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Commander’s Corner

Department Commander Eunice Butts

September 2022

Congratulations to Florida for receiving 100% in CPR reporting for the 2021-2022 membership year. Let us continue to turn in our CPRs and Addendums on time, as these are very important.

The past two months have been very busy, yet rewarding, with our 2022 Department Commander’s Training sessions being a great success.

As your former Vice commander, I made a promise to you to be fair and address your issues to the best of my ability. Our Department training team was assembled to answer some of your questions and provide you with a merge of old and new knowledge of The American Legion, on both National and Department levels. This training is not meant to take away from the required training of the Area and District Commanders. The Northern Area training was divided, and the Southern Area will be divided, if necessary, as well. This was to help make the training more accessible and manageable.

Let’s continue our Buddy Checks this year. Please use the Officers Guide, as it contains valuable information and many changes. Now is also the time to work on your DMS lists. Congratulations to our Posts who have attained their 50% or more in membership! As I write this article, Post 121 is at 114.29%!

Thank you for volunteering and all that you do, but please don’t forget to have fun doing it.

“The most powerful way to heal someone is to listen. Don’t think or judge, just listen. People start to heal the moment they feel heard. You can’t be a healer if you refuse to step outside of your own emotions and view things entirely from the perspective of the other person.”

Let’s strive for 50% in membership by September 8, 2022. Have a wonderful Labor Day and be safe.

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