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The American Legion

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My term is nearing its end, what an honor and pleasure it has been to serve as your 2013-2014 Department Commander. This has been a year full of challenges and successes, traveling around the state meeting with legionnaires, seeing firsthand the many ways individual posts serve their communities being the most memorable. Challenges have been met head-on making us stronger, better and more informed. Membership, the key to our continued success, has turned the corner and is up at the department level. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives. Membership and membership dues are what allow us to say that 100% of funds donated, to any of the hundreds of programs The American Legion does all around this country, goes directly to that cause, yes, 100%. This is possible because a portion of your membership dues go to National and a portion to the Department; that is what pays for the overhead costs and that is why membership is so important. Let us continue this upward momentum so that Wyoming can do its part for The American Legion National Organization’s goal of reaching an all-time high in membership on our 100th anniversary in 2019.

Thank you for your military service; and thank you for “continuing to serve” in your community, your state and nation by being a member of The American Legion; the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans. Yes, the “Four Pillars”, the pillars on which this great organization was founded nearly 100 years ago. These principals are as true and necessary today as they were when my Grandfather returned home from France in 1919; that generation realized the need for service organizations such as ours; not only for veteran affairs and rehabilitation but to protect our way of life…our freedoms…”For God and Country”, we do this.

The Department Convention will be hosted by Post 42, Gillette 27-29 June. Please plan on attending and refer to the Convention Agenda in this newsletter for times and topics. I would very much like to open the convention by letting everyone know that Wyoming has met its national membership goal. At this writing we are 150 members short of meeting that goal, putting us in 7th place nationally, 4th in the Western Region and 3rd in the Big 12. I think this is a very attainable goal especially when you consider we have 60 posts around the state to work towards this goal, so let’s keep those transmittals coming, it can be done. Look no farther than Meeteetse, Jackson and Rawlins, all over 134% and accounting for nearly 50 more members than their post quotas. Look at the membership report in this newsletter to see how your post and district are doing and remember…renewals are the key.

Finally, I would like to wish the very best to the new slate of leaders for The American Legion, Department of Wyoming 2014-2015. Many thanks to all those individuals around this great state who helped in making this such a memorable year, a special thanks to IPDC Keith for his continued mentoring and to Post 24 for the outstanding support all through the years.

Respectfully Submitted
Doug Uhrig, Commander 2013-2014
Department Commander