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Couple active in supporting Legion

May 16, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT - When Jane Reinmuth talks about how she can't remember a time in her life when she wasn't involved with the Williamsport American Legion, believe her.

"When I was 4, my dad signed me and my six sisters up in the auxiliary," Jane said.

Jane's father, Ralph Myers, is an honorary life member of the American Legion and both Jane and her mother, Mary Myers, are honorary life members of Unit 202 auxiliary.

Now, Jane and her husband, Jack Reinmuth, are co-chairs of bar bingo, karaoke, a weekly fundraiser drawing and the New Year's Eve party, all with the approval and encouragement of Tom Gladhill, post commander, and his executive boards over the past three years.

The Reinmuths said there are lot of people who work hard to keep the Legion vital, active and a force in the Williamsport community and beyond.

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The Legion membership in Williamsport is approximately 1,500, of which 480 are auxilians.

The active membership is between 100 and 200.

"I learned at an early age how to conduct meetings and recite the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution," Jane said. "I also went to the Veterans Administration Hospital to visit veterans."

Now on the executive board of the Legion auxiliary, Jane previously served as president for 12 years.

"I'm a past district auxiliary president, which involves Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties," she said. "And I've done some state work too."

Jack hails from Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, coming to Washington County in 1989. Now he is on the executive board of the Williamsport American Legion.

"I was in the U.S. Army Reserves in the Vietnam era for six years," Jack said. Most of his work was in mapmaking.

Jane said she and Jack met at the Williamsport American Legion. Both had been married before and when they decided to take the plunge again, they did it at the Legion.

Hoping for a beach wedding, the couple managed to combine that idea with their Legion affiliation by having sand brought in for the ceremony outside the Legion building, Jane said.

A graduate of Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School, Jane earned her associate degree in secretarial studies from Hagerstown Business College. She has worked seven years at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown psychology department as a secretary.

Both said they'd like to be able to rely upon the experience, knowledge and wisdom of the elder members while getting younger veterans involved.

"It's like an extended family here," Jane said.

Jack has two grown daughters and between the two of them, there are six grandchildren.

"They've always known me as their grandmother," Jane said. "We do manage to find time, although not as much as we'd like, to spend with them."

As if to perpetuate the family history with the Legion, Jane said her two oldest grandchildren, Nick, 15, and Blake, 12, like to eat at the Legion when they stay with them.

"They've basically grown up around it, too," Jane said.

Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of joining the Williamsport American Legion may call 301-223-7087.

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