Calumet Green Lake Fond Du Lac
March 26, 2017
Spring is finally here, at least on the calendar anyways. Our busy season will be arriving shortly. With it is our District Spring Conference April 30th in Green Lake at their brand new million dollar Post. I hope for a great turn out to see this remarkable building as well tend to our District business. At this meeting you will be able to choose your next Commander, Vice Commanders, Sgt At Arms and Chaplin. We have two highly qualified candidates for Commander in Jerry Lauby and Paul Baker. Both have the demeanor and knowledge to continue to move the 6th District forward. We are looking for a Vice Commander for the West region. I have spoken to a couple highly qualified candidates but I know there are more out there. Please think about running and have someone nominate you at the meeting. Sgt at Arms currently have two nominations for two positions and Chaplin has two nominations for one position. Both Chaplin nominees are highly qualified and would do an outstanding job. As always, we will be taking more nominations at the meeting for all the positions. I encourage anyone who wishes to run for an office to come to the meeting and have someone nominate you. This is your organization and needs your help to run. If not interested in an officer position, we always need program chairs. What an excellent opportunity to get involved.
As I mentioned, the busy season is arriving shortly. It is time to get our membership numbers up before it is too late. This year we have had a lot of Posts achieve the 100% mark so far. As a District we are about 285 from 100%. I have been purposely not being so insistent on the memberships this year in an effort to have Posts take care of themselves and Counties take care of their Posts. We are really close comrades. I know that we can get this before June 13th which is the cutoff date. I would love to hear the 6th District mentioned at Department Convention as being the only District with 100% membership. I have already spoken to Department about having all District members present walk across the stage to accept the award. This is not my award but the Districts and you all need to get the credit for your hard work. Nothing would make me prouder. Keep up the good work all. We will be hosting a membership round up in the beginning of May for Winnebago County…unless the County is 100% by then. If there are any other Counties or Posts who would like help with membership please feel free to let me know and we will make it happen.
Lastly I will end by reminding everyone of my top goal for the year. That is to get your people, Post and community members recognized for their hard work and dedication. There are several awards available to them. Getting these people recognized will go a long way in your community supporting your Post and the American Legion. You may even gain some memberships with these awards. Each year, other Districts are getting these awards. I know we have well qualified individuals in our District. Take the time to fill out an outstanding award for them. They deserve it.
Have a great spring!
Todd J. Braun
6th District Commander
A Message From The District President
Hi Ladies, we had a great spring conference in Green Lake. There were around 64 ladies in attendance. We also had a special guest from Illinois, Central Division National Vice President Carollee Junge. She gave a very nice message. Wish you could have all been there to meet her. The Department President Laurel was there plus 7 more ladies from Department. We had our own Diane Duscheck who will be our next National President. It was nice having so many dignitaries there.
We had 17 units represented. We made $390.00 on the basket raffle. We had units that brought in poppy creations, poppy posters and only one history book, but no prayer book. We need to do better with this stuff. I'm sure we will do better next year. Every Unit and County did a report. It is always nice to hear what other units do. Then we had reports on all of our committees and those were interesting as well. Everyone did a great job on reporting and I thank you all for that.
Now for the results of the District elections: I will be the President for the next 2 years. The 1st Vice is Daralyn Wessels, 2nd Vice is Mary Koslowski, Chaplain is Patti Julius, Historian is Dorothy Gruber, Sgt at Arms is Karen Wessels, Asst Sgt at Arms is Ginny Braun, Treasurer is Beth Puddy and my Secretary is Tina Helms. This is the slate of new officers for 2017-2019.
I have enjoyed the last 2 years, I have learned so much and will continue to learn for the next 2 years. I have met a lot of great ladies and made some new friends. I am looking forward to the next 2 years. My next term starts after State Convention in Appleton.
Hope everyone turned in their year end reports to me. I waited as long as I could, but they have to be at Department by May 1st. Thank you to the ones who did them.
I wish everyone good luck on your poppy distribution if you do it during May.
Most unit have elections in May, so when ever you hold yours, don't forget to send in your officers list. They need that information at Department, so even if you don't change officers, send in the sheet anyway.
Another thing we did at conference was make some donations. The first two are sponsoring a hole at the golf outing and putting together a raffle basket. This is a fund raiser for Denise. We will also be sending $500.00 to Creative Arts, $300.00 to Wreaths across America, $200.00 to Old Glory Honor Flight and $50.00 to the 6th District web site.
We made a change to our Constitution and By-laws. We will be raising our district dues from $.75 to $1.00 per member.
I have the information for all the ALA in the Knows and it will be included with the news letter.
It is almost time to elect your delegates to Department Convention. This year it's in Appleton and next year in Oshkosh.
For God and Country
ALA in the Knows
Ripon Post 43 Pork Chop Dinner
133 E Fond du Lac St. , Ripon
Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:30am to 1:30pm
920 896-2014 for questions or deliveries
American Legion Past National Commander Dale Barnett talks about why membership is important, why every member should be recruiting new members, and what tools are available to help with that process.
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