VERGENNES-In recent elections at Vergennes American Legion Post 14 a new slate of officers was elected to serve from July 2010-July 2011. Heading the list as commander is Roger Norton, an Addison resident and a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the Vermont Army National Guard.
Norton will move up from first vice commander to replace Larney McGrath who has served as commander for the past 3 years. McGrath will take over as service officer for the new term.
Elwyn Flynn will take become first vice commander while Al Reynolds will continue as second vice commander for another term.
Others remaining in their current positions include Henry Broughton (finance officer), Harold Charbonneau (adjutant), Ralph Wenzel (sergeant at arms) and Dennis Armell (historian).
Martin Casey will serve as post chaplain. Also elected to a thre- year term as post trustee is Al Abair.
Commander-elect Norton served in the Air Force from 1982-1986. He is a 20-year American Legion member.
Asked what has kept him in the Legion for so many years he said, "I totally support what the Legion does for veterans, their families and the community and I want to be a part of that."
Norton's goals for his term of office include energizing the older membership and seeking ways to get younger veterans involved in an organization that was created as veterans returned from service during World War 1.
Legion activities figure prominently in the Norton household as his wife, Pam is the president of both the Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary and Auxiliary District 1. She has held many statewide Auxiliary chairmanships and is an Army veteran.
The new and returning officers will be formally installed at the regular Vergennes Post 14 meeting on July 8.