“For God & Country”
Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family
December 13, 2012 Vol. 89, No. 10
The mission of The American Legion, Department Of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.
Midwinter 2013 Heating Up Ho-Chunk Resort the place to be January 17th – 20th
This year’s annual Midwinter Conference, scheduled January 17th- 20th, 2013 at the Ho-Chunk Hotel, Casino and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells features new training opportunities and a special symposium conducted by Troop & Family support specialists from the WI National Guard and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. After debuting last year the Americanism Resource Center is back and better than ever! Make a point to “stop in” at the Resource Center on Saturday, January 19th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM in the Upper Dells. It will be packed full of interactive activity, each of the Department Program chairmen will provide brief presentations on the individual Americanism programs of The American Legion that benefit our youth. Steve Cloud, National Assistant Program Coordinator for American Legion Baseball will be our guest and available for questions regarding American Legion Baseball.
Also, back by popular demand is the hands-on Jr. Shooting Sports Air Rifle Demonstration Range. The range will be open from 8AM to 3PM on Saturday the 19th so try your skill and Take Aim on Shooting Sports! If you are looking for information on the High School Oratorical Contest, Badger Boys State, Boy Scouting, American Legion Baseball, Jr. Shooting Sports, County Youth Government Day, A&G Scholarship Program, Schneider-Emanuel Scholarship, Sons of The American Legion, and Children & Youth Programs, this is an opportunity for you to gain valuable information. Resource tables for each program will be packed with information for your Post to accept the challenges of sponsoring and conducting Americanism activities that foster wide-ranging community service, youth development and educational advancement. The Resource Center will be open on Saturday, January 19th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM in the Upper Dells.
Legionnaire Dave Brown and his wife Rachel of Madison competed and won CBS television’s “The Amazing Race.”
Ho-Chunk Hotel, Casino and Convention Center offers premier lodging in a relaxing atmosphere. The resort-style amenities make the facility unique among Wisconsin casinos, with plenty to do beyond the expansive gaming floor, such as a Wellness Center for swimming and a state-ofthe-art fitness center, exceptional dining at one of the 4 distinctive restaurants, Kids Quest for the children and much more. Log on to wilegion.org or contact Deptartment Headquarters at 608-745-1090 or by email at email@example.com for housing and registration forms.
The complete presentation schedule is available online at www.wilegion.org. The Department will also host a number of National dignitaries including National Vice Commander David R. Hall of West Virginia and Past National Commander Marty Conatser of Illinois. In addition, National American Legion Librarian Howard Trace and Information Technology Deputy Director Joe Gallagher will take part in presenting courses from the new National training program known as LEAD – Leadership Education and Development. Librarian Howard Trace will present a comprehensive course on Resolutions. Howard will explain how Resolutions shape the programs and policies of our organization. During this course the participants will learn about their importance and how they are properly constructed. Deputy Director Joe Gallagher returns once again to Wisconsin and will update us on MyLegion.org. Three separate discussions address the features
of MyLegion that are pertinent to members, post officers and district officers. Each discussion will provide examples with screen shots and detailed instructions. Post and District officers that are currently not participating in MyLegion are encouraged to attend. Access to the MyLegion portal can be made during the session by filling out the necessary application. Comedian Mitch Henck of Madison will be our guest host at a reception on Saturday night, January 19th that will feature special guests from CBS’s hit realty show “The Amazing Race”. Legionnaire Dave Brown and his wife Rachel competed against 10 other couples in the reality show, The Amazing Race. The couple became the most prolific winning duo in the show’s 20 seasons, with the overall victory and setting a record eight of twelve legs precedent. Dave is currently on Active duty with the Wisconsin National Guard (continued on page 3)
2013 Membership Goal: 59,760 • December 6th Total: 51,328 – 85.89%
9TH 10TH 11TH 12TH
Dist. 10 84.08%
Dist. 3 83.57%
Dist. 6 81.91%
Dist. 5 81.09%
Dist. 4 80.89%
Dist. 8 80.38%
Dist. 7 80.21%
Dist. 1 79.99%
Dist. 9 83.40%
Dist. 11 78.71%
Dist. 12 78.30%
Dist. 2 77.83%
PAGE 2 “Badger Legionnaire” & “Wisconsin” The Badger Legionnaire & Wisconsin are the official publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family and are published ten times annually, once every five weeks, by The Wisconsin American Legion, 2930 American Legion Drive P.O. Box 388, Portage, WI 53901. Periodicals Postage Paid at Portage, WI and additional mailing offices. USPS ID Number 010-135 ISSN: 2154-2627 Post Master: Send address changes to Badger Legionnaire and Wisconsin, P.O. Box 388, Portage, WI 53901
