Our Programs and Impact
As the Sons of The American Legion Detachment of Wisconsin, our mission is to support veterans and their families and the policies of our parent organization, The American Legion. We encourage you to read more about our programs and committees. We are making an impact in our state and our communities every day!
Our main areas of emphasis are:
Support for Veterans and Their Families
Promoting Patriotism and Americanism
Promoting Programs Which Benefit the Youth of our Country
Chairman: Kelly R Powers
Mission: to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism through the teaching and promotion of American values. We promote Americanism by supporting programs and organizations throughout the state. We provide flag education, provide proper flag disposal, and distribute flags at ceremonies and parades, as well as presenting flags to schools.
We sponsor Badger Boys State representatives, Boy Scouts, our Junior Shooting Sports program, and award our Sons of The American Legion scholarship.
- 29 Badger Boys & Girls State sponsored, 57 Boy Scouts and 55 Junior Shooting Youths
- 261 Flags Presented to schools, 6,008 at Cemeteries and Parades, 355 Color Guard appearances
- 22 Flag Education Programs presented and 96 Flag Disposal Ceremonies conducted
- 1,268 pints of blood donated by S.A.L. members
- GRAND TOTAL of 19,905 Volunteer Hours and $41,168
Children and Youth
Chairman: Michael Kalsbeek
- Contributed over $3,782 and 247 hours to the Child Welfare Foundation
- Distributed over 500 GI Josh Dogs to children of deploying service members from units across Wisconsin
- Raised $4,085 to other Children and Youth programs in our state in addition to dedicating 751 hours of volunteer service
- GRAND TOTAL 998 Volunteer Hours and $34,687
Chairman: Joe Probst
Mission: to honor the service of those who have gone before us by supporting programs for veterans in Wisconsin. Our Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service volunteers provide assistance and comfort to patients at VA medical facilities.
- VAVS Representatives at VA Hospitals
- Conducted 754 VA Voluntary Service visits offering 1,791 hours and $7,240 in support of patients at VA medical facilities.
- Dedicated 957 hours and $4,628 of volunteer service with the Troop and Family Support Networks and Fisher House of Wisconsin and Field and Home Service
- 1,182 Hours and $19,066 in other VA&R projects
- GRAND TOTAL of 3,929 Volunteer Hours and $30,394
Chairman: Allen Watry
Mission: to manage program areas such as Civil Defense & Emergency Preparedness, Family Support Network, Foreign Relations, Operation Comfort Warriors, POW/MIA advocacy, Temporary Financial Assistance, and Troop Support.
- Support for the National Emergency Fund of $7,225
- Conduct POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremonies
- Provide support for strong National Defense
Programs CalendarPrograms and suggested times of the year for planning. To see all entries, change the show entries to 100.
|Program Area||What||When Occurs||When to Plan||Notes|
|Americanism||Patriotic Holiday - President's Day||February||January|
|VA&R||VAVS Visits - Salute to Veterans||February||January||Usually around Valentines Day|
|Americanism||5-Star Program - Legionism||March||January|
|Americanism||County Government Day Programs||March||January|
|VA&R||American Legion Birthday||March||January||March 15th|
|Americanism||A & G Testing||April||February|
|Children & Youth||Children & Youth Month||April||February|
|Americanism||5-Star Program - Leadership||April||February|
|Americanism||Ten Ideals Program - Courtesy & Reverence||April||February|
|Children & Youth||Special Olympics||Summer||February|
|VA&R||VAVS Visits - Memorial Day||May||March||Give Squadrons time to plan|
|Americanism||Ten Ideals Program - Knowledge & Helpfulness||May||March|
|VA&R||National Veterans Assistance Day||May||March||Third Saturday in May|
|VA&R||Armed Forces Day||May||March||Third Saturday in May|
|VA&R||National Poppy Day||May||March||Friday before Memorial Day|
|Americanism||Flags given at parades||Summer||March|
|Americanism||Blood Donations||June||March||World Blood Donation Day|
|Children & Youth||CWF Donations||Any Time||March||Year end reporting May 31|
|Americanism||Flags placed at cemeteries||May||April||Memorial Day|
|Americanism||Patriotic Holiday - Memorial Day||May||April|
|Americanism||Flag Day||June||April||June 14, popular time to dispose of old flags|
|VA&R||King Day Pilgrimage||June||April||Fathers day, visit and honor veterans at King, WI|
|Americanism||Flag Disposal Ceremonies||Any Time||April||Common dates are Flag Day (June 14) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11)|
|Americanism||NEF Donations||Summer||May||Many natural disasters in summer|
