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HEADS UP! ! ! Throughout the day National Officers or Chairmen may visit us. Since these men are doing the work of the National Organization this weekend and some of them sit on more than one Committee and / or Commission their schedules dont allow a fixed time of attendance. Their input is invaluable so please expect and maybe anticipate these interruptions. HEADS UP! ! ! The School is designed to give you both a broad and detailed view of the National Organization and how it can help you be the best to your Detachment.

There is so much information that this school could easily last a week. Dont expect to process all of the information presented right away. Take notes and follow up later with a letter or phone call if needed to anyone you meet that you feel could help you. No one expects you to be the expert. But you do have to know how to find and access the experts. HEADS UP! ! ! There will be no smoking during the sessions

However, feel free to excuse yourself whenever needed to have a personal break. We want you to be comfortable. Come and go as you please. Just try not to distract from the other Commanders if you can help it. HEADS UP! ! ! Notice there are two scheduled breaks other than lunch. If you want a beverage (non alcoholic please) to sip on during the school, please bring it along.

There will be water provided by the hotel. ABOUT YOU!!! This is an informal survey of the Detachment Commanders National Instructional Institute. Wed like to know a bit more about you. Our goal is to make each years seminar more meaningful than the last. Please take the time to fill out this survey, but remember that it is optional. If you choose to complete this survey, turn it in to one of the instructors when youve finished. The Survey form is located on the last page of this

book. Introductions Introduce yourself to the Class Name

Detachment Title # of Years as a member What are your expectations of todays class Name your favorite college football team National Detachment Commanders Leadership Seminar 2018 - 2019 SEMINAR AGENDA 9:00 AM National Detachment Leadership Seminar - Registration / Sign Up 9:15 AM Commanders Workshop Past National Commanders: Michael Deacon (IA) & Joe Gladden (MD) Welcome & Introductions

Goals of the Workshop National Organization Administrative responsibilities Structure, operations, players Committees and Commissions Role of the N.E.C. 10:30 AM Roles & Responsibilities Past National Commanders: Michael Deacon (IA) & Joe Gladden (MD) Job descriptions of Detachment Officers 11:45 AM Guest Speakers National Officers 12:00 PM Lunch / Break

National Detachment Commanders Leadership Seminar 2018 - 2019 SEMINAR AGENDA 12:15 PM Sons of The American Legion - Chairmen - Americanism - Membership - Children & Youth - MTD - Child Welfare - Convention - Finance - Legislative - Resolution - Veterans Employment & Education - VA & R - Public Media Communications - Internal Affairs

1:15 PM Break Brain Teaser 1:25 PM Administrative Session Past National Commanders: Michael Deacon (IA) & Joe Gladden (MD) 2:30 PM Q & A 2:45 PM Break Brain Teaser 3:05 PM Parliamentary Procedure 3:55 PM Q & A 4:00 PM Public Speaking 4:30 PM Q & A 4:45 PM Congratulations! Sons of The American Legion

Detachment Commanders Seminar 1ST Detachment Commanders Session 2ND Detachment Administrative Session Detachment Commanders Session A National Organization B Detachment Roles & Responsibilities C Guest Speakers - Goals D Commission / Committee Chairmen National Organization

National Operations National Structure The National Team Commissions & Committees The National Executive Committee The Role of the National Executive Committeeman The National Convention

National Organization National Operations Membership - Yearly Issuance of Membership Cards. - Processing of Membership Cards from Departments Printing Services - Membership Applications - Data Forms - Promotional Materials Incentives & Awards Administration of Membership Goals - What is your Detachments Goal?

- Determination of Goal Dates - Membership Reports National Organization National Operations Membership Chartering Authority Program Administrator Tracking & Accountability Data Processing Operations Materials Source Membership Applications Member Data Sheets

(Transfers) Promotional Brochures National Renewal Program Postcard Mailings October March Follow-up May Follow-up The National Update Communication to Detachments & Members National Organization

National Operations National Structure The National Team Commissions & Committees The National Executive Committee The Role of the National Executive

Committeeman The National Convention National Structure The Sons Parallels with the American Legion The American Legion S o n s o f T h e A m e ric a n L e g io n National Organization National Organization

Departments Detachments District / County District / County Posts Squadrons National Organizational Structure

National Organization (Policy & Programs) Detachment ( A d m in is tr a tio n & C o m m u n ic a tio n ) District District District (Coordination)

(Coordination) (Coordination) Squadron M e m b e r s h i p & A c t i v it ie s Squadron M e m b e r s h i p & A c t i v it ie s

Squadron M e m b e r s h i p & A c t i v it ie s Squadron M e m b e r s h i p & A c t i v it ie s Squadron M e m b e r s h i p & A c t iv it ie s Squadron

M e m b e r s h i p & A c t iv it ie s National Officers Sons of T A m e ric a n he Le N a t i o n a l C o m m a n d e gr i o n C o m m a n d e r s A id e Vice Commander

N a tio n a l C h a p la in Vice Commander N a tio n a l H is to r ia n Vice Commander N a tio n a l S g t- A t- A r m s

E ast S o u th C e n tr a l Vice Commander N a tio n a l A s s is ta n t S g t- A t- A r m s Vice Commander

N a tio n a l A d ju ta n t M id w e s t W est N a tio n a l A s s is ta n t A d ju ta n ts Commissions & Committees N a tio n a l E x e c u tiv e

C o m m itte e N a tio n a l C o m m a n d e rs A d v is o r y C o m m itte e S u b C o m m itte e o n R e s o lu tio n s o f th e N E C L e g is la tiv e C o m m is s io n F in a n c e

C o m m is s io n P u b li c M e d i a C o m m u n ic a tio n s C o m m is s io n In te r n a l A ffa i r s C o m m is s io n V e te r a n s E m p l o y m e n t & E d u c a ti o n C o m m is s io n A m e r ic a n is m

C o m m is s io n V e t e r a n s A ffa i r s & R e h a b i l i t a ti o n C o m m is s io n M e m b e rs h ip C o m m i t te e C h ild r e n & Y o u th C o m m i t te e C o n v e n tio n

C o m m i t te e C h ild W e lfa r e F o u n d a tio n C o m m i t te e M e m b e rs h ip T r a in in g & D e v e lo p m e n t C o m m i t te e National Organization

National Operations National Structure The National Team Commissions & Committees The National Executive Committee The Role of the National Executive Committeeman The National Convention

Gregg Doc Gibbs Sons of The American Legion National Commander 2018-2019 SAL National Team National Vice Commanders Edward M.

Cleary West Region Michael S. Cotten East Region Matthew Pete T. Christie Sierminski Central

Midwest Region Region Steve A. Gower South Region National Team National Adjutant Anthony Wright National Assistant Adjutant, Emeritus Harold Thompson National Assistant Adjutants Robert J. Avery Scott Thornton

David Ridenour Ed Sheubrooks Scott Williams Jeffrey E. Hicks National Team National Sgt-At-Arms Gregory A. Falco National Assistant Sgt-At-Arms Lyle Larson Brian K. Waters Raymond P. Giehll III Austin Diaz Charles Curtis

National Team National Commanders Aide Gary Denmon National Judge Advocate Joseph Paviglianti National Historian Timothy Van Patten II National Chaplain - David Rippe National Newsletter Editor Mike Pipher National Web Master National Events Coordinator Clifford Hall National Organization

National Operations National Structure The National Team Commissions & Committees The National Executive Committee The Role of the National Executive Committeeman The National Convention

National Commissions Americanism Commission Donald Hall (MD) Chairman Finance Commission William G. Hill (MD) Chairman Internal Affairs Commission Mark A. Tansel (IN) Chairman Legislative Commission Thomas Deal (MD) Chairman Public Media & Communications Commission Seth A. Rippe (NE) Chairman Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission

