They came here from nearly every state not knowing what to expect. They were challenged from the beginning to demonstrate creativity, leadership and innovation. They are the 55 members of The American Legion College class of 2012, among them, David Johnson, a member of American Legion Post 2 in West Fargo.
Members of the class of dedicated Legionnaires completed a six-day course that saw them lay a solid foundation for American Legion post revitalization in a variety of settings to include a rural area, the inner city, suburban communities, a metropolitan area and a cyber post. They were also provided the instruction and tools to construct resolutions for American Legion activities at their respective posts for presentation at a mock district meeting.
The National American Legion College is designed to reinforce a volunteer's leadership, management and communication skills. This helps prepare young members of The American Legion to lead the nation's largest wartime veterans organization on the local and state level. The importance of mentorship for both other members and special groups in the community was a central point to several of the activities for the class.
"Your journey is just beginning. Now you must take this new found knowledge back to your post, district and department and pass this on to others." American Legion National Commander James Koutz told the graduating class.
Johnson was nominated by organizational leaders in the state of North Dakota.