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American Legion installs 2017-18 officers

July 19, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last Wednesday night, the American Legion Post 136 hall was filled nearly to capacity as the officers for 2017-2018 were officially installed. Post 136 officers plus Women's Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion officers and American Legion Riders were sworn-in at the dinner ceremony.

Commander Tom Lewis opened the ceremony with the opening prayer, pledge of allegiance and the POW/MIA Empty Chair comments. The American Legion National Conven-tion calls for designating a POW/MIA Empty Chair at all official meetings of the American Legion as a physical symbol of the thousands of American POW/MIAs still unaccounted for from all wars and conflicts involving the United States.

Following Lewis' opening comments, the officers were sworn in:

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American Legion Post 136 2017-2018 Officers.

American Legion Post Officers (2017-18):

Commander Tom Lewis

1st Vice Commander George Bailey

2nd Vice Commander Tom Larkin

3rd Vice Commander Terry Roberts

Post Adjutant Lloyd Buck

Chaplain Bob Hoernell

Historian Dick Thomas

Judge Advocate Tom Ruscik

Sgt. At Arms Peter Trazzera

Service Officer Everett A Goodwin III

Past Commander Larry Nixon

Executive Committee: Patricia La Cour, Duane Looney, Gene Guargano,

Dave Moore


The Women's Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace.

American Legion Women's Auxiliary (2017-18):

President Claudine Alvarez

1st vice president Kim Miner

2nd vice president Margie Goodwin

Secretary Guylyne DeMeyere

Treasurer JoAnn Buck

Chaplain Bev Young

Sergeant at Arms Donna Smith

Asst. Sergeant at Arms Nancy Lesher

Historian Linda Lewis

Executive committee: Kathy Dobbin, Sue Bailey and Melissa Meyers.


Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of legionnaires. S.A.L. members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion Family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.

Sons of American Legion (2017-18):

Commander Mike Nigbor

1st Vice Commander Wayne DeMeyere

2nd Vice Commander Ernie Plourde

Adjutant Don Barber

Historian John Scott

Finance Officer Tom Ruscik

Chaplain Paul Flagg

Sargent at Arms Anthony Riccio

membership Rich Williams

Judge Advocate Jim Love

Past Commanders: Joey Donkersloot and Roger Beathard


American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children's hospitals, schools, veterans' homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

American Legion Riders (2017-2018):

Director Dave Moore

Asst. Director Don Barber

Secretary Joanne Correia

Treasurer Norma Royer

Sergeant at Arms Anthony Rocco

Chaplain Tom Ruscik

Membership Joanna Correia

Historian Joanne Correia

In closing the ceremony, Lewis said: "Till we meet again let us remember that our obligations to our country can be fulfilled only by the faithful performance of all duties of citizenship. Let service to our communities, state and nation be the main objective of the American Legion and its members. Let us be ever watchful of the honor of our country, our organization and ourselves that nothing shall swerve us from the path of justice, freedom and democracy.

"I am very proud to have been chosen as the post commander for a second time," he continued. "We've had a great year last year and I'm very much looking forward to this coming year. The American Legion's success depends on an active membership. It's everybody's participation that will make this a great year for Post #136."

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

For information on the Legion at 283-4434 or visit



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