Fly the United States Flags at Half-Staff Beginning on Saturday, November 25, 2023 Through Sunset on Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Throughout her life as First Lady of Georgia and First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter exemplified hope, warmth, and a steadfast commitment to doing all she could to address many of our society’s greatest needs. She was a champion for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls; an advocate for mental health and wellness for all; and a supporter of the often unseen and uncompensated caregivers of our children, aging loved ones, and people with disabilities. Above all, the deep love shared between Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter is the definition of partnership, and their humble leadership is the definition of patriotism.
As a mark of respect for the memory of Rosalynn Carter, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions from November 25, 2023, until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-eighth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
The day of Interment has been set to Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Post 61 Cmdr Frank Bass and 1st VC Bob Hensley visited Post 61 member VC Carter Isaacs at Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton, Tn on 18 Oct 2023. Carter was presented a certificate for 50 continuous years membership in The American Legion, an Air Force figurine, a certificate of appreciation for his military service and a quilt of honor. Carter is 93 years young. Carter’s wife, son and daughter were there to share in the presentation.
Nearly 20 American Legion members from across north east TN turned out to assist a 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran, who was evicted from a rental property due to the rent being raised beyond his means. Legionnaires from Morristown, Elizabethton, Sneedville, Greenville, Bristol, Erwin, Newport, Johnson City, Kingsport and Sevierville turned out to assist this Veteran in need. Michael Metzner, Adjutant, King's Mountain Post 24, Johnson City, organized the effort after receiving a call for help. 1st District Commander James McLaughlin sent out the call to regional posts whose members turned out. They rented and loaded two trucks with house hold property, drove those trucks to the new residence and then unloaded as well. All in service to a Veteran in need. "Be The One" "For God & Country".
As a Legionnaire, how many of you see a veteran and ask them, “Are you a veteran?”
“First mistake,” said Terry Hanson from the Department of South Dakota during the National Membership Workshop recruitment and retention track last month. “Here is why I’m going to say that. Some National Guardsman don’t consider themselves a veteran. (Instead) ask them, ‘Did you serve in the military?’ If they say yes, ask what branch. I start building a report. Because he might be an Army like I was. Build the report. Talk to them. Ask them, ‘Do you know about The American Legion? We are the worlds largest veterans organization, and we are protecting your benefits.’ That’s what we’re here for; that’s what every one of us are here for to protect veterans serving veterans. That’s what it’s all about.”
National Recruiter of the Year for 2024 Patricia Liddell of Georgia shared that she is always looking for veteran license plates or people wearing a military hat or shirt. Then “I ask them, ‘Who is the veteran? Is it you, your wife, or both of you?’ I’m always wearing an American Legion shirt. They ask me to tell them about the emblem. Tell me about The American Legion. I’ll ask them, have you used the GI Bill? They’ll say, ‘Of course I used the GI Bill.’ You wouldn’t have the GI Bill without The American Legion. Then they’ll say, ‘Tell me how to join.’”
Other membership recruitment and retention best practices that was shared by Hanson and Laurie Bowman from the Department of Indiana include:
The 2023 National Membership Workshop PowerPoints for this membership and recruiting track, along with the others, are available online.
The NEC passed Resolution #1 which would establish the following: A pilot program offering purchase of three consecutive 12-month American Legion member terms at the then-current dues rate.
Installation of Officers for Post 61 took place at our monthly business meeting on June 9th, 2023. Pictured left to right: Dick Dionne: administered the oath of office; David Stout: Sergeant-at-Arms; Don Faulkner: Chaplain; Robert Hensley: First Vice; Steve Elks: Finance; Frank Bass: Commander; Patti Young: Adjutant. Officers not in attendance: Charlie Thompson: Second Vice; John Kob: Service Officer; Gary Lewis: Member-at-Large,
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