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Member Verification Post Cards & Emails

The American Legion Department of Florida 100th Anniversary Member Directory Project is about to begin!

The American legion Department of Florida has contracted with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a trusted partner, to create this special member publication.

Watch for postcards and emails from PCI with instructions to update your information so we can take advantage of this great opportunity to celebrate our rich history and heritage!

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Work has begun on the The American Legion Department of Florida 100th Anniversary Membership Directory. Directory questionnaires are being sent to all Members, some via email and some via USPS. Information on purchasing the directory is not included in this initial mailing, as the goal is simply to gather the directory listing information from those that want to be included. Only those members that provide information for their directory listing will be included in the directory.

This is a great opportunity for Department to get updated contact information for our members, we urge you to participate.

As privacy is a concern for many of our members, it’s important to note that only those members that provide their directory listing information will be included in the printed directory. The publisher works under a very strict confidentiality agreement and will only use the information provided for the purpose of contacting members to gather data and to sell the directory. Only American Legion, Department of Florida members can purchase this directory. It is copyrighted and cannot be used by any member for solicitation purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information. They said they were working on a directory for The American Legion, Department of Florida. Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam? We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new members directory. PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. This project allows The American Legion, Department of Florida to receive important updates to our database so we know more about our members and how we can better serve you and future members.
  2. How do I know my information will only be used for directory purposes? The American Legion, Department of Florida has a contractual agreement with PCI that states:
    1. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by The American Legion, Department of Florida for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Directory and except as required by court order or law.
    2. The Directory will be made available only to members of The American Legion, Department of Florida. Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to The American Legion, Department of Florida any and all electronic files that have been supplied by The American Legion, Department of Florida or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.
  3. I would like to verify and update my information. How may I do this? If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for The American Legion, Department of Florida project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you and make any updates where needed.If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information. If you have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk at 1.800.982.1590.
  4. Can anyone purchase a directory? The American Legion, Department of Florida members Directory is available for sale only to The American Legion, Department of Florida members.
  5. When will I receive my directory? The total duration of the directory project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in April 2018, the directories will be distributed in April 2019.
  6. Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in the directory? When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative what information you would prefer to have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer service desk (1.800.982.1590) or to the Department.
  7. I ordered a directory/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this? Call the PCI customer service help desk at 1.800.982.1590, and they will take care of this for you.

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Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Post Office

PFC Robert H. Jenkins, Jr., Medal of Honor
Company C 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (Rein)
Third Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Pacific
Fire Support Base Argonne
Republic of Vietnam

The 3rd Recon Association, a non-profit war veteran’s group of over 1,700 former Marines and Navy Corpsmen, is extending an invitation to you and others in your Units to join with us at the United States Post Office Interlachen, FL on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM for the naming/dedication of the post office as the, “Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Post Office, Interlachen, FL 32148”.

That afternoon, June 15th at 3:00 PM, we will be holding a service at Robert’s grave located in the SISTER SPRING BAPTIST CEMETERY. 137 Hickory Road , Interlachen , FL 32148 . From the intersection of SR 20 and CR 315 in Interlachen, take CR 315 north approximately 2.2 miles, to Holiday Drive. Turn right on Holiday Drive and then turn right on Hickory Road.

Robert was one of four Medal of Honor recipients our battalion, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, had during the battalion’s involvement while serving in the Republic of Vietnam, all posthumous..

Join us as we gather at the Post Office located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, FL 32148 in our celebration honoring Robert’s sacrificing his life to save another’s.

Feel free in copying and posting the attached pages for forwarding to the American Legion Districts and individual American Legion Posts.

Please let me know if you will be able to join us for this celebration. If you have any questions; please… Contact: Len Rapuano 1526 NW 24th Terrace Cape Coral, FL 33993,
ph 239-772-7217 or cell 239-314-6206., Email 3C23rdRecon@centurylink.net

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Commander Sets New Goal

WE DID IT! – We helped the Commander reach his initial fundraising goal of $50,000 for PROJECT: VetRelief.

Additional monies collected for his project will now go towards ALL Florida Legion programs. Donations can still be made to PROJECT: VetRelief, just be sure to indicate where you’d like the funds to be applied in the memo of the check, or by making your check directly to PROJECT: VetRelief.

At the beginning of the year, the Commander set a goal to collect $50,000 during his one-year term as Department Commander for PROJECT: VetRelief. Once the goal of $50,000 has been met, he decided that any additional donations submitted and made payable to “The American Legion, Department of Florida” and indicating “Commander’s Project” in the memo line will go towards other Florida Legion Programs. However, the Legion Family can still contribute to PVR by making donations directly payable to PROEJCT: VetRelief, but be sure to include “Commander’s Project” in the memo.

Commander Shuga has decided to raise his fundraising goal to $75,000 to continue his efforts in providing funds for our Legion programs. He knows that with the generosity of the Legion Family and the passion they have for the Florida Legion programs, this goal is very attainable! Let’s help him reach his secondary goal, and ultimately help veterans and their families through our various programs!

