Your Suffolk County American Legion News
Past County Commander Tom Wagner Honored
Tom Wagner, County Commander for 2013-2014 was honored at a testimonial dinner on March 12nd at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006 in Brentwood. Members of Suffolk's Legion Family turned out in numbers to applaud his service to the County organization.
10th DC Paul DeVaul Presents Tom with Proclamation.
Past 10DC Tom Stone Congratulates Tom Wagner
Susan Wagner presents Tom with his Past Commander Medal!
Jessica Norris Is State Oratorical Champ
The finalists pose with Department Commander Frank Peters. From left: Bridget Kennedy, Ingrid Castor, Lauren Litz, Department Commander Frank Peters, Jessica Norris, and Jasmeet Aujla. Photo by Doug Malin.
ALBANY — Jessica Norris, a home-schooled senior from Almond, NY, is The American Legion New York State oratorical champion for 2015, Oratorical Chairman Anthony Paternostro announced.
Jessica competed against four other finalists from a cross section of the state in the 78th Annual American Legion Department of New York Oratorical Contest.
Jessica won a $6,000 scholarship and will represent New York in the National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis, IN in April.
She was sponsored by Alfred American Legion Post 370 (Allegany County, 8th District). The “Constitutional Speech Contest” took place Feb. 28 at Sand Creek Middle School in Colonie.
The other finalists are:
– Bridget Kennedy, a senior at St. Pius V School in Melville, who won a $4,000 scholarship. Bridget was sponsored by the Greenlawn Post 1244 of Suffolk County, 10th District.
– Jasmeet Aujla, a senior at Immaculate Heart Central School in Watertown, who received a $2,500scholarship. Jasmeet was sponsored by Watertown Post 61 of Jefferson County, 5th District.
– Ingrid Castor, a senior at Spring Valley High School, who was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Ingrid was sponsored by Anthony Moscarella Post 199 in Monsey, Rockland County, 9th District.
– Lauren Litz, a senior at Niskayuna High School, who won a $2,000 scholarship. Lauren was sponsored by Niskayuna Post 1092 of Schenectady County, 4th District.
Zone 2 Oratorical Results
Bridget Kennedy of St. Pius V School in Melville was awarded 1st Place in the Zone 2 contest on Saturday, February 7. Bridget will represent the 2nd and 10th Districts in the NY State competition on February 22. Bridget was sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244
District Oratorical Contest Results
Winners of the 10th District Contest held on January 17 at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006 were:
1st Place - Alena Varghese from Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park
2nd Place - Bridget Kennedy from St. Pius V School, Melville
They will both go on to compete in the Zone 2 Contest at Elmont Memorial Public Library on February 7 at 10:00 am.
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Pictured: L to R: Brooke Ferber - Great Neck South High School; Sophia Chung - Francis Lewis High School; Bridget Kennedy - St Pius School; Kiren Butt - Francis Lewis High School; Alena Varghese - Sewanhaka High School; Patricia Coleman, Judge; Dr. Angelo Grande, Judge; Frank Ciulla, Judge
Suffolk County American Legion Oratorical Contest January 3, 2015
Bridget Kennedy and Sarah Bogen were the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the Suffolk County High School American Legion Oratorical Contest on Saturday, January 3rd.
They are from St. Pius V School in Melville and were sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244.
The contest was held at Babylon Post 94.
The other contestants were Amanda Michaels of St. Pius V and Reyna Vasquez, Angelina Santana and Leslie Morales of Brentwood High School. The Brentwood students were sponsored by Joseph Loeffler Post 1006.
Sarah and Bridget will represent Suffolk County in the 10th District Contest on January 17th at 10 am at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006 in Brentwood.
Winners: Bridget Kennedy (R) and Sarah Bogen (L).
Both are students at St. Pius School in Melville and were sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244.
Judges - Front Row L-R: Rev. Leonard M. Davis, Suffolk County Leg. Kevin McCafree and Mary Adams. Contestants - Rear Row L-R: are Reyna Vasquez, Angelina Santana, Leslie Morales, Amanda Michels, Sarah Bogen and Bridget Kennedy.
Department Visitation November 9, 2014
Joseph Loeffler Post 1006
Suffolk County American Legion and Auxiliary
L-R: PNVC Bob Neville, Dept. Cmdr Frank Peters, SC Cmdr Tom Wagner, 10D Adjutant Paul DeVaul
SAL Detachment Cmdr. Charles M. Depo
Auxiliary Madam President Diane Gerber
L-R: PNVC Bob Neville, SAL PNC Chris Cerullo, SAL Detachment Cmdr Charles M. Depo
At American Airpower Museum L-R: Unidentified Son, Det. Cmdr Depo, Dept Cmdr Peters, PCC Tom Wagner, Unidentified Son
Scenes from POW / MIA Ceremony in Babylon
September 19, 2014
Post 1634 Commander Charlie Volpe adressing the audience. Behind him L-R County Vice Cmdr Joe Regina, Assemblyman Robert Sweeney and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory
Boy Scout from Troop 1634 performs "Taps."
