SR Vice Cmdr Page

Dear fellow Legionnaires,

As you may know, the state of Arizona recognizes the achievements of veterans in our state at an annual ceremony.  The emphasis for this recognition is work performed by the veteran in Arizona since honorable separation that reflects an outstanding level of accomplishments and achievements.  The deadline for nomination is 31 March – below is the official news release.  American Legion is a partner of this event so please consider nominating a veteran who you think may qualify.  

Call for Nominations to the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2021


Phoenix, Arizona – The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (AVHOF) located in Phoenix, Arizona, seeks to recognize those Arizonans who have worn the uniform of this Nation’s Armed Forces, 

and have contributed to their community, state, or nation in an exemplary manner outside of their military service.  These outstanding contributions may, for example, be in areas of civic, 

veterans advocacy, or other contributions of a singular nature or made over a period of time by the Nominee.  The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame focuses on a Nominee’s contributions 

outside of their military service. 


Regarding eligibility for nomination to the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, the Nominee must have been born in Arizona, or entered military service from Arizona, or lived in Arizona

 for a minimum of 5 successive years; and must have honorably served as verified by a U.S. Military service document such as a DD Form 214, SF 1300, or 

equivalent National Guard (NGB-22 or 22A) document, DD Form 363 military retirement certificate or orders, be of good moral character and have no felony convictions.  

Satisfaction of the residency requirement is based upon meeting the criteria by the Nomination submission deadline of March 31st.  Posthumous nominations are welcome. 


The Criteria and fillable Nomination Form are now posted on the web site:  www.azuav.orgNominations tab.  The Nomination Form and Proof of honorable discharge are required documents accompanied by a Narrative limited to a maximum of 10 single-sided pages, 8½ x 11; and using #12 Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font. At the bottom of the Nomination Form

is the mailing address for submitting Nominations.  Complete details are posted at the website. 


Note:  Nominations which do not follow the Criteria will be returned to the Nominator. 


For general information, please contact Carol Culbertson, Secretary, Unified Arizona Veterans, at email: or telephone (602) 799-9480. 

Nominators who do not have access to the website, please telephone Secretary Culbertson at (602) 799-9480 to request that the Criteria and Nomination Form be mailed to you. 


Media Point of Contact: Travis Burns, UAV Communications Director, email:

Ed Kelety, Senior Vice Commander


30 September 2020

It has been an unusual year for us – with all the changing Covid restrictions since March, our Post has been exposed to uncertainty and many adjustments.  However, we have successfully navigated the turbulent waters of the last six months by following the adage “improvise, adapt, and overcome.”  Truly, our Post is in excellent shape given the restrictions imposed upon our activities, and our leadership team wants to thank every one of you for your continued support of our Post and your steadfast loyalty to our ideals.

As we begin to develop plans to adjust to a post-Covid environment, I’d like to draw your attention to an equally important topic and solicit your suggestions: membership.  Although our membership numbers remain steady over the short term, the long-term trend in membership is somewhat concerning.  If we are going to attract more members – and younger members – to our Post, we will have to come up with a robust two-prong strategy for growing our membership numbers over the next ten years.  The first is to make our Post stand out in our community by partnering with our neighbors to engage even more fully in local activities.  Activities that highlight what the Post does for its local community is good business – and has the potential to boost our membership.  Additionally, outreach programs and creative activities to make our Post an attractive option for new members are key to sustaining a healthy membership growth rate.  Finally, we will have to more fully leverage existing activities to capitalize on our achievements and showcase the Post as a good neighbor.

I don’t have all the answers, but I hope you will share your ideas and suggestions with our team, and help us hit the ground running once we resume our full spectrum of activities.  Thank you for all your support and for helping us embody the principle included in our American Legion Constitution “… to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community….”  God bless every one of you.


Ed Kelety

Senior Vice Commander

Post 44


Mike Ragole, Sr Vice Commander 2019-2020

Summer Greetings to all you heat lovers!

Since assuming the Sr. Vice role, I have had the opportunity to attend our AZ Department Convention and also participate in our Flag Day Ceremony in June.  Well done to our outstanding Honor Guard!

We had a 93% membership rate for 2019. Now in July our 2020 membership renewal process starts for all in the American Legion Family: Legionnaires, the Auxiliary, the Sons and our Legion Riders.  For the Legion, our enrollment opens on 8 July. There are numerous ways to renew: by mail, online, or my favorite, in person at the Post.  We will have someone available in the office Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. You can drop in and have a bite to eat and/or something to drink and show your Post support.

