Local American Legion to celebrate organization's 100th anniversary

Wells Ellenberg

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization and this year marks 100 years of service to veterans. American Legion Post 112 is planning a special celebration on Saturday for Legion members and guests. This event is by reservation only.

Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the American Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Today, membership stands at nearly two million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

In August 2017, Denise H. Rohan of Wisconsin was elected national commander, the first woman to hold the role in the Legion's history.

The guest speaker for this event is Wells Ellenberg, governmental affairs manager for Southern Company. Southern Company is one of America’s leading energy companies serving more than nine million customers nationwide. In his role, Ellenberg builds strategic relationships, manages critical issues and executes advocacy campaigns to promote clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy for customers.

Previously, Ellenberg managed external affairs and communications for the office of Thomas A. Fanning, Southern Company chairman, president and chief executive officer. At the time, Fanning also served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Edison Electric Institute and the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council. Prior to joining Southern Company, Ellenberg managed John McCallum’s campaign for the United States House of Representatives and held positions with GMHC360, a public relations and marketing firm; the Coca-Cola Co.; and Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Ellenberg serves on the alumni board of directors of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. He is also president-elect of the Georgia State Society of Washington, D.C.; legislative director of the American Legion Boys Nation program; and a fellow of the Zell Miller Leadership Institute. He previously served on the board of directors of the University of Georgia Athletic Association.

A native of St. Simons Island, Ellenberg earned a bachelors degree in political science with honors from the University of Georgia. He also completed an executive education program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He resides in Washington, D.C.

For more information or to make reservations, call (706) 226-5120.

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