Last updated: May 14, 2020
DANIEL WATERS CASSARD POST 208
Location: 133 - 44th Street, Kentwood, Michigan
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Dear Members, 12 May 2020
The Board of Directors for D.W. Cassard Post #208 has decided to keep the clubroom closed for the duration of summer with a grand reopen on 28 Aug 20. The current pandemic situation has forced the Board to make many difficult decisions about the welfare of the clubroom. We do not take any of these decisions lightly and want to make sure all members understand our first concern is for the safety of our members and guests. Secondly, we want to make sure we make decisions which help our club remain financially stable and available for our members for years to come.
Under current Government orders all bars and restaurants are closed until 28 May 20. It is the common belief among industry experts that when bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen it will be at reduced capacity, social distancing must be observed, and limited hours of operations. We must also take into account how to protect our members and guests, many of whom fall into high risk categories, as well as our employees. We would have to run all heating/ cooling, utilities, coolers, and pay employees, all at diminished revenue producing capacity. To put some perspective on this, in the summer of 2019 the P&L statements looked like this:
June: -$5663.28 July: -$8865.39 Aug: -$3362.23
These numbers were achieved with the ability to run at 100% capacity. Our business model requires us to make money during the winter months to sustain lower sales revenue during the summer. This year we have lost ½ of March, all of April, and quite possibly would have to run June on diminished revenue making capacity.
By staying closed throughout the summer we can keep the heating/ cooling low, have very low utilities, and in our estimate trim our “losses” for the summer to approximately $2-3k a month, saving an estimated $8-9k over the summer. This is a number our current bank account can absorb much easier and will put us in a good position in the fall to reopen financially stable.
When the Government restrictions are lifted and restrictions on the number of people who can gather eased, entity meetings will resume.
We understand this will not be a popular decision for some of our membership. They will decide to visit other American Legion Posts, Amvets posts, and VFW’s. We hope our members will understand and come back to their home Post in the fall. The short-term pain is for long term stability. We are very fortunate as a Post to have membership who supports their Post and we are in a position to weather this storm and come out the other side stronger. I have said before, our membership is strong. We have served in the Military and faced adversity or supported someone serving in the Military and have seen their adversity as well as our own. We will celebrate as a Legion family again soon.
I hope during this time we all take advantage and continue to serve our main mission- to support Veterans and our Community. The money you would have spent at the Club, use on gift cards for the Vets home. Time you may have spent at the Club, take a homebound Vet or spouse lunch or dinner. There will still be many things we can do to support our mission.
In closing, this was not an easy decision for the Board. Please understand we feel it is in the best interest of safety for our members and guests as well as the right thing to do for the future of our club.
Board of Directors, D.W. Cassard American Legion Post #208
Bob Baldry Randy Burkall Ron Weersing Max Ulrich
Jean Wisinski Will Baldry Bob Cook
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