Sunday, October 30, 2011


Department Commander W. Michael Bowen made his official visitation to Oswego County on Monday, October 17th, 2011. Traveling with the New York Commander of The American Legion was NY Auxiliary President Ann Geer and Detachment Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Dr. Greg K. Gibbs.

NY Department American Legion
Commander W. Michael Bowen

Commander Bowen is a lifelong resident of Waterloo, NY. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1967 at the age of 17. He served from 1967 until 1971 in Europe and the Mediterranean area. He is a 42-year life member of Warner-Van Riper Post 435, Waterloo, NY.

He is self-employed and the owner of a local general contracting business. Mike and his wife Patty have four children: Jonathan, Brandi, Lori, and Jenny Sue, one grandchild Brandan Michael and three step grandchildren: Alex, Ian, and Brett.

Commander Bowen has served as Commander of Warner-Van Riper Post 435, Commander of Seneca County, Commander of the 7th District, Department Vice Commander and Membership Chairman. At the national level, he served as Consultant to the National Membership and Post Activities Committee.

Department of NY American Legion
Auxiliary President Ann Geer

Ann joined Joyce-Bell Unit 578 in Otsego County in 1981 through the eligibility of her husband Stephen, a Viet Nam era veteran. She went on to serve as the Unit President for 6 years.

Ann was elected Otsego County President and served in that capacity from 1988 to 1990, and again in 1994 through 1996.

At the District level, Ann served as District Membership Chairman, District Chaplain and Color Guard captain. In 2003 she was elected Sixth District President.

In 2005 Ann chaired the Department Education Committee, receiving the National Award for Outstanding Department Education Program and in 2007 she was asked to chair the National Security Committee receiving the National Award that year for the Outstanding Department National Security Program.

Ann has lived in Unadilla for 30 years and is active in the community. She is a founding member of the Recreation Commission, which established a community athletic field. She has two grown children: Peter, a computer program designer residing in Brockport, and David, an artist living in Unadilla.

Detachment of NY Sons of
the American Legion Commander
Dr. Greg K. Gibbs

Dr. Greg K. Gibbs is a twelve year member of the Hamburg Squadron #527 in Erie County, NY. Doc gets his eligibility through his deceased father Richard C. Gibbs who served honorably in the US Marine Corps during the World War II Pacific Campaign, serving in combat on Iwo Jima, Tinian and Saipan.

Greg has served at the squadron level including a four-year stint as Commander and served as Erie County Commander for one term and as 8th District Commander for two years. He helped begin the District 7 & 8 Sons ROTC Scholarship Award named in memoriam for Past Eighth District Commander William P. O'Connell. The scholarchip is now in its sixth year.

At the Detachment level, Gibbs has served as the Chairman of the Legislative Commission helping to organize On-the-Hill Days in Albany and Washington and as a Member of the Training and Development Committee, while also serving as the Sons VAVS Representative for the VA Hospital in Buffalo. Doc received a national award for Outstanding Service from National Commander Paul Morin. 

A 2011 graduate of American Legion College, he was one of the first Sons to attend. Doc is supported by his wife Pam and his two children, Kristen and Kirt. Kristen in active in the local Auxiliary and Kirt is also a Sons member. In his daily life, he is employed as a professor at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York and holds a Ph.D. degree.
Master of Ceremonies was past County Commander James R. Ellis, currently serving as 5th District American Legion Sergeant-at-Arms. He led those present in a salute to the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer was given and the POW/MIA remembrance prayer was read. After the introduction of the head table, dinner was served.

Chairman of the day's activities was John Young, Oswego County Vice Commander.

Programs were produced by past County Commander David Potter II.

Friday, October 28, 2011



It has come to our attention that there are people advertising to obtain a veteran's DD 214 for a fee when this service is free.

Do you need a copy of your DD214 or a family member’s DD214?  

Do you know someone who does?

Go to web site:

There are two ways to request your DD214: online and by mail/fax

1)    To request your DD214 online: click on ‘Launch the eVetRecs System to start your online request’. Follow the instructions in the pop-up window. The DD214 will be mailed to you after completing the form.

2)    You can also download a form to mail or fax your request for your DD214 by clicking on the ‘Download form SF-180 to Mail or Fax your request’. Click the link ‘Download form SF-180 to mail or fax your request’ to download a PDF of SF-180 to your computer. The return addresses for the completed form are located on page three (3) of the form.

Remember, a DD214 Record of Military Service is always free to obtain for the member and family members.

For more information about U.S. Army Human Resources Command, visit:


AmericanLegionFlags hits Facebook
The American Legion - September 29, 2011 has launched a Facebook page that will give people who ‘Like' it a chance to win free flags. In addition to contests, the page's primary purpose will be to encourage others to support The American Legion's programs with their flag purchases. is the Legion's hub for selling flags of all types: U.S. flags, Blue Star Banners, military and state flags, and other flag accessories. All purchases benefit Legion programs such as Family Support Network, Temporary Financial Assistance,The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, Operation Comfort Warriors and more.

