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Highlighting Helping Hands: Armuchee Amvets 2011, Inc.

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Highlighting Helping Hands

Brenda Eskridge and Commander Earl Eskridge, leaders at the Armuchee Amvets Post 2011. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

Answering the questions today are Commander Earl L. Eskridge and Bar Manager Brenda Eskridge of Armuchee Amvets 2011 Inc.

What is the purpose of your organization? Armuchee Amvets 2011 is a military service club. It’s a place for active and retired veterans to come hang out, watch TV and socialize.

How is your organization financially supported? The club is financially supported by a bar, and mostly donations from members and community.

How did you obtain your position? The commander is voted on every year for position, while the bar manager is a volunteer position.

What do you enjoy most acting as part of this organization? I enjoy helping and feeding the veterans and homeless at Christmas, and buying needy family Christmas presents. Last year we bought 25 children’s Christmas presents.

What is your organization’s biggest challenge? The biggest challenge is raising enough money to pay monthly bills.

Does Amvets use volunteers, and if so, in what capacity? We appreciate any kind of volunteer, from feeding at Christmas to helping with repairs around the club.

Is there something you would like to say to our readers? If you are interested in helping active or retired military, please come join Amvets or Amfriends for $30 a year. Together we can show our appreciation for what our military has done for us all!

THE FACTS:

Location: 30 Walenda Drive, Rome, Ga. 30165

How long organization in Rome/Floyd: since November 2011

Hours: Monday from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday 1 p.m. to closing, Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to closing.

Telephone: 706-266-1996

Website on Facebook: Armuchee Amvets 2011