Thursday, March 29, 2012

House Budget Meeting - VSO Budget Passes House SubCommittee

Michigan House Sub committee for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Approves budget for 2012-2013


LANSING, MI - March 28th, 2012 the Michigan House sub committee for Military and Veteran Affairs approved the 2012-2013  budget.  This budget includes the following for Veteran Service Organizations:

Funding to be 3,029,000 for the year, which is the same as last year.  It also includes 2 one-time infusions of funding.
1. One-Time Appropriations - Veterans Advice, Advocacy and Assistance Grants
House includes a one-time line item appropriation of $2.0 million for veterans service organization grants to be funded with IDG funding being made available from the Department of Human Services.
2. One-Time Appropriations - Michigan Veterans Coalition Initiatives
House includes a one-time line item appropriation of $1.7 million for Michigan Veterans Coalition initiatives to be funded with IDG funding being made available from the Department of Human Services. Proposed initiatives include: establishing and implementing a college campus program to assist veterans on campus with enrolling in the veterans affairs health care system and with filing claims for disabilities; and implementing an Internet-based data system, in collaboration with the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors, to ensure that Michigan's veterans and their families receive professional assistance, advocacy, and counseling to obtain and receive benefits.

To read more: Summary from the Fiscal Agency http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/House/pdf/2011-HLA-5381-2.pdf

To read House Bill 5381: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/House/pdf/2012-HIB-5381.pdf

Next step:  March 29th, 2012 is the Senate version of the budget.  Differences will be brought to conference.

The legislative team is working hard to keep these gains through out the process.


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

State Convention is headed to Kalamazoo Michigan -Call to Convention



The 94th American Legion Department of Michigan Annual State Convention June 28th - July 1st, 2012


Official Call will be posted in the April -May Edition of the Legionnaire



Radisson Hotel
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Purpose: To receive Department Officers’ annual reports, consider Department Constitution and By-Laws amendments, elect Department Officers and conduct any other business brought to the convention.  Only the Committees and Chairpersons listed below are called to officially participate in the Convention. 

Registration: Registration fee of $10 will be charged to all delegates, alternates and guests.

Room form: click here  Registration Form: Click here

Contest Supervisory:  Completed registration forms filed at Department Headquarters June 1st, 2012

Department Exec. Cmte Meeting: Thursday June 28th, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Opening Session:  Friday June 29th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Subsequent Convention Sessions:  Saturday, June 30th, 2012, 9:00 a.m. & Sunday, July 1st, 2012, 10:00 a.m

Called Department Committee Meetings: Thursday, June 28th, 2012 (TBA – see schedule at www.michiganlegion.org)

·         Finance/Personnel
·         Children & Youth, Legislative, Membership, Permanent Time and Place
·         Americanism, Economic, Public Relations, Reconnect, and VAVS/VHVS
·         Contest Supervisory, Internal Affairs, Post Development, and VA&R

Call Department Committee Chairmen: Representing Department Committees not called to convention:  Baseball, Boys State, Education & Scholarship, Leadership College, and National Security & Foreign Relations

Convention Cmte Meetings:  Friday June 29th, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Convention Committees are comprised of one person per district. Each Delegation Chairman will name the members to serve on the Convention Committees and certify that list to the Department Adjutant ten (10) (June 18th, 2012)days prior to the Department Convention. 

Americanism  & Community Service (includes Education & Scholarship, Boys State, Law and Order, Scouting) – Children & Youth, Constitution & Bylaws, Credentials, Economic, Finance, Legislative, Membership, National Security & Foreign Relations, Post Development, Public Relations, Reconnect, Rules, Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation and VAVS/VHVS

District Caucuses:  Friday, June 29th, 2012, 10  a.m. – 11 a.m.
Zone Caucuses: Friday, June 29th, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Joint Memorial Service: Sunday, July 1st, 2012 8 a.m.

Elections & Adjournment:  Sunday July 1st, 2012

The 2013 Department Executive Committee and the 2012 National Convention Delegates and Alternates will meet upon convention adjournment.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Consolidated Post Reports Have Arrived at Department

CPR's have arrived!!!


The 2011-2012 forms have arrived here at Department and we are preparing to send them to the Post's next week.  Watch for them in the mail.  If your Post is signed on to My Legion you may submit your report electronically. www. mylegion.org

Don't let your volunteers down, this report allows you to brag to the State and National about all the great works your Post volunteers do.

