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PAUL EDWARDS

6th District Commander

Cell phone – 218-820-6086

Email – greyscouter@charter.net

Sixth District Website -  www.mn6thdistrict.org.

Sixth District Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/MNSixthDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

Greetings to the 6th District Legion Family,

Add one more thing to the craziness of 2020. Just last month I mentioned that Fall was here and now I am looking out the window in October, and snow is falling. Since this article will be in the November newsletter, I will take time right now to wish everyone in the Sixth District a fabulous family Thanksgiving. When you are bowing your heads at the dinner table on November 26, take an extra moment to give thanks for all those who work and have worked to keep us, our communities, and our country safe.

When I look at the latest membership report, I see many posts are doing well and are well ahead of the 65% goal for November. We also have one post who has already qualified for the National Commander’s 103% award. Well done Swanville. While I am proud of that, let us keep it up. Let us work on those 1982 members. Let us continue to talk about the Legion Act that makes many more Veterans eligible for Legion Membership.

The first session of the MN Legion College happened this weekend at Camp Ripley. Congratulations to our two Sixth District Graduates, Karen O’Bar, the West Sub-District Vice Commander and Lesley Kruft, the Sixth District ALR Liaison Officer. If you get around these two Legionnaires, be sure and congratulation them for a job well done.

In spite of the snowstorm causing the cancelation of the Department Fall Conference, I want to extend a big “Thank You” to the folks at Billie Brown Post #627 for all their hard work in preparing for the event. It is sad that we missed out on a lot of awards, information, and good fellowship, but sometimes it is necessary to make the hard choice for the safety of our members. Thank you to Commander Mark Dvorak for making that hard call.

There are some changes that have been announced by National. MyLegion.org is changing to a new software system called Personify 360. This is an effort to streamline the American Legion computer systems. The first training on the new software is on October 27. I emphasize “first training” because it will take time for everyone to be brought up to speed. One critical thing that everyone should do is to go on MyLegion.org and make sure that there is a correct, valid email address for you. When they do crossover to the new system, the email address that is currently on MyLegion.org is the one they will use to contact everyone.

It is not too early to start working on your Consolidated Post Reports. The information that you provide in the CPR is the information that National compiles and presents to Congress.

I have said many times in the past and I will continue to stress that Legion membership is not a spectator sport. I urge every able member to take a look at the lists of elected officers and chairmanships and ask yourself, “What could I contribute if I were serving in that capacity?” The biggest asset you could have is a willingness to serve.

In the same vein of active involvement, I urge every Post Commander and Executive Board member to make sure that your post is represented at our District Conventions. It is not too early to start thinking about this. Resolutions are discussed and acted on, officers are elected to lead and represent the 6th District at the Department and other decisions are made that may affect the district. It does not matter if your post has 1000 members. If you do not have someone delegated to be there to represent those members, they have no voice at the convention.

 

For God and Country.


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