My thanks to everyone who has paid and sent in their membership renewals. As of 4-24-2015 there are 20 days until the 100% membership target date of May 13. We are also just 1 month from our Detachment -Convention. The goals we set last May are now the challenges ahead of us. The Mid-Winter Forum in Winfield is in our rear window, we are charging toward our Detachment Convention coming up on May 15-17. Sons of The American Legion National Commander Candidate Kevin Collier- Alaska is expected to attend.
I had a real enjoyable trip to Colorado to celebrate National S.A.L. Commander Mike Moss'S Homecoming. I was joined on the trip by My Wife, National S.A.L. Finance Chairman Jerry "Doc" Leopold, and His Friend Ronda Bush.
Be sure and put on your schedule the District Conventions that will be starting this weekend. The list of the conventions-dates and locations is listed further down on this page they are also on the calendar. The Districts are always looking for Squadron members to step up and get more involved.
Thanks to everyone who has renewed their membership. If you have not renewed your membership yet, your membership is no longer active and you are now not entitled to any of the benefits that you derived from being a member. A quick way to fix this, renew as soon as possible. We don’t want to lose anyone get your dues in. Kansas is just over 94% and we have met every target date so far. Squadron Adjutants don’t let membership sit on your desk, get them in now. We still have 1 Squadron that has not turned in any membeship and is in danger of loosing their charter-Little River.
See You in Oz.
Detachment Commander Evans taking the plunge!
Leadership College June 5-7, 2015
This year’s American Legion Leadership College will take place at Cloud County Community College in Concordia June 5-7.
The American Legion, Auxiliary, and SAL members over the age of 21 are invited to attend the College. An enrollment coupon is provided below for your convenience. Cost of the College is the same as it has been for years, $40.00 per person which includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and Bar-b-que dinner at Concordia Post 76, and Sunday breakfast. In addition the enrollment fee includes air conditioned dorm housing at the College—— attendees must bring their own sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket, bath soap, towels and personal items.
Check in for the College begins at 3pm on Friday, June 5. Dinner will be available from 5 until 6pm followed by a meeting of the Department Executive Committee.
Sessions for all attendees will commence at 8:15am Saturday and 8:30am Sunday, June 6 and 7 with a break for lunch on Saturday and conclusion of the College on Sunday no later than noon.
The annual migration of the O-Poop-Pah-Doo will gather at the local Pizza Hut for its evening of fun immediately following the DEC meeting Friday.
Please check the appropriate box in the registration form below regarding housing.
Department cannot guarantee housing will be provided if you do not check the box indicating your need for housing on the College campus.
LEADERSHIP COLLEGE REGISTRATION
ENCLOSED IS MY $40 REGISTRATION FOR THE
AMERICAN LEGION LEADERSHIP COLLEGE JUNE 5-7
City, State, Zip_______________________________________________
Post, Squadron, Unit (circle one)
Post Service Officer Training ________ Yes or No
(Circle one) YES …. I will need housing at the College
NO …. I will not need housing at the College
Mail to: Department Headquarters
1314 SW Topeka, Topeka, KS 66612
Also Check out the Story in the News Section.
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Vermont Teddy Bear Company – the nation’s top producer of handcrafted teddy bears – is showing its patriotic colors with the introduction of limited-edition bears to support The American Legion.
The teddy bears feature the Legion emblem on a white T-shirt and uniform cap; the cap can be personalized with a city, state, district, department, post or name of choice. The teddy bears make a thoughtful gift for a veteran or a meaningful keepsake for any Legion member or supporter.
Read more: http://www.legion.org/membership/225030/teddy-bears-support-legion-programs#sthash.mg6E86Gw.dpuf
As per the Detachment of Kansas policy, all unused blank and preprinted membership cards from the 2013-2014 membership year must be returned to Department Headquarters before your Squadron will receive your new 2014-2015 membership cards. Each one of these unused cards have a value of $10 so if they are not returned your Squadron is liable for them and will not be sent their new cards until they are returned or paid for.
When returning your 2013-2014 cards to Department you might want to seriously consider sending them by registered and or priority mail requiring a signature on their delivery. That way you have a receipt that you have returned them and who signed to receive them in Topeka.
To some of you that are not aware or unsure the S.A.L. membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. All Squadron officers should be renewing a.s.a.p. The 2014-2015 membership goals will be set towards the end of August or early September. The web site membership numbers will not be updated again until the new goals are set.
Send all unused 2013-2014 membership cards to: Kansas American Legion Department Headquarters,
C/O Michelle, 1314 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Topeka, Ks. 66612
Any Kansas S.A.L. Membership questions contact:
Michelle Johnston Lyle Larson firstname.lastname@example.org Wes Wills
American legion Commander Helm's 4 X Project
Boys Nation 2014 Video
Mid-Winter Forum - February 6-8, 2015 - Winfield, Ks.
Detachment Convention - May 15-17, 2015 - Topeka, Ks.
American Legion Leadership College-June 5-7-Concordia-Registration $40
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 2015 Detachment Scholarship applications will be available soon. There will be 5 Jay Thielen Scholarships available, All of them are for $500 split $250 per semester. The Winning applicant of the U.S.Udie Grant Scholarship will receive $1,000 split $500 per semester. Please use the new applications that should be availible in September.