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How was Commodore Sears and the Eastern members involved in the war effort in 1917?

After Congress declared war on Germany in 1917, Commodore Sears called the Under Secretary of the Navy, Franklin Roosevelt, and offered the use of the Eastern clubhouse to the Navy as a base. F.D.R. accepted and the clubhouse was used as a training station for the first year of World War I, primarily for training ashore and aviation training. Since the building was unheated, the Navy returned the clubhouse to the Eastern members at the end of the Summer