Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Changes ahead for the annual All-Central reunion?

The bar at the VWF Post 1318 on Lakeside Street has closed, according an article by Lee Sensenbrenner, published in today's edition of The Capital Times. The lengthy, well-written, and well-balanced story suggests the bar's demise may have been a result of Madison's smoking ban. However, in the following excerpt from the article, the post's commander reminds us that the VFW's primary functions have little to do with alcohol and tobacco:

Post 1318 Commander Roger Boeker, also a Vietnam veteran, said that VFW is a service organization that fights the perception that it is "an old man's drinking and smoking club."

"We aren't that," he said. "Our motto is 'To remember the dead by serving the living.'"

Central alumni, no doubt, will wonder if these changes at the VFW will affect next February's All-Central reunion, since this annual event has always been held at the VFW on Lakeside Street.

Rich Bennett, the man who organizes the All-Central reunions isn't easy to reach, but maybe someone who reads this and sees him will tell him to give me a call to let me know what's happening. I expect to be talking to Roger Boeker, a member of the Class of 1960, in the next few days, so I'll also ask him what effect he thinks the closing may have on All-Central reunions.

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