National Convention Parade


Junior Shooting Sports

Soon Going for our 38th Consecutive All-Time High in Membership!!!

Constitution & Bylaws

 Legacy Scholarship Fund Run

Operation Comfort Warrior

Community Service

Home of President Eisenhower


Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation


Welcome To The Detachment of Kansas



NOVEMBER 21, 2015


Ir's That Time of The year and We Are Asking For Your Help in Providing a Complete Thanksgiving Day Dinner to the Members of The Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas

 Here is a List of Food Items

(Items in Red Already Donated)


Turkey’s (12-15#)     600

Potato Buds (Box)   600   Done ALR #24 Will Provide

Yams   500 16oz               Done ALR #24 Will Provide

Corn 750  16oz                 Done Lynette & Loren Stenzel Will Provide

Green Beans 750 16oz     Done  Post #408 Will Provide

Rolls  750 pkgs

Gravy Mix 600 pkgs         Done ALR 4 Will Provide

Stuffing 600 Boxes          Done ALR 4 Will Provide

Apple Sauce 600 Cans     Done Post #406 Will Provide

Cranberries 600 Cans     Done ALR 131 Will Provide

Fruit Cocktail 600 Cans   Done ALR 90  Will provide

Cookie Mixes 600 (Boxes)

Brownie Mixes 600 (Boxes)

We need to get the entire Legion Family involved at every level

Monetary and Item Donations encouraged – All Checks Can Be Made Out To:

ALR Warrior Fund – 1314 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Ks. 66612

Make sure you put Turkey Run in the memo line – Any Questions on this event –

Contact – Don Behrens – 620-245-4252    dwbehrens@hotmail. com



 dc12.jpg Hello Team Kansas, Hopefully everyone’s trip to the Fall National Executive Committee Meeting is safe and uneventful. Also try to attend the Eisenhower Pilgrimage in Abilene the same weekend. Detachment Vice Commander Tom Wallsmith will be honored at a reception after the Pilgrimage. 

Now we need to get focused on membership. Although we achieved the first National Membership Target there are far too many “goose-eggs”. To achieve 100 % in Membership, it will take everyone’s effort. Make certain your Squadron is transmitting membership regularly, every 2 weeks would be great. 

If you are not part of your Squadron’s membership Team, I would ask “why not”? Membership is a responsibility we should all take seriously. A strong membership base is vital to the American Legion Family when our Leaders go to Capitol Hill on behalf of our Veterans and those still serving. The politicians listen to numbers”, and The American Legion Family has the membership base to get their attention. 

 Take a minute and look at your membership card… If it doesn’t say 2016 on it then please renew your dues. A reminder, if your Squadron hasn’t submitted a current Squadron Officer’s list for 2015- 2016 please do so. Not only does Headquarters use this as contact info for your Squadron but it also serves as a mailing list for Detachment mailings. Thank You to all the Districts that have invited me to their Homecomings. Be sure you attend the ones you can and support your District Officers.

Until next month,

Richard Strothman

Commander, Detachment of Kansas


October 2015 Salute Click Here

September 2015 SALute Click Here

August 2015 SALute Click Here

This 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 Wes Wills and 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.


Eisenhower Tribute Saturday, October 10

The date for this year’s 34th annual Eisenhower Pilgrimage at the Eisenhower Museum and Library in Abilene is Saturday, October 10. All Posts, Auxiliary Units, SAL Squadrons, the Districts and other Legion Family organizations are invited to attend and participate in this year’s event. Prior to the event on Saturday, American Legion Post 240 of Chapman will provide a reception and dinner on Friday night for out of town guests and official program attendees for the Pilgrimage. All are invited to the dinner with the cost for the meal at $15.00. Friday dinner reservations must be made by October 1 by using the coupon provided on page 8. Saturday’s program will start at approximately 10:30 AM immediately following the Presidential wreath laying ceremony. Chapman Post 240 will provide the Color Guard and Firing Squad during the program.

Memorial Roses may be purchased for placement on the wall around the “IKE” statue by sending $10 to the Eisenhower Pilgrimage in care of Department Headquarters by October 1. Wreath orders (reserved for Districts and State and National level organizations) also must be ordered by October 1 for $20 by sending in information requested below.


