Greetings Team Kansas,
Attended in August the Joint Family Homecoming in Pittsburg, KS at Post 64. Itwas great to see such a good turnout. Commander “Chief” Munson outdid himself once again. With the help of his wife Cheryl and the members of Post 64 we all had a full day of both Community and Legion Family activities followed by a sumptuous meal. During the day there was a large display of Fire Engines, Emergency Vehicles, Military Vehicles and booths set up by local Community businesses and organizations all mannedby representatives of each, loaded with information and forms to sign up.There was even aFlight for Life Helicopter flown in. Lots of young people there getting hands on exposure tothe displays. During the meeting prior to the Banquet I addressedthose in attendance and shared my motto and project for this year. My project is ChildWelfare and I am challenging and encouraging every member of the Detachmentof Kansas to contribute $1.75 specifically for Child Welfare. Last year National Commander Kevin Collier called for $1.00 per member Nationwide and Kansas answered with an averageof $1.22. I would like to see our members add $1.75 to their dues when they renew and that be set aside and sent separately as a Child Welfare contribution. The same applies for new members this year. My motto is “Love to give” “Give with Love”. I believe that describes in words what we’re all about. Looking at the financial contributions and volunteer hours foreach of the past years showsthat motto in action. Just returned from the National Convention
in Cincinnati and was excited to be able to attendagain as a Delegate. I’ll share with you on that next month. In the mean time we need to get serious about our current membershipdrive, “It’s Time to gofor 39”. Once again I encourage all of you to get it done early. Let’sbreak the tradition of 11th hour scrambling for numbers. Sixth District Adjutant Damon Christenson shared with me a “goose egg” letter that has been used in past years so I signeda new copy for him as the District Commander and with the help of Michelle Johnson in Topeka he will be mailing.
Until next month,
Commander, Detachment of Kansas 2016-2017
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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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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.