NORWAY – The Stone-Smart Post, American Legion, and Auxiliary were served a beef stew supper prepared by Beulah Ayer and Mary Tolman prior to their meetings on Feb. 8.

Department Commander Gene Bickford introduced Department Americanism Officer John Doyle of Bath, speaker, and Department Historian Rod Green of Dennyville.

Doyle presented post member Robert Sessions with a certificate from the American Legion National Organization honoring him for being a member of the Legion for 60 continuous years.

Session’s brother, Elmer of West Paris, was to receive a like certificate but was unable to be present. Both are veterans of World War II and joined the Stone-Smart Post soon after returning home from military duty.

Doyle spoke about Legion programs that fall under Americanism. American Legion baseball is one of the better known programs, Doyle said. About 60 percent of the Major League players today are alumni of Legion ball, Doyle said.

The Legion oratorical contest is another program, which gives high school students an opportunity to do public speaking and win scholarship money. One of the most important Americanism programs, Doyle said, is the work the Legion does for veterans.

Following Doyle’s talk the group separated and the Legion and Auxiliary held their monthly meetings.

Post Commander Randall Henley conducted the Legion meeting. Service Officer Bob Sessions reported that every three months a memorial service is held at the veterans home in South Paris for those residents who have died. Sessions said that he and Post Chaplain John Morgan took part in a memorial service recently.

Henley, Bickford and Morgan were named to be the nominating committee. They will bring in a list of nominees to fill the offices for the 2006-2007 Legion year.

Doyle said he is a candidate for department second vice commander. Department Historian Rod Green reported he is a candidate for Americanism officer, and Past Department Commander Gene Bickford said he is a candidate for National Executive Committee alternate. The candidates will be voted on at the department convention in Bangor, June 16 to 18.


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