It is hard to believe that this will be my last SALute article as your Detachment Commander. I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for their hard work over this past year, but we are not done yet!! In the next few weeks, our Squadrons should be receiving their consolidated reports. I am asking that every Squadron and District fill out those consolidated reports and get them mailed into Department.Read more »
The American Legion Family has returned home from Washington D.C., where our proud family members represented our Great Organization and visited our Representatives and Senators of the 115th Congress of the United States of America to present the legislative goals of our organization. Now that we are back home, we must continue to contact those Congressmen, Congresswomen, and Senators to keep our message fresh in their minds and to let them know that we will not accept anything less for those who have sacrificed for our Nation and the freedoms that we enjoy today.
We are fast approaching our 98th Birthday of the American Legion and I would encourage the leadership of each Post to consider a celebration of this event by opening your doors to your community and invite them to see and hear the legacy of our organization. I know many of our Posts are already doing this on an annual basis. What a great opportunity to present our message to the leadership of the communities which we serve. Promotional materials are available to you which can be used to present our message and the “Four Pillars” of The American Legion.
Finally, I would like to touch on membership. Have you reached your quota for the year? Several of you have, but many have not. It is important to keep working, especially now as we are only two months from closing the books on the 2017 year. It is most important to contact those on your rosters who have not renewed their membership now!
One thing that we have learned is that a decline in membership results in a decline in revenue and that will eventually affect all of us if we let our membership continue to decline. We have been fortunate here in Ohio not to have an increase in dues (Ohio per/capita) for several years. One way to assure that won’t happen is to keep a strong membership. Let’s have a strong finish in 2017 and reach the goals that you set for your Post and Districts for this year.
We are also at that time of the year when it is important to report to the National American Legion on the activity of your local Post. Consolidated Post Reports (CPR’s) is how this is accomplished. National Commander Schmidt has challenged each Department to achieve 100% reporting of CPR’s and I am passing that along to each District, County, Division, and Post Commander out there to devise a plan to be sure that you get your CPR’s turned in this year. This can be done easily on-line or by mail.
Together, let’s “Carry the Legacy Forward” and together let’s “Grow the Family.”
Ronald “Chappie” Chapman
Greetings my fellow SONS!!!
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It is hard to believe that 2016 is over. Where has the time gone?? I guess time does fly when you’re having fun!Read more »
In this issue:
- A Lifetime That Shaped Lifetimes
- Inaugural “Lobby Day”
- Department Job Postings
- Mission: Possible
- Just A Bit Of Order
- And much more!
We have reached the half way point of our 2017 American Legion year. I have been able to visit our VA facilities in Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, and the Veterans home in Sandusky and Georgetown. In the near future I hope to be able to tour the Chillicothe facility. Our Mid-Winter conference is behind us…Read more »
Happy Holidays to all of the American Legion Department of Ohio Family! During this festive time of the year I would like to remind each of you to remember those Veterans who are deployed, as well as, their families. In today’s world each of our communities are touched by men and women in uniform who…Read more »
In this issue:
- Mid-Winter Conference information
- Medal of Honor recipient becomes Ohio Legionnaire
- Lima High School POW/MIA Chair of Honor
- And much more!
Our founders in 1919 gave us the tools to move forward with Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, Americanism, Children and Youth, and a strong National Security. These “Four Pillars” have become the cornerstones of our great organization. As we move into the Winter months of our Legion year we are just finishing our largest membership push…Read more »
Greetings my fellow SONS!
Just back from National Convention and what a great time our delegation had. Ohio received several awards this year at National. First and foremost, we were awarded the Garlund Murphy award, for the largest monetary donation to the Child Welfare Foundation.Read more »
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by experiencing traumatic events such as combat, disasters, terrorism, serious accidents, or physical sexual assault. PTSD includes three types of symptoms:
1. Re-experiencing or reliving the trauma such as having flashbacks, nightmares, or becoming very upset when reminded of the trauma.
2. Avoiding or staying away from places or people because they bring back the trauma, isolating from others, and/or a feeling of being numb.
3. Experiencing increased arousal such as being on guard, being irritable, having trouble sleeping, or startling easily.