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Greetings Morrison County Legion Families,

It’s been awhile since I have included a county report in the district Newsletter.  Going forward look for one each Month. 

We finished the last year close to 100% of our membership goal.  WE finished at just over 97%.  Congratulations to Pillager, Upsala and Little Falls for meeting 100% of goal.  WE had a couple of Posts miss 100% by 1 membership.  Lets work to get to 100% for 202!

This year we are off to a great start by being off the Goose Egg quickly.  As it has been for a couple of years now, to get off the goose egg, Posts need to have their Officer List & CPR completed.  I thank all the Post Adjutants & Commanders for ensuring our County met this objective.

WE have 4 new Commanders this year in Morrison County.  I’m looking forward to meeting all of them soon.

Morrison County Council Meets the 2nd Monday of every other Month.  Our next meeting will be October 10th at the Bowlus Post, 201 2nd Ave N Bowlus, MN.  Our Meeting includes Aux, SAL & Post members. 

I have agreed to be the County Commander again for this year and Thankfully, Dave Stavish and John Justin have also retained their roles as Adjutant/Finance Officer and Chaplain.  Pat Sowada once again is the secretary and I could not manage this job without her! 

Our last meeting was August 8th at the Flensburg Post.  Only 2 Posts & 2 Auxiliaries were represented. 

There has been a considerable drop off in attendance since Covid affected us.  I want to reassure everyone, we are still meeting.   I am asking all Commanders to attend or send a representative if they cannot make the meetings.  S.A.L is also encouraged to attend. I am a SAL member so we technically have that part of our family attending all meetings, but I’d like to see other members from our Counties 2 Squadrons participate more.

The County council also needs Dues from the Posts & Auxiliaries.  Dues are $15 a year and help with cost of supporting our meetings, postage and support of Legion activities. The County Council also actively supports Wreath for the Fallen each year.  Please remit dues at the next meeting.

Each meeting Department & District information is shared with everyone along with membership results and figures.  I try to arrange Guests for each meeting.   Our meetings are relaxed and inclusive and there is normally a light supper provided afterwards.  Meeting with other local Post, Auxiliary and SAL officers and members is always a good thing and leads to learning new strategies and activities you may want to try at your Post home!  We allow time for each Post, Unit & Squadron to present what their plans are for fundraisers, meetings, and events. 

To Our County Commanders,

Admittedly, I haven’t been as present in the county the last year or so due to my personal workload.  I’ll be out and about more this year since I’ve made a change in career and we’re all getting back to normal since the Pandemic scare.  Feel free to invite me to a meeting and please know, your welcome at all County Council meetings. 

In closing, thanks to all for bearing through the challenges of membership renewals since we have been on the new MyLegion.org.  Keep at it, don't lose focus and don’t get discouraged if results seem slow to update.  The challenges are a known issue and your District, Department and National Leaders are aware of it.  

Michael Costello, Morrison County Commander