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Commander's Corner

Commander’s Corner

Department Commander William "Rick" Johnson

Rick Johnson, Department Commander

November 2020

I hope this month finds you healthy and in good spirit. I am proud to announce that Tampa Bay, Florida has officially won the bid to host the Annual National Convention for 2025. I commend “Team Tampa” and all those behind the scenes who worked hard to make this happen. This is a great opportunity for Florida to shine.

As we are slowly resuming, somewhat, normal operations, it’s time to resume supporting and training our area Posts. Leadership training just wrapped up with your District, Area and Zone Commanders. They have received a lot of information they are eager to share with you.

National has implemented many changes during their Fall Meetings, shared with our NECs. Once the official documentation is received, we will filter information to all Areas, Districts and Posts.

I hope that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween and took advantage of our Halloween Safety Program.

A reminder that November 11th is Veterans’ Day, a time to thank all veterans and their families for their service in the greatest military in the world. Please take time to personally, thank our Veterans for their service and sacrifice. I would love to see Veteran functions held and support for veterans throughout our Posts. Let your community know you’re there.

Hard to believe that “Turkey Day” is also just around the corner. Thank you to those who put together food baskets and supplies to care for Veterans in their areas. To our Veterans we say, “Thanks for Giving”.

Port Charlotte is hosting a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans’ Day on November 20th -21st, starring Lee Greenwood. Admittance for veterans is free, and all information is available on their website at:

Again, I encourage you to continue training and recruiting our Veterans to our cause. I wish you good health, safety and merriment as the holiday season approaches.

Service Honor Sacrifice

Tank Out

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