Harl Ray (IL) Chairman Veterans Employment & Education Commission Chris Carlton (IN) - Chairman National Committees Sub Committee of the N.E.C. on Resolutions John Jennings (FL) Chairman Advisory Committee to the National Commander PNC Douglas P. Bible (MN) Chairman Committee on Committees PNC Raymond P. Giehll Jr. (IN) Child Welfare Foundation Committee Reports to Americanism Commission

Mark Nave (PA) Chairman Children and Youth Committee Reports to Americanism Commission Joseph A. Korba (NJ) Chairman National Committees Member Training & Development Committee Reports to Internal Affairs Commission Charles E. Treat (AZ) Chairman Convention Committee

Reports to Internal Affairs Commission Greg Spaulding (IN) Chairman Membership Committee Reports to Internal Affairs Commission Joseph R. Navarrete (NM) Chairman National Organization

National Operations National Structure The National Team Commissions & Committees The National Executive Committee The Role of the National Executive Committeeman The National Convention National Organization

National Executive Committee Administrative/Legislative Body One Member Per Detachment One Alternate Member Per Detachment Rules of the NEC Commission & Committee Structure Meetings: Post Convention Fall Spring Pre Convention National Organization

National Operations National Structure The National Team Commissions & Committees The National Executive Committee The Role of the National Executive

Committeeman The National Convention National Organization National Executive Committeeman: Shall represent the Detachment at all National Executive Committee meetings and the National Convention. Shall give a report to the Detachment Executive Committee on all important matters coming out of those meetings. Is required to attend all meetings of the Detachment.

National Organization National Executive Committeeman: Is the Official Escort of all National Guests when they are visiting the Detachment. It is also his duty to pick up and deliver all National Guests from airports, train stations, or bus depots. Is the escort of National Guests to various functions, such as: Detachment Conventions, D.E.C. Meetings, The Distinguished Breakfast at the Convention, The Department Convention, The Department Auxiliary Convention, parades and etc.

Is to introduce the National Officers to the Detachment Body. National Organization National Operations National Structure

The National Team Commissions & Committees The National Executive Committee The Role of the National Executive Committeeman The National Convention National Convention

Meeting of The Assembly Registration & Credentials Convention Rules Convention Committees Action by Resolution Election of National Officers Approve National Budget National Awards

Reporting to the Membership National Convention Delegates & Delegations - Certification of Delegates Elected by Detachment Convention Based on Membership 105 % Cut Off Date Delegate Strength Delegate Registration Fee Apportionment of Delegates Delegation Chairman & Secretary Alternate Delegates The Caucus

National Organization National Convention Convention Committees Americanism Children & Youth Constitutional Amendments Credentials Internal Affairs Membership Finance Legislation & Rules VA & R

National Organization National Convention Election of National Officers National Commander National Vice Commanders East Caucus, National Vice Commander West Caucus, National Vice Commander Central Caucus, National Vice Commander South Caucus, National Vice Commander Midwest Caucus, National Vice Commander Detachment Officers

Duties & Responsibilities Module Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Commander Chief Executive Officer Spokesman for the Detachment Supervise all other Officers This individual is entrusted with the important duty of teaching and protecting the cardinal principles of the Sons of The American Legion and the supervision of duties of all other officers of the Detachment. He is guided by the National and Detachment Constitution & Bylaws and by the decisions of the NEC and the

Detachments governing body yet, responsibility for the Detachments success rests largely upon his shoulders. Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Vice Commander Deputy Chief Executive Officer Acts for the Commander in his absence or removal 1st Vice Commander Usually the Membership Chairman 2nd Vice Commander Usually the Americanism Chairman

Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Vice Commander The responsibilities of this office are devoted largely to the membership activities of the Detachment and other duties as assigned by the Commander. There is nothing more important to the lifeblood of the Detachment than membership. The First Vice Commander should be willing and able to fill in for the Detachment Commander if the need arises. Detachment Officers Duties

Detachment 2nd Vice Commander The responsibilities of this office are concerned primarily with patriotic observances, the development of Detachment activities, and planning entertainment and social features that may be scheduled in conjunction with Detachment meetings. Some Detachments may also place this officer in charge of the Detachments Americanism Program. Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Area / District Vice Commanders

Acts for the Commander within his specific geographic area Coordinates the formation and administration of Districts Gives bi-monthly reports to Legion Area Commander Gives bi-monthly reports to Area SAL Commissioner Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Adjutant Chief Administrative Officer Official record keeper (minutes, report, etc.)

Official correspondent for the organization Certifies officers & delegates Prepares and sends all required reports from the Detachment to National Headquarters Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Adjutant (continued) This officer is the secretary of the Detachment maintaining contact with individual Detachment Officers as well as Squadrons and the National Organization. The Adjutant also keeps Detachment records and publishes any

necessary orders, announcements, and instructions to the Executive Committee as well as the Squadrons. Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Finance Officer Chief Financial Officer Keeps financial records & may approve disbursements Handles receipts, deposits & disbursements if required Works with Department Headquarters to track disbursements for future budgets

Assist Detachment Finance Commission in preparation of the Detachment yearly budget Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Finance Officer This officer has the responsibility of receiving Detachment monies and paying all Detachment bills when the Detachment Commander, and/or the Detachment Finance Commission has given authorization for payment. The Finance Officer should have financial reports ready for every Detachment

meeting. Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Chaplain Spiritual Officer Offer prayers at all organization functions Officiates at Memorial Services & Funerals Sends condolences and get well messages Conducts Memorial Services at Detachment Meetings & Detachment Conventions Detachment Officers Duties

Detachment Chaplain This officer is responsible for the spiritual leadership of the Detachment. In addition to attending all meetings, he should be ready upon occasion to take part in the initiation of new members, dedication ceremonies, and the funeral services of a comrade. His opening and closing prayers should be in tune with the type of meeting being attended. The Chaplain needs to be aware of the sick and injured members of the Detachment and take it upon himself to send the appropriate cards or well wishes.

Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Historian Archives Officer Prepares the Commanders Scrap Book Maintains and preserves important historical records Detachment Photographer Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Historian This officer maintains a current record of the activities of the Detachment as a means of

continuing a historical account of its endeavors over the years. The Historian should start a scrapbook, take pictures, send articles to newspapers, and could be the public relations person of the Detachment. Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Sergeant-At-Arms Security Officer Maintains order and decorum during meetings Has custody of the colors and other physical assets Responsible for setting up the meeting room

Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Sergeant-At-Arms This officer is the sentinel or outer guard of the Detachment. In addition to being the custodian of the flag and Detachment standards, he should be ready at all times to assist the Detachment Commander. During meetings he is the eyes and ears for the Commander keeping the flow of traffic to a minimum during meetings and announcing and escorting any guests to the speakers table. This officer is accountable for all Detachment Property.

Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Judge Advocate Legal Counsel Offers rulings on parliamentary procedures, constitutionality, etc. Advises the Commander and other Officers about their authority when asked. Serves as Parliamentarian Is familiar with Roberts Rules of Order Writes Resolutions Updates the Detachment Constitution and Bylaws

Detachment Officers Duties Detachment Judge Advocate This officer is the interpreter of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Detachment and may at any time be called upon by the Commander and other Officers and Members of the Detachment to rule on the legality of their actions and decisions insofar as they affect the good of The Sons of The American Legion. Special Guests

National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy Promote membership, and The American Legions ideals, principles and programs Honor our predecessor's achievements by maintaining their successes by moving forward to greater success

National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Reach 400,000 Members Achieve greater than 90% retention of membership Promote a focused attention to recruiting Legion and SAL members in the 25-35 age group $8 Million dollar mark in CWF total donations by the Sons

