|1/31/2013||Trib honored by state Legionnaires|
The Wet Mountain Tribune captured the 2012 Small Market Newspaper Media Award from the American Legion Department of Colorado during a banquet held in conjunction with the state legion’s mid-year conference in Colorado Springs last weekend.
Tribune reporter Nora Drenner received the award on behalf of the Tribune. She had written the 37 articles related to local American Legion Post 170 and other local military affairs.
Prior to handing the award to Drenner, American Legion Department of Colorado public relations chairman Darrell Myers read the following statement “For your ongoing support of the large veteran population in the country, your positive articles about the impact your veteran organizations have on the daily life in the Valley tells the real story of veterans and the sacrifices they have made in protecting and defending our freedoms, and their desire to make significant contributions to the Valley. Your support lends credence to all veteran-related activities. Thanks so much for recognizing our efforts in your publication.”
After receiving the plaque, Ms. Drenner spoke of her father, Ronald Drenner, who served 20 years in the U.S. Army.
Also receiving media awards last weekend were Colorado Public Radio, Fox 31 News and the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Local Post 170 members attending the awards banquet were Carol Kennedy, Bob Dreher, John Vaclav, Anna Orgeron, Charles Bogle and Ted Ballard.
The Tribune received the Colorado Legion media award in 2007 and 2008, too.
Local American Legion Post 170 and its auxiliary unit support a number of programs, including sponsorship of Boys Scouts/Cub Scouts; Americanism/patriotism projects such as teaching flag etiquette; sponsorship of Boys and Girls State government classes open to high school juniors; assistance of veterans and families through the local Veterans Service Office; Main Street Flag program; Memorial Day services; Veterans Day Banquet; Color Guard and Honor Guard programs for funerals and parades, and more.
Post 170 membership is open to all who honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Auxiliary Unit 170 membership is open to the spouses, daughters and granddaughters of those who served.
There is also a Sons of American Legion 170 Squadron. The SAL is made up of boys and men of all ages whose ancestors served in the U.S military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion.
Go on-line to westcliffepost170.org for more information.
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