From the Chairman
FROM BRUCE CARL, CHILDREN & YOUTH CHAIR
Schools are back in session here in Florida, and now is a great time to reach out to the schools in your area to introduce all the programs the American Legion has to offer!
Child welfare and safety deals with the many concerns that can endanger a child. These may include drowning, firearms, poisoning, accidents, substance abuse, etc. Youth Suicide is a major problem in our country, especially with all the bullying in the schools and on social media.
It is time to start your planning for a Halloween Safety night, if you choose to do so. There are pamphlets available from Department that you can obtain and hand.
Many of our communities have a First Night Out event, or some other type of community programs. I suggest reaching out to your local police, community leaders, etc., to find out when these are being held. Ask for permission to set up a table and pass out the materials.
We are entering the prime hurricane season, so please keep in mind that we have the TFA program and the Project Vet Relief available for those who may need them. Also, there is the National Emergency Fund, which is there to assist displaced veteran’s in the event of a natural disaster.
There are several important dates in September that you will want to keep in mind as you do your planning. The first Monday is Labor Day (plan a picnic at your Post and invite the community.) Sept. 11th is Patriot day (have a ceremony and invite the public.) Sept. 16th is American Legion Day (what a great time to host an open house and let everyone know what the American Legion is all about!)
In addition to all the monthly events, the American Legion also has Annual Programs, which you can donate to monthly or yearly. These include, but are not limited to the Children’s Miracle Network, Children Welfare Foundation, COTA, Operation Military Kids, and Special Olympics.
In closing, I will be attending the National Children and Youth Commission in Indianapolis from Sept 15th-17th. I look forward to meeting representatives from all the Legion Departments, and bringing back more suggestions for the Department of Florida.
If you have any questions, need help, or would like me to come to an event, please E-mail me at
Children & Youth Chair