Department Commander Jerry Stewart 2017 - 2018
Department Commander February Message
A big thank you to Commander Steve Greenslet and Bennington Post #13s entire staff for hosting the 2018 Mid-Winter Convention. Likewise to Adj. Don Tetreault and Secretary Melodie Ashford for all you do. It takes a lot to put this all together, and I thank you for a job well done.
Friday Nights Banquet was well attended with members from the SAL, Auxiliary and Legion. National Vice Commander, Larry Marcouillier from Harrington, DE and VT U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders were Guest Speakers. Senator Sanders asked if I knew who the Boys State Director was and I gave him Dave Cobbs name. Bernie wants to see both Boys and Girls State programs grow. He also talked about the VA and its funding. National Vice Commander Larry talked about the American Legion Family all working together. He also spoke about National Commander Denise Rohans American Legions Family First.
Here is what the card I received in the mail from National Vice Commander Larry Marcouillier said.
Dear Commander Jerry Stewart:
I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome that your Department gave me during my visit. It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of your program. Again thank you for the invitation. Larry Marcouillier, NVC
Thank you to Ballard Hobart Post #36 for the fine job posting the colors. Thanks to Fran Betit for a job well done as Sgt-At-Arms. Fran and I visited both the Auxiliary and the SAL meetings. Both were well attended, and thank you for allowing me to visit you.
Thank you 1st District Commander Bill Schmitt for the new banner. Nice job and Thank you again. 1st Vice Commander Dave Woodward; keep up the good work with membership. We made our 85%! Area Commanders, County Commanders, District Commanders, Post Commanders, all members of the American Legion, we are all members of the membership team. If we all work at getting membership in, well reach our next goal and it would be great to see the Department of Vermont at 100% before Convention in June.
The Eagle Scout Banquet in Montpelier was held on Friday February 9th. 12:00 PM. Northern Area Commander Ronald Larose - Boy Scout Committee Chair, Job well done. There were 76 Eagle Scouts from Vermont. This year, with about one half of them at the banquet. The American Legion is proud to support the scouting program in the State of Vermont. These are our leaders of the future. Other Legion members there were Northern Area Commander, Ron Larose, 1st Vice Commander Dave Woodward, Past NEC man Frank Killay, Department Historian, Raymond St. John and myself. Donations are needed to keep this program alive.
Lets keep working on getting Post Evaluations done and sent into Department Headquarters. I have been in touch with Roger Martel - Chairman of Post Evaluations Committee and he is working on this.
In closing. I would like to thank all who have donated to my Commanders Project. The American Legion Family Assistance Fund is greatly needed. It could be you that needs help.
God Bless the American Legion and God Bless the USA.
Huzon "Jerry" Stewart