Jim Johnson Honored as 2014 Member of the Year

Past Post 85 Commander Jim Johnson was honored as the 2014 Member of the Year at our annual banquet. Presenting the award is Post 85 Commander Randy Koivisto (on left), Post 85 member and 10th District Vice-Commander Ron Rollins (on right).

Leading the gathering in prayer is Post 85 member, and Past National Chaplain Michas Ohnstad, who is in his 67th year of service to the American Legion.

Our guest speaker was new Post 85 member SPC/4 Eric Trudeau of North Branch, who is a current member of the MN Army National Guard. He recently completed his second tour of SW Asia where he survived an RPG attack and IED explosion. Specialist Trudeau is still in recovery and his inspirational speech received a standing ovation at the end of his presentation.

During the program, members that have passed away in the last year were honored by the reading of their names, and the playing of “Taps”.  Post 85 Bugler and 58 year member, Roger Nelson, is shown with member Bob Bernier, and his daughter Hannah. Bob is also the commander of the North Branch VFW Post 6424.