We are fast approaching our first membership target date-September 10th. Our road to reach our 37th All-Time High is long and full of potholes. But working together we can keep our streak going and going. This year if we could achieve our new goal by Detachment Convention it would be wonderful. Waiting until June makes Commander’s very nervous, but I knew we could do it.
We still have several Squadrons that have not returned their unissued 2014 cards. We also have 66 of out 118 Squadron’s that are still sitting on a GOOSE EGG. Every Squadron should have at least transmited the dues for their officers. This will quickly eliminate the Goose Eggs on the weekly Membership reports. Be sure your Squadron’s new officer list has been turned in to Topeka. Squadron Consolidated Report Forms also need to be turned in now. Fill them out and get them turned to in let everyone know what your Squadron has done this year. Every Squadron does something; get yours on the report. Our first target date of 10% is September 10th.
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.
August 22nd the Kansas Delegation was in Charlotte, North Carolina for the 43rd Sons National Convention. The delegation sat through many interesting reports and numerous guest speakers. On Sunday the 24th the new national Officers for the 2014-2015 membership year were elected. Mike Moss from Colorado was elected as the New National Commander. Mikes theme is "Building Bridges to the Future". Some of Mike's goals; reaching 370,000 members, Donations of $50,000 to the Legion National Emergency Fund, $90,000 to the Legion National Endowment Fund, and $400,000 to The Child Welfare Foundation. If you have never attended a National Convention you should put it on your schedule for the future. The 2015 Convention will be in Baltimore.
I am pleased to announce that Kansas is once again well represented on the National level. Lyle Larson is a National Assistant Sgt-at-Arms, Neal Warnken-National Commander's Advisory Commettee, Don Culver-Internal Affairs, Jerry Leopold-Finance Chairman, Gerald Hammerschmidt-Americanism, & Wes Wills-National Web Master.
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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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 Wes Wills
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.