From the Headquarters Team

 

COVID-19 Resources and Help

Message from Commander Wischer

GOVERNOR SUSPENDS EVICTION AND FORECLOSURES
In Emergency Order # 15, Governor Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Palm are prohibiting landlords from serving eviction notices or starting civil action with limited exceptions. Mortgagees are also now prohibited from foreclosing on real estate. The order goes into effect today and remains in effect for 60 days.

National COVID-19 Resource Guide - Includes guidance for Post, County, Districts and Departments, Buddy Check information including sample scripts, types of calls and how to handle them, emergency numbers and type of numbers to log that you may need to help the caller.

Part of the buddy check is to make sure we have the correct/best contact information for the veterans.  You can go to www.Legion.org/update which allows you to update the information immediately without going through mylegion.org.   

Now is a good time to make sure your post is on mylegion.org. It is a Secure website that requires the adjutant or commander to register. You can make many changes (addresses, phone, members status, etc.) on this site, search for current and expired members, generate rosters and submit the CPR to name a few. If myLegion assistance is needed, you can call their new contact number between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM (EST) at 833-253-9995 or email them at mylegion@legion.org

National Emergency Fund Update

Through this uncertain time, we will be sending you weekly updates, cancellations and changes. Watch the www.wilegion.org calendar for updates as they come in.

Headquarters/Service Office/Camp: Updated 3/27/20

  • Due to Emergency Order #12- Safer at Home issued by the State, Department Headquarters will be working remotely for the duration of the order which currently runs from March 25, 2020 through April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

    All Staff can be reached via email as listed below. You can also leave messages at the numbers listed below and we will get back to you. (These are our direct lines, and voicemails left at these numbers go directly to our email)

    Paul Fisk, Interim Adjutant ~ adjutant@wilegion.org ~ Office 608-745-0335
    Angie Chappell, Events ~ angela@wilegion.org ~ Office 608-745-0340 ~ Cell 608-712-1255 
    Chris Shmidt, Membership ~ chris@wilegion.org ~ Office 608-745-0336  
    Carol Swanson, Admin ~ info@wilegion.org ~ Office 608-745-1090
    Jen Swenson, Programs ~ jen@wilegion.org ~ Office 608-745-0338
    Sheri Hicks, Programs ~ sheri@wilegion.org ~ Office 608-745-0341
    Lee Roundy, Finance ~ finance@wilegion.org ~ Office 608-745-0337
    Bonnie Dorniak, Auxiliary ~ deptsec@amlegionauxwi.org ~ 608-745-0334
  • The Service office has started working at home Wednesday (the 25th) via VA authorized remote Citrix access.  We are still working via email, phone, and VBA programs through this secured Citrix access.

  • Camp American Legion operations are suspended until July 1, 2020 at this time. 

Cancellations/Postponements:

  • Commander Wischer's Testimonial - Postponed at this time
  • Annual Bowling Tournament- Cancelled
  • Annual King Day- Cancelled
  • Legion College Courses in Little Chute- Postponed at this time
  • 2nd District Spring Conference- Changed to teleconference, contact District Commander Julie Muhle at 920-382-4028 if you wish to join the conference
  • 6th District Spring Conference- Moved to May 17th, will remain in Green Lake
  • 7th District Spring Conference- Moved to June 6th 
  • 9th District Spring Conference- Postponed at this time
  • 10th District Spring Conference- Moved to May 30-31, 2020
  • 11th District Spring Conference- Moved to May 16th
  • Legion Baseball is still taking registrations, any future information will be shared when available
  • National Oratorical Finals cancelled
  • National Spring Meetings cancelled
  • National Junior Shooting Sports competition cancelled
  • National Boys Nation cancelled
  • Badger Girls State - Cancelled
  • Badger Boys State - Cancelled - Letter from Chairman of the Board - Letter to Donors
  • Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy - Cancelled - Letter from Director
  • May Wisconsin American Legion Riders meeting at Headquarters - Cancelled
  • 3rd District Spring Conference postponed to June 6, 2020
  • National Veterans Golden Age Games scheduled for June 22-27, 2020 - Cancelled

