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 Commanders Message

 Roger B. Chaffee Post 154 June 2022 Newsletter COMMANDER’S MESSAGE Greetings: I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Keith Wakefield, and last month I was elected as your new Post Commander for the 2022-23 term. It is an honor to have been given the opportunity to work with my fellow Post Officers to make the next year a successful one for Post 154. I earned my eligibility for membership in the Legion by serving in the United States Coast Guard for thirty years. I retired from active duty in 2003, have been a member of the Legion since 1992 and was a member of four Legion Posts before I returned to Michigan and joined Roger B. Chaffee in November of 2011. Since I joined Post 154 I have served the Legion in several capacities. I have also been active in the American Legion at the District and Department levels. The past year has been one of many challenges for our Post and for the American Legion at large. Our Post was hit hard by the COVID pandemic and we have only recently returned to more normal operations.

I want to thank the two Commanders that kept our Post on an even keel during very difficult times. Thank you Bill Charon, Commander 2018-21, and Fred Youngs, Commander 2021-22, for doing all you did to keep Post 154 open and secure.

Also, I want extend my thanks to our outgoing Governing Board Chair Butch Hogan for his dedication to keeping Post 154 viable and profitable during these hard and uncertain times.

Last month the Legion elected its slate of Officers for 2022-23. They are as follows:

Commander and Finance Officer- Keith Wakefield First Vice- Rich Kosters Historian- Vacant Chaplain- Ron Marsiglia Judge Advocate- Craig Deminck Adjutant- John Pike Sgt. at Arms- Alvin Kollar Service Officer- Gerald Schmisek Looking forward to a productive, peaceful, and prosperous year, Keith Wakefield EDITOR’S NOTE:

The entire American Legion Post 154 family would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of United States Air Force Veteran Rick Davidson, who passed away on May 20th while under hospice care after a fall. He had been a member for 13 years and will be sadly missed.


Jeanne Volkers Treasurer - Paulette Meyers Chaplain - Eleanor Sherrington Sgt at Arms - Vicky Kollar Historian - Nancy Harrington Executive Committee - Ronnie Chappell, Torie Carlson, Val Jordan Delegates - Pat Coykendall, Shirley Youngs, Shari German, Tracy Taylor Wakefield Alternates - Jeanne Volkers, Vivian Plummer Parlimentarian - Shari German Secretary - Shirley Youngs I would like to thank everyone who helped this last 3-4 years. We beat the Covid, everything being shut down, and everything else. It is so good to see everyone coming back to the meetings. I would also like to thank all the Auxiliary members who helped bake goodies for the Bake Sale, those who bought goodies, and those who simply gave to the cause. Thank you very much. The Annual State Convention will be held in Kalamazoo June 22-26. I look forward to seeing everyone there that can make it. Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your summer and we will see you September 7th at 7 pm for our next meeting. Shirley Youngs, President American Legion Auxiliary Post 154 AMERICAN LEGION POST 154