Calumet Green Lake Fond Du Lac
February 13, 2017
With the book closed on the 2017 Oratorical, the 6th District once again made a splash in the finals. Congratulations to Hannah Krueger from Winneconne. Hannah blew thru the regionals and took 3rd place in the State Competition making her the 4th consecutive 6th District competitor to reach the finals. From what I understand it was one of the closest finals in years. Hannah is a senior and for obvious reasons can’t compete this year. With this in mind, it is not too early to get her replacement. Omro has an up and coming contestant in Breanna. I know with all the bright young students in your local schools that we should be able to get more participation next year. Please consider the Home School Associations. It seems that every year the State winner is home schooled. We need to reach out to them for our other programs (Badger Boys/Girls, County Youth Government Day, A&G testing, etc.). There are more that are home schooled than we think.
After the Oratorical Competition, the 6th District hosted the 54th Annual Americanism Banquet. In attendance were several dignitaries to include Denise Rohan, Diane Duscheck, Dept Commander Dan Seehafer, and Department Sr Auxiliary Vice President Bonnie Jakubczyk. We had a great turn out with some excellent food and service. In past years we have not had more than 6 nominations for Legionnaire of the year. This year we had 10 dedicated and honorable Legionnaires’ nominated. Each nominee who were runner ups received a certificate of appreciation for their hard work and dedication. The winner was decided once again by a close vote by the Department Vice Commanders at Mid-Winter. The winner of this year’s Legionnaire of the Year is Allan Jackan from Green Lake Post. Congratulations to Allan and all the nominees. I look forward to seeing even more nominations next year.
The next few months usually are pretty slow for most Posts. This would be a great time to renew past expired members and hit the bricks for new members. The 6th District has been doing well so far but we are over 130 behind where we were last year at this time. If we had the 130 or even half of them, we would be by far in 1st Place for the Department. We do have a lot of Posts at 100% already. Several are close. A couple are close to all time high membership. Do what you can to cut that number in half. If you would like to have a membership round up in your area (also known as a revitalization), please let me know. I want each and every Post to succeed and get 100% so they can walk up on stage at Department Convention and be recognized. There is only 1 County at 100% Department wide. Let’s make that 7. That $200 for the first County Commander to 100% is burning a hole in my pocket!
Thank you for all you do!
Todd J. Braun
6th District Commander
A Chilton woman has received a life saving heart transplant at the tender age of 35 after a health battle that began in 2010.
April Miron was first diagnosed with the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis after suffering numerous health issues. The disease can affect multiple organs in the body including the lungs and lymph glands, but it can also affect the heart and brain.
After experiencing more health issues in 2014, April was diagnosed with blood clots in her legs and lungs and was sent to the UW Hospital in Madison.
An ICD/Pacemaker was implanted to treat irregular heart beat at which time complications of bleeding around the heart caused April to spend many days in the intensive care unit.
Things went relatively well for April for the next year or so until May of this year when more symptoms led her to open heart surgery where a device was attached to her heart to help pump the blood.
April was also added to the heart transplant list as doctors discovered her heart was failing.
As April awaited her new heart, more challenges occurred for her in June of this year when she underwent her second open heart surgery, after which she received treatment for a blood infection.
After a brief hold on the heart transplant list while she healed, April’s status was reactivated on Sept. 15 and she received a call notifying her a heart was found to be a match for her just a few days later on Sept. 21.
April received her new heart on Sept. 22, and after a two week recovery period she returned home to Chilton on Oct. 7.
April said she is thankful for her family who have been there for her during her entire health crisis.
“My husband David takes care of me,” she said. “He did all my dressing changes with my LVads. He came to the hospital daily, even if it was just to watch me sleep. He was my biggest supporter. I couldn’t have gotten through this without him.”
April also credits her mom and dad for helping take care of the couple’s home and son.
“My husband works for SCA in Neenah,” April added. “The company has been great. He works from home when he can, which isn’t much lately but enough to cover insurance.”
The Miron family is grateful for the support of family, friends, and the community.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit in Chilton is planning a spaghetti dinner April 4 from 4-7. Ticket cost is $8.00 the proceeds from the dinner will go to help April with her ongoing medical bills.
A YouCaring site has been started online to help the couple with the financial strain of April’s illnesses, transplant, and frequent doctor visits along with the lifelong medical expenses they will incur. If anyone would like to make a donation, visit www.youcaring.com/april-a-miron-665239.
The Norman Krueger American Legion Memorial Scholarship was established to provide scholarship awards to young adults of the American Legion Sixth District. One scholarship, in the approximate amount of $700, will be awarded in 2017 to a graduating high school senior residing in the American Legion Sixth District. The scholarship program is administered by InFaith Community Foundation, a national charity with a mission to serve donors, spread joy and change lives.
Norman Krueger was a Past Commander of the Sixth District of the American Legion and was involved in The American Legion Oratorical Contest at the time of his death. Through the years that Norman Krueger was involved in The American Legion, he saw the extreme importance in family values and the need for volunteer help in many areas. Many of those needs can be aided with the help of young, energetic adults, and therefore the reason for asking that the applicant has contributed such help to their community or church. The family of Norman Krueger wishes to pass the ideals for which he stood to the young adults of the American Legion Sixth District. The best way the family knows how to do this is to aid at least one young student to continue his/her goals in life by attending an institution of higher learning.
To be eligible, a candidate must:
- Be a graduating high school senior residing in the American Legion Sixth District. The Sixth District is made up of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette and Winnebago Counties. More than one student from a school may apply.
- The institution of higher learning of the student’s choice must be a four-year, accredited school. The applicant must be a full-time student, carrying at least 12 credits.
- The applicant must demonstrate that they are a child or grandchild of a U.S. veteran.
- The applicant must demonstrate that they rank in the upper 1/3 of his/her graduating class.
- The applicant must demonstrate that they have volunteered his/her service in the community and/or church during his/her high school career.
Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application, available on the InFaith Community Foundation website at infaithfound.org/newsgrants/
American Legion Past National Commander Dale Barnett talks about why membership is important, why every member should be recruiting new members, and what tools are available to help with that process.
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