“Badger Legionnaire” The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin 2930 American Legion Drive P.O. Box 388 • Portage, WI 53901 Phone: (608) 745-1090 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org David A. Kurtz, Executive Editor 2012-2013 Communications Committee Harold Rihn, Chairman Bob Wipf, Vice-Chairman Ron Hessil, DEC Liaison Bernard Olson, Member Phil Ingwell, Member Vern Pitt, Member Mike Herkowski, Member James Lee, Member Kendel Feilen, Consultant Loretta Shellman, Auxiliary Liaison Bonnie Dorniak, Auxiliary Liaison 2012-13 Department Officers Commander Wayne Jensen Vice Commanders Ken Rynes Chuck Roloff Ron Hessil Randy Lenser Adjutant David A. Kurtz Chaplain Robert Herried Assistant Chaplain Greg Simonis Sergeant-at Arms Todd Braun Charles Roessler Service Officer James Fialkowski NECman David L. Gough Alternate NECman Steve Krueger District Commanders 1st – Dave Brisk 2nd – Robert Shappell 3rd – Rich Ruland 4th – Claire Goodfellow 5th – Pete Goosens 6th – Barb Belmont 7th – John Thurk 8th – Dan Rindt 9th – Dale Oatman 10th – Larry Wyrcza 11th – Frank Kostka 12th – Bob Buhr Change of Address & Other Information: Subscribers: To report any upcoming changes of address, please ask your Post Adjutant to fill out a Membership Data Form and forward it to Wisconsin American Legion Headquarters. The change of address form that will be completed by the Post Adjutant should not be confused with the change of address card filled out at the Post Office. Department financial statements are available to Legionnaires in good standing upon written request through their District Commanders.
“Wisconsin” American Legion Auxiliary Department of Wisconsin 2930 American Legion Drive P.O. Box 140 • Portage, WI 53901 Bonnie Dorniak, Editor Diana Sirovina, Department President Bonnie Dorniak, Exec. Secretary/Treasurer To change your address: Notify Unit Secretary Unit Secretary: Notify Department Headquarters on a Member Data Form The “Wisconsin” deadline for copy is 4 weeks before publication date.
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THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
December 13, 2012
DEPARTMENT COMMANDER Fellow Comrades; Fresh on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, I am reminded of a letter to all Department ComWayne Jensen manders from Commander National Commander James Koutz highlighting the vital need for funding the National Emergency Fund. At any given moment natural travesties can visit any geographical location causing millions of dollars of damage. Whether it be the Red River flooding in 1997, Hurricane Katrina down south, or tornadoes in our neck of the woods, we need to consistently replenish the NEF. I’ve always been rather disappointed in Wisconsin’s efforts in participation. Please give serious consideration in donating to this most worthwhile cause. Remember all the funding goes towards
assisting our fellow veterans. As your leader I have consistently refrained from harping on membership. My perception is that is the duty of Membership Chairman Mark Lesko and the membership team. I will tell you how pleased I am of the efforts thus far. At 81% we’re ranked 3rd in the nation. Thank you all for your earnest efforts. I’m a firm believer that the programs built on the Four Pillars are the greatest selling point as to why veterans should join The American Legion. For this reason I urge all Legionnaires to actively contact your local high schools to promote the National Oratorical Scholarship competition. Now is the time we should be speaking directly, person to person, to the guidance counselors and helping to develop contestants so that when February 16th rolls around we’ll have an excellent slate of competitors
for the Regional and State finals at Ripon College. Please keep in mind National Commander Koutz and I have a common goal for this year. Operation Comfort Warrior will be taking on increased importance as the war on terror draws down. Without getting into the pros and cons of announcing withdrawal dates, I can share my concerns with increased hostilities, as we bring our valiant troops home. This will certainly equate to a greater need for your/our support on the home front. As our wounded warriors endure long terms of recovery, there will be many needs for items the government terms “nonessential”, yet will go far in bringing comfort and aid to our troops. Operation Comfort Warrior can provide necessary items such as; loose fitting sweatsuits for burn victims, exercise and fishing equipment to encourage physical
activities, magazines, iPods, CDs and DVDs to provide entertainment. For financial support consider going online to www.legion. org/OCW, or contact Kevin at Camp American Legion. As this calendar year draws to a close, Donna and I are travelling around to several Christmas parties. That prompts us to thank all of you for your generous hospitality and cheerful dispositions. Keep in mind those lonely Christmas’s past, where we made do with scrawny trees decorated with c-rats, or less. Thank God for His benevolence in returning you to hearth and home. Take time to hug your family members and quietly remember all those in harm’s way, sacrificing as you did, so we could all enjoy the blessings of this yuletide. From staff to your commander, we wish you all a wonderful and joyous Christmas, and a healthy, happy New Year.
