Friday, July 22, 2011


Johnson collects two checkered flags
The American Legion - July 22, 2011

Chalk up two more season victories for driver Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car. Johnson captured an eight-lap trophy dash and later collected a checkered flag July 20 in the 40-lap feature at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga.

The latest victories give the Team Johnson Motorsports driver 12 top-10 finishes, 10 top-five races and four victories in 16 starts. Johnson's other victories this year were in a May race at Newport Speedway in Tennessee and at Columbus Ohio Speedway earlier this month.

Johnson's win in the trophy dash earned him the pole position in the Midweek Mayhem feature at the half-mile track. Johnson held off a charging Michael lance to pick up his first victory on the GMP high-banks.

"I knew Lance was coming," Johnson said in victory lane. " I haven't raced here much, so I wanted to give him enough room and race clean, but he was going to have to go around the outside to pass.

"This is a sweet victory. I'd like to thank our sponsors, The American Legion and The David Law Firm and all the other folks that have helped us. I especially want to say how grateful I am to all our veterans and active-duty and reserve military forces that protect our freedoms and let us enjoy what we do here at home."

Johnson's Wednesday victory qualifies him for the November World Crown 300 All-Star race at GMP in November. The next race for the 76 Freedom Car is Aug. 13 at Concord Speedway near Charlotte, N.C.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NY Eagle Scout of Year

Department Commander V. James Troiola, Eagle Scout of the Year Jason D. Maybach and Carl L. Griffith, Eagle Scout Chairman are shown above. The award was presented at Department Convention on Thursday, July 14th.

 Jason pictured with his family and friends and Department Commander Troiola.

Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country. This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country's youth. Few other post activities generate more goodwill from the community. The Legion annually honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention. The winner of the competition receives a $10,000 scholarship, and the three runners-up are each awarded $2,500 scholarships.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


The American Legion

 W. Michael Bowen, Commander

American Legion Auxiliary

Ann Geer, President

Sons of American Legion
   Greg "Doc" Kirt Gibbs, Commander

More information will follow on the next entry. These are your state officers for the year 2011-2012 as elected and installed at Binghamton, NY on Saturday July 16, 2011.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

W - O - R - K - Medic Alert

The Center for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand,

and even electronically. This virus is called Weekly Overload Recreational Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or

anyone else via any means whatsoever - DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! This virus will wipe out your private life entirely. If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises.

Take two good friends to the nearest grocery store and purchase one or both of the antidotes - Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011



Wm. S. Monaghan Post 268
W. Bridge and 4th Sts.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Turkey, mashed potatoes,
gravy, dressing,
vegetable, rolls

Homemade pumpkin pie
ALL for ONLY $8.00 each!

Come on down and we
guarantee you'll leave
feeling fulfilled and satisfied!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Alert from VA -

Forwarded by Kevin Secor, VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way

[Websites with the name "vaservices" immediately after the "www" ARE NOT part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Government agency. D o not go to them or if approached or called, do not offer them any information concerning yourself or data on other veterans.
Keep in mind that the real VA website ends in .gov. Also, be aware that the Department of Veterans Affairs does not randomly call veterans, nor does it ask veterans for information which it does not already have--like Social Security Numbers. In particular, if you have not dealt with the VA previously--and in person--and all of a sudden, you receive a call from someone saying they are with the VA or something similar sounding, hang up the phone. Also, do not respond to emails which suggest that they are from the VA. The VA never conducts official business nor asks for personal information by email. Mike]

VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. Our Legal Counsel has request ed that we coordinate with DoD to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.

In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please pass any additional information to Mr.Daugherty at the address below.

Michael G. Daugherty
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Monday, July 4, 2011


Elaine Johnson

Officers for the Oswego County American Legion Auxiliary were elected at a recent meeting as follows:
  • President  - ELAINE JOHNSON
  • 1st Vice President - BETTY ROWLEE
  • 2nd Vice President - JOAN CASARIO
  • Secretary - KATIE COE
  • Treasurer - DANA LEWIS
  • Chaplain - ROSE GILBERT
  • Historian - SHERYL LOVELL
  • Sergeant-at-Arms - HELEN DAY
  • Membership Chairman - BETTY ROWLEE
 ALL Unit Presidents are required to attend the regular county meetings and ALL members are urged to attend. You do not have to be an officer or member of a committee.

September 3, 2011 - Williamstown Unit 1128
October 1, 2011 - Parish Unit 601
November 5, 2011 - Hannibal Unit 1552
(no meetings: Dec., Jan., Feb.)
March 3, 2012 - Oswego Unit 268
April 7, 2012 - Phoenix Unit 418
May 5 (Memorial Service) - Cleveland
Unit 858
June 2 (Election) - Central Square Unit 915


Wednesday September 7, 2011
at Cicero Post 787
Mark your calendars NOW!


The officers for Oswego County for 2011-2012 were recently elected and installed by Past Department Vice Commander Thomas Brown. 

Commander FRED WATERS, 
2nd Vice Commander GROVER BRITTON,
Treasurer DAVID WALKER, 
1st Vice Commander JOHN YOUNG,
Sergeant-at-Arms DONNA KESTNER, 
Judge Advocate THOMAS BROWN

Absent were Chaplain DAVID STURGE, 
Service Officer KEVIN KADERLI, 


  • July 20 - Cleveland Post 858
  • August 17 - Hannibal Post 1552
  • September 21 - New Haven Post 1532
  • October 19 - Mexico Post 384
  • November 16 - Central Square Post 915
 (Eagle Scout Awards @ 7:00 PM)
  • December 21 - Phoenix Post 418
  • January 18, 2012 - Pulaski Post 358
  • February 15, 2012 - Parish Post 601
  • March 21, 2012 - Williamstown Post 1128
  • April 18 - Oswego Post 268
  • May 16 (Convention) Fulton Post 587
  • June 20 - Altmar Post 1435
(Picnic @ 6:00 PM; Meeting @ 8:00 PM)
All Post Commanders should attend each monthly county meeting. All interested Legionnaires from your post are urged to attend and learn what our programs are about. 



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