American Legion Spotlight

StewardName: Paul Steward

I am a 31 year PUFL member of the American Legion at Mark L. Wilt Post 210 Middlebury, In. I was a Radioman Petty Officer in the US Navy with duty stations at the Naval Communications Center Oahu, Hawaii and the USS Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 Aircraft Carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1965.

In the American Legion, I have held several offices. At the post level, I have served on the Executive board, Sgt. At Arms, Chaplain, Judge Advocate, Adjutant, 1st Vice Commander, and Commander in 1999 and again from 2003 through 2011.

In the 3rd District, I have served as Publicity Chairman, Membership Chairman, Vice Commander, and Commander. I am also the Chairman of the Third District Memorial Flower Fund which helps to finance recreation and other items to the residents of the Indiana Veteran Home. We have donated over $35,000 over the last 10 years.

On the Department level, I held the office of Fire Fighter and Law Officer Chairman, Knightstown Home Chairman, Department Northern Vice Commander, Department Membership Chairman, Knightstown Home Committee Chaplain, Finance Committee, and Resolutions Screening Committee. The Knightstown Home Committee is now known as the Children Education and Welfare Committee. I was awarded the “Department Distinguished Service Award.”

My Committee appointments on the National level includes Vice Chairman Americanism Council, Vice Chairman Foreign Relations Council, NEC Liaison to National Security Commission Committee, National Legislative Commission and Resolutions Subcommittee.

I was elected to the position of Alternate National Executive Committeeman and served in that position for 2 terms (4 years) and elected to the position of National Executive Committeeman for 2 terms. (4 years)

I am a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans In Canada United States Unit.

I am also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elkhart having served as Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Trustee, Elder, and Building Committee member.

I have served in many offices of Bristol, Indian, Lions International including President. A Member of the 40&8 having served as Directurer Youth Sports and Grand Sous Directurer Disaster Relief.

I am also a life member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars.