Randy Rabenold, adjutant for the Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, has issued his annual report for 2011.
Since the Post is without a home of it's own, the members meet at the V.F.W. home on South Street, Lehighton.
Regular meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. with about 11 members usually attending.
About 32 members attended the July picnic meeting held at the Lehighton Legion Home.
Officers elected for 2011 are: Bob Rehnert, commander; Randy Rabenold, adjutant; Mitchell Nace, finance officer; Dern Sharbaugh, first vice commander; Attorney Bill Bayer, judge advocate; Vern Fritz, provost marshal; Jim Wentz, chaplain; Bill Newton, service officer; Kaye B. Leiby and Bob White, state executive committeemen and Leiby, Bill Sherman, Larry Kimmell, trustees.
The Post has 134 members of which 80 are life members. The Post noted with regret the passing of Dale Dunkle, Bill Bayer, George Stocker, Nevin Krum and Larry Kimmell.
As part of the United Veterans Organization (American Legion, V.F.W. and AMVETS), Honor Guard, the Post participated in the military funerals of Curtis Hoffman, Arthur Graver, Attorney Bill Bayer, Mario Grosso, Nevin Krum, Peter Trudich, Wilson Solt, George Stocker, William Boger, Joe Groller, William Shipwash, Ralph Kunkle, Larry Kimmel, Dale Dunkle, Herb Gilbert, Mrs. Helen Zasko, Dr. Marvin Snyder, Thomas Heffelfinger, Woodrow Walck, William Keiser, Dennis Leyer, Marlin Kester, Charles Keiser, Roger Silliers, Bob Kistler and others, for a total of about 30 military funerals.
About 12 men marched in the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade in October and also in a Vietnam ceremony at Legion Post 314.
Commander Bob Rehnert presented over $250 scholarship winner this year to Katelin Green in a ceremony at the high school. Katelin was approved by a panel of Lehighton High School teachers and counselors.
In November, 12 men marched in Carbon County's Veterans Day Parade in Jim Thorpe.
In April, Adjutant Randy Rabenold and Chaplain Jim Wentz awarded the Americanism poster and essay contest awards at a middle school assembly.
Ten men helped by Boy Scouts placed 1,200 flags on all of the local and rural cemeteries in May.
Alleah Nothstein won third place in the state for her poster and Amy McConnell won second in the state for her essay. They both received some nice prizes and checks.
Twelve men attended Memorial Day services at Franklin Township Elementary School, Lehighton Area Middle School, Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, and the "Summit" nursing home. They conducted military services at all four sites on May 25.
Eight men participated in the rural Memorial Day services on May 29 and 12 men participated in the local Memorial Day services on May 30.
The Post posted $200 for our 2011 scholarship winner, $100 to the U.V.O. for Memorial Day expenses, $25 to the Halloween Parade committee, $40 to Legion Post 314 for use of their banquet room and numerous other donations for a total of $700.
Report was submitted by Randy Rabenold, adjutant.