Local Legionnaires hold fall conference

Local Legionnaires hold fall conference Legionnaires from District 7 gathered at the Campbell-Timmerman American Legion Post 115 in Platte for the District 7 Fall Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Platte Post Commander Harlan Meyerink welcomed guests and conducted the opening ceremonies.

Distict 7 Commander Charles Kunstle of Corsica introduced State Commander Walt Lindemann of Eureka who outlined his "Keep the Pride" program to Legionnaires in attendance.

In addition to the remarks by Commander Walt Lindemann, those in attendance received information on membership from Gene Schumacher of Aberdeen, state membership chairman.

District Americanism Officer Almon Adam of Pickstown discussed the Americanism program and the South Dakota American Legion Educational Loan program was explained by State Adjutant Ron Boyd of Watertown.

Clarence Blunck of Platte, chairman of the South Dakota American Legion Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services, described the volunteer program and the needs of the various VA facilities located within South Dakota.

Charles Quinn from the South Dakota Division of Veterans Affairs addressed veterans benefits and the need for all veterans to enroll in the VA medical system. Bob Alexander, disabled veterans outreach program specialist from the Sioux Falls One Stop Career Center, spoke about what his organization can do for veterans.

National Executive Committeeman Paul Evenson of Renner (member of the Garretson American Legion Post) and D.R. "Don" Mason of Platte, who was elected as one of five national vice commanders for The American Legion at the National Convention in Charlotte, NC in August, addressed the assembled Legionnaires on a variety of national and local veterans issues. State Vice Commander Paul Jensen spoke on the duties and responsibilities of those elected or appointed to offices within The American Legion.

Also in attendance were past department commanders Don Young of Herrick and Vernon J. Sip of Wagner.

A membership turn-in was conducted by District 7 Commander Charles Kunstle which resulted in a turn in of 67 membership renewals to Walt Lindemann.

Lindemann presented award certificates to James Hornstra, Springfield Post 132; Ardell Horst, Geddes Post 56; Almon Adam, Pickstown Post 282; Merle Stone, Wagner Post 11; Marvin Walz, Alsen Post 44; Jerry Anderson, Armour Post 52; Charles Kunstle, Corsica Post 274; and Chuck Tienken, Yankton Post 12.

The "Ric's Retrievers" award certificates were awarded by the national commander of The American Legion, Rick Santos of Maryland, and are in recognition of these post commanders leading their posts to attainment of 100 percent of their membership goal for the 2002 membership year.

Lindemann also presented Wagner Post 11 with a certificate from National Commander Santos recognizing the post for establishing "All Time Highs" in membership for five consecutive years.

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