Members of the Maple Park American Legion Post 312 recently elected new officers for the 2012-2013 year.
The newly elected officers are Don Grillo of Campton Hills as post commander, John Quillman of Cortland as senior vice commander, Robert Neisendorf of Virgil as junior vice commander and Richard Hedland of Campton Hills as sergeant at arms. The new officers will be sworn in at the June 12 meeting.
As the newly elected commander, Grillo has appointed Army Korean War veteran Toby Reynolds of Sycamore as post adjutant, Air Force Vietnam era veteran Tom Dowd of Campton Hills as finance officer, Army Vietnam era veteran Stan Schumacher of Sugar Grove as service officer and Marine Korean War veteran Ed Strobel of St. Charles as chaplin.
Grillo has been with Post 312 since 2009 and has served as the junior and senior vice commander. He is an Air Force veteran and served during the later years of the Vietnam War with one tour at Korat, Thailand. Currently he is a pilot with a major airline.
“I’m excited about heading up this great Post,” Grillo said in a news release. “One of my main objectives will be working to expand our membership, getting some new young faces in our organization.”
Quillman spent 27 years in the Navy as an underwater ordnance expert. During his career he saw action during the Lebanon, Grenada and Panama conflicts as well as Operation “No Fly” Bosnia and Desert Shield. He retired at the Naval Gunnery School, Great Lakes in 2002. He joined the Post in 2010 and has served as junior vice commander.
Neisendorf served in the Army and is a Vietnam era veteran with a tour in Germany. He has been a member of Post 312 since 1977 and is the current commander. He has served many positions during his 35-year membership including multiple years as commander. Neisendorf is the vice president of production at Advance Lifts Inc. in St. Charles.
Hedland is a Marine veteran who served during the Korean War. A member since 1990, he has served in a number of different positions at the post and has been an invaluable participant in most Legion events. Hedland is a retired electrical worker from ComEd.
American Legion Post 312 in Maple Park was formed in 1926. Members are from all branches of the service and date back to World War II. All veterans are welcome to attend the monthly meetings held every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.