Appleton Female Veteran Named State American Legion Commander
Appleton, WI – On Sunday, July 16, 2017, Mrs. Laurel Clewell was sworn in as the Department of Wisconsin American Legion Commander. The official swearing in ceremony took place on the final day of the 99th Annual Department of Wisconsin American Legion Convention being held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton. The convention drew 1,000+ Wisconsin veterans and their families to Appleton. Clewell is the second female to be selected to hold the noble position of Department Commander.
Clewell most recently has been serving as a Vice Commander for the Department of Wisconsin. She is a dual member of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary and paid-up for life member of both via the Appleton American Legion’s Oney Johnston/Edward Blessman Post No. 38 and Appleton American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 38.
In 2012 she retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Command Sergeant Major with 36 years of service. Clewell enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve on 11 March 1976 and was assigned to Alpha Company in the 1st Battalion/274th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, of the 84th Division then located on Ballard Road in Appleton. She held many positions and trained in five military occupations to include administrative specialists, clerical, cook, career counselor and court reporter.
“I was a soldier in the Active Guard Reserve for three years at the 2nd Battalion/274th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, of the 84th Division in Menasha, WI and then continued in Menasha as the DA Civilian Unit Administrator for another two years”, explains Clewell. “I became an instructor and traveled to many areas including Madison, Fort McCoy, and Fort Snelling, MN to teach an MOS producing school”, she continued. Clewell was specially selected to be one of the soldiers to establish the ROTC Brigade in Milwaukee, WI. Instead, in December 1998, she was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant for Delta Company in the 3rd Battalion/274th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, of the 84th Division in Oshkosh, WI and continued to work and mentor soldiers. She was selected as the Rear Detachment Commander in 2008-2009 for a year of activation in Neenah, WI. On 1 December 2009, Clewell was promoted to Command Sergeant Major for the 389th Engineer Battalion in Dubuque, Iowa. Department Commander Clewell is eligible for the American Legion because of her service during Desert Shield in 1991 and also in 2008 during the Global War on Terror.
“I have been a member of Appleton’s Post No. 38 for 16 years”, said Clewell. “My positions at Appleton’s Post No. 38 have included serving as the adjutant, finance officer, on the executive committee, member of the house committee, all vice commander positions, and commander of Appleton’s Post No. 38”, Clewell continued. She has also served in various positions on the county, state and national levels of the American Legion that were devoted to focusses on national and homeland security, children and youth, marketing and fundraising. “To me, my service in the U.S. Army Reserve and our country was an honor and a privilege. I feel the American Legion is an extension of the military. We are veterans still serving veterans, veterans’ families and our community. I look forward to continuing my American Legion journey and helping the veterans and Legion families of Wisconsin.”, said Clewell.
Department Commander Laurel Clewell was born and raised in Appleton. In her civilian life she works part-time as an Associate at Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Homes & Crematories. She worked in accounts payable for the City of Appleton until her retirement there in 2014. She is married to Gordon Clewell (also a paid-up for life member of the Appleton American Legion Post No. 38), and has two children, six grandchildren and four step-children. Her son Pete is a member of the Appleton Sons of the American Legion Squadron No. 38 and her daughter Teresa is a paid-up for life member of the Appleton American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 38.
The Reporter Vol 33. No 16. has been released. Click here to view.
CLUB 38 Announces New Lunch Specials and is now Hiring-Bartender (must be licensed)
With Post Flag Day Parade Party hosted at The American Legion Post 38 of Appleton. See flier below for details. For additional information about Flag Etiquette please click here which includes:
- When to Display Your Flag
- List of Frequently Asked Questions
- How to fold your flag
- Why the American Flag is Folded 13 Times
REV'S RUN - Legion Riders
Possibly 100 American Legion Riders will roll into The American Legion - Post 38 as part of this year's American Legion Riders fundraiser efforts for the Legacy Scholarship fund.
