by Dennis Dalman
The American Legion Post 221 of St. Stephen just might get a new lease on life, according to its commander Michael Legatt.
The Sartell Newsleader published a story in its June 26 issue based on an interview with Legatt, who said the Legion of St. Stephen is in danger of fading away after 61 years. The reason is that nobody seemed willing to serve as post officers.
After the story was published, Legatt called the Newsleader in early July to report there is hope the Legion can be revitalized.
On July 1, Legatt said, the Legion’s board of directors held a meeting to discuss the situation. In the meantime, the current officers, including commander Legatt, have all agreed to stay on for an interim status until other officers agree to step forward and be elected.
The next meeting of the board is set for Tuesday, Aug. 4. Legatt said notices will be sent out to all members – there are about 60 of them – to emphasize how important it is to attend that meeting so as to plan for the future.
“I’d like to see the Legion start from scratch, to get back to basics,” Legatt said. “That’s just my thoughts, maybe not the thoughts of the other members. Well, anyway, it’s all up to the membership.”