Thank you for your time and efforts, this information is used when we speak to legislatures in Lansing and in Washington D.C..  

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEGION


The American Legion
Celebrates its 93rd Birthday
March 17th, 2012

On March 7th, 1919 the Stars and Stripes newspaper carried a front page announcement.. “Veterans of A.E.F. in Liberty League” will hold a “Conference on Organization….In Paris Beginning the 15th
March 17th, 1919 – The first caucus adjourned at 5:27 p.m. With haste and heart, the spirited gathering of citizen-soldiers had launched a vessel of new design.
March 28th, 1919 Stars and Stripes – “The A.E.F- doughboy, colonel, and general working together – organized the American Legion this month as its postwar association.


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

APRIL IS CHILDREN AND YOUTH MONTH


Children & Youth
April is C & Y Month
By Ron Geiger, Children & Youth Department Chairman

     April is Children & Youth month.  Annually, Posts are asked to set aside April to conduct a special activity which places emphasis on the Children & Youth program and informs our members and the community of the American Legion's accomplishments on behalf of young people.  There are many ways a Post can observe "April is Children & Youth month".  The following are just a few suggestions;  Sponsor a community project for or with children, such as, a talent show featuring young people to raise money for specific community projects, or, you could organize youth panels to discuss teenage problems in your communities, or, organize visits to children's hospitals.

     A special brochure highlighting April as Children & Youth month is available for download in the Children & Youth section atwww.legion.org (Click Media, then Publications)

     If Posts participate in any of the above programs, or any program involving Children & Youth, be sure to report it in the Consolidated Post Report along with everything else you have done throughout the year.  Our National Commander is asking for 75% of Posts in each Department to submit their Consolidated Post Reports by the deadline.  Let's make this happen!  As a team we can do that!  Remember our core purpose:  A square deal for every child.



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Problems with Names March 2012 issue of the Michigan Legionnaire

Michigan Legionnaires and Auxiliary,

    Due to a technical error many subscribers have received their March 2012 MI Legionnaire with the wrong First name and membership number.  We are aware of the problem and it will be addressed in the April/May Issue.

Sorry for the mistake.

Mark Sutton
Editor, MI Legionnaire
info@michiganlegion.org

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

District Meeting Schedules For March - June 2012

The following is a list of District meetings for the coming months in Michigan


1st District

Spring 3/5/12 - 7PM        Joe Louis Post #375
Summer 6/4/12 - 7PM   Fred Beaudry Post #126

2nd District
March 18th 2012                Rose City Post #324 (Jackson)
May 20th 2012* Tecumseh-Underwood-Orr Post #34 (Tecumseh)

SAL meets at 12:00 pm, Service Officer Training at 1:00 pm, Legion meets at 2 pm
*Memorial Service starts at 12:30

3rd District
Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 A.M.
Luncheon at 12:00 P.M.
Regular Post and Auxiliary Meetings at 1:00 P.M.

March 4, 2012- Reading Post No. 360 
May 6, 2012- Battle Creek Post 298 

4th District

March 4th, 2012                 Constantine Post 223
May 6th, 2012                     Baroda Post 345

5th District

Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

March 8th, 2012                Grandville Post 179
May 10th, 2012                 Grand Haven Post 28

District 6

Meetings start at 1pm (check minutes for service officer training)

March 11, 2012                  Pinckney Post 419
May 6, 2012                        Davison Post 267


7th District

March 11th, 2012               Port Huron  #8 2pm
May 20th, 2012                   Port Huron #8 2pm
June 2012                            Summer Convention


8th District

March 4th, 2012                 Hubbarston Post 182
May 6th, 2012                     Owosso Post 57

District 9th

March 10, 2012                  Manistee Post 10 
May 12, 2012                      Croton Post 381

Schedule remains:  Executive Committee Meeting at Noon; Service Officer info
at 12:30 p.m.; Lunch 1:00 p.m.; General Membership Meeting at 2:00 p.m.

