. The location, formerly known as the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, became the American Legion's permanent home last year and was renamed the Mark A. Evans-Lawton American Legion Post No. 62.

Post commander Mel Shockley said the post has spent the week tidying up the building in preparation for the conference.

"Up and waxing the floors," Shockley said, "and just making the whole place look nice."

Various post leaders and members, as well as state American Legion officials, are slated to attend today's conference. Shockley said the post has prepared for 35 to 50 people to attend, including Ladies Auxiliary members.

"There will be several high-ranking state officials here, and posts from district 13 and 14," Shockley said. "But, you never know how many people from each post is going to show up."

The focus of the conference will be, among other issues, discussing ways to bolster membership and how better to promote various community programs.

The American Legion is the country's largest organization for veterans who served in wartime. Founded in 1919, the American Legion has about 3 million members across the country.

Throughout the year, the American Legion participates in commemorative events, volunteer activities and various community-oriented programs.

The organization also lobbies on behalf of veteran's benefits and other political issues, generally taking a conservative position. The American Legion is broken down into districts, which oversees individual posts, to allow smaller groups to have a larger voice, members said.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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