A Homecoming luncheon following the Pilgrimage be held in the Eisenhower Library Dining Room to honor Department Vice Commander Robert Munson, Department SAL Vice Commander Tom Wallsmith, and Department Vice President Claudia Satterlee. The menu for the luncheon is: salad, brisket, baked chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, cake, and tea, water, or coffee. The cost for the luncheon will be $15.00 per person and reservations may be made by sendind in the information.



Eisenhower Library: Immediately following the Pilgrimage

Saturday, October 10, 2015

No. of Luncheon Reservations, $15.00 each__________

Amount Enclosed__________________




Mail to:

Kansas American Legion

1314 SW Topeka Blvd.

Topeka, KS 66612 



Enclosed is our payment for a rose to be placed at the Eisenhower Memorial on Saturday, October 10, 2015.


Post - Unit - Other (Please be Specific)

No. of Roses_____________ Amount Enclosed_______________

($10 for each rose requested)


 (Person Placing the Rose)

_______Please appoint an appropriate individual to place our rose.



Telephone (Day Time)__________________________________


11/21/2015 (Saturday) Big Red 1 Turkey Run... All American Legion Family
Members are invited to participate in dispersing Thanksgiving Meals to Our
Wounded Warriors at Ft. Riley. Times and other info will be distributed as it
is received, shortly....

12/18 - 19/2015 (Friday & Saturday) Operation Santa Claus.... All American
Legion Family Members are invited to participate in dispersing to the Children
Of Our Wounded Warriors Christmas Presents from The Kansas American
Legion Family.

This is an Entire Kansas American Legion Family Event. Come show Our
Heroes And Their Families how very much We appreciate all their devotion
and sacrifices they have made for Our Freedoms.

A Menu of items needed has been posted. Donations for the purchasing
of food and presents may be sent to:

The American Legion Department Of Kansas
1314 S.W. Topeka Blvd
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Attention: Finance Officer


Checks should be made out to:

Kansas ALR Warrior Fund with Turkey Run/Christmas Fund on the memo line.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank You For All That You Do!!!




This is the recognition plaque presented to the Detachment at the Colmery Fundraiser Reception Friday evening in Topeka.

In attendance for the SAL were Richard Strothman, Steve Ward, Doug Evans, and Don Culver.


colmery_banner_(208x135).jpg Also Check out the Story in the News Section.  


Want to know more about the Detachment Commander Strothman?  Check out the Commanders Corner button below.

Commanders Corner




 Kansas Accomplishments 2014-2015

National S.A.L. Accomplishments 2014-2015


Adjutants Bulletin's


Team Kansas:

Congratulations to Dorrance, Glen Elder, Gridley, Halstead, White City, Whitewater  for achieving 100%..!!!

Goose-eggs…. Last week there was 42, this week an “improvement” if you want to call it that… there are 36.

Gentlemen, at this rate (3 per week) it will take 12 weeks to get rid of the goose-eggs.

If any of you think that is acceptable please “reply all” to this e-mail so we know who you are.

District Commanders:  You are the ones Detachment is looking to for contact with the Squadrons… Are you on the phone with your Squadrons, or better yet in their meetings asking for a transmittal..?

No one has asked for help so Detachment must assume you don’t need any.  If that is not the case please let me know and I will contact your AL District Commander and request their assistance on your behalf.

Commander Strothman and V-Commander Wallsmith:  What is the Membership Team doing to eliminate the “goose-eggs”..?

Gentlemen, it’s time to start taking membership serious.

Its mid-September, and almost a third (32%) of our Squadrons have “goose-eggs”.

Which of you is going to step up and make a difference..?


Don Culver

Adjutant, Detachment of Kansas








Special Announcements


Adjutant Notes

  •  Want to save a stamp?  Click on the SAL Officers List button and submit your form Online.  SAL Officers List      

Mid-Winter Forum - Hays---February  5-7, 2016

Detachment Convention - Hutchinson---May 20-22, 2016

American Legion Leadership College-June 2016-Concordia-Registration $40

District Conventions

  • District I, Topeka #400---April 8-10, 2016
  • District II, Olathe---April 2, 2016
  • District III, Arkansas City---April 1-3, 2016
  • District IV, Ogden---April 23, 2016
  • District V,  Wellington---April 22-24, 2016
  • District VI, Colby---April 15-17, 2016
  • District VII, Pratt---April 8-10, 2016
  • District VIII, TBA---April 15-17, 2016

Important Information

Are you familiar with Well National has released a version for the SAL! 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 Jerry Leopold announced that the 2016 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.

The Legion Insurance Trust Click Here