National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Greg "Doc" Gibbs was elected national commander of the Sons of The American Legion in Minneapolis, Minn., during the 47th national convention of the Sons of The American Legion. Greg Doc Gibbs was born in Buffalo, NY, the son of a World War II combat Marine. Doc comes from a three-star WWII family where his father and his two uncles all served in WWII and in Korea. Docs father served in the Pacific Theater in such hot spots as Bougainville, Iwo Jima and Tinian. The Marine Corps ethic had been passed down to both Doc and his younger brother growing up under some strict rules. Docs younger brother, Jeff, served in the Navy

during the Vietnam War. National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Doc has served the Sons for over 19 years through the Hamburg Post #527 in Western New York and received an honorary life membership from his Squadron and Post in 2015. Hamburg is a suburb of Buffalo, NY and boasts the largest Post in combined Legion Family membership in New York. He is currently a tenured university professor and has served as a public school administrator, holding a doctorate/PhD degree from the University of New York at Buffalo in administration. As a tenured Associate Professor, Doc has chaired the Educational Leadership department and

served as program director at St. Bonaventure University for the past 13 years. National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Greg served for several years as the only university faculty member on the Veteran Friendly Campus Committee at St. Bonaventure University since its inception, setting policy and making recommendations to the university to create a better environment for admissions candidates from the military and newly enrolled veterans and their families. National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Gregs most recent activity has been as the Legislative

Chairman for the Detachment of New York for the past 8 years. While serving as Legislative Chairman he was honored to receive the George B. Evans Grassroots Advocate of the Year in 2013 at the Houston, Texas convention from National SAL Commander Huntzinger (PA). Doc continues to serve on Congressman Christopher Collins (Rep.-NY) Veterans Affairs Committee. While serving as SAL National Vice Commander, Doc had the opportunity to attend the American Legion Congressional Hearing given by Legion Commander Michael Helm in 2014, sitting in place of Commander Michael Moss (CO). National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs

Doc has attended National NECs and Conventions since 2006 and has served as a committee member on the National Children and Youth Committee for several years, National Vice Commander from the East, and most recently as Chairman of the Americanism Commission under Commander Kevin Collier (AK). National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Doc has served as Squadron, County, and District Commander in the past years and has also served as Detachment Commander for New York in 2011-2012. He also served as National SAL Vice Commander from the East in 2014-2015 under Commander Mike Moss (CO). One of Docs

proudest accomplishments was being the co-founder of the William P. OConnell Memorial ROTC Scholarship from the New York District 7 and 8 Sons that is now in its tenth year, giving scholarship and recognition to a worthy cadet at two of New Yorks universities that boost large ROTC programs (Rochester Institute of Technology and St. Bonaventure University). Doc received a National American Legion Award for his contribution and impact to education from National Legion Commander Paul Morin in 2006. National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs He is a 9 year member of the Legion Riders, Orchard Park Post #567 and also proud to wear the colors of the 9-11

Memorial Post #2001 Riders Group as a charter member as well. Doc attended the New York Legion College in 2011, the first year the Sons were invited to attend. Doc has been honored to serve as a Legion College of New York Faculty member the past four years, the only SAL member to ever do so, co-teaching a session on legislation. Doc currently serves as the VAVS representative to the Buffalo, NY VA Hospital. National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Doc joined TALARC (The American Legion Amateur Radio Club) in 2011 when it first started. He holds a general license under the call sign WA2GKG. He has successfully completed the

three NMI (National Management Institute) training sessions, the American Legion Extension Institute program, and the SAL 5 Star and 10 Ideals Programs. Doc organized and ran the Erie County, NY level Oratorical Contest for the Legion for several years. He has served as a judge at the National Oratorical Contest in Washington and sat on the first committee to help organize the National American Legion-Samsung Scholarship Alumni Association in 2016. National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Doc is the Sons representative on the Vets 4 Vets Erie County American Legion Committee that is on a multi-year mission to build the first shelter for homeless women vets and their

children in New York State. This concept differs in the fact that single mothers who are vets can seek shelter there with their children while they get their lives together and seek education and employment opportunities; all at no cost to the women veterans. His daughter and son have been members of the Legion family and he has been married to his wife Pam for over 44 years. Pams father, Albert Kramer II ,also served in the Army just prior to the Korean War. National Commander Greg Doc Gibbs Doc and his wife serve as Rotarians with the West Seneca, NY Rotary Club and is also a 36 year member of Amherst Lodge

F&AM #981 and a Shriner with Ismalia Shine of Buffalo, NY. Doc received a prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award from West Seneca Rotary in 2013 for work with veterans and local community. Greg has served as President of the State University of New York at Fredonia Alumni Association for over 7 years and currently serves on the Universitys Foundation Board as well. With his campaign motto of Honoring the past..Continuing the Legacy, he truly looks forward to helping our national organization move forward and aiding the Legion as they approach their next 100 years of service to veterans, military, and our youth.

National Vice Commander (East) Michael S. Cotten A twenty three year member of Squadron 28, Oak Orchard Delaware, Mike has held many positions within the Squadron and Detachment, mainly as Adjutant and Commander, as well as Committee chair for, Budget, Membership C&Y, Convention Planning. Past member on the National Children and Youth Committee. Married for 26 years to Jean and together we have a wonderful daughter and Unit 28 Auxiliary member who attends the University of Delaware. Owner and operator of Cotten Engineering in Seaford Delaware, a small Engineering and surveying company. Attended Texas A&M University and participated in the Corps of Cadets. Both brothers are Squadron 28 members and Live in Texas with my mother

who is 94 years young. Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy, and continue the great work that has been performed by my predecessors. Promote membership, and The American Legions ideals, principles and programs Promote a focused attention to recruiting legion and SAL members in the 25-35 age group

East Goals 1. Child Welfare Foundation $1.50 per member 2. National Endowment Fund $.50 per member 3. National Emergency Fund $1.00/member. Each Detachment and Squadron has their local charities where they donate. This is where your local squadron is recognized by your community and where you may draw potential members. Please document and advertise your contribution to the community and send in your photos. How we will achieve our Goals Through coordination and open sharing of

current resources. Allow input from the Detachments during the monthly conference calls and promoting successful and unsuccessful activities with all. Monitoring and communicating status of our programs and projects against the established goals. Initiating a one-on-one communication with the Detachments for regular updates on members and activities. Try to make it fun! Program Deadlines, Events Detachment representatives, should have the membership goal deadlines in their calendars.

They should also strive to beat those deadline dates by a minimum of 1 week due to mailing and processing to National. For Membership: Start sending out dues reminders now! Do not wait for the National mailing. CWF deadline for this years contributions end in May so send your CWF contribution early. Program Deadlines, Events Consolidated reports need to be submitted to National no later than 30 days prior to convention and Squadrons need to have their reports submitted

to their Detachments as specified by the Detachments. Certification of officers for both the Squadrons and Detachments as well as the Detachment officers report, Certified Election of Officers and Detachment Chair Reports should have been submitted. This is so the National Committees have a direct line to the Detachment Committee Chairs for each program. National Vice Commander (South) Steve A. Gower I have been a member of Squadron 327 for 30 years serving on the Executive Board since my first meeting when I was elected Squadron

Historian. I have served as Commander a number of times, and as Finance Officer, Adjutant, and Historian. On the Detachment levelI have served as Detachment Commander 20062007, Detachment Vice Commander and currently serve as Judge Advocate, Nominating Committee Chairman, VA Leadership College Director for the SAL, and SAL Son of the year Committee Chairman. On National level I have served 4 years as Alternate NEC, 4 years NEC, a member of Homeland Security Committee, a member of Child Welfare Foundation Committee, Southern Region Membership Chairman and as a member of the VA&R Commission. I am also a graduate of the SAL National Management Institute. My proud membership comes through my father who served in the USCG during Korean War.

Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy Our mission is to spread the word of Commander Gibbs , to share his message and goals to all the Blue capers . They are the life blood of our organization. We need to let them know that without all the hard work they do, we would not exist. I need to get all the information coming out from National as well as our NEC meetings to the leadership teams in all the Detachments. They in turn should make sure all of their respective Squadrons receive it.