Suffolk County Auxiliary Secretary Sue Regina (R) salutes MIA / POW Table with Cristine Bernroth of New York MIA / POW Families organization.
Girl Scouts also participated in the ceremony
PTSD Program Receives Funding
A check for $10,000 to fund our PTSD training program was presented to
Suffolk County American Legion on October 1st. The donation was from
Congressman Tim Bishop, The Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and
the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council. For information about the program please contact Rev. Fred Miller at 631-395-4646 or E mail Drfred72@GMail.com
Pictured L-R: Cmdr of Arthur H. Clune Post 1533, Bob Mohn; Congressman Tim Bishop; Post 1533 Chaplain Rev. Fred Miller; Suffolk County Commander Gene Ordmandy; Roger Clayman - Executive Director of the Long Island Federation of Labor and Dick O'Kane - President of the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council.
Congressman Tim Bishop Announces Donation for Suffolk County PTSD Training Program at September County Meeting
County Vice Commander Dennis Morrill Accepts Americanism Award on Behalf of Eastport Post 1545
September 5, 2014
County Vice Commander Dennis Morrill (L) Accepts Americanism Award from Suffolk County Commander Gene Ordmandy (R)
10th District Commander Paul DeVaul Presiding at the
July 29, 2014 10th District Organizational Meeting
Boys State Delegate Chris Aliperti of Ward Melville HS
Speaks to Wilson Ritch Post
Annual Pig Roast and Dedication of Pavillion
In Honor of Lawrence Judd
Riverhead Post 273 September 6, 2014
Annual Clam Bake Arthur H. Clune Post 1533
Mastic Beach August 9, 2014
From Battlefield to Street
Post Traumatic Stress Management Training To Be Offered
From: Rev. Fred Miller, Suffolk County PTSD Committee Chairman
The Suffolk County American Legion is in the process of establishing a pilot program to help our veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Please read the attached letter and materials for information on how you and your post can be trained to assist veterans and their families who are suffering from the effects of this disorder.
Veterans and other individuals who would like to be trained to help active duty or returning combat veterans deal with the stress of returning to civilian life can receive professional training. Post Service officers, chaplains and others are urged to take advantage of this two-day program.
Please see link to letter and information on how you can help: Letter and Flyer
Please send your Post#. name, address, telephone number and e mail address to:
Rev. Frederick Miller
Arthur H. Clune Post 1533
PO Box 72
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
E mail TLEM@Juno.com
Spreading The Word
1st Division County Vice Commander Joe Regina and Greenlawn Post Post Commander Bob Santo set up an information table at the Half Hollow Hills East Library on Saturday, April 5th. They distributed literature and answered questions about the many benefits available to veterans and their families.
L-R: Greenlawn Post Commander Bob Santo and County Vice Commander Joe Regina.
Past County Commander R. F. Smith III Honored
PCC Robert F. Smith III was honored at a testimonial dinner on March 23rd at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006. Shown above from L-R: Honoree Robert. F Smith III, PCC Robert W. Smith and PCC Thomas Bergin.
95th Legion Birthday Celebration at Suffolk County
March Monthly Meeting
L-R: SCALA President Patricia Bianculli with two Juniors, County Cdr. Tom Wagner,
SCALA 1st Vice Pres. Pat Gallagher and SCALA 2nd Vice Evelyn Gerlette
National Commander's Visitation
Commander Dan Dellinger will be visiting the New York Area on April 11th.
A reception will be held for him at:
Antun's Catering Hall, 96-43 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village, NY
The evening will start at 7 pm with a cocktail hour - with a Gourmet Buffet
The Sit down dinner will begin at 8 pm and last until midnight
There will be music and an open bar all night
To obtain tickets contact Bob Bruggemann, Thomas Bergin or Robert F. Smith III
Tickets are $65 per person, make checks payable to SCAL
Please try to attend and show Suffolk's support
631-399-7523; 631-207-5899; 631-940-9413
Zone 2 Contest Results
American Legion High School Oratorical Contest
Elmont Memorial Library was the scene of the Zone 2 contest between the 10th and 2nd District finalists in the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest.
The results are as follows: First Place - Sarah Bogen from Pius V School, Melville sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244. Second Place - Allana McAuliffe from Bishop Kearney High School, Brooklyn, sponsored by Flatlands Post 391. Third Place - Giovahni Verdieu from Midwood High School, Brooklyn, sponsored by Bayside Post 1157. Fourth Place went to Jaclyn Schess from Syosset High School, sponsored by Eugene S. Smith Post 175.
