Friday, January 23, 2015
Historians Elect Leaders at Mid-Winter Conference
ALBANY — James Randle of Williston Park Post 144 in Nassau County is the new president of the New York American Legion Historians Association. The New Hyde Park resident was elected during the Historians meeting Friday evening at the Mid-Winter Conference, being held Jan. 23-25 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center.
Elected as vice president was Barbara Beebe, former commander of Broome County and 6th District. She is a member of John F. Johnson American Legion Post 1700 in Endicott.
Re-elected as secretary-treasurer was John Kasmer Jr. of Thomas Tehan Post 1449 in Blasdell. Kasmer is also the Department’s JROTC advisor.
Randle, who succeeds National American Legion Press Association Executive Director Michael Duggan as historian president, has been post historian since 1999 and county historian since 2006. He also twice served as 10th District historian. He has been a member of The American Legion for 27 years, and is also active in both the national and New York Legion Press Associations.
Newly appointed Department Historian Frank Carletta presided over the meeting along with Secretary-Treasurer Kasmer.
The historians discussed opening the annual history book contest to Legion Rider chapters, and approved a motion to investigate establishing a Legion Rider category.