Utica Post Takes First Place for Website

Communicators Can Help Legion
Grow, Bowen Tells Press Assn.

JULY 19, 2910 -- “Communication is the heart of any organization,” Department Membership Chair W. Michael Bowen told the New York American Legion Press Association’s awards luncheon Friday afternoon, July 16, at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse.

Mike Bowen
Mike Bowen
NY Dept membership chair

“The men and women in this room today can lead not only the American Legion, but any organization, in communication.”

He urged the association, with 158 members, to beef up its own recruiting and at the same time help the Legion get the word out.

“This organization has the opportunity to explode the American Legion, the Auxiliary and the Sons.”

Awards Chair Dolores Reed announced winners of the association’s annual communications contest, including Utica Post 229 and its webmaster Bob Stronach, who took first place for  Legion website. (Full list of winners below.)

The NY American Legion Press Association (NYALPA) holds its annual meeting and awards presentation in conjunction with the annual department convention.

Outgoing NYALPA President Kevin Harrington turned the gavel over Patrick Rourk, who was elected president for a one-year term at the meeting.

Kevin Harrington
Kevin Harrington
Patrick Rourk
Patrick Rourk


Web Sites

1st  Place
Utica Post 229, Bob Stronach

2nd Place
Loeffler Post 1006, Gerald G. Mignon

District Publications     

1st  Place
The Liberty”, Department of New York SAL Detachment, J. Bruce Ruthven              

County Publications

1st Place
“Westchester County Legionnaire,” Howard B. Heyel                   

Post Publications (under 150 members)

1st  Place
“Marne Post 270”, Shirley Connolly, Marne Post 270             

2nd Place
“The Legion Star”, Malverne Post 44, Robert E. Fountain & Salvatore Canzoneri

Post Publications (over 300 members)

1st  Place
Seeley B. Parish Post 457”, Phelps Post 457, J. Bruce Ruthven

2nd Place
American Legion Post 123”, Melvin Roads Post 1231, Edward C. Pratt

Special Recognitions

“Reveille”, Hamburg Post 527, Paul J. Steward
Articles: Regular attention to Membership, including Commander’s message.

“The Bouton Bugle”, Arthur Bouton Post 770 – George Van Valen
Article: Interfaith in Action: The Four Chaplains
Article: They Paid the Price
To the Editor – Good use of clip art.

American Legion Post 1231Post Newsletter”, Edward C. Pratt
Front Page Side Column – Contents and Special Interest Info
Bi-monthly calendar – Easy to read & large enough for personal info
Good Columns on Boy’s State           

“The Liberty”, Department SAL Detachment, J. Bruce Ruthven, Editor
Idea: Americanism Commission, James Coats, Chairman

Plainview Post 1812, Joseph Glovak
Recognition: Reports from, Nassau County Veteran Service Agency, Edward Aulman