West St. Charles Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3750 and the Auxiliary held their Installation of Officers and Awards Program.
During the ceremony, State Jr. Vice Commander Michael “Mickey” Carroll installed the officers for the Post as follows: Commander Bobby Lovergn; Sr. Vice Commander Marty Owens Jr.; Vice Commander Perry Muller; Quartermaster Merlin Edler Jr.; Chaplain Tony Billiot; Adjutant Craig Broussard; Surgeon Iven Naquin; Judge Advocate John Skaggs; Service Officer Monty Parr, and trustees Richard Dropick, Ed Penick and Eddie Dewhirst.
Auxiliary officers installed by Dept Secretary Addie Labauve are as follows: President Michael Kinler; Sr.Vice President Annie Kinler Jr.; Vice President Laticia Dufrene; Treasurer Joyce Edler; Chaplain Angie Gaubert; Conductrist Harlie Kinler; Guard Marylin Farrell, and Trustees Lowell Gaubert, Elizabeth Carmona and Janet Owens.
Three Auxiliary members were honored for their 50 years of membership this year: Veronica Aucoin, Marilyn Farrell and Beverly Born.
The following students were given awards for the Patriots Pen Program: first place – Hana Wolfe; second place – Taj L. Nash and third place – Gage Gros.
Voice of Democracy winners were also recognized first place – Drake O’Brien; second place – Kaytlyn Kinler, and third place Judah Wolf.
Teachers of the Year were Beverly Chester – high school; Mindy Jones – middle school and Kristin Surmik – elementary school. Chief Deputy (Ret.) Joseph Cardella Jr. was recognized as the Post Officer of the Year, Department of Louisiana Officer of the Year and he also received the VFW National Law Enforcement Award.
Post members receiving awards were Commanders Award – Richard Dropick; Legacy Life Members – Leo Mongrue and Linton Bergeron; Juan Gonzales – Volunteer of the Year Charles Cancienne and Lionel Aucoin; Post Member of the Year – Craig Broussard Jr. and Buddy Keating, and Officer of the Year – Perry Muller.
West St. Charles Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3750 meets the last Monday of every month and is open to membership from all combat veterans from all conflicts. The Post strives to help all veterans and their families while getting involved with many Programs that recognize members of the community from 1st responders, teachers and students in all grade levels as well as those involved in scouting.