South Goals 1. Our mission is to reach an all time high in membership this year with a 90% renewal rate. 2. We also want to help the American Legion by going out and requiting new Veterans to join our Legion family. How we will achieve our Goals We all must get in board with Team 100.

Do so by signing up new members to the American Legion, through this effort... we also increase the opportunity to sign up more Sons and Auxiliary Unit members. This will help the whole organization grow. Program Deadlines, Events Upcoming Dates to mark your calendars: Washington Conference weekend of February 24, 2019 Spring NEC May 6-9,2019 101st National Convention held in Indy August 23-25, 2019.

These are our National functions. All squadrons and detachments should also mark all events happening in your own states and towns. Please note all activities that help and honor our Veterans. Other Information My advice to you is to look around your classYOU are our future! Take advantage of the knowledge you will learn here. Some of you will go back and serve your Detachments well and some of you will get inspired to come back and serve at the National level.

Inside this class are some future National committee members, NEC, committee chairmen, and maybe a future National Commander. All of our National leaders started their journey right where youre sitting. This is a great way to learn about the SAL at the National level and develop some friendships that will last a lifetime. National Vice Commander (Central) Matthew T. Christie A 25 year member of Squadron #690 in Palatine, Illinois, I have worked my way up through the ranks from Squadron to current National Vice Commander.

Employed as an electrician since 1985, I have worked a number of other jobs in addition. I am was recently married to my wife, Liz, who is a member of the Palatine Auxiliary. We both volunteer not only for the Legion functions, but are also valued volunteers for our community including our local Jaycees and Rotary Club. Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy Honor the past - Continue the Legacy as we celebrate the American Legion's 100th anniversary. To give our parent organization the best birthday present with the highest membership and highest

donations. A banner year. Increase Membership and offer help to each state as needed. To be a key contact person assisting you with making direct contact with the appropriate persons that can fulfill your needs. (Committees and Commissions). Central Regions Goals Increase membership by getting younger members more involved. How we will achieve our Goals? Promotion and guidance.

Program Deadlines, Events Emphasize Membership target dates Support committee and commission events local and regional Attend District and State meetings Support District and State fundraising events Other Information Help promote our goals For success

Peter Sierminski My Eligibility is through my Father, Peter J. Sierminski (deceased) who served on the USS Duluth in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. I am a 24 year member of John Harold Buckley Squadron 32 in Longmont Colorado. I am employed by BMC in Fort Lupton Co. in the construction industry designing both commercial and residential properties. My National service includes serving 6 years as Chairman of the National Child Welfare Foundation Committee. Additionally, I am a Past National Asst. Sargent-at-Arms. I am a National Management Institute graduate. I am married to my wife Candy for 19 years and reside in Longmont, CO.

Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy Team 100 for the American Legion Family Giving the best gift to The American Legion on their 100th AnniversaryThe all-time highest donations to Legion Programs Lead the Midwest Region though the year and assist Detachments/ Squadrons when the need arises. During visitations bring forward the National Commander's mission to ensure we are working to attain his goals for the year. Make sure we make it a very memorable year and a successful one.

Midwest Goals 1. Make the Mid-west Region lead the Nation in per capita in donations to The Child Welfare Foundation. The Midwest has always been a leader in total donations to all Legion programs. Put The Sons of The American Legion over the 8 million dollar mark in total donations to CWF. Won't it be great when we get to Eight. 2. Hit the 8 million dollar mark in total SAL donations to CWF- won't it be great when we get to eight!!! 3. Giving the best gift to The American Legion on their 100th Anniversary- highest donations to Legion Programs all-time. How we will achieve our Goals

Communication is the key to our success. Please take the information you receive in Commander's Training back to your Detachments to share amongst your squadrons. You are the leadership and carry a responsibility to our organization to ensure our success for the future. The fate of our success depends on communicating down through our Blue Cap Members. They are the ones that can have the biggest impact in your communities. Program Deadlines, Events I encourage all of you to think about attending the Washington Conference held in Washington DC this coming year February 2427, 2019. The Sons visit memorials as well as The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier to lay wreaths to show our respect for our

veterans, They served our great nation and some paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today. The Legion Family then goes up on the Hill together to meet with Congress on issues that support our veterans. Please remember that The Child Welfare Foundation works on a fiscal year and in order to have your donations count for this year they need to be in by the last business day May 2019. Membership is what keeps us strong and a powerful voice that gets noticed as we are out in our local communities. It is the key to our success. Other Information Become a integral part of TEAM 100.

All of us working together can make a difference in the lives of both our veterans and the children of our nation. Working as a team is key to our success- MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Thank you for all you do, your efforts don't go unnoticed. Enjoy your time while here in Indianapolis and remember COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS!! National Vice Commander (West) Edward M. Cleary

Ed has served in every capacity at the Squadron level and numerous positions within the Detachment: National Executive Committeeman, Alternate National Executive Committeeman, Detachment Commander, Detachment Adjutant/Finance Officer, Detachment Vice Commander, Membership Chairman & VA&R Chairman. Ed has served on the National level as National Americanism Committeeman, National Child Welfare Committeeman. Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy We have a goal to reach:

400,000 Members. Lets reach out to our younger members. EMPHASIZE Membership & Training West Goals 1. The goal for the Western Region is to Achieve 100% in membership by the American Legion Birthday in March. 2. Renewals are the secret to achieving this goal. We are looking for an average of 90% or better renewal rate from our

Detachments Work membership RENEWALS Early! How we will achieve our Goals To complete our Mission and achieve our Objective we will need a strong chain of communication. Each link will need to be connected and unwavering. Thought the year as you receive information from myself or other sources it is

imperative that you broadcast the information to the members in your Detachment . Program Deadlines, Events The 6th Annual S.A.L Western Region Rendezvous January 18-19, 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada Tuscany Suites & Casino 255 Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 1-877-887-2261

Other Information National Commander Gibbs has set a goal of reaching the $8 Million dollar mark in CWF total donations by the Sons. We can do this! Better yet$9 million would be better. Lets make the $8 million mark and strive for the $9 million mark! Commissions and Committees

2018- 2019 Americanism Commission Donald Hall - Chairman The Americanism Commission works to promote programs of American values and ideals along with programs involved in service to our community, state and nation. 2018- 2019 Americanism Commission Programs and areas of responsibility Programs that fall under our commission would be Legion Boys State, Legion Oratorical contest, Flag Education, 5 Star

and 10 Ideals, Junior Shooting sports, Flag education and etiquette along with many others. Who does the Americanism Commissionreport to? The NEC of the Sons of The American Legion and the American Legion Americanism Commission 2018- 2019 Americanism Commission Goals The Commander has asked everyone to work on doing more for our younger members, not just the kids but the 18-30 year

members too. We are looking for ways to get the word out to Detachments, Districts and Squadrons on how to use Americanism programs to attract these members and get them involved. How we can achieve our Goals We will achieve these by actually putting together a plan on how to get the information out from our commission to the members and sharing plans that we have come up with. Who is Key to Mission Success? Every member of our commission, the Detachments NEC members, Detachment Commanders and Squadron members. You are KEY!

2018- 2019 Americanism Commission Program Deadlines, and other events Each Detachment needs to work its Americanism programs and reach out with the information given and get it to the districts and Squadrons. Let everyone know deadlines for the Oratorical contest & Boys State and how to get the schools involved. 2018- 2019 Americanism Commission Why is the Mission and Goals listed previously important to the SAL members?

