A number of Legionnaires, Auxiliary and SAL members just got back for attending the 91st annual national convention in Louisville, KY. The Legion delegation was led by immediate past department commander Gar Williams as delegation chairman. Current Commander Frank McCurdy, Sr Vice Commander Rick Friend, Jr Vice Commanders Larry Decker, Jon Golley and Jim Gillis, NEC Ralph Bozella, Alternate NEC Neal Thomas, Chaplain Rich Humphrey, Finance Officer Paul Erickson, Past National Commander Tom Bock, Past Department Commanders Doug Wooddell and Joe Ross all attended as delegates. In addition 15 other Legionnaires attended as deletages
The convention elected Clarence Hill of Florida and our new National commander. Morris Bentley of Idaho was elected as our Western Region National Vice Commander. More information about these Legionnaires will be found in other publications of the Legion as we go through the year. The results of the resolutions sent by Colorado are re-printed in this issue of the Observer.
Now that the convention is over we must concentrate on the day to day business of the Legion here in Colorado. Beginning September 9, 2009 Commander McCurdy will begin the annual fall conference schedule. That schedule is published elsewhere in this publication. The purpose of the conferences is to educate our Legion family members about our Legion programs, our plans for a positive membership growth in our organization, our goals and objectives to spread the word about The American Legion in our communities and our strategy to achieve those goals.
You will be hearing more about the Community Covenant program of the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense. This program seeks to get the mayors and community officials to officially sign a proclamation recognizing the service of our veterans and encouraging the community to “support our troops” while deployed and when they return to the community. This is a major project and we will have more information about it at the fall conferences.
Once again this year we will hold our 2nd annual troop induction ceremony at our Mid-Year conference. This looks like it will be a big deal again this year. If you missed it last year you need to plan on attending. The Army inducted 187 young men and women in the ceremony sponsored by The American Legion. It was impressive.
The work begins now. Get involved. Show up at our conferences. Make plans to attend our Mid-year. Sign up for our email distribution list and check out the Observer every month at www.coloradolegion.org.