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From the Chairman

Les Martin,
Children & Youth Chair

August 2021

Children & Youth : Big Plans Coming

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and healthy summer. I will be contacting all our District Commanders in the next few weeks to set up my District meeting visits. It will be nice to see all the fabulous legionnaires again, doing what they do best, HELPING VETERANS. I hope everyone had a great Convention and had an opportunity to attend some of the training sessions that were set up for you, and Congratulations to all of our newly elected Department Officers.

I am honored to again serve as your Children & Youth Chairman. I am looking forward to a successful year for the kids of Florida and children of our veterans. I can’t do this alone. I need your help, by supporting our activities this year and your donations to the Children & Youth Committee. Speaking of activities, Commander Jerry Brandt has asked me to set up a Children & Youth sponsored Cruise. I will be contacting Past Department Commander Rick Johnson’s wife Reenie, for assistance in setting this up. (She is a vacation planner for Carnival Cruise Lines). Jerry would like to see as many Legion family members as possible to join us on the cruise for a great time socializing with each other and enjoying the sea. Remember, Jerry and I are both Navy and love the sea.

We will again have two fundraisers for Children & Youth. Our Picnic in April and our Golf Tournament. Start thinking now about attending these events. As PDC Rick Johnson said many times last year, “it’s for the kids”. I will be working with the Department to come up with a new Children & Youth pin design for 2021-2022.

When these become available, PLEASE purchase one, it is your purchase of these pins that help our programs.

I am keeping this short, until I can get more information about our upcoming events and visits. Stay safe and I will be seeing many of you soon.

Children & Youth Fund: Grant Recipients

Purpose of the Fund
“The Children & Youth Fund provides financial support to programs and projects that enhance the lives of children in the State of Florida. The organization that is seeking funding must be well established in contributing to the physical, mental and emotional welfare of children throughout the community of which service is provided”

Funding Policies

  • Funding is determined and provided by The American Legion Florida Children & Youth Fund Board of Directors.
  • Funds can range to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Any Funds received will be a one-time allotment for the year; Funds are not renewable.
  • Any Funds received must be used between August 1st to July 31st of the award year.
  • All funds must be used directly to benefit the children of the State of Florida.
  • If you receive a Grant, you must wait two years before reapplying.

This year, the Directors approved two Grants of $5,000 each. One to the Keystone Bills Booster Club in Odessa, Florida. Their Grant will be used to purchase football safety equipment for their youth athletes. The other Grant was given to Helping Enrich Autistic Lives (HEAL). HEAL will donate and deliver iPads and Trikes to local schools for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs throughout five school districts in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.

It is an honor to help these applicants, who help the children of Florida.

Send Donations to:

The American Legion, Department of Florida
Programs: C&Y
PO Box 547859
Orlando, FL 32854

Les Martin
Children & Youth Chair
(941) 201-7293

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