Misc. Information:

  • Victory 360 has created a virtual campaign called the Rise and Shine Challenge. (More information here) This will get people moving, raise awareness for Commander Wischer's Engage22 campaign, and raise money. Please watch for further Facebook posts and share them with your FB friends. We are not the only state doing this, so let's make this go viral throughout the country. 
  • It is with a heavy heart that Department Headquarters informs you of the passing of Past Department President LaVon Schurman (1986-1987) on April 1, 2020.  LaVon joined the American Legion Auxiliary through the service of her father (World War 1), her husband (World War II), and brother (Korea).  She was a charter member of Thorpe-Taylor Unit 551 in Beetown, later transferring her membership to Liscum Brothers Unit 482 in Bagley, where she was actively involved until the time of her passing.  LaVon was also proud of two stepsons who served in Vietnam, son James (USAF), and especially her daughter, current Department President Joanie Dickerson, US Navy, Retired.  Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Joanie Dickerson, PO Box 224, Bagley, WI  53801.  Memorials to the Homeless Women Veterans Grant Fund may be sent to ALA-Wisconsin, PO Box 140, Portage, WI  53901
  • Information on Small Business Guide for Emergency Loans - Fact Sheet
  • Census Workers needed
  • REMINDER TO ALL POSTS: While many of us are at a standstill, now would be a great time to get the CPR reports submitted online via myLegion.org. This information is vital to the organization as it is used to show congress our relevancy as a chartered organization.
  • Weekly Legislative Update from National
  • Your somewhat inspirational quote from this days clips comes from Bill Kelly, a 95-year-old World War II: “I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this coronavirus bulls—t.” (stolen from Mark Seavey at National from his daily messages)

Posts Answering The Call:

Wausau Post 10 is running a project at this difficult time called "Fighting For Those Who Fought For Us"- Delivering Comfort Meals to Veterans. They are providing free meals, prepared by Bunkers Restaurant to ALL veterans. They have a hotline those requesting a meal can call by 4pm each Tuesday. Once a week, 6-8 volunteers deliver the meals to a dedicated location at each home of Wausau area veterans. They are funding the project through donations. 


In regards to the Department Spring Meetings to be held May 8-9, 2020, a decision will be made on April 17th. The Headquarters Team will work on a alternate plan between now and then should we need to make any changes to the Spring Meetings. 

Please verify any rumors you hear with us at Headquarters before sending information. 

Now is the perfect time for Buddy Checks. A 5 minute phone call can make someone's day and alter their spirits as they continue to isolate. If you are able to safely help, offer to go purchase food or other needs for them, make sure they are mentally good and just engage in good conversation. 

Resources:

Attached are some resources to help get through these difficult times. Please use them and share them. Thank you to Military OneSource for some of the information provided.

Please share this information with your Post, County and District. If you know someone who would benefit from this information and is not already recieving it, they can register at https://wilegion.org/contact-signup/. All they need is their email and first and last name.

Spring Conference Change: Please note that there is a change to the 1st District Spring Conference Location since the Post Mailing hit the mailboxes. The 1st District Spring Conference will be held at Post 102, 114 N 5th Avenue, Walworth, WI 53184.


Past Department Commander Bud Mautz has a new email. Please note his new email is budamautz@outlook.com

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Together, we can accomplish so much for those who need us. We welcome you to our Legion Family.

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Join WDVA for a virtual town hall meeting.Veterans, their families, and others in the veterans community are invited to join Governor Tony Evers and WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar for a Veterans Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will have the opportunity to hear what’s happening with and ask questions about WDVA programs, benefits and services. Participants will be able to submit questions related to veterans issues during this meeting.

Join us on Thursday here: join-noam.broadcast.skype.com/dva.wisconsin.gov/9e96e25faa974835825189ed2ae05837/en-US/
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