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Sons of the American Legion - Detachment of Wisconsin

The 2011 Membership Report for September 9, is on our web site www.wisal.org, under Membership Reports.

We want you to take the challenge look for details in this newsletter,

Michael Lawler, Detachment Adjutant


Governor Proclimations

Flags at Wisconsin National Guard armories, air bases and other facilities across the state will fly at half-staff Saturday (Sept. 11) in honor of U.S. Army Pvt. Adam Novak, who lost his life while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom. The Guard will render these honors in accordance with an executive order issued by Gov. Jim Doyle. The governor has also issued an executive order to fly the flags at half-staff on Sept. 11 in remembrance of Patriot Day.

All Wisconsin state government facilities are covered by the governor's order and a 2007 amendment to the U.S. Flag Code now requires all federal facilities in Wisconsin to comply. Other government agencies, businesses and private residences with flagpoles may also honor Pvt. Adam Novak by lowering their U.S. and Wisconsin state flags to half-staff during the daylight hours on Sept. 11

When the President of the United States or the Governor of Wisconsin orders flags to fly at half-staff, that order is now available online for viewing  at http://dma.wi.gov/dma/news/flag.asp , subscribe and get an email notice of these proclamations.

Updates regarding Presidential Proclamations can be found at the White House website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/proclamations/


Get out the Vote

With only a few days left before the primary elections Tuesday September 14, 2010, we remind you that it is your civic duty to be an active participant in the election process.  Be an informed, educated voter; visit the web sites below for more information. 

Election Dates
http://gab.wi.gov/taxonomy/term/78

Meet the Candidates at this link
http://wisconsinvote.org/candidates.cfm

Find out who your Representatives are at this link
http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

Find your Assembly District
http://wims.legis.state.wi.us/Assembly/viewer.htm

Find your Senate District
http://wims.legis.state.wi.us/Senate/viewer.htm

Find your Congressional District
http://wims.legis.state.wi.us/Congress/viewer.htm

Government Accountability Board
http://gab.wi.gov/

More election countdown information
http://www.electioncountdown.us/

You are encouraged to get involved on your election board, voter registration and promoting the elections, however the Sons of The American Legion is a nonpartisan organization, do not use your office in the Sons to campaign for any candidate or party.  


Patrick Gryskiewicz Elected National Vice Commander

Patrick GryskiewiczOn August 29, 2010 at the 39th Annual National Convention of the Sons of The American Legion, Past Detachment Commander, Patrick Gryskiewicz is elected National Vice Commander of the Sons of The American Legion.  Pat will cover the eight states of the central region, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin and will serve under newly elected National Commander David Dew who hails from Texas.  Pat is an active member of Squadron #93 of Tomahawk and is looking forward to a successful year serving the Sons.

In addition; two Wisconsin members were appointed to serve on National Commissions; Michael Lawler of Squad 437 Mazomanie, to the Public Relations Commission and Thomas Knox of Squad 449 Brookfield to the Finance Commission.  This is the start of another successful year.

 

 


Adjutants Update

Prepped and ready for mailing, the Adjutants Update will arrive to your Squadron Primary Contact person mailbox later this week, you can get sneak peak today using the links below. Highlights include a recap of the state and national convention

Adjutants Update 9-13-10 page 1
Adjutants Update 9-13-10 page 2


Fall DEC Official Call October 23, 2010

http://www.wisal.org/documents/Officialcallagenda/Official%20Call%20for%202010%20Fall%20DEC%20Mtgs.pdf

Detachment Commander Kerry L Severson announces the official call of the Fall Detachment Executive Committee, on Saturday October 23, 2010, 8:45 AM at Sons of The American Legion Detachment Headquarters 2930 American Legion Dr, Portage, WI, 53901. 608-745-1090.

We encourage all squadrons to attend.

Read Full Article


Detachment Convention Survey

Did you and your squadron attend the Detachment Convention in Wausau?  What did you enjoy?  What did you dislike? This is your opportunity to have your voice heard, take the Detachment Convention Survey:   Even if you did not attend we need to know why and how we can increase squadron participation.

How can we improve this important event to serve the needs of our squadrons? Detachment Convention Survey


National Convention Pins Available

So you did not make it to the National Convention and was unable to roundup a National Convention Pin, well fret not, we have a limited quantity available.  The COW pin is the talk of the town and a great source of pride for the sons. Print the sales order form, http://www.wisal.org/documents/convention/2010%20Cow%20Pin%20Advanced%20Sales%20Flyer.pdf and mail it in soon.


NEF is Named as the Commanders Project

Commander Severson has announced that his commander’s project will be the American Legion National Emergency Fund.  Commander Severson is challenging each Squadron to donate $1.00 per member to the NEF.  The Commanders goal is $3000.00 dollars donated to NEF by May 2011.  Are you up for the challenge?

The National Emergency Fund has provided over $6,000,000 in direct financial assistance to Legion family members and posts. The National Emergency Fund has kept posts from closing and enabled Legion family members to begin to rebuild their homes and their lives. Find more about the NEF at http://legion.org/emergency.

When your squadron donates to the NEF they will receive a ribbon and citation from the National Commander of the American Legion.  Additionally the squadron with the greatest per donation over $1.00 per member will be awarded the Chrystal Commanders Plaque of Excellence.  Individual SAL members who donate will be eligible to enter a drawing for emblem sales gift certificate and more.  As an added incentive, Commander Severson will donate to the NEF in the name of each Squadron who reaches 100 percent membership by Veterans Day.

