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Northern Area Commander

Marie Conti
Northern Area Commander

January 2021

Membership, Northern Area Ball, & CPRs

Happy New Year to The Florida American Legion Family.
Congratulations to everyone that has met or exceeded the 80% goal. The next membership goal is 85% before February 3, 2021.

December 3rd-7th 2020, I traveled within the Fifth District and visited several Posts. This included the Pearl Harbor Ceremony at Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290, Mayport on December 7, 2020. I would like to thank the entire Fifth District for their hospitality.

With the New Year starting most are eager to put 2020 behind them and turn the page into next year. However, there is still much work to be accomplished for the 2020-2021 Legion Year. I suggest that you take a step back and look at where your Post is right now; see if you need to catch up on membership or any Legion Program (ask for help if you need it, that is what your District Officers and I am here for!). Remember, anyone without a 2021 card cannot attend meetings and should not be served at the canteen.

Oratorical contests are fast approaching. Stay tuned for details about the Northern Area Oratorical Contest; the POC is Doug Hockenberry, Northern Area Oratorical Chairman.

The Northern Area Ball will be held on March 6, 2021, at Ocean Beaches American Legion Post 129, Jacksonville Beach. See attached flyer for details. Please contact PDC Jay Conti Sr. at 352-287-1400, for more information.

Now is the time get an early start on the end of year CPR Reports, which can be done on With this being an unprecedented Legion Year, don’t forget about the awards for Boy Scouts, JROTC & Shooting Sports, School Medals, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and Firefighter of the Year; let’s not shortchange our children & youth or our heroes in our communities.

As information and restrictions are changing often, due to COVID-19, check the Department website for updated Program & Event Information.

Let’s finish what we started and show that dreadful 2020 year out with a BANG! If you read my entire article, please drop me a line and write “READ” in the subject line.

For God and Country,

Marie Conti
Northern Area Commander