DEPARTMENT HISTORIAN As the Department Historian I am always interested in different facets of the history of our great Kendel D. Feilen Historian o rg a n i z a t i o n . Recently I had the opportunity to read a book that casts light on an important chapter of our nation’s history involving The American Legion. The Bonus Army (An American Epic) is written by Paul Dickson and Thomas B Allen. It should be of a great interest to anyone intrigued by military history, the Great Depression,
veterans and/or civil rights, prohibition and Wisconsin’s political response to these topics. It is the story of veterans of the Great War who were paid approximately one dollar a day for armed conflict “over there” while shipyard workers who did not enlist and stayed behind were paid $20 a day. In the early 1930’s, veterans of all races and from all corners of the nation united and marched to Washington, D.C. to petition their government for a “bonus”. Remember that the U. S. Military had been segregated during WWI and a national road system did not yet exist. The manner in
which they made it across this vast country is a large segment of this story. How the federal and municipal governments coped with the 20,000 veterans, by some estimates, which flocked to metropolitan Washington is a unique subplot. Members of the Milwaukee Police Post No. 415 and other law enforcement professionals will find special interest in the conduct of the various police agencies of that time as they interacted with the “Bonus Army.” Martial law, the use of federal troops, and the ethos and resulting actions of Eisenhower, Patton and MacArthur will amaze the reader!
The story of the “Bonus Army” finally ends in with the legislation passed in 1944. First known as the American Legion Omnibus Bill, it quickly became known as the GI Bill of Rights. The lobbying of The American Legion up to that point and the resolutions that they endorsed may surprise you. Although this book is a work of non-fiction, it is by no means boring. It has sufficient interwoven subplots so that it reads like a novel and will entertain and educate the reader at the same time. I hope you will find it as entertaining and informative as I did.
WDVA SECRETARY While we are celebrating the Year of the Veteran here in Wisconsin, the nation is also c o m m e m o r a tJohn A. Scocos ing the 50th AnWDVA Secretary niversary of the Vietnam War. President Obama has proclaimed May 28, 2012 through November 11, 2025 as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and called upon us to honor our Vietnam veterans, our fallen, our wounded, those unaccounted for, our former prisoners of war, their families and all who served. What began as a conflict between communist North Vietnam and South Vietnam, quickly escalated into a geopolitical war between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1964, it was clear that America’s strategy to support South Vietnam with advisers, weapons and financial aid had not worked. The communist-backed Viet Cong
had conquered swathes of countryside and South Vietnamese soldiers began deserting in alarming numbers. But an attack on the destroyer USS Maddox by North Vietnamese Army (NVA) patrol boats in the Gulf of Tonkin provided President Lyndon Johnson with an opportunity to try to turn the war around. He used the attack to convince Congress to give him the authority to bring U.S. forces directly into the fight. Johnson ordered retaliatory air strikes against the North Vietnamese. When the NVA did not fold as Johnson expected, he ordered new strikes. They reacted by ordering Viet Cong guerilla raids on U.S. compounds in South Vietnam. What began as an eight-week bombing campaign turned into three and half years, dropping more bomb tonnage than the allies dropped in all of World War II. Every dollar the U.S. sent to aid the South Vietnamese, the Soviet Union matched in aid to the NVA.
