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December 28, 2013

American Legion honors woman's 61 years of service

By Jessica Reynolds Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — An Oxford woman was recently recognized for 61 years of service to her community and the American Legion Auxiliary, according to a press release.

Barbara Bogie was honored Nov. 22 at the New York State Veterans’ Home in Oxford during the annual gathering of the American Legion Department’s top state officials, according to the release. The event consisted of a presentation, formal luncheon and tour of the complex.

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch, R-Bainbridge, was in attendance to surprise Bogie with a gold-embossed New York State Assembly Citation in honor of her 61 years of membership in the Fort Hill American Legion Auxiliary Unit 376 in Oxford. A portion of the citation read: “... Barbara has honorably and selflessly served our community throughout her tireless and life long dedication to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 376.”

Also present were New York State Legion Commander Kenneth F. Governor and New York State Auxiliary President Barbara Corker, who presented Bogie with a certificate and pin from the American Legion Auxiliary to honor her longtime membership.

Auxiliary President of ALA Unit 376 Jeanie Petersen said Bogie, who was the unit secretary for several years before recently becoming ill, was thrilled and very proud of the honor. According to Petersen, Bogie volunteered for nine years in the physical therapy department of the New York State Veteran’s Home, where she now lives, and also helped out at the Oxford community breakfasts on the fourth Sunday of each month.

According to its website, the Oxford Auxiliary is an active group. Members help the Legionnaires and Sons of the Legion in any way they can, while also holding their own fundraisers.

Bogie said she was surprised to see her family at the event, and completely shocked when she realized she was being recognized.

“I was speechless,” Bogie said.

Bogie said she was always active in the auxiliary, helping out with dinners or events whenever she was needed. She said she especially enjoyed marching in the Memorial Day Parade each year.

Bogie said her favorite memory from her time in the Auxiliary was the huge Fourth of July celebration that the group used to organize in the 1950s. She also said, back then, a member had to work her way up the ranks from treasurer to secretary, and eventually to president, which Bogie said she achieved one year.

Petersen said Bogie also served as Treasurer of the Oxford Historical Society.

“She knows everyone!” Petersen said. “She was a great secretary. She was very loyal and went to every meeting. It’s taken two people to replace her!”

Corker called Bogie’s 61 years of membership and service “outstanding,” but said it is not unheard of, as members of the Auxiliary community tend to be dedicated and long-term members.

Petersen said Bogie’s excellent memory and pleasant disposition were just two attributes that made her such a good secretary and Auxiliary member.

“Barbara is a really nice person,” Petersen said. “We were all thrilled she was able to get this recognition. It’s a minor thing for everything she has done. She’s meant so much to all of us.”