This is a major undertaking for the post. Plans are being considered for a wheel-chair ramp and a new handicap bathroom for the Club in the upper portion of the VFW. The lower portion of the VFW, or the VFW Hall, already has a wheel chair ramp but to access the upper part of the building people must use stairs.
The Club itself serves as a major reception hall for wedding and private parties. Having a handicap ramp would allow more access for disabled patrons. "We are considering many options, including having the ramp at the back stair case. This would also make it easier for band and wedding to get set up," said VFW Commander Mark Patterson. "We will shortly be taking bids for this project," added Patterson.
The idea for the project came from Jan Wieland of the Cherokee County Work Services. She approached the VFW Post about having more access to the club.
She offered to help get the ball rolling because one of her clients, Kelly Clark, struck a unique friendship with the Cherokee Fire Department and was always invited to the annual Fireman's Ball, held at the VFW.
Clark enjoyed going to the dance, however he found it difficult to get access in the building because he is confined to a wheelchair.
To help the VFW remedy the situation CCWS began producing memorial buttons and t-shirts on the anniversary of September 11.
Also joining in the effort was Cherokee State Bank, which donated $1,000 to the project, which is call "Keeping the Faith," again inspired by Sept. 11.
Buttons and t-shirts are still for sale at the CCWS, however adult sizes are sold out, but orders can still be taken. You can also order the items through any of the VFW Veterans.
You can also donate directly to the "Keeping the Faith" fund at Cherokee State Bank.
On Nov. 12, Veteran's Day Weekend, there will be a benefit dance at the VFW Club featuring the popular band the Senders. Cost for the dance is $10 per person or $15 for couples. The dance starts at 8 p.m. and will last until midnight.
The goal for the project is $12,000, and they hope to obtain additional funds from other sources. The VFW has raised approximately $3,000 to date.
For more information about the "Keeping the Faith" fund contact Jan Wieland at Cherokee County Work Services at 225-4531, or stop by the CCWS at 322 Lake St. in Cherokee.