Business is suffering everywhere, but in the shutdown, opportunities are plentiful for all businesses with a little insightful effort.
Such an opportunity was taken advantage of by the members and staff at Claremore’s Joe Ronnie Hooper Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Drivers passing the Post on Dupont Avenue noticed the outside got a facelift with all new paint. “We painted it light blue because we wanted to have a good background for an art contest to decorate the post,” said Commander Bill Richey. Their plan was approved and about to get underway when everything shut down. All local college students were going to be invited to compete on designing a mural to cover the entire front side of the building. Cash prizes were approved, then everything shut down prior to getting the information to the colleges. There is information regarding the contest on the post’s website, www.ClaremoreVFW.org and applications will be taken from now through October 1.
Even more renovations occurred inside The V Lounge, the Post’s bar. The bartenders wanted to make some improvements, so they spent the time off cleaning, painting and decorating the interior of the Lounge. The Post also put in all new flooring, the place is beautiful. With phase two going into effect Friday, May 15, The V Lounge will be opening up at noon. All bartenders and staff will be wearing masks, and lots of hand sanitizer will be available for guests. Constant cleaning of hard surfaces will also be the new normal.
BINGO will restart May 19, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. Masks will be available for all guests, and all staff will also be masked. Food service by Shelly Maggard will resume as well. She’s got some great things cooking up.
Operations for providing services for Veterans has resumed as of May 11. Monday and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m., service officers will be on hand to help Veterans get the services they have earned. Claremore’s VFW offers some of the highest success rates of navigating the cumbersome Veterans Administration system.
The Post and Auxiliary monthly meeting for May has been cancelled, however the June 8 meeting will be held, beginning at 7 p.m.
One last item of much importance is the annual Memorial Day Service at Woodlawn Cemetery has to be cancelled due to the unavailability of the Honor Guard from Claremore High School’s Jr. ROTC. This annual tradition is one of which the members value highly and are saddened to cancel. “We are looking forward to a much more normal year next year,” said Richey.
If you would like more information, contact the Post at 918.342.5730, and check the website at www.ClaremoreVFW.org. There will also be Facebook postings.