The Post received its charter February 23, 1968 and was authorized and constituted May 3, 1968. Construction on the Ronald G. St. John VFW Post 9328 hall began in 1972. The Post is named in honor of Ronald G. St. John, a native of Harrison, who was an HM3 (Hospitalman 3rd Class Petty Officer) in the U.S. Navy. Ronald served with the Marines in Vietnam. It was through the combined effort of several local residents working together, volunteering hours of their time over a period of four years on a small budget, that achieved getting the building erected. Since its completion in 1976, the spacious hall has been utilized for numerous events, including: weddings; dances; dinners; bingo; public forums; the Harrison Lions Club Annual Gun Show; birthday parties; as well as the regularly held meetings of the VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary members. William I. Pembroke Post American Legion #139 also meets at the hall. For a number of years the Woodland Rebekah Lodge #42 held their meetings in the hall.
As of September 14, 2011,
VFW Post 9328 numbers 63 members.
COME JOIN the VFW! COME JOIN US!
Any veteran interested in becoming a member of VFW Post 9328, please call the Post Commander or one of the other Post officers OR email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Many of you defended freedom yesterday and still many of you are defending it today!
All of yesterday's and today's military service members are welcome into our ranks!
We have much in common: on the battlefield; in the air; on and under the sea.
Be a part of the oldest and the most elite service organization in the country!
We have members who have served with you in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo and numerous other places, the Mid-east, in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan! You name it. We've all fought for peace and human rights throughout the world and, like you, we've all defended the United States! We understand your courage and dedication ... and your sacrifice and that of your family, too! We appreciate what you've done in the recent campaigns against terrorism as members of our peace-keeping expeditionary forces.
By becoming a part of the VFW family today, you can make a difference in your community tomorrow!
Note: As of 9 October 2005, eligibility for VFW membership includes the following:
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Combat Action Badge
SSBN Nuclear Deterrent Patrol Breast Insignia
Also, any ladies interested in joining the Post Ladies Auxiliary, please contact Treasurer Linda Moynihan at 207-583-9182. It must be acknowledged and gratefully so at that, without the ladies support the doors to this post would likely have closed long ago. Ask any Ladies Auxiliary member why they are members and you, too, will then want to be a member!
It's easy to say and it's true! The VFW everywhere is a family!
It is essential that we expand our membership to include younger as well as older veterans of foreign war. We are not an old folks home and should not be perceived as such. I fear, however, that this is the way many think of us and, okay, on occasion, perhaps rightfully so! Surprisingly perhaps, it must be understood by all that life is a process. Few of us escape the process! It may be difficult to grasp, but all of us were younger at one time or another!
Increasing our membership will help the Post in many ways. We need to retain members; not discourage them by always expecting a few to do more to keep our Post home an active one. As is often typical of many non-profit organizations, over time, many formerly active members become discouraged and they drop by the wayside. This Post is not an exception to that.
Over the years, our losses have been due in large part to the disappointing fact that not all brothers and sisters who were physically able, whether in the local area or "away", stepped up to the plate in one way or another to help operate and maintain the Post. Being a member means you're involved, not just a member-at-large. Members who have realized this have maintained their membership at "dues time" without being reminded and, although "away", many of the faithful have reminded us in numerous ways that they are very much interested in the well being of this post. In other words, membership goes beyond just simply saying: "I'm a member of the VFW." This should go without saying, but it bears repeating from time-to-time.
Although the leadership has struggled to inspire and motivate members to help recruit new members and to also renew their own membership, numbers have decreased, and, of course, time has naturally taken its toll, too. At one time this post boasted over ninety (90) members. People will say: "Well, times have changed." That is, of course, true. All times change and, when people say these are different times, they're right. All times are different times. Times change and attitudes change with the changes. The goals and attitude of the VFW, however, have remained steadfast. Some gave all and all gave some. From time-to-time, people, especially in Congress, have to be reminded of that! Few in Congress, if ever any, have fought in the wars they've bothered to declare! The armed forces of these United States should never be taken for granted. Maintaining the VFW and your post strong ensures our voices are heard in Washington!
In recent years a few members have found themselves doing double and triple duty to fill officer positions and meet the needs of a building the size of our home demands. Frankly, and obviously, it's difficult for only a few to maintain and operate this post. Plain and simple, "more" are needed to help the "few" who are doing what they can to keep this post alive. If we have many members, then everyone can do "something" to help and the "few" can get a much deserved break!
For a small post, we do a lot to help the active duty and veteran community. We have to do a better job of getting that word out, especially to those recently discharged. As our membership ages, it becomes more difficult to accomplish our goals. Harrison prides itself on being the "Can Do Village" and "The Friendly Village". VFW Post 9328 has been a part of this pride for many years. It takes a village and VFW Post 9328 is definitely very much a part of this village!
Post 9328 is not a "watering hole"! Post 9328 get things done without pounding its chest. Nonetheless, help from our brothers and sisters would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, and regrettably in some instances, it may take a while longer, but what needs to be done, gets done!
VFW Post 9328
176 Waterford Road (Rte 35)
Harrison, ME 04040-3009
Driving directions: (see map below)
(A.) When driving north on Rte 35 from Naples area towards the Friendly Village of Harrison, turn left at the intersection of Rtes 35 and 117 - just past the Harrison PO and Town Office/Library - and follow Rte 35 & 117 through town. Take a right, opposite the Town Boat Launch, onto Waterford Road (Rte 35). The VFW Post hall is on the left about 1/16th of a mile past the beginning of the 45 MPH zone - a little over a mile north of Harrison proper!
(B.) When entering Harrison from the west on Rte 117 from the Norway area, continue through downtown Harrison and follow Rte 35 by taking a right opposite the Town Boat Launch onto Waterford Road. Proceed to the VFW Hall as described i paragraph (A.).
(C.) When entering Harrison from the east on Rte 117 from the Bridgton area, turn left onto Rte 35 (Waterford Road) opposite the Town Boat Launch and proceed to the VFW Hall as described in paragraph (A.).
(D.) When entering Harrison from the north on Rte 35 from the Waterford area, the VFW Post hall is on the right a little over a mile north of Harrison proper!
VFW Post 9328
PO Box 698
Harrison, ME 04040-0698
Telephone Number during meetings and events: 207-583-4615
There is a telephone in the upstairs kitchen and inside the downstairs kitchen.
.....Outgoing calls to the local area only....
Post Meeting Times:
Post and Ladies Auxiliary Monthly Meetings: Second Wednesday 7:00 PM
Both meetings are held downstairs.
Ladies Auxiliary Suppers are on the second Saturday, 5:00-6:30 PM, in April, May, June, then, September, October and November in the dining room downstairs. During the year there are other suppers AND breakfasts put on by volunteers from the Post and volunteers from William I. Pembroke American Legion Post 139, Harrison. Proceeds from all of these events help maintain and operate the VFW Post and its Ladies Auxiliary, support their local projects as well as VFW National programs!
The large hall upstairs, the dining room downstairs and our new Meeting Room are available for rent on most days and evenings with the exception of post meeting times. With respect to availability, see Post Meeting Times in red above and note, too, that the William I. Pembroke American Legion Post 139 meets downstairs at 7:00 PM on the third Monday, except during winter months, usually December through March. The Post also conducts events on other dates in addition to meetings, breakfasts, and suppers. (See the web site Events page.) Also, of course, since the hall is rented on occasion for a variety of events, these dates may not be available. For more specific information on availability and other rental information, please call the Post Rental Representative at: 1-207-809-4605 or 1-850-501-2709.