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POW-MIA Chair of Honor

By Eddie Van Bibber, PSO

On September 18th, 2015 Glenford Dugan Post 229 of the American Legion dedicated a Chair of Honor for POW/MIA service men and women. After a conversation with Jason Graven, Editor in Chief of Ohio Legion News and Director of Internal Affairs in March 2015, I thought that this was a worthwhile project and proceeded to investigate. I viewed the video of University of Akron Post 808 American Legion and was moved to ask my comrades of Post 229 about the idea. The idea was presented to the members at a regular meeting and after some discussion, the members voted unanimously to participate in the project. A location was chosen and the project was presented to the Nelsonville-York High School Board members and School Superintendent. The School Board gave their blessing for the project. A location was selected and the Chair of Honor was ordered from Hussey Seating, Berwick, Maine. Chapter 3, Rolling Thunder, was contacted and they said they would be honored to be a part of the dedication. Rolling Thunder members Sheri Perkins and Penny Wolf attended the ceremony. The shop class at Nelsonville-York High School built the platform to mount the chair. It was decided to mount the chair on a moveable platform so the chair could be displayed at indoor venues, as well as outside. This makes the Chair of Honor visible year round. It will be a reminder of our POW/MIA, to all the communities that attend sports events at Nelsonville-York High School. The night of the dedication, the Glenford Dugan Color Guard (Members: Kevin Koster, Dean Howard, Paul Huston and Robin Russell), under the command of Post Commander, Jerry Patton, escorted the Colors to the dedication of the Chair of Honor. During the ceremony Sheri Perkins, Chairman of Rolling Thunder Chapter 3, of Chillicothe, Ohio spoke about the need to educate the public and gave statistics on those still missing. She thanked Glenford Dugan Post 229 for including them in the dedication ceremony. Post Adjutant Kurt Nunnally, Master of Ceremonies, spoke on behalf of Glenford Dugan Post 229. Other members present for dedication were Bill Hall, 1st Vice-Commander, Norm Fox and Eddie Van Bibber PSO. The ceremony ended with a prayer by Reverend Ernie Perkins. It was a very good day!

2016 Mid-Winter Conference planned

By Director Brenda McGowan

The Department of Ohio American Legion will conduct the annual Mid-Winter Conference the weekend of January 15-17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel North, 6500 Doubletree Ave. Columbus. The Legion and the Auxiliary will be housed and meet in the same hotel. Room reservations can be made by calling 614-885-1885 and select option #2. Be sure and mention you are with the American Legion to get the discounted rate of $89.00 plus tax per night. Reservation deadline is December 31st. The Ramada Hotel on Schrock Rd. (2 blocks North) will be used as an overflow hotel.

On Saturday, January 16th the Sons of The American Legion Conference will start at 9:00 A.M. in Ballroom 3.

Several Department Committees and the Legion Riders will meet Saturday at the hotel. Visitors are always welcome. Assistant Director of Internal Affairs Dave Elmore from National Headquarters will be conducting an American Legion Extension Institute course (ALEI) open to all members of the Legion family, Legion, Auxiliary and SAL.

On Saturday afternoon, the various Department committees will offer information on programs at the information booths located in Foyer areas 1&2 of the hotel. Included in the information booths will be Charities, Inc., Membership, Americanism, Child Welfare, Post Activity Programs, POW-MIA, Auxiliary information, and many others.

The main session will open promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday January 17th.

National Commander Dave Barnett will be the featured guest speaker.

Department Commander Jim Campbell, the Officers and Staff of the Department of Ohio cordially invite you to attend the 2016 Mid-Winter Conference.

State Headquarters restoration update

In September the perimeter fencing was set due to the fire damaged area is hard hat restricted with the demolition in process. The shingles and roofing were removed and the demolition of the back room all took place.

On Thursday, October 15th a day of excitement at Department Headquarters that brought smiles to faces as well as lifted spirits when the semi rolled in the parking lot with eighty four trusses. And within hours the crane followed to lift them onto the roof. They were set within days. All the staff and visiting Legionnaires wanted to see the progress and feel the excitement of the restoration as it unfolds. Sheathing is laid and shingles will be completed soon to follow.

As the days have progressed there has been bumps in the road but all and all everything is ahead of schedule and the Contractor has assured us we will be under roof by December 1st. Many days staff has gone home with headaches from the sounds of the pounding hammers and the stapling gun. But we all know it means progress and we soon can look back on these days and say "remember when?"

Bi-Weekly meetings continue to take place with the restoration Committee and the Contractor to answer questions and to give progress updates.

Premier Insurance Restoration, is doing a great job and has bent over backwards to accommodate the Legion and the request of the Department.

The completed projection date has been set for July 1, 2016. We continue to ask everyone 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 OLN editions.

Ohio Legion tours Washington

Two full buses left Department Headquarters on a Friday morning with 46 people on one and 43 on the other. There was so much excitement in the air and within the people, the questionable weather didn't matter.

Many sites were visited and emotions were high. We had a surprise stop at Flight 93 in Pennsylvania and then on to Washington. And then another surprise stop to view the front of the White House from Pennsylvania Ave. Then we had the privilege to be at the WWII memorial at the same time of the Honor Flight and see their program. Later we saw the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

This trip is now a memory. But as many of you expressed interest in future trips we are in the planning stages. Due to the overwhelming response for this tour, a waiting list was created and a second trip is scheduled for April, 8-10, 2016. Hopefully around the time of the Cherry blossoms. Please see the entry flier in this edition. If you were put on the waiting list I will send you an entry form and letter with the updated information. Minimal openings are available. Once the block of 50 rooms has been met we can no longer accept entries.

A special "Thank You" to everyone that participated. Thank you for your kind words, cards, emails and phone calls of appreciation. Thank you to L&M tours who did a fantastic job in providing hospitality and amenities to everyone. Thanks to the Lakefront bus line drivers who were very patient with participants and the Washington D.C. traffic. And last, a Thank you to the Holiday Inn Express in Sunbury for allowing the Park and Stay and the discounted rates for the American Legion.