By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Calling it a “work in progress,” the new manager of Imperial VFW lounge has already made some noticeable changes.
Anne Iverson has officially been on the job as manager since Nov. 4, but started to transition into the position in September. She moved here from Lincoln.
She worked closely with previous manager, Darlene Jens, who retired after 26 years as manager.
A stop at the VFW Monday found the new manager hanging balloons and making other preparations for Tuesday’s New Year’s Eve party.
That’s not all she has planned.
Iverson said she wants to begin scheduling a dance once a month at the hall, and bring back bingo, which hasn’t been played at the VFW for about four years, she said.
In addition to here regular duties, she’s repainted the lounge and kitchen, and delved into a lot of general cleaning since taking over as manager.
She changed the lounge’s decor from its previous dark walls to a lighter color, “to make it more friendly and inviting,” she said.
Iverson believes the board is happy to have a veteran at the helm, who continues to serve with the U.S. Army Reserves. She is a lifetime member of Imperial’s VFW Post 4688.
Originally from Germany, Iverson moved to the United States in 1992, and lived in Florida until moving to McCook in 1997.
She joined the Reserves in 1998 as part of the Quartermaster Unit in McCook, and has been deployed three times.
In 2004, she served at Prince Hassan Air Base in Jordan, working in bath and laundry.
The next year, she served at Mosul, Iraq on security detail, and was called up again during 2009-10 as a training NCO in Baghdad, Iraq.
She is married to Imperial native Jerry Iverson, whose mother Marilyn, continues to live in Imperial. Anne is living with her in-laws now until her husband moves back to the area next spring.
She said they met in McCook “on a chance meeting” in 1997 and were friends for a long time. They married in 2001.
She has three grown children from a previous marriage, and one granddaughter.
Her son, Jean Paul, 30, lives in Seattle; daughter Ashley and granddaughter live in Lincoln; and her youngest, 21-year-old Alex, is going to school in Germany.
She said the job here interested her because she enjoys living in small communities.
Once her husband, a contractor, moves back they hope to acquire housing in either Enders or Champion, she said.