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VFW Post 4174: Outside the box

By Submitted by Pat Whitehall - | Jun 2, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the most popular sayings that has been circulating all over the country is to ”Think outside the box.” As we all have experienced this past year, many of our normal routines and the way we do things have undergone a drastic change. We can no longer just assume life will go back to what it was and in order to keep up with the new norm, we will most certainly HAVE to think outside the box.

What exactly does that mean? For starters, we all are actually going have to stop, take a few minutes to actually think without calling on Siri to help us and figure out new ways to accomplish whatever it is that needs to be done. One instance where many of the normal fund raising activities were halted was because of social distancing, or places being closed is the Poppy distribution which took place on May 28 and had to be done in a more creative manner than standing outside a local store and asking people to wear them, and having a small donation given in the specified canister.

Recruiting new members and inspiring others to work as a team is always an ongoing endeavor. To be successful, the matters should be split between an entire Post family and all suggestions should be considered. Instead of just mailing out flyers, thinking outside the box could become a group video, where some of the more interesting elements of the organization are shown. Or, hosting a luncheon at the post for the public can induce some of the people who are actually eligible to realize that joining would be beneficial to them.

Using the media, whether it’s TV or the local newspaper, upcoming events can be publicized and photographed so people can actually view some of the many activities. Picnics or sidewalk fairs are often good means of getting the word out about any organization. Just going for a lunch on any given weekday is also a good incentive for checking out a possible new venue.

At our Post 4174 at 25 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, we are always looking for ways to encourage members to join and participate and would love to hear the ideas you come up with when thinking outside the box. We’ll be glad to hear from you!