Greetings Team Kansas,
Since my last letter were into a new year which signals the 2nd half of our current membership year. The national membership report I received on Feb. 21st holds some mixed news for us. Our Detachment currently is in 15th place Nationally at 80.093 %. We are 3rd in the Mid-Western Region and our Region is currently in last with 74.471 %. As a Detachment our District membership average is 80 %. Congratulations and Thank You to each of the 25 Squadrons that have already achieved 100 % and more. Unfortunately, we still have 1 Squadron with a “goose egg”. It’s obvious that we’re all working on membership but we must not let up on this. Congratulate ourselves for the work done so far but don’t lose sight of the final goal and the fact that membership is the life blood of our program. Every Squadron that loses members loses funds to operate the programs which they fund. This then snow balls all the way to the National level. With the Holidays behind us we’ve had a few weeks to catch our breath and I know for myself it’s been nice to stay home for a few consecutive weeks. It’s time now though to get back to work on membership and the upcoming District Convention schedule. Our Mid-Winter Forum was well attended in Olathe and I hope to see a good turnout to our Detachment Convention in Topeka May 20th of Commanders and our members. Until next time let’s all re-energize our membership drive, be safe and continue to honor our commitment to our Veterans.
Until next month,
Commander, Detachment of Kansas 2016-2017
KANSAS DETACHMENT CALL TO CONVENTION: CLICK HERE
To all Detachment of Kansas Squadrons:
The By Laws of the Detachment of Kansas were recently changed:
The Squadrons of Kansas are no longer required to return their unused membership cards in order to receive their new membership cards. The new cards will be mailed out when they are received from National Headquarters. This year they will be starting to mail them out from Topeka on Monday June 13, 2016. It is suggested that each Squadron have some established way of accounting for their membership cards but it is not a requirement.
The SALute is being distributed strictly electronicly, and its very possible that this will be the way it is distributed in the future. If you want your Squadron to receive a copy please send us a working e-mail for your squadron. This SALute was put together by Don Culver, tell us what you think. We will consider all suggestions. E-mail your Squadrons e-mail address or your coments to us, our e-mails are listed in the August SALute.
Want to know more about the Detachment Commander Wallsmith? Check out the Commanders Corner button below.
American Legion Leadership College-June 2017-Concordia-Registration $40
National Convention Future Dates:
Reno, Nevada - August 18-24, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota - August 24-30, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana - August 23-29, 2019
Louisville, Kentucky - August 28-September 3, 2020
Phoenix, Arizona - August 27 - September 2, 2021
Mid-Winter - Olathe Feb 3-5, 2017
Kansas Family State Convention - Topeka May 19-21, 2017
Are you familiar with MyLegion.org? Well National has released a version for the SAL! MySAL.org is now available to all Squadron's (at this time, only Squadrons). Fill out the printable form, and have your Post Adjutant sign it. Both the Post Adjutant and Squadron Adjutant's member ID's are verified by National and Department of Kansas. There are many valuable tools available for Squadron's as far as maintaining your Squadron's database for mailings, keeping addresses up to date, etc. Any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me an email.
Detachment Education Chairman Neal Warnken announced that the 2017 Detachment Scholarship winners have been selected and the winners will be notified soon. There have been 5 Jay Thielen Scholarships winners selected, All of them are for $500 split $250 per semester. The Winner of the U.S. Udie Grant Scholarship is Michael Becker, he will receive $1,000 split $500 per semester. If You, Your Son, Daughter are a member of the Kansas Legion Family and are in their Senior year of High School please consider applying for these scholarshipd. The deadline for submitting the new applications will be in early February 2017.