Milaca VFW rejects Princeton merger

Siemers-Hakes Veterans of Foreign Wars  Post 10794 in Milaca rejected the request by Princeton VFW Post 806 to be consolidated with the Milaca post.

The Milaca post’s vote on April 10 to reject was unanimous, according to Milaca VFW Post Commander Dan Sandberg. He said that all 28 members present, including himself, voted to turn down the Princeton request.

The eight Princeton post members present at the Princeton VFW Post’s March 21 meeting had voted unanimously to ask if the Milaca post would accept starting the consolidated post, according to Princeton VFW Post Commander George “Andy” Sommer. The Princeton post’s small attendance at the March 21 meeting is indicative of the problem that led to looking into the consolidation process, Sommer said.

Sommer said the consolidation request was not sparked by declining membership. Sommer noted that the post has 190 members. The reason is more so the lack of Princeton VFW members supporting the post through attending meetings and participating in VFW activities, Sommer said.

Princeton VFW Post Quartermaster Jim Dalziel agreed. Dalziel said there is a core of only about 10 members in the post carrying out the activities.

Sommer pointed to the biggest annual activities of the Princeton post – the post’s color guard conducting ceremonies at rural Princeton cemeteries on Memorial Day to honor deceased veterans and the post assisting with the annual Memorial Day program in Princeton.

Sommer said that a big reason for the Princeton VFW voting to start the consolidation process was because it wanted to somehow keep the Princeton VFW Post’s number, 806, alive. If the Princeton VFW Post dissolved, instead of consolidating, the number and the post’s colors would be lost, Sommer said.

But now with the Milaca post turning down the consolidation overture, the Princeton post will have to regroup if it wants to keep going.

For the full story, see the Thursday, April 25 print edition of the Times.