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Americanism Division

Weekly Report to the National Commander

December 14, 2018

Jill Druskis, Director – (317) 630-1203

    

Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)

The American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance Program (TFA) continues to provide for the basic needs of minor children of eligible veterans through cash grants.  As of December 12th, TFA has assisted 364 minor children of 173 veterans throughout the United States maintain shelter, utilities, food, and clothing with over $221,705 in cash grants during 2018.

 

American Legion Baseball (ALB)

National ALB staff are making preparations to exhibit at the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) convention from January 3-5, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.  This three day event is attended by over 4,500+ baseball coaches and industry leaders.  In addition to staffing an exhibit booth to promote American Legion Baseball, staff will be attending youth baseball committee meetings to discuss the upcoming season.

December 14, 2018 update: Last year the combined donations to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation totaled $562,052.59 from The American Legion family.  June 1, 2018 started our new awards years and tracking.

Donations for the Awards year end on May 31, 2019. Presently we stand at $223,893.58 in donations for the 2018/19 year.

At the October 2018 Board of Directors meeting we granted $766,761.00 to 24 Children Organizations for the 2019 year.

The following are the present donations from June 1, 2018 to December 14, 2018. Each organization with the highest donation on May 31, 2019 will be awarded the Garland Murphy Shadow Box award.

Presently the 8/40 Departmental de Arizona is leading in contribution with $973.40, The Department of Indiana Auxiliary is in 1st place with $4,906.00, Department of Florida American Legion is leading in donation with $9,922.00. The SAL Detachment of Arizona is in 1st place with $36,860.10 in donations.

Below shows 1st to 3rd place in donations.

1st place                                8 & 40                       Aux                            Legion                       SAL

                                                Arizona                     Indiana                      Florida                      Arizona

Donations                            $973.40                    $4.906.00                $9,922.00                $36,860.10

2nd Place                               Texas                         Kentucky                  Nevada                    New York

Donations                            $835.50                    $3,353.53                $6,130.00                $23,850.00

3rd place                                California                 Texas                         Pennsylvania            Pennsylvania

Donations                            $545.00                    $2,687.66                $4,098.00                $16,461.00

All donations have to be in by May 31, 2019 qualify for the Garland Murphy and U.S. Udie Grant awards.

Dennis R. Boland                                                   Send Checks to:                 ALCWF

President, The American Legion                                                                     P.O. Box 1055

Child Welfare Foundation, Inc.                                                                        Indianapolis, IN 46206

Military Times: Rolling Thunder ending its annual DC ride due to cost concerns

By: Leo Shane III | 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Rolling Thunder’s annual roaring parade through the streets of the nation’s capital is coming to an end.

Group organizers said this year’s planned motorcycle ride in May, expected to draw more than 1 million riders and spectators to the National Mall, will be the last time the large-scale demonstration is held, citing cost concerns.

The event has become a fixture of Memorial Day commemorations in Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years, drawing attention to military members still missing in action. But the noisy, attention-getting demonstration also has become a victim of its own success.

Pete Zaleski, vice president of Rolling Thunder Inc., said costs for security and clean-up of the event have swelled to more than $200,000, an expense the group cannot continue to sustain.

“It really has exploded to beyond what we can support,” he told Military Times. “These costs didn’t exist 10 years ago.”

Zaleski said the size of the crowd both participating and watching have prompted additional security concerns at the Pentagon, where the annual ride typically starts. That has prompted several new costs and conflicts with local officials.

“We still have 90 chapters in 33 states, and we’re going to help them coordinate their own rides on a smaller scale,” Zaleski said. “The group is not going under, and our message is not going away. We’re just not going to be doing it in Washington anymore.”

Still, the loss of one of the most public and recognizable national Memorial Day commemorations drew disappointment from members of the veterans community.

“These demonstrations and Rolling Thunder's unbelievable work over the past 32-plus years has made a tremendous impact, keeping the search going for our missing and prisoners of war,” said Joe Chennelly, national executive director of AMVETS. “We as an organization are grateful.”

Chennelly called the group’s work “too important to our veterans, and really to all Americans, to simply let it stop.” His organization is looking at ways to support the Rolling Thunder chapters moving forward.

Zaleski said he hopes the announcement of the end of the tradition will bring even more attention to the event’s message.

“When word gets out that this is the last one, it’s going to draw even more people,” he said. “The next ride ought to be huge.”

The final ride is scheduled for May 26, 2019. More information is available on the Rolling Thunder web site.

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 Americanism Division

Weekly Report to the National Commander

December 14, 2018

Jill Druskis, Director – (317) 630-1203

    

Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)

The American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance Program (TFA) continues to provide for the basic needs of minor children of eligible veterans through cash grants.  As of December 12th, TFA has assisted 364 minor children of 173 veterans throughout the United States maintain shelter, utilities, food, and clothing with over $221,705 in cash grants during 2018.

 

American Legion Baseball (ALB)

National ALB staff are making preparations to exhibit at the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) convention from January 3-5, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.  This three day event is attended by over 4,500+ baseball coaches and industry leaders.  In addition to staffing an exhibit booth to promote American Legion Baseball, staff will be attending youth baseball committee meetings to discuss the upcoming season.