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12/13/2012 6:29:00 AM
Catholic War post faces financial hardship


Marie Sigmund of La Salle marks off Bingo numbers with her dobber during Bingo on Thursday December 6 at the Catholic War Veterans hall in La Salle. Post 1229 is concerned about funding now and in the future and may need to close if new funding sources cannot be found.NewsTribune photo/Amanda Whitlock
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Marie Sigmund of La Salle marks off Bingo numbers with her dobber during Bingo on Thursday December 6 at the Catholic War Veterans hall in La Salle. Post 1229 is concerned about funding now and in the future and may need to close if new funding sources cannot be found.
NewsTribune photo/Amanda Whitlock
Sharon Lemmer of Mendota scans her card for the number called by Valle. Lemmer has been playing Bingo at the Catholic War Vets for a little over a decade. The most cards she ever plays nowadays is 21 at a time.NewsTribune photo/Amanda Whitlock
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Sharon Lemmer of Mendota scans her card for the number called by Valle. Lemmer has been playing Bingo at the Catholic War Vets for a little over a decade. The most cards she ever plays nowadays is 21 at a time.
NewsTribune photo/Amanda Whitlock

Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter



Catholic War Veterans Post 1229 in La Salle has a problem similar to that of other veteran-affiliated groups: membership.

The ranks of philanthropic veterans groups have for decades been filled by dutiful World War II vets. But less than 1.5 million are left, and younger, former military servicemen and women are not making up for the losses.

“We could also use more bingo players on bingo night,” said Marilyn Smudzinski, auxiliary president of Post 1229. “Membership is a real problem.

“The only way we keep the doors open is if we keep having a good bingo night.”
Post 1229 has a hall located on Route 351 in La Salle, but it may not stay that way for long.

Very few people rent out the hall and Smudzinski estimates its Thursday bingo game needs at least 90 people to play in order for the CWV to keep the doors open.

In addition, proceeds from bingo night and hall rentals also are used to fund the post’s many philanthropic efforts.

The hall has served as the home for Project Santa, an effort to ensure soldiers receive Christmas gifts. And the post donates volunteers, money and foodstuff to a variety of local charity events.

“We hope that if the public is made more aware of what we do, then maybe we can stay open,” said Bill Bradford, Post 1229 Hall chairman.

The hall has served as the home for Project Santa, an effort to send soldiers stockings full of Christmas gifts.

So far, post members have relied on word-of-mouth to get their message out to the community. On occasion they will post messages in local Catholic churches’ bulletins, but there isn’t enough money for them to do any kind of real advertising for their post.

“Without Bingo, we’d be forced to close,” Smudzinski said. “That’s what we’re facing right now.”












Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: METALWORKER

O K chief. What ever you say.
I, thaugh, do not hate any one. What was done was done. I will not however sugar coat what was done. It happened as noted and I was not the only one who was turned away.
I did fine for my self and back then these orgs were flying high and set requierments. That is the way it was. End of story!


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: CRobinson

MW, too bad you're so full of hate. Maybe a night of bingo at CWV will sooth your nerves. And, I'll bet the KofC will have a different version of the story you spun.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: METALWORKER

All of these groups are suffering from their ownself importance.
I was seperated after a six year tour in the armed forces, came home a sgt. with a chest full of medals. I went to each of these orgs. and all in turn without exception said that there was no room for me in these units as the USA was not in a declared war on forgien soil at the time of my inlistment.
They are reaping just what they have sown. They did not want me then and I have no need of them now.
Almost the same thing with the venerable Knights of Colmb. For six years I sent an allotment to them to pay for an ins. annuity. I came home and continued to pat into that annu. for about eight mon. I found a home, partialy built on ten acres of timber between Spring ditch and Depue. I liked it and wanted to buy it. I had enough cash valur in the Knights to cover the down payment and then some.
Well, guess what. I went to the office in La Salle and was told that because I was in the military for the past six that the ins. ann. was not in effect so the $110 per month that was sent to them and accepted had no value and had to be restarted that day and would then accrue value forward but the past was lost, gone no money.
Is it any wonder why these org are loosing members.
Remeber these are supossed to be good christian groups. HA! HA! HA!


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