By: Jim Gillis, Department Commander

All American Legion Members, in the State of Colorado, stand up and salute our Posts for their great effort in MEMBERSHIP to-date – as of 10 November 2011 the Department is at 77.31% — this is great and we all can be very proud. UNITED WE STAND – working together we can make 100% by 31 December 2011. Our standings: Of our 14 Districts 11 are over 75%; Posts at 100% + 20; and Posts 75% to 99.99% 74.

This is great. Let’s keep our membership drive going. I want to thank all the post and members who held and took part in the many Veteran Day functions around the State. Also, thanks for remembering our need veterans, military personnel and those needing help in your local communities by proving then Thanksgiving baskets or providing meal at your posts.

Let’s not forget the many youth programs we have that need help from all posts; Baseball, Boys Scout, Boys State, Junior Shooting and Oratorical. Every post should be supporting at least one of our youth programs.

The holiday season is upon us and this is a great time of year to be involved in helping others. Volunteer opportunities with veterans are abundant. Serving a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal at a VA homeless shelter, to a military family or a family in your Community will make a world of difference to veterans and families in need. Also, remember to give gifts to needy families with small children, what a wonderful way to make a small child smile and happy at Christmas.