WESTBOROUGH – American Legion Post 163 is looking for a few more good men and women.
The post wants to increase its membership and also to raise more funds for its charitable programs.
According to post member Adrianna Baltimore, an Air Force veteran who served during the 1950s, there is a “core” group of about 55 members, of whom about 12 meet on a regular basis.
That includes Baltimore, who used to be the financial officer for the legion post in Somerville. However, that post closed, and it was later torn down.
Post 163 used to call Parkman House home, but declining membership forced the post to close its doors. These days, members meet at the Senior Center on Rogers Road.
“There are 500 veterans in town, and we want to reach out to them,” said Bob Moore, a member of Post 163 who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
According to Baltimore, the effort to re-organize began with post Commander Paul Horrigan and Adjutant John Gallinaugh. In the summer of 2021, she received a letter from them asking if she would be interested in joining the post.
She did, and now she’s one of the more active members.
Over the past couple of weeks at the Stop & Shop on Lyman Street, she’s been selling tickets for a Bingo Nite fundraiser scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. at the Senior Center.
Across the table, a large cardboard poster describes the programs supported by Post 163, including a scholarship for a Westborough High student, sponsorship of two Westborough athletic youth activities, a Little League baseball team and a girls basketball team. The post also sponsors a Westborough student to attend the American Legion Summer Camp, and it takes part in the town’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities.
“We want to do more,” said Baltimore, who was recently featured in the “Hometown Heroes” banner program.
In case you didn’t get a ticket at Stop & Shop, tickets are available at the Senior Center. For information, call 508-366-3000.
In addition to bingo, there will be a raffle, a door prize and refreshments.