The war had become a Cold War arms race. The number of American troops grew. Men and women were fighting for democracy in the jungles and on the deltas of this far away land. They witnessed horrific events, endured terrible conditions, and acted with honor and courage in spite of the situation they were in. Earlier this month, we unveiled a Medal of Honor monument at King. The names of Wisconsin’s 62 Medal of Honor recipients are etched in the marble. One of those names etched there is Lance Sijan, a Captain with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Wing. After ejecting from his aircraft during a bombing flight over North Vietnam, Captain Sijan suffered a fractured skull, a mangled right hand, and a compound fracture of the left leg. Alone in enemy territory with no food or water and unable to walk, he refused to give up. He spent the next 45 days in and out of consciousness, scoot-
ing three miles on his back a few painful inches at a time across the rocky terrain, looking for safety. He was eventually captured by the NVA. In spite of his deteriorated physical condition, he overpowered the guard and escaped. He was captured again and beaten severely, but refused to give any military information. On January 22, 1968, nearly 40 years ago, Captain Lance Sijan died a POW, preparing for escape until the very end. Sijan’s will to survive with honor is an inspiration to all of us. The reasons for the U.S. getting involved in the Vietnam War will be debated for a long time to come, but there is one clear fact that will never be debated: our troops bravely served in extraordinarily difficult circumstances when their nation called. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam, let us pay tribute to the men and women who served in Vietnam, like Captain Sijan, who defended democracy with great courage, selflessness and distinction.
December 13, 2012
THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
Camp American Legion Sees Dramatic Growth in 2012
In these times of economic recession, downsizing, cutting back, and the latest “fiscal cliff” Camp American Legion is experiencing incredible growth and development. The Wisconsin American Legion Family have all made Camp a glowing success and an exception to all that is going on around us. During the 2012 camp season we served 894 campers. That is a 43% increase over last year. Camp continues to reach out and “Helped To Heal” many veterans and active duty Service Members; individually or with their families, spouses and children. Over the past two years Camp attendance has increased 76% and the entire Wisconsin American Legion Family has helped to make this happen. Everyone has contributed to this growth, so I will throw a big thank you your way. You all deserve it! Let’s look at some more exciting growth statistics over last year: • Family attendance grew by 277% • Family members (excluding Service Member) grew 444% • Family Members of Fallen Service Members grew 80% • Group and Special Week participation grew 57% • 1st time campers grew 19% • Female veterans grew 90% (Women now make up over 20% of our veteran population) • 20-29 year old veterans grew 121%; the 30-39 year age group 120% and the 40-49 age groups grew by 120% and 50% respectively. Even our 90+ group went from 4 to 7 to grow 75% (The Nudi brothers, 91 and 95 years young, came to Camp for the first time and what a joy they were to have on site.
• Our Panama conflict veterans grew 600%, Desert Shield 200% and Global War on Terror 170%. • In the past two Camp seasons our 20-40 year old veteran populations at Camp has grown 244%, To say camp is growing is an understatement. It’s more appropriate to say Camp is experiencing a defining moment of “dynamic change” and everyone’s efforts have played a vital part. A number of “Helping To Heal” special weeks were conducted again this year for groups of veterans and active duty service members. Many of the programs were done for the first time this year and a great amount of energy and excitement surrounded each one. • Women Veterans Week – This was our second year and we filled the camp with a waiting list. This was a week of special activities, programs and camaraderie just for our Service ladies. • Wounded Warriors Week (Iraq & Afghanistan) – In its initial year all spouses and children were welcomed and what a joy they were. • Camp Serenity (Families of the Fallen) Weekend – This program was in its second year and Camp was full. It was an incredible time of sharing and healing. • Blind/Vision Impaired Veterans Week – This was the first year and how rewarding it was to help these special veterans truly “SEE” the beautiful Northwoods. • Diabetes Camp Weekend – This special week helped prove Camp is a place of “learning”. • Peer Support and Vets Journey Home Week – This was the second year of helping those veterans still fighting the battle (some over many years) to finally “come home”.
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and has served in the military for more than 16 years in numerous capacities to include forward observer, helicopter pilot, senior intelligence officer, company commander, and battalion executive officer twice over. Rachel is a University of Wisconsin - Madison business school graduate and currently a project manager with Epic, a Verona-based health care software company. The couple emerged from the trying 25-day globe-trotting contest victorious and richer, not only from the prize money, but in experience and resilience. On Sunday, January 20th the Department will present a symposium on the needs of 21st Cen-
• Center for Veterans Issues: This two day program was held in conjunction with Band of Brothers & Sisters and Dryhootch. The initial small group members were so positively touched by their experience that they are planning to visit Camp in two separate sessions next year. These special events are already rescheduled for next year. Camp is already in tentative discussions to possibly bring five new groups/events for next year – how exciting is that! I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers. A simple fact – Camp American Legion would not be able to function at the level we are now operating at without them. They are just that important. Some give of their time for a few days; some for a month; some for the whole camp season. They are all very special people. Many work from sun-up to sun-down. Volunteer work is not easy, it is hard but they give unconditionally with their hearts, minds and bodies. God bless them all and we look forward to seeing them back next year. Anyone interested in volunteering at Camp is encouraged to please contact me. I want to talk to you. Volunteering is hard work but is very rewarding. Always remember “Camp is YOUR Camp” and volunteering makes it so. Now, Wisconsin Legion Family; “FALL-IN” and “ATTENTION!” I just showed you the great year we had at Camp American Legion. I’ve expressed my personal thanks, patted you on the back and showered you with praise. BUT if any of you for a moment think our job is done, you are mistaken. Are we going to now sit back and rest? No way, baby! Are we going to rest-on-our-laurels? Not for a moment! In looking at what
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tury veterans and their families with Troop & Family support specialists from the WI National Guard and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Issues and challenges faced by those service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are much the same as those faced by veterans of Vietnam, Korea and WWII. Great strides have been made by the VA and the National Guard in addressing these needs and a variety of support systems have been established. Issues relating to mental health, financial challenges, family relations, physical rehabilitation and employment will be covered by a variety of experts in their individual fields.
The symposium is designed to be an informational exchange that will enable Legionnaires to better assist veterans in their home towns across the state. A question and answer session will follow the individual presentations made by National Guard and VA specialists. Please mark your calendars and save the dates of January 17 through 20, 2013. Bring your family and enjoy the indoor water parks, attractions and many activities offered in the Wisconsin Dells. Visit www.wilegion.org or call Department Headquarters at (608) 745-1090 for Housing and Registration Forms.
we have accomplished the past year, we have not even scratched the surface of fulfilling Camp’s mission. The 2013 Camp season is only a few months away. Once again it will bring us veterans and current service members along with their families who could benefit from camp. Many people need some Help To Heal through the programs at Camp American Legion. Please continue to have Camp American Legion at the forefront of our minds. The entire Legion Family can help Camp through your fundraising, donations, volunteering, reaching out to our veterans, active duty and their families. Tell them about Camp and promote it. By spreading the word you are being an active
“champion” for camp. That is our assignment; those are our orders. That’s our challenge and it never ends. You are all members of the Camp American Legion “TEAM”. Camp American Legion has reached out and “Help To Heal” many veterans, service members and their families this year with your help. We changed, improved lives and even “saved” some lives here at Camp American Legion. We can all feel good about that because each of us played a part. You helped make it happen – thank you and God bless! Kevin Moshea Director Camp American Legion
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THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
December 13, 2012
Candidate for Department Commander
Candidate for Department Vice Commander
Candidate for Department Vice Commander
Candidate for Department Sergeant at Arms
Department Vice Commander Ken Rynes is announcing his candidacy for the high office of Department Commander. Ken is a 14 year member of Bayard de Hart Post No. 13 in Richland Center. He earned the privilege of membership with service in the United States Marine Corps 1983-1987 and U. S. Army Reserves 2007-2010. Ken has held offices at the post, department and national level. He is a 2010 graduate of National Legion college. A charter member of the 3rd District American Legion Riders and the only rider in the state to participate in all seven American Legion Legacy Scholarship Runs, logging over 20,000 miles for the cause. He has helped raise nearly $15,000 for the Legacy Fund by starting a “scrap for scholarship drive”. Ken helped establish and participated in “The Fall Ride to Camp”, raising $22,000 for Camp American Legion in the three years it has been held. Ken Rynes believes that out-of-the box thinking is the future of this great organization. His plan as Department Commander is a hands-on, lead by example style. The Department of Wisconsin would see fun competition amongst the ranks when it comes to membership and all programs of The American Legion.
