American Legion

The American Legion S.P.O.B.O.W. Post 253 was formed by a group of veterans who received their charter in 1946. They meet the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at their local headquarters in the Community Center building. Meetings suspended during July and August. The post currently has 60 members.

The Legion gives to organizations such as Boys State and the Cortland and Hickman Baseball Associations. They sponsor an annual Pancake Feed and Veterans' Day Dinner. Every year on Memorial Day, the Legion provides military honors at the Cortland, St. James and Highland cemeteries. They also participate in providing military honors at veteran funerals in surrounding communities. For inquiries, contact the Post Commander at (402) 440-9096.

Post Commander, Rod RoseChaplain, Ronny Aden
Vice-Commander, Richard HarmsHistorian, Norval Papke
Adjutant, Brandon GentryService Officer, Leon Deunk
Finance Officer, Gerald GuentherPublicity Officer, Rod Rose
Sergeant-of-Arms, Ron Packard

Photos:

Memorial Day 2011
Flag Retirement 2009
Memorial Day 2009
District Convention 2009
Parades

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary S.P.O.B.O.W. Post 253 received its charter on April 9, 1957 with 15 charter members. They meet the second Thursday of each month in a joint meeting with the Legion members at 7:00 p.m. in the Legion room at the Community Center building. Meetings are suspended during July and August. Membership is presently 45 and new members are always welcome.

The Auxiliary, along with the Legion, place crosses decorated with poppies on the graves of all veterans in the Cortland, St. James and Highland cemeteries for Memorial Day. The Auxiliary gives to many organizations such as Girls State, Chapel of 4 Chaplains, Children’s Welfare, Nurse’s Scholarship and many more. They sponsor dinners for members and visitors in March, which is the Legion’s birthday; a December dinner for Christmas; and sometimes for a special occasion. They take turns with other units in the county hosting the fall county meeting, the fall round-up, and the Auxiliary spring fun night. For inquiries, contact the President at (402) 798-7737.

President, Phyllis DeunkSergeant-of-Arms, Ardyce Fuhrman
Vice President, Freida Rose Historian, Jean Boesiger
Secretary, Kaylean Gentry Poppy Chairman, Lila Papke
Treasurer, Lila Papke Music Chairman, Sheila Guenther
Membership Chairman,
Lila Papke
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation,
Kathy Rahorst
Jr. Chairman, Freida Rose Americanism/Girls’ State, Julie Yeager
Chaplain, Sharon Packard

Photos:
Hats Fun Night 2010
School Fun Night 2009
Parade Float 2009
Casino Fun Night 2011


Sons of the American Legion (SAL)

The Sons of the American Legion S.P.O.B.O.W. Post 253 received their charter in the spring of 2008. They currently have 20 members. They meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the local Legion Headquarters in the Community Center building. For inquiries call the Commander at (402) 239-2564.

  • Commander, Rick Harrison
  • Vice-Commander, Shawn Burke
  • Adjutant, Bobby Baker
  • Sergeant-of-Arms, Matt Bowman
  • Chaplain,
  • Liaison Officer, Bobby Baker
  • Finance Officer, Roger Olson

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Meetings for VFW Post 10648 are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the VFW Post in Princeton. If you have questions about the post, contact one of the members listed below. If you have questions about the VFW Riders, please contact Ron.

Dave Weilage, Post Commander
Cell phone (402) 217-3973

Ron Packard, Senior District Vice-Commander Cell phone (402) 890-0333