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Ellinwood VFW making changes
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ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood VFW still exists as a veteran’s organization but has ceased operation of the private club portion which includes the bar due to a lack of activity and economic times.

"We had a meeting on what we might do and nothing has been decided," said Quartermaster Larry Buczinski. "The members and auxiliary are still meeting and deciding what is next."

"We are looking into what our options are and what we might do to keep the veteran’s organization," Buczinski said. "We are always looking for new members."

"VFW is a dying organization," he said. "You have to have overseas wars to have Veterans of Foreign Wars."

With two to three generations of no wars, the VFW will cease to exist, he said. Of course, "We all want peace.

"A lot of VFWs have gone to the wayside," the quartermaster said.

The VFW in Ellinwood began in 1946. A building was moved to the site in 1947 from Walker Army Airfield, a World War II era base. The building was put on a basement.

The group participates in charitable activities, and does provide scholarships to high school seniors with priority given to member’s families. They will also provide items such as walkers to members in need.

Those seeking more information or to join can contact Commander Mickiel Goracke or Buczinski.