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American Legion Post Holds Its Annual Meeting


Last updated 8/4/2021 at 5:44pm

McGill administers the oath of office to Post 88's new leadership team (pictured left to right): Mike Geremia, David Morrow, Bruce, Blodgett, Craig Adams, Larry Hammontree, Larry Chapman, Ron Smith, Frank Duckworth and Johnnie Martinez. Not Pictured: Mary Smith, Tom Norton and Joe Ownbey.

The Brevard American Legion Monroe Wilson Post 88, founded in 1923, recently held its annual meeting in the Post clubhouse.

The members celebrated the induction of the new leadership cadre.

For this coming year, Post 88 will be led by Lance Dickinson, commander; Frank Duckworth, 1st vice commander; Ron Smith, 2nd vice commander; Larry Hammontree, adjutant and immediate past post commander; Tom Norton, finance officer; Mary Smith, historian; Juan "Johnny" Martinez, chaplain; Larry Chapman, judge advocate; Joe Owenby, sergeant at arm's; Mike Germia, sergeant at arm's; Dave Morrow, trustee; Bruce Blodgett, trustee; and Craig Adams, trustee.

James McGill, Divis-ion 5 commander, administered the oath of office and the swearing in of the new officer team. After the induction, McGill presented a short talk reminding members of the 4 Pillars of the American Legion:


•Children and Youth;

•National Security; and

•Veteran's Affairs and Rehabilitation

Division 5 Commander McGill administers the oath of office to incoming Post 88 Commander Lance Dickinson. (Courtesy photos)

McGill encouraged the members to keep each of the Pillar's alive. He continued, saying Post 88's value to the community is in giving life to the Legion Vision: "Veterans Strengthening America." Before he assumed the position of past commander, Hamm-ontree said, "It has been my distinct honor to have served as your commander for the last three years."

Duckworth, a Brevard native and long-time Post 88 member, rose to say a number of kind words about Hammontree's leadership over several years on behalf of the membership.

At the end of his talk he presented Hammontree with a beautiful plaque to commemorate his years of service as post commander. Hammontree then passed the gavel to Dickinson, who said a key element in Post 88's culture going forward will be identified with the word "fun."

He said Ron Smith and his team would be announcing a series of upcoming fun events. Moreover, he suggested new members are always welcome.

If interested, call Hammontree at (828) 883-3731 to learn if you are eligible and to get an application.


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