Jay Bowen, Commander, The American Legion, Department of Colorado

Jay Bowen, Commander, The American Legion, Department of Colorado

By: Jay Bowen, Department Commander, July Internet Observer Article

“For those of you who don’t know who I am…” This was the unintended phrase that set the stage for my last two years. First of all, thank you for placing your trust in me to serve as the Department Commander. I vow to never take the role for granted and will always keep our four pillars foremost in my mind when making decisions and recommendations. This is the first of several communications I am planning to share.
I believe it is incumbent upon me in this first article as Commander to share with you my theme; BPOTS! I have believed for many years that we are all “Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution.” Here’s the twist; if you can be “Part of the Solution” but choose not to be, then you are “Part of the Problem.” So, “Be Part of the Solution!”
My pursuit to be the Commander is based on the above. I believe I can BPOTS, and if I am to walk the talk, I felt I needed to run for Commander. Otherwise, I would have been a hypocrite.
So here I am, and with your continued support I will work to continue the work began by our Department Commanders before me as well as introducing some new ideas and initiatives. I have been very fortunate to have worked very closely with Tom Florez over the past year. He’s been a great friend, confidant, and leader for our Department. I am planning to have him continue serving in key roles that require someone with integrity, strong values, and a mind focused on what is best for Colorado Veterans.
I will also be on the lookout for ideas and suggestions for helping make our great Department even greater. Particularly, I am looking for ideas/suggestions on increasing our membership and effective fundraising, but that’s not all. If you have an idea or recommendation for doing something better, more efficient, or anything related to our four pillars, let me know. But I will warn you right now that when you approach me with an idea or suggestion, my initial response will be to say, “Thank you for volunteering to spearhead this initiative.” If you are not prepared to do that, don’t bring me the recommendation. The people we have right now doing the work are already overworked. I don’t intend to pile on more to the same small cadre. I will be looking for many others to get involved. So bring me your ideas and your volunteer spirit. We can/must do this together.
As I stated above, I intend to communicate with you often through this Newsletter and through Department blasts. I promise not to make the communications long or boring, but I also intend to share a message with each correspondence. So stay tuned for more.
Now, make certain your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position and that your seat belt is securely fastened. We are ready for take-off on this new adventure together. In the words of a great American, let’s “git ‘er done!”
For God and Country,
BPOTS!