About Us

American Legion Surprise Post 96, Inc. General Meetings are on the fourth Thursday of each month all year. Our meeting begin at 1900 with social hour at 1800. We meet at Arizona Traditions, 17221 N Citrus Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374 in the Neighborhood Center. Our Officers meet at 1600 on the first Wednesday of each month at Arizona Traditions in the Classroom.

We would enjoy having you come for a visit and meet our members. If you feel this is the Post for you, then we shall be very happy to have our Membership Chairman provide you with the necessary information and documents to get you started as a member of our Post. We invite all military veterans, current military members, and their guests to attend our meetings. We always welcome Snowbirds from Posts all over the county. We have a membership drawing every meeting. Members must be present to win free dues for one year. We have raffles at every general meeting, come buy some tickets and win prize!

Post History

American Legion Post 96 began in April 1999 and received its Charter. Ed Foerster served as the first Post Commander. Other first officers were Bill Lipscomb, Senior Vice; Warren Wheeler, Junior Vice; Ted Adams, Adjutant; Harold Evans, Chaplain; and Gil Balcome, Service Officer. Currently Post 96 has over 200 members.

Past Post 96 Commanders

1999-2001 – Edward G. Foerster

2001-2002 – Bill Lipscomb

2002-2003 – George E. Cushing

2003-2004 – John Cardozo

2004-2005 – Duane Williams

2005-2006 – Harold Fritz

2006-2007 – Jim Katzenberger

2007-2008 – Dean A. Strong

2008-2009 – Janet Stripe

2009-2011 – Edward G. Foerster

2011-2012 – Donald J. Jankowski

2012-2015 – George Van de Langeryt

2015-2016 – Tony Cauiola (Commander Cauiola went to Post Everlasting in March 2016)

2016-2017 – Nancie Scalercio

2017-2018 – Andrew LaCour III

2017-2018 Post Officers

Commander: Andy LaCour

Senior Vice: Mike Elliott

Junior Vice: Jerry Pontius

Jr. Past Commander: Nancie Scalercio

Adjutant: Jim Aiello

Finance Officer: George Van de Langeryt

Judge Advocate: George Van de Langeryt

Sgt At Arms: Jim Becker

Chaplain: Joe Urshan

Photographer: Dave Willis

Fundraising Chairman: Marty Schwab

Membership: Mike Elliott – 408-307-0800

Newsletter Editor: George Van de Langeryt (gvan8888@aol.com)

Webmaster:  Rodney Hage (MSgtRod@hotmail.com)