Meet Our New Commander
I wanted to introduce myself to all of you as your new Post 59 Commander. First of all I want to thank Commander Sonny for his 13 years as the Post Commander and his many accomplishments. I also want to thank everyone who supported me for this position and continues to support the important mission of our Post.
A little bit about me, I was born and raised in Madison graduating from Central HS in 1967. In January 1968 I enlisted in the US Navy and went the Great Lakes Naval Training Center for Boot Camp. Upon completion I was assigned to Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco. Later that year I volunteered for duty in Vietnam and was then sent to several bases for additional training prior to shipping out. I arrived in DaNang Vietnam in May of 1969 and was assigned to River Security and Taskforce Clearwater patrolling the Perfume River based at Tan My, just south of the city of Hue. After our base was closed in early 1970 I was reasigned to Small Craft Repair Facility in DaNang. I returned home in June 1970.
Upon returning to Madison I attended Madison Area Technical College and graduated with a Associate Degree in Commercial and Graphic Art. I worked for 30 years for the State of Wisconsin and retired in 2011.
In 1993, my wife Kimberly and I decided to move to Stoughton and built our home. We raised two children, Lauren and Kevin and have two beautiful granddaughters. I joined the American Legion in 2011 and also hold membership in the Stoughton VFW. I'm honored to also be a member of Post 59's Honor Guard. I'm a member of Vietnam Veterans of America and Mobile Riverine Force Association.
I look forward to serving the members and customers of Post 59. I am excited to work together to serve our community as well.
Post 59, Stoughton,WI
Meet Our New Auxiliary President
I am honored and excited to be your incoming President for the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 59. I want to thank Cathy Rigdon for her leadership and mentorship over the past three years and I hope I can continue to add to the many accomplishments she has been able to achieve.
I’m a small town girl, born and raised in Bloomington, Wisconsin. After receiving my nursing degree, I moved to Stoughton to work at the hospital. I called it the “big city” and fell in love with the community immediately. That was in 1987 and at this point in time, I have no plans to leave! I am a single mom. My children Devon, Daniel (Mary), and Shanae (Brandon) Woodward are grown with families of their own. My grandchildren, Anna, Griffin and Link, are the loves of my life.
Larry Johnson first introduced to me to Post 59 several years ago and I have been a volunteer ever since and happy to do so. My grandfather was in the Army and fought in WWII. My uncle was in the Navy and fought in the Korean War. I also have an uncle that was in the Army during peacetime. These men helped foster the respect and appreciation I have for all our service heroes.
While my life’s path has not always been an easy one, I feel I am blessed and therefore, I’m always looking for ways to pay it forward. In addition to serving on the Legion Auxiliary, I am on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Free Healthcare Clinic. Pre-Covid, I had been an active member of the Stoughton and District Lioness Clubs and the Shillelagh Foundation Board.
I am humbled by your vote of confidence in my leadership abilities and I am looking forward to working more closely with the American Legion, SAL and all members of Post 59. Together we can achieve more!
American Legion Auxiliary President
Post 59, Stoughton, WI
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