The riders will depart to lead the Appleton Flag Day Parade.
Come out to the post to donate to the Legacy Scholarship Fund. Ask the bartendar for a Legacy Star and show your support through a donation.
For more information visit: http://www.alrawis.org/
2017 POPPY DAY
- Wal-Mart (Grand Chute Location)
- Fleet Farm
May 4th, 2017 - Another casino night, another night of successful fundraising. The group of volunteers raised $315.25 after expenses and added 2 new members to the post. An additional $64 was raised for the Legacy Fund. For $35 guests were treated to food, drinks, laughs and a little gambling fun. Check out the photos to see more of the exciting action. Stay tuned for another Casino Night is in the works for late fall.
March 27th, 2017 - The American Legion Reporter has been published and should be in homes. For members electing to receive the reporter by email, the email was sent out March 27th. A copy of the newsletter is available on our website which can be downloaded here: newsletter. Previous newsletters for the post can be found here: http://appletonpost38.org/index.php?id=107&number=2.
The Ballot for 2017 elections for The American Legion Post 38 were included as an insert to the mailer. An electronic copy of the ballot can be downloaded here: ballot
Johnston - Blessman The American Legion Post 38 hosted the Wisconsin American Legion College today. Twenty-nine veterans from posts throughout Northeast Wisconsin attended the Basic Course covering a variety of topics included Americanism, Children & Youth programs, Public Relations, Manual of Ceremonies, Leadership, Legislative Priorities and Post Officers and Post Operations. The course was taught by the Wisconsin American Legion College Alumni Association members, Mary Lloyd, Bob Shappell, Lori Bellow, Jim Waltich, and Jeff Puddy. An intermediate course is being taught on Sunday, March 26th. Graduating class of March 25th, 2017 WACL Basic Course. Congratulations from Post 38.
Scarlet Guard Honor Guard marched in New Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade. Post 38 hosted a bus trip to the festivities and 50+ people from the Appleton community enjoyed beef and cabbage, conversation and Irish folk music at the event. Scarlet Guard members marching were Eric Stadler, Rick Eisenach, Frank Billings, Jeff Zweirs, Renee Kasuboski, Mike Anderson, and John Bourassa. Chris and Amanda Petersen followed in the pick up boasting the American Legion Post 38 Scarlet Guard Senior Honor Guard name.
Membership update for Appleton American Legion Post 38.
We are currently at 92.10%, only 62 renewals short of our goal of 100%! We have 21 fabulous new members in our family. 😀
Keep in mind that your membership provides for so much of what we have that keeps us up and running and able to help our Service Members, fellow Veteran's, their families and our communities.
Thank you PUFLs and those who have already renewed.
If you haven't renewed yet, please renew today! Those of you who are computer savvy can renew online at http://www.wilegion.org/page/content/members/renew-membership.
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1st Vice Commander
Wisconsin American Legion College, WALC, is coming to Post 38 in Appleton. Registrations are now being accepted for both the Basic and Intermediate courses with a fee of $25 per course if registered before March 8th and an additional $5 per course if registration received after March 8th. The American Legion Extension Institute or ALEI is a recommended pre-requisite to the basic couse and required for Intermediate. The ALEI course is offered online at legion.org/alei. For more information about the WALC visit wilegion.org.
Community Appreciation and Open House Event. The post hosted an event with live music provided by The Jenirators and FREE snacks and refreshments to say thanks to the community for supporting the post this year in raising over $112,000 towards the road fund. The money will nearly cover the expense of the road assessment. We Are GreenBay Channel 5's Jim McShea covered the event with an interview of First Vice Commander Renee Kasuboski on site at the post.
The American Legion Johnston-Blessman Post 38 Four Chaplains Memorial Service February 6th at Post 38. The post served a light dinner meal starting at 6PM with Department Commander Daniel Seehafer spoke to the post about his experience as Chaplain providing an inspiring message to serve and give back. Click here to read more about the ceremony.
