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CC January 28, 2010

Commander's Communique for January 28, 2010

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.
See you at Mid-Winter
Joyce and I are heading to the Wisconsin Dells today for the Mid-Winter Conference.  We hope to see many of you there.
If you have not registered yet, you can do so at the door for $25.  Don't miss this great opportunity for training and camaraderie!  Many exciting speakers will be featured during Sunday's General Session, including:
Brigadier General Donald Dunbar, Commanding General - WI National Guard
Ken Black, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
Alan Sears, President of the Alliance Defense Fund
Don Jones, Event Director for LZ Lambeau
and others... 
We also expect a presence from several gubernatorial campaigns, with possible personal appearances from one or more of  the candidates.
Click here for a schedule and map of the hotel - calendar event
Membership Drive
Two new membership awards will be presented at the Mid-Winter Conference this year.  The winning District Commander of each award will receive a personalized gift from the National Commander.
District Membership Award - Total Renewals
The winner will be the district with the greatest number of 2010 memberships turned in between January 1, 2010 and the beginning of the Department Executive Committee (DEC) meeting on January 30th.
District Membership Award - Percentage of Total Goal
The winner will be the district with the largest percentage of their 2010 membership goal turned in between January 1, 2010 and the beginning of the DEC meeting on January 30th.
Bring your 2010 memberships to Mid-Winter!
Oratorical Volunteers Still Needed
The Department Oratorical Competition will be held on February 20th at Ripon College.  We are still in need of volunteers to help out with the event.  If you would like to volunteer for the day, please contact Jill at or (608) 745-1090.
Also, please be sure to submit your District Oratorical winners to Jill as soon as possible.
Department Bowling Tournament
The Department Bowling Tournament will held March 6th - April 25th in Shawano.
The Adjutant's team the "Headquarter's Hellcats" will take on the Commander's team during the opening ceremonies on March 6th at Lake Shore Lanes.
Click here for a registration form - calendar event
Department Awards
Please be aware that deadlines are approaching for many Department awards.  I would like to see participation from every district in submitting candidates for these:
Eagle Scout of the Year - March 1st
Legislator of the Year - May 1st
Ormsby Law Enforcement Officer of the Year - May 1st
Firefighter of the Year - May 1st
EMT of the Year - May 1st
Outstanding National Guard/Reservist - May 1st
Please consult the [Administrative Manual - PDF doesn't work] for more information on the requirements for these awards and get your applications in!
Badger Boys State Deadline Approaching
Badger Boys State reservation cards and sponsor fees are due to Department Headquarters by January 31st.  Please be sure to get them in.   If you have questions, contact Jill at or (608) 745-1090.
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