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American Legion honors landscaper, helps needy

Pictured is Gene Kutchinski, Mike Gates, Bill Gregones, Bob Murray, and Earl Tefft. Post photo by A. Spaulding

By Alixann Spaulding

Giving something without expecting anything in return is behavior that deserves recognition. Sons of the American Legion member Mike Gates, of Preferred Landscaping, donated his personal time and energy recently to beautify the landscape of the American Legion. On June 10, past Post Commander Bill Gregones presented Gates with a plaque to acknowledge the special service he performed.
Bob Murray, of the Cedar Springs Food Pantry, also received something that day. Earl A. Tefft, present Post Commander, presented Murray with a $100 check to go to the Food Pantry to help with expenses.
The American Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion would like to see some fresh faces. “The American Legion is always looking for new members,” said Tefft. To find out more, call the Post at 696-9160.

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American Legion state officers visit local post

State Department Commander Bill Hafeman, Auxiliary Department President Jan Kintz and S.A.L. Detachment Commander David Mennel were presented with their own pair of red flannels.

On January 8, in keeping with a longstanding tradition, the Cedar Springs American Legion, Glen Hill Post 287 presented State Department Commander Bill Hafeman, Auxiliary Department President Jan Kintz and S.A.L. Detachment Commander David Mennell, with their very own pair of red flannels from the Red Flannel Capital of the World.
Every year at the annual Early Bird Dinner, they have a fine meal for those members who have paid their dues early. Invited to the dinner are the State level officers of the organization, as well as past dignitaries. After the dinner, the present and past Department officers graciously wear their Red Flannel attire and perform the chicken dance.

Several past and current American Legion commanders pose in their red flannels. Back row: SAL Detachment Commander David Mennel, Past Detachment Commander Andre Svacha, Past Detachment Commander Sandy Lipman, our very own Past Dept. President Mary Goller-Kilts, Past Detachment Commander Pat Pustay, Past Dept. President Donna Fueling, Dept. Commander Bill Hafeman, Past Dept. Commander Jerry Dennis. Front row: SAL Det. Commander’s wife Anita Mennel, State Department Commander’s wife Jan Hafeman and Department President Jan Kintz.

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Legion family raising funds for recovering heroes

The American Legion family is calling on all Americans to help purchase comfort items for troops recovering in U. S. military hospitals and warrior transition units around the world, through its Operation Comfort Warriors campaign.

“The government does a good job of providing the essentials,” said American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein. “Through Operation Comfort Warriors, we have been able to provide items that usually don’t appear in the budget, such as personal sweat suits, I-Pods, DVDs, phone calling cards and other comfort items. The American Legion is challenging its members, friends and all people to give to those who have already given so much. These gifts provide welcome distractions to the tediousness that often accompanies prolonged hospital stays.”

The American Legion family has already raised nearly $165,000 for Operation Comfort Warriors since its inception in December. Donors can make online contributions by visiting www.legion.org/ocw, or by sending a check to Operation Comfort Warriors, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Administrative and promotional costs are paid by the American Legion, allowing 100 percent of the donations to be spent directly on the troops.

The American Legion was founded in 1919, and has a current membership of 2.6 million wartime veterans. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.

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