The American Legion's Emblem Sales division facilitates sale of the flags and operates the website and corresponding Facebook page. All flags are made in the U.S. and are from top-name brand manufacturers. Satisfaction is guaranteed on all purchases.

Click on "a Facebook page" above to go to the site.

Thursday, October 20, 2011



PLEASE NOTE: 1st Vice Commander JOHN YOUNG (also Membership Chairman) has resigned his office.

PLEASE send all future PINK sheets with names of members paid to:


Phone is: 298-4910

Thank you.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion in 1996. Meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea's aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the principal amount. In 2010, 10 $20,000 scholarships and 88 $1,000 scholarships were awarded.

Scholarships are restricted to high school juniors who complete either a Boys State or Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership.
Samsung scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service and financial need. Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special consideration.

Usually, applications are submitted to program staff upon participants' arrival at Boys State or Girls State.

Nine students to receive $20k Samsung 
American Legion Scholarships

        INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 13, 2011) -- The American Legion National Committee on Education recently selected nine students for the 2011 Samsung American Legion Scholarship. Each student will receive a $20,000 scholarship for undergraduate studies.
        The Samsung American Legion Scholarship is available to high school juniors who participate in and complete the Boys State or Girls State programs and are direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of wartime veterans eligible for American Legion membership. Students who qualify for and are interested in the Samsung Scholarship must submit a completed application to program staff upon their arrival to Boys State or Girls State. 

     Recipients of the scholarship must use the funds for undergraduate studies (e.g., room and board, tuition and books), and each applicant is selected according to his or her school and community activities, academic record and financial need.

        To date, the scholarship has awarded more than $4 million to nearly 1,500 applicants, making it the largest college scholarship the Legion awards.

The 2011 Samsung Scholars are:

Alex Jolley – Cedar City, Utah; Cedar High School
Jessica Ziniel – Iowa City, Iowa; Regina High School

Troy Cunio – Titusville, Fla.; Titusville High School

Andrew Lawrence – Ponca City, Okla.; Ponca City High School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

John McCallum – Farmerville, La; Cedar Creek High School

Marie Goerger – Wyndmere, N.D.; Wyndmere High School

Lauren Wheeler – Bridgeport, W. Va.; Notre Dame High School

Steven Spellmon – Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; Waynesville High School

Summer Stout – Hurricane, Utah; Hurricane High School

Saturday, October 15, 2011


American Legion Auxiliary
State President Ann Geer
to visit Oswego County

 Department President Ann Geer will visit on Monday, October 17th with an appearance at William S. Monaghan Post 268 in Oswego for a luncheon.

Then she will  travel to Prior-Stock Post 1552 in Hannibal for the evening meal and a social hour at 6:00 pm.

She will be joined by
American Legion Department of NY
Commander W. Michael Bowen.

and Sons of the American Legion
Detachment of New York
Commander Dr. Greg W. Gibbs.

Ann Geer has selected as her project the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a not-for-profit organization that helps make a difference in the lives of families that have a child who is in need of a life-saving transplant. COTA has been in existence for more than 25 years, and all funds will be used to assist children in New York State.

COTA never takes a fee for its services. All funds raised are deposited in a trust account that is for the benefit of the child. Expenses are submitted by the child's family and paid within two weeks. The trust remains with the child throughout his lifetime. It does not stop when the child turns 21. It will always be there to assist with ongoing treatment, medical costs and associated expenses.

COTA volunteers remain with the family throughout the transplant process and continue to support the child and family after the surgery.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


at the Cicero 
American Legion Post 787,
5575 Legionnaire Drive,
Cicero, NY

Saturday, November 5, 2011
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
$8.00 per person

Music by: Smokin

Hosted by the Cicero American Legion Auxiliary

Best Dressed Contest

 Hula Hoop Contest

Bring a pair of socks for the Troops

Tickets available at the bar.

Cash bar, soda and snacks, music.


American Education Week
is Nov. 13-19

The American Legion encourages posts to participate in the celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) 90th American Education Week, Nov. 13-19. The American Legion has a commitment to education, believing a strong education program is vital to instill a sense of personal obligation and responsibility in today's youth. The Legion highlights in its electronic 2011 American Education Week brochure many ways posts can support the NEA's annual tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." Furthermore, posts are encouraged to share the brochure with schools, educators and prospective volunteers within their communities.
The following are a few examples of ways Legion posts can support American Education Week:
 Decorate store windows with Americanism and Legion youth program items.
 Provide a speaker and a program for the students on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
 Honor educators by hosting a banquet or social hour, or by presenting a certificate of appreciation.
 Exhibit student work and special projects within the post.
 Sponsor a poster, art and essay contest for students.
 Volunteer during a school's open house and distribute American Legion youth materials.
 Write news releases on activities taking place within the community during education week.
 Announce American Education Week through posters, street banners and billboards.
Additional ideas on ways to participate in American Education Week can be found on the NEA's website.

Kindergarten students at Mt. Vernon Community School in Alexandria VA read a thank you note to their favorite education support professional during National Education Association's American Education Week ESP Day November 17, 2010.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Fall Colors on the way to Lowville


The 5trh District meeting of The American Legion was held at Lowville Fire Hall in Lowville at 2:00 PM. We had 4 representatives from Oswego County which included the 5th District Sergeant-At-Arms James Ellis. The other three attendees were all past 5th District Commanders: David Walker, Tom Brown and Delos Rowlee. 

