Greetings Team Kansas,
We’ve reached our 100% membership, for our 38th consecutive year. This coming year we won’t be required to submit unused cards before receiving the new ones so our membership drive should get off to an earlier start. It would be great to get the drive completed early in the year so we can concentrate more time and energy on what we do best, taking care of our Veterans and their families and doing good things in our communities.
The June 3rd Leadership College was again informative and I’m encouraging those of you who are Adjutants or Commanders along with aspiring members to these positions to consider attending next year as I understand there will be specific classes for those two positions with detailed instructions on duties and in filling out the forms required.
The benefit auction for CWF was quite innovative and entertaining to say the least and set records for total funds raised. Reminded me of our pie auction at State Convention. Really shows how much fun it can be to raise money for our programs.
June 14 Flag Day was full of Legion activities in my local community as I’m sure it was in yours. Our SAL Squadron put up about 300 flags throughout the community. What a beautiful sight.
July 4th is coming soon and will also be a busy patriotic day. Hope you all have a safe holiday.
Until next month,
Commander, Detachment of Kansas 2016-2017
Correction in the August SALute: The date for the WTB Turkey Run Should Be November 19, 2016
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.
Also Check out the Story in the News Section.
Want to know more about the Detachment Commander Wallsmith? Check out the Commanders Corner button below.
American Legion Leadership College-June 2017-Concordia-Registration $40
National Convention Future Dates:
Cincinnati, Ohio - August 26-September 1, 2016
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 2017
Kansas Family State Convention - Topeka 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.