Committees

Americanism Energy & Conservation Operation Post Home
American Legion Foundation Finance Pheasant Feed
Armed Forces Service Center
(AFSC)
Fort Snelling National Cemetery Post Development
Blood Program Fund for Hospitalized Veterans Public Relations
Board of Publications Law and Order Rehabilitation
Brain Science Legion Riders Resolution Assignment
Children and Youth Legionnaire Insurance Trust SAL
Citizen Flag Alliance Legionville Sports
Convention Corporation Legislative Strategic Planning
Credentials Membership Trophies and Awards
Education and Training National Security Veterans for Veterans
Employment  



 

Americanism

“To preserve and enhance patriotism and education”

To Serve Name Contact
One Year Art Tobkin email
Two Years Larry Pocrnich email
Three Years Tess Davis email

 

Subcommittee Chairmen
Program Name Contact
Boy Scouts Tom Hallett email
Boys State Kyle Oldre email
Community Service Thomas Clabo email
Education Don Skow email
Liaison Art Tobkin email
Jr. Shooting Sport Jared Sturgill email
Oratorical Contest Chair Cliff Newman email
Vice Chair Linda Dvorak email
Safety School Patrol James Blakesley email
Youth Law Cadet Enforcement Larry Ryan email



 

American Legion Foundation

The Minnesota American Legion Foundation is set up on Amazon Smile with an account for donations from them when people purchase on Amazon and choose the Foundation.

Title Name Contact
President Lloyd Ricker email
Vice President Bruce Kottom email
Secretary Wayne Hammon Jr. email
Treasurer Dennis Delong email
Legal Counsel Greg Colby email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Wayne Hammon Jr. email
Two Years Dennis Delong email
Three Years Ryan Hill email
Four Years Bruce Kottom email
Five Years Lloyd Ricker email


 

 

Armed Forces Service Center

Title Name Contact
Chairman Joseph Jansen email


 

 

Blood Program

The American Legion remains the largest identifiable blood donor group in America, contributing more than 98,000 units of blood to the national supply in 1995-96. The Legion sponsors blood drives during the holidays when accident rates are high and hospital blood supplies are low. At each National Convention, the Legion sponsors a drive which brings the gift of life to countless people in the host city.

Title Name Contact
Chairman Terry Larson email


 

 

Board of Publications

Title Name Contact
President Mark Dvorak email
Vice President Don Amundson email
Secretary Randy Tesdahl email
Treasurer Bill Goede email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Darrel Redepenning email
One Year Joe Bayer email
Two Years Don Amundson email
Two Years Carroll Partridge email
Three Years Paul Edwards email
Three Years Dennis Henkemeyer email
Auxiliary
Title Name Contact
Department First Vice President Patti Coleman email
Department Second Vice President Mary Kuperus email



 

Brain Science Foundation

Title Name Contact
President Gary H. Olson email
Vice President Bob Locker email
Secretary Rosemary Niesen email
Treasurer Rosemary Niesen email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Tim Sanken email
One Year Rosemary Niesen email
Two Years Michael Schaffer email
Two Years Bob Locker email
Three Years Richard Janssen email
Three Years Gary H. Olson email
SAL
  Lloyd Schaeffer email
Auxiliary
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Jessie Hoppe emaill
Two Years Anna Eells email
Three Years Kristen Donnelly email



“To help all children realize their full potential”
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAM
In the 1995-96 reporting year, American Legion Posts spent more than $5.1 million on programs to help America’s young, including teenage suicide and drug abuse prevention, missing children, and many others. Also, Posts around the country volunteered to assist local immunization services as part of The American Legion’s Child Immunization program.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
In the 1920s The American Legion began a national program of Temporary Financial Assistance to keep the children of deceased or disabled veterans at home rather than in institutions. This cash aid is still available for cases not covered by subsequent state and federal programs for the needy. In 1995, the TFA program provided more than $327,089 to 652 families, benefiting almost 1,432 children.

CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION
The American Legion established the Child Welfare Foundation in 1954 as a separate corporation to fund efforts that dealt with problems affecting children. The only source of income for the Foundation comes from contributions by individual members of the Legion family, which includes the Legion, the Auxiliary, the Eight and Forty, and the Sons of The American Legion.Last year, grants totaling nearly $300,000 were awarded to 14 not-for-profit programs that benefit children.

