Well we welcomed in a New Year, now its time to get back to work. There is now less than 5 months until our Detachment Convention. The goals we set last May are now the challenges ahead of us. We are just 4 weeks away from our Mid-Winter forum in Winfield, February 6-8. Our session will be on Saturday morning Feb. 7. Sons of The American legion National Commander Mike Moss will be attending. If you are fairly new to the S.A.L. come to the Forum you might pick up some ideas you can use at your Squadron. If you have been arould awhile come and visit old Friends and you might learn something new too.
As an S.A.L. member are you preparing to enter or already enrolled in college or do you have a Son or Daughter that will be entering college next September? Be sure and have them apply for the Scholarships that the Detachment of Kansas offers. Spend a few minutes filling out the two applications and mail them in before the Feb. 15th deadline. Last year we had several scholarships go unused do to a lack of applications. Both applications are availible on this web site or e-mail any of the Detachment Officers for copies.
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 If you have not renewed your membership yet, your membership is no longer active and you are now not entitled to any of the benefits that you derive from being a member.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 70% and we have met every target date so far. Squadron Adjutants don’t let membership sit on your desk, get them in now.
Our Detachment has been in contact with Ann Domsch of Operation Military Kids in Kansas and she alerted us to the fact that approximately 250 children are feeling the effects of a parent's deployment at Ft. Riley. She has offered to assist us with distributing GI Josh dogs to these children. In support of this effort, an order form was send out to our squadrons in Kansas to encourage their support of this project. To date we have been able to raise enough money to purchase 110 GI Josh dogs. We need 250 by May to give to the children at Ft. Riley. We could use a little help in making our goal. We appreciate anything you could do to help. Up to now response has been good but we have a ways to go.
Happy New Year!
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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 email@example.com 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.