District 10

March 3, 2012                    Mikado Post 254 1 pm (Lunch at 12 noon)
May 6, 2012                        Linwood (Memorial Meeting)
June 2, 2012                       TBA

District 11 & 12
June 8&9, 2012                  White Pine Post #462

District 16
Meeting starts at 7:30pm
* Denotes Service Officer School 6:30PM
** Memorial Service 6:30PM

March 13, 2012 *Southgate Post 478  734-946-5398
April 10, 2012                     *Allen Park Post 409
May 8, 2012                      Lincoln Park Post 67  Dual  313-388-2088
** Memorial Service & Elections
June 12, 2012                   * Garden City 396 313-381-2245

District 17

March 21, 2012                  Meeting at Livonia Post 32 7 pm
April 18, 2012                     Meeting at Livonia Post 32 7 pm
May 16, 2012                      Memorial Service at 6:30PM
                                                Meeting at Post 32 7 pm
June 6, 2012                       Meeting at Post 32 Pre Convention 7 pm
                                               
District 18

March 11th, 2012               Oxford Post 108
May 6th, 2012                     Chief Pontiac Post 377   Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Election of Officers 2 p.m.
June 10, 2012                     Clarkston Post 63

District 19

March 11th, 2012               12 p..m. Harbor Springs Post
May 2012                             TBA


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Membership Round Up March 10-11, 2012


MARCH 10, 2012

0800 hours start at Grand Rapids Furniture City Post #258, 401 N. Park N.E., Grand        Rapids, MI    TX:  616-530-0142.  (Breakfast - $6.00)

Stay time:  45-60 minutes.  Leave approx. 0900 hrs.

Travel approx. 2.5 hours to Detroit Joe Louis Post #375, 19486 Sherwood St. Detroit, MI             TX:  313-366-6904.  Arrive approx.  1130 hrs. (159 miles)

Stay time:  45 minutes.  Leave approx. 1215 hrs.

Travel approx. 24 minutes to Auburn Hills Hill-Gazette Post #143, 96 Churchill Rd.,         Auburn Hills, MI   TX:  248-852-4880.  Arrive approx. 1245 hrs. (31miles)    (Lunch – No Charge)

Stay time:  60 minutes.  Leave approx 1345 hrs.

Travel approx. 2.5 hrs to St. Helen Post #416, 10062 Ford Dr., St. Helen, MI
            TX:  989-389-4630.  Arrive approx 1615 hrs.  (151 miles) (Dinner - $6.50)

Stay time:  1-2 hours

Travel ½ hr. to Houghton Lake for overnight stay. (At your own expense) (23 miles)

MARCH 11, 2012

Leave Houghton Lake approx. 0900 hours.

Travel time approx. 5 ½ hrs, to Iron Mountain Uren-Cooper-Johnson Post #50, 
916 River Ave, Iron Mountain, MI     TX:  906-774-5797. (W/1hr+ lunch,
arrive approx 1545 hrs) (308 miles) (Dinner - $6.50)

Spend the night in Iron Mountain (at your own expense) or proceed home at your own pace.

PLEASE REFUEL AS NEEDED AT ANY STOP.

Thank you for traveling with the Department of Michigan American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion on this very important Family Membership Roundup.


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

76th Annual Bowling Tournament


Annual Bowling Tournament
By John “Scotty” Graham

     Information packets were sent out in December to all the Post adjutants and to the team captains of record of the 75Th Annual tournament.  If you would like a packet please contact us at the phone number or email address listed below.
     The 2012 76th  Annual bowling tournament will be held at Colonial Lanes located at 5430 Pierson Rd. in Flushing, Michigan during the weekends of April 14, 21, and 28, 2012.  Squad times for the Doubles and Singles Event are Saturday at 10AM & 2PM.  Team Event will start Sunday at 12 noon.  
The Oakley Traynor Post, Auxiliary & Squadron 64 will be your host.  Rick Johnson will be the Honorary President and the organizer of the functions.(Subject to change)  Oakley Traynor Post 64 is located in Flushing at G-4314 W. Carpenter Rd. Advance reservations for groups of three (3) or more teams will be accepted, however, all entry forms and fee's are due one (1) month earlier than the normal entry close date. Individuals may contact us at 734-422-8670 anytime to check on availability of openings or email malbowl@sbcglobal.net                                                                    
     This is important to all participants, you do not have to bowl in all three events, you may bowl in any combination of events, be it just one, two or all three.  Furthermore, you may bowl in doubles and team event as many times as you like, provided you have a different Doubles partner or different Team! It is also your responsibility to verify your averages with your team Captain. You do not have to belong to the USBC to participate in this tournament. Entry fee is listed in the packet, sign your team up today, new bowlers and teams are always welcome.
As always; Yours in comradeship. Scotty, Don, Ellen & Elsie


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Give the Gift of Sponsorship - Boys State


Give the Gift of a Sponsorship

By Nelson O’Brien, Michigan Boys State Director


.  The Boys State program will  change the life of the young man you or your Post sponsors.  Remember sponsorship can come from anyone.  It changed the life of Grant Comer, MD, MSc when he attended Boys State in Indiana, but now works and lives in Michigan.

