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American Legion Post #140 Family

We are located at 325 North Ohio street, Greenville, Ohio. Yes, home of Annie Oakley.

About the author:

I am American Legion Post #140 Erk Cottrell, Auxiliary's Chaplin. I enjoy writing about our post and want the entire reading area to know how we can come together as a Family.

 

Doug Cole

February 1, 2015 - 7:25pm

I am writing this comment because I'm a bit disappointed in the actions of some of the members of Post 140. First I'd like to give a little history of my families connection with the Legion. My Father Harold Cole was Commander, bartender, treasurer/secretary of Post 140 for several terms during the sixties and seventies and a lifetime member. After which he became the janitor after you moved to the "new" building and until his death in 1994. My Mother Betty was a member for 30+ years and was an officer in the Auxiliary. My Brother Troy has been a member as well. I myself was Commander of the Sons back in the day. I literally grew up at the Legion and was a member until 1994. I have always had good feelings about what was my second home growing up.
Now I'll get to why I am writing this. Last Friday night the band Eyes on the Sky asked me to do sound for them at the Legion. I have been a professional audio engineer for over 30 years. So I agreed and thought I might see some of the folks I grew up around. Anyway... this band that you folks hired to play is a ROCK/BLUES band. That is what they play. Rock or Blues is presented a bit louder than an acoustic duo in general.
My disappointment come with the way your patrons reacted to this issue. Many of them made were rudely making comments at the band & my wife and I. The 9 or 10 people at the tables beside and behind us carried on a running commentary of rude comments about being to loud and how they were going to leave because of it... For TWO hours. They were so busy giving us the business they didn't notice we were doing what we could to get volume down to an acceptable level. The drummer even put coats and blankets over his drums. Those folks weren't the only ones but the closest to my wife and I. So I've had a couple of days to think about this and my conclusion is that they didn't like the music itself and any level was going to be to loud just because THEY didn't like the music being played. I did notice it was mostly the older folks making the comments sometimes louder than the band was playing.
To sum things up, your membership made all of us feel very alienated. A couple of the guys in the band our Veterans. Is this how you treat visitors to your club? All of us were potential members. I know clubs like the Legion, VFW, ELKS are having trouble getting younger members. I noticed that most of the complainers were a bit older than myself 56. Are your younger members rude to bands that come in that play music they don't care for or aren't loud enough? Is it because your older members are desperately hanging on to the way it has always been and are afraid of change? Maybe you should know something about the groups you bring in. Maybe bring groups in with the younger members in mind and vice versa. Tell people what kind of music the groups are playing. This was a bad experience for all and I am sorry for that... can you say the same? The Band and I have the upmost respect for our Veterans. We didn't feel respected at all!
Please address this at one of your membership meetings. Thank You, Doug Cole

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