The tenderloin fry in May is usually the last fundraiser for Roland American Legion Post 307, bringing together the community of Roland and raising funds for causes like the State Veterans Home. But this year, the Legion decided to do one more special tenderloin fry.


On Friday, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. another tenderloin dinner fundraiser will be held at G.I. Jill’s, 207 N. Main St. in Roland.


The event is being held to help raise funds to replace the community’s pool, a $3.1 million project that voters in Roland overwhelmingly approved on March 5.


The June 21 menu will include a tenderloin, baked beans, potato chips and applesauce. It will be available for a free-will donation.


Normally the Legion doesn’t do its famous tenderloin fries in the summer because it’s hard to get enough members to put on these events, explained Keith Morgan, Post 307 adjutant. But Legion members felt the effort to raise money for the pool was important enough to do one more event.


“Our Post members feel it’s important to serve both as military personnel and Legion members,” said Tommy Chance, a Legion member. “Sometimes that’s by taking care of our fellow veterans and sometimes it means working with our community partners to make Roland better. We hope through projects like this we encourage people to serve within their community.”


The idea for the special tenderloin fry came from a discussion between the American Legion Post 307 and the Roland Pool fundraising committee. The committee was formed to raise money to offset the cost of the pool and members worked with Roland’s city officials to establish a special account to receive funds raised through their efforts.


If the city were to borrow the full amount of the project cost, the tax impact for a $150,000 home would be $355 per year. But fundraising is one way the committee is looking to lower that impact.


Kelly Schmitz, who is a member of the fundraising committee, lives north of Roland and her taxes will not be impacted by the pool bond. Still, she felt the pool fundraising project was important.


“My family is an example that the Roland Pool is also valuable to those beyond the city limits of Roland,” Schmitz said. “We couldn’t vote on the new pool, nor will our taxes be increased, but we’re thankful that it passed and want to do our part which is why I joined the fundraising committee.


“The committee wants to give more opportunities for families like mine to do their part with funding the new pool. I’m very thankful that the Roland American Legion members jumped at the chance to hold an additional tenderloin fry to benefit the pool. They are wonderful supporters of Roland and their tenderloins are great!”


Other fundraising events have occurred such as a pancake breakfast/5K, and a food booth at Scandinavian Days.


There will be a “Fun in the Sun” pool party at the Roland Pool on Saturday, June 22, which will include several events and food. Also, T-shirts that benefit the pool can be purchased at the Roland Pool.


If any other organization wants to conduct a fundraiser, they can contact the city of Roland, which will forward their information to the fundraising committee.


Supporting the Roland Pool is not a new concept to American Legion Post 307. The Legion helped raise funds to build the original pool back in 1968 and some of the current members were a part of that effort.


Today’s Legion members are looking to continue the tradition of building a better community by having the fundraiser, Morgan said.


“We hope that by bringing the community together for this event, residents will recognize that by working as a community, they can make things better for everyone,” said Jerry Christian, the Legion Post Commander.