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Legion members to gather in Webster City

8th Iowa District to hold fall conference Sunday

September 13, 2012
Messenger News


WEBSTER CITY - Approximately 100 Legionnaires will converge on Webster City Sunday for the annual fall conference of the 8th District of the American Legion of Iowa.

American Legion Post 191 of Webster City is hosting the event.

''They're generous enough to do that,'' said Tom Dorsey, the commander of the 8th District and commander of American Legion Post 130 in Fort Dodge.

Dorsey, of Fort Dodge, said the district extends from Denison to Lake Mills to Estherville and Madrid. He said Webster City is about ''as central as you can get so it works out pretty well with the members.''

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American Legion donates to area groups

Two area agencies received donations Wednesday from the Iowa Legion Foundation, which is the charitable giving component of the American Legion of Iowa.

Opportunity Living in Burt received about $400 to pay for pallet lifts used in the box making facility, according to Tom Dorsey, the 8th District commander of the American Legion of Iowa and commander of the American Legion Post 130 in Fort Dodge.

Dorsey said Northwoods Living in Fort Dodge received about $400 to buy cameras for the use of people participating in the human services agency's programs.

The Iowa Legion Foundation donates about $90,000 every year.

''The people who live on the fringes of the district will stay overnight, so it brings some business to town,'' he added.

The conference is when the district members address business matters, according to Dorsey.

Legion members will meet at the Webster City post, 729 Second St., while American Legion Auxiliary members will gather at the Moose Lodge, 1961 W. James St. The day will begin with a district board meeting. Legion and Legion Auxiliary members will have a joint banquet at noon in the Moose Lodge.

''Aside from the state convention, this is one of the most important meetings our members can attend as each Legion post in the district has the opportunity to gather fresh ideas and new information to bring back to their community,'' American Legion State Commander Lyle Schaffer, of Galva, said in a written statement.

There are nine American Legion districts in Iowa.

The 8th District's spring conference was held in Fort Dodge in April.



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