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District 2 News

Rifle Raffle

Ryan Rodabadugh receiving a Henry Rifle from Larry Core. Post 382 raffled off this rifle this winter as a fund raiser for the post.

Legion Birthday

The 6th annual Legion Family Birthday Dinner, celebrating the 95th birthday of the American Legion, was held at Post 217 in Sidney on March 15. Special honorees were, from left to right, Auxiliary member Jackie Thoma, Legion member Don Harp, and Larry Spence, adviser for the Sons of the American Legion.

A&G briefing

Department Americanism Chariman Gerald White and Department Commander Jeff Kauffman briefed three winners of the Americanism and Government Test from Sidney Post 217. Pictured from left to right are: Coomander Kauffman, Christian Academy sophomore Hannah Renner, Sidney High School sophomore Aaron Jensen, Sidney High School junior Emily McCroskey and White. Jensen scored 100 percent on the test.

Department Membership Roundup

Pictured at the Department Membership Roundup at Post 217 in District 2 are, from left to right: Past National Vice Commander Jim Morris, Past NECman Carl Swisher, Second District Commander John Wagner, and Past National Vice Commander Glenn Hickman.

From left to right, Past National Vice Commander Jim Morris, Past Department Treasurer Chuck Craynon, Past NECman Carl Swisher and Past National Vice Commander Glenn Hickman at Post 217 during the Department Membership Roundup.

From left to right Post 217 Commander Tom Clay, Past National Vice Commander Jim Morris, Past NECman Carl Swisher and Past National Vice Commander Glenn Hickman at the Department Membership Roundup.

Bluffton service recalls Four Chaplains

Adjutant Robert Amstutz reading about the Four Chaplains at the English Lutheran Church where members of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 attended services honoring the Four Chaplains. Below, Bluffton American Legion members who attended the Four Chaplains services.

Bluffton A&G winners

Sam Reineke, Americanism Chairman from Post 382, presenting Kyle Strahm, Michael Groman, Kate Frazier, Pamilia Fischach, Kathryn Basinger (Chris McClain was not present for the picture), all winners of the Americanism and Government Test from the Bluffton High School, in Bluffton, Ohio.

Golf Scramble supporters

Sam Reineke of Post 382 presents a plaque to Jay Stratton and Shawn Stratton for their generous support of the Bluffton American Legion Golf Scramble. Below, Reineke presents a plaque to Thomas Dotson, owner of Tommy Tires, for their generous support of the Bluffton American Legion Golf Scramble.

Post 382 Oratorical contestant

Sam Reineke of Post 382 and Sarah Schriner, who was the oratorical contestant from the Bluffton American Legion.

New Knoxville American Legion Commander Dan Metzger receives the American Flag from Operation New Knoxville Cares representative Norma Schroer. The flag was given first to ONKC by Pat Sturgill and then presented to the New Knoxville Amercian Legion.

Flag presented to ONKC, then on
to New Knoxville American Legion

Operation New Knoxville Cares recently received the gift of the American Flag from Pat Sturgill, in appreciation of the care boxes that ONKC sends to those serving in the armed services. The flag was flown in Afghanistan on September 6,2013 during Operation Enduring Freedom 13-14. Sturgill, who served in Afghanistan, is now safely back at Ft. Campbell, KY. Sturgill has ties locally, as he has relatives in St. Marys. ONKC presented the flag to the New Knoxville American Legion for the support the Legion has given to the ONKC's project.

ONKC started from the small community group "Busy Needles for Missions" that knitted and crocheted items for charities. Among one of the items the group made were helmet liners for soliders. Later snacks, letters and some Christmas CD's were added to the packages. As the project grew, the community and churches were invited to participate. Since December 2007 ONKC mailed 2,185 care boxes to soliders.

Norma Schroer, spokesperson for ONKC stated: "One-third of the buy back candy sponsored by the Minster Dental Clinic is given to our operation. The candy is also shared with the United Church of Christ to send care boxes to area college students during exam time."

ONKC is thankful to the countless people in the area who donate money and items to be shipped. "We are so grateful for the generous support of the New Knoxville Amercain Legion. Their donations are an example of how it is possible for us to have continued this project for over six years and have shipped the 2,185 boxes;" stated Schroer.

Schroer stressed; "The project would not be possible without all the volunteers who work month after month.

"There are area businesses and individuals who donate money, those who donate items to box, and people that volunteer to pack."

"ONKC is grateful for the financial donations from the American Legion, churches in the community, area companies and donations from individuals. This has provided some funds to purchase bulk items when needed:" according to Schroer.

Schroer did not want to list donors for fear of the possibility of missing to mention one. However, she did stress the donors are invaluable to ONKC. The operation continually gets letters of appreciation from the many soliders that have received care boxes.