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Legion inducts new officers

July 20, 2010

Continued growth, family fun and support of our veterans was the theme for the incoming officers of the Pine Island American Legion Post 136. Last week, members of the Legion welcomed its new officers for the 2010-11 posts. The new Commander, Barry August, accepted his appointment by sharing thanks with his fellow Legionaries.

“I am humbled by being your Commander. I follow in the steps of people like Al Orange, Doug Manson, Roger Paulson, Tom Ruscik and Joe Vallee. I have served under these fine gentlemen as adjutant for the past seven years,” said August. “This is not about me. This is about people like Carol Paulson, president of the auxiliary, Gary Avery, commander of SAL and Lonnie Hendrix, director of the American Legion Riders. It is about the executive board of this post. I can not remember a better group of people to guide this post through the upcoming years.”

August went on to recognize others who have contributed greatly to the Pine Island post including the post service officer, Dick Thomas, who has assisted many service people and their families for the past seven years. The hard-working lounge and kitchen manager, Linda Mitchell and Linda Lewis, and all the volunteers.

“My term will be as good as the people that volunteer to help this post grow and be a place that veterans, their families and friends want to come to,” said August. “We can do that by making this a more fun place to come to. Our membership will grow, we will make more money to donate and we will all benefit from the camaraderie that we will create.”

August also made several promises to the members of the Legion.

“I will not talk politics at the bar. I will listen to any suggestions as long as you are willing to be a part of the solution,” August said. “I commit myself and all of my executive board to work with the Auxiliary, SAL our bar and lounge manager and Riders to make this post the best that it can be.”

Auxiliary member, Carol Paulson will be wearing two hats during the coming year. Earlier this month she was appointed treasurer of the Legion District and on Monday, July 12, was officially appointed at the president of the Pine Island American Legion Auxiliary as well.

“Our mission it to continue our support for local veterans as well as children and our Pine Island community,” Paulson said. “In the past, we have contributed to every major charity on the island such as FISH and back to school programs for the children attending Pine Island Elementary School and it is our intention to continue that support. We will continue to try to be very active in the community and, for the most part, all of the money we raise stays here on the island.”

Paulson also shared her thoughts about her fellow Legion members.

“I am very proud of the Legion and particularly the auxiliary. They are all very dedicated and hard-working people,” Paulson said. “For many of us, moving to the sunshine meant leaving family behind, but here at the Legion and other places on the island, we have become extended families and rely on each other. That is the secret to our success as an organization and a community.”

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Marianne Paton

Carol Paulson was recently inducted at the Pine Island American Legion as Auxiliary president as well as treasurer for the Legion district.



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