The first prize winner is guaranteed at least $2,000 as an entrant in the Department of New York Contest. The second place winner will receive $1,000. Third and fourth place winners will each receive $500.
The judges were: Richard Hearing, John Canning and Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt of the 17th District.
L-R: Giovahni Verdue, Richard Hearing (contest judge), Allana McAuliffe, John Canning (contest judge),
Jaclyn Schess, Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (contest judge) and Sarah Bogen.
Missing In America Project - Calverton Interment January 29, 2014
Deceased Marine veteran George Paul Csanadi was honored by Posts of the Suffolk County American Legion in an committal service at Calverton National Cemetery on January 29. Mr. Csanadi, has no known next of kin. Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes arranged for the pro bono transport of the former Marine CPL from Riverside Memorial Chapel to the cemetery. The hearse was escorted from the Queens border by Post 1244 American Legion Riders Serge Dei and Bruce Blanco.
Legionnaires from American Legion Post 1244 Greenlawn, Post 1839 Wayne-Middleton and Post 360 Huntington participated.
MIAP Chairman presented the burial flag to Wayne-Middleton Post Cmdr. Bob Romano in appreciation of his Post's frequent participation in the MIAP services at Calverton.
Photos by Post 1839 Cmdr. Bob Romano
L-R: Greenlawn Post 1244 Cmdr. Bob Santo and Judge Advocate Tom Freeman remove flag from
casket in preparation of the folding of the flag.
The Burial Flag is presented to MIAP Chairman John Caldarelli by Post 1244 Judge Advocate Tom Freeman and Cmdr. Bob Santo. Huntington Post 360 Chaplain Walter Scally stands at attention at right.
10th District Contest Results
American Legion High School Oratorical Contest
The 10th District High School Oratorical Contest was held at Malverne Post 44 on Saturday, January 18th. The winners were: 1st Place Sarah Bogen of St. Pius V School, Melville, sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244; 2nd Place Jaclyn Schess of Syosset High School, sponsored by Eugene S. Smith Post 175, Syosset; and 3rd Place Claire Pohalski, of St. Pius V School, Melville, sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244. The other contestants were Ronald and Reinold Rojas from Francis Lewis HS, sponsored by Queens Village Post 301 and Kaeli Groenet of Sewanaka High School, sponsored by Elmont Post 1033.
First and Second Place winners will represent the 10th District in the Zone 2 Contest at the Elmont Memorial Public Library, February 1st at 10:00 am. The Library is located at 700 Hempstead Tpke. Elmont NY
Contestants Front Row L-R Claire Pohalski - St. Pius V School; Ronald Rojas and Reinold Rojas - Francis Lewis High School; Kaeli Groenet - Sewanaka High School; Sarah Bogen - St. Pius V School; Jaclyn Schess - Syosset High School. Judges Back Row L-R: Dr. Carol Hassett, Sue Wagner, Patricia Coleman.
Suffolk County Contest Results
American Legion High School Oratorical Contest
The Suffolk County American Legion Oratorical Contest was held at Babylon Post 94 on Saturday, January 11th.
Winners were 1st Place: Sarah Bogen, and 2nd place Claire Pohalski, . Both are students at St. Pius V School in Melville, NY.
The 10th District Contest will take place on Saturday, January 18th at Malverne Post 44 located at 240 Franklin Ave., Malverne NY 11565. Please arrive NLT 9:45 am.
Front Row L-R: Claire Pohalski, 2nd Place and Sarah Bogen, 1st Place
Rear Row L-R: Oratorical Chairman and Past County Cmdr. Robert W. Smith, Greenlawn Post 1244 Cmdr Bob Santo, Past National Vice Cmdr. Bob Neville, County Commander Tom Wagner
and 1st Division County Vice Commander Joseph Regina
Contestants at the Suffolk County Oratorical Contest.
L-R: Warren Estrada, Brentwood HS; Claire Pohalski, St. Pius V School; Sarah Bogen, St. Pius V School; Rosa Argueta, Brentwood HS; Christopher Dallao, Mt. Sinai HS and Eric Milacer, St. Pius V School.
Wall of Wars Memorial Progresses at Northport VA
Legionnaire Ted Gladkowski has provided these pictures of the on-going progress of the Wall of Wars Memorial. On December 19th, 5 more monuments were installed behind the Chapel at the Northport VA Hospital, joining the first monument dedicated to those who served in the Vietnam War. The monument project was begun by the Vietnam Veterans of America Suffolk County Chapter 11. A total of twelve monuments will be erected at the Memorial. Donations continue to be needed to complete the project.
Please see the link to .Pdf file at left for a donation form and naming opportunities. Engraved bricks are available for as little as $150.
For more information please see the website: www.wallofwars.com
Supportive Services for Veterans
The SSVF program is designed to assist veterans and their families who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Their will be a representative at our next County Meeting on December 6th to explain this program and answer any questions.
