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2019-2020 End of Year Reports

 

DISTRICT COMMANDER’S END OF THE YEAR REPORT FOR 2019 – 2020

By Paul Edwards

In spite of all the weirdness all around us, the Legion and the people that make up the Legion Family are a shining example of what is right in our world. Even though we are unable to meet face to face, I hear many reports of the Legion family stepping up. I know of Legionnaires making masks and then others collecting them and driving many miles to get them to hospitals and homes where they desperately needed. I hear of food drives being conducted for local food banks. I hear of Legion Riders doing a ride by to wish a child a happy birthday or to welcome home a Gold Star Mother. Good people make the Legion a wonderful organization.

Typically, at this point, we would be bidding farewell to officers and greeting new ones, but due to the COVID 19 crisis and the extension of the terms of office, that is not the case this year. Some officers and committee chairs have decided to step down and I want to express my profound gratitude for your service. And in the same breath, I will say thank you to those who have committed to stay in harness until our next elections. I look forward to another year of Legion Life and bigger and better things in 2020 – 2021.

My themes for the year were Communication, Education and Mentorship with a push to improve all three in the district.

Two of the major improvements in communication are the expanded use of the 6th District Facebook page and the establishment of the 6th District website at mn6thdistrict.org. On average, the district has historically sent out 350 copies of the district newsletter, primarily to post officers, Past District Commanders and current district officers and committee chairs and to those individuals who have paid for a subscription. With the publication of all the articles on Facebook and on the district website, the news, information, and monthly reports are now available to everyone of over 10,000 Legion members. I am aware that some folks in the district do not and will not own a computer and will never see either of these two resources. That is why I encourage the members of the district who do venture into the cyber universe to share. I seem to remember reading something about “mutual helpfulness”. Might this be one of those times that that phrase would apply?

Education opportunities are improving also with the addition of the Department Legion College coming in October. Legion College is not just for folks who are seeking office at the District or Department level. It is for any Legion member who wants to know more about the policies, history, programs, or the operation of the Legion. Having a Legion College in the department supports the thought that the members of the American Legion are the workforce that supports and implements the programs and policies of the American Legion, and that an educated workforce is an empowered and enabled workforce. Every educated Legionnaire makes the Legion stronger. In addition to the formal college curriculum, efforts are underway to bring training to the District that will encourage all posts to complete their membership processing on-line instead of relying on snail mail or hand delivered documents.

As communication and education improve, so will mentorship. These will continue to be my themes moving forward.

Thank you for a great year and I look forward to new and greater challenges and triumphs as we move on into 2020 – 2021 term.

 

Paul D. Edwards

6th District Commander

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Tom Fernlund, 6th District Media/Communications

1927 Clearwater Rd, St. Cloud, MN  56301

Phone: 320-250-7581           E-mail: tavfern@gmail.com

 

Thank you Commander Paul for the appointment as Media and Communications Chairman.  By utilizing our social media platforms you have helped increase communication in our organization and awareness of who we are and our programs.

Our Facebook page, mnsixthdistrict and website, www.mn6thdistrict.org are go to sources in our District and Department for current information.  The pandemic situation has made social media platforms a necessity for wide communication throughout the world.  Buddy checks are very important in keeping touch with our members and veterans in-need.  The media tools have been very helpful in making instant contact with large and diverse audiences.

The benefits and advancement of media tools will quickly get better with the lessons learned from the recent challenging events.  Remember the best way to learn on electronic devises is use them.  The importance of our organization within our communities has increased and it is up to us to step-up and be the leaders in providing guidance and common sense.  This is very important in the messages you provide while using the organization and your personal social media.

Tom Fernlund

6th District Media & Communications Chairman

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THE AMERICAN LEGION SILVER STAR POST 428

17 2nd Ave N  /  Waite Park, MN  56387

(320) 252-7880

April 16, 2020

 

To:  The American Legion Dept. of MN 6th District

Subject:  Endorsement for Department Commander 2021-2022

Waite Park Silver Star American Legion Post 428 endorses TOM FERNLUND for Department Commander 2021-2022.

Thank You,

Dennis Schiffler

Commander, Silver Star Post 428

(320) 252-7880

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CURRENT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 25 – 26 – Membership package pickup at Department in St Paul.

