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National commander to visit Waynesboro Legion post

February 26, 2001

National commander to visit Waynesboro Legion post



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For the second time since 1990, members of Joe Stickell Post 15 American Legion will host a visit by the organization's national commander, Richard Cline, adjutant at the local post, said Monday.

National Legion Commander Ray G. Smith will preside over a banquet at the local post at 63 E. Main St. on March 6.

Smith, from Benson, N.C., was elected to the 2.8 million-member American Legion in September.

He will be accompanied to Waynesboro by Terry D. Lewis, department commander of the Pennsylvania American Legion.

Smith and Lewis are expected to arrive in town on the afternoon of March 6, attend the banquet, at which Smith will be the keynote speaker, then leave the next morning, Cline said.

One of Smith's duties as top Legionnaire is to visit all 50 states during his year-long tenure, Cline said.

Following precedent, he will visit three posts in the Keystone State - one near Philadelphia, one near Pittsburgh and one in the Department's Central Pennsylvania Section, which covers 231 posts, Cline said. He said the commander of the central section picked Waynesboro to host Smith's visit this year.

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"We're good at what we do. That's why we were picked," Cline said.

"It's an honor to have the commander come to Waynesboro," said Jack Duffey, a past local commander. Duffey said the Stickell post wins awards every year at the state Legion convention. Past honors were awarded for the post's efforts at running regular bloodmobiles and for its involvement in local patriotic, education and law enforcement endeavors.

Cline said the local post has 2,700 members, including 1,300 service veterans. Other members include the ladies auxiliary, sons of veterans and social members.

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