High Octane D.E.C.!
"Feed The Helmet!"
Nice going Al Lennox and the Finance Committee! Thinking outside the box!
dropping position of Department Service Officer!
Commander Castro does away with Dep't Service Officer!
(See letter in its entirety - Click Here)
As the newly elected officers of the Department of California arrive in Amador for the year's first D.E.C. how many of them are aware that the newly elected and just having been sworn in Department of California Commander Art Castro did away with the position of Department Service Officer! Sometime between the closing of the Convention in Riverside and the convening of the post-Convention D.E.C. he put his pen to a document that removed the Department Service Officer from the appointed position within the Department.
our 100th year anniversary! No need to follow protocol or consult with the Executive Committee just do it! Just as the $anger move was railroaded pass us so has this happened.
It will be interesting to see if the newly elected Officers of the Executive Committee meeting in Amador will sit still for this kind of action!
Scott McKee, M.I.A. at the post-Convention D.E.C.
Veterans Assistance Links!
Once Ineligible Veterans Now Eligible for Benefits
$10's of Thousands of Dollars and nearly two (2) years later photos of what we bought! Wonder how the Auxiliary is doing in San Francisco these days?
Past Department Commander Van Kuran decides "not to entertain" Trial Manual action on the handling of the move from San Francisco to $anger.
(For complete details and documentation please click here.)
"Where Are the Veterans in Office?"
"Path from Combat to Congress Fading" (Link)
Correct this problem: Support "Combat Veterans For Congress"
(Link to Fox News story)
Department fails to release financial statements
each quarter to the Department website!!
"Headquarters Moving Cost"
"Headquarters Mortgage Payments"
"Headquarters Taxes, Insurance, Maintenance"
"From General Fund to VA&R"
Admittedly we do not have all the pages to review to understand how all expenses breakdown (perhaps those pages will be coming soon) but there is enough there for you to draw your own conclusions!
At the Santa Maria D.E.C. March 2016 we were promised a quarterly report that would be posted to the Department website! To date this is the only report that has been posted!
Let us hear what you think! (See "What You Are Saying")
A Victory For The American Legion & Veterans In San Francisco!
Veterans win: A San Francisco judge has sided with veterans groups that say they are being pushed out of the War Memorial Veterans Building by the city's elite.
At issue: a 2009 War Memorial board decree that only membership-based "patriotic organizations" were entitled to free rent at the building on Van Ness Avenue, which was built as a tribute to the soldiers of World War I.
Some groups such as Swords to Plowshares that don't require those who use their services to join as members weren't eligible, said the trustees who run the building.
Some of those groups had offices in the Veterans Building at below- market rent before the building closed for a two-year renovation in 2013. The board, whose members include such big shots as city protocol chief Charlotte Shultz and former Presidio Trust Chair Nancy Bechtle, said they would not be welcome to return under that deal — at least not without paying their share of rent.
The American Legion, which manages all the space for veterans, didn't buy it and sued. Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng sided Friday with the veterans groups, agreeing that the board's interpretation of patriotic organizations would "constrain the American Legion's rights to the point of near-nonexistence."
Matt Dorsey, whose office defended the trustees, declined to say whether they would appeal. Any decision could have big implications for the landmark building across from City Hall.
The makeover cost $154 million, and the San Francisco Opera spent $21 million to expand there with new theater spaces, offices and a costume shop.
San Francisco chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross appear Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Matier can be seen on the KPIX TV morning and evening news. He can also be heard on KCBS radio Monday through Friday at 7:50 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. Got a tip? Call (415) 777-8815
ruling by clicking on the button below!
trying to do to one organization trying to help our veterans!
"Battle to save S.F. Veterans War Memorial Building "for vets." Meanwhile, American Legion Department of California retreats to beautiful downtown Sanger (Sanger?) to establish headquarters in an abandoned bank with $860,000 mortgage instead of $500 per month at S.F. Veterans Building. Other vets continue fight to preserve Veterans Building as it was intended--for veterans." Rees Lloyd ( https://www.facebook.com/rees.lloyd.5 )
Sanger home to American Legion state headquarters
Friday, September 04, 2015
SANGER, Calif. (KFSN) --
San Francisco's loss has been Sanger's gain. The patriotic Fresno County town has turned out to be the perfect place to move the American Legion Department of California headquarters.
State adjutant Bill Siler, 73, has found the Valley to be much different than San Francisco. Siler explained, "Less traffic. You can walk down the street and talk to people and they talk back. Stuff like that. I like to do that kind of stuff."
Siler was the only employee to move from the Bay Area, but five locals have joined the staff which has been busy processing memberships. American Legion Post 23 past commander John Bart of Sanger said, "Our primary function is as a corporate headquarters. We're a business office, but we also assist veterans with service needs."
Bart added the old bank building was something the American Legion can call their own. Instead of dollar bills and coins, the old bank vault now held historical pictures and documents which date back to 1919 when the American Legion was formed. Siler said, "We've got like 465 posts now I think in the state of California."
The move to Sanger was prompted by a rent increase from $1 a year to eventually $2,000 (Should read $500 per month as accepted in the Resolution from War Memorial Commission at this year's Department of California Convention) a month at War Memorial Hall in San Francisco. Bart explained, "It wasn't the city of San Francisco. It was the committee within the trust that set the donation that we were to give to occupy the space."
The group figured Sanger would be an easier place for members statewide to reach. Next year, the American Legion state convention will be held in Fresno.
See video click here!