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Jim Campbell elected
Department Commander

Jim Campbell of Warren, Ohio was elected Department Commander of The American Legion Department of Ohio at the 97th Annual Department Convention in Toledo, Ohio.

Jim Campbell earned his eligibility by serving in the United States Air Force from 1967-2000. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 33 years of service, including one year at DaNang Air Base, Vietnam 1969-1970.

Jim Campbell served as Post Commander for American Legion Howland Post 700 four terms, becoming a three-year all time high Commander. He also served his Post as Adjutant and a Finance Officer prior to being elected as Commander. Jim is a Post SAL advisor Adjutant, serves on the Post Executive Board and is the Legion Rider's Chapter # 700 Director. He has served as Trumbull County Commander two years, and is a Past Commander of the Dynamic Ninth District, Department of Ohio. Under his leadership as 1st Vice Commander for the 9th District, he was awarded the BIG ONE award for membership through the Department of Ohio. Jim served as the Chairman of the Legion Riders Advisory Committee and Assistant Chaplain at Department level prior to being elected as 2nd Vice Commander for Ohio and serves on the National Legislative Council. Jim is a Trustee on the Staff at Buckeye Boys State at Bowling Green University.

He is the correspondent for Trumbull County Voiture Locale # 1182 La Societe 40 & 8, a life member of VFW Post 1090, Warren, Ohio and is a member of Amvets Post 290, Vienna, Ohio. Jim retired in 2006 from Howland Police Department as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations section and recently retired from the 11th District Court of Appeals as a Deputy Sheriff in Warren, Ohio.

Jim has been married to his wife Christina for over 30 years. They make their home in Warren, Ohio.

Department of Ohio Washington
guided tour

By Brenda McGowan

It is with great pleasure to announce the buses are FULL!

Please note a change in departure time. The buses will leave promptly at 7 a.m. on Oct. 2, from Department Headquarters for the three-day guided tour. It is highly recommended to arrive 45 minutes prior to the departure time.

If you require a hotel for Thursday and/or Sunday night the Holiday Inn is just a mile down the road and has rooms available. Call (740) 362-3036, and tell them you are with the American Legion tour. The hotel will allow you to leave your car parked with them until we return on Sunday evening if you have a reservation.

Due to the recent fire at Department Headquarters parking is limited. If possible, buddy up with other people in traveling.

Alternative parking will be available close to Department Headquarters.

Don't forget to bring Legionnaire, SAL and Auxiliary membership applications with you.

Any questions, contact Brenda McGowan at Department Headquarters, 740-362-7478, Ext 3.

Department Headquarters
restoration update

By Brenda McGowan

On May 4th 2015, the day of the fire, will certainly never be forgotten by many Legionnaires and staff. But we are moving forward and actually ahead of schedule.

There are so many that we want to say "Thank You" for lending a hand, kind words and your caring thoughts in the time of need. We truly are a family. A special thanks to Marion Harold Bradley Post 584 for loaning us tables and chairs to use in the temporary mobile office.

On May 13th a mobile office was setup in the parking lot with a projection date of July 1st to have the front offices in the building operational. With the dedicated and hard work from ServiceMaster staff and others the front part of the building was opened for operation on June 16th.

Weekly meetings have taken place and will continue with the restoration committee to answer questions and to give progress updates.

Two bids were submitted to Auto Owners Insurance and met their guidelines. Premier Insurance Restoration, is a long term family business, and gave a bid at $384,411.13, and Buckeye Restoration, operated by one individual, submitted his bid at $593,926.15.

The committee has reviewed both bids, interviewed each contractor at length and will move forward.

The plan is to have the building under roof by winter. Projection is eight months to a year for complete restoration. I've heard it said "Patience is a virtue". Everyone has to be understanding and patient during this trying time. We have weathered the storm and now can see the light of day. Look for updates in the upcoming Ohio Legion News editions.