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.
Jerry Lauby, Chair - Fond du Lac
John Cumicek, Vice Chair - Seymour
Andrew Minch, Member - West Allis
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
Candace Rothering, County Youth Government Chairman - Racine
Michael Hellquist, Department SAL Chairman - Cottage Grove
Norm Bednarek, Education & Scholarship Chairman - Portage
Robert Stone, Oratorical Chairman - Sheldon
DuWayne Wieck, Shooting Sports Chairman - Plymouth
Corey Doehrmann, American Legion Riders Director - Racine
John Wolfe, WALLECA Chairman - DePere
Steve Kohnke, DEC Liaison
The purpose of the Camp American Legion Committee is to oversee and make recommendations on the operations of Camp American Legion, located at Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, to the Department Executive Committee. The Committee meets 3 times a year at Fall Meetings, Midwinter and Spring Meetings.
Jeff Zwiers, Chair - Fremont
Denise Jamrozy, Vice Chair - Saukville
Bill Crowe, Member - Fremont
George Heck, Member - Green Bay
Victor Ambrose, Member - Park Falls
Kathryn Vander Molen, Member - Cornell
Jerry Hook, DEC Liaison
Consultants: Department Service Officer, VA&R Chairman, Camp Director
The purpose of the Children & Youth Committee is to insure that any child of a veteran in need of care and protection shall receive proper and timely service and aid; to strengthen the family unit; extend support; extend support to sound organizations and facilities that provide services for children and youth; and to maintain a well-rounded program that meets the needs of the young people in their respective communities. The Committee meets 2 times a year at Midwinter and Department Convention.
Lisa Fauster, Chair - Eagle
Annastasia 'YiaYia' Wischki, Vice Chair - Jackson
Laurene “Susie” Krueger, Member - Norwalk
Robert Borszich, Member - Neenah
Nick Berg, Member - Oak Creek
Ginny Russell, Member - Green Bay
Deb Thomas, DEC Liaison
This commission shall be empowered to make the necessary investigation and recommendations for the holding of the annual Department Convention and shall make such further investigation and recommendations for such other annual events of the Department as requested by the Department Executive Committee, and shall make their recommendations after such investigation to the Department Executive Committee, which shall be empowered thereafter to select the time and place for such annual Conventions and annual events. The Commission meets 4 times a year, at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.
Jim Schmidt, Chair - Burlington
Chris Chinander, Vice Chair - St Croix Falls
Tom Carlson, Member - Green Bay
Mark Lesko, Member - LaValle
Tom Strey, Member - Oconomowoc
Phil Ingwell, Member - Madison
Adam Klapperich, DEC Liaison - Rosholt
The purpose of The Department Finance Committee shall be to approve, budget and audit the expenditures of the Department, its decisions being final unless overruled by a majority of the members present at a regular or special meeting of the Department Executive Committee. The Department Finance Committee shall have the authority to engage the auditors for Department Funds. The committee meets at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings, Department Convention, Annual Budget Meeting and at the call of the Commander.
Tom Lay, Chair - Pewaukee
Ken Rynes, Vice Chair - Richland Center
Renee Jackson, Member - DePere
Paul Reilly, Member - Madison
Mike Feirer, Member - Marshfield
Gail Johnson-Daveau, Member - Fond du Lac
Fundraising Chair is a consultant.
Scott Markle, DEC Liaison - Duluth
The purpose of the Fundraising committee is to oversee accounting and reporting of all fundraising activities within the Department as directed by the Department Executive Committee. The Committee meets 4 times a year, at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.
Larry Larson, Chair - River Falls
Gene Hembrook, Vice Chair - West Salem
Jerrold Schultz, Member - Madison
Jeremy Nordie, Member - Ettrick
David Fuller, Member - Grand Marsh
Miguel Babino, Member - Appleton
Gerry Johnson, DEC Liaison
The purpose of the Hospital Committee is to provide entertainment and recreational programs at all Federal VA Hospitals and State Veteran’s Homes in Wisconsin, to work in close cooperation with the Department Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee, and to assist existing hospital facilities to aid in making the Veteran’s stay in the hospital as pleasant as possible. The committee meets 2 times a year, at Midwinter and Department Convention.
Dan Jakubczyk , Chair, Zablocki VA Representative - Oak Creek
Kelly Townsend, Vice Chair - Beaver Dam
Felicia Decker, Member - Cochrane
James Young, King Representative - New London
Ken Schoolcraft, Tomah Representative - Black River Falls
Joseph Hodgson, Middleton Representative - Barneveld
Donna Swenson, Minneapolis VA Representative - Ellsworth
Carl Krenn, Iron Mountain VA Representative - Porterfield
Brad Cramlet, Union Grove Representative - Kenosha
Ross Auna, Chippewa Falls Representative - Eau Claire
Craig Ellis, DEC Liaison - Milwaukee
The Department Service Officer is a Consultant to the Committee.
The purpose of the Internal Affairs Committee is to study, recommend, and formulate policies that will be beneficial to the Department on all matters that will tend to increase the prestige of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin and to advance the best interests of The American Legion. No recommendation shall be considered as final unless approved by the Department Executive Committee or a Department Convention. The Committee meets at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings, Resolution Meeting, the Department Convention and at the call of the Commander.
