SPRINGFIELD – At the March 19th monthly meeting of the Greater Springfield-Freedman Post 26 Jewish War Veterans of the United States, election of officers for 2013-2014 was held. Past Post Commander Shirley Hersh rendered the oath of office on April 23rd to the following:
Stanley R. Light Commander
Ted Knee Senior Vice Commander
Irving Gold Junior Vice Commander
Harry Aizenstat Adjutant/Judge Advocate
Elliott Levin Quartermaster
Shirley Hersh Officer of the Day/Trustee
New member Fitzgerald “Lee” Andrews was also welcomed to the Post.
In May, three members of Post 26 received awards and were recognized by the VA Western Mass Medical Center at the 67th Annual VA Volunteer Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
Past Post Commander Shirley Hersh received a VA Years & Service Certificate for 34 years and 1,290 hours of volunteer service. Commander Stanley R. Light received the VA 100 Hour Award. Light, Hersh, and Post SVC Ted Knee all received Certificates for their service as VAVS Committee Members.
The program also included a posthumous acknowledgment of recently deceased Post 26 Quartermaster George Sosin for his many years and hours of volunteer service to veterans.
Stanley Light of Springfield has been promoted to Senior Vice Commander of the Department of Massachusetts Jewish War Veterans. Light, the commander of Springfield-Freedman Post 26 Jewish War Veterans, has served as Junior Vice Commander of the state organization for the past two years. His election to Senior Vice Commander was announced at the Annual Department of Mass. JWV Convention in Plymouth last month.
Light will serve with the new line officers of the Dept Mass JWV, Commander Barry Lischinsky of Beverly, MA and Junior Vice Commander George Marshall of Newton, MA.
For information about the Jewish War Veterans, (413)-734-2112.