10th District Commander Larry Wrycza announces his candidacy for the high office of Department Vice Commander. Larry belongs to the ForrestGunderson-Klevgard Post No. 264 in Gilmanton and has been a Paid-up-forLife member for 17 years. He earned the privilege of membership by virtue of his service in the US Navy during the Vietnam era. Larry has served as Vice Commander for 4 years and Commander for 2 years at the Post level. He has also served on the 10th District Executive Committee as a member at large. Comrade Wrycza has also served on the District level as Sergeant-at-Arms, District Vice Commander for 3 years and is presently the 10th District Commander. Larry has been married to his wife Laura for 31 years. They have 3 daughters and a son in their extended family. They also enjoy their three grandchildren. All are members of The American Legion Family. Larry is proud to “Still Serve America” through the programs of The American Legion and asks for your support.
Past 9th District Commander John Wolfe announces his candidacy for the high office of Department Vice Commander. John is a PUFL member of Sullivan-Wallen Post No. 11 in Green Bay. He earned his Legion eligibility by serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He has served as District Commander and was a four year commander of Post No. 11, three as a 100% commander. John is a graduate of The American Legion Extension Institute. John served two years as Chairman of the Badger Legionnaire committee, has been the DEC Liaison to that committee, as well as DEC liaison to the Legislative committee. He has served as a Vice Chairman of the National Distinguished Guests committee and is presently Vice Chairman of the National Foreign Relations Council. He has also served as the Legislative liaison for U.S. Representative Ried Ribble to the National Legislative Committee. He is also an officer and member of Voiture No. 774 of the 40 et 8. John believes that Legionnaires should also be active in the community. He is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose 801, and is a member and Trustee of Elks Lodge 259 in Green Bay. He is the Treasurer of both the local Amateur Radio club in Green Bay as well as the Baylander Barbershop Harmony Chorus. Annually he provides numerous volunteer hours to the March of Dimes, Multiple Sclerosis, Leukemia Foundation and a host of local community events. He was named post Legionnaire of the year in 2004 for service to the community. John is supported by his wife, Suzanne and has the endorsement of the post, county, and the Ninth district. John believes that the Legion and community organizations working together can only improve the services that we provide to the veterans of the state of Wisconsin.
Charles Roessler earned the privilege of joining The American Legion through service in the US Air Force from 1975–1979. Charles also served with the 128th Aerial Refueling Wing, WI Air National Guard from 1982– 2003 where he retired as a Master Sergeant with 27 years of military service. Charles served as a Milwaukee Police Officer for 25 years and has over 30 years of total law enforcement experience. He served 2 terms as Milwaukee Police Post No. 415 Commander reaching 100% membership each year. He also served 2 terms as the 4th District Sergeant at Arms and is presently serving as a Department Sergeant at Arms. He is currently a consultant to the National American Legion Countersubversive Activities Committee (3 years) and served on the Department Fundraising Committee for three terms. Charles served on the 2010 Milwaukee National Convention Committee as a board member, provost and distinguished guest chairman. In 2005 was named the Department Edward Ormsby Law Enforcement Officer of the Year as well as National American Legion National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He is married to his wife Nancy of 28 years and has two children, Daniel and Valerie. It has been his honor to serve the Department and he looks forward to continuing to serve as Department Sergeant at Arms in the future.
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NEW! Junior Sporter Air Rifle Postal Match Get Involved! Young people want to learn how to shoot, are eager to practice to improve their skills and want to participate in competitions to demonstrate their skills. The Department of Wisconsin is conducting a Junior 3-Position Air Rifle “Postal” tournament. This match provides youth an opportunity to test their marksmanship ability in competition with other junior competitors throughout the state. Registration and target order forms can be obtained from Headquarters.
