Department of Florida


Endorsement Letters


Jim Ramos – Department Commander
Joseph R. Magee – 1st Vice Commander
John Dollinger – 2nd Vice Commander
Stephen Shuga – 2nd Vice Commander
Dianne Boland – 3rd Vice Commander
William “Bill” Hoppner – 3rd Vice Commander
William “Rick” Johnson – 3rd Vice Commander
Rene H. Stachelrodt, Jr. – 3rd Vice Commander
Rev. Willie R. Branch, Jr. – Department Chaplain
Steven R. Newman – Department Chaplain
Shelli Romeu – Department Historian
Thomas J. Gora – Department Sgt.-at-Arms


Eunice Butts – Central Area Commander
Thomas (T.C.) Biddle – Eastern Area Commander
Joseph Motes – Southern Area Commander
Doug Deierlein – Southwestern Area Commander


Shawn M. Daugherty – District 1 Commander
Charles L. Johann – District 1 Commander
Kenneth Deschamps – District 4 Commander
Lawson Dukes – District 5 Commander
Daryl Bass, Sr. – District 6 Commander
Ira Anderson – District 7 Commander
Dennis Walsh – District 8 Commander
James Tewes – District 9 Commander
Arie E. Bruce – District 11 Commander
saxbyRon Saxby – District 12 Commander
Ron Fashano – District 12 Commander
Michael Adcock – District 13 Commander
Andy Burkett – District 13 Commander
Wayne Schorr – District 14 Commander
George William “Bill” Hamblin – District 15 Commander
John Bell – District 16 Commander
Randall McNabb – District 16 Commander
Bruce C. Howe – District 17 Commander


Endorsement letters will be accepted for publication after September 1st for the coming year.


  1. Endorsement letters are accepted for the following positions:
    1. Department Commander
    2. Department Vice Commanders
    3. National Executive Committeeman and Alternate (during even numbered years only)
    4. Department Sergeant-at-Arms
    5. Department Chaplain
    6. Department Historian
    7. Area Commanders
    8. District Commanders
  2. Must be submitted from a Post
  3. On Post letterhead
  4. Contains the date of meeting the Post made the endorsement
  5. States that the members of the Post approved the endorsement at the meeting
  6. Contains a brief narrative (offices held, etc) explaining why individual should be considered
  7. Signed by two Post Officers (not including individual endorsed)

How to Submit

All endorsement letters must be mailed to the Department in its original hardcopy format. Endorsement letters faxed to the Department will not be accepted, as the quality is too low. An electronic version of the letter may be sent to the Department by email; however, a hardcopy of the letter is still required to verify the signatures before posting online and in Legion Link.

*Any letter that does not meet the above criteria will be returned to the Post for proper formatting and/or signatures. Only the first endorsement letter received for an individual running for an office will be posted on the Department Website. Subsequent endorsements for the same individual will be filed at the Department for future reference.