A Brunswick American Legion commander has received an award for his work and leadership at the legion post.
Commander Robert Effler was given the Paul Harris Award on May 11 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts at an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.
Effler is the commander of American Legion Post #96, on South Maple Avenue in Brunswick. When the post faced the possibility of having to close two years ago, Effler helped coordinate an effort with several of the postís members, the womenís auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion to begin volunteer efforts to prevent the post from shutting down.
Effler was instrumental in beginning a newsletter to reach out to members, as well as hosting events such as bingo, raffles and dances to raise money.
He also helped start the American Legion Riders, a motorcycle club that raises money for groups such as the Maryland Flight Paramedics of the stateís medevac program. The group also participates in other charitable events such as Home for Our Troops, which lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and supports families during memorial services.
Effler was among five volunteers from Frederick County who were honored by the Rotary as Paul Harris Community honorees. The others were: Jeanie Cronin, founder of Centro Hispano of Frederick; Tom Whalen of WFRE Radio in Frederick; Joseph Dombek of the food pantry at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Libertytown and Fern Mercer, senior vice president of Frederick County Bank in Frederick.