Religious Emphasis Committee Purpose:

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.


Raymond Peterson, Assistant Department Chaplain, Chair - Chippewa Falls

Mark Melton, Vice Chair - Manawa

Todd Fanta, Immediate Past Department Chaplain

John Gessner, 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