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During the 1970's and 1980's, Post 156 still had to scrounge around to find regular meeting places. Some local businesses were accommodating but they weren't always attentive to the Post's needs as they still had customers and clients they needed to keep happy. Also members had to get used to constantly changing meeting venues, a very unpleasant task. Finally on June 13th, 1989, Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156 began holding regular monthly meetings in the basement of the Yingling-Ridgely VFW Post in Ellicott City.

 

During the 90's membership continued to drop with the Post losing 50 members from 1996 – 1999. Some were due to deaths among the members but most appear to have been from lack of interest with a typical meeting having only 4 members show up. The Post wasn't able to sponsor any of the youth programs, police or fire department awards or even give money to Charlotte Hall, Maryland's only Veteran's Home. The officers considered merging with another post or reducing the meetings to just 4 times per year in an attempt to mitigate this problem.

 

In the mid-2000's, due to focused efforts by Post leadership, recruitment and retention efforts began to pay off. Adjutant Bill Smith alone signed up 40 members in one year. Operation Member Retention, an effort to visit every member each year, used high school students needing service hours to assist with this. By now, most members had access to email so lots of money was saved by not having to spend 37 cents for each letter.

 

Since then, Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156 has grown and prospered. There currently are over 400 members and the Post is active on many fronts. The post sponsors an abundance of youth activities including Cub Scouts, a Venture Crew, Boys State and even Girls State. Recently they've presented a veteran's point of view at local schools, have representation in the Howard County Veterans office and work with the local landfill where they've set up boxes for residence to deposit no longer serviceable flags for proper disposal. These flags are gathered quarterly and respectfully retired with the help of various youth groups as well as all the local service organizations.

 

Their balance sheet is doing better than ever allowing the Post to give money and/or items to Charlotte Hall, MCVETs, American Legion Charities, the Semper Fi Fund, The Independence Fund, Vivian Bailey – Care Packages to the Troops and flags for Garrison Forest Cemetery. In addition, members from the post regularly head over to BWI airport and greet veterans heading down to Washington D.C. as part of the national Honor Flight Program. Not everything the Post does is altruistic. They have an excellent time every month at the Columbia Mission BBQ where they belt out the National Anthem at noon and enjoy some of the best food in the area. They are looking forward to celebrating their 75th anniversary this fall and finally, the end of the year is capped off by a grand Holiday Party with excellent food, beverages, music, Santa and best of all, the company.

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