|MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER|
Message read by Anna
TO: All Members|
The American Legion
"Building for Tomorrow Today" . is the slogan adopted by Daniel M. Dellinger, who was elected as our National Commander Aug.29 during the 95th National Convention in Houston. NC Dellinger takes over the leadership of our great organization in this, the first year of the 5 year build up to The American Legion Centennial Celebration. As stated in my last newsletter, this is the year to get organized by forming your post and district centennial committees. Every post has a legacy and a vision, whether your post was chartered in 1919 or 2009, this celebration gives us cause to remind everyone of our past and future commitment to VA/R, Children and Youth, Americanism and National Defense. If your post is having trouble figuring out where to start, National Headquarters can provide many tools to use in the years leading up to this event. For more information contact Laura Edwards, liaison to The American Legions 100th Anniversary Observance Committee; (317) 630-1282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houston was my 3rd national convention and what a great experience I had serving as a delegate on the Internal Affairs Committee, this is the committee where Resolution No.6, endorsing our own PDC Jake Jacobs for National Vice-Commander, was advanced. Seating on the convention floor is based on attaining set membership goals, unfortunately because of coming in 45th place the Wyoming delegation was placed way to the back. Our position on the floor did not diminish our presence though; Delegation Chairman IPDC Keith Davidson made no less than 5 trips to the podium accompanied by various Wyoming delegates, to make donations to national programs or to accept national awards; the most impressive being when IPDC Keith and P14 Cmdr. Deanna Hurless presented then NC Jim Koutz, a check for an additional $8,600 to Operation Comfort Warriors.
The fall workshop was started to replace the individual district conferences as stated in the Department of Wyoming Constitution; ARTICLE VIII; Section 3. This year Fall Workshop was hosted by post 44 Worland and an enormous success, with all 6 districts being well represented. Although membership and fund raising seemed to be hot topics, discussions covered all of the pillars of our organization from scholarships to news media involvement to what individual posts are doing to assist veterans in their area. Discussions were even more meaningful by the honored presence of National Commander, Dan Dellinger who moved between groups observing, listening and commenting when asked.
Following workshop DA Julie & I embarked on a 4 day 8 post tour of western Wyoming with NC Dellinger and his Aide Bob Renner. Our 1st stop was Greybull, P32 where PC Paul impressed the NC with a restoration project on the old post home. NC Dellinger made his living in construction specializing in historic preservation and thought this a very worthwhile project; next was a dinner hosted by Powell P26 then breakfast with P20 Cody members at the Irma, on through Yellowstone to Jackson Hole P43 where D1VC Mike Hobbs joined the tour. PC Dave and his crew had a wonderful buffalo, elk and antelope dinner prepared, during which a temporary charter for a Jackson SAL detachment was signed. Tuesday morning found us in Alpine for breakfast with PC Sanderson and many P46 members. Before lunch hosted by P49 Afton, PC Chuck met us at the Freedom Arms factory for a tour, what a remarkable example of built in America -Yankee ingenuity-. P36 Ft Bridger was our next stop where PC Estes and members had a delicious homemade dinner prepared. Wednesday morning we were 1650 feet underground touring the FMC trona mine and after lunch toured the Halliburton facility. Our final post visit was at my home post in Rock Springs where PC Joe Tallon pulled out all the stops. D1C Rick and the auxiliary had prepared a wonderful meal and reception. The Riders presented NC Dellinger with a $500 check and the Junior Auxiliary added another $460 to the NCs fundraising program, (NEF), National Emergency Fund.
Membership growth and NEF are on top of NC Dellingers agenda, those along with jobs, training and working with congress to preserve all veterans advances were the topics discussed at stops during this tour. I want to thank our Legion Family for making this tour such a success, especially those host posts, for putting forth the effort to make this such a memorable visit for our national commander. I had a wonderful time and am looking forward to visiting with other posts around the state. If any post has a specific time or an event they would like me attend, my contact information can be found at www.wylegion.org