An election was held recently at the American Legion Post 25 for this year’s officers — and, once again, Jefferson Township resident Glenn Rankin was elected commander of the post.
This will be Rankin’s second year as commander.
“I enjoy the job. It’s a lot of work. My job is trying to keep the Legion running and getting Legionaries the services they need. I really enjoy it,” he said.
Only Legionaries were eligible to vote in the election on April 11.
Jerred Mitchell ran against Rankin for commander.
For first vice commander, there were three contenders: Lorena Nichols, Tracey Rankin Owens and Jim Steiner. Owens was the person elected. This will be her second year in the position.
For second vice commander, there were two contenders: Leonard Bud Williamson and Mark Hoppes. Hoppes was elected to the position. Last year, Hoppes served on the executive board, making him experienced with the board but new to the position of second vice.
Contenders for this year’s executive board were Chuck Warning, Pat Dewees, Tobin Dawson, Paul Sands, Eric Locke, Mary Jane and Doyle Ruth. Those elected to the board were: Dewees, Sands, Dawson and Warning.
Both Dawson and Warning are new to being officers. Even with new officers, according to Rankin, the group of officers this year is a strong one.
“We’ve got a wonderful team,” he said.
The officers for this year will be sworn in during the Legion’s meeting on Monday, May 9.
In other news from the Legion, there are several events coming up later this year.
On June 25, the annual Lance Cpl. Brett Wightman Memorial Ride will be held.
On July 3, there will be the annual “Boogie on the Blacktop.” This event is a party that includes food and a dunk tank while the Fourth of July fireworks are being set off.
On July 9, the second-annual Poker Run and Benefit Concert will be held for Gary and Tristen. Local youths Gary Lewis and Tristen Mider were both diagnosed with Leukemia in January of 2021. Several benefits have been held in the community to help support their treatments and procedures.
“This is really going to be a blowout this year,” said Rankin.
The concert will feature “Revisiting Creedence,” a band whose frontrunners traveled and performed with the original Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) members. For more information on the benefit, visit the Facebook event page, “Poker Run and Benefit Concert for Gary & Tristen – 2nd Annual.”
To become a member of the American Legion, the only item needed is a DD214 showing service in the military.
Also available for local membership is a chapter of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) and the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA).
“They are both right here at the American Legion,” said Rankin.
Members of the SAL are males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and became eligible for membership in the American Legion. To learn more, visit www.legion.org/sons.
Members of the ALA are male and female spouses, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of the American Legion. Some are also veterans. To learn more, visit www.member.legion-aux.org/Home or the local chapter’s Facebook page, “American Legion Auxiliary Post 25.”
Currently, the ALA is holding a Mother’s Day basket raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the American Legion, 1240 US-22 in Washington Court House, for $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets. The drawing will be held May 7 at 9 p.m.
The basket includes the following items: a box of Russell Stovers chocolate, a set of five Beach Breeze candles, two house signs: “home sweet home” and “if I had to stir it it’s homemade,” Teavanna tea, Bath and Body works lotion, Crown royal tumbler, Hydro massage session at Court House Chiropractor, grilling essentials, jewelry, Teddy bear figurines, 14 scratch-off tickets (with the chance of winning up to $150,000), an adult coloring book, a purse, honey orange blossom candle, 24k gold face mask, nail grooming kit with carry case, UV sanitizer water bottle, advanced teeth whitening kit, hydration multiplier stationary kit, under eye makeup, satin pillow sleeves, stars and stripes rustic wood garland, a $25 gift certificate for Regan’s Flower shop, cozy socks, a vanilla sandalwood candle, and a gift certificate for a 16 inch, one-topping pizza at the Legion.
Reach journalist Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355.