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WORLD’S LARGEST VETERANS’ ORGANIZATION VOLUME 33, NO. 2 New Jersey LEGIONNAIRE Official Publication of THE AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Index Dept. Service Officer Column Membership Tom Lowe Centennial Celebration Adjutant’s Column Page 3 2 3 5 4 Dates to Remember Legislative Report 5 TRENTON, NEW JERSEY MAY 2017 8 COMMANDER’S MESSAGE Spring is here, time to golf, kayaking, BBQ’s and of course baseball. I won’t mention any particular major league team other than the one that is named after a red item of footwear! I also always look forward to cheering for my Post 213 team. Additionally, spring is a very busy time for Legion events, such as: Oratorical, Americanism, and Safety Contest judging, scholarships awards, Legion College, testimonials and numerous other events. I have been honored to attend testimonials throughout the state to pay tribute to the accomplishments of our leaders. Testimonials also serve as a means of strengthening the bond of our Legion family and giving us an opportunity to share successful ideas. As I have said before we must “Remember our past and work toward the future” and to accomplish ROGER GENGARO this we must continually evaluate what we are doing and identify potential new needs. In that regard I am happy to report that our ADHOC Committee to revitalize our Department Committees is hard at work as and they plan to present their suggestions by the convention. As for identifying new needs, I believe a high priority must be given to meeting the needs of women in the military. In the near future it is projected that 15% of veterans will be woman. Right now one of every ten homeless vets under the age of 45 is a woman. We must find ways to adapt our support services and our post activities to accommo-date the unique needs of the growing number of woman veterans. Speaking of growing numbers, I have been working with the membership team to reach our goal of 46,300 for the 2017 membership year. Recently I attended successful membership revitalization at Post 99 in Kearney. In some areas there may be posts where membership has declined and interest in various programs has decreased. Revitalization can help breathe new energy into these posts and thus attract even more new members to serve their community. As this L egion year is winding down I would like to take a minute to give some thanks to the posts and counties for their hospitality and generosity to the Department Officers and Project Manager for always being there for me. My very special thanks go to John Baker and the Trenton Office Staff for their help and dedication. I want to especially thank my wife Joan for her support and PATIENCE. I hope to see you all in Wildwood! n The American Legion 99 th Annual Convention June 7 th , 8 th , 9 th , & 10 th Parade Day Yes, that’s right, the time of year when more than 5,000 New Jersey Legionnaires, Auxiliary members and the SAL flock to Wildwood for this year’s 99 th Annual Convention for four days of “Fun, Sun and Comradeship.” v Wed., June 7 th – Registration Opens for all 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Legionnaire’s final DEC meeting before convention opens 3:00 p.m. at Wildwood Convention Center. v Thurs., June 8 th – Convention Opens for the Legion, Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. Wel-come addresses, Committee Reports and Youth Cham-pions. (Your American Legion at work!) The day ends with the first Nominations of Officers for the ensuing year. v Fri., June 9 th – Final Committee Reports, Distinguished Speakers followed by Final Nominations, Election and the Installation of Officers for 2017-2018 Legion year. v Sat., June 10 th – Join Us for the 99 th Annual Department Convention Parade. The Parade “steps off” at 2:00 p.m. from 18 th street in North Wildwood to Bennett Ave. in Wildwood Crest. This year’s Parade theme is: CONVENTION SCHEDULE “HONORING WOMEN IN UNIFORM” Should be a Great Parade and a Great Fun Time! Bring the Family and Join Us for the Fun! Stay as long as you like or come just to Watch and Enjoy the Parade!

Commander’s Message

Spring is here, time to golf, kayaking, BBQ’s and of course baseball. I won’t mention any particular major league team other than the one that is named after a red item of footwear! I also always look forward to cheering for my Post 213 team.

Additionally, spring is a very busy time for Legion events, such as: Oratorical, Americanism, and Safety Contest judging, scholarships awards, Legion College, testimonials and numerous other events. I have been honored to attend testimonials throughout the state to pay tribute to the accomplishments of our leaders. Testimonials also serve as a means of strengthening the bond of our Legion family and giving us an opportunity to share successful ideas.

As I have said before we must “Remember our past and work toward the future” and to accomplish this we must continually evaluate what we are doing and identify potential new needs. In that regard I am happy to report that our ADHOC Committee to revitalize our Department Committees is hard at work as and they plan to present their suggestions by the convention.

As for identifying new needs, I believe a high priority must be given to meeting the needs of women in the military. In the near future it is projected that 15% of veterans will be woman.

Right now one of every ten homeless vets under the age of 45 is a woman. We must find ways to adapt our support services and our post activities to accommodate the unique needs of the growing number of woman veterans.

Speaking of growing numbers, I have been working with the membership team to reach our goal of 46,300 for the 2017 membership year. Recently I attended successful membership revitalization at Post 99 in Kearney. In some areas there may be posts where membership has declined and interest in various programs has decreased. Revitalization can help breathe new energy into these posts and thus attract even more new members to serve their community.

As this Legion year is winding down I would like to take a minute to give some thanks to the posts and counties for their hospitality and generosity to the Department Officers and Project Manager for always being there for me. My very special thanks go to John Baker and the Trenton Office Staff for their help and dedication. I want to especially thank my wife Joan for her support and PATIENCE.

I hope to see you all in Wildwood!

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The American Legion 99th Annual Convention

June 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th Parade Day

Yes, that’s right, the time of year when more than 5,000 New Jersey Legionnaires, Auxiliary members and the SAL flock to Wildwood for this year’s 99th Annual Convention for four days of “Fun, Sun and Comradeship.”

CONVENTION SCHEDULE

■ Wed., June 7th – Registration Opens for all 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Legionnaire’s final DEC meeting before convention opens 3:00 p.m. at Wildwood Convention Center.

■ Thurs., June 8th – Convention Opens for the Legion, Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. Welcome addresses, Committee Reports and Youth Champions. (Your American Legion at work!) The day ends with the first Nominations of Officers for the ensuing year.

■ Fri., June 9th – Final Committee Reports, Distinguished Speakers followed by Final Nominations, Election and the Installation of Officers for 2017-2018 Legion year.

■ Sat., June 10th – Join Us for the 99th Annual Department Convention Parade. The Parade “steps off” at 2:00 p.m. from 18th street in North Wildwood to Bennett Ave. in Wildwood Crest. This year’s Parade theme is:

“HONORING WOMEN IN UNIFORM” Should be a Great Parade and a Great Fun Time!

Bring the Family and Join Us for the Fun! Stay as long as you like or come just to Watch and Enjoy the Parade!

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/The+American+Legion+99th+Annual+Convention/2779652/406756/article.html.

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