Department Update: March 19, 2020
COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS and Operations/Personnel
The American Legion Department of Ohio has been diligent on remaining updated about the current coronavirus situation. Today, Governor Mike DeWine and the state team gave an updated that included the following:
- There are 119 confirmed cases of which Ohio had one less than a week ago
- Of the 119 cases, 43 are females and 76 are males
- 24 Counties are affected
The Department, Districts, and Posts, have had to make tough business decisions this week. Our Posts were ordered to close their canteens and are restricted to carry-out and delivery of prepared food only. We realize the economic effect this will cause. WE are not alone on this matter.
Recommended solutions for our members, Posts, and veterans, are the following:
- If you have a mortgage please contact the mortgage company to apply for defferrment
- Governor DeWine mentioned today a moratorium of utilities which means, the utility company will not turn off any utilities due to non-payment
- Ohio coordinated with SBA for small businesses and non-profits to apply for small low interest long term loans for $2mil. Please email: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call 800-659-2955
- For more information about the Coronavirus and Ohio, please visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov
The Department has allowed all staff to work from home Thursday, 3/19 thru Monday, 3/23. This includes the field staff and DSO’s in the VA Medical Centers. The Department Adjutant will be in the office each day. The coordinators, program administrators, and front desk receptionist will return to HQ on a rotation basis beginning Tuesday, 3/24. Please be patient with us as we work through this adjustment. Below is an image of direct phone numbers and emails of all staff. Please contact them directly. Emails will be quicker than phone calls.
We are working on assisting with blood drives as there is currently a shortage. We are also working on assisting Posts to be able to serve our elderly with meals and any other resources they may need. Please check our website and social media pages frequently for opportunities to serve. Thank you for your patience and we wish you well during this time.
Department Convention – TBD
July 8-12 or July 15-19, 2020
**Currently – The American Legion Department of Ohio is working on relocating the Department Convention site to a different hotel.
We will continue to keep you informed. There isn’t any need for serious concern or worry as the Department is working on a solution!
Convention Events: TBD
Department Convention Flyer
Department Convention Schedule
Department Housing Form (ONLINE)
Department Convention Program Donation Form (PDF)
Dept Convention Committeemen: TBD after District Conferences
Preamble to the Constitution: For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.