Each member of the Sons of The American Legion joined to honor the service of their father or grandfather, each time they help in their community, state, nation, or a SAL program they are showing the pride they have in their family members service. 2018- 2019 Americanism Commission What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation? The benefits of participation is self gratification, honoring your family members

service, helping your post, squadron. And community become better. You are helping another while honoring yourself and your family 2018- 2019 Americanism Commission Gerald Hammerschmidt - [email protected] Donald Allisot - [email protected] Jim Borgman - [email protected] Scott Merrill - [email protected] Ernest Laberge - [email protected] Donald Hall, Chairman - [email protected] Conference Calls will be the first Thursday of each month at

7:00pm EST and are open to all. Phone: 515-739-1232, Access Code: 451074 Children and Youth Committee Joseph A. Korba Chairman The mission of the Sons of The American Legion Committee on Children & Youth is to formulate, recommend and implement plans, programs, and activities of Sons of The American Legion. Children and Youth Committee

Programs and Areas of responsibility Child Welfare Foundation, American Legion Endowment Fund, Temporary Financial Assistance, Say no to Drugs, COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association), Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House are just a sample of the programs supported by the American Legion and the Sons of The American Legion. Who does the C&Y Committee report to? The Children and Youth Committee reports directly to the Americanism Commission of the National Sons of The American Legion. Children and Youth Committee

Goals Promote all the Children & Youth programs of the American Legion. Goal of $1 per member for CWF and 50 per member for TFA. How we can achieve our Goals To achieve Mission and Goals success, we need to get information and goals out to all Detachment Representatives (NEC's, Commanders and Adjutants), who then in-turn must get the information out to all our blue cap members (Squadrons). Children and Youth Committee

Program Deadlines, and other events April is Children and Youth month. While our programs should be promoted everyday, something special should be planned in April to support one of our many Children & Youth charities. Visit www.legion.org for more information about all the Children & Youth programs supported by the American Legion. Children and Youth Committee Why is the Mission and Goals listed above important to the SAL members Our Mission and Goals are important to all

members at the Squadron and Detachment levels. Our Children and Youth are not only the future of our nation, but Squadron and Detachments. As children participate in our programs the learn about the American Legion and The Sons of The American Legion and become potential members and our organizations future. Children and Youth Committee What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation? Special Recognition is given to those squadrons that excel in both donations and hours donated.

The real benefit to the Squadron Members is not only will these programs help all children of veterans, they will also help children in your community. So, the Squadron will actually give back to the community in which they live. 2018- 2019 Children and Youth Committee John Mejia - [email protected] Kenneth P. Warner - [email protected] Phillip Shipley - [email protected] William Clancy - [email protected] Joseph A. Korba, Chairman - [email protected] Conference Calls will be as needed. Calls will be EST.

Child Welfare Foundation Committee Mark Nave - Chairman The Child Welfare Foundation Committee's purpose is to communicate, encourage and raise funding for the Child Welfare Foundation. Programs and Areas of responsibility To encourage raising funds for the Child Welfare Foundation. Promote the foundation with the Legion family and to the outside community. Provide time information to all levels of leadership. Review and provide selections of proposal to be awarded to the Foundation.

Who does the Child Welfare Committee report to? The Americanism Commission Child Welfare Foundation Committee Goals for this year As the project for National Commander, Greg (Doc) Gibbs our goal is to collect at minimum $1/member which would get us over the $8 million dollar collected since inception to date. In the Legion's 100th anniversary, we want to make this the most successful fundraising year ever.

Child Welfare Foundation Committee How we can achieve our Goals Success is achieved through constant communication about the Child Welfare Foundation and what it is that we do within and outside the American Legion Family. To encourage fundraisers within detachments, districts and Squadrons, while making it fun. Remind how the Foundation makes a difference in the lives of our youth and adheres to one of the four pillars, Children & Youth for which our parent organization stands for. Who is Key to Mission Success? Everyone is key to the Mission Success from the National Committee to National, Detachment and Squadron

leadership and members. This is truly a team effort. You are KEY! Child Welfare Foundation Committee Program Deadlines, and other events Encourage Squadron leadership to submit the 100% Per Capita Banner Program Form. To qualify a Squadron must donate at least $1/member. Membership is based on the level as of June 1, 2018. Forms must be received at National Headquarters by July 1, 2019. The form will be available on the National Sons website.

Child Welfare Foundation Committee Why is the Mission and Goals listed previously important to the SAL members? The missions and goals listed are important to the SAL members at the Squadron and Detachment levels because it shows their commitment to ensure that Sons of the American Legion fully support the children of our nation and that we continue to be the largest contributor to this foundation. Child Welfare Foundation Committee What are the Benefits to the Squadron

Members of participation? The benefits are knowing that your Squadron is fully committed to supporting programs that support our youth. This support should be communicated outside the Legion family to show the great work being done. In addition, this could serve as positive public relations and as a membership tool when persuading a potential new member into the organization. 2018- 2019

Child Welfare Foundation Committee Lyle Chapman - [email protected] George K Fleming - [email protected] Sanford E. Lipman - [email protected] Jeff Evans - [email protected] Mark Nave, Chairman - [email protected] Conference Calls are still to be determined. More information will follow Finance Commission The Finance Commission is a low profile but extremely important part of your National Organization. Much of our

anonymity is because we do not have long elaborate reports or major action items. Where we come in to the picture is to provide the financial framework to assure the Sons of The American Legion continues as a viable, high impact organization, which serves our Veterans and the Children touched by the programs, supporting the Four Pillars of the American Legion. Finance Commission As with any business or organization, we must budget our funds to provide the maximum bang for the buck. Overspending our resources will eventually bring us to a

point where we are no longer viable. Our budget is set at least one year in advance; however, it may be modified to meet our obligations. We do not exceed the budgeted expenses as set forth in the adopted budget. When necessary we may move expenses around to reflect our actual expenditures for a better budgeting process in future years. Since we are constantly monitoring income and expenses, we are looking after your best interests to assure our continued existence. Finance Commission While supporting the National organization

for this administrative year, our objective is to work with the National Commander and his cadre in insuring we are properly assisting the organization in meeting the fiduciary overview responsibilities of our Commission. Finance Commission The core elements of the Commission are to: Review and provide the appropriate guidance for new requests for funds via Resolutions, which are not covered by an established approved budget line item. Insuring the resolution fits into the overall

funding/budget scheme before it is advanced to other Commissions and Committees for final approval and presentation to the NEC. Assist with completion and collection of approved SAL travel vouchers. Review financial statements provided by The American Legion with regards to our funds, to ensure proper distribution to allotted accounting line items. Finance Commission The core elements of the Commission are to (continued): Conduct Finance Commission meetings at the

Fall & Spring National Executive Committee meetings, and to provide a full report to the National Officers and NEC during said meetings. The SAL National Finance Commission is charged with the same governance responsibilities for that of any Finance Officer within our organization [Outlined below]. The exception being this Commission does not handle the receipt or distribution of any funds. Finance Commission National By-Laws, Article I. Duties Of Officers Section 4, Finance Officer:

The Finance Officer shall be the custodian of the funds of the organization, he shall be charged with the receiving and disbursing of the funds of the Squadron, intermediate level, or Detachment and shall make reports on the condition of the treasury at each regular meeting, and when called for by the Commander or Executive Committee; provided, however, that all disbursements shall first be approved at the appropriate level of The American Legion. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office. Finance Commission Committee Members:

William Bill Hill, Chairman, [email protected] Dennis Blue, Vice Chairman - [email protected] Robert Thompson - [email protected] Steven Honigfort - [email protected] Keith Murdough - [email protected] Gregory R. Price - [email protected] Sub Committee on Resolutions John T Jennings - Chairman An Overview: The National Sub Committee on Resolutions strives to support all National Committees and Commissions in the development and presentation of resolutions to be submitted to The Sons of The

American Legion National Executive Committee or National Convention. When supporting the National Committee and Commissions in the development of resolution, we are ensuring that the members of the National Executive Committee are getting a properly formatted and properly written resolution so a clear understanding of the resolution can be made before a vote is called for. Good information will help support our future growth and development in The Sons of The American Legion now and into the future. Sub Committee on Resolutions An Overview continued: The Sub Committee on Resolutions is responsible to receive, review

and approve the format and or structure of Resolutions. The approval of the resolution itself is done by the National Executive Committee at the Spring and Fall NEC meetings and the PreNational Convention NEC meeting. Sub Committee on Resolutions Programs and Areas of responsibility All Committee and Commissions of the National Sons of The American Legion Who does the Sub Committee on Resolutions report to? The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Sons of The American Legion

Sub Committee on Resolutions Goals To Continue to provide the National Executive Committee of the Sons of The American Legion with good information so that they can make good decisions for the organization. How we can achieve our Goals Good communications and provide good information and useful tools Who is Key to Mission Success? You are! Good communications Good information Useful tools

Sub Committee on Resolutions Program Deadlines, and other events Spring NEC and Fall NEC Meetings and National Convention. Why is the Mission and Goals listed previously important to the SAL members? Guidelines are in place for the submission of Resolutions to give time to have them entered into the registry and for the Resolution Committee to review before they are reviewed and acted on by the NEC. What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation?

