With the enactment of the Legion Act and positive changes to Auxiliary Unit eligibility, American Legion Posts around the country and abroad can expand their membership recruitment efforts. With membership expansion however comes the need for expanded capacity. Especially, for Posts operating kitchens. The Post kitchen is an important component in creating “family” environments wherever American Legion Posts serve food. Whether the occasional special event or weekly dinner offerings, meals at American Legion Posts allow families to “break bread” together.
The Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post 28 Grand Haven, MI has been blessed in membership growth including SAL and Auxiliary Units. However, the growth has mandated greater capacity and upgrades to the Post 28's kitchen. For more than 75-years, the Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post 28 Grand Haven, MI has served meals at the Post on a regular basis to thousands of guests. Post 28 officials created a kitchen renovation fundraising program called “Operation KP (Kitchen Project).”
Through various fundraising activities (car wash, brass name plates for chairs, member donations, and a comedy night), Post 28 is striving to meet their kitchen fundraising goal. A significant boost came when Post 28’s SAL Squadron Commander, Ross Berens, Finance Officer, T.L. Lowe, and Adjutant, Paul Kubicek presented a check for $30,000.00 to the Post 28 kitchen fundraising committee. Since first becoming chartered in 1937 -- and again -- in 1990, Post 28 SAL Squadron members have stood ready to help their Post in serving veterans, veterans’ families, and the local Grand Haven community. Charles A. Conklin SAL Squadron 28's hard work and continuous support of various non-profits, was recently recognized by Michigan's SAL Detachment as “Best SAL Squadron.”