Bohdan Pikas, professor of marketing, was recently honored with the “Legionnaire of the Year” award for 2012. He was presented the award by Fred Warmick, post commander of Grand Island Post #1346, on March 27, 2013. The award was in recognition of outstanding leadership and service as a member of the American Legion, benefiting our community, state and nation.
The American Legion is geared towards helping military individuals and families, but also has a great impact on the community. With the help of fundraising activities, several hundred dollars are donated each month. Through donations and volunteer work, Grand Island Post #1346 helps families whose spouses are overseas, aids local churches and other community groups, including purchasing uniforms for a local Boy Scout troop that couldn’t afford them.
Pikas has been part of the Grand Island Post #1346 of the American Legion for many years and has been their “go-to” guy when something needs to be done quickly. He acts as a liaison between the Legion and the local VA hospital, bringing donations and products to the hospital’s patients. Post #1346, in cooperation with the local Disabled American Veteran’s post, donated a handicapped -accessible van to the hospital. Pikas is a lifelong member of the DAV.
He also was past chairman of Boy’s State Committee for the Grand Island Post, choosing which young person will be sponsored to attend the camp. The camp fosters patriotism, teaches about American history, includes military drill and exercises, and much more. In addition, he also is the continuing chairman of the post’s scholarship committee, whose focus is children with family in the military, along with others. With his family’s strong history of military service, including his son, Pikas feels that being part of the American Legion and aiding veterans as well as the community is his duty.