An installation ceremony was held at the American Legion Wednesday night, which was followed by a dinner for everyone to enjoy.
Patriotic colors filled the hall, as well as the tables. The ceremony also included many dignitaries who took part in the installation.
The officers that were installed Wednesday during the ceremony included Bill "Dock" Brooks as the new commander; Frank Taugner as the 1st vice president; Joe Rataj as the 2nd vice president; Mark Bethel as the 3rd vice president; Barry August as the adjutant; Jerry Congdon as the finance officer; Al Orange as the chaplain; Doug Manson as the historian; Tom Ruscik as the judge advocate; Peter Trazzera as the sergeant at arms and Dick Thomas as the service officer.
Linda Lewis was installed as the new American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136 president during a special installation ceremony Wednesday night.
The executive committee members include Joe Valee, Bethel, Ruscik and Bob Hornel.
August, who was the commander for two years, shared a few words before Brooks was given the gavel. He told the crowd that two years ago they all said they were a family, which continued during the time he served as the commander.
"You all can pat yourself on the back," August said. "Thank you."
He said the Legion has done a lot of building to the actual building, as well as with each other.
"We have grown together," August said, which he hopes will continue with the new commander. "Bill will lead us to an even brighter future."
He concluded his speech by telling the crowd that the last two years have been the most rewarding years of his life.
"Thank you and God bless," August said.
Brooks was also given the opportunity to speak during the ceremony. Although his emotions got the best of him, he was able to tell the crowd through tears that, "I will do the best I can."
The installation of the Sons of the American Legion included Joey Donkerslott as the commander; Billy Crane as the 1st vice president; Ernie Plourde as the 2nd vice president; Roger Beathard as the adjutant; Ruscik as the finance officer; Rick Alvarez as the historian; Mike Runas as the chaplain and Wayne DeMeyere as the sergeant at arms.
Donkerslott told the crowd that he sees a lot of ambition with the Sons of the American Legion this year.
"Post 136, we are the best," he said as cheers ruptured from the crowd.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136 installation included Linda Lewis as the president; Lee Congdon as the 1st vice president; Sherry Krchmar as the 2nd vice president; Guylyn DeMeyere as the secretary; Phyllis Blanton as the treasurer; Bev Young as the chaplain; Claudine Alveraz as the historian; Donna Fisher as the sergeant at arms and Sue Walter as the alternate sergeant at arms.
The members at large include Faye Bethel, Debbie Lewis and Evelyn Shelak.
Carol Paulson said a few words before the responsibilities were handed over to the new auxiliary president Wednesday night. She thanked the auxiliary for all of their help.
"I am very proud of the auxiliary," she told the crowd. "I was overwhelmed sometimes with everything we have achieved."
Paulson extended her thank you to Rubye Woodhead during the ceremony for everything she had helped out with over the years.
"Rubye is a terrific team player," she said.
Paulson shared that she thinks the new group of officers coming in has new enthusiasm. She explained that they had electricity of wanting to do new things here at the Legion and help.
"I wish you the best," she said.
Lewis, the new president of the auxiliary, said she was excited to work with the wonderful board.
"They are really encouraging me and helping me," she told the crowd.
The installation of the American Legion Riders include Director Mike Smith; Assistant Director Jim Hardy; Secretary Sue Walter; Treasurer Linda Ross; Chaplain Gene Gargano; Run Coordinator Ron Royer; Historian Sue Walter; Sergeant at Arms Gargano and Membership Chairman and Webmaster Tim Young.