Date: 01/05/2021 4:53 PM
Subject: NOTE PAGE Newsletter JANUARY 2021
To the American Legion Family- Department of Georgia:
FROM THE DESK OF
THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
My fellow Legionnaires, as we move into a new year, let’s take a retrospective look at 2020: the year that changed and challenged our idea of normalcy. Certainly, 2020 will be remembered as the year that compelled us to find new ways of doing business. 2020 was the year that brought the coronavirus and its subsequent global pandemic. 2020 was the year that reinvented new technology tools. 2020 was the year that overwhelmed our healthcare system. 2020 was the year that brought us grief and sorrows as a bereaved American Legion Family.
Since the initial meeting in 1919, there have been both changes and challenges. However, we are a resilient group of individuals and as Americans, we have always met the challenges and embraced or adapt to change. This organization redesigned itself and continued to change to meet those challenges. The year 2020 was indeed an unprecedented year. Hopefully, 2021 will return us to a better normalcy and therefore, a better year. We are proud to have the expertise of the scientific minds, coupled with the modern technology, that developed a vaccine – in record time in hopes of defeating this enemy (COVID-19). New conversations including such discussions as webinar, zoom, e-meetings, social distancing, and of course, coronavirus. Then, too new programs are available to assist us via mylegion.org, electronic membership payment, and the Training Tuesday which is presented in 60-90 minutes sessions on the last Tuesday of each month by a staff at the National HQs (https://www.legion.org/training/training-tuesday). It has been a year!!!!!
Our National Constitution and Bylaws are updated, and our Department is racing toward the finish line with our own Constitution & By-Laws You are strongly encouraged to get your C&BL updated.
Membership is always a topic of discussion. It is our score card at all levels. It is the life blood of any organization. We don’t want to just meet our goals; instead, we want to exceed the goals, raise the bar, and set the standard. In lieu of 100%, let’s aim for 103% and higher. While it is both true and unfortunate that we have lost so many of our Legionnaires to the coronavirus, we still have thousands of untapped Veterans destined to be a Georgia Legionnaire. Let’s recruit and let’s reclaim our comrades. As we move forward into a new year, let us leave no comrade behind.
I know, as Veterans, Legionnaires, Sons, Riders, and Auxiliary, we have and will continue to evolve.
So, step into 2021, the New Year
that promises to be full of hope and opportunities.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Exec Admin Assistant
Director of Membership Services
Department of Georgia Staff
678.289.8883 EXT 3
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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS DIRECTOR ROBERT ‘LARRY’ HAMMOND
HAS TRANSFERRED TO POST EVERLASTING. A DEDICATED, HAD WORKING LEGIONEER. I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER DIRECTOR. I REMEMBER THE NATIONAL ‘LEGACY RUN” THRU GEORGIA. EVEN THOUGH LARRY WAS UNDER MEDICAL TREATMENT HE WAS THERE AT EVERY STOP. HE COORDINATED THE ENTIRED ROUTE WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, THUS MAKING THE RIDE SMOOTHLY THROUGHT GEORGIA.
HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HIGHWAY SYSTEMS AND BACKROADS PROVED IMMEASURABLE DURING NATIONAL COMMANDER VISITS.
LARRY MY FRIEND, YOU FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT. BUT NOW IS YOUR TIME TO REST. REST IN PEACE!
FROM THE DESK OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
My Fellow Legionnaires,
Welcome to a New Legion Year, 2020 – 2021, which became official on August 1, 2020.
As we start this new year with a great deal of uncertainty I believe we will prevail. We have the strength, training and desire to continue our mission. Our National Executive Committee passed Resolution No. 5, Title: Vision, Mission, Values and Motto of The American Legion. Below are portions of this resolution that are very important:
Vision Statement: “The American Legion strengthens America by improving the lives of our veterans, the military and their families.”
Mission Statement: “The American Legion strengthens our communities, states and nation with programs and services for our veterans, the military and their families”
Motto: “Veterans Strengthening America”
These are our new buzz words. Use these quotes in your daily exchange.
We are all aware of the devastation that COVID-19 has brought our Organization over the past months, but we must begin our recovery, in a safe and deliberate manner following the CDC protocol and the scientific data. We must use all of our tools in our tool box to contact our membership. Buddy Checks are paramount, Mylegion has several letter that you can send to your membership to remind them of their obligations to their Post. Teleconference, ZOOM and other media can also be used.
I am confident that we will prevail. The Department Staff are here for you, please feel free to contact them. We are your Headquarter and will give you any assistance needed.
Department of Georgia
Want to share:Date: 07/10/2020 10:26 AMSubject: Pledge of AlegianceOver the last few years I have run across several persons who insist on reciting the Pledge of allegiance while rendering a military salute. When questioned about this they became very upset and angry, So to set the record straight I have enclosed excerpts from the Flag Code and from the National American Legion Web Page.
“The Flag code was changed to allow this” NO it was not!!! The code was amended to allow veterans to salute the colors in the same manner as active duty personnel. i.e. Salute and be silent
Recite the pledge, cap off, with hand over heart.
Salute the flag, cap on, and remain silent.
These are your ONLY two choices!!! Either one is correct and proper respect for the Flag
It is the desire of this Detachment to render proper honors to the American Flag at all times.
I ask each of you to read the attached and “educate” any you observe acting improperly. With the flag and the Government under attack, we need to be correct in our actions and set the example for everyone.
God bless our Flag and God bless the United Sates of America—Clifford E Hall
Detachment of Georgia
National Event Coordinator
Date: Wed, May 13, 2020
This is the time of the year to recognize your Posts and our members.
This is what we do every year at this time, it should be no surprise to anyone.
So Act Legion and get these reports turned in.
I know each Post did something but we don’t know it if you don’t turn in a Consolidated Post Report (CPR). You can do the report on line or the form is on the Department web page. If you submitted the form electronically, be sure to make a copy and mail to your District and Department..
Thank you for your dedication service and for all that you do and will continue to do for the American Legion.
God and Country
Deportment of Georgia
CONVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 27, 2020
Your Department headquarters is still operating, although quite
differently during this COVID-19 emergency. The Department Staff
are in the Office on Mondays and Thursday from 8:00 AM till 12:00 PM.
The Department Staff is will telecommute Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM
– 4:00 PM. The Number is 678-289-8883; Ext. 1, Adjutant/ Ext. 2
Finance/Ext. 3 Membership/Ext. 4 Admin
National has cancelled the following events: National Oratorical Finals,
Junior Shooting Sports Championship, and Boys Nation. Also, the
Spring Meetings are cancelled. National are still assessing plans for the
American Legion Baseball World Series and the National Convention in
Department of Georgia cancelled Legion College/Springs Conference.
Boys State also has been cancelled. The Department Convention is still
schedule for June 19-22, 2020 in Duluth.
The Commander Project fund raiser schedule for April 25, 2020, in
Augusta has been postponed for a later date.
Buddy Checks are of the most important during this crisis. It is vital that
we check on our senior citizens. On March 25, our National
Commander spoke about Enhanced Buddy Checks. Suggest you follow
up on this. We must continue to work our expired members. At the
present we have over 5000 members whose membership has expired.
Don’t let them be left behind!
The daily statistics of the CONVID-19 for Georgia are on our webpages
and are updated at Noon and 7:00 PM.
Do not forget Sundays DEC Sunday at 8 PM.
For Good and Country.