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Northern Area Commander

March 2022

Attention! Attention! The Northern Area Ball has been changed to April 9, 2022. Please see the flyer included.

Happy March to you all. I hope you are doing well. Posts elections are coming up and require your immediate attention. Elections at posts can sometimes become very controversial and cause issues that can hurt your post. Please take this time to prepare for a good and fair election. Review your Constitution and Bylaws, as well as your post’s rules. You can appoint an election/nomination committee to review and clarify any ambiguous differences, if necessary, then get membership to vote on their recommendations. Publicize your specified dates and times for your election. Streamline and define what the process is going to be if you are having early or absentee voting. These are just a few things to take into consideration.

The Northern Area has been very busy. District 3 facilitated an awesome visitation with the Department Commander. While visiting each of the posts, the commander received great insights on post concerns. He listened to the information provided and has been working with Department Headquarters to try and fix as many issues as possible. Another consistent question was on the Constitution and Bylaws. A designated committee is working on revising the Constitution and Bylaws for Department. We are hoping to get the recommended replacement out soon. As was evident from most of the posts, there are problems identified with processing membership and issues with MyLegion.org. I hope that we can also get this resolved soon. Department has been working with National to help this along.

Thanks to all who went to the March on Tallahassee. They got the message loud and clear that the Legion is going to be behind legislation that serve the needs of our veterans. Your support made a difference to our members in Congress. The 4th, 5th and 17th District completed their Oratorical competitions and produced great candidates for the area competition that was held on the 19th. I’m looking forward to introducing our winning Northern Area competitor to compete at Department March 12, 2022.

Finally, but most importantly are our March events. March is Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate them and especially our women veterans. District 4 will be hosting the Department Commander. District 5 has an American Legion night scheduled for the sixth Jacksonville Iceman Game. There are due dates coming for your programs, at your posts that support your community, to be aware of: JROTC Cadet of the Year Scholarship, General Scholarship, Eagle Scout of the Year, and Boys State Registration.

Do not forget to work membership as our 90% goal is on the ninth. Hope to catch you at one of our events.

Troy Horsley
Northern Area Commander
northernarea@legionmail.org