American Legion Post No 168
WHEN: 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month
WHERE: Father Connors Hall, 220 N. Salado Ave.
COST: Yearly dues are $30 per person.
INFO: American Legion, 690-7222 or elijahbhayespost168.wordpress.com
Officers who serve with Commander Amy Hussar are:
Salvador Mayoral III: first vice-commander
Michael Anderson: adjutant and past commander
Mel Clemmer: finance
Robert Slater: chaplain
Keith Hussar: sergeant-at-arms
Vernon Snodderly: historian
Amy Hussar was installed the new commander of the Elijah B. Hayes American Legion Post No.168 — the first woman to hold that office — at the groups’ monthly meeting on June 12 at Father Connors Hall. Hussar is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No.168 and is a dual member in her own right and as a military spouse.
Hussar joined the Army reserve in 1997 after she finished her sophomore year at college. She had attended Albion College in Michigan for two years. After she returned from advanced military training, she enrolled at Western Michigan University for their ROTC program from January 1998 to December 2000. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2001 with a degree in criminal justice. During her time in the reserves, she was a medical supply specialist from the winter of 1997 to the summer of 1998 with the 484th Medical Detachment in Kalamazoo, Mich. There, she was in charge of inventory and management, which includes receiving, storing and ordering supplies and maintaining records in stock. From July 2001, after college graduation, to Jan. 2003 she was medical supply specialist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
She met her husband Keith Hussar and the couple moved to California in 2006 when Keith started a job at the Tracy Defense Depot. After living in various cities, the family moved to Patterson in 2010.
“We are both small town people,” Hussar said of living in Patterson. “The other cities around here are too big for us.”
Hussar, a native of Marquette, Mich., keeps active as a tutor and a substitute teacher in the Tracy and Turlock Unified School Districts. Hussar has also served since 2011 on the Patterson Joint Unified School District board of trustees, and is currently the board’s vice-president. She is also the new president of the local MOMS Club, a support group of stay- at-home-moms.
Hussar said keeping the Legion active and reaching out to local middle age veterans is a challenge because there are many competing interests. Local vets can attend meetings even if they are not members. The Legion will host local card and board games at a later date as well.
The local post is also partnering with the schools for citizenship education, presenting school awards to the winner at each school for overall citizenship. Though the Legion has not yet started the school awards program or the Oratorical Contest, they plan to begin as soon as possible and have pinpointed it as an item of interest this year depending on the group's "manpower."
The Legion members have been busy lately, and came away with a trophy and $200 for their Most Inspirational Float in the Apricot Fiesta parade at the beginning of June. They also took part in the dedication of Veterans’ Park downtown on June 15.
Next up, the members are going to be at Patterson’s Back to School Block Party on Saturday, Aug 10, in the North Park. They will staff a booth, telling about legion activities and providing info on starting up Sons of the Legion Squadron — male descendents of veterans who perform community service.
Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or email@example.com.