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1220 Newton Street, Jasper, Indiana

The American Legion Post 147



April 6, 2014

Hoosier Boys State

Pre-Oreintation Meeting

April 22nd is the date set for the Dubois County Hoosier Boys State mandatory Pre-Orientation meeting located in the main room with street access at the American Legion Post 147 in Jasper IN with doors opening at 6:00pm and meeting begins at 6:45pm.
Bring questions and any completed paperwork.
This meeting is for parents and delegates, transportation options will be discussed along with information about the program.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to Contact Hoosier Boys State Staff and Post chairman Monty Buchanan 481-1158 or
Looking forward to seeing you there.


September 3, 2012


Post 147 Boys State Sponsor-Delegate Dinner

The Annual American Legion Boys State Sponsor-Delegate Dinner will be held on Tuesday October 2nd at the American Legion in the Bingo room. All 2012 Sponsors and Delegates are welcomed. Doors open at 5:30 meal served at 6:00. Do to the new smoking laws all 18 year olds and younger must use the Newton Entrance (Front Door).

For RSVP please call 481-1158, Leave message


Write American Legion Post 147

Attn: M. Buchanan, Boys State Chairman

1220 Newton St.

Jasper, IN 47546

Please let us know how many there will be in party.

Also please have all responses in by September 20, 2012


July 16, 2012

Seths interview with Bill Potter on Channnel 18 WJTS Inform program, July 2, 2012

 Uploaded videos

Seth Hollinden an American Legion Boy State 2012 Delegate from Post 147 Jasper, IN.


July 16, 2012 


Dubois County Hearld Article

with interviews by John Giltner 2012 Delegate and Nate Messier 2012 Delegate


Jasper post’s Boys State participation tops list

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — American Legion Post 147has seen an increase in participation in the Boys State program.

The post sent 22 high school seniors — the most of any post in the state — to June’s weeklong Hoosier Boys State program in Angola. The runner-up post sent nine delegates, according to Monty Buchanan, the Jasper post’s Boys State chairman.

Boys State is a nationwide program that offers participants the chance to learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

Buchanan said that when he took over the local chairmanship role five years ago, the post had been sending about 12 boys every year. His own goal is to send 20 to 25 participants yearly, so that more boys get the opportunity to learn firsthand how politics work.

John Ginter, 17, said he wasn’t sure what he was getting into when he agreed to attend the program. Ginter was a junior at John Paul the Great Catholic High School when Principal Elizabeth Flatt asked if he wanted a spot.

“I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ginter said about agreeing to go.
The 530-plus high school boys at the program were separated into eight counties, then separated further into cities, two in each county. Their week’s activities included having elections for city, county and state positions and trying to get a law passed.
Ginter, of Ferdinand, said Boys State showed him what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to creating a law and how citizens at the bottom of the ladder can affect the passing of that law.

“It’s a great way to really understand in general how the world works just because of the involvement of politics,” Ginter said about Boys State. “You understand how it works and how you’re able to make an influence on it.”

As a boy in the top 25 percent of his class at Jasper High School, Nate Messier, 17, of Jasper was chosen to attend. He said he attended the program because he thought it would be a good experience.

“I didn’t know much about the government,” Messier said. “It helped me learn more about it.”

Messier said he’s not sure if he’ll use the political knowledge he gained from the program in his career, but it’s important to know it anyway.

“It is important because we’re going to be the leaders of the future,” he said.

The American Legion post in Jasper sponsors students from Jasper, Dubois and Huntingburg for the Boys State program, Buchanan said. The post has money budgeted to send three boys and has 20 sponsors who donate money for additional delegates. The sponsors pay $300 per student.

The Ferdinand and St. Anthony posts each sent one delegate to Boys State this year as well.

Students in the Jasper area interested in attending the program may contact Buchanan at

Contact Bailey Loosemore at



June 27, 2012 

Update on Steve Bowman
Gary Twomey Asst. Boys State Director says he spoke with a family member and it appears the Steve came out of surgery in good shape. Thats all I have for now. I will continue update as I receive information. Please let's keep Steve and his family in our prayers as he recovers.

 June 26, 2012

American Legion
Hoosier Boys State
Director Steve Bowman
Suffers Heart Attack
On Monday evening our dear friend and Hoosier Boys State Director Steve Bowman suffered a heart attack while at home in Vincennes IN. Steve will be undergoing open heart surgery on Wednesday in Evansville. Please keep Steve and his family in your prayers and let us ask the dear Lord to guide the hands of the surgeon. We are with you Steve...

Hoosier Boys State

Closing Ceremonies

June 15, 2012




                                      the final few hours                                            

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Saturday June 9, 2012

Staff Day

The Day is here it's "On the Road Again" American Legion Hoosier Boys State here we come..I Hope Trine University is ready for us, Staff and @ 700 boys. We are are going to experince "a Week to Shape a Lifetime" during our "75th" Session.


