Utica Post at NY Dept. Convention: July 15-17, 2010

Day 1: (see full story)

  • Outgoing Department Commander talked of his vision for membership growth, and a National Guard chaplain urged Legionnaires to embrace young veterans.
  • A highlight of the department commander's year was visiting the Veterans Outreach Center in Utica.
  • National Executive Committeeman Richard Keiser talked of reaching out to younger veterans through the internet.
  • National Vice Commander Mark Avis praised NY.
  • Scouting Chairman Carl Griffith introduced New York’s Eagle Scout of the Year.
  • David Bishop Sr., NY commander for the Sons of the American Legion (SAL), made a surprise presentation.
  • Law and Order Chair Charles Hill presented the Police Officer of the Year Award to Scott Berger of Utica PD.

Day 2: (see full story)

  • The Legionnaire street vendor who alerted police to the Times Square bomber this past May put it simply: “...freedom is not free.”
  • Oneida County Historian Frank Carletta took a first place award for his county year book.
  • Boys State Governor Ronald Taylor said: “There’s a leader inside of me that I didn’t know existed.”
  • Legionnaires gave a standing ovation to outgoing Department Auxiliary President Karyn Porempski.
  • Public Relations Co-Chair Joseph Mondello presented a Certificate of Excellence.
  • Service Officer Chairman R. Michael Suter presented the Service Officer of the Year Award.
  • Sixth District Commander Sandra Junker presented the Employer of the Year Award.

NYALPA Awards: (see full story)

  • Bob Stronach accepted Utica Post's first place award for website.
  • Communicators can boost Legion, Dept Membership Chair Mike Bowen tells NY American Legion Press Association.

Post Receives 3 Top Awards: (see full story)

  • Utica Post 229 walked away with top awards for youth program, color guard and website.

Convention Parade: (see photo gallery)

  • An evening parade featuring over 60 units capped off the second day of the NY Department Convention in downtown Syracuse on Friday, July 16. A contingent of Legion Riders led the parade, which boasted marching bands, Legion color guards from all over the state, and Legionnaires, Auxiliary members and SAL members from post, county, district and department levels.

Utica Post 229 Color Guard passes the reviewing stand in downtown Syracuse. Composed of both Legion and Sons of the Legion members, the color guard garnered a First Place Award in the combined county-post category.

William Kearsing
Outgoing NY Dept. commander

Duane Jackson
Times Square street vendor

Bob Stronach
First Place Award
Utica Post Website