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When a community organization needs help, all residents have to do is ask. At least, that's how things work in Clearwater.
The newly formed Sons of the American Legion expanded from five members to more than 40 after last weekend’s membership drive, according to commander Kelly Kerkman.
“This is symbolic of our community,” Kerkman said. “They knew the Legion needed help, and this is the response we got.”
Kerkman said the Sons of the American Legion was formed last month because of dwindling numbers of active members of the American Legion.
"The Sons of the American Legion was formed because we don't have enough active members in the American Legion," he said. "Actually, the last time a firing squad was needed at a funeral, members had to come from Chambers."
Current national requirements state members of the organization must be males who had parents or grandparents who served in the U.S. military. Members will assist the Legion with military funerals.
Kerkman said as of Tuesday’s meeting, the Clearwater chapter has 41 members but anticipates that number being closer to 60 in the coming months. Kerkman said not only is he not surprised by the community’s reaction, the response is a testament to why he loves the town.
“These are the reasons I live where I live,” he said. “It’s about people coming together to make things work."
The organization is already making plans to help the Legion. The bar will be open on Thursday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. and also on Saturdays from 2-8 p.m.
The sons of the American Legion plans to hold more fundraisers in the near future as members repair the Legion building. Another Husker Party is planned for Oct. 4 when Nebraska travels to Michigan State.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. (kickoff is 7 p.m.) with the main course provided by members. Those attending are asked to bring their favorite football food.
The event will also feature a Bags Tournament. Prizes will be awarded. To enter, contact Jordan Kerkman at 402-887-4106.
Sons of the Legion meetings will be in the Legion the third Wednesday each month at 7:30 p.m. Kerkman said the organization is looking for about 10 men to assist the Legion with military funerals.