By COL. JIM STONE
The Hilton Stone American Legion Post 279, and Auxiliary Unit 279, takes 2015 TOP HONORS for the State of Tennessee.
Auxiliary Unit 279 received the prestigious award of "Unit of the Year for the State of Tennessee". They also received the highly coveted award of "Unit Member of the Year for the State of Tennessee" (See separate article on Ronjie Tocholke, the 2015 Unit Member of the Year for the State of Tennessee".) Other awards received at the recent American Legion Tennessee State Convention include, The Best Unit Public Relations Award for the State, The Child and Youth Award, the 100% membership award, and the VA&R award for over 400 hours of volunteer work serving our Veterans.
Also, Bobby Ferrell, Past Commander of American Legion Post 279, and two time "Legionnaire of the State of Tennessee", 2013 and 2014, was elected as the "Middle Tennessee Vice Commander". He's on his way to becoming the Commander of the State of Tennessee Department of the American Legion, and we are behind him all the way. Commander Ferrell's wife Amy Ferrell was selected as the Unit Member of the Year for 2014.
Post 279 was Chartered in 2010, with 22 Legionnaires. Today, only five years later, we have grown to over 80 Legionnaires, over 30 Auxiliary Members, and 30 Son's of the American Legion, Squadron 279.
The Hilton Stone American Legion Post 279 is proud of all of their accomplishments. And when one considers that Post 279 was the first new post formed in Tennessee in over 20 years, in 2010; and that there were 196 Posts in the State of Tennessee, with approximately 30,000 Legionnaires in Tennessee; and Post 279 was the first Post to have the "Legionnaire of the Year" two years straight; and the first Post to have a husband and wife team as "The Legionnaire of the State and the Unit Member of the State", the same year; that adds up to a pretty great track record for American Legion Post 279, and has certainly put the Hilton Stone American Legion Post 279, Woodbury, and Cannon County on the Map of Tennessee.