Hoosier Boys State Staff meeting and Dinner at Golf Course Club House, Delicious food and a wonderful time renewing friendships, making new ones and gain valuable information. By the I would like to extend a special welcome to Cory Egler from Huntingburg IN. He is a 2010 Delegate sponsored by Post 147 Jasper, IN.


 Local students chosen to attend the “75th” Session of the American Legions Hoosier Boys State program.


This is the 75th year of Hoosier Boys State being held from June 10 through 16, at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.  The Hoosier boys sate program is a week long learning experience in the application of the process of the Democratic form of government.


The selected delegates from Jasper High School are: Ethan Whitaker son of Richard and Miriam Whitaker, Samuel Ebenkamp son of Scott and Shannon Ebenkamp, Alec Bell son of Thomas and Janice Bell, Kyle Fischer son of David and Diana Fischer, Michael Flynn son of David and Jan Flynn,  Ryan Betz son of Tom and Jane Betz, Nate Messier son of Kurt and Sherri Messier, Ryan Bosler son of Mike and Cathy Bosler, John Goebel

son of John and Connie Goebel, Mitch May son of Lisa and Phil Schmidt, Evan Vonderhide son of Kurt and Selena Vonderhide, Andrew Knust son of Gary and Beckie Knust, Seth Hollinden son of Greg and Christine Hollinden, Aaron Fleck son of Chris Fleck and Craig Schnieder son of Jeff and Debbie Schnieder.


The selected Delegates from John Paul the Great Catholic High School are: John Gitner son of Mark and Dianne Gitner, Kyle Freyberger son of Pam Freyberger.


The Delegate from Southridge High School is Landon Boehm son of Michelle Wagner-Boehm and Terry Boehm.


The Delegates from North East Dubois High School are: Zach Wittman son of Brenda Ferguson, Zach Schepers son of Brennan and Lori Schepers, Lucas Schulthies son of Phil and Tammy Schulthies, Chad Hoffman son of Tim and Julie Hoffman.


The cost of the Boys State program is paid by American Legion Post 147 of Jasper.  Co-sponsoring civic organizations are the Jasper Lions Club, Jasper Jaycees, Jasper Knights of Columbus Council 1584, Raymond James Investments, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club of Jasper, Optimist Club, American Legion Post 147, Sons of the American Legion, Marine Corp League; Southern Indiana Leathernecks, Holy name Society of St. Josephs Church, The Jasper Corp., Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Riders 147, Holland American Legion Post 343, Jasper Engines, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Chappell (in Honor of John K. Chappell American Legion Department of Indiana Past Commander and Linus G. Bohnert WWI veteran and a past long term trustee of Post 147) and anonymous donors.


American Legion Post 147 Chairman Monty H. Buchanan, The 8th District and The Department of Indiana would like to say thank you to all the Sponsors for their generous support in providing an opportunity for these young men with a life changing and educational experience, especially this year being an election. Again on behalf of the Delegates and all of those evolved we say Thank You In appreciation for you assistance.



 Boys State 2011 

Chairman for Jasper Post 147

271 Baden Strasse, Apt 9
Jasper, IN 47546
Cell: 812-631-4728
Fax: 812-481-1419


















Youth Programs Alumni Association


Channel 18 Interview "Boys State" January 2012

               Boys State Video 2011               

Channel 18 Interview "Boys State" February 2011


American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Indiana Boys State was established in 1937 and was first held at Butler University in Indianapolis.
High school juniors are selected by the local American Legion Post, S.A.L. Squadron and local sponsors to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post and S.A.L. Squadron, along with local religious and civic organizations as well as individuals.

The Jasper American Legion Post 147 and S.A.L. Squadron currently sponsors 1 young man each from Jasper High School and local sponsor’s select additional young men from the Jasper area.  These sponsors range from the Jasper K of C, St Joseph Holy Name Society and the Optimist Club of Jasper and many others. The current cost is $300.00 per student. There is “No” Cost to the student or families. The cost is covered by the Sponsors.
American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 (states) Departments of the American Legion. Hawaii does not have a program.


1937 - 2012

-75 Years-

American LegionBOYS STATE2012


2012 is the 75th year for Boys State. It will be held June 10 through June 16 at Trine University in Angola, IN. The Boys State program is a week-long learning experience in the application of how the process of the Democratic form of Government functions.


Post 147 is in the mist of its recruiting of Boys and sponsors. We are well on our way to another successful year.

If you would like to be a sponsor or know of an organization who would like to be please contact Monty H. Buchanan Post Chairman at 48-1158, 631-4728, or at If you are a Junior Boy in High School who might be interested or know of one please contact me for additional information.



