An American Legion in Oshkosh found a new home after nearly a decade

American Legion Post 70 January, 30, 2017. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- St. Josaphat Catholic Church and School had been vacant for seven years. But now, it will serve a new purpose.

The American Legion Cook-Fuller Post 70 bought the property.

The Legions auxiliary president, Robin Larsen told FOX 11, "I think it's kind of like buying a house, its yours, you don't have to shift schedules around or be an inconvenience."

The legion has been without a permanent home for nearly 10 years.

The groups headquarters used to be in a building, now known as The Waters.

The Legions First Vice Cmdr., Bill Christianson explained, "We sold it because we were having some maintenance issues with the building and we were not able to sustain the building at the time."

Meetings were held at various locations including The Waters.

Paul Rhynar, the Legions chaplain said, "Some of our meetings have been in other places because the Waters have had functions go on there and were only allowed."

"That's what makes it nice," Larsen said, "You don't have to worry about what you might forget at home, you can leave it here."

The Legion also hopes the move will mean a boost in membership.

"I know some of the members left because they said we did not have our own building and ever since, some of them have joined other legion posts and if we're lucky maybe they'll come back," Christianson said.

The Legion plans to only use the school portion of the building, hoping to find a tenant for the church side.

The Legion expects a grand-opening some time this Spring.

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