American Legion Fort Scott Post 25 Updates


Saturday. October 24. American Legion Riders Chapter 25 meets at 10 am in Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall. The meeting is open to members and guests and prospective members who are eligible to join the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion and own a motorcycle of at least 250 cc’s. ALR member’s spouses can also join the ALR provided they are eligible to join one of the Legion family organizations. Call Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers at 620.2151688 for more information on joining the American Legion family.

Saturday. October 24. Second District Homecoming starts at 2 pm at Louisburg Post 250. Any local Post 25 American Legion member who would like to attend should contact Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers at 620.2151688 for tickets. This is the last call for tickets and tickets are $15 each.

Post 25 membership stands at 72 members as of October 16. We are 20 members short of our 2021 goal of 92 members. Our membership percentage is 78.25%, which places Post 25 in third place for District membership.

The Second District offers a $100 incentive for any District Post that reaches 100% by Veterans Day. There is still time for Post 25 to reach the 100% goal. If you haven’t done so, please renew at this time and/or recruit a new member to join us.

These Post 25 members were acknowledged for their continuous American Legion membership at our October meeting.

For FIVE years continuous membership: Sidney Colwell, Ernst Sell and Donald Wheeler.

For TEN years continuous membership: Kenton Cowen, George Koppa and David Wolf.

For FIFTEEN years continuous membership: Lawrence Hilburn and Timothy Stephan.

For THIRTY years continuous membership: Melvin Barker and Gene Payne.

For THIRTY-FIVE years continuous membership: Henry Ericson and Ronald Wood

For FORTY years continuous membership: Ivan Harding.

Each Legionnaire will receive a Certificate of Service for their continuous membership in the American legion and those with at least 20 years continuous Legion membership will also receive a Continuous Membership pin.


Photographs from our last membership meeting are included. More photos are on the Post 25 Facebook page.




Oratorical prep program. I have advertised through the local media and schools for high students to participate in next year’s American Legion oratorical competition. Top prize is $25,000. I believe that a local Bourbon County student could win the state competition and be competitive at National. But it does take preparation.

My vision is that Post 25 will hold a monthly practice competition where the interested students present their orations to three judges who will score their speeches upon the criteria for the actual competition.  The students will be provided feedback after their presentations to hone their speeches for the next month’s presentation.

To make this prep program work, approximately seven volunteers are needed as judges, timers and escort. The goal is to mimic the actual competition as best we can.

Anyone desiring to be a judge should have a knowledge of American history. That’s it. If you have prepared or given speeches before, that’s a plus. However, judges will have a checklist to follow throughout the speeches to consistently score each student. Training for timers and escorts will be provided.

Any member desiring to help local students prepare for the February oratorical competition should be willing to commit three hours over four Saturdays. My goal for Fort Scott American Legion Post 25 is to send the best prepared Bourbon County high school student to the District oratorical competition. Just contact me at 620.215.1688 or reply to this email to volunteer your time for this worthwhile American Legion program.

For GOD and Country.

Carl Jowers. Post 25 Commander.


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