Emily Stith, sponsored by Colorado Springs Post 209, won the grand championship of the annual Jr Shooting Sports competition

Emily Stith competed in the 27th annual American Legion Junior Ait Rifle National Championship Tournament July 18-23, 2017. Emily was sponsored by Colorado Springs Post 209  and their Jr Shooting team. Emily took the Gold medal in the Precision category “standing” with a score of 788. She took the Pewter medal in the Precision category “kneeling” with a score of 789. In the final shoot off Emily topped the field with a score of 2477.7 to win the National Championship. She tied the American Legion and Junior Club national records for Finals Score with a 104.7. For her efforts she will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Sons of The American Legion. She has announced her intention to enter the U S Army. She has been invited to attend the national convention and represent all of the Jr Shooting contestants.

Congratulations to Emily. Congratulations to Post 209 for spending the time, effort and monetary  commitment to run a Jr Shooting Sports Program.

Shown in the picture from L to R is Rich Anderson, Chairman of the Americanism Commission, National Commander Charlie Schmidt, Emily, Charlie Tucker, Sub-Committee Chairman of youth sports and DEal Warkin, Past National Commander of the Sons of The American Legion.

Photo by Department Adjutant Pat Smith




American Legion

Department Commander 

Terri L. Clinton


Terri joined The American Legion in 2003 earning her eligibility for membership by service in the United States Army during the Panama era as a 98GKP, Electronic Warfare Specialist. She was assigned to the 125th MI BN at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, separating at the rank of Specialist in 1990.



Terri’s Pin

Terri’s project this year is ‘Operation Bear Hug” in sponsorship with CSU Legion Post 1879 in Ft Collins, CO. All funds raised will go to efforts to assist veterans with suicidal tendencies. Terri lost her brother-in-law in combat in Iraq. The pin is designed with him in mind. His name is inscribed on the edge with his KIA of 08/05. The butterfly represents a butterfly that landed on the canopy of the funeral service at the cemetery and remained there until burial. Terri described the butterfly as “Hugh and beautiful.”

All money raised will support suicide awareness for veterans.

You can buy her pin on our web store at http://coloradolegion.org/store/products/Commander%27s-Pin.html

Cost is $7.50 including postage.

Terri attended linguistics school at both the Presidio of San Francisco and Monterey, California, where she tested proficient in reading, speaking and writing Korean. She attended Military Intelligence school at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, and was issued a Top Secret Clearance.

Her involvement in the Legion intensified when her brother-in-law was KIA on August 5, 2005. She became the Adjutant of Post 178 in Lakewood, and was then elected District 5 Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander and Commander. She was elected Department Junior Vice Commander in 2015, Department Senior Vice Commander in 2016 and Commander at The American Legion Convention held on June 24, 2017.

Terri chaired the Department Female Veterans Action Committee for four years and revitalized the all-female post in Aurora, Colorado. While serving as Post 206’s Commander for three years, the post exceeded its membership goals and continues to flourish. She has also been a chair or member of several Department committees.

Terri attended National American Legion College in 2012 and has been a member of the National Media & Public Relations Commission for five years. She is a member of The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1 in Denver, Colorado, and also attends regular meetings of the Omega Gaveliers. She was Post 178’s Legionnaire of the Year in 2012.

Terri resides in Westminster, Colorado. She has three children: Cory, Chelsea and Hannah Ohlson, who also reside in Colorado, and are all members of the Legion family. She is employed by Woodruff-Sawyer & Company as an employee benefits Senior Account Manager.

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