- Associated Press - Sunday, May 21, 2017

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) - A female American Legion post formed after World War II is trying to recruit new members as it nears its 80th anniversary.

The Post Bulletin (http://bit.ly/2rmVPRO) reported that Austin’s Spam Post 570 is down to only two members. Post Adjutant Eileen Chao said she hopes to add at least 10 new members by the anniversary in July.

“We’d love to have 20 to 30 people who come in with some ideas and provide the energy and activity,” she said, “and get more involved in community projects, and do what American Legions do.”

The post is open to all woman veterans from any branch, Chao said. Prospective members don’t have to be in Austin because the group plans on holding teleconferences, she said.

American Legion Post 91 has helped keep Spam Post 570 alive during the past decade by paying its membership fees and sharing its building with the group.

“If it hadn’t been for them, the post would have lapsed,” Chao said. “Thank goodness for them. They’ve been giving us advice and information we need to get people signed up. They’ve been wonderful.”

The group was founded by Jay C. Hormel in 1946 and began with 20 members. The group participates in Veterans Day events, child welfare, making baskets for those in need, and visiting local hospitals.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com

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