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From the Chairman

Les Martin,
Children & Youth Chair

September 2020

Collect Cannisters & Support Children & Youth

I hope your summer has been great. It’ time for us all to ramp up for this Legion year. There are many things that are coming up that will affect all Legionnaires, not just regarding our Children & Youth programs. Many Posts have been on a yo-yo string regarding being open or closed. I know this is frustrating, but our Posts are part of a larger organization, and the leadership of our Department is taking steps to help all of our Posts and Legionnaires. As frustrating as it is, we must allow our Parent group to do their job, please be patient.

Like many programs within The American Legion, our Children & Youth Commission is suffering. With Posts closed, they are not raising the income they need to support themselves and support through donations, the Children & Youth programs. But, we at the Children & Youth, can’t sit back and do nothing. I will be attending as many District Meetings and events as possible to promote our programs and ask our Posts and Riders to hold at least one fundraising event to support the Department Children & Youth Commission. It could be as small as holding a raffle for a basket of cheer or as large as a Riders Chapter holding a Poker Run to Benefit the Department Children & Youth Programs.

Last year, 300 canisters were passed out at District Meeting for Posts to place in local businesses. Only 5 Posts turned in a check to me totaling $940. If your Post has not collected these canisters from your local businesses, please do so now and deposit the funds into your account and then make out a check to the Department of Florida and in the memo area put C&Y Canisters, and sent to me at Les Martin, 309 9th Ave. E., Palmetto, Fl. 34221. I have visited some Posts recently, and have seen canisters on their bar. PLEASE, send this money in.

I’m sure you have seen by now that our Children & Youth Picnic is scheduled for April 3rd. It will again be scheduled for Post 1 in Titusville. Please mark your calendar. We will need as many people supporting this event as possible. The Gold Tournament is still in the works.

The Department has for sale at Emblem Sales, our 2020-2021 Children & Youth Coin, the cost is $10. If the pre-order is still available by the time this article is published, you can order them at the Department Emblem Sales for $7.00. When I attend District Meetings, I will have the coins and also some of the Pins for sale. The Pins are only $5.00. Please support our programs and purchase both a Pin and Coin.
Please don’t get discouraged by your Posts closing. You can still help our veterans and their families by holding fundraisers at your Posts that don’t involve selling alcohol. Remember, every little bit helps. STAY SAFE.

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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