Debbie RolenStaff Writer
March 20, 2013
American Legion Post 19 welcomed National Commander James E. “Jim” Koutz, National Vice Commander David R. Hall and West Virginia Department Commander Jack Gerrard to a breakfast meeting as they travel to visit posts throughout the district.
National Commander James E. “Jim” Koutz, who has served the American Legion at the local, district and national levels, is a Vietnam veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 200 in Boonville, Ind., since his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1971. The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, with a membership of 2.4 million men and women.
David R. Hall is National Vice Commander and member of Smith Capehart Post 140 in New Haven. The U.S. Army veteran has held leadership positions at the post, state, and national levels, and previously served as state commander for West Virginia.
West Virginia Department Commander Jack Gerrard served in the United States Air Force from 1964-1968 in Massachusetts and Viet Nam. He is a member of Bridgeport Post 68. He has served as District and Vice-Commander for five terms and is currently serving as First Vice Commander. On the National level, he is serving on the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee.
Commander of Post 19 Charles Stone gave leaders, joined by members of other posts in the district, a tour of the facility. Stone pointed out preparations being made for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Midelburg Island on March 30.
“We have support from many generous donors and the Logan County Commission. We are hoping to have 250 bicycles to give children at the Easter Egg Hunt,” said Stone, “The bicycles are new and will be given out during drawings after the egg hunt.”
Auxilliary President Kimberly Scott says the same donors have given every year and they also tag to get donations.
“This will be our 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. We have filled over 7,000 eggs and are making preparations for 700 children in various age categories,” said Scott, “Each child will be given a chocolate bunny and a plastic bucket to use for gathering eggs. The children will sign in and be given a ticket. At the end of the hunt, we will draw for the bicycles in each age category.”
Legion member Sammy Cutlip says some of the members will participate in the annual Cross Walk, which will be held the day before the egg hunt, which is Good Friday. Cutlip says he will be carrying the cross this year.
American Legion membership is open to all veterans of honorable service during a wartime period, and those currently serving on active duty. The Logan post holds dart tournaments every Friday night and features karaoke on every Saturday night. Post hours are from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.