Whitcomb, Jackson assume Legion, VFW posts

Jerry Whitcomb has been re-elected commander of Woodcock-Herbst American Legion Post 216 in Princeton and Jean Jackson has been elected president of the Legion Auxiliary.

This is the ninth time that Whitcomb has been serving a term as the Legion post commander, of which this is his seventh consecutive year.

The Legion Auxiliary president job is new for Jackson, who said last week she is counting on assistance from fellow members to help her do the job.

“The Legion is an important part of my life,” said Whitcomb about getting re-elected as Legion post commander. Being in military service organizations is a family thing, he added. His daughter Janell is on the 10th District executive committee for the Legion Auxiliary. His grandson Charlie is 10th District Vice Commander for the Sons of American Legion and Whitcomb’s granddaughter Izzy is 10th District Junior Legion Auxiliary honorary president.

The local Legion post has 366 members, down 33 from last year. The post only gets $2 of the annual $30 membership dues and the remainder goes to the state and national Legion organizations, Whitcomb noted. That state and national take goes to help VA hospitals and for pressing for legislation to help veterans, he added.

Whitcomb said he hopes to get more members, who get a supper and drink ticket at each monthly meeting, but also get the chance to be part of the Legion post’s activities.

The Woodcock-Herbst Legion post hasn’t had its own building for some years now, and has its meetings and many other functions in the Princeton VFW club building.

But just because the post doesn’t have its own building doesn’t mean it isn’t active, Whitcomb said, adding that the Legion post is very active. Among its activities are its fundraisers including its pork chop dinner (one was last spring and another is planned for next fall).

The Legion Auxiliary in which Jackson recently became president for a one year term, has 370 members.

Jackson said she is in the Legion Auxiliary to help veterans. The local Legion Auxiliary recently authorized spending $500 from its sales of paper poppies, to buy clothing to give to veterans at the VA hospital in St. Cloud. The clothing included jeans, underwear, socks, shampoo and two pairs of shoes, with all of it purchased in Princeton, according to Jackson. Jackson and fellow auxiliary members Pam Schlagel and Sharon Almberg took the items to the St. Cloud VA hospital on June 27.