The West Men Society was started in 2013. It was started by four men who have a strong desire to help their community. These men, Keith Brooks, Keith Chaney, Edward Morris, and Broderick Nutter all hail from the west side of Salisbury, MD., hence the name. Over the past six years the organization has grown in membership and has elected Edward Morris as its President, Kevin Washington as Vice President, Edwin Jernigan as Communications Officer, Broderick Nutter as Treasurer, and Keith Brooks and Tony Dashiell as Historians. For the past six years, the organization’s primary role has been sponsoring The R I P Concert Tribute, which in its first year was called the John Postley Concert Tribute, at the Lake Street Playground.This event is designed to be a tribute to those who have gone on, as well as a community outreach program. It is our hope to revitalize this area of Salisbury. At this event, we give our young people opportunities to play musical instruments and perform. We give away musical instruments, school supplies, and sponsor a talent contest with cash prizes. There is live music as well as DJ played music.
Over the years we have had the support from local musical groups On The Edge, No Byscuits, Bluesman Tom Larsen, Uprizing, Committed To Serve and others. The funding for this event primarily comes from our members and a few donations from other individuals and a few local businesses. Our donors over the years include Pepsi-Cola of Salisbury, The Roaring Point Waterfront Campground, Bivens and Son Trucking, The Women Of War Ministries and private individuals Mr. Kurt Kormann, Mrs. Pauline Sevigny. Our only intake of revenue comes from the proceeds made by selling food at the concession stand during the event. This year will be a banner year for our organization as we will receive our official non-profit status. We believe this will allow us to solicit funds from local businesses to help fund our endeavors. We are looking forward to sponsoring more than one event per year. Our event has also allowed us to become donors as well. We have been able to bless HALO of Salisbury each year upon the conclusion of the event. Last year, we were also able to bless a family during their time of bereavement. It is our hope to expand the areas of our community outreach to include mentoring, tutoring, teaching, and ministering in an attempt to assist in meeting the needs of our community.