Six years ago, VFW Post #3571 purchased the North Delta Community House, intending to transform the vacant building into a post hall. Since then, post and auxiliary members have hosted several events to raise funds for renovation. They've also reconsidered their original plan to update the community house.
"We were told the roof can be fixed, but when we started looking at what else the building might need, and not knowing what we'd have to replace next, we decided to go for a new building. In the long run, I think it will serve us better," said Della Ware, auxiliary president.
The North Delta Community House has hosted square dances, weddings and receptions. "It would be nice to keep it, but I understand it was also condemned at one point by the city," Ware said.
"I've had it in my heart to do this project for a long time, ever since I became a member of the VFW," she added. "Right now, we don't have a place to meet at all." Monthly meetings are temporarily being held at First Baptist Church in Delta. On the first Monday of the month, members gather at 6 p.m. for a potluck dinner, followed by post and auxiliary meetings at 7 p.m. "It would be nice to have our own building," Ware said.
Cleary Buildings has been contacted about a 42x64-foot steel building that would include a large meeting area, kitchen and bathrooms, plus space for a museum and an ice cream bar. The building would be made available to the community.
Ware said a memorial garden will be established outside the building, to complement the flags that are on display.
To make the new building a reality, the VFW post still needs to raise close to $100,000.
The next fundraiser is Friday, Jan. 19, at the Delta Elks Lodge. A dinner of all-you-can-eat chili, salad, corn bread and dessert will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. A 1950s sock hop with DJ Skip follows from 8 to 11 p.m. A silent auction, costume contest and cake walk are also planned. Cost of the dinner and dance is $20 for adults and $5 kids 6-12, or $10 for the dance only.
Another big fundraiser is the VFW's annual golf tournament, scheduled at Devil's Thumb Golf Club May 19.
The post is also working with the Citizens Bank of Ouray to identify grant opportunities.
To learn more about the fundraisers, or how you can help the VFW hall become a reality, contact Della or Corky Ware at 872-3327.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.