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Department of Florida

Commander’s Corner

Rick Johnson, Department Commander

December 2019
Hello family members,

I hope that everyone had a great Veterans day and turkey day as the jolly old man is upon us. First I want to THANK YOU all for such a great Fall Conference and such a good time. The classes went very well as I seen all of them full and members participating. The haircut event on stage was such a great event had by all for COTA and thank you for the COTA family being there.

December will be a very busy month for all of us as it is the time to give back within your communities. Talking about communities, we need more post to adopt a highway. Just a few out of 392 have done this so far. Please contact your county DOT and let’s get this moving forward.
Let’s not forget Pearl Harbor day, wreaths across America and the fun day Christmas. A lot of post have special events going on this month especially for the kids to enjoy, so let’s get the word out and let us know what happened during this special time.

The membership teams are out there strong and willing to help anyone who will ask for it. Don’t let this go on too long without asking for help and begin the New Year off right.

I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. God bless you all and safe travels as we bring in 2020 and move forward. It is such a great pleasure to represent you and seven more months left as we will have fun doing this together.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all
Tank Out

November 5, 2019
To: Members of The American Legion, Department of Florida

On Friday June 28, 2019 at the American Legion Department of Florida Convention a motion was made to form a committee for National Commissions/Committee Appointments and Call-in selections from the Department of Florida.

The committee consists of the National Executive Committee Member (NEC), Department Commander, Department Adjutant, a Past Department Commander appointed by the National Executive Committee Member Alternate (NECA) and a member appointed by the Department Commander. The motion was seconded and passed by the Department of Florida membership.

Below you will find a document entitled Appointments to National Commissions and Committees. You will see two (2) columns one titled “Committee Selection” which represents the work of the committee, you, the Department membership created by the above motion. The second column defined as “NEC Selection” defines the individuals appointed to the committee. NEC Boland submitted his list ignoring the list you, the membership demanded. The National Executive Committee Member (NEC) Dennis Boland states he has nothing to do with appointments.

Seems Past National Commander Jake Comer disagrees. In his message to our Alternate National Executive Committee member Art Schwabe, PNC Mr. Comer states” Disappointing to realize that you as ALT. NEC would not get up and remind the “haters of the national constitution” regarding NEC recommendations to the natl. cmdr (National Commander) who is the only one eligible to make appointments. Why is PNC Jake Comer involved? What position does he hold?

Long and the short of it, 72% of your Committee for National Commissions/Committee Appointments and Call-in selections were ignored by your National Executive Committee Member Mr. Boland. This is just to let you know how much your collective opinion means to NEC member Boland.


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William “Rick” Johnson
Commander
American Legion Department of Florida
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