Pennsylvania Potter Post 192 celebrated The American Legion’s 100th birthday on March 19 here at the post. We had 88 in attendance for a free dinner. It was open to members, their guests and local dignitaries. Our seating is very limited. We opened the evening with presentation of colors followed by the national anthem, sung by our local barbershop quartet, the New Sound. We always perform the POW/MIA ceremony, just so those in attendance understand the importance of the table and what it stands for.
After dinner, Post Commander John Orlowski and Past Department Commander Carl Olshefskie cut two beautiful cakes, depicting our 100th birthday, with the Legion emblem and of course red, white and blue. The cakes are done by one of our local veterans. Since we make this a Legion Family affair, we have many awards to pass out. We sponsor the local 4-H Bullseye Blasters shooting group, and 4 shooters came forward to receive their awards from Buck Jackson, the group's leader. This group also volunteers at our special functions to help serve the food and always does a fantastic job for us.
Likewise, Commander of the Sons of The American Legion Roger Chapell and Vice President Laura Gerhart passed out continuous membership awards. And as usual, the Legion commander presented Legionnaire of the Year to John Kallerson and Citizen of the Year to Connie Kallerson. John and Connie have not lived in the area for very long and both have made their presence felt, not only in the Legion but in the community. John is now our post chaplain and serves
on the board of directors. Connie has taken on the Wreaths Across America program here in the county and organized the decoration of 13 cemeteries this past Christmas.
Our guest speaker was newly appointed Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs, Mike Pepper. Not only did he give a great speech, but it was Mike’s opportunity to introduce himself to the veterans in attendance and the community as well.
As you can see, we make this a true Legion Family event. We try to get everyone involved, we encourage participation and we love what we do.
Now on to Memorial Day and preparation for the annual parade.