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Western Area Commander

September 2021

Western Area News

I would like to thank all the Western Area Posts for allowing me to be their Western Area Commander for one more year. Also, congratulations to all the new Post Commanders and staff for this year. I assure you that your new District Commanders, Sonny Decker (1st) and Steve Mears (2nd), are highly motivated and dedicated. They will lead our Posts to a very successful year. As Post Commanders, all you must do is act on your District Commanders wise and experienced advice and suggestions.

This Covid virus looks like it is not going to let us rest. A year and a half is a long time and has caused financial problems for all our Posts. I will be sure to continue updating you (through your District Commander) of any new Department updates and/or Posts restrictions.

I have visited most of our 1st District Posts in July. Thanks for your hospitality and warm welcome. I intend to visit as many 2nd District Posts as I can in August and September. I would also like to thank Post 402, who has graciously offered their Post for our first Western Area, American Legion Training session in mid-September. Everyone stay safe and virus free as we continue to strive for our American Legion membership and program goals. See you all soon.

The handful of Posts that are behind goals, this past year’s “buddy checks”, if done properly, should help us get our renewals up this year. The Department Commander visited our Western Area in mid-January. Commander Johnson visited our 1st and 2nd Districts over a four-day period. I want to thank our Post Commanders and staff that showed the Commander hospitality by showing up for his visit. One of Commander Johnson’s priorities for that visit was to meet the new Post 33 staff. This brand-new staff has raised money and worked extremely hard to re-build Post 33 after Hurricane Sally. The Western Area was very appreciative of his visit.

I want to personally thank PDC Jim Ramos for his training and membership tutoring for our Western Area this past year. He has faithfully made at least four training sessions for our Area this year. He also made the extra effort to help mentor our Post 33 with their brand-new Officer staff, who had little-to-no Legion experience. Thanks again PDC Ramos, for a job extremely well done.

Everyone stay healthy and keep your distance. I look forward to seeing everyone soon. Thanks again for everyone’s hard work.

John Edens
Western Area Commander