Department Commander Daniel Seehafer spoke to the post about his experience as Chaplain providing an inspiring message to serve and give back. Scarlete Guard presented the colors with escort for our honorable guest. Post Chaplain Bob Johnson led the ceremony, with Jeff Zwiers leading the membership in chorus of God Bless America.
Laurel Clewell, Don Eiden, Bill Trombley, and John Bourassa all presented a portion of ceremony sharing some history of each of the four chaplains commemorated during the ceremony.
For more information about the service visit the national website at https://www.legion.org/news/213464/four-chaplains-memorial-services-set-feb-3 which includes a link to a detailed accounting of the initial event on February 3rd 1943.
Reporter for January to March posted under Post 38 News & Information. Click the above image to view the current and past editions of the Legion Report.
Annual Children's Christmas Party hosted once again at Post 38. Forty-one kids enjoyed games and prizes, treats, movie and a special guest appearance by the BIG MAN himself. Yes, we're talking Santa Claus. The event was sponsored by American Legion Post 38, VFW Post 2778 and WordServicesUnlimited. Bill Trombley was Santa's Helper as presents were handed out to all the children present. Special thanks go out to Frank and Robin, Larry McArthur, Chris Petersen, Bill Burton and Santa Claus. Additonal thanks to Renee and her minions for again volunteering to help with games and activities. Click here to view photos of the party.
Legion’s High School Oratorical Scholarship Program: “A Constitutional Speech Contest.” Participation forms are still being accepted for the post contest which will be held at the post on January 3rd at 6:30PM. Winners of the post contest move on to the county with an opportunity to advance to districts, state and national contests with larger scholarship opportunities. Interested students can fill out the Participant Form and submit to Robert Johnson at email@example.com. For complete rules and eligibility requirements visit the Legion Youth - Oratorical page.
Sweepstakes winners have been selected. Scott Robinson was the winner of the $5000 prize. Scott and his father (who is a veteran) come to the club on occasion for food and drinks. Click the photo for more winning details.
#ARMYNAVY GAME DAY Army WINS!! For the first time in 15 years, the Army cadets were able to celebrate a victory over the Navy Midshipmen in the 110th edition of this storied rivalry. Appleton Post 38 hosted a watch party at Club 38 and raised over 300 dollars for veterans programs through in game raffles. The game also serves as an opportunity to donate toys for the annual Marine Corp Reserve Toys For Tots campaign. Two bins were filled to the top with toys and another $60 dollars was raised in donations. Click the photo to view more pictures in the photo gallery.
Post historian begins artifact catalog project. A few volunteers helped dig out the adjutants storage room to improve the organization and accessibility of the post supplies, legal documents, minutes, etc. As part of the reorganization effort, the historian began his own archaelogical dig through the many historical artifacts in storage as part of an effort to improve the documentation of the post's history and work towards preserving the many pictures, books, and awards of the post. Several quick pictures were taken to get an idea. The project is in the beginning stages so many of the photos are presented as is in the photo gallery. Please check them out by clicking on the photo collage of this article.
Veteran's Day was a very active day for the post and it's members. The Scarlet Guard and Honor Guard started the day at the Outagamie Admin building for a Veteran's Day Ceremony. Club 38 hosted many of the veterans for a hot dog lunch back at the post. Outagamie County Commander - Jeff Zweirs took the opportunity to present John and Lavonne Calnin with a certificate of appreciation for hiring veterans. The Scarlet Guard continued with a presentation at Appleton North H.S. Don Eiden was seen meeting with kids at a local elementary school. At the end of the night, the Scarlet Guard presented colors for the home opening of the Ice Dogs which honored Sean Morgan, Army Veteran, as Honorary Captain and ceremonial puck drop. Pictures of the day's activties are loaded to the gallery.
