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The 5th District Member of the Year is a program to recognize a member of the 5th District American Legion Family who works hard to support the organization, and often times has done work that is truly above and beyond. A list of the award recipients can be found below or printed here.

Each part of the family accepts nominations and makes determination of the award. The Award is presented at the annual District Convention. 

Nominations can be made at any time but there is a deadline of (normally) 30 days prior to the convention. The 2021 nomination cut off is Saturday May 15th. 

Nominations should be sent to:

Member of the Year Chairs

The American Legion The American Legion Auxiliary The Sons of The American Legion
Merv Becker Elaine Rider Shawn Davis

 

Legionnaire of the Year    
Year Name   Post Number
1987 Merrell Hansen* Mpls/Richfield Post 435
1988 Walter Hobat* Bearcat Post 504
1989 Leonard Grill* Gopher Post 440
1990 George Mital* Gopher Post 440
1991 Kenneth Erickson Gopher Post 440
1992 Kym Workcuff* Mpls. Fire & Police Post 396
1993 Donald Schroedl* Mpls. Post Office Post 540
1994 Milo Cecka* Bearcat Post 504
1995 Virgil Persing* Falldin Post 555
1996 Ward Jeffers* Minneapolis Post 1
1997 Reuben Mack* Gopher Post 440
1998 Steve George* The Hellenic Post 129
1999 Richard Hegdahl* The Hellenic Post 129
2000 Melvin Ohman* North Side Post 230
2001 Nick Kakos* The Hellenic Post 129
2002 Richard Berg Aviation Post 511
2003 Larry Anderson* Mpls. Fire & Police Post 396
2004 Joe Bayer Wold-Chamberlain Post 99
2005 Joyce Rose Minneapolis Post 1
2006 Delbert Rose Minneapolis Post 1
2007 Curt Norenberg University of Minnesota Post 548
2008 John Nelson* Minneapolis Post 1
2009 Wayne Hegland* Gopher  Post 440
  Robert Skogquist Falldin Post 555
2010 Emil Milacek University of Minnesota Post 548
2011 Lynne Nottage Minneapolis Post 1
2012 James Munson Mpls/Richfield Post 435
2013 Wayne Glanton Johnnie Baker Post 291
2014 Gary Martin Gopher Post 440
2015 Merv Becker Mpls/Richfield Post 435
2016 Will Philipson University of Minnesota Post 548
2017 Milton “Milt” Schoen Minneapolis Post 1
2018 Ray Eiden Falldin Post 555
2019 Paul  Soderberg Falldin Post 555

 

Auxiliary Member of the Year  
Year Name   Unit Number
1995 Dorothy Hathaway* Minneapolis-Richfield Unit 435
1996 Sharon Jeffers* Minneapolis Unit 1
1997 Peg McCarty Minneapolis Unit 1
1998 Betty Count Calhoun Unit 239
1999 Vi Rahrich Bainbridge/Falldin Unit 355/555
2000 Emily Duffee Falldin Unit 555
2001 Joyce Williams Minneapolis-Richfield Unit 435
2002 Ramona Nack Gopher Unit 440
2003 Mary Persing Falldin Unit 555
2004 Barb Berkstand Hellenic Unit 129
2005 Eleanor Johnson Minneapolis-Richfield Unit 435
2006 Patricia Swanson* Minneapolis-Richfield Unit 435
2007 Becky Nelson Minneapolis Unit 1
2008 Jan Kakos Hellenic Unit 129
2009 Penny Becker Minneapolis-Richfield Unit 435
2010 Elizabeth Crawford Court House Unit 310
2011 Mary Younkin Gopher Unit 440
2012 Gerda Erickson Calhoun Unit 239
2013 LoAnn Grill Gopher Unit 440
2014 No nominations   
2015 Annette Bray* Minneapolis-Richfield Unit 435
2016 Colleen Grill Gopher Unit 440
2017 Julie Martin Gopher Unit 440
2018 Elaine Rider Joe Smith Unit 468
2019 Bonnie  Brenna Wold Chamberlain Unit 99

 

Sons of The American Legion Member of the Year
Year Name   Squadron Number
2013 Shawn Davis Minneapolis-Richfield Squad 435
2014 Bill Peters Minneapolis Squad 1
2015 Robert Bristo Gopher Squad 440
2016 Pat Kiehl Minneapolis-Richfield Squad 435
2017 John Nelson* Minneapolis Squad 1
2018 Jim Munson Minneapolis-Richfield Squad 435
2019 Leroy Gonzales Minneapolis Squad 1


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