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From the Chairman

Les Martin,
Children & Youth Chair


October 2020

Children & Youth Cannisters

Okay, now that most, if not all Posts are back up and running, (at least in a social distancing mode) it’s time to get back into the swing of Post operations. Remember, one of your duties as an American Legion Post is to participate in our American Legion Programs. As a reminder, below is the section from the National CPR form with the activities that you can participate in for the Children & Youth.

As you can see, it asks for the number of Children & Youth activities you held during the year. This year, I am asking that each Post, S.A.L. and Riders group hold at least one fundraising activity for the Department Children & Youth Committee. It could be anything, like a breakfast or dinner with the proceeds going to the Department Children & Youth. The Riders could hold a poker run or the S.A.L. could collect items and have an auction, or raffle off a basket of cheer. These are just a few suggestions that you can do to support the Department Children & Youth Committee. I know many Posts hold a Queen of Hearts Drawing, others have Feather Your Nest and yet others have Bar Poker or Horse Races. Make one of these for our Department Children & Youth for a month, especially during the month of April which is Children & Youth Month. These are activities that you are already doing.

Our Children & Youth Picnic is scheduled for April 3rd, at Post 1 in Titusville. Please make plans to have at least one member of your Post family in attendance. We were not able to hold this Picnic last year, so I am looking for a really big turnout this year.

Last month, I asked for the Posts that have not yet collected their Children & Youth canisters and submit their check to me to please collect them and send in their funds now. This was something that was very easy and didn’t cost the Post anything except for a little time. Again, only five Posts sent in their check for this program and they only totaled $940. We as a Department can’t help the Youth of Florida and the Children of our Veterans without your help.

I have attended a few District Meetings so far. I want to thank the District Commanders for allowing me time to speak for a few minutes. I will be selling our C&Y Pins and the

new C&Y coins when I attend future meetings. I will also have applications for our Teacher of the Year Award and Best Children & Youth Post Program and Best Children & Youth Chairman with me.

When I walk into your District Meeting and you don’t recognize me, it may be because I will be doing my part in Social Distancing and wearing my face covering.

Until Next Month, stay Safe and Healthy.

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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