Bob Batty, Chair - Cedarburg
Ted DeMicchi, Vice Chair - Kenosha
Roy Helms, Member - Oshkosh
Wayne Jensen, Member - Milwaukee
Al Richards, Member - Grafton
David Gough, Member - Darlington
Denise Rohan, PNC, Ex-Officio - Verona
Bob Shappell, NECman, DEC Liaison - Cedarburg
The Department Judge Advocate is a Consultant to this committee.
The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to represent The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin with the State Legislature, and contact Congress on matters of interest to Wisconsin Veterans as long as the contact does not conflict with the National American Legion policy. This committee shall make recommendations to the Department Convention and to the Department Executive Committee, and in general supervise the legislative program of the Department. This committee has exclusive responsibility for petitioning the State Legislature on behalf of or in opposition to all legislation in which The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is interested. This committee shall select the Department Legislator of the Year. The Committee meets 3 times a year, at the Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.
Paul Fisk, Chair - Lodi
Cathy Gorst, Vice Chair - Marshfield
Ed Cooper, Member - New Richmond
Mark Degner, Member - Plymouth
Harold Rihn, Member - Mineral Point
Chuck Roessler, Member - Waukesha
Nathan Bond, DEC Liaison - Williams Bay
The Department Judge Advocate is a Consultant to the Committee.
The Marketing & Communications Committee shall work with all Department Wisconsin American Legion commissions and committees to build awareness and support for the mission and programs of The American Legion. Promote the same to active-duty military, Guard and Reserve components, military veterans and retirees, and the general public; to strategize and execute the organization’s activities to promote membership growth, strengthen the fundraising program, maximize merchandising opportunities, nurture corporate alliances and achieve greater brand awareness. The Committee serves as the voice of Veterans by enhancing public perceptions of The American Legion, America’s Veterans and their families. It is the responsibility of the committee to maintain the image of The American Legion and to communicate our various messages to the public promoting and publicizing projects, events, programs and accomplishments of The American Legion. The committee will be responsible for recommending policy changes in the publication of the official Department paper, “The Badger Legionnaire”. The Department Historian will serve as a consultant to the Committee, and there will be one (1) Auxiliary Liaison Member.
Chet Faith, Chair - Tomah
Nancy Rivera, Vice Chair - Valders
Kelly Clobes, Member - Beloit
Allen Nohl, Member - Sheboygan
Becky Stankevitz, Member - Suamico
Jim Schmidt, Member - Saukville
Michelle Adams, Department Historian - Mukwonago
Bonnie Dorniak, Auxiliary Liaison - Portage
Phil Green, DEC Liaison - Sparta
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to promote an increase of membership in the Department, to ascertain the causes for failure of former members to renew their membership, and generally, to assist the Posts in a program working toward increasing the numerical strength of the Department. Also, to recommend programs to Posts for the promotion of such activities as would stimulate interest in The American Legion and its programs in all communities. The Committee meets 4 times a year, at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.
Joe Leone, Chair - Hubertus
Tom Visintainer, Vice Chair - Kenosha
James Waltich, Member - Beaver Dam
John Stoczynski, Member - Solon Springs
Jay Anderson, Member - Jackson
John Polzin, Member - Medford
Jim Johnson, Member, Department Vice Commander
Harry Bauer, Member, Department Vice Commander
Gale Minks, Member, Department Vice Commander
Linda Pfeiffer, Member, Department Vice Commander
Charlie Young, Member, 2nd District Commander
Steve Kohnke, Member, 4th District Commander
Dave Steinert, Member, 6th District Commander
Adam Klapperich, Member, 8th District Commander
Rita Rindahl, Member, 10th District Commander
Scott Markle, Member, 12th District Commander
The purpose of the National & Homeland Security Committee is to organize the membership in support of national or civilian defense projects in the communities. To organize the department and to assist in organizing the communities for readiness to meet any emergency. The Committee meets 4 times a year, at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.
Bob Bohr, Chair - Clintonville
Steve Isensee, Vice Chair, Blood Donor Chairman - Boyd
Thomas Stolarczyk, Member - Madison
Ben Van Horn, Member - West Salem
Richard Vander Molen, Member - POW/MIA Chair - Cornel
Jeff Puddy, Member - Fond du Lac
Rita Rindahl, DEC Liaison - Osseo
The purpose of the Religious Emphasis Committee is to promote Spiritual growth of our membership at all levels of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin and to provide training and mentors to Legionnaires who desire to be a Chaplain. The Committee meets 2 times a year, at the Midwinter and the Department Convention.
Dennis Jaeger, Chair - Cedarburg
John Gessner, Vice Chair - Sparta
Donald Hildebrandt, Member - Wausau
Virgil Smith, DEC Liaison
The purpose of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee is to formulate policies in coordination with the Department Service Officer, subject to approval by the Department Executive Committee or a Department Convention, of all the different phases of the rehabilitation problems of veterans and their dependents of all wartime conflict as defined by the U.S. Congress. The Committee meets 4 times a year, at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.
Steve Krueger, Chair - Norwalk
Steve Conto, Vice Chair - Sheboygan
Ron Kuta, Member - Grafton
Julie Atkinson, Members - Menomonee Falls
Rich Ruland, Member - Blanchardville
Dale Oatman, Member - Antigo
Gary Meyer, Employment Chair - Oshkosh
Tim Baranzyk, Homeless Vets Task Force Chair - Oak Creek
Dan Jakubczyk, Hospital Chair - Oak Creek
Dave Steinert, DEC Liaison
The Camp American Legion Committee Chair and the Department Service Officer are both Consultant's to this committee.