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“For God & Country”



Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family

August 21, 2014 Vol. 91, No. 7

The mission of The American Legion, Department Of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.

Air Force Veteran Bob Shappell Elected 2014-2015 Department Commander Commander Ken Rynes opened tion Committees comprised of the 96th annual Department con- delegates representing each of the vention on July 18th at the Radis- 12 Districts in the Department met son Paper Valley Hotel in Apple- to consider and debate important ton. Kimberly Larson, 2010 Miss resolutions. A table appears in this Wisconsin, performed our Nation- edition of the Badger Legionnaire al Anthem and Appleton Mayor describing the resolutions conTim Hannah brought greetings to sidered and the actions taken by the delegates. MG Donald Dunbar the convention. Chief among the of the Wisconsin National Guard resolutions were proposals to betprovided the keynote address. ter define Legion representatives On Friday afternoon, Conven- to be seated on the Department

2015 Membership Goal 44.65% District 12 1st PLACE

43.97% District 3 2nd PLACE

42.35% District 9 4th PLACE

40.98% District 6 5th PLACE

38.05% District 10 7th PLACE

37.26% District 11 8th PLACE

36.25% District 7 10th PLACE

36.20% District 5 11th PLACE


43.53% District 1 3rd PLACE

39.36% District 2 6th PLACE

36.91% District 8 9th PLACE

35.15% District 4 12th PLACE

August 14th Total: 24,515


Americanism and Hospital Committee and a proposal to endorse Federal legislation that will provide interment rights for Hmong veterans who fought on behalf of US forces during the Vietnam conflict, provided that they have become US citizens. Saturday, July 19th was the second day of sessions. The day began with an address by American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger of Virginia. Commander Dellinger was followed by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John A. Scocos, a member of the Se-

verson – Cairns Post No. 501 in Madison. Later in the morning Legionnaires in attendance heard from Governor Scott Walker. The morning session concluded with the election announcements. Robert L. Shappell of the Peter Wollner Post No. 288 in Cedarburg was elected by the delegates to the high office of Department Commander. Commander Shappell’s wife Pauline is also an Air Force veteran and member of Post No. 288. The closing session on Sunday featured the installation of the new state officers and was fol-

lowed by an Executive Committee meeting. Many other speakers as well as state and national level awards were featured during the course of the three day convention. Of special note: “Rhino’s Run”, the motorcycle fundraiser conducted in the days immediately preceding the convention, exceeded the goal of $50,000 for the Legacy Scholarship Fund. The efforts of volunteers from Johnston-Blessman Post No. 38 of Appleton, who worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth and enjoyable event, also merit recognition.

Tribute to Past National Commander Keith Kreul

On Saturday, July 19th, mem- which accompanied Keith while Department Commander Ken bers of the Whitish-Funk Post he was National Commander. Rynes presented the Post No. No. 184 of Fennimore had the Fennimore post members also 184 contingent with two beautiprivilege to perform a tribute to displayed the hand-sewn banner ful plaques, one from the Departpost member Keith Kreul at the and posters that were used in the ment and another from National 96th Annual Department Con- campaign to get Keith elected to Headquarters. Both plaques recvention in recognition of the thir- office over thirty years ago. (Continued on Page 3) tieth anniversary of his term as National Commander in 1983-84. The post Honor Guard consisted of Pete Finnegan, Bob Griffith, Herb Brun, Dean Ashmore, and Don Marish. Commander Keith was unable to attend in person due to his health but was there in spirit and well represented by his fellow Post No. 184 Legionnaires. Post No. 184 members were assisted by the Scarlet Guard of Appleton’s Post No. 38 in presenting the stand of colors, both an American Flag and the bright red and gold National Commander Flag, Fennimore Post members pay homage to PNC Keith Kreul during convention.


Pictured here is the 2014-15 Department Executive Committee and other Department Officers who met following the 96th Annual Convention in Appleton to formulate plans for the upcoming year.

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