Two Local American Legion Posts Merging

American Legion members provided an honor guard last month during the season-opening ceremonies for Pottsgrove Little League baseball

Two Local American Legion Posts MergingSANATOGA PA – Two of western Montgomery County’s long-standing American Legion units serving U.S. Armed Forces veterans, George A. Amole Post 47 of Pottstown and Brig. Gen. Elmer S. Friedberg Post 244 of Sanatoga, intend to merge this month, Post 244 Adjutant Billy Worrell announced Tuesday (May 3, 2016).

The combination “would be beneficial to the survival of both posts,” its members agreed during a meeting held last week, Worrell said. Mark Willard, deputy commander of the national American Legion’s Ninth District, also attended.

New officers for the merged unit, to be known as American Legion George A. Amole / BG Elmer S. Friedberg Post 244, are expected to be elected during its May 26 meeting. Nominated to lead the organization are Jeff Cannon, Commander; Cal Miller, Senior Vice Commander; John Fry, Junior Vice Commander; and Joan Alexander, Finance Officer. Worrell will serve as adjutant.

The group’s new name, and its proposed leadership that includes representatives of both partners, continues to pay tribute to their namesakes, consolidates their memberships, and is expected to create operating efficiencies.

The American Legion “is the largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.4 million members in nearly 14,000 posts” across the country, according to its national website. The organization was established by an act of Congress in 1919. It provides a variety of career, education and health programs that benefit both current military personnel and veterans; and sponsors American Legion Baseball, oratorical contests and other activities for youths.

The merged post’s regular meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the community building at Sanatoga Ridge Community, 2461 E. High St., Worrell said.