Photo by Andrew Ottoson
The Idaho County Free Press was recognized this month by the American Legion Department of Idaho with the state recognition of Fourth Estate Award of the Year, 2014 Printed Media Award. Recognition was made at the July 12 annual convention held in Fort Hall. Receiving the award for the Free Press was (center) editor David Rauzi and (right) publisher Andrew McNab. Presenters from local American Legion Post 37 were (L-R) Morris Bentley, past national vice commander and post adjutant; Dick Seay, trustee and past post commander; and Katrina Bentley, past state commander and post financial officer.
As of Tuesday, July 22, 2014
FORT HALL — Grangeville Legionnaires Morris and Katrina Bentley recently attended the American Legion State Convention held recently at the Fort Hall Convention Center. They were surprised with four state level awards to bring back to Grangeville.
Each year American Legion Post 37 has a community awards banquet, from which it submits the local awards to the state level competition. This year’s awards were selected for Legionnaire of the year, 4th Estate media award and 4th Estate press award. Additionally, Morris Bentley of Grangeville was honored with the Alan G. Lance Award for lifetime excellence in service. This award is individually selected by the State (Department Commander). Commander Ron Adams from Salmon selected Morris for his dedication to the American Legion and longtime commitment to programs such as American Legion Baseball and Boys State. Morris is also an American Legion Certified Service Officer and spends countless hours of volunteer time helping veterans and their families with claims for compensation and benefits. In accepting the award, Bentley acknowledged his love for service to veterans in saying, “The American Legion is my life.”
Roy Siggers of Grangeville was selected as the State of Idaho Legionnaire of the Year for his dedication to service. Despite his challenges with service-connected disabilities, he attends meetings, helps to sell raffle tickets to support post programs and provides behind the scenes support of Post 37 and the membership.
The 4th Estate Media Award for the State of Idaho went to KORT Radio for consistent support of veterans. KORT provides public service announcements and regular information about local American Legion and veterans events.
The State of Idaho 4th Estate Press Award was given to the Idaho County Free Press for outstanding support of the American Legion and community veterans. Copies of articles printed during the last year were submitted to support this award.
All community veterans and their families are welcome at American Legion events. For information on membership in the American Legion, contact Post Adjutant, Bentley at 983-5535.