Our Annual Voice of Democracy / Patriot Pen Awards Weekend took place January 22-23, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. VFW Chairman Steve Milano and LAVFW Oneita Billings were among the following hosts: State Jr. Vice Cmdr. Dale Smith and his wife Marla, Past State Cmdr. Earl Fulk and Past State Pres. Renee Fulk, Cristy Milano, Robyn and Mike King, Diane and Joe DeShields, Nan Murphy and Elliott Ross. The students enjoyed dinner at Nisei Post 8985 along with traditional entertainment. Friday they visited the State Capital, the Space Museum as well as the traditional lunch and desserts at Leatherby's in Old Sacramento.
The grand finale of the event was the announcement of the winners.
1st Place Voice of Democracy went to
Jaycie Schenone sponsored by Post and Auxiliary 6604, District 17
Finalists (in no particular order other than District number)
Kaylee Bosse, 11388, District 1
Courtney Gregoire, 1961, District 4
Marissa Regalo, 1051, District 13
Carissa Tereba, 5689, District 15
Jaycie will be attending the National Voice of Democracy event March 1, 2015 where she will be competing against students from each State and Department. We all wish her well and know that she will take 1st place.
Patriot Pen 1st Place Awarded to
Allison Ohara, 1508, District 3
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Due to the passing of Past State Cmdr. Judge Brown, Steve Milano was appointed to fill the remainder of the program.
K-5 - Jeffrey LeMoyne Roberson, sponsored by District 17
Grades 6-8 Jason Robbins who was not able to attend the banquet
Grades 9-12 Diana Marie Kuthanek, sponsored by District 1
Pictured with the students is VFW Chairman Steve Milano, State Cmdr. Howard Hagen, State President Marilyn Peck and LAVFW Chairman Oneita Billings.
We have just been advised that Past State Cmdr. Rocky Hockenhull (2001/2002) passed away December 22, 2014. Rocky was also Grand Commander of the Military Order of the Cooties. No further information is available on the passing of Cmdr. Hockenhull. Rocky's President was Jean Anderson. The Department of California VFW extends our most sincere condolences on the loss of Rocky Hockenhull.
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