Casino Night hosted by Post 38 was a success by many accounts. Many of the 30 plus attendess said they would come back if the post hosted another event and event coordinators Laurel Clewell and Renee Kasuboski are looking to oblige with events next spring and possibly again in the fall. Overall, the event raised a profit of $1,000 plus. In addition to the fundraising success, two new members were signed up at the post. Photos of the event are in the gallery.
Johnston-Blessman to hosted a formal flag retirement ceremony at Post 38 at 2:00 PM on Saturday November 5th. The event was open to the public and was well attended as evident by the photos. Sargent at Arms, Frank Billings ,coordinated the day's activities and was interviewed by local 5 news station, click here for video. Also in attendance was a photographer and reporter for the American Legion National magazine who came to observe and report on the ceremony and interviewed the post adjutant, Laurel Clewell. Photos of the event are in the gallery.
Photo Gallery Round Up The post has hosted many events in recent weeks. On October 29th, the Halloween Youth Safety Party welcomed over 70 kids and 2 new post members. The annual Veteran's Dinner Dance was held on November 5th co-hosted by VFW and Post 38. On November 7th, the post member meeting recognized several milestone award recipients. If you have pictures of members of the post serving the post or the community, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a short summary of the event, location and who participated. Thank you Veterans.
Post 38 Scarlet Guard at Outagamie International Airport for the return of WWII and Korean War veterans on the final Old Glory Honor Flight, Mission 38, for 2016. For more information about the Old Glory Honor flight mission click here. Some photos of the nights events have been posted in the site's photo gallery.
Bear from Y100 and member of Post 38 is seen here purchasing some baked goods from the post bake sales. The Y100 crew had another good turn-out with the second annual electronics recycling event hosted in the post parking lot. Benefits of the fundraiser supportBy all accounts the bake sale was a success with calls for more baked goods going out after the first day. Thanks to all who baked and those able to help out with the sales.
Octoberfest! Serveral volunteers showed up to serve at Octoberfest representing the American Legion Post 38. The group sold over 2500+ wrist bands and thousands of beer tickets in the effort. The festival serves as a fundraiser for the American Legion raising over $1,400. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped throughout the day and for the community's support.
Calling all Post 38 members! Your presence is requested for a final salute to our Past Commander John Erdman on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:30 AM at Valley Funeral Home (2211 N. Richmond St in Appleton). Come in your Legion apparel and cap. We will process in as a unit to express our sympathies to John's family and give him a snappy salute. His cheery disposition will be thoroughly missed! http://www.valleyfh.com/obits/obituary.php?id=681264
Now that the Corn Roast is history for this year and a very big financial success, Post 38 is still in need of for the frontage road assessment. Checks can be made out to the "Wisconsin American Legion Foundation" with the memo line stating "Post 38 Road Assessment". This allows the donater to report this as a tax deduction. The checks or any other donation can be dropped off at Post 38.Thank you for your support!!!
Volunteers needed for Octoberfest. Post 38 is raising money by manning an ID Check and Ticket Booth at the 35th annual Octoberfest in Appleton, WI. We need 12 people at busy times which will be most of the day - most of us will be doing the whole day which sales are from 9-5 (beer is sold until 5:30). Come out to see us at our booth located E100 College Avenue just east of the city center in front of El Patron. Contact Laurel Clewell at Adjutant@appletonpost38.org to sign up today!!
Post 38 road assessment featured in Post Crescent with story by Ethan Sagran titled "Legion says road assessment is excessive". Post commander Bill Falck is quoted stating, "We're a nonprofit veterans organization. We serve the veterans in our community, and we do a lot for the community. For (the town) to hit us with that kind of fine is going to be taking money away from the community." Click on the image to see the rest of the article.
About The Post
Since our charter in 1921, our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.
To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the Fox Cities community, please consider becoming a Booster or sponsor. 100% of the monies raised are given back to the community. Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for our children; give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families; and help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects. If you can contribute in any way please contact the post at 920-733-9840