The American Legion was chartered as a national organization in November 1919. The American Legion is based on Four Pillars of Service: Fostering a Strong National Security, Taking Care of Veterans, Mentoring the Youth of Our Nation, and Promoting Patriotism and Honor. In November of 1919 fifteen veterans met in the First National Bank’s meeting room to organize a local post. The result was the Melvin Burrows American Legion Post 114 receiving its charter on Dec. 16, 1919. Melvin Burrows was the first WWI Veteran from this community killed in action (France, July 21, 1918.) Volga's American Legion Burrows~Young Post 114 was re-chartered in August of 1946, to incorporate and honor the name of Donald Young, the first WWII Veteran from this community to give his life in serving our country. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM, except in the summer months and in December. The Legion has many service projects such as sponsoring the Cub Scout and the Boy Scout Charters, Sioux Valley Scholarship, sponsoring Boy's State representatives, a Junior Class government trip to the State Legislature in Pierre, an Americanism Program and Legion Baseball. Other special or charitable projects are undertaken from time to time. Veterans who have served on active duty in time of war are eligible to join. Inquiries are welcome.
American Legion Auxiliary
The formation of the Melvin Burrows American Legion Post Auxiliary unit was held February 13, 1930 with 31 Charter Members. The name was changed to Burrows~Young in 1947. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Community Center. The Auxiliary supports Girl's State by sending one or two girls every year. The Grade School and the Christian School are supported by projects providing a flag informational program to the Second graders and presenting each student with a small flag of their own or another patriotic item. The Third graders are gifted with their own dictionary. Fifth graders have the opportunity to write an essay or a poem to be entered into a state-wide contest. A scholarship of $150 is made available to a graduating Senior descended from a Veteran. Before Christmas, gifts are provided to the VA hospital gift shop that residents may purchase for a nominal fee to give as gifts to their family members. Veterans are also supported by poppy sales. Membership is open to wives, sisters or daughters of a veteran. Inquiries are welcome.
The Volga Lions Club was chartered in March 1979 with 43 members.
The organization meets the first Wednesday and the third Thursday
of each month. The Lions offer sight service, providing money for
eye exams and glasses for low income persons. Annual projects include
sales of garbage bags and Halloween candy as well as compiling advertising
and information for boys and girls district basketball.
The purpose of the Boy Scout organization is to provide boys with
a program that will develop desirable qualities of character. These
goals are accomplished through the teaching and experiencing of
both indoor and outdoor skills such as hiking trips, canoeing, touring
historic sites, and traveling out East to participate in a National
Jamboree. Opportunities are given to develop their leadership skills.
The group is sponsored by the Volga American Legion Post.
Girl Scouts currently have seven Troops ranging in age from five
to 15 years of age. The Girl Scouts have individual activities and
meetings and also enjoy many joint events throughout the year (sleepovers,
outdoor fairs, science activities, etc.)