The deadline for ordering targets is February 16, 2013. Return the fired targets by US Mail. All entries must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2013. Entry in either the individual or team postal match is limited to competitors who are active members of a Junior Shooting Club sponsored by or affiliated with a Legion Post. A representative from the sponsoring Post must be present when targets are fired. Anyone between the ages of 8-18 years old is eligible to com-
pete. Participation certificates and trophies will be awarded in 3 individual age categories. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to the highest individual match score in the Senior category (15-18 year old). Information regarding affiliation with existing teams in your area is available by contacting Kim Shanks at kim@wilegion. org or (608) 745-0335. Complete rules, registration, entry fees and order forms can be found on our website at: www.wilegion.org.
Young people want to learn how to shoopt, are eager to practice to improve their skills and want to participate in competitions to demonstrate their skills.
December 13, 2012
THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
Badger Boys State: Preserving Our History Ahead of 75th Session During this holiday season many people are thinking about family, memories and reunions or parties. Badger Boys State is thinking the very same thing… but for different reasons. As the program approaches its milestone 75th session in 2016, its leadership is preparing for an event to reflect on and celebrate a proud history. Over 62,000 young men in Wisconsin have experienced the program and hands on learning since its inception. To be sure, setting a holiday table for that many isn’t realistic; however, Boys State is making preparations for what they hope will be a memorable event. A major focus in recent years has been the location, preservation and digitization (placing on computer) of historical items. They are hoping that information and items from this endeavor will yield interesting and
fun facts that can be used for the 75th celebration as well as growing the program’s archives. The archives and museum display case at Department Headquarters in Portage contain a nice collection of items but they have gaps in the 1940’s to the 1960’s. Badger Boys State historian, Erik Brown, is beginning
1939 Citizen Glenn Wesenberg from Bloomer, Wisconsin
to reach out to past citizens and their families to request donations or copies of materials they may have retained through the years. Materials from the very earliest years are most precious but all are important. Boys State has had some exciting successes locating materials from the first session such as when Glenn Wesenberg’s family reached out to Boys State leadership and donated many items including the photo of Glenn from BBS 1939. If you have materials or information to share or donate, please help us out by visiting http://history.badgerboysstate. com for more information and to see some materials we have already received.
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Oratorical Competition Scheduled February 16th
The 74th Wisconsin Regional and Department Oratorical Contests are scheduled February 16, 2013 at Ripon College, Ripon, WI. If you are interested in volunteering to assist as a moderator, judge, host or helper, contact Kim Shanks at Department Headquarters. Kim can be reached at (608) 745-1090 or by e-mail at email@example.com. The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Competition is designed for high school students, including home schooled, who are looking for an academic challenge and enjoy public speaking. The contest was developed to increase awareness and appreciation for the Constitution of the United States. Participants develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and become prepared to accept the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
Students begin at the local Post level and progress through County, District, Regional and State Competitions. Winning orations are based on content and presentation. The subject matter is based on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen. Complete rules and information can be found at www.legion.org. • District winners eliminated at the Regional Competition receive $600 scholarships. • Three Regional winners receive $1,000 scholarships and compete for the State title. • Department 2nd runner up receives an additional $1,000 scholarship. • Department 1st runner up receives an additional $1,500 scholarship. • Department winner receives an additional $2,000 scholar-
ship and competes at the National American Legion finals in Indianapolis, Indiana • Ripon College offers a $5000 scholarship to each of the three Department finalists upon enrollment at Ripon College. • National finalists receive scholarships of: 1st place$18,000; 2nd place-$16,000; 3rd place - $14,000. The American Legion hopes that every high school will provide the opportunity for its students to participate in this contest. However, it is the local post that has to provide the initiative to make this program work. Students are encouraged to contact their local American Legion Post for details about the contest and information on when local contests will be conducted. For more information contact Kim Shanks at (608) 745-1090 or by e-mail at kim@ wilegion.org.
Trees From Home Delivers Holiday Cheer to Troops Overseas
WOW! What a great year! Our Goal for Christmas 2012 was to send 2,000 Christmas Trees and goodie bags to military personnel who will not be home at Christmas. This is the 4th year for this very worthwhile project. We have had an unbelievable amount of support from the entire Wisconsin American Legion Family, not only financially but crafting trees, making tree skirts ornaments, collecting unused Christmas cards, packing boxes and helping at our deployment day 11-12-12. Up to 1 week before our deployment day we did not have enough addresses to send the boxes, but all at once they came pouring in and we sent 2,568 trees and goodie bags.
