This past weekend marked the start of a new membership year in the Department of Connecticut, the annual Department Convention. The year long work of the last slate of officers is reported to members and a new slate of officers are elected for the upcoming year. In the off hours old members and new members alike can be heard laughing and joking as they recant stories from time in service and in The American Legion. After long days, and even longer nights, of informing all members in attendance of the successes of the past year it all comes to an end when a standing ovation is given to the newly elected Department Commander.
From Hughson-Miller Post 71 in West Haven, Wayne Morgan has been elected by the membership of The American Legion, Department of Connecticut to hold the high position of Department Commander. Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 where he served aboard submarine tenders in support of the Vietnam War and received and honorable discharge in 1972. In 2011 Wayne retired from Yale University where he had worked as an equipment mechanic for 25 years.
Wayne is married to Ruth, who is also a very active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and they have two sons, Jerald and Andrew. Wayne has been a very active member of his Post in West Haven, where he has served in many roles to include commander. At the district level Wayne has served as a two term commander, as well as holding many other offices and chairmanships.
For the Department of Connecticut Wayne has held the offices of Historian, Sergeant-at-Arms, and most recently as Senior Vice Commander, in charge of membership. Wayne has served on many committees and commissions to include VA&R, Boys State, Internal Affairs, Children & Youth and Legion Racing. Wayne currently serves on the National Children & Youth Commission.
As our newly elected commander has said, “Lets bring the fun back, and the membership up!”.
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