Commander Castro does away with Dep't Service Officer!
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It had not been that long since the Convention had been presented with the new budget and voted to accept it which included the Service Officer's salary as well as budget for the coming year that he then did away with the position. And then at the post-Convention D.E.C. with Scott McKee not in attendance he carried on as if nothing had happened out of the ordinary. With little regard to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Department of California which reads, (Article IX – Section 28) “The Adjutant, Judge Advocate, Chaplain, Historian, Parliamentarian and Service Officer shall be appointed each year by the Department Commander with the approval of the Department Executive Committee to serve until their successors are selected or until removed by the Executive Committee upon recommendation of the Department Commander”; and not consulting with his newly installed Executive Committee he made his move! I guess this is the new Legion as we approach
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!
High Octane D.E.C.!
"Short Notice D.E.C." called!
What about the vote itself? The District and Area Commanders were told they could cast but one vote each; not like at Convention where delegate strength was used. Of course, not knowing what they were to deal with and not knowing who the candidates would be they had no choice but to accept these terms. I don’t know about the other District Commanders did but our Commander was able to get word to the other officers of the District who in turn polled as many Posts as they could on such short notice. In the end, the Commanders had only one vote.
Now it falls to Commander Heinisch to move us forward. Certainly, we wish him well and all the best. What type of leader of one of the largest Departments in the American Legion family will he be? Given the last three Commanders he has a lot of opportunity to make a mark for himself. Starting with Commander Wilson’s creating our current financial crisis with the ill-fated relocation of Department HQ followed by the disastrous failure of Commander Van Kuran’s promised transparency and great financial leadership abilities to Commander’s Leach’s flash in the pan start and rapid fizzling out it is hard to believe Commander Heinisch could do worse! It has become apparent our Department lacks leadership. Oh, there are good leaders out there it just seems they are not stepping up to the level they could or are not being given the opportunity; either by design or lack of interest on the part of those who should be looking after our Legion. Year after year we are promised transparency and year after year we fail to get it. In the meantime, the Department is slipping into greater and greater problems. Not unlike the frog who while sitting in the ever-warming water doesn’t realize until it is too late that he is being boiled to death. Commander Heinisch look around you, take a careful look at what is going on. Keep your Blue Caps in the loop and not just those who you feel you ‘owe’ your commandership! After all it is the Blue Caps to who you owe your allegiance and duty!
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Tribute to Ed Alvarez
Comrades, colleagues and patriots:
Sad news to report that California American Legionnaire Ed Alvarez has transferred to Post Everlast.
Ed was one of the best of the best in the California Legion. He was always ready, willing, and able to do what needed to be done, always urging all of us to think creatively to better serve veterans, and to make the Legion all that it could be in the noble cause of serving veterans who are serving; veterans who have served; children and youth; and our American values.
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Past Department Commander Van Kuran decides "not to entertain" Trial Manual action on the handling of the move from San Francisco to $anger.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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