Speaking of Post support, a new Legion Family Volunteer Initiative across the Post will also start this summer.  More details will be revealed through the renewal process; but one example of this is a new volunteer outreach effort to help our local high schools student meet their volunteer service hour requirements. Jill Tiffany (Auxiliary Girls State Chair), Bernie Lishinski and yours truly will be aiding future generations learn about the American Legion Family as well as achieve their school tasks.

Now, if you can’t think of a successful example of American Legion Americanism and Youth Programs, let me share this one. I am reminded of one Boys State participant from Ohio. He was designated a “fellow” naval aviator in 1950, not bad for a 20 year old with only 2 years of college, but that was just the beginning. Because 50 years ago this month on July 20, 1969, an almost 39 year old, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. CEOs, professional athletes and numerous successful politicians of both parties participated in Boys & Girls State and other youth programs.  Please consider a way that you can support the Post and the greater American Legion Family.

Mike Ragole


September 24, 2018

Membership update:

2019 Renewed members   300

2019 New members 24

Recruiting new members is every member’s responsibility. National is kicking off a new program. Sign up 3 new members and you will receive a National Commander’s 100 anniversary pin.

In 2018, 63 new members have signed up. Below is a link to a list of those members. Please review the list greet any new member when they come to the post to make them feel welcome.

New 2018 members – Legion

May 21 2018

Membership status 95% is in line with the Department of Arizona membership status.  I would like to thank our members for the help call lists.  Remember as Members we should always do our best to recruit new members.

Thank you,



24 February 2017

Dear Members all:

The Office has for the next 30 members some smart and well-designed door knob hangers:

These are for you to hang (just one) on the following:

Any residence or business displaying the American flag or a vehicle with a Veteran’s license plate’ They contain basic Post information.

If you happen to also engage in a casual conversation: offer a copy of our monthly flyer. This says a lot.

Just one doorknob hanger per member to locate that one person for recruitment and fellowship, keeping our Post alive and well.

S. Vice – Sully

PS- Its amazing how many folks do not know we are here!


29 December 2016

Wishing all Members of Post 44 the very best of the New Year.

70% of our Legion members have declared their allegiance to Post 44 by renewing their 2017 dues. Let’s break all records and high jump all expectations by hitting 100% by Easter!

Because: Again, we have a crackerjack Club and Manager and Staff, a gifted leader/Commander and Executive Board that pursues fine results, and community outreach.



17 October 2016

Soon – Another reminder to renew or join or transfer to Post 44 will be arriving via mail from National Headquarters.

Let’s make this move – to mail our dues or drop by the Office (11AM-3PM Mon-Fri) or pay on-line.

Tom Paul hints that our “Early Bird ” dinner will be different and special.

Let’s clear our calendar of minor tasks so you can concentrate on the holidays ahead.



August 31, 2016

Just a reminder to members:

  1. Please keep your Post 44 membership 2017 renewals coming into our office. August + September are opportune times to show our Post 44 support.
  2. The Northeast VA Clinic is located at 11390 E. Via Linda Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.  Phone 480-579-2201   Fax 480-656-3333


July 29th, 2016
The following volunteers gave many hours during the past 14 years to seal, label and mail our Legion Newsletters:
Peggy Arbuthnot             Jerry Lennemann
Bud Brimhall                       Lee Lettieri
Doreen Burnett                Rosa Masson
Dean Callahan                   Mary Ellen Panici
Mary Clark                          John Parrish*
John Elliott                          Bob Pierce
Elaine Elliott                        Tom Redd
Billy Estes                            John Russell
Lum Houser                        Linda Russo
John Hyde                           Ed Schroot
Andy Jaime                         George Slagle
Marion Kirwan                 Steve Tivnan
                                                   Rodger Wells
                                                * Editor
The 2017 Legion Membership cards are available at the Post front office.

June 16, 2016

Please encourage all of your friends, relatives and neighbors to investigate, join or renew your membership and to come and visit our fine Post. We are just 16 new members short of our assigned goal.
Congratulations to the Auxiliary for maxing their goal. Anyone who is eligible for Legion Membership who may need partial assistance with their membership fee is encouraged to drop by the post for a consult, or phone the office, 480-941-0130.
Commander Roger Wells, Adjutant Pro Tem, Larry Gingrich, also generously attend to post memberships.
A grand “Thank You” to Auxiliary Officer Theresa Estes who maintains the computer membership records.
In the next edition there will be more news on the Legionnaires who worked on the mailing of the “hard copies” each month for a record 14 years. See you at the Post!
– Sully