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Department of Florida

3rd Vice Commander

Michael Raymond, 3rd Vice Commander

September 2019
Let’s Get It Out There!

Just got back from the Legion Membership Workshop and there are so many new and exciting things happening, not only statewide, but Nationwide that will definitely give us the kickstart we need to get us back on track this year and achieve the goals that are set for us. There are some great ideas out there but if we don’t get the word out, then we will accomplish nothing. There are many ways to spread the word these days which include but are not limited to social media, newspaper, radio and TV.

In my 6 years as Post Commander I met a lot of people which included a radio DJ, newspaper photographer and writer. In fact, there is a Post Officer in the 8th District that has his own radio show! These are people you need to seek out and utilize to “get the word out”. Another great way is the Commanders’ “Adopt A Highway program”. Imagine a couple hundred of these signs dotting the highways around our great State. Very little effort but a lot of visibility. I also reached out to our County Commissioners and now am a personal friend of one of them. A Coast Guard Vet! Any time I need a proclamation or letter, I just make a call. He’s always present at our functions and events and is a member of our Veterans council.

“The Legion Act” is one huge story that needs to be out there. Make up flyers and post them in your Post for all to see. These are just a few things that anyone can do to get the word out. I’ll be getting the word out over the next couple weeks by riding in the “National Legacy Run”. This will be my 5th consecutive ride. Upon arrival in Indianapolis we will then be attending the 101st National Convention. Remember now, let’s get the word out about all the great things we do and everything will definitely fall into place. I guarantee it! If anyone needs any “COTA” cans for the Dept. Commanders charity, please let me know and I will get them to you.

Michael Raymond
3rd Vice Commander
(618) 616-2753
3rdvice@legionmail.org

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