|Americanism||Patriotic Holiday - Independence Day||July||May||Give Squadrons time to plan|
|VA&R||Promote VAVS Reps - Recertify at Convention||July||May|
|Americanism||Ten Ideals Program - Health & Training||August||June|
|Americanism||Flag Donations & Etiquette Programs in Schools||September||July||Coincide with start of school year|
|Americanism||Patriot's Day||September||July||September 11, 2001 observance|
|Americanism||Legion Baseball||Summer||August||Plan for next season|
|VA&R||American Legion Day||September||August|
|Nat'l Security||POW / MIA||September||August||3rd Friday September|
|Nat'l Security||Gold Star Families Day||September||August||last Sunday September|
|Children & Youth||Safe Halloween||October||August|
|Children & Youth||CWF Donations||Any Time||August||Year end reporting May 31|
|Americanism||Patriotic Holiday - Veterans Day||November||September||Give Squadrons time to plan VA Visit|
|VA&R||VAVS Visits - Veteran's Day||November||September||Give Squadrons time to plan|
|VA&R||VAVS Visits - New Year's||January||October||Give Squadrons time to plan|
|Nat'l Security||Law Enforcement Career Academy||June||October||Sponsor attendees, apply in January|
|Americanism||Community Service - Christmas Baskets||December||October||Give Squadrons time to plan|
|VA&R||VAVS Visits - Christmas||December||October||Give Squadrons time to plan|
|Americanism||Oratorical Competition||December||October||Contests run December through January.|
|VA&R||Wreaths Across America||December||October||Sponsor wreaths and help lay them|
|Americanism||5-Star Program - Citizenship||January||November|
|Americanism||Ten Ideals Program - Faith & Comradeship||January||November|
|Americanism||5-Star Program - Discipline & Patriotism||February||December|
|Americanism||Ten Ideals Program - Honor & Patriotism||February||December|
|Americanism||Junior Shooting Sports||February||December|
|Americanism||Badger Boys State||June||December||Need sponsorships by end of January|
|Americanism||Flag Disposal Ceremonies||Any Time||Any Time||Commonly done on Memorial Day, Flag Day, or Veteran's Day|
|Americanism||Boy Scout Troops||Any Time||Any Time|
|Children & Youth||Children's Miracle Network||Any Time||Any Time|
|Children & Youth||Family Support Programs||Any Time||Any Time|
|Children & Youth||Josh Dogs||Any Time||Any Time|
|Nat'l Security||Junior ROTC||Any Time||Any Time|
|Nat'l Security||Operation Comfort Warriors||Any Time||Any Time|
|Nat'l Security||Troop & Family Support Network||Any Time||Any Time|
|VA&R||Field & Home Service||Any Time||Any Time|
|VA&R||Fisher House Support||Any Time||Any Time|
Internal Affairs Commission
Chairman: Mike A. Kollmansberger
Internal Affairs covers such other functions not otherwise assigned, such as organizing the Detachment meetings, establishing the Detachment Legislative agenda, membership recruitment and retention, formulating policies, reviewing governing documents, and public relations.
Chairman: Steven R. DuBois
Legislative covers external legislative matters. Represents the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin in Madison while the State Legislature is in session. Considers legislative matters, makes recommendations to the Detachment Convention and Detachment Executive Committee, and supervises the legislative program of the Detachment. This person has exclusive responsibility for petitioning the State Legislature or Congress on behalf of, or in opposition to, all legislation in which the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin is interested.
Chairman: Rich Ruland
Membership covers issues related to the recruitment and retention of members of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin, and works with Detachment Vice Commanders and Detachment District Commanders.
Officer Development & Policy
Chairman: Christopher Sherman
Officer Development & Policy covers the Detachment Commander’s Advisory Committee, National Officer Candidates, Detachment Officer Training, Standing Rules of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin, and the Detachment Uniform Code of Procedure for Detachment Conventions.
Chairman: Ray Dzieciol
Public Relations & Communications covers Press Releases, Promotional Materials, Publications, and external communications issues related to activities of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin. He shall coordinate all communications with the Detachment Commander and Detachment Adjutant.
Chairman: Tom Petrie
The Detachment Finance Commission covers the adoption of the annual budget, collection of all revenues, payment of budgeted expenses, disbursement of any funds and the handling of all receipts from dues, raffles and/or special projects and the preparing and reading of the financial status.