On Wednesday, April 9th, the National American Legion Commander Daniel Dellinger made his visitation to the 5th District of New York at Robert Edwards Post 358 in Pulaski, NY.
A prime rib dinner was served by the Robert Edwards Auxiliary Unit 358 and it was very good. The chairman for the visitation was David V. Walker who worked with his committee to make all the arrangements.
Commander Dellinger was late arriving since he had been in Washington, DC for meetings with Congress and the VA concerning problems with patients at some VA facilities.
He spoke on his travels and noted that "Politics is replacing Patriotism." He advises that we must keep on singing songs and waving the flag of our country.
Red, White & Blue table settings.
Visitation Chairman David Walker.
Following the dinner there was the presentation of gifts and donations to the National Emergency Fund which is used to help Legionnaires and the families who are victims of national disasters such as tornados, etc.
Among those present for the dinner were:
Ken Governor, New York American Legion Commander
Stanley Clark, National Executive Committeeman
William Burnett, Alternate NEC
Barbara Corker, New York Auxiliary President
Carolyn Virkler, 5th District Auxiliary President
John Chang, Sons of American Legion NY Detachment Cmdr.
Joseph Barilla, Dept. Vice Commander for 5th & 6th Districts
Michael Bowen, Past NY Legion Commander
James Casey, NY Legion Adjutant
James R. Ellis, 5th District Legion Commander
The National Anthem was sung by Helen Day before the meal and following the meal, Shirley Wood led the audience in "God Bless America" with all present standing and holding hands.
On Sunday April 27th the annual girls/boys state dinner & orientation was held at Fuller-Taylor Post 915 in Central Square.
Post 915 served a delicious cake for dessert.
Oswego County Girls State Chairman Betty Rowlee introduced her three candidates for the 2014 session of Empire Girls State.
5th District Commander James R. Ellis was present and offered his input to Boys State and the importance of noting attendance on job applications. Anyone who attends and notes it on his application will be preferred for the job.
Photos were taken of all Boys State candidates with county Boy State Chairman Shawn Mills who arranged the affair with Betty Rowlee, Girls State Chairman.
David Rowlee took photographs of each candidate, 2013 & 2014.
Katy Coe was in charge of the roast pork dinner which was delicious and plentiful. Her Auxiliary Unit should be proud of the fine job they did.
On Saturday, April 12th, 9 past 5th district commanders met at the R. Kirk Parkhurst Post 1448 in Oriskany, NY. There was a social hour prior to the buffet luncheon prepared by the host post and auxiliary.
Immediate past 5th District Commander Bill Park chaired the brief meeting following the luncheon. Among the Auxiliary members present was the current 5th District President Carolyn Virkler. Some of the other auxiliary members present were: Past District Presidents, Stella Grimshaw, Betty Rowlee and Shirley Wood.
It was an enjoyable afternoon for all present and it was good to renew old friendships and make new ones as well.
ALBANY - Five high school students from around New York State competed Saturday (March 8) in the New York State American Legion Oratorical Contest at Sand Creek Middle School here, with Andrew R. Hartnett of Cobleskill-Richmondville High School grabbing the state title.
receives a $6,000 scholarship and goes on to national finals April 5-6 in
Indianapolis, Indiana, where the top three orators will share $50,000 in
scholarships, New York State American Legion Commander Kenneth Governor noted.
Hartnett is a senior at Coblesill-Richmondville High, located in Richmondville,
Oratorical Contest features original speeches on some aspect of the U.S.
Constitution, noted state Oratorical Chair Anthony L. Peternostro.
Thomson, a home-schooled student from Rochester in Monroe County, who took
second place and a $4,000 scholarship.
B. Shah of Horseheads High School in Chemung County, who won third place
and a $2,500 scholarship.
were James R. Gallaher of Xavier High School in New York City and Sarah
A. Bogen of Pius V School in Mellville, Suffolk County. Both receive $2,000
The five students
had competed in county, district and zone competitions to become state
Ken Governor poses with oratorical finalists (from left) James R Gallagher,
Sara A Bogen, Andrew R Hartnett, Nidhi B Shah and Sarah Thomson. Photo/DOUG MALIN