Department Convention – Redwood Falls - Cancelled

September 3 – National Convention – Louisville, KY – Cancelled

September 9 – 13 – Department Camporee at Legionville

September 17 – 20 – MNALR Rider’s Romp at Legionville

September 20 – 25 – District Commander out of state at military reunion event

October 16 - 18 – First session of Department of Minnesota American Legion College at Camp Ripley

October 23 – 24 – Department of Minnesota Fall Conference at Breezy Point – hosted by Nisswa #627

 

All district and department events are soft scheduled as the Coronavirus emergency is re-evaluated, and situations change.

Watch the Facebook page and the web site for updates.

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6th District Staff Needs

In every issue of the district newsletter since the first of the year, we have published endorsements from the individual posts for office at the District, Department or National levels. With the passage of resolutions at every level to cancel conventions and extend officer terms until the next convention where elections may be held, those endorsements are moot.

The extension of the terms of office is not mandatory, but gives the person holding the position the opportunity to continue to serve or ask to be relieved and replaced.

As of April 20, 2020, these are the 6th District staff positions that I am aware that need to be filled. This list may change as more people decide they want to stay or step down, depending on their individual circumstances.

District Historian (Executive Board position)

Boys State Chairman

Children and Youth Chairman

Long Range Planning Committee (2 positions)

District Rehabilitation Advisor

The most important asset you can have for any of these positions is a willingness to serve and to learn the job. Many folks have held the positions in the past and realize how important they are to the District who will be more than willing to mentor you.

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Mr. Commander:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your Americanism Chair.  I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and the 6th District.  Americanism what is it??  It is love of America, loyalty to her institutions as the best yet devised by man to secure life, liberty, individual dignity and happiness and the willingness to defend our country and Flag against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  The Americanism Committee the basic committee of All the other committees as all of the committees are Americanism the committees are essential to success of the District.  Our constitution say’s “to foster and perpetuate 100 percent Americanism.”  We had a fair turn in of Consolidate Reports and I am asking Post’s to be sure to fill them out and return.  The report is summary of All Americanism done by your Post.

With this crazy time as everyone stays at home and stays safe, I am pleased to serve the District for another year as Americanism chair and Thank you for the opportunity to continue.  Thanks for a great year and we hope next year will be even better.                                                                                 Vern Massie, District Americanism Chair.

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Commander,

It has been a pleasure working with you over this past year.

Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving the Great 6th district as Vice Commander for Todd/Wadena. 

Overall I only have 1 post at 100%. This year seemed to be lower than normal. Overall, we are at 98.1%.

I look forward to next year.

Karen O'Bar

VC

Todd/Wadena 

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Energy and Conservation Program- Gene Hesse, Chairman

Please check with your local utility about the programs available in your area, each utility has their own programs. XCELL recommends the use of LEDs and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs. Recycle your old CFLs. Rebates are available for water heaters, old functioning refrigerators, smart thermostats, insulation, heating and cooling systems. Be sure to look for Energy Star rated appliances whenever purchasing. There are solar and wind programs available.

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Hi Commander Edwards

In my sub area, some of the posts have held their meetings outside while others by phone. My post in Sauk Rapids has met at one of the local parks, at our last meeting we voted on holding a Memorial Day program at the Sauk Rapids cemetery with a small group of Ten members. The program will consist of prayer and raising of the flag during the playing of Star-Spangled Banner followed by rifle salute and taps. With this small of a group distancing should not be a problem, we will not open this to the public.

Sixth District Vice Commander

Ken Johnstone

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Junior Shooting Sports Program

Thanks for the opportunity to serve the great 6th District as the Junior Shooting Sports (JSS) Chairman.  It was an honor, however found it difficult to obtain any interest within our District Posts to start a JSS program.  Appreciated your interest and comments.  Articles for starting a JSS program were published in the 6th District Bulletin. Various other articles were also published in an attempt to provide more of an interest in JSS and to encourage participation in this individual sport!

Highly encourage a JSS range be established at Legionville, even though this effort will require additional funding, this long range project should be considered!  One building, that was observed, could readily be remodeled for this JSS program.

Congrats on your great year, but unfortunately it has been ending with this unprecedented crisis of the corona virus!  As necessary, most programs/conventions have been canceled for the remainder of the 2020 year due to this virus.   All 6th District Committee Chairs (as well as elected and appointed officers) term of office have been extended onto 2021 year!  There will be many circumstances that will require some challenging effort, so the best to you in carrying forth another year as 6th District Commander.

Again, thanks for your leadership and good luck as we continue our efforts into the following 2021 year.