Better communication and better material for our members. 2018- 2019 Sub Committee on Resolutions Joseph B. Keiser - [email protected] Jay E. Marsden - [email protected] David Blair - [email protected] John Chang - [email protected] John Jennings, Chairman - [email protected] The Sub Committee on Resolutions will not be scheduling regular Conference Calls.

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission Did you know that The American Legion is older than the US Department of Veterans Affairs? In fact, in its first decade, The American Legion worked to convince the federal government to consolidate the many bureaus, office and agencies that had been created since the end of the Civil War, into one entity in 1930, The Veterans Administration. Veterans Affairs &

Rehabilitation Commission Since that time The American Legion has worked tirelessly to make sure that the VA lives up to and follows its motto, to care for those who borne the battle, his widow and orphan In the decades that have followed The American Legion Family has established itself as the premier advocate for our Veterans and the care they have earned but not always receive. Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission

This has been accomplished primarily under the direction and guidance of the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission which offers services to help Veterans and their families navigate the red tape of Federal & State VA benefit systems. More than 2,500 accredited American Legion Service Officers are assisting no fewer than 750,000 veterans at any one time. Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission Add to this millions of volunteer hours and

strong representation before the US Congress and State Legislatures to provide timely health care and other benefits; and you can really understand why the Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission is considered the 1st of the four pillars that American Legion Family was built upon. Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission The SAL VA&R Commission continues in the footsteps laid out for us by our past leadership.

Our path forward has been progress in the following: 1. We will continue the work to reach the goal of having an SAL Representative and/or Deputy Representative in every VA facility in the nation. 2. We will strive to reach a goal of receiving an applicant for the Charles B. Rigsby Volunteer of the Year Award from every Detachment. Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission 3. Assistance and support of all Fisher Houses 4. Continued support for the National Veterans

Assistance Day 5. Encourage more donations to Operation Comfort Warrior 6. Continue to push for a full accounting of all volunteer hours and donations to be recorded on the Squadron Consolidated Report Form. Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission In addition to this work we will be working on putting together a training PowerPoint presentation that explains and describes the VA&R Commission, ways to serve, and

what this 99 year commission can do and does do for the Veterans of this country. Together we make a difference! Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission Chairman Harl Butch Ray - [email protected] com Vice Chairman Joe Roberts - [email protected] Commission Members Michael L. Lawler - [email protected]

Brandon Curry - [email protected] Gabriel Cinquegrana - [email protected] Steve Tansel - [email protected] Internal Affairs Commission Action Plan 2018-2019 The National Internal Affairs Commission will continue to oversee and guide as necessary the actions and tasks of the (3) National Committees which report to Internal Affairs (IA) 1. National Convention Committee 2. National Member Training and

Development Committee 3. National Membership Committee. Internal Affairs Commission 1. To ensure all (3) National Committees have informative reports for Fall and Spring NEC meetings. 2. Review and advise action regarding Resolutions which may come before the Commission. 3. Review and act on all Resolutions submitted by candidates for National offices. 4. Review, coordinate and work with the National Sub-Committee on Resolutions as may be necessary. 5. Coordinate and work with the National Adjutant on issues as may be necessary.

6. Coordinate and work with the National S.A.L. Liaison on issues as may be necessary. 7. Conduct IA Commission meeting at both Fall and Spring NEC meetings and report to the National Executive Committee. 8. Chair and conduct IA Convention Committee meeting at the annual National Convention. 9. Work with National Membership Committee and National Member Training and Development Committee to ensure goals for 2018-2019 are achieved. 10. Ensure National Membership Committee and National Member Training and Development Committees have monthly productive teleconferences. Internal Affairs Commission How will the Goals be Achieved?

By communicating with each National Committee assigned to the Commission on a regular basis to ensure each Committee remains focused on their respective goals. Who is key to the Mission Success? The Internal Affairs Commission and the National Committees who report to it. Internal Affairs Commission Why is the Mission and Goals listed previously important? Mission and Goals ultimately affect each member of the National organization in some way. National Membership Committee establishes criteria setting target dates,

membership goals, etc. National Member Training and Development Committee works with current and future Detachment Commanders and Officers to make them better leaders and the National Convention Committee is responsible for setting a part of the agenda for the upcoming National Convention in August, 2019 in Indianapolis. Internal Affairs Commission What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation? Better awareness of the National Membership Target dates and goals. Squadrons and

Detachments must understand they are key players in the achievement of these goals. Internal Affairs Commission Program Deadlines, and other events National Membership target dates established by the National Membership Committee. Detachment Commanders Training - Fall NEC. National Management Institute (NMI) - Spring NEC.

National Convention in August, 2019. Mark Tansel - Chairman, [email protected] Donald Culver - Vice Chairman [email protected] Michael Kirschner - [email protected] Jay Cook - [email protected] Fr. Gary Gummersheimer - [email protected] Larry Weinzirl - [email protected] 2018-2019 Membership Joseph R Navarrete- Chairman Overall Mission

The mission of the Membership Committee is to develop new and innovative ways to attract new members as well as retain current membership. In addition, we recommend ways of communicating a positive message to our potential members through various media. Who does the Membership Committee report to? The Membership Committee reports to the Internal Affairs Commission Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy Individual Recruitment Award

Recruit 5 new members Blue Brigade New Member Recruiter Award Recruiting 30 new members Honor the Past and Continue the Legacy Hartline Award Detachment with the most new squadrons Houghton Award Detachment with the greatest % increase in membership Regional 100% Awards

Highest Renewal Percentage by region Largest Squadron Award Membership Goals Date Target September 12, 2018 10% October 11, 2018

25% November 15, 2018 35% December 12, 2018 45% January 17, 2018

60% February 13, 2018 75% March 13, 2019 80% April 10, 2019 90%

May 8, 2019 100% *July 24, 2019 (Delegate Strength Target Date) 105% 2018-2019 Membership Programs and Areas of responsibility National Convention Awards and recognition of individual membership achievements.

Fall NEC Detachment Commanders Training Seminar Meetings during the NEC Spring and Fall general session meetings Develop / innovate ways to benefit our growth in membership New initiatives suggested by Strategic Planning 2018-2019 Membership Our mission (Theme) is "Honoring the Past.... Continuing the Legacy." Our Goals

1. Reach 400,000 members 2. Bring renewal rates above the 90% range 3. Reach out to our younger members 4. Recognize our achievements (highlight awards) 5. Contribute to the Legion Team 100 concept to help their membership goals How we can achieve our Goals? We will achieve these by actually putting together a plan on how to get the information out from our commission to the members, and sharing fully developed membership programs 2018-2019 Membership Who is Key to Mission Success?

