Senior Connections Senior Connections Mar 2019

Connecting Seniors Through News, Information, and Advertising March 2019 VOLUME 1 | NO. 8 Senior Connections HJ.COM GRAB ONE - FREE! Sauerbrey is an American Legion advocate Work life MAGGIE MCCALLUM Correspondent After the military, Sauerbrey looked for a job. He started as a farm hand in Green Isle, worked as a welder, and eventually settled into a position with Pioneer Telephone Company in Waconia for 44 years. He worked many positions there, including a computer programmer, in the accounting/billing department, and in management. He retired in 2010 from the company; today called CenturyLink. Roger Sauerbrey is ensuring the tradition of having an American Legion Post in New Germany continues. School years Sauerbrey spent his childhood in Augusta Township, near Chaska, where he attended school at Chaska Elementary. When his parents bought a farm south of Mayer, he transferred to the Waconia School District and graduated from high school there in 1962. American Legion Military experience Sauerbrey joined the American Legion about Sauerbrey’s military 20 years ago, when experience began that they needed new people same year, in 1962. There to join or they faced was a draft and he had disbandment. Then, 10 just turned 18, Feb. 15. years ago, when the New He and his friend thought Germany American about it, and decided to Legion Commander join the Army Reserve position opened, he was as a way to “control their asked to take on that role. own destiny.” Today, the New After high school Germany American graduation, Sauerbrey Legion has about 33 started that summer New Germany American Legion Commander Roger Sauerbrey posed in front of a wall of photos of other members. members between the ages attending meetings in SUBMITTED PHOTO of 24 and 80. Sauerbrey Watertown and military said that biggest challenge done in Fort Gordon, GA. training sessions. is keeping the group together, and making sure Sauerbrey was stationed at Fort Snelling, and He began with Signal Corps, a military branch, everyone’s skills and talents are utilized. responsible for military communications (signals), served in the military for eight years. The New Germany American Legion meets once a He said that his service in the military was an and completed basic training in Fort Leonard Wood excellent experience and taught him how to be in the Missouri Ozarks. Additional schooling was More LEGON COMMANDER on Pg 5 independent in the real world. Senior Connections is distributed to: Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfi eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted