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Post 27 honors its Legionnare of Year
Legionnaire of year 2021
From left to right, J.E. Lanier American Legion Post 27 Commander John H Ellis Sr., Chaplin Mike Matuzsan, and Department of Georgia Commander Mark Shreve. (Photo by Casey Nash).

By H. Jammer, Special to the News.

At a recent meeting of The American Legion, JE Lanier Post 27 in Richmond Hill, Post Chaplin Mike Matuzsan was presented the Post 27 Legionnaire of the Year award for 2021.

The award was presented by Department of Georgia Commander Mark Shreve.

“Chaplin Matuzsan’s efforts in supporting the operations of the post throughout the year has been a beacon of service and brings great credit on himself, Post 27, and The American Legion as a whole.” Post Commander John Ellis Sr. said, “Mike has worked tirelessly to attend Thursday Office Hours, he has provided guidance and assistance to the post leadership team all year long, his presence and prayers at the meetings, and his assistance in legion projects have been the core of our post in this trying year of COVID.”

Upon receipt of the Award, Chaplin Matuzsan said, “It is quite an honor to receive this from our post. It tells you the things you do make a difference and some days that’s hard to see. But today the picture is clear and I’m glad I’ve been able to help. It’s been a tough year.”

After the presentation members of Post 27 voted to renew its Veterans Children Scholarship program, establish a JROTC Recognition program and participate in The Boys State Program in the coming year. The post also established it first Public Service Recognition Program to honor members of the Law Enforcement, Fire Fighter, and EMT Community with recognition awards in the coming year.

This was followed with remarks by Thomas Nash of Team Savannah 4 Veterans on outreach and assistance programs they do to help Veterans in need. These range from helping deliver food to the veterans in the tiny homes project in Savannah, building or refurbishing wheelchair ramps, and projects to help repair veteran’s homes to those most in need.

To cap the meeting Department Commander Shreve briefed members on State initiatives for goal setting and programing at the State and District Level. Post 27 was the 39th Post he has visited out of his goal of visiting 100 Posts in his first 90 days of office.

The American legion JE Lanier Post 27 meets at the Senior Citizens Center on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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