The children are our future and judging from the State Oratorical Contest the future is bright. Watching and learning from the highly intelligent group of contestants was amazing. The time and effort each contestant put into studying the Constitution, then preparing and delivering speeches is a testament to the work ethic each one has. It was wonderful to see a full house to watch the contest. I’m glad I wasn’t a judge that would be a hard job selecting one winner. Thanks to all of the District Oratorical Committees that narrowed down the field for the finals. Also a big thanks to all of the students that entered the contest. Thanks also goes to Emporia Legion Post for hosting, a job well done. Congratulations to the winner, James Davis from Newton as he goes on to represent Kansas at the National Contest.
Time is running short for the students to get signed up for Boys State, Girls State, and Cadet Law. I hope every Post is able to send someone. As the weather gets warmer it will soon be time for the crack of the bats at Legion Baseball, get out and support the players. I encourage each of you to support our youth anyway you can.
We are over 94% in our quest for a 36th consecutive All Time High. My thanks to all of the Squadrons that have reported who their new officers are and workin hard for us to reach 100%. A special “Hand Salute” to the Squadrons that have reached their 100% goal.
We still need to work hard at getting those members that haven't renewed yet renewed and keep recruiting new members. We don't ever want to hear the reason someone hasn't joined our ranks is because they were not asked to join. All of those members that renew or sign up before the 100% date we receive a preprinted card the next year they renew.
Now I would like to ask each and every Squadron to make it a point to be represented at your area's District Convention in April and the Detachment Convention in Hutchinson over the weekend of May 16-18. It would be great if your Squadron was represented at all three.
Each Squadron in the Detachment of Kansas is mailed a copy of our Detachment Newsletter the "SALute" every month along with other correspondence. Without an updated Squadron Officer list the mailings do not get to the correct people, over 30 Squadrons still have not sent in that information.
In closing I would like to wish you all to keep a smile on your face, it might be the only smile a Child or a Veteran sees that day. Do something each day to make a Difference.
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The Detachment Convention will be held in Hutchinson, May 16-18, at the Ramada Inn (1400 N. Lorriane, K61 & 11th St.).
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 2014 Detachment Scholarship applications are now available. There are 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 as there have been some changes for this scholarship year.