Title Name Contact
Chairman Karen Welander email
Vice Chairman Veronica Fernlund email


 

 

Citizens Flag Alliance

Founded by The American Legion in 1994, the Citizens Flag Alliance is a national coalition of organizations and individual citizens working for a constitutional amendment to allow the states and the federal government to enact flag protection legislation. Thus far, 49 states have passed “memorializing resolutions” calling on the U.S. Congress to pass a flag amendment and send the measure back to the states for ratification. More than 110 organizations have joined the Citizens Flag Alliance. The House of Representatives passed a flag protection amendment in June 1995. The U.S. Senate rejected the amendment in December 1995. The Citizens Flag Alliance continues the campaign to provide the American Flag protection from intentional acts of physical desecration.

Title Name Contact
Chairman    


 

 

Convention Corporation

Title Name Contact
Chairman Phil Bellefeuille email
Vice Chairman Tom Schottenbauer email
Secretary Richard Grobe email
Treasurer Al Davis email
Parade Coordinator David Bode  
To Serve Name Email
One Year Don Hayden email
Two Years Ken Meyer email
Three Years Phil Bellefeuille email
Four Years Richard Grobe email
Five Years Tom Schottenbauer email


 

 

Credentials

Title Name Contact
Chairman Lynne Nottage email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Bonnie Hanson email
Two Years Lynne Nottage email
Three Years Virgil Wagner email


 

 

Education and Training

To serve Name Contact
One Year Mike Ash email
Two Year Jeff Gay email
Three Year Paul Edwards email


 

 

Employment

At the national level, The American Legion’s National Economic Commission monitors economic legislation and regulations that affect veterans’ preference in federal employment. The Commission was established to ensure that veterans have the opportunity to provide for their economic necessities and those of their dependents.

Departments participate in three national employer awards to recognize corporations that excel at hiring disabled workers, the elderly, and veterans. The Veteran Employer of the Year Awards honor outstanding employers of veterans in large, medium, and small businesses. The Commission also recognizes Local Veterans Employment representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program service officers for outstanding service to unemployed or under-employed veterans. Legion Posts, Districts, and Departments carry similar activities to their communities, counties, and states.

As part of our program to provide access to jobs for qualified veterans, The American Legion offers links to two important resources. America’s Job Bank contains over 4,000 jobs which are updated daily. This list also contains jobs listed by federal contractors, who are required to give preference in hiring to
qualified veterans. The U.S. Department of Labor will also soon offer a method for sorting jobs by federal contractor. A list of all federal positions currently open is available at USA Jobs. Veterans who desire a position with the Federal government should visit this site frequently. Methods for making application for federal employment have been greatly simplified recently. A Standard Form 171 is no longer necessary, and a personal resume is perfectly acceptable.

Departments participate in three national employer awards to recognize corporations that excel at hiring disabled workers, the elderly, and veterans. The Veteran Employer of the Year Awards honor outstanding employers of veterans in large, medium, and small businesses. The Commission also recognizes Local Veterans Employment representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program service officers for outstanding service to unemployed or under-employed veterans. Legion Posts, Districts, and Departments carry similar activities to their communities, counties, and states.

As part of our program to provide access to jobs for qualified veterans, The American Legion offers links to two important resources. America’s Job Bank contains over 4,000 jobs which are updated daily. This list also contains jobs listed by federal contractors, who are required to give preference in hiring to qualified veterans. The U.S. Department of Labor will also soon offer a method for sorting jobs by federal contractor. A list of all federal positions currently open is available at USA Jobs. Veterans who desire a position with the Federal government should visit this site frequently. Methods for making application for federal employment have been greatly simplified recently. A Standard Form 171 is no longer necessary, and a personal resume is perfectly acceptable.

VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT OF 1997
In January, Congressman John L. Mica (FL) introduced H.R. 240. The American Legion supports this important legislation because it will accomplish the following.

      • Create an effective, efficient and user-friendly redress system for those whose veterans’ preference rights have been violated.
      • Remove artificial barriers that bar qualified veterans from competing for federal jobs.
      • Prevent unfair personnel practices that prevent veterans from exercising their job protection rights during reductions in force.
      • Enhance a veteran’s opportunities for finding other jobs during a reduction in force.
      • Extend veterans’ preference to certain non-political jobs in the legislative branch, the judicial branch and the White House.
    • Make violation of veterans’ preference laws a prohibited personnel practice.
    • Provide veterans’ preference to men and women serving in Bosnia, Croatia and MacedoniaFor a pamphlet that will answer your questions on Veterans’ Preference in Federal hiring, please contact the National Economic Commission, The American Legion, 1608 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20006 or order it through e-mail.
Title Name Contact
Chairman Carl Moon email


 

 

Finance

Title Name Contact
Chairman Tom Burau email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Tom Burau email
Two Years Floyd Kumerow email
Three Years Ray Dezurik email
Four Years Richard Oelschlager email
Five Years Richard Wog email
Department Commander Mark Dvorak email
Department Treasurer William Goede email


