Our mission, at the Lakeside Vets Club, is to unite all our members in a common bond of patriotism and fraternalism. We invite all Veterans and active military personnel to visit our club for membership details. Our accommodating social atmosphere provides a great place to meet friends, new and old.
The Lakeside Veteran’s Club stands united in the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice to preserve our democratic freedoms and principles. We honor, respect, and applaud all veterans who so bravely served our great country.
Lakeside Veteran’s Club Inc. was organized in 1935. The property, on which it resides, was acquired in 1940. The first club building, originally a two story house, opened in 1941. By 1946 the club boasted a membership of 200 veterans of the Spanish-American War, World War 1 and World War II. In 1988 the club commander Gar Fredricks said membership had risen to about 300.
Early one morning in April 1988, a fire broke out in the Vet’s club causing extensive damage. It was estimated that $10,000 worth of damage was done to the building structure and a loss of $25,000 in buildings contents. The Muskegon Fire Department was able to save the building from complete destruction, but another five minutes could have changed that outcome.
The Fire Marshal’s investigation revealed that the fire started next to the wall in the bar area. It was found later that the fish aquarium was the cause of the fire. You can now find this “fried” fish in the showcase at the club. The bar area of the structure is the only part that remains of the original club building.
In spite of the problems from the fire, the members of the Vets’ club have drawn together too physically and socially rebuild a strong and vibrant social club here in the Lakeside community of Muskegon, Michigan.