Department of Florida

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March, 26, 2020

Members of The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, The American Legion Riders & The American Legion Auxiliary,

At this time no one can predict where the current Covid-19 crisis is going or how long we will be in this government mandated quarantine situation. We do know that short term our Posts, Squadrons, Chapters and Units will remain closed for all activities, except take-out food.

All Post, Squadron, Chapter and Unit Meetings, Celebrations of Life, ALL SCHEDULED EVENTS, and anything else scheduled except maintenance by a group not larger than 10 at a Post Home are cancelled until further notice.

We realize each Post, Squadron, Chapter or Unit has their own guiding documents that require elections at specific times. These guiding documents in all cases are superseded by State Law so elections will have to wait, except in the case of The American Legion Auxiliary who have already have set a procedure in place for dealing with this crisis. For Post, Squadrons and Chapters that have held nominations, the actual elections can wait. Those Posts, Squadrons and Chapters that haven’t started nominations, at this time do not worry about it. You will get some direction once we have some idea of when things can return to normal.

As to the District Constitutional Conferences (DCC’s), at best the schedule is now very tentative. Again, you will get some direction once we have some idea of when things can return to normal.

The American Legion

  • Headquarters will remain closed. Calls are being directed to voicemail and employees are answering voicemails and emails. If you have a pressing situation please contact either the Department Adjutant Mike McDaniel or the Assistant Department Adjutant Bruce Comer.
  • All Post Commanders and Post Adjutants are advised to get the National Consolidated Post Reports (CPR) and Department Addendum completed online or and mailed into Department Headquarters.
  • Also, please submit any members paperwork that are eligible for awards.

The Sons of The American Legion

  • All Squadron Commanders and Adjutants need to focus on the Squadron Officer Report Form, Detachment Consolidated Report Form, and the SAL National Consolidated Report Form.
  • The Squadron Officer Report form and the Detachment Consolidated Report forms are available on the Detachment website Follow the mailing and due date instructions on these reports.
  • The National Consolidated Report can be found on the National website

The American Legion Riders

  • ALR Directors, please forward your chapter’s year end totals of hours, and cash donations to your Post Commanders.
  • Directors, please also advise your Post Commander the number of Legionnaires, Sons and Auxiliary members that make up your Chapter.

The American Legion Auxiliary

  • The American Legion Auxiliary has already notified their units of their required reports and due dates.

During these uncertain times we have to now, more than ever be concerned and focused on our Mission and giving as we know that many of our fellow Veterans, their families and members of our local communities are in need of our help. We all want to make sure that all monies that our collective groups raise through all of our various channels within The Department of Florida ONLY BENEFITS our Veterans and their families and OUR communities IN FLORIDA. You have OUR pledge that all monies we raise will only be used to benefit our Veterans, their families and in OUR communities.

For God and Country,

William “Rick” Johnson
The American Legion
Department of Florida

James “Jim” Wineland
Chair American Legion Riders
The American Legion
Department of Florida

Thomas V. Klinger
Sons of The American Legion
Detachment of Florida

Ann-King Smith
The American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Florida