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Commander's Message for June 12, 2012

 Greeting – It’s almost a month until convention, I hope you have your delegates selected and plans made to be 
 Middleton July 20 – 22.  The Convention Corporation and HQ staff are working hard to make this a memorable
 event.
 Chris will be releasing next week’s membership report on Wednesday June 20th, thirty days before state  
 convention.  This report will determine the seating at convention
 Please get your membership transmittals sent in now. 

 Congratulations to Wisconsin’s SAL for being at an all-time high in membership.  Today’s report shows them  
 at 102.206%.  Great Job!!!

 Posts that have one member more than what you had last year are eligible for the National Commander’s Post 
 Excellence Award
.  If you qualify, get your information to your District Commander as soon as possible so it 
 can be certified and forwarded to department HQ.  There is no official form to complete, but details on how to 
 qualification can be found on the National website.  http://www.legion.org/commander/postexcellence

The end of year reports that I’ve seen show some fantastic activities.  There are still a large percentage of Posts who have not completed their annual Consolidated Post Report, Children & Youth Report and/or VA & R reports.  If you have not completed and returned these three
reports please do so and get them to HQ in Portage by June 20that the latest.  Be proud of what you do, report the information and tell the story of your Post’s activities.  Copies of the report were sent in Post mailings and are in the Administrative Manual. http://www.legion.org/membership/cpr

Share copies of the reports with your city officials and local newspapers.

I still need 37 more members to take the American Legion Extension Institute in order to meet my goal of 150 graduates this year. This is excellent training for new offices, new members, and old members – it gives an overview of our organization. You can now take the class on-line through the national website for $4.95.  It’s great interactive training which is enhanced with videos of our programs.  Go to https://www.legion.org/alei to sign-up and complete. Encourage your new officers to take this class.  If you already took the class with the four book set, I encourage you to also take the on-line class as a refresher.

I hope many of you are planning to attend Membership and Post Activities training at one of the 7 locations around the state June 23, 24 or 26.  Details on the locations can be found at:
http://wilegion.org/page/content/members/2013-membership-cards

Tickets are still available for the July 18 Legion Day at Miller Park - Brewers vs. Cardinals Baseball Game.  This is a fund raising activity to support American Legion Baseball.  http://wilegion.org/page/content/programs/2012-legion-day-at-miller-park

Finally, I hope to see many of you at King this coming Sunday June 17 when we make our annual trip to honor our Veterans who are residents at the King Veterans Home.  This is a time to honor our veterans who may not have family to visit them on Father’s Day.
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Thank you for all you do, keep up the great work.

Commander Denise

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