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Boys State Parent-Delegate Meeting

On Monday April 30th over 40 delegates, parents and guest attended the yearly Boys state Parent-Delegate meeting at American Legion Post 147 Jasper, IN. The meeting lasted a little over an hour with Post Chairman Monty H. Buchanan beginning with an introduction of Post Commander Leroy Bleemel and guest Speaker Tyler Carrie a Hoosier Boys State Alumnus of the 2011 Session. He than proceeded with a brief history of Boys State and its early beginnings. There was a short DVD of last years 2011 Boys State Session. Chairman Monty B. delivered a brief Powerpoint presentation explaing the workings of the Program; class room, Special Schools, Intstructors, recreation, assemblies, dorm life and others. He explaied the process of delgate selection and sponsorship to the crowd reminding them how special they are and the resposibility they, the delegates, have to the Post, Community, Sponsors and Schools.

Scholarships Samsung and McHale were discussed and forms passed out with a request to the delegates to have these two scholarship is completed by the May 19th 8th District meeting. The different forms needed for Hoosier Boys State were also discussed and was made available to the delegates along with Participants Handbook and the availiability on the Hoosier Boys State website as well as the Post 147's Youth in Action Facebook page and Hoosier Boys State Facebbok page.

Monty B. explained that the meeting in May on the 19th at the Ferdinand Post would consents of Bob Oeth 8th District Chairman, Steve Bowman State Director and Gary Towmey Assitant Director.

Chairman ended the meeting with a challenege to the delegates "you are young men who are the top of your class, you know what a commitment is, you made a commit to baseball, football, basketball, church, etc. So I need for you to make a commitment tonight. I will not be calling you to remind you. The next time we will see each other will be in Ferdinand. If you can't make that commitment I need to know tonight."

The meeting was a succes with a group of wonderful young men and their parents. ******


American Legion Boys State Parent-Delegate Meeting 2012


"A Week to Shape a Lifetime"

Monday April 30th the Boys State Parent-Delegate meeting for all local delegates will be at the Post starting at 7:PM ending around 8:PM. Bring any questions you may have. There will be a brief video and informational handouts. Hopefully this will help prepare you for the most exciting week of your lifetime up till now.
See you there,
Monty B.
Post Boys State Chairman

Don't forget 7:PM April 30th in the Jasper American Legion Bingo room, enter from the Front Door or side door



             The American Legion Hoosier Boys State   Our 75th Year 1937 –2012


Congratulations to each of you on your selection to attend The American Legion Hoosier Boys State program. My name is Bob Oeth.   I am the Eighth District Hoosier Boys State Chairman. I would like to take this time to welcome you, the Delegates, Alternates, and parents to this year’s orientation meeting to be held on May 19th

2012 at the Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. The address is 425 Main St. Ferdinand, In. The Post is located just 1 mile north of I-64 at exit 63.  This year’s meeting will start at 2:00p.m. Eastern Time.  This meeting is very important for you to attend. We will be covering all the important things you and your parents need to know about Hoosier Boys State. This year we ask that all Delegates and  Alternates  go to our web site and down load your Hoosier Boys State Citizens  Handbook along with all the Scholarship   applications and bring this with you. If for any reason you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My e-mail address is  or call 812-480-5573.  Alternates: it is just as important for you to be at this meeting. One of you will be drawn to be moved up to a Delegate, so don’t miss out. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Ferdinand



Bob Oeth




  Letter from the National Commander


Dear American Legion Boys State Citizen,

Congratulations and welcome to The American Legion Boys State family! I am confident that you will not be disappointed with your decision to participate in this outstanding citizenship education experience. It will likely influence your life decisions in ways that you cannot fully appreciate until years later.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students in the nation. As one of more than 20,000 young men who participate nationwide in this activity, you will experience government in a practical sense by actually participating in it. American Legion Boys State is a leadership action program; one that teaches government and its structure. It proves that government is just what you make it. You will find it to be challenging and sometimes tiring, but I’m certain you will always find it to be enjoyable and educational!

Our form of government requires citizen involvement if it is to continue. The American Legion Boys State program strives to meet that objective. If this government “….of the people, by the people, and for the people” is to continue, the burden of the task rests squarely on your shoulders and those of your generation.

It is possible that a future governor, congressman or even president will be in the 2012 class of American Legion Boys State citizens. I make this statement because this program has historically been the springboard for many to careers in public service. Nonetheless, everyone may benefit from their participation by developing friendships with their fellow citizens while joining a common fraternity that extends long after the onsite program ends. I encourage you to make the most of this marvelous experience.

I again extend my best wishes for an interest-provoking, exciting and personally rewarding 2012 American Legion Boys State.


National Commander


Some pictures of Boys State from 2010 


Casey Nelson 2010 Boys State Auditor

and Monty's right hand man for recuritment 2011










Click Here to see more pictures Boys State 2010

      Click Here to see more pictures Boys State 2011   



  For more inforamtion about 
"A Week to Shape a Lifetime"
Click on the link below

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.

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