LEGION: Wheeler stellar leader

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I am writing on my own behalf. I have been a Legion member at Post 143 for 13 years, and have been an active working member of the post all those years, and know what has transpired at the post during those years.

After the past Legion commander, John Dunlap, passed away, the post had a total of five commanders who either had quit or been removed from office. At that time, the post was barely surviving financially. Dennis Wheeler took it upon himself to run for commander and was voted in twice by the Legion membership. Although Dennis has some severe health problems, he did the best of his ability. Since he took over as commander, the post has regained financial stability and actually has a surplus in its bank account.

Some would think that the commanderís job is just to sit in his office and be a figurehead for the Legion. Not Dennis Wheeler. Dennis took it upon himself to cook for Taco Night on Thursdays, cook for the Legion Riders Steak and Bake every other Friday, show up at 5:15 a.m. every Sunday to get breakfast ready to be served to the community and Legion members, cleaned the bathrooms when no one else would do it, took care of almost all the maintenance work at the Legion, built, with help, and supervised the building of the patio on the east side of the Legion building. This is just a partial list of what Dennis Wheeler and his wife, Teresa, have done for the American Legion Post 143.

Post 143 operates with the help of a handful of people who do all the work to keep the post operating, with Dennis sacrificing more of himself than any other member. To discredit what this man has done with the health conditions he has is an injustice to his character. The postís accounting of its finances has been resolved because there is a professional tax person hired to keep the finances straight on a weekly basis and now we have a financial committee appointed to oversee the accountability of our finances. This is not the fault of and total responsibility of the commander and to make assumptions to that degree is wrong.

MIKE PADULA

American Legion member

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