January Meeting Hosts Oratorical Contestant

Also Featured: Member Quotas, Shooting Range, New Member

The first general meeting of the new year on Jan. 7 featured oratorical contestant Rebecca DePerno, who will represent Post 229 and Oneida County Legion in District-wide competition on Jan. 30.

The Notre Dame High School student spoke on the theme, the U.S. Constitution as a beacon of liberty.

Orator Rebecca DePerno with Oneida County Cmdr. John Ryan (l) and Post 229's Joe Fraccola.

DePerno, who is active in the Naval Junior ROTC program at Notre Dame, was introduced by Joseph Fraccola, post chairman for the Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Fraccola and County Commander John Ryan presented her with checks to cover her expenses as she prepares for the district competition, which takes place at South Jefferson High School in Adams, NY.

First and second place winners at the district level will go onto the Zone competition, and top orators from each Zone will compete in a state-wide contest (sponsored by the Legion’s New York Department).


The meeting was a combined one with the Auxiliary, and also featured:

  • Membership quota updates, with the Auxiliary just under 80 percent of goal and the post just over 80 percent.

    New member John Urban, 19, is congratulated by Oneida County Legion Commander John Ryan.
  • An announcement by 2nd Vice Commander Chris Urban that the expansion of the junior shooting range was nearly complete. The range is being expanded from nine to 10 lanes so it can host official competitions. Located in the Post’s basement, the air rifle range already sees a lot of activity, with the Post’s junior shooting program, plus both Notre Dame and Proctor High School Naval Jr. ROTC teams practicing there twice a week. As a result of the expansion, Proctor NJROTC will be able to host a shooting invitational there on Feb. 6, with teams from five JROTC programs competing.
  • The welcome of new member John Urban, son of the 2nd vice commander. A Naval ROTC student at Villanova University, the younger Urban spent 30 days on active duty this past summer. His sister, Cathy, also is both a member of Post 229 and a ROTC student at Villanova. A junior, she is a year ahead of him, and looks forward to being commissioned as a Navy nurse.