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Voting Clarification

The question has come up pertaining to a “number or percentage of votes required to win a contest during our Department elections”. According to Department ByLaws, Article I, Section 14, “The candidate for each office that receives the most votes shall be declared the winner.” And the Rules of Procedure #22 “…The Candidate for each office that receives the most votes shall be declared the winner…”

Here are pages from the Constitution & ByLaws and Rules of Procedure, from 2016 and 2017, which clarify this question:

We hope this clears up any confusion. If you still have questions about this or any of the voting process, please email our Department Assistant Adjutant, Bruce Comer at bcomer@floridalegion.org.

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2018 State Oratorical Winners

The American Legion, Department of Florida is proud to announce the winners from the State Oratorical Contest held, March 10, 2018:

1st Place – $2,500 and representing Florida at National Oratorical Contest
Caleb Wilson, Western Area, Post 84

2nd Place – $1,500
Greta Dieck, Central Area, Post 8

3rd Place – $1,000
Holly Stidham, Northern Area, Post 27

$500 Winners

  • Ricardo Barrios, Eastern Area, Post 63
  • Chika Ojukwu, Southern Area, Post 385
  • Sheyla Ravelo Perez, Southwestern Area, Post 323

We’d like to extend a special thank you to All the Posts, Districts, and Area Chairmen that helped support these students with their journey to the State Contest; Department Oratorical Chairman, Meri West, for her dedication and support for the Oratorical Program; The Judges, Tabulators, and Time Keepers for your help and support at the State Contest; and to our contestants and all attendees for your support and participation.

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Boat Replica Donated to Post Officer

A replica of PT Boat 562 recently was dedicated and presented to American Legion Post 273. Pictured, from left, are first vice commander Mike Haygood; post member Harry Mulder, who donated the boat to the post; Monte Palmer; Commander Jim White and Adjutant Dan Koker. [Photo courtesy of Anthony Torregrossa]

A replica of PT Boat 562 was dedicated and presented to American Legion Post 273 Madeira Beach executive officer Monte Palmer, 94, who served on the boat during World War II.

Source:Tampa Bay Times http://www.tampabay.com/news/briefs/Hometown-Pinellas_165518110

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Groundbreaking Set for New State Veterans’ Nursing Home

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie on March 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. 

The new 120-bed state veterans’ home will be located near 10700 SW Tradition Parkway in the Port St. Lucie community of Tradition. Parking will be adjacent to the ceremony site. 

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at Tradition Town Hall, 10799 SW Civic Lane. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony and reception will take place at Tradition Town Hall.

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Legion Family Cruise

Rick Johnson – All Aboard!!! It’s official, the Legion Family cruise is a go! It’s been about eight years since the Legion Family cruised together, and it’s high-tide we do it again.

There are limited spaces, based on a first-come-first-serve basis. You’ll need $100 per person to book now, and during the next couple of months various promotions will be offered.   Don’t delay and miss out on this opportunity.

We will be boarding the Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral on September 13, 2018, journeying to Nassau, and returning to Port Canaveral on September 16, 2018. Please see the attached flyer for complete details and full pricing information.

To make your reservations, please contact Maureen Williams PVP, at 800-819-3902 ext 85931, be sure to mention the American Legion Group Code 1KNQ25 to take advantage of our special rates.

Please note, this is not an official “Department of Florida” organized event. For all questions and requests for additional information, contact Rick Johnson, 2nd Vice Commander at 954-242-4496 or rickjtank@hotmail.com.

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2018 Convention Voting Guide

During the 2017 Department Convention, the membership voted to adopt a new method for voting for Department Officers. All voting for Department Officers will now take place via ballots and scanned with electronic tabulation machines. This will provide a private setting in which to cast secret ballots and expedite the voting process. This guide will provide some pertinent information for the voting process at your 2018 Department Convention.

The annual election of Department officers shall be by special order of business, the results of which should be announced at 1:00 P.M., or as soon as practical thereafter, on the day set for adjournment of the Convention or at the call of the Chair.

Voting for all elected Department Officers shall be by official ballot provided upon registration to any Posts so registered based on paid delegate strength. All official ballots are the responsibility of the acting chairman of each delegation and shall not be replaced for any reason under any circumstances.

How does Department come up with delegate strength? Each Post shall be entitled to two (2) delegates and two (2) alternates and to one (1) additional delegate and alternate for each additional (100) one hundred members provided that the per capita tax is paid fifteen (15) days prior to the Department Convention.

Additionally, according to Section 6, Article 5 of the Department Constitution, a member of the Department Executive Committee shall be a delegate Therefore, the Post that they are a member of will receive one additional vote.

