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RF man picked for detachment SAL state commander

Kelly Powers, detachment historian for Sons of The American Legion, poses with River Falls resident Gary Lubich, state commander for Wisconsin detachment.

Gary Lubich will represent River Falls and Wisconsin this year, traveling across the nation as State Commander for Sons of The American Legion.

Members of the organization are required to be descendants of a veteran. Lubich joined Sons of The American Legion to honor his father, Frank Lubich’s, service as an Army soldier in the Korean War.

“It’s a way for me to give back to veterans,” said Lubich.

The group isn’t as widely recognized as the American Legion, but its purpose is the same.

Sons of The American Legion works with the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary to achieve common goals.

Sons of The American Legion is a national organization with about 350,000 members. It is composed of state detachments and local squadrons.

The River Falls squadron 121 has 68 members and joins with the River Falls American Legion to fundraise and organize events, like parades and Memorial and Labor Day services.

Lubich is also commander of the local squadron and is heading a fundraiser for Camp American Legion in Tomahawk.

The River Falls squadron is organizing a statewide drive to collect exercise equipment for the camp.

Lubich has been a member of Sons of The American Legion for 15 years and has held various leadership positions.

Lubich achieved the highest rank of about 3,700 Wisconsin detachment members. He’s the first in River Falls to achieve this honor and said he’s honored.

As detachment commander, Lubich has much responsibility. A team of individuals help Lubich represent Wisconsin at conferences.

His historian, Kelly Powers, will document his experiences this year.

Powers said Lubich makes a fine leader because he relates well with others.

“I think his biggest strength as a leader is he is a good listener. He always asks for others’ advice,” said Powers. “He is an all-around great leader, who makes you feel comfortable speaking your mind.”

The River Falls 121 Sons of The American Legion is always looking for more members.

Those interested can contact Gary Lubich at the American Legion for more information: 715-425-7362.