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Membership Awards were presented at the June County Meeting by Membership Chairman Jim Beecher and PNVC Bob Neville. L-R: Steve Antonacci of Smith-Wever Post 651; Dennis Madden of Greenlawn Post 1244; Gene Ordmandy of Wilson-Ritch Post 432.
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