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CC December 17, 2009

Commander's Communique for December 17, 2009

The Commander's Communique is your bi-weekly source for talking points relevant to the issues of the day affecting the Wisconsin American Legion.  It is intended to be used as a tool to communicate the Legion's message to your members and the public.  Print it out and take it your Post meeting and make sure that everyone is informed.
Mid-Winter Hotel Reservations
Hotel Rooms Available at Ho-Chunk Casino
Due to an overwhelming response, only a few hotel rooms still remain at the Wilderness Hotel for the Mid-Winter Conference.
The Department has made arrangements for a block of rooms to be held at the Ho-Chuck Casino down the road to accommodate those who have not yet made reservations.  The Casino will run FREE a shuttle back and forth to the Wilderness for guests convenience.
The room rate is $79/night.
You can make a reservation at the Ho-Chunk Casino by calling (800) 746-2486.  
The rooms are reserved under the "American Legion - Portage" block.  
The code is "IAMLEGN"
Please make your reservations early as we expect rooms to fill fast!
For those who already have reservations at the Wilderness:
After the December 29th deadline, there is a 72-hour cancellation policy per room.  Reservations canceled prior to the 72- hour mark will be charged a $20 fee.  Cancellations within the 72-hours pay for the entire room rate.
Win $10,000!!!
Make sure you get your Mid-Winter Sweepstakes tickets in to be eligible for our $10,000 grand prize! 
The drawing will be held at the Mid-Winter Conference in the Wisconsin Dells on Janaury 31st.
You do not need to be present to win, but you do have to get your tickets in by January 25th!
Want more tickets? Contact Jessika at or (608) 745-1090.
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Lincoln Pilgrimmage Contest
The 76th Annual National American Legion Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln will be held February 11th and 12th in Springfield, IL.
This year, the top two recruiters of new members from the beginning of the 2010 membership year through December 31st will be awarded a trip to Springfield for the Pilgrimage.
Posts, Counties, and Districts should submit the name of their top recruiter along with a list of the new members he or she has recruited for the 2010 membership year to Chris at Department Headquarters by January 15th.  Winners will be notified after that date.
Chris can be reached at or (608) 745-1090.
100% Posts
Those Posts reaching 100% of their membership goal by December 31st will be recognized by National Commander Clarence Hill at the Mid-Winter Conference.
They will also receive a 100% Post Ribbon at the Department Convention in July.
Get on deck with membership!  There are only two weeks left to make this goal!
Department Welcomes Two New Employees
The Department welcomed two new employees this week.
Chad Zuleger joins us as Director of Internal Affairs.  He can be reached at
Angela Chappell join us as an Administrative Assistant.  She can be reached at
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Joyce and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It has become more difficult getting around the state lately, but we hope to see you all in 2010!
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