 

 

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Title Name Contact
Chairman Tom Mullon email


 

 

Fund For Hospitalized Veterans

Title Name Contact
Chairman Tim Haugen email
  Wes Thompson email
  Roland Hanson email
  Christine Wendt email
  Linda Kropuenske email


 

 

Law and Order

Title Name Contact
Chairwoman Susan Edwards email
Member Gary F. Miller email
Member Jeff Brokaw email


 

 

Legion Riders

Title Name Contact
Liaison Chuck Stone email


 

 

Legionnaire Insurance Trust

Title Name Contact
Chairman Bill Barbknecht email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Garylee Davenport email
Two Years Eric Wilkens email
Three Years Bill Barbknecht email


 

 

Legionville

Title Name Contact
President Wayne Gilbertson email
  Richard Cross email


 

 

Legislative

Title Name Contact
Chairman Robert Hart email
  Lyle Foltz email
  Randy Olson email
  Deon Ford email


 

 

Membership

Title Name Contact
Director Sylvan Fix email
Districts Name Contact
1st – 3rd Pat Logan email
2nd – 7th Bill Brockberg email
4th – 5th Teresa Ash email
6th – 9th Tim Haugen email
8th – 10th Bob Locker email


 

 

National Security/Foreign Relations

“To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America”

The American Legion, as a grassroots organization reaching throughout the land, recognizes the unprecedented changes sweeping the world and urges the U.S. government to adopt a bipartisan national security/foreign relations policy of “Democratic Activism” promoting democratic values, maintaining adequate military strength to deter or defeat aggression, cooperating with allies, encouraging free and fair trade, and assisting developing nations. Since the world operates on a national basis, U.S. sovereignty must not be abridged unless required by important U.S. national security interests.

Title Name Contact
Chairman James Kellogg email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Curt Norenberg email
Two Years James Kellogg email
Three Years Eugene Leifeld email
Four Years Denise A. Milton email
Five Years Lane Stunkel email


 

 

Pheasant Feed

Title Name Contact
Chairman Glenn Mueller email
Vice Chairman Rod Reifsteck email


 

 

Post Development

Title Name Contact
Chairman    
Secretary    
To Serve Name Contact
One Year (Dist. 8-10) Carl Hendrickson email
Two Years (Dist. 6-9) Arlo Rude email
Three Years (Dist. 4-5) Ray Eiden email
Four Years (Dist. 1-3) John Flynn email
Five Years (Dist. 2-7) Cindy Brunk email


 

 

Public Relations

Title Name Contact
Chairman Tim Burley email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Paul Orson email
Two Years Brad Pagel email
Three Years Tim Burley email


 

 

Rehabilitation

Volunteers from The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of The American Legion have brought cheer and comfort to hospitalized veterans over the years. Legion volunteers give more than one million hours of service to disabled veterans annually. Field Representatives from The American Legion’s Washington office make systematic site visits to evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, nursing home care units and outpatient clinics. The Field Representatives report resource needs and areas for improvement to the VA Central Office. The American Legion also has a network of Service Officers located in each of the Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Twice a year, special training schools for the Department Service Officers are offered in Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis. The schools help the officers perfect the manner in which they present veterans claims before the VA.

Title Name Contact
Chairman Wilson Spence III email
Department Service Officer Jeremy Wolfsteller email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year Bill Brockberg email
Two Years Roy Bressler email
Three Years Wilson Spence III email
Four Years Dan Tengwall email
Five Years Gary Munkholm email


 

 

Resolutions

Title Name Contact
Chairman Al Davis email
To Serve Name Contact
One Year James Copher email
Two Years James Munson email
Three Years Al Davis email


 

 

Sons of the American Legion

Title Name Contact
Advisor Gary Weaver email
Vice Chairman North Walt Folendorf email
Vice Chairman South Joe Niesen email



 

Sports

Baseball Committee
To Serve/Office Name Contact
One Year Jeff Miller email
Two years – Director Randy Schaub email
Three Years Brandon Raymo email
Bowling Committee
Chairman Bob Mace email
  Tom Skuza  
     
Auxiliary Pam Hoshal email
SAL LeRoy Gonzales email
Secretary Cari Lamb email


 

 

Strategic Planning

Title Name Contact
Chairman Tom Fernlund email
Secretary    
Special Advisor Dan Ludwig Email
To Serve  
One Year Tom Fernlund email
Two Years    
Three Years Jennifer Havlik email
Four Years Paul Hassing email
Five Years Carla Tappainer email


 

 

Veterans 4 Veterans

To Serve Name Contact
One Year Marland Ronning email
Two Years Don Pankake email