Each Post will receive one (1) official ballot for every paid delegate at the time of registration with the exception of the Past Department Commander’s ballot, which will be provided on the floor at the time of voting as detailed in Section 6, Article V of the Department Constitution. Ballots may either be voted collectively by the acting chairman of each delegation or individually by Post delegates to the Convention. The vote of any delegate absent and not represented by an alternate shall be cast by the majority of the delegates present from the Post.

Those candidates having an endorsement on file at Department by May 30, 2018, will be pre-printed on the ballot. The ballots shall provide for a write-in candidate for each office, should one be nominated off the Convention floor without prior endorsement by their respective Post.

Nominations for Department Officers shall be from the floor of the Convention. Nominating speeches shall be limited to five (5) minutes each. No more than two (2) seconding speeches shall be made for each candidate, each of which shall not exceed two (2) minutes.

Immediately following nominations, ballot voting shall begin on electronic scanning equipment provided by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections. All ballot voting shall be completed by 1:00 p.m. except Posts still in line to vote at that time. Once all the votes have been scanned the election is closed and tally begins.

A team of election officials will oversee the election process. These officials shall consist of an employee of the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office, the Assistant Department Adjutant, and the Department Assistant Judge Advocate or a representative appointed by the Department Commander in his/her absence.

The election officials will examine any ballot rejections to determine the intent of the ballot. If a ballot reflects votes for two (2) candidates for the same office that ballot will have that one (1) office’s vote cancelled and the balance of the ballot cast as presented. Should duplicate ballots be presented, the scanners will reject the votes from both ballots.

The election officials will supervise the vote tally collected by the scanners. The candidate for each office that receives the most votes shall be declared the winner. The results will be placed in an envelope which will be presented to the Secretary of the Convention (Department Adjutant) on the Convention stage to be announced.

In cases of a tie vote, a roll call of Posts for the purpose of casting their votes for the tied candidates shall continue until one candidate receives the majority of votes cast, the roll call is complete or until there shall be only one candidate for a particular Department office.

All official ballots will be retained as permanent record of the Department for a period of two (2) years.

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National Commander Denise H. Rohan’s Visitation Schedule

Last update December 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

8:30am Depart Hotel
9:00am – 9:30pm Post 168, Key West
9:55am – 10:30am Post 28, Key West
11:40am – 1:00pm Post 154, Marathon (Lunch)
2:10pm – 2:45pm Post 333, Key Largo
3:25pm – 3:55pm Post 43, Homestead
4:30pm – 5:05pm Post 133, Palmetto Bay
5:35pm – 7:00pm Post 31, South Miami (Dinner)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

8:30am Depart Hotel
9:00am – 9:30pm Post 98, Coral Gables
10:35am – 11:05am Post 92, Hollywood
11:20am – 11:50am Post 310, Hallandale
12:20pm – 1:20pm Post 67, North Miami (Lunch)
2:05pm – 2:40pm Post 36, Ft. Lauderdale
3:05pm – 3:45pm Post 222, Ft. Lauderdale
5:45pm – 7:15pm Post 142, Pompano Beach (Dinner)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

8:00am Depart Hotel
12:30pm – 2:00pm Post 273, Madeira Beach (Lunch)
5:30pm – 8:00pm Post 347, Lady Lake (Dinner)

Friday, January 26, 2018

8:00am Depart Hotel
11:15am – 12:30pm Post 62, Stuart (Lunch)
1:00pm – 1:35pm Post 271, Jupiter
2:10pm – 2:40pm Post 268, Riviera Beach
3:00pm- 3:30pm Post 141, West Palm Beach
3:45pm – 4:15pm Post 199, West Palm Beach
4:35pm – 5:10pm Post 47, Lake Worth
5:45pm – 8:00pm Post 277, Boca Raton (Dinner)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

9:00am Depart Hotel
9:15am – 9:55am Post 162, Deerfield Beach
10:45am – 11:30am Post 180, Plantation
12:05pm – 1:30pm Post 157, Margate (Lunch)
6:00pm – 8:30pm Post 321, Cooper City (Southern Area Ball)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

9:00am Depart Hotel
1:30pm – 3:00pm 4 Chaplains Service
Coast Guard Station
7000 N. Ocean Dr, Dania Beach, FL
3:30pm – 5:00pm Post 304, Dania Beach (Food)
6:00pm – 8:30pm Post 164, Boynton Beach (Snacks)

Monday, January 29, 2018

11:00am Depart Hotel to West Palm Beach Airport
1:40pm National Commander Departs

Personal Preferences for National Commander Denise H. Rohan:

  • Beverages – Diet Coke and Decaf Coffee
  • Main Course – Beef, Pork and Chicken (nothing spicy)
  • Sizes – Polo Shirt Women L
  • Legion Project – Raise Funds for Temporary Financial Assistance and Veterans Service Officers

Personal Preference for Aide to the National Commander Mike Rohan:

  • Beverage – Diet Coke
  • Sizes – Polo Shirt XL

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