Jim was at the door for county sign-in and raffle ticket sales. There was a pretty good turn-out for the beautiful fall day and temps in the 70's or more with not a cloud in the sky.

Ken Hurst and Bob Albro from Liverpool Post 188 signed in as others awaited their turns.
Some district directories were handed out but they ran out before even the past district commanders had a copy. This seems to happen every year lately and must be due to the limited number of booklets they make up. Just the information that each county should have and yet they can't print up enough to go around. It's not that the district is broke!!! They have the money!!! (P.S. This is my personal opinion and since I deal with information all the time, I get somewhat perturbed when this happens time and time again. Delos Rowlee)

One bright note on the meeting was that each chairman gave their report from the dais with the microphone so they could be heard and seen which is a big PLUS! This was brought up at the organizational meeting earlier. 

There were some guest speakers at the beginning of the meeting. Sandra Crain, VAVS chairman at the Syracuse VA Hospital; Jayne Fust, chairman of the Holiday Gift Shop at the VA Hospital. There was one other guest speaker. 

The VAVS is always looking for donations of time and/or money for their programs and the Holiday Gift Shop is a very popular program at the VA where patients may pick out gifts for their families and they are packed and shipped to their families at no charge. The American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion pay all the postage. So it is very important to keep this program funded to operate smoothly.

Volunteers are sought for Sunday, December 4, Monday December 5, and Tuesday December 6 from 8 AM until all are served. There is coffee and donuts for volunteers as well as lunch vouchers on Monday and Tuesday for all volunteers. Please plan on helping out with this worthy program. 

Windmills along Route 177 on the way to Lowville, NY

Fall Colors new Lowville on Route 177

Monday, October 3, 2011


Williamstown Auxiliary Holds Initiation Ceremony

Hastings-Gorski Auxiliary Unit 1128 in Williamstown held an Initiation Ceremony to swear in new members or members that had never been officially sworn in on Monday, September 26, 2011.

 Front row from the left: Past 5th District President Betty Rowlee, Kay Comstock, Laura Robinson, Mackenzie Hoyt and Karen Leemann.

Back row: Myra Grabowski, acting chaplain; Pam Hoyt, acting 1st vice president; Eleanor Yarrow, acting 2nd vice president; Glenna Gorski, Initiation Officer; and Rose Peck, Auxiliary President of Williamstown Unit.

Not pictured: Wendy Hamblin, 2nd vice president and Oswego County President Elaine Johnson who took the picture.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


5th District Meetings:

Meetings start at 2:00 pm
Membership 1:30 pm

Date:            County:                   Post:                        Address:
Oct 9, 2011:  Lewis Cty; Lowville Memorial Post #162, 5383 Dayan Street, Lowville, NY 13365

Dec 11, 2011:  Jefferson Cty; Klock-Smith Post #1788, Main St., LaFargeville, NY 13656

Feb 12, 2012: Ononadaga Cty; James Harvey Spire Post #787, 5575 Legionnaire Drive,  Cicero, NY 13039

Apr 8, 2012: Oswego Cty; Fuller-Taylor Post 915, POB 85, Central Square, NY 13036

Jun 10, 2012: Oneida Cty; Sherrill Post #230, 168 East Seneca St., (5th District Convention) Sherrill, NY

5th District Commander Walter J. Will - 
County Visit Dates

Nov 16, 2011: Herkimer Cty; Adirondack Post 1118, 529 Main Street, Cold Brook, NY 13324

Dec 8, 2011: Onondaga Cty; James Harvey Spire Post 787, 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero, NY 13039

Dec 19, 2011: Oneida Cty; New Hartford Post 1376, 1816 Clinton Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Feb 6, 2012: Lewis Cty; Beaver River Memorial Post 1663, Main Street, Croghan, NY 13327

Mar 21, 2012: Oswego Cty; Hastings-Gorski Post 1128, Vida Drive, Wiliamstown, NY 13493

April 5, 2012: Jefferson Cty; William Dexter Post 673, 113 East Dexter Street, Black River, NY 13612

Saturday, October 1, 2011



Oswego County American Legion Auxiliary President ELAINE JOHNSON would like to thank all those that sold gas card tickets and those who bought the tickets. 

County President Elaine Johnson congratulates 
DAWN HASTINGS of Williamstown 
who was the $100 winner 
in the "Cash For Gas Raffle" 
held by the Oswego County 
American Legion Auxiliary.

  Glenna Gorski (on left) draws 
one of the winning tickets in 
the raffle while Katie Coe 
holds the basket

Joan Casario (left) draws out a winning entry
with the assistance of Katie Coe.

The $50 winner was Wade Caufield 
from Sandy Creek. 

All proceeds from this raffle are used to present a cash present to veterans in local nursing homes in our annual "Valentines For Veterans" program wherein a valentine card is presented to each veteran with cash enclosed in appreciation of their service in the armed forces 
of the United States.