CANTEEN

 WALLACE CHAFFEE 

VFW Post 1679 Canteen 

Members Only Private Veterans Club

 

Canteen Manager 
Gary Everett Thomas II

 

One of the most famous canteens was the Stage Door Canteen in World War II. The Stage Door Canteen was started and directed by The American Theatre Wing, War Service Inc, at the beginning of WWII. The canteen offered servicemen nights of dancing, entertainment, food and nonalcoholic drinks, and even opportunities to rub shoulders with celebrities.

 

The first Stage Door Canteen opened in New York on 2 March 1942 in the basement of the 44th Street Theater; it measured 40 by 80 feet and could accommodate 500 people at a time. Soon canteens would open in Boston, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco and Newark. Towards the end of the war there were Canteens in London and Paris. At war’s end and after serving so many GIs the Canteens would all shut down.

 

VFW Post 1679 has adopted the name "Canteen” to refer to the place within a Post where members can find entertainment and refreshments.

 

Wallace Chaffee VFW Post 1679 Canteen offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where members can avail themselves to a variety of activities like playing pool, throwing darts or a having a good ole game of Left Right Center, pinball machine and of course pacman. 

 

Post members have access to a juke box that contains a variety of music and multiple flat screen televisions that show different types of programs. Finally, Post members can just unwind or engage in conversation while enjoying one of the many different types of beers, cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks the Post has to offer.

 

The following Rules are here to keep the Canteen safe and enjoyable for all its members and guests.

 

Entry and use of the Post’s Canteen is for VFW Members and Auxiliary members who are in Good Standing.


All VFW members and Auxiliary members must have a valid membership card with them and are required to produce such card if challenged by the Bartender or a Post Officer.

 

Active, Reserve, Retired U.S. Military and members of Nationally Recognized Veterans Service Organizations are welcome.


Upon entry please show your valid Military ID Card or Active VSO Membership Card to the Bartender or, if present, a Post Officer.  Make sure you sign in our Guestbook.

 

Non-Members are permitted in the Canteen as a guest of a member, provided the member sponsoring the guest is a Member in Good Standing.


The member must sign the guest in to the Post Guestbook.


The member also assumes all responsibility for the actions of their guests.

 

Members and guests must follow the rules that are posted in the Canteen.

 

VFW Post 1679’s Canteen is non-smoking. Those wishing to smoke must do so outside at least 25 ft away from the entrance or we have a smoking gazebo that has chairs for comfort. 


Smoking while standing in or near the building entrance doorway is prohibited