Each and every one of you is critical to our success. We are a family and if we all come together we can ensure that our Mission's success. We also need to ensure that our National Vice Commanders and Regional Committeeman are providing you with the information that you need to be successful. It is also your responsibility to let us know what is working in your different areas so we can share those successes. 2018-2019 Membership Why is the Mission and Goals listed

previously important to the SAL members? Membership drives the organization without your participation we cannot succeed even at the local Squadron level where several members help out so much in their communities your membership is vital! 2018-2019 Membership What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation? Benefits to Squadron members are being part of an organization that supports its

Family (Legion, Auxiliary, SONS, and Legion Riders) in working all of the programs that each of us offer (Boys State/ Nation, Oratorical, Junior Shooting, Scholarships, Child Welfare Foundation, Veteran Support, etc..) 2018 2019 Membership Committee Joseph Navarrete, Chairman - [email protected] East Gary P. Nelson - [email protected] South Jeffery Gibson - [email protected] Central Mike Monserud - [email protected]

Midwest Thomas Skelley - [email protected] West Ned Fox - [email protected] Conference Calls are the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm MST and are open to all. Phone: 515-604-9644, Access Code: 889133 Membership Training & Development (MTD) Charles Treat - Chairman Overview of MTD Committee Mission: Preparation of National SAL training materials for specific Seminars as approved by the NEC.

Coordination, Planning, Printing, AV slides and selection of volunteer instructors (all PNCs). Review of potential new programs and their associated costs and resources required to initiate programs that result in tangible benefits to membership and the SONS growth. Membership Training & Development (MTD) Charles Treat - Chairman Programs and Areas of responsibility Continuity of Training: National Management Institute 1, 2

& 3 courses, National Fall NEC Detachment Commanders Training Seminar, National Officers "Ambassadors" Training, and new training suggested by the Strategic Planning Initiative. Finding new methods of delivery and cost savings for effective training beneficial to the overall S.A. L. mission. Who does the MTD Committee report to? The MTD Committee reports directly to the Internal Affairs Commission Membership Training & Development (MTD) Goals

Commanders Training and NMI Courses updated and produced. Multiple Deadlines. Ambassadors training & National Vice Commander Training modules completed for Spring NEC instruction. Strategic Planning Modules completed. Budget and Perpetual Production Calendars (detailed Gantt Charts) for succeeding years Deadlines defined on perpetual calendar for recurring projects. Visit new areas of opportunity with potential (would the Membership and SONS benefit)

Membership Training & Development (MTD) How we can achieve our Goals? Coordination of current resources through MTD committee. Assess additional needs for new Strategic Plans to completion. Assess needs for future MTD committees. Sharing MTD materials openly and without restrictions when able to all levels of the Sons (National, Detachment, District, Squadron). Feedback on what is effective in reaching our objectives and what is not.

Membership Training & Development (MTD) Who is Key to Mission Success? 1. Feedback from Commanders Training (the Detachment Commanders and the instructors). 2. Feedback from NMI classes (the students, the instructors). 3. What is needed at the Detachment Level? Feedback from Detachments' requests and needs. 4. Maintaining deadlines and benchmarks with detailed group planning.

5. Using all the available talent for MTD product development and delivery. Membership Training & Development (MTD) Why is the Mission and Goals listed previously important to the SAL members? All materials created and developed at the National level are shared with the Detachments and Squadrons for use in developing their own training materials. The intent is to support the Detachments and their respective Districts & Squadrons in achieving the overall expanded success of the Sons. Tools for Sons that they

may use for the best result for each endeavor. Membership Training & Development (MTD) Patrick Kilby - [email protected] Thomas Marsden - [email protected] Lowell Long - [email protected] Joe Schultis - [email protected] Charles Treat, Chairman - [email protected] Conference Calls are scheduled within the workload and calendar of MTD, and are called when needed. Conference Call phone number is 641-715-3580, Access Code: 792958#

Convention Committee Sons of The American Legion National Convention 2019 August, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Chris Carlton - [email protected] Raymond Giehll, III - [email protected] Ray Giehll, Jr - [email protected] Steve Tansel - [email protected] Greg Spaulding, Chairman - [email protected] Legislative Commission Thomas Deal - Chairman

A brief overview The National Sons of The American Legion Legislative Commission will encourage each and every Sons Member to be an advocate for our veterans; to reach out and get to know and to communicate our concerns with our representatives on a regular basis; to build a grassroots foundation that will assist The National American Legion legislative agenda for all veterans past, present and future. Who does the Legislative Commission report to? The Legislative Commission reports to National Commander Greg "Doc" Gibbs and The National Executive Committee Legislative Commission

Programs and Areas of responsibility: The Legislative Commission is responsible for keeping the SAL Membership apprised of current legislation and bills concerning Veterans and their benefits. This includes, but is not limited to, the Four Pillars of The American Legion. Legislative Commission The Mission and Goals for this year 1. Assist in building stronger Detachment Legislative Commissions 2. Assist as many members as possible to join The American Legion Legislative Alert System

3. Organize a strong turnout for Washington Conference 4. Promote the George B Evans Grassroots Veteran Advocate of the Year Award Legislative Commission How do we achieve Mission and Goals Success? We will work with Detachments to get Legislative commissions in their Detachments Form a step by step outline to join Legislative alert system and promote signing up We will stress the importance of Washington Conference and educate them on what Washington

is all about and why it is important to our mission. The award process will be reviewed and the Commission is going to update application and the process as well as promoting members to apply. Legislative Commission Who is key to the Mission Success? The key to our success is the National and State Legislative Commissions and their willingness to better communicate on a regular basis with The Sons of The American Legion Detachment Commission members. Communication with members and educating them on goals and steps

to get involved. Legislative Commission Program Deadlines, Events planned, Meetings... What should we have in our Squadron and Detachment Calendars? We should have Primary and General Election dates so that members know when and where to meet with candidates prior to the election and quite possibly make a better decision. Washington Conference will be February 24- 27, 2019. The Tours and wreath laying will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. SAL National Commander Gibbs will lay

wreaths at Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery, lwo Jima Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. Legislative Commission Why is the Mission and Goals listed above important to the SAL members at the Squadron and Detachment Level? We need all members to be vigilant in learning about the issues concerning our veterans and the legislation that affects them and their families. Members should be contacting their local State Representatives as well as National Congressmen and Senators about current issues affecting our

veterans Legislative Commission What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation? Squadron members will get satisfaction of knowing they are helping in their own posts and communities with issues and concerns affecting our Veterans and that every member can, will, and does make a difference. Legislative Commission Thomas Deal, Chairman [email protected]

Richard Pfeiffer - [email protected] David Lee - [email protected] Bernie Kessler - [email protected] William Kelly - [email protected] Bimonthly Conference calls will be slated for the 1st Wednesday of: October, December, February, April, June and August at 7:00 PM Eastern Time . Conference Calls are open to all members. National Veterans Employment and Education Commission Overview of Commission "To assist The American Legion in ensuring that America's Veterans have the opportunity to provide, with honor and dignity,

the economic necessities of life for themselves and their families. Programs and Areas of responsiblity By getting the word out on "Hiring Our Heroes" job fairs being held around the nation as well as education benefits available in each state, in addition to or as an alternative to, federal GI Bill benefits. National Veterans Employment and Education Commission Goals: This year, this commission will be focusing on helping our veterans at home (The American Legion Post). By setting

up business centers and organizing seminars or resume building and writing, interview practices and other things that promote job readiness. How do we achieve Mission and Goals Success? We can achieve these goals by taking the initiative to seek out professionals to help conduct these workshops. National Veterans Employment and Education Commission Who is key to the Mission Success? Like always, the key to succeed is all of our members, especially our "Blue Cap" members. Program Deadlines, Events planned, Meetings...What should

we have in our Squadron and Detachment Calendars? After knowing when the job fairs are, we should try to concentrate our efforts on holding these workshops prior to those job fairs so our veterans feel confident when talking to potential employers. National Veterans Employment and Education Commission Why is the Mission and Goals listed above important to the SAL members at the Squadron and Detachment Level? These goals and mission are important because the commission is focused on our veterans and

benefiting and bettering their lives. One of the pillars of the American Legion is Veterans Affairs! We, as Sons of The American Legion, are here to support them. National Veterans Employment and Education Commission What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation? At the end of the day, by doing this, by supporting and promoting these ideas and concepts, we will feel accomplishment! We will know that we have done our part, our best in

helping a veteran in finding employment or furthering their education to get employment. Which will enable them to provide for their families. National Veterans Employment and Education Commission Christopher Carlton, Chairman [email protected] Marvin Nay [email protected] Blair Miles [email protected] David Swafford [email protected] Doyle T. "Travis" Cummins [email protected] Raymond Edwards, Jr. [email protected]

