Greetings Team Kansas,
Our District Convention's are all most over. Each Sons District should have turned in their new Officers list and the 2017- 2018 budget to Department. Also by now all of the Squadrons should have finished their local elections with a new slate of officers on board. Hopefully the new officer’s names along with contactinformation have been submitted, if not please do so promptly. I had hoped to visit all of the DistrictConventions however the reality of the distance between each District meeting place and the fact that there were two each weekend makes it impossible for me to do so. So, like the Homecomings I can onlyattend half of the District Conventions. My apologies to those who I will miss. I hope that we’ll have 100% participation at State Convention so I’ll have a chance to meet you there as well as you having the oppurtunity to learn more about the workings of the Sons. As a registered delegate you can assist in making the decisions that will impact the future of the Sons in Kansas.
We’re at the brick wall of our membership year when it becomes more difficult to achieve our 100% goal. We’re currently at 91.23% nationally wich puts Kansas at 18th in the Nation and 5th in the Mid-West. There are 46 Squadrons that haven’t gotten to 80% yet. The are currently 1,266 members that have not renewed this year. The numbers are readily available Detachment Officers, District Commanders and Vice Commanders need to hit the phones and make sure no previous member has not been asked to renew. Squadrons which are behind should have a membership call day. The easy solution is renewals.
The 100% membership target date is may 10th and we are currently 584 members short. All membership and any corrections must be in National by May 10th for the members to receive a pre printed card. Let’s not forget our goal for CWF donations. Last numbers show $2.13 per capita and our goal is always $2.00 per capita. Our donation last year was $8,081.00 with our goal of $7,660.15 we are currently at $14,206.00 or 185.2% If you haven’t sent your donations yet please do so the national deadline is May 31, 2017.
Hope to see a lot of you at State Convention in Topeka, May 19,20,21.
Until next time, Thanks for all you do, keep up the good work you do for our Veterans and be safe.
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
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 Steve Ward will soon announce the 2017 Detachment Scholarship winners. There are Jay Thielen Scholarships available, All of them are for $500 split $250 per semester. The Winner of the U.S. Udie Grant Scholarship 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 scholarships. The deadline for submitting the new applications will be in early February 2018.