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NATIONAL COMMANDER SCHMIDT’S 2017 MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

National headquarters have planned direct mail campaigns for January, March and May. Additional email campaigns will be launched twice a month for 2017 through the end of the membership year.

Commander Schmidt would like to encourage local efforts to contact un-renewed members using new tools available through myLegion. These tool are found in the Report Server area. Within the Post Reports folder, open the Commanders Membership Push folder.

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2017 Legion Legislative Day

Each year members of the Department of California gather for a Legion Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento.  This year we are fortunate and honored to be able to use the Governor’s Conference Room in the Capitol building. A Continental breakfast and lunch will be served for registered attendees.

You Must Register

Those wishing to attend the Legion Legislative Day, must register in advance.
Because of security restrictions you will want to allow extra time to gain access to the Capitol building.

The registration process and other meeting arrangements are being handled by Mr. Dana Nichols at Pete Conaty, Department Legislative Advocate’s office. If you do not register, we cannot guarantee a seat because of Fire Marshall policies and security restrictions on access to the Governor’s office.

To register, send a completed copy of the
Agenda & Required Registration form
, by e-mail or fax to:

  • dana.nichol@sbcglobal.net 
  • Fby fax: 916-492-8957

This explanation of the Legion Legislative Day was written by Pete Conaty, Department Legislative Advocate,

"The culmination of the Department’s grass roots advocacy is the Annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol, which is the premier opportunity for Legionnaires to establish and maintain relationships with local legislators, key staff members, and policy consultants. These all-day events feature speakers from the Legislature, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and other state agencies that offer services to veterans, and key legislative staff and consultants. Legionnaires circulate through the Capitol and visit their local Senators and Assembly members, introduce themselves, and leave behind informational materials and talking points regarding American Legion and the Department’s supported bills. This is a great opportunity to educate legislators and staff on issues important to veterans and to establish a working relationship which can sometimes evolve into a Legionnaire becoming the go-to person regarding veteran’s issues."



This is The American Legion - New 4 page brochure

A number of new resources are showing up on the National web site, we will share information on these new resources on our web site and Facebook page.

These are tools to help our Department, Areas, Districts and Post succeed.



March DEC flier


The High School Oratorical Competitions for 2017 are fast approaching. Post and District contests will soon be held.

Each of our six areas will also conduct contests with the winners competing in the State Oratorical Contest.

Here is a link to the Area and State contest information:


During his time as leading candidate for national commander, Charles E. Schmidt
spoke to the Membership and Post Activities Committee in Indianapolis.
Photo by Lucas Carter/The American Legion.

Legion Membership Plan To Be Reviewed

The American Legion

Members of The American Legion’s National Membership & Post Activities (MP&A) Committee are meeting in Indianapolis Jan. 6-7 to review the Legion’s five-year strategic membership strategic plan, discuss progress toward it, and determine departments’ ongoing responsibilities for the plan’s success. The committee will also review several membership resolutions passed last September during the 98th National Convention in Cincinnati.

The new M&PA Committee Chairman, Randy Goodman of Georgia, will lead the meeting, and opening remarks will be given by National Commander Charles E. Schmidt and leading candidate for 2017-2018 national commander Denise Rohan of Wisconsin.


National commander leads veterans
walk in California

By Michael Hjelmstad

American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt led members of the Department of California Legion family on a chilly, yet enthusiastic, second annual Walk for Veterans in Sacramento, Calif., Dec. 16.

The walk kicked off with a wreath laying ceremony at the California State Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, located on the grounds of the Capitol Park. Department leadership and Legion family members from across the state walked with the national commander around the park to engage the community and raise awareness about the Legion and issues facing America’s veterans.

Read the complete story HERE


The Ways and Means Commission

The Department of California, Ways and Means Commission is responsible for developing plans, ideas, and promotions to secure needed funds to help operate The American Legion programs we conduct in the Department of California. For many years the Department of California, in addition to other campaigns, has conducted the following fund-raising campaigns:
  • Legion Calendar
  • Holiday Cards
  • Spring and Fall Sweepstakes
All funds generated by these important campaigns go directly to support our Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation (VA&R) work. It is through our VA&R work that our Veterans Service Officers most directly serve our California veterans to help them receive VA benefits they have earned and with their disability claims. Many agree, the work of our VA&R Program is some of the most noble and important work of The American Legion.

When you support our fund-raising campaigns, (as we hope more of you will do) your donations help The American Legion succeed in serving more of our veterans. As you support our fund-raising campaigns, please ask your Legion friends to also participate. We do need your help to raise critical VA&R Program funds.  
Thank you!
 
Respectfully,
 
Janice Somers
Chairman, Ways & Means Commission
Department of California

Commission Members


American Legion Invites High School Students to Compete in Speech Contest

Our Oratorical Speech Contest is one of the most exciting youth programs in The American Legion! If your post does not currently conduct an Oratorical Speech Contest, please do. It will benefit your post, your community and most importantly our youth.

The main purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship

Legion posts will be holding preliminary contests which will lead up to the state finals.

Oratorical State Finals
State Capitol March 4, 2017

More information on the High School Oratorical Competition can be found in these documents:

Oratorical Competition

Policy Change Recording Speeches

The following information is from the Oratorical Rules on the National web site.

