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Mt. Pulaski Times "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN pAPERS INC 217 W cOTA 17.m1,1,-c / SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Scroggin - Gee VFW Memorial Post 777 Consolidating With Lincoln VFW By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski VFW Post 777 CommanderRoger Bates said, "For at least the last three years .... we've seen the writing on the wall." i'' ..................................... ............ The Mt. Pulaski scroggin - Gee Memorial VFW Post 777 was chartered April 21, 1969. The Ladies Auxiliary to the post was chartered November 13, 1972. The name of the post - Scroggin - Gee honors the memory of the two local then who died in the Viet Nam Conflict. PFC Michael Thomas Scroggin was killed February 14, 1967 by a Viet Cong sniper near Quang Tri. SGT Leon Gee, Jr. died by rocket fire May 5, 1968.    Times Photos Roger, who has been a member of Mt. Pulaski VFW Post 777 since 1973 and regularly involved in the post  since the 1980s has been Commander since 2003 - - ' 2004. He emphasized that.this has not been an easy Relight Planning Commission decision "by any stretch." Some of the post memo- rabilia will be offered to the museum-the etchings Approval Was Expected of the names of Sc.roggin and Gee from the Vietnam Memorial and the post sign now in the window - are just examples he could think of r!gh t now. The post By Mike Lakin Last month, members of the Mt. Pulaski VFW began flag will be kept so that it can continue to be displayed In talking - separately - with an opponent and a taking the steps-to close the local VFW post on the at funerals of local VFW members. south-side of the square and move membership to the proponent of the Relight Wind Farm project, both Lincoln VFW. Commander Roger Bates said two fac- !i:  expected the Logan County Regional Planning Com- tors made the move necessary; declining membership mission approval that did come about. in the local post due to death and health of current The opponent said that what is making it difficult for members, the opposition "camp" is the existing wind farms oper- Currently, Mt. Pulaski VFW Post 777 has 32-mere- ating in the county. On top of that, is the additional bers. This is down from 2003 - 2004 when member- money that Relight has put on the table for the school ship roles stood at 60 - 70 members. Most of the district and Mt. Pulaski community organizations. decline in the last 11 - 12 years has been due to death "The money has the opposition facing a head wind," of members. Nationwide, small town VFW posts have said the opponent - adding no pun or joke intended. The proponent said the problem for those in favor been consolidating with other posts for the same of the project is two-fold. The opposition is very well reason as ours; as Roger said, "Our situation is not unique, we do not have the 'growth factor' of having organized and vocal - while most proponents will not local Gulf War Veterans that can provide new member- speak up in public meetings. The fear of this proponent ship." Roger pointed out that the Lincoln VFW does is that when the Zoning Committee meets they will not have that stabilizing factor - local Gulf War Veterans. find anyone willing to speak in favor - in public - and The process of consolidation will take 2-3 months to the Zoning Board will again not give approval going to the County Board. It was added that since the County complete. According to Roger, the Post 777 building Board is the final word, proponents are depending on will come under the control of the Lincoln VFW. After rumored vote switches that will give a vote of approval. the consolidation process is completed this summer, The School Board has a $12.5 million agreement Roger expects the building will be for sale. on the table with Relight that is all or nothing for the While no final decision has been made, it is pos- sible the name "Scroggin - Gee" will be added to the school district. Accept theterms to speak in favor of name of the Lincoln VFW post as a way to preserve the the project - and if the Relight project passes and is memory of the local VFW post. built - the school district has a promise of $12.5 mil- Members of VFW Post 777 are being notified of the lion coming to the district over 25-years. If the terms change. Members can transfer individual memberships are not accepted - and the Relight project becomes to Lincoln; they can also transfer their membership a reality - the school district receives no additional to other VFW posts. Roger said there are out-of-state One other point Roger made was conceming the money beyond real estate taxes. members of the local post that will likely transfer their VFW monument located on the Courthouse lawn. It The School Board meets Monday June 15. memberships to VFW posts in their own states, will continue to be maintained. $150 Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year June 13, 2015