In a formal ceremony at the American Legion Hall in Elizabeth on May 1, Senior Vice Commander for the Department of Colorado Terri L. Clinton initiated and swore in new officers for American Legion Post 82.
“We normally don’t have the next commander for the state of Colorado in attendance. It felt very honoring,” said Scott Wills, who was installed as commander for the post.
Clinton is slated to become commander for the state of Colorado at the end of June.
Each of the officers of Post 82 was re-elected to serve a second year, taking up the same roles as the previous year.
In addition to Wills, the officers installed were Mike Carroll, senior vice commander; Bonnie Rought Jr., vice commander; Tedd Lipka, adjutant; Chris Richardson, finance officer; and Randy Rought, chaplain. John Harman was elected as the sergeant at arms but was not available to attend.
“We had a great year last year, and we were an awesome team. I am pleased that the membership agreed to let us serve together for another year,” Wills said.
Serving as an officer has been a way for find deeper fulfillment for many of the members.
“I saw a lot of potential in the post and wanted to be in a position to make things happen,” Lipka said. “As one of the youngest members of the post, it seemed important to step up and carry some of the load.”
The ongoing dedication of Post 82 touches Elizabeth and the surrounding community in many ways.
Post members cooked up 700 burgers and hot dogs at the District 6 American Legion Car Show on May 13 in Aurora. They will host the Conservative Breakfast Association on May 20, where former Army Green Beret and Fox News contributor Ben Collins will be speaking.
The post will be in the Elizabeth Stampede Parade on a deuce-and-a-half truck June 3 and then cook burgers at the ElizaBash in downtown Elizabeth. They have also volunteered June 4 to man the Elizabeth Stampede beer tent at the Red White and Blue Rodeo, which honors military veterans.
“It is exciting to hang out with the veterans and buy them a beer,” Wills said.
Post 82 is one of the fastest-growing American Legion posts in Colorado. They started the fiscal year on July 1, 2016 with 73 members and now have 109 members.
Veterans interested in joining the post are urged to call 303-243-1466 or to stop by the post at 228 S. Banner St. in Elizabeth. It is open Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m. and holds meetings the first Monday of each month, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the meetings starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go online to www.elizabethamericanlegion82.org.