What can you do?  Hold a brat fry or spaghetti dinner, take donations at your meetings, ask local businesses to donate.  Make this a fun challenge and help your Legion Family over come hardship and loss.

Make donations payable to the National Emergency Fund and mail to Detachment Finance Officer Dennis Stockfisch N56W18346 Evergreen Ln, Menomonee Falls WI 53051, if you send your donations directly to NEF make sure you clearly state SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION SQUADRON#___.


Regional and National Report

We have the Central Region Challenge again, this year Iowa, Illinois and Missouri have joined Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.  This challenge is a fun rivalry between the Central Region Detachments with the winner receiving gifts from the losing detachments, based on the last membership report prior to the National Convention.  Currently we are in the lead, let’s keep it that way.  We are holding steady at eighth in the nation.  Make Commander Severson and National Vice Commander Gryskiewicz proud, by getting your membership in early, increase your donations to CWF and NEF, do more for our veterans.

(Central Region) NVC Patrick N. Gryskiewicz (WI)

Detachment

Goal

Actual

Percent

WISCONSIN

3,178

641

20.170

MINNESOTA

10,707

1,635

15.270

INDIANA

36,936

5,611

15.191

IOWA

2,683

393

14.648

ILLINOIS

15,032

2,154

14.329

OHIO

30,163

3,325

11.023

MISSOURI

3,251

346

10.643

MICHIGAN

20,811

1,815

8.721

Totals

122,761

15,920

12.968


Provide Job Fairs for Our Veterans

 

Pepsi is providing grants for many civic and humanitarian efforts; your vote will help us secure a grant to provide job fairs and job training for our veterans.  You can vote every day from these links or our facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=45145621491&ref=ts.

Provide job fairs and job training for veterans | Pepsi Refresh Every thing

http://www.refresheverything.com/vetsjobfairs

 


Districts Report In

Are you on target to reach our next goal, 50% by October 1,, 2010?

Commander Severson is working with the Membership team to help you, contact your Vice Commanders with any questions and suggestions.

 1.   Fifth District 65.52%
2.
   Twelfth District 50.70%
3.   Fourth District 39.93%

4.  
Third District 38.27% %
5.  
Sixth District 33.87%
6.  
Eleventh District 30.88%
7.  
First District 19.60%
8.  
Seventh District 13.16%
9.  
Tenth District 17.05%
10. Ninth District 7.82%

11.
Eighth District 4.17% 
12.
Second District 2.24%

 Legion and Auxiliary District Reports are available on their web sites


Seventeen Squadrons over the October Goal of 50%. Great Work!

Squadron

220 Soldiers Grove

 

2009

37

2010

38

Percent

103%

172 North Freedom

24

24

100%

  59 Stoughton

New

31

100%

  84 Monroe

12

12

100%

313 Black Earth

16

16

100%

214 Darlington

60

54

90%

108 Clear Lake

42

36

86%

  15 Juneau

11

9

82%

434 Oak Creek

21

17

81%

406 General King

20

15

75%

  18 Milwaukee

69

50

72%

366 Princeton

20

14

70%

375 Mukwonago

65

40

62%

  23 Cudworth

38

23

61%

121 River Falls

57

30

53%


On the Team and Ready to Play

These 14 squadrons are on the verge of cracking the 50 percent mark, transmit your membership early and often. 

Squadron

547 Lublin

2009

47

2010

21

Percent

45%

  70 Oshkosh

16

7

44%

405 Dousman

46

16

35%

183 Genoa City

35

11

31%

  11 Green Bay

37

11

30%

209 Orfordville

83

23

28%

  52 La Crosse

145

37

26%

437 Mazomanie

50

12

24%

449 Brookfield

89

21

24%

100 Sparta

48

11

23%

  21 Kenosha

28

6

21%

294 Hartland

87

11

13%

  38 Appleton

55

3

5%

  10 Wausau

21

1

5%


Goose Eggs

Here we are September 12 and we have 55 goose eggs (squadrons with zero membership transmitted).  We need to work with these squadrons to get them on track for the membership race.

    1 Germantown

16

 

0%

  24 Lake Geneva

67

 

0%

  27 South Milwaukee

10

 

0%

  44 Wabeno

16

 

0%

  48 Beloit

28

 

0%

  51 West Salem

51

 

0%

  53 Eau Claire

31

 

0%

  54 Marshfield

17

 

0%

  62 Columbus

10

 

0%

  67 Lake Mills

43

 

0%

  75 Fond du Lac

26

 

0%

  91 Oconomowoc

19

 

0%

  93 Tomahawk

21

 

0%

  95 Delavan

17

 

0%

071 Pewaukee

13

 

0%

073 Neilsville

19

 

0%

111 Somerset

16

 

0%

115 Elroy

17

 

0%

116 Coon Valley

23

 

0%

117 Shawano

32

 

0%

118 Thorp

46

 

0%

120 Tanner-Paull

24

 

0%

129 Black River Falls

38

 

0%

143 St. Croix Falls

29

 

0%

150 Wausaukee

22

 

0%

151 Madison

21

 

0%

155 Westby

17

 

0%

157 Horicon

28

 

0%

158 Maiden Rock

38

 

0%

168 Glenwood City

25

 

 
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