The American Legion Family will be conducting the annual State Membership Caravan from January 17 – 26. During this time frame, the Caravan will make some 19 stops throughout al five divisions in the Department of Illinois.
The stop in Nashville will include a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 24.
According to the American Legion, this year’s caravan will be special for two reasons. First, it is The American Legion’s 100th Year celebration; and our guest speaker will be the Immediate Past National Commander and first female National Commander Denise Rohan, who will be updating us on The American Legion family and issues that may affect our organization.
Rohan was elected the national commander of the American Legion in 2017. She joined the U.S. Army in 1974 and has served in the American Legion since 1984.
Before her transfer to Post 385 in Verona, Wisc., Rohan served as the commander of Post 333 in Sun Prairie, Wisc., where she established a Sons of the American Legion squadron and chartered a Boy Scout troop. Rohan has also served as the department commander for the state of Wisconsin.
Rohan and her husband Mike are both 2006 graduates of the National American Legion College. They also graduated from the Wisconsin American Legion College in 2015.
Rohan worked with the University of Wisconsin Madison as the assistant bursar of student loans until she retired in 2012. She had also managed the University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Green Bay and University of Wisconsin Colleges $120 million loan portfolio, which was made up of approximately 200 different federal, institutional and state programs. She worked to ensure that those were all in compliance with laws, regulations and policy. She was also in charge of the efficiency and design of the computerized loan accounts receivable system.
According to US Veterans magazine, Rohan’s theme as national commander is “Family First” and her fundraising project is the Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance program. This program awards cash grants to minor children of eligible veterans and help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment.
Everyone is welcome to visit and take advantage of the opportunity to meet and greet Rohan.
State Commander Mike Carder, State Auxiliary President Debra Lewis, Sons of The American Legion Detachment Commander Eugene Gort, State Vice Commander Roy Weber, and State Division and District Officers along with others will be traveling with the Caravan.
Interested guests are asked to RSVP so that an official head count can be achieved for the meal. Please call the Nashville American Legion Post 110 at 327-8324.