Calumet Green Lake Fond Du Lac
March 26, 2017
Spring is finally here, at least on the calendar anyways. Our busy season will be arriving shortly. With it is our District Spring Conference April 30th in Green Lake at their brand new million dollar Post. I hope for a great turn out to see this remarkable building as well tend to our District business. At this meeting you will be able to choose your next Commander, Vice Commanders, Sgt At Arms and Chaplin. We have two highly qualified candidates for Commander in Jerry Lauby and Paul Baker. Both have the demeanor and knowledge to continue to move the 6th District forward. We are looking for a Vice Commander for the West region. I have spoken to a couple highly qualified candidates but I know there are more out there. Please think about running and have someone nominate you at the meeting. Sgt at Arms currently have two nominations for two positions and Chaplin has two nominations for one position. Both Chaplin nominees are highly qualified and would do an outstanding job. As always, we will be taking more nominations at the meeting for all the positions. I encourage anyone who wishes to run for an office to come to the meeting and have someone nominate you. This is your organization and needs your help to run. If not interested in an officer position, we always need program chairs. What an excellent opportunity to get involved.
As I mentioned, the busy season is arriving shortly. It is time to get our membership numbers up before it is too late. This year we have had a lot of Posts achieve the 100% mark so far. As a District we are about 285 from 100%. I have been purposely not being so insistent on the memberships this year in an effort to have Posts take care of themselves and Counties take care of their Posts. We are really close comrades. I know that we can get this before June 13th which is the cutoff date. I would love to hear the 6th District mentioned at Department Convention as being the only District with 100% membership. I have already spoken to Department about having all District members present walk across the stage to accept the award. This is not my award but the Districts and you all need to get the credit for your hard work. Nothing would make me prouder. Keep up the good work all. We will be hosting a membership round up in the beginning of May for Winnebago County…unless the County is 100% by then. If there are any other Counties or Posts who would like help with membership please feel free to let me know and we will make it happen.
Lastly I will end by reminding everyone of my top goal for the year. That is to get your people, Post and community members recognized for their hard work and dedication. There are several awards available to them. Getting these people recognized will go a long way in your community supporting your Post and the American Legion. You may even gain some memberships with these awards. Each year, other Districts are getting these awards. I know we have well qualified individuals in our District. Take the time to fill out an outstanding award for them. They deserve it.
Have a great spring!
Todd J. Braun
6th District Commander
A Chilton woman has received a life saving heart transplant at the tender age of 35 after a health battle that began in 2010.
April Miron was first diagnosed with the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis after suffering numerous health issues. The disease can affect multiple organs in the body including the lungs and lymph glands, but it can also affect the heart and brain.
After experiencing more health issues in 2014, April was diagnosed with blood clots in her legs and lungs and was sent to the UW Hospital in Madison.
An ICD/Pacemaker was implanted to treat irregular heart beat at which time complications of bleeding around the heart caused April to spend many days in the intensive care unit.
Things went relatively well for April for the next year or so until May of this year when more symptoms led her to open heart surgery where a device was attached to her heart to help pump the blood.
April was also added to the heart transplant list as doctors discovered her heart was failing.
As April awaited her new heart, more challenges occurred for her in June of this year when she underwent her second open heart surgery, after which she received treatment for a blood infection.
After a brief hold on the heart transplant list while she healed, April’s status was reactivated on Sept. 15 and she received a call notifying her a heart was found to be a match for her just a few days later on Sept. 21.
April received her new heart on Sept. 22, and after a two week recovery period she returned home to Chilton on Oct. 7.
April said she is thankful for her family who have been there for her during her entire health crisis.
“My husband David takes care of me,” she said. “He did all my dressing changes with my LVads. He came to the hospital daily, even if it was just to watch me sleep. He was my biggest supporter. I couldn’t have gotten through this without him.”
April also credits her mom and dad for helping take care of the couple’s home and son.
“My husband works for SCA in Neenah,” April added. “The company has been great. He works from home when he can, which isn’t much lately but enough to cover insurance.”
The Miron family is grateful for the support of family, friends, and the community.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit in Chilton is planning a spaghetti dinner April 4 from 4-7. Ticket cost is $8.00 the proceeds from the dinner will go to help April with her ongoing medical bills.
A YouCaring site has been started online to help the couple with the financial strain of April’s illnesses, transplant, and frequent doctor visits along with the lifelong medical expenses they will incur. If anyone would like to make a donation, visit www.youcaring.com/april-a-miron-665239.
Ripon Post 43 Pork Chop Dinner
133 E Fond du Lac St. , Ripon
Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:30am to 1:30pm
920 896-2014 for questions or deliveries
Waupun Post 210 Pork Chop Dinner
130 N State St., Waupun
Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:00 to 7:30pm
The Norman Krueger American Legion Memorial Scholarship was established to provide scholarship awards to young adults of the American Legion Sixth District. One scholarship, in the approximate amount of $700, will be awarded in 2017 to a graduating high school senior residing in the American Legion Sixth District. The scholarship program is administered by InFaith Community Foundation, a national charity with a mission to serve donors, spread joy and change lives.
Norman Krueger was a Past Commander of the Sixth District of the American Legion and was involved in The American Legion Oratorical Contest at the time of his death. Through the years that Norman Krueger was involved in The American Legion, he saw the extreme importance in family values and the need for volunteer help in many areas. Many of those needs can be aided with the help of young, energetic adults, and therefore the reason for asking that the applicant has contributed such help to their community or church. The family of Norman Krueger wishes to pass the ideals for which he stood to the young adults of the American Legion Sixth District. The best way the family knows how to do this is to aid at least one young student to continue his/her goals in life by attending an institution of higher learning.
To be eligible, a candidate must:
- Be a graduating high school senior residing in the American Legion Sixth District. The Sixth District is made up of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette and Winnebago Counties. More than one student from a school may apply.
- The institution of higher learning of the student’s choice must be a four-year, accredited school. The applicant must be a full-time student, carrying at least 12 credits.
- The applicant must demonstrate that they are a child or grandchild of a U.S. veteran.
- The applicant must demonstrate that they rank in the upper 1/3 of his/her graduating class.
- The applicant must demonstrate that they have volunteered his/her service in the community and/or church during his/her high school career.
Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application, available on the InFaith Community Foundation website at infaithfound.org/newsgrants/
American Legion Past National Commander Dale Barnett talks about why membership is important, why every member should be recruiting new members, and what tools are available to help with that process.
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