AMERICAN LEGION POST 53 INSTALLS OFFICERS 2021-2022

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On Juneteenth, 2021, the American Legion Post 53 of Hemet installed new officers for both the auxiliary, Legionnaire’s and SAL Officers for the coming year.

The event began around eleven a.m. with a buffet luncheon/dinner that would honor any restaurant kitchen.

That was followed by a tremendous amount of socializing and discussing past and present events of the Post. Among the honored guests was Jerry Chase, President of Cloverlane Foundation. For those who don’t know Jerry, he does not reside in Hemet, but he has contributed heavily, both financially and personally, to the welfare of Veterans here and throughout Southern California.

At one P.M, the ceremonies began with the Auxiliary proceedings first on the agenda. The new officers installed were:

PRESIDENT: Jeri Johnston

1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Brandy Rowe

2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Valerie Vandever

CHAPLAIN: Irene Gabriel

SECRETARY: Sally Imel

TREASURER: Gloria Alvarez

HISTORIAN: Charlene Booth

PARLIAMENTARIAN: Cathaleen McCoy

SERGEANT AT ARMS: Charlene Both

ASST. SGT. AT ARMS: T. K. Mason

SAL OFFICERS:

COMMANDER: Arron Ramsey

1ST VICE COMMANDER William Henderson (Membership)

ADJUTANT: Phillip Morales

CHAPLAIN: Robert Garza

SAL ADVISOR: Matt Casey

SERGEANT OF ARMS: Mike Palmer

ASST. SGT. OF ARMS: Robert Garza

HISTORIAN-CHAIRMAN: Danny Ruiz

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Joe Males

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Mike Wofford

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Terry Larned

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Ronnie Imel

LEGIONNAIRE OFFICERS:

COMMANDER: Joe Males

1st VICE COMMANDER: Lance Matthews (Membership)

2nd VICE COMMANDER: Jan Cassella

3rd VICE COMMANDER: Richard Galindo (Dinners Planner)

FINANCE OFFICER: Louie Morales (Post and Sons)

CHAPLAIN: Don Simpson (Scouts Contact)

POST ADJUTANT: Larry Blair (Hall rentals & Special Events)

JUDGE ADVOCATE: Frank Munoz

SERGEANT AT ARMS: George Acosta, Sr. ASST.

SGT AT ARMS: Joe Pike

HISTORIAN – CHAIR: Ralph “Julian” Perez (Veterans Warrior)

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Cynthia Cromwell

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Chuck Oden

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Lawrence Schultz

EXECUTIVE BOARD: Terry Larned

POST SERVICE OFFICER: Ronnie Imel (Veterans Paying it Forward)

When all were sworn in, the members were treated to slices of an enormous cake that would have served an entire regiment – and it went fast. The American Legion is always there for veterans and their families, and perhaps some folks don’t know that. So if you are a veteran of any war or non-war, and have a problem, feel free to call on Joe Males and his Officers. They are there for you – always. Just sayin’. rustystrait@gmail.com

Rusty Strait • Senior Reporter

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