Americanism Committee Purpose:

The Purpose of the Americanism Committee is to develop the spirit of Americanism among The American Legion and citizens and residents of the State of Wisconsin. To put into effect Americanism policies and programs of The American Legion. To coordinate any overlapping of programs dealing with Americanism. To oversee and report on programs that relate to Americanism and many youth programs. The Committee meets 3 times a year at Fall Meetings, Midwinter and Department Convention.


Jeff Puddy, Chair - Fond du Lac

Roger Mathison, Vice Chair - Westby

Carl Bogar, Member - Kenosha

John Walloch, Member - Whitefish Bay

Allen Morris, Member - Orfordville

Jim Foster, A&G Scholarship Chairman - Waukesha

Bill Cosh, Badger Boys State Representative - Lodi

Roger Mathison, Baseball Commissioner - Westby

John Edelblute, IV, Boy Scout Chairman - Cudahy

Harlod Rihn, County Youth Government Chairman - Mineral Point

Jeff Puddy, Department SAL Chairman - Fond du Lac

Norm Bednarek, Education & Scholarship Chairman - Portage

Robert Stone, Oratorical Chairman - Sheldon

DuWayne Wieck, Shooting Sports Chairman - Plymouth

Ray Pasbrig, American Legion Riders President - Racine

James Johnson, WALLECA Chairman - Port Washington

Larry Larson, DEC Liaison


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On this day in 1919, The American Legion is federally chartered, which authorizes the as-yet unincorporated organization to proceed to the adoption of a constitution and bylaws, elect officers “and do all other things necessary” as outlined in U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapters 41-50. Under Chapter 43, “Purposes of corporation,” much of the language is borrowed from the original draft Preamble to The American Legion Constitution with some notable deviations, such as “to promote peace and good will among the peoples of the United States and all the nations of the earth” and “to cement the ties and comradeship born of service.” The original charter outlines the powers and authority of the organization, membership criteria, naming rights, exclusivity to manufacture and use The American Legion emblem, and a requirement that “the organization shall be nonpolitical and, as an organization, shall not promote the candidacy of any person seeking public office.” #AmericanLegionDay ... See MoreSee Less