Originally Published: May 30, 2012 11:16 a.m.
The Cordes Lakes American Legion Post 122 on May 5 held a potluck followed by the installation of officers for the coming year.
The ladies outdid themselves with great picnic standards such as hot dogs and potato salad, plus a specialty rice/chili/cheddar dish in honor of Cinco de Mayo, all topped off with chocolate cake.
Phil Baca presided over the installation ceremony in the absence of Wilbur Quick, the District Commander. Phil is a member, but was not voted into an officer position so it seemed fitting that he would fill in for the missing Commander.
Ron Johnson was re-elected as Commander for the coming year, along with Jack Williamson as Sergeant at Arms, and Bob Canell as Chaplain. Not in attendance were Chuck Leon, Treasurer, Doug Irvine, Vice Commander, and Chuck Larendeau, Service Officer.
Spouses of the members were very supportive at the installation and mentioned how they appreciate the efforts made by the Legion members. The Legion does many things in the area, including teaching Americanism at schools, fundraising to support the "Something From Home" program that provides care packages for troops, along with other similar projects.
The monument/memorial at Henry Cordes Park is a one example of passing something on to local youth to help them understand the sacrifices made by military members.
The Avenue of Flags is maintained by the Legion and many community members attend on dates when the flags need to go up or be taken down, reinforcing community togetherness.