The American Legion Brown-Wright Post #158 Hosts District Meeting

by Charlotte Purdy

The Arkansas American Legion District 8 held its district meeting at Camp Doughboy, home of Brown-Wright Post #158. This was the first time in many, MANY years that a district meeting was held at Post #158.

Post and Unit members from Cabot, Holly Grove, Carlisle, Stuttgart, Beebe, and DeWitt were present, with approximately 45 people in attendance.

Greetings were given by Brown-Wright Post #158 Commander, Ken Dempsey. District 8 Commander, Dennis Mayher, then called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. The POW/MIA table was presented and those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble.

With a quorum being declared for business, the American Legion Auxiliary members were dismissed from the joint meeting and moved into their room for their meeting. The Auxiliary members discussed Girls State, Membership, the upcoming Leadership meeting, and other business. They also heard from Jammie Phillips who is running for Department President for 2023/2024. Phillips is a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #91 in Beebe and joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her husband, Legionnaire Patrick “Doc” Phillips, who has announced that he is running for Department Commander.

Upon both The Legion and Auxiliary meetings adjourning, everyone joined back together in the Legion Hall to enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade soups and chilis, desserts, and of course great fellowship.

If you have served at least one day of active military duty since December 7, 1941 and were honorably discharged or you are still serving active military duty honorably, you are eligible for membership with The American Legion. To join, you can contact any Post #158 member or visit

There are many benefits of joining The American Legion. VA benefits assistance and more importantly a voice in our Nation’s capital are just a couple.

Membership for the American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion and to those women who of their own right are eligible for membership in The American Legion. For more information on joining, you can contact any Unit #158 member or visit

The Auxiliary gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, demonstrating the compassion and heart they have for those who serve our country and protect our freedoms.

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