Our conference calls are bi-monthly. If you would like to attend please ask. 2018- 2019 Public & Media Communications Commission Seth A Rippe - Chairman A Brief Overview: The Public and Media Communication Commission builds and protects the brand equity of the Sons of The American Legion by assuring quality and consistent messaging through the structure and scope of the organization. Our efforts result in the success of

the Leaders, Commissions, and Detachments we are accountable to, and the Veterans, Children, and Communities they serve. 2018- 2019 Public & Media Communications Commission Programs and Areas of responsibility National Update Website Facebook Snapshots of Service Promoting the programs of the Sons of the American Legion and our parent

organization, The American Legion. Who does the Public and Media Communication Commission report to? The National Executive Committee 2018- 2019 Public & Media Communications Commission Goals To increase the number of Sons of The American Legion events/programs that are publicized across all Squadrons, Detachments, and Nationally. How do we achieve our Goals To expand the number of media outlets and media

platforms, to create positive branding of the organization, and to increase awareness of our organizational Mission, Goals, and Programs. Who is Key to Mission Success? All Squadrons, Detachments, and National Committees and Commissions. 2018- 2019 Public & Media Communications Commission Program Deadlines, and other events As the Public and Media Communication Commission it is really our role to help promote the Programs and Events of the other

Commissions and Committees, however, the Commission would like to call out that the deadlines for articles for the National Update are September 1st and March 1st. 2018- 2019 Public & Media Communications Commission Why is the Mission and Goals listed previously important to the SAL members? There are a lot of great things being done surrounding the programs of the Sons of The American Legion and The American Legion at a local level and by promoting and

publicizing them we will increase our membership, retain our existing members, and gain public support in the communities we serve. 2018- 2019 Public & Media Communications Commission What are the Benefits to the Squadron Members of participation? Increased knowledge and participation in events/programs allows our members to feel a sense of pride in the organization and lets them see why there membership is important.

This passion leads to members becoming vested in the long term success of the organization. 2018- 2019 Public & Media Communications Commission Mark B. McCue - [email protected] Doug Evans - [email protected] Brandon Roberts - [email protected] Casey Lenort - [email protected] Damon Bradtmueller - [email protected] Seth A Rippe, Chairman - [email protected] Conference Calls are unscheduled at this time.

Phone: 641-715-3580 , Access Code: 526346 Parliamentary Procedure Module IMPLEMENTING CHANGE ITS EASY RIGHT ? NOT THAT EASY !! DUPLICATION RULES No duplication of this presentation is allowed in any

format, without the express permission of the author. Author: Ronald E. Roberts IMPLEMENTING CHANGE Change is necessary for survival, growth and adaptation to the times. Most people dont like change! Not even wet babies! But, once its done they feel better. Organizations have two major factors that influence their ability to change. Culture Climate

IMPLEMENTING CHANGE These same 2 major influences sustain organizations. Culture, traditions, customs and past practices. Cannot be mandated by leadership Formed over time, anchored in past, sustained by group dynamics Climate, immediate environment, process oriented. Present and future oriented (contains goals)

Influenced by leadership style Formed by group dynamics IMPLEMENTING CHANGE Culture and Climate leave an imprint on an organization. Consider the impact, positive or negative, the change will have on Culture and Climate Leaders must balance the influences of Culture and Climate

IMPLEMENTING CHANGE The concept of organizational Climate is a more definable and measurable vehicle that can facilitate change. Well examine it after we look at Culture CULTURE CULTURE can be divided into five components. Norms Values Myths

Beliefs Traditions CULTURE Norms -- informal rules of an organization, the unwritten protocols Values -- methods used by members to assess, Qualities Traits Behaviors of the organization CULTURE Myths -- legends or stories that impact

individual understanding of organizations inner workings Beliefs -- interpretation of how certain things work , thats the way its always been done Traditions -- expected responses to significant events. Retirement parties CULTURE The components of Culture are: Virtually impossible to quantify Difficult to clearly state Understood and addressed in the process of

change CLIMATE CLIMATE describes the immediate environment. 7 factors contribute to the Climate of an organization. Leadership Historical forces Commitment Trust Communication Connectivity

Strategies and Visions CLIMATE Leadership Impacts Climate daily Sets expectations and behaviors of members Carefully plans how to implement changes Informs and communicates to get buyin and commitment to change CLIMATE Historical forces

Extremely strong influence Innovative = change is facilitated Status quo = negative impact on change CLIMATE Commitment Sense of belonging Pride in the organization Greater pride = Greater support for change CLIMATE Trust Mutual respect and support between

leadership and members Without it change is virtually impossible CLIMATE Communication Communication patterns and procedures have a major influence on Climate of an organization Communication flow Up as well as down Interdepartmental Tone

Timeliness CLIMATE Connectivity Can be as simple or complex as the organizations Climate allows Influences open sharing of ideas and goals Reduces the silo effect, diminishes misunderstanding, dissatisfaction and a feeling of being left out CLIMATE

Strategies and Visions Express the leaders ideas, goals, timelines, and methods to be used in making changes, a vision for the future Present = immediate change Future = longer term, strategically planned change MANAGING CHANGE Leaders must understand the organizations Culture and Climate both when implementing change Culture

respect traditions move slowly expose myths and false beliefs MANAGING CHANGE Climate Lead by example Build trust Open communication Solicit buy-in and commitment MANAGING CHANGE Leaders must use a thoughtful approach in

making change Research Culture and Climate influences State purpose and benefits of change Communicate persuasively Remember that the Culture was created over the life of the organization and change will take both effort and time. REFERENCES George Carnahan, PHD, Dean of the School of Business, Northern Michigan University. Arnold Aho, MBA, Senior instructor Business Management, Personnel Management, Masters

Program, Northern Michigan University. David Culpepper, MBA, CPA, PHD, Dean of the School of Accountancy, Assistant Dean of the School of Business, Northern Michigan University. This is a brief synopsis of a paper submitted for my Masters preparation in 1972, these were my advisors. Example in family changes Rosa Giacaloni and Michael Oshaugnessy want to get married. Facts to consider or not! You have to decide, Rosa comes from a Sicillian family and Michael from an Irish Family.

Both families are Catholic. Both just graduated from college, Rosa will be a Nurse Practioner and Michael will be the new plant manager where Papa Giacaloni and Rosas older brother Georgio work. Georgio is the Union Steward at the plant. Michael has been told that he needs to cut the work force from 680 employees by 10% because of automation being installed. To consider or not Sicillian families are traditionally Matriarchal and Irish families Patriarchal Papa thinks he is in charge but Mama reminds him she can burn the marina sauce!

Michaels dad and brother own and operate the Irish pub across from the plant. Both families love the children and are looking forward to grandchildren. Papa Giacaloni has worked at the plant for 29 years one more year to retire. Rosas uncle Tony Jack Giacaloni and Tony The Pro Provanzano were the last 2 people seen with Jimmy Hoffa before he disappeared. This is the first time Michael will be meeting Rosas family and he wants to ask for permission to marry her. A lot to consider or

not ? Who does Michael talk to first and what should he include or not? Resolution walk-through Resolution walk-through Public Speaking Module National Detachment Leadership

Seminar Questionnaire / Survey Here is your chance to rate this program. We need your comments and suggestions to improve this course. You can and do make a difference! ? ? ? Questions ? ? ? Thank You!

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