POST 501 COMMANDER'S CALL:  (updated 2/20/2019)

(Information provided below is guidance by our Post 501 Commander Tom and/or our WI State Department Commander, Frank Kostka and/or our National Commander, Brett Reistad.)

There are also a lot of updates and guidance in the Severson-Cairns Post No 501 January and February 2019 Newsletters.  A copy can be found in the "Newsletter" page above, just click on that tab.  Lot of action is scheduled which needs Legionnaires to participate in, along with the selected dates of these activities, some of which just might fit your schedule.  Please attend/help out where you can. Hit the "Contact Us" tab above if you have questions, concerns, or are a bit new, and want to attend some of these functions.

Our Post 501 Commander Tom wants to  refer you to several links below which will take you to the most recent Wisconsin Department Post Mailings for February 2019 (NEW!).  He would like to bring to your attention the following six topics:

AMERICANISM & GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Scholarships will be available in the amount between $250 > $750, for simply taking a 50 question quiz on our US Government. This is open to students in 10th - 12th grade. The test time frame runs 7 - 12 April, 2019. If you have a high school student in your family, don’t hesitate to offer this opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, and maybe make some money for their time. Check it out!

LEGACY 100 RIDE - Motorcycle Legacy Ride will be conducted during the Wisconsin Department American Legion 100th Anniversary Convention, Middleton, WI. Ride begins in Ashland, WI on July 14th, and continues for three days, winding down the beautiful Wisconsin roads, and ending in Middleton. If you are a proud biker, then get on board. Application forms can be found in the Mailings listed above. Don’t hesitate. Take a Legion buddy with you.

101st DEPARTMENT CONVENTION - Still on for this July, 2019. Post 501 has the honor of providing much of the administrative and logistical support for this singular event, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of your American Legion. We will need to support this effort to the maximum extent possible. All hands, not just Legionnaires, but also the very important Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion, will be needed on deck. The work load is especially needed on Wednesday, July 17th, the day of set up at the Marriott Convention Center. Then bodies still needed Thursday through Saturday, with the culmination on Sunday, July 21st, which is the tear down day. Transportation vehicles will be needed to move materials from our Post 501 on Dempsy road to the Convention center on Wednesday, and return on Sunday. Go to our Web page “2019 American Legion Department of Wisconsin Convention” for more details.

DEPARTMENT STANDING COMMITTEE APPLICATION - The Department HQ needs Legionnaires to step forward to fill critical committees and commissions which keep the Wisconsin Legion viable. Should you offer experience in any of these functions, please consider your willingness to work for a day > 2 - 4 times a year. The meetings are held either at the Legion HQ in Portage, WI, or at the winter and summer conventions. You should have the courage to speak up in working groups of 5-15 persons, mostly all knowledgeable in their interest. There are 14 established fields of work; go to the Wisconsin Legion HQ website for the specific definitions and needs of each committee. While not too time consuming in the scheme of your time, but it will require a willingness to work on projects that can be both rewarding in paying back what the military service did for you, and also can be challenging in working with a variety of ideas to sift through and find the right answers for the Legion to grow and thrive. Make Wisconsin’s Legion great ! Be a part of it !

BUDDY CHECK - The Legion National Commander, Brett Reistad, has asked each Legion Post to set up a small committee from current post membership, to touch bases with veterans who have not renewed membership, and or who just might be in need. This takes a big hearted individual, willing to work in a team of two or three, to use the phone or go out in face to face meetings to provide assistance to Legion members and any veteran who may just only need a friendly handshake. This should not require a great amount of your free time, and the rewards of obtaining solutions will speak for themselves.

MARCH MADNESS MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE - Department HQ is offering cash prizes for District Commanders to win the play off for membership renewals. Support our Legionnaire Keith, who is our District 3 Commander. 3d District needs only about 16 more members to pay up overall to place first in the Wisconsin Department. Go to the WI Department website for the details of the playoff grids. Then go to our “CONTACT US” page for your willingness to support our own Legion member. Or, better yet, contact our Post Commander Tom and or Keith himself your willingness to provide support in this great challenge. Keith has provided tons of service to our Post and also for the 3d District, on our behalf. So let’s go forward and back him. They can provide the details of what is needed to win!

MARCH MADNESS OPEN HOUSE - Wisconsin’s Department HQ, Portage, will be holding an Open House on March 16th, 2019, a Saturday, 9 to Noon. This will recognize the success of the March Madness Membership Challenge. We trust that Legionnaire Keith, 3d District Commander, will be at the top of the list. Let’s all show up to congratulate him, and get some free refreshments also. Buddy up in a car pool and share gas cost. If you haven’t been to the Department HQ, this will also be a great time to visit their Legion museum, which is worth the trip itself !

2019 BOWLING TOURNAMENT - Department is holding the 92nd Annual Wisconsin State American Legion Bowling Tournament, to be held at the Pla Mor Lanes, LaCrosse, WI. The information captured on the Department Mailing is a bit confusing as to start and end of the tournament. If you are a scratch bowler, with a handicap of 10 or less, you can’t let this sanctioned tournament pass you by. If you have difficulty of breaking 100 in a game, go anyway and enjoy the laughs with fellow Legionnaires who, like you, have at one point in their life marched in boots. There will be lots of fun, and also the enjoyment of watching some supreme bowlers showing their skills. High energy activity.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE ABOVE 9 HIGH VISIBILITY ACTIVITIES, JUST GO TO THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF WISCONSIN's website listed below, and click on the "Members" link and then on the "Post Mailings" link and then hit the "February 2019" tab: