The Chatfield American Legion held its officer installation ceremony last Wednesday evening. From left are Greg Forbes, Jerry Baudoin, Sy Fix, Mike Simpson, Jim Strand, Myron Maker, Wayne Hammon and Glenn Mueller.
The Chatfield American Legion held its officer installation ceremony last Wednesday evening. From left are Greg Forbes, Jerry Baudoin, Sy Fix, Mike Simpson, Jim Strand, Myron Maker, Wayne Hammon and Glenn Mueller.
The Chatfield American Legion has installed its new officers for the upcoming year. A special ceremony was held last Wednesday evening as the Legion and Legion Auxiliary held their annual meeting at the Chatfield United Methodist Church (CUMC).

Jerry Baudoin was installed as commander; Mike Simpson as adjutant commander; Jim Strand as financial officer and Greg Forbes as chaplain.

The post members were honored to have three special guests in Glenn Mueller, St. Charles post member and first district membership commander; Wayne Hammon, Jr., LeRoy post member and adjutant first district membership commander; and Sy Fix, area three first district vice commander, on hand to swear in the new officers.

The auspicious occasion included speeches, dinner and recognition of years of membership. Baudoin pointed out that Dale Henry received some recognition for 68 years of membership in the American Legion and Beata Zincke received a certificate of recognition for her 50 years of service in the Legion Auxiliary, presented by Marian Erickson.

He also noted those years of service are significant because the local Legion, with a membership of 59 veterans, is seeking new people to join.

"There are potential members out there, if we can just find them. A lot of the younger men and women have to work or are busy, so they have to wait until they're older to join, it seems," Baudoin added. "But we're looking for new and younger members. It's just a matter of finding them."

The existing members are busy people as well - visible in parades, at concerts and solemn occasions. Currently, the post has annual projects that include the Veterans' Day and Memorial Day dinners, the Western Days parade, providing complimentary root beer floats at the Fourth of July Chatfield Brass Band concert, and monthly meetings held at the VFW post club the first Monday of the month. They also attend the area three meeting, usually held every month in Preston.

Baudoin added, "We're also working on a new memorial for city park and we can't give all the details right now, but we'll be at city council meetings working on it with the council."