Television and radio

Live television and radio broadcasts are permitted in all contests, as well as filming, taping or other types of media for later showing, provided:

1. Lighting and other site conditions are the same for all contestants.

2. Filming or broadcasts in no way distract the contestants or interfere with the pre-announced scheduled time of the contest.

3. The normal speaking voice of the contestant is not interfered with or amplified within the auditorium.

4. The American Legion is in no way financially obligated without prior approval.


Legion Legislative Day

For those who are unfamiliar with this event, this explanation of the Legion Legislative Day was written by Pete Conaty, Department Legislative Advocate,

"The culmination of the Department’s grass roots advocacy is the Annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol, which is the premier opportunity for Legionnaires to establish and maintain relationships with local legislators, key staff members, and policy consultants. These all day events feature speakers from the Legislature, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and other state agencies that offer services to veterans, and key legislative staff and consultants. Legionnaires circulate through the Capitol and visit their local Senators and Assembly members, introduce themselves, and leave behind informational materials and talking points regarding American Legion and the Department’s supported bills. This is a great opportunity to educate legislators and staff on issues important to veterans and to establish a working relationship which can sometimes evolve into a Legionnaire becoming the go-to person regarding veteran’s issues."


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Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide


Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide

How do we properly use The American Legion emblem?

The American Legion "Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide" give us the answers.

"The purpose of this manual is to provide a set of guidelines on how to use the marks of The American Legion for all who have a need to use them – our members, local post officers, department officers, and suppliers of benefits and vendors of products for The American Legion and our members."

Subsidiaries

All member of our American Legion Family must remain vigilante in the proper use and protection of The American Legion emblem. This includes our subsidiaries, such as the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders. The following rules relating to subsidiaries are taken directly from the "Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide" (pages 18-19). All our Legion leaders should understand these rules.

"Moreover, because of the requirements of the trademark law, such subsidiary corporations, trusts or foundations – including Sons of The American Legion and the American Legion Riders – must meet the following requirements:

1. All officers, directors, trustees, etc. must be named by the department (usually nominated by the department commander and confirmed by the Department Executive Committee).

2. All vacancies in the subsidiary corporation must be filled by the department.

3. The subsidiary corporation must report to the department, no less frequently than monthly. These reports must include financial reports.

4. The department treasurer or finance officer must be a signatory on all accounts.

5. All amendments to articles of incorporation or by-laws must be approved by the department. (If the current text has not been approved by the department, it too must be so approved.)

These same rules apply to subsidiaries of posts, squadrons and Riders chapters. Of course, all references to departments also reference posts in the appropriate situation.

Remember: the subsidiary does NOT tell the parent what to do.

Post subsidiaries are subject to the same rules. Merely replace the word “department” with “post.” This is also true of American Legion Auxiliary units. Merely replace the word “post” with the word “unit.” Departments of the American Legion Auxiliary use language identical to that used by The American Legion."

Department Guidance for ALR Programs 


National Commander's Pin Incentive Program

American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt will award his national commander pin to any Legion member who obtains three new members into the Legion. A new member is any eligible person joining for the 2017 membership year who was not a member of The American Legion during the 2016 membership year.

Each member listed must be eligible for membership in The American Legion. Forward names of SAL members or Auxiliary members to your detachment or unit for use in their respective incentive programs.

To maintain the integrity of the national commander's pin incentive program, only one pin will be awarded per individual.

Upon receipt, national membership staff will confirm the names and mail the pin directly to the person who earned it. Commander Schmidt's incentive program will end June 30, 2017, or when supplies are exhausted.

National Commander's Incentive Pin New Member Form (PDF)

National Commander's Incentive Certificate Form (PDF)

100% American Legion Family

100% AMERICAN LEGION
FAMILY RIBBON

100% American Legion Family Ribbons will be awarded to any post family that achieves 100% membership by the 2017 100% target date. A Legion Family is defined as a post and/or any combination of Auxiliary unit or SAL squadron. 
(Each must achieve 100% to qualify)

100% American Legion Family Ribbon Application


Pete Conaty

Our Legislative Commission under the guidance of Pete Conaty, Legislative Advocate and Don Harper, Commission Chairman have been very busy supporting legislation for California veterans.

There are fifteen (15) veteran related bills that the The American Legion, Department of California sponsored, supported, or watched that are currently on the Governor’s desk. For more information visit: calegion.org

 



Photo by Lucas Carter/The American Legion

 

'We must leave our footprints'

By Steve B. Brooks
September 01, 2016

The founders of The American Legion had a vision for the organization when they first gathered in 1919. Nearly 100 years later, newly elected American Legion National Commander Charlie Schmidt said it’s the job of current Legionnaires to make sure that vision continues.

“Our time and responsibility is here for us, you and I, …to ensure that that vision is passed on to the next generation of veterans to insure those who have borne the battle, and their families, will be cared for by a grateful nation,” Schmidt told Legion family members on Sept. 1 at the Legion’s national convention in Cincinnati. “You and I must leave our footprints on today’s American Legion.

“Our Founding Fathers had a vision for America and its veterans. That vision is still relevant today. As long as there are conflicts around the world, our nation must be prepared to defend those vital interests to our nation and our allies with a strong and capable military. Where there are active-duty, Guard and Reserve personnel, and veterans, there will always be a need for The American Legion. You and I have inherited that vision.”

Read the complete story.


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