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Detachment Commander Tom Wallsmith


Greetings Team Kansas,


As this year comes to an end I marvel at the number of activities I’ve been able to participate inwithin our American Legion Family. December has been as busy a month asNovember with theDepartment Christmas Party in Hutchinson where all who attended had a good time and the meal was again top notch. The auction proceeds went to Commander Munson’s choice of the TFA Fund(Temporary Financial Assistance). I attended both days at the Fort Dodge Soldiers Christmas Store and enjoyed visiting with the patients and residents. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors thiseach year and it’s great to see all of the American Legion Family working asa team. As usual it’s a lot of work but so rewarding. Then I again traveled to Fort Riley to help with Operation North Pole. Once again interacting with the Soldier’s children is awesome. Our first day was with Wounded Warriors and their families. The next morning we had the deployed Soldier’s families and the S.O.S. families that are still on base. I thought it was a great success and the American Legion Family once again rose to the challenge. I thank the American Legion Riders for heading this program up, it’s an awesome event. I look forward to next year.By now we have all celebrated Christmas and I pray all had an enjoyable and peaceful one.Sadly, PDC Sam Sparks lost his fight with cancer in December, and S.A.L. National Commander JeffFrain’s mother passed away. I encourage all of the American Legion Family to keep those families in their prayers.As a team we continue to keep on schedule with our membership drive but need to work harder as the goals get more difficult as we go into the new year. We still have 4 Districts with “goose-egg” Squadrons. This is a huge burden on our percentages.
I wish all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Celebrate safely and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Mid-Winter Forum.


Until next month,

Tom Wallsmith

Commander, Detachment of Kansas 2016-2017


Mid Winter Forum Agenda Click Here


Important Notice


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.


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 Kansas Accomplishments 2015-2016 Click Here








Special Announcements


Adjutant Notes

  •  Want to save a stamp?  Click on the SAL Officers List button and submit your form Online.  SAL Officers List      

 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

District Conventions

  • District I,  April 21-23, 2017 --- Lansing
  • District II,  March 25, 2017---Shawnee
  • District III, March 24-26, 2017---Chanute
  • District IV,  April 22, 2017-Manhattan                                         
  • District V,  March 30-31, April 1, 2017---McPherson
  • District VI, April 7-9, 2017---Concordia
  • District VII,  April 1, 2017---Hoisington
  • District VIII, April 7-9, 2017---Liberal

 Mid-Winter - Olathe Feb 3-5, 2017

Kansas Family State Convention - Topeka May 19-21, 2017


Important Information

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.

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