“The week was, quite simply, incredible. Whereas in high school I constantly tried to fit in with my peers, at Boys State I was surrounded by intelligent, driven, and extremely personable guys who were my peers. I was immersed into a group of friends that I never knew existed. This allowed me to finally embrace excellence instead of suppressing it to feel accepted.” -Grant

It’s Not Just About Politics

This year when you or your Post Sponsors a young man they will participate in the 75th year of the Michigan Boys State program.  We started in 1938 with 838 boys in attendance at MSU.  We have a goal for 300 this year. Will you sponsor a boy to attend?  We are looking for a 15-16 year old boy going from their junior to their senior year of High School. 

What is Boys State?

It is hard to believe but some still do not know what Boys State is, if you need more information please feel free to contact me at nlob@comcast.net.  Refer to your October Legionnaire newspaper for a full page about the program.

If funds are not available to sponsor a boy, but your Post has the desire please call Deanna at Department headquarters or one of the Boy State Committee members and we will find sponsorship money. 

We are working on a special seventy fifth anniversary commemorative pin that will be given to each attendee. Please help me and the Boys State committee to make this program successful in the months to come. I thank each and every one of you for your assistance.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Friday, March 2, 2012

It's Great To Be A Michigan Legionnaire


Set The Tone during this Election Year
Happy New Year Michigan Legionnaires and Family.  2012 already, time waits for no one.  I sincerely hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a peaceful, joyous Christmas.  2012 is going to be a very challenging year, even more so now that the so called “Super Committee” failed to do its job in reaching an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade; and let’s not forget that this is an election year where we will be electing an entire house of representatives and one-third of the senate.
Let the spin doctors, negative ads and talking heads on T.V. start their engines. The blame game will be vociferous and self-righteous; the bottom line is the overall performance for those in Washington D.C. has been dismal.    I want our Legionnaires to be engaged and part of the process of elections 2012, not in a partisan way but in a Legion way.  Those running for office must know that we are for ensuring that our defense department is adequately funded in order to defend our borders and global interests.  Veterans programs that provide assistance to our Veterans without homes, employment to our Veterans without jobs, VA health care to Veterans that need it, rehabilitation for our wounded warriors, and efficiency and accuracy to the processing of disability claims, must remain as a top priority of congress.  When those running for office hold town hall meetings, legionnaires with their blue caps on should be in the audience showing concern for any changes or cuts in education or children programs, letting them know that patriotism trumps partisan politics any day, and that since 1919, The American Legion has advocated for what’s good for the community, state and nation and they should do the same.

Let our voices be heard
As Legionnaires we are close to 80,000 strong with the reputation and prestige deserving of a first class organization.  We have earned the public’s respect for what we do through our posts and the volunteerism of our members.  We can only be effective if ALL of us contact our representatives.

GET OUT THE VOTE
Since the 1920, American Legion National Convention in Cleveland, the organization urged ALL Legionnaires to register to vote. Since then, the organization has passed countless similar resolutions advocating Legionnaires to not only exercise their constitutional responsibility to vote, but to also encourage others to do the same.  I want to encourage all Michigan Legionnaires to register and vote in all elections. In addition, Legionnaires, posts, districts and departments are encouraged to fully involve themselves in the electoral process by serving as poll volunteers, poll workers and by encouraging and assisting others to register and vote.  Information about how to run a successful "Get Out the Vote" campaign is available through The American Legion's Americanism Division.

Michigan Legionnaires let’s“Set The Tone for elections 2012”. Let the public know how important a right and privilege it is to vote and the role veterans have played in securing that right.    Let the politicians know that we are watching, observing and listening to what they have to say in order to get our vote. 

The Department of Michigan and the legislative committee will be counting on you to have our backs when we interact with our current legislators and those who want to be elected.