WW II B24 Gunner Honored by West Islip Post
West Islip Post 1738 in conjunction with County Legislator Tom Barraga (Post member), Senator Phil Boyle, Town of Islip Councilman John C. Cochrane, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino Greg Buck and Massapequa AMVETS Post 88 we honored Local West Islip resident
Frank McLoughlin S/SGT B-24 Bomber gunner for his heroic efforts in WWII.
The event was held at the Air Power Museum on November 21st
L- R NYS Assemblyman Joe Saladino, NYS Senator Phil ,Honoree Frank McLoughlin, Town of Islip Councilman (Capt USN-R) John C. Cochrane, County Legislator Tom Barraga.
L to R: County Legislator Tom Barraga, Post Cmdr Greg Buck, Bart Viruso, Honoree Frank McLoughlin,
Artie Laufer, Ted Gladkowski, Victor Cruz and service dog Petey,
Town of Islip Councilman (Capt USN-R) John C. Cochrane.
West Islip Veterans Honored by High School
In recognition of Veterans Day, 11th grade students at West Islip High School honored veterans of all ages who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Sponsored by Cablevision Power to Learn, the HISTORY "Take A Veteran to School" event is focused on helping students better appreciate the sacrifices made by our nation's service men and women, as well as their families. "Take A Veteran to School" is a national initiative by HISTORY that connects veterans from all walks of life with students and communities nationwide. Senator Phil Boyle participated in the event.
After introductions and opening remarks from Principal Dr. Anthony Bridgeman, Senator Boyle spoke to the students about the importance of honoring veterans and the roles they play in our community. The students then watched a clip from HISTORY's The Story of Veterans Day and History. The students acknowledged the veterans in attendance and Senator Boyle and Cablevision representatives presented a $5,000 contribution to the West Islip American Legion – Post 1738.
"The veterans we honor today are heroes in every sense of the word and I am proud to be part of this program from Cablevision and HISTORY that recognizes their service to our country," said Senator Boyle. "Because of their many sacrifices, we as Americans are blessed with so many freedoms. Today we thank each of these veterans who have heeded the call and have served honorably to defend the land we hold dear.".
L to R: Kevin Crumlish 1st Vice Cmdr, Philip Bruckner 3rd Vice, Bart Viruso, Frank McNamee Fin off, Robert Stephens 2nd vice, Victor Cruz and Petey Svc Dog, Terry Kaliner, Phil Boyle, Kevin Murphy Teacher, Greg Buck Post Cmdr, Ted Gladkowski Adj and David Young
Cablevision Presenting Check for $5000
Department of New York Membership Workshop
August 18, 2013
Some of those attending the Department Membership Workshop:
L-R: PCC Bob Bruggemann, PNVC Bob Neville, Department of New York Commander Ken Governor, Suffolk County Cmdr. Tom Wagner, Post 1244 Cmdr Bob Santo, Post 1244 1st Vice Cmdr. Dennis Madden, Suffolk County Vice Cmdr. Joe Regina.
Sons of The American Legion Squadron 1839 Donates to
America's VetDogs on Aug 14
L TO R: Post 1839 Commander Bob Romano, Finance Officer Rick Iverson look on as Squadron Commander James Majorana presents a check for $500 to Director of Development Christine McDonald.
VetDog "Mookie" at right, approves.
Ever wonder what the letters VAVS mean?
We are the invisible Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard who volunteer to assist veterans in need, We are the backbone of volunteers who drive vans and shuttles, sit at V A hospital entrances and at different locations giving help and directions, pushing wheelchairs around the V A hospital, helping at functions inside and outside of V A hospitals, and many other special events to assist healthy, sick, infirm, and disabled veterans.
The VA Volunteer Services at the Northport VA Hospital consists of some 25 veteran organizations, auxiliary organizations, Sons organizations, and fraternal organizations.
Many of you remember Ed Granka (deceased), the previous VAVS Representative with his Caddie trunk filled with goodies, and his rear "bumper" dragging. It was filled with games, toys, cookies and candy, and other stuff he scrounged from stores and shops.
Although we are all volunteers for everything we do, we are expected to raise funds to do what we do for veterans. We receive no compensation or reward for what we do except for an annual dinner (which many skip) and receive a pin for our lapel showing the number of volunteer hours put in over the years.
Can you help? YES! If your Post could budget to give us $100 a year (more or less depending on the financial ability of your Post) on the 1st of January it would really help.
The Suffolk County American Legion has been giving funds to help, but times are hard.
Make your check payable to The Suffolk County American Legion and earmark it for the VAVS. Thanks!
John C. Dekas Fred Loucka
VAVS Representative VAVS Deputy
Veteran's Advisory Committee
Drawer 1002, Hampton Bays, NY 11946-0006