Middlebury VFW says it will stay put

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury VFW Post 7823 members have decided to try and make a go of sustaining their 530 Exchange St. headquarters, rather than putting the property on the market.
It was this past July that Post 7823 leaders said the organization was at a financial crossroads, in terms of keeping the organization’s Exchange Street meeting hall or selling it and renting space in which to hold their meetings and other occasional functions. Post 7823 had been running at a $30,000 budget deficit while seeing a steady decline in members.
Ron Browe, Post 7823 quartermaster, on Sunday, Oct. 12, again asked fellow Middlebury VFW members how they’d like to proceed. Members replied they wanted to keep the property afloat through such efforts as recruiting new members and finding new rental opportunities for the 100-feet-by-60-feet facility that sits on 4.4 acres.
“They want to keep it going,” Browe said in an interview Monday.

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