Wednesday, July 23, 2014
ALBANY — The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) program received a donation of more than $70,000 from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York during its 94th annual convention held July 17-19.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Jamie A. Griganis, the graduating cadet commander in the Navy JROTC program at Southold Junior-Senior High School, is the Department of New York Cadet of the Year.
“It’s extremely humbling to be up here in front of so many role models” — the kind of military veterans “I aspire to be,” she said.
The National Honor Society member played both varsity tennis and softball, and won both Army and Navy ROTC scholarships to Fordham and Columbia universities, respectively. She also received a congressional nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Department JROTC/ROTC Advisor John Kasmer Jr. noted that the cadet was planning to pursue an Army commission at Fordham even though her dad, William, was a retired Marine major — which spurred a swell of Army “hooahs” from the convention crowd.
John Chang, outgoing detachment commander for the Sons of the American Legion, announced that Charles Depot was elected 2014-2015 detachment commander, and presented a $12,947 check to outgoing Department Commander Ken Governor.
It was a donation for their joint personal project, the National Emergency Fund.
Department Historian Raphael “Buzz” Blevins announced post, county and district History Book winners at the convention.
Williston Post 144 took first place and Colon Couch Post 821 in Clayton grabbed second.
Oneida County won first place, with Erie Coumty coming in second.
10th District took first place with 3rd District taking second.
Junior shooters from Middletown Post 151 and Vernice Suttle Post 113 in Baldwinsville shined in two different championship matches. Junior Shooting Chair Lawrence Behling gave the following results in his convention report.
Timothy Messmer, son of Colleen A. and James V. Messmer V of Merrick, NY, is the Department of New York Eagle Scout of the Year, Scouting Chair Steve Mataraza announced at the convention.