Photo/Story Gallery 2005
Retired FHP Captain Continues To Serve Community
Many residents of Lake City are familiar with Retired FHP Captain George Wehrli and his involvement in their community for the last twenty-six years as a Lieutenant with the Florida Highway Patrol, serving as Public Information Officer for the eleven county area of Troop B, and as a community volunteer. George retired as a Captain with the FHP in June 2001 and continued to serve in the FHP Reserve Program until June 2005. George and his wife, Irma, serve with the Blue-Grey Army, Inc., organizing the food vendors each year for the Olustee Battle Festival. George was commander of the Blue-Grey Army in 2000 and 2001. Additional information regarding the Olustee Battle Festival can be found at www.olusteefestival.com.
George Wehrli is also a local member of Columbia County American Legion Post 57, Inc., and was elected in July 2005, to the number two job in the Florida American Legion. Statewide membership is 130,000 members in some 320 posts. George, as Department Vice-Commander under the direction of Department Commander Larry White of Crystal River, will lead and assist in statewide operations of this veteran’s organization which was organized in 1919 after World War I. The American Legion is the largest veteran’s organization in America with a membership of 2.8 million veterans.
Having served in many offices, George was Post 57 Commander in 1985-1986. From then until now, some nineteen years, he continues to serve as post finance officer. He has been editor of the Post Newsletter for more than twenty-three years and continues to serve in that capacity. George has also honorably served Post 57 on many program committees for the last twenty-six years and is always ready to assist with post programs. In August 2001, Columbia County American Legion Post 57 awarded George a Life Membership in The American Legion for his continued outstanding service to the Columbia County American Legion Post 57.
While being active at post level, George has continued to serve the third district in many offices and on many committees. He served as Third District Commander in 1984, 1991 and 1992.
During the 2002-2003 year, George served as Northern Area Commander and was the first area to be at 101% in membership. In the Department of Florida George has also served twenty-six years as a counselor at the Florida American Legion Boys State Program in Tallahassee and was director of the program for nine years. George stepped down as Boys State Director to become Northern Area Commander in July 2002. He also served as Department Chairman of the Law and Order Committee for thirteen years. In 1995, George started to serve as Deputy Representative and for the last four years he serves as the Department American Legion Representative for the Lake City VA Medical Center.
On the National level George has been on the Law and Order Committee since 1986 and is serving in his ninth year as National Chairman of Law and Order. He is also serving in his fifth year as a member of the National Legislative Council.
George and his wife, Irma, continue to serve the Florida American Legion Family. They have two daughters, one son and four grandchildren, and all are members of the American Legion Family and live in Lake City. Irma has served her American Legion Auxiliary Unit 57 in many offices including president, and continues her involvement as membership chairman and on various program committees. She was also Third District President, Northern Area President and is currently serving as Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman for the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Florida.
George and Irma work together on Legion and Auxiliary programs, especially for our veterans such as the monthly bingo program conducted by Post 57 and Auxiliary Unit 57 at the Lake City VA Medical Center. You will find George and Irma at programs and conventions as family members of the American Legion Family.