Mel Buesseler, JSS Chairman

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Veronica Fernlund

6th District National Security & Foreign Relations

1927 Clearwater Rd, St. Cloud, MN  56301

Phone: 320-248-8326           E-mail: veronica.fernlund1@gmail.com

The current application for Outstanding Enlisted Man/Woman of the Year is available on the Department website, www.mnlegion.org.  The applications are due to the District Chairman no later than July 1, 2020.  There is still a short amount of time available.  These individuals are recognized annually during the Fall Conference.

Maintain contact and Buddy-Checks with Guard and Reserve units in your area.  The recent pandemic events have caused disruption for Guard and Reserve members not only for their military careers but also their regular jobs and family life.  Let them know The American Legion is there for assistance.  Remember the TFA, Temporary Financial Assistance is available.

Thank you Commander Paul for the opportunity to serve as the 6th District National Security & Foreign Relations Chairman.

 

For God & Country,

Veronica Fernlund

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Finance Officer End of the Year Reports

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FROM AUGUST 1, 2018 TO JULY 31, 2019 RICHARD CROSS, SR., COMMANDER

FUND BALANCE – AUGUST 1, 2018                                                 $112,312.57

INCOME:

MEMBERSHIP DUES..................................... $28,189.00

PUFLs................................................................ 2,113.25

INTEREST......................................................... 1,579.51

MISCELLANEOUS......................................... 2,952.50

TOTAL INCOME:

LIABILITIES (Dinner for Vets)

 

$300.00

$34,852.26

TOTAL FUND BALANCE, INCOME & LIABILITIES:

 

$147,464.83

DISBURSEMENTS:

COMMANDER....................................................

 

4,200.00

 

VICE COMMANDERS....................................... 3,200.00

ADJUTANT.......................................................... 700.00

COUNTY COUNCIL COMMANDERS................. 875.00

FINANCE............................................................. 700.00

HISTORIAN......................................................... 700.00

CHAPLAIN........................................................... 300.00

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR.................................. 800.00

NEWSLETTER EDITOR.................................... 1,000.00

LEGION BASEBALL............................................ 600.00

TROPHY & AWARDS.......................................... 820.80

CHAIRPERSONS..................................................... 0.00

MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM................................ 1,296.03

NEWSLETTER................................................... 2,292.72

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS......................... 3,710.00

FALL CONFERENCE OPEN HOUSE.................... 200.00

DISTRICT MEETINGS – MEALS......................... 993.97

ORATORICAL..................................................... 600.00

CAR CARAVAN................................................... 378.87

NAT'L CONVENTION DELEGATE FEES.......... 7,000.00

DEPT. MEMBERSHIP RALLIES........................... 572.00

MISCELLANEOUS.............................................. 774.00

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS

$31,713.39

COMPUTED BALANCE – JULY 31, 2019

$115,751.44

W.F. CHECKING

$     830.32

W.F. SAVINGS

24,496.05

MCCU SAVINGS

10.00

CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT

90,000.00

CD Interest

01,381.51

ACTUAL FUND BALANCE - JULY 31, 2019

$116,717.88

DISCREPANCY WITH COMPUTED BALANCE

$966.44

Approved by the 6th District Executive Board on 10/13/2019.

 

 

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2019-20 PROPOSED BUDGET

 

INCOME

Dues..................................................................................................... $29,405

PUFLs...................................................................................................... 2,000

Interest..................................................................................................... 1,800

Miscellaneous............................................................................................. 200

$31,605

EXPENSES                                                                                   

Commander          $4,200

Vice Commanders-$800/each.................................................................. 3,200

Adjutant...................................................................................................... 700

County Council Commanders-$175/each................................................ 1,050

Finance....................................................................................................... 700

Historian..................................................................................................... 700

Chaplain...................................................................................................... 300

Membership Director.................................................................................. 800

Newsletter Editor........................................................................................ 900

Legion Baseball.......................................................................................... 600

Trophy – Awards..................................................................................... 1,700

Chairpersons............................................................................................... 200

Membership Program.............................................................................. 1,000

Newsletter................................................................................................ 2,800

District Board Members........................................................................... 3,800

Fall Conference – Open House.................................................................. 200

District Meetings – Meals........................................................................ 1,900

Oratorical.................................................................................................... 600

Car Caravan................................................................................................ 600

National Convention – Delegate Fees..................................................... 4,400

Dept. Membership Rallies.......................................................................... 700

Miscellaneous............................................................................................. 800

Dept. Officer Candidates......................................................................... 1,000

$32,850

($1,245)

Approved by the 6th District Executive Board on 10/13/2019

 


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