POST 117

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Welcome to Post 117. We are located at 189 Veterans Drive in Palm Bay Florida. Our Post has a canteen and large conference room as well as a Tiki Bar with decking, gazebo, and plently of yard area to support picnics and parties. Some of the activities at the Post include Bingo, Steak Shoots, pool, darts, karaoke, live music, and plenty of food. We have a full kitchen and support Friday dinners and Sunday breakfasts. In addition, dances and parties are frequently planned, activities supporting the community, our schools, and their students are a continuous event, and support is provided to our members, their families, and veterans in need.

Background:

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

One of the American Legion programs is the American Legion Riders (ALR). The ALR is formed to promote the aims and purposes of the American Legion as a family oriented motorcycling activity for members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of The American Legion. The ALR upholds the declared principles of the American Legion as well as conforms to and abides by the regulations and decisions of the department, post, or other duly constituted governing body. The ALR maintains and protects the image of the American Legion at all times through appropriate wearing of the American Legion Emblem. The emblem of the American Legion demands “that the wearer shall ever guard the sanctity of home and country and free institutions.” Members of the ALR avoid any perception of being a motorcycle or “biker” club or gang. Rather, the focus of membership is for the enjoyment of motorcycles and comradeship and furthering Legion programs in the community. The ALR strives to improve the public’s perception of the motorcycling community by promoting the honorable nature of service to one’s community, state and nation through the sport of motorcycling. Members of the ALR comply at all times with the motor vehicle safety, licensing, and insurance laws or regulations of the state in which operating.

Post 117 Entrance

Entrance to Post 117








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American Legion, Florida, Post 117, Officers

189 Veterans Drive
Palm Bay, FL 32909
(321) 729-8089


Gene Baker
COMMANDER
Gene Baker
Bruce Thurber
1st Vice COMMANDER
Bruce Thurber
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2nd Vice COMMANDER
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Duane Podhola
ADJUTANT
Duane Podhola
Chris Hess
FINANCE OFFICER
Chris Hess
Barry Roberts
CHAPLAIN
Barry Roberts
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HISTORIAN
Bill Davidson
Charlie Christy
JUDGE ADVOCATE
Charlie Christy
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SERVICE OFFICER
Kevin McGarry
Stephen Christopher Hamrick
SERVICE OFFICER
Stephen Christopher Hamrick
Tim Brooks
SERGEANT AT ARMS
Tim Brooks
Gene Pilot
ASST. SGT. AT ARMS
Gene Pilot
Jim Fournier
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Jim Fournier
Mike Demarte
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Dave Fox
Bob Wiseman
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Bob Wiseman


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Canteen Staff

189 Veterans Drive
Palm Bay, FL 32909
(321) 729-8089


Legion Emblem
Auxiliary Emblem
Chris Hess
CANTEEN MANAGER
Chris Hess
SAL Emblem
Riders Emblem
Barbara
VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
Barbara
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VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
Terry
Angela
VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
Angela
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VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
Ashley
Tina
VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
Tina
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VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
Shannon
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VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
Open
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VOLUNTEER BARTENDER
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Honor Guard

189 Veterans Drive
Palm Bay, FL 32909
(321) 729-8089


Mat Zirwas
COMMANDER
Matt Zirwas
VACANT
MEMBER
Ed Milnor
Bruce Walkowiak
MEMBER
Bruce Walkowiak
Walkowiak
MEMBER
Donna Walkowiak
VACANT
MEMBER
Dawn Hanner
VACANT
MEMBER
Eddy Milner
VACANT
MEMBER
Barry Gilmer
VACANT
MEMBER
Len Hermanns
VACANT
ASSOCIATE MEMBER
Leo Bellanger

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Ways and Means Committee

189 Veterans Drive
Palm Bay, FL 32909
(321) 729-8089


Gene Baker
CHAIRMAN
Gene Baker
VACANT
MEMBER
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Bruce Thurber
MEMBER
Bruce Thurber
Chris Hess
MEMBER
Chris Hess
VACANT
MEMBER
Linda Shipley
Randy Chilcott
MEMBER
Randy Chilcott
Dawn Burgess
MEMBER
Dawn Burgess
VACANT
MEMBER
Wanda McDermon
Bev Durham
NEWSLETTER
Bev Durham
VACANT
WEB
Bill Davidson


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House Committee

189 Veterans Drive
Palm Bay, FL 32909
(321) 729-8089


American Legion Logo
Duane Podhola
HOUSE CHAIRMAN
Duane Podhola
Bud Fritz
MEMBER
Bud Fritz
Tom Wood
MEMBER
Tom Wood
VACANT
MEMBER
Leo Belanger
VACANT
MEMBER
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VACANT
MEMBER
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VACANT
MEMBER
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American Legion Post 117 Programs

189 Veterans Drive
Palm Bay, FL 32909
(321) 729-8089


VACANT
BOY SCOUTS
Kevin McGarry
VACANT
BOYS STATE
Dave Fox
Gene Baker
Children & Youth
Gene Baker
Dawn Burgess
LEGION RIDERS
Dawn Burgess
VACANT
ROTC
Vacant
Bruce Thurber
SCHOOL MEDAL AWARD
Bruce Thurber
Stephen Christopher Hamrick
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Steven Christopher Hamrick
Barry Roberts
RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS
Barry Roberts
Jim Fournier
VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHABILITATION
Jim Fournier
VACANTJUNIORS PROGRAM
VACANT
VACANTSHOOTING SPORTS PROGRAM
Kevin McGarry


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