New this year we are selling “Home of the free, because of the Brave” T-shirts for a $15.00 donation to help with funding. We saved money on postage this year by sending boxes of 12 instead of single boxes, this worked very well as we like to send to full units. Thank you one and all for your support, you helped to “send a piece of home, when home is so far away.” Without your support we would never be able to touch the hearts of over 7,500 service members to date. We have already started on Christmas 2013, we hope to reach the 10,000 mark in our 5th year. We look forward to your continued support.
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College Veterans Club Supports Camp The UW – Stevens Point Veterans Club recently raised $825 for Camp American Legion through an Ice Fishing Contest. This very creative effort was the brainchild of a great group of young vets. Pictured with Camp Director Kevin Moshea left to right are
Patrick Seybert - 25 who served two tours with the 25th Infantry Division in Iraq and Zachary Ruesch – 28 who served with the Wisconsin Army National Guard in Iraq in 2008 – 09. The UW – Stevens Point Veterans plan to do the event annually.
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Canadian–American Remembrance Ceremony
During the recent Veterans Day weekend, members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post No. 435 in Superior traveled to Thunder Bay, Canada and took part in Remembrance Day Ceremonies which honor all Canadian Veterans. Post Commander David Kringle led the contingent from Superior which also included family members and representatives from the local American Legion Auxiliary. In addition, Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen and his wife accompanied the group. In Thunder Bay, the group was met and hosted by members of the Royal Canadian Legion Fort William Branch No. 6. On Saturday evening, November 10th, everyone from Superior were guests at an Annual Banquet hosted by the Fort William Branch No. 6. Commander Kringle presented a “Toast to the Queen”. The following day, Sunday, November 11th, Canadian Remembrance Day observances were held at the Fort William Gardens. The spe-
cial ceremony began with the traditional entry parade complete with a standing ovation from the thousands of people adorned with poppies. Over 2,500 people were on hand to honor Veterans and to remember their many sacrifices to preserve our freedoms. Local dignitaries and political leaders from the Canadian Province of Ontario were in attendance. Ken MacKay, a Canadian World War II Navy Veteran, was the featured speaker and recounted his many military experiences. Closing ceremonies included a reading of “In Flander’s Fields” and the traditional laying of wreaths by dignitaries including Mayor Bruce Hagen of Superior. It was truly an inspiring day to remember. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Fort William Branch No. 6 will visit Superior in May 2013 to participate in Memorial Day observances.
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Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center Visit
Commander Presents Colors at LambeauField
Department Commander Wayne Jensen visited the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan on November 20th. 9th District Commander Dale Oatman, Auxiliary President Diana Sirovina and Commander Jensen were briefed on computer games available to patients by Recreation Coordinator Adam Hayes.
Commander Wayne Jensen joined the Sullivan-Wallen Post No. 11 Honor Guard at Lambeau Field to present the National Colors prior to the Green Bay Packers game on November 4th. The Packers defeated the Arizona Cardinals that day by a score of 31 to 17.
Legionnaires Share with Elementary Students
Anderson-Sather Post Constructs Ramp
Members of the William Lansing Post No. 360 of Waunakee spent a busy and rewarding day working with local elementary school students in observance of Veterans Day. Post No. 360 members worked with 1st through 4th graders and promoted the Pledge of Allegiance. The program be-
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gan with an introduction of each of the Legionnaires who spoke to the students about their military experiences. The students then viewed a movie about the Pledge of the Allegiance and its meaning. The post provided students with patriotic coloring books, graphic novels, pencils, flag pins, certificates and small flags.
The Anderson-Sather Post No. 524 of White Lake recently organized the construction of a ramp for member Oscar Huber. The ramp was made possible by donations from Post No. 524 members, the Antigo Elks Lodge, Lions Club and C.A.R. Thrift Shop. Pictured in front are Elks members
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Kirk Iwen and Brian Blink on either side of Legion members Al Werwie and Jerry Voight along with 9th District Commander Dale Oatman. Post No. 524 Commander Earl Clay is holding the American flag along with other members while Oscar Huber is seated on his scooter on the ramp.
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