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Veterans Proclamation

Westerville Mayor, Diane Fosselman, issues a Proclamation to Westerville American Legion Post 171 Commander Pete Otteson (right) and VFW Post 7883 Commander Michael Goodman (left) proclaiming Wednesday November 11, 2015 to be Veterans Day and urges all citizens to recognize the valor and sacrifices of our Veterans through ceremonies, programs and participation in patriotic activities in our community to honor all who had fought in various American wars and for Citizens to observe the day by remembering the sacrifices of all those who fought so gallantly to promote an enduring peace. Below, Pete Otteson is honored for exemplary service with Proclamation during the Westerville City Council Meeting on January 5, 2016.


Going to the Dogs

Post 171 held its membership meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The special guests were Canine Officer Brian Schwartz with the Westerville Police and his Belgium Malinois dog Fiji. Officer Schwartz is a new Westerville officer.

What makes Fiji unique is that she is the City's first female Narcotics Canine.

Officer Schwartz says he and Fiji welcome the challenge of being on call 24-7 and the members of Post 171 learned a great deal from Officer Schwartz and Fiji. Fiji says "Bow Wow!"


Post 798 Sign

On Veterans Day, at exactly 11 a.m., Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud and the officers of Reynoldsburg Post 798 unveiled a new American Legion sign at the city's welcome sign center, located at the Reynoldsburg corporation line at 2160 Brice Road. Pictured left to right are: 2nd VC Bob Mayberry, Finance Off. George Mussi Jr., Mayor McCloud, Post Cdr. Pete Margaritis, and 1VC Bob McPhereson (the former city mayor).


Whitehall Food Baskets

Post 490 Whitehall prepares food baskets for local families on December 19th. Pictured are Sally Wright, Auxiliary and Jim Refinati, 1st Vice.


Santa visits Post 490

Santa at Post 490 Whitehall, kids Christmas party. All kids received gifts and family food baskets prepared and presented by our Auxiliary Unit.


Hall of Fame induction

Westerville American Legion Post 171 member Alan Briggs (middle with white, hat holding plaque) is inducted into the Ohio Veteran's Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony at the Lincoln Theater in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday November 5, 2015.


Post 239 Polar Bear Run

ALR 239 Asst. Director Glenn Luksik helps with registration and sale of raffle tickets at the Harley Owners Group Annual Polar Bear Run Breakfast on January 1st at Westerville Post 171.


Post 171 A and G

Pictured are Tom Polton, 12th District Americanism Chair, Westerville South 11th Grader Sebastian Bouscher-Helbig, Glen Golden, Westerville Post 171 A&G Test Chair, and Westerville Post 171 Commander Pete Otteson. Elise Wesley, a 12th grader at Westerville South, Sofia Villaveces an 11th grader at Westerville Central and Robert Agle also a 12th Grader from Westerville South were the other winners. Sebastian Bouscher-Helbig and Sofia Villaveces are also American Legion District 12 winners.


Veteran's Day Dinner

Westerville City Manager, David Collinsworth, seated at front right table in a blue shirt, enjoys the Westerville American Legion Post 171 Veteran's Day Dinner and presentations.


Chow Line

Members and guests go through the chow line at the Westerville Young Budd American Legion Post 171 Veterans breakfast Nov 16, 2015.


Post 171 Auxiliary honors

Post 171 Trustee, Mike Etling, honored retiring Unit 171 Auxiliary President, Kim Mann. Mann started serving as the Juniors and Children and Youth Chairman. Mann was responsible for getting the Auxiliary involved in the community which contributed thousands of volunteer hours for Post 171 Auxiliary. Mann was awarded a beautiful watch for her leadership and service to the Post 171, the Auxiliary, community and veterans. She has served as President of Young-Budd Post 171 Auxiliary since 1998.


Post 171 Boys, Girls Staters

American Legion Post 171 and its Auxiliary sent 12 female students to University of Mt. Union for Buckeye Girls State and 12 male students to Bowling Green State University for Buckeye Boys State. American Legion Auxiliary member and Program Director Beverly Etling (in red top in foreground) introduced the Westerville students to guests at the Veteran's Day Dinner held at Post 171 in Westerville.


Trooper visits Westerville Post

Westerville American Legion Post 171 Commander Pete Otteson welcomes guest speaker Trooper Gary Lewis with the Ohio State Patrol to the Post 171 Veteran's Breakfast Meeting on November 18, 2015.