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Welcome to District 29, Orange County, CA
The American Legion Department of California

 

UPDATES

DISTRICT 29 General meeting - Sunday, June 7, 2020 via GotoMeeting video conference.
  Area 5 vice commander and other guests will also be attending our meeting.  
Time: 1400 hours (PDT)

Agenda, previous meeting minutes, and other supporting documents to follow
The nominations and election will be managed by D29 officers and those on the Steering Committee.
 

** For first time attendees using GotoMeeting, please watch these two instructional videos at least 30 minutes prior to the meeting to allow for setup and install. 

For additional instructions, go to:
https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/resources/gotomeeting-quick-and-helpful-guide-for-attendees

If you have any questions or concerns logging onto the meeting, please text either myself or Jim Eubanks so we can assist you. 
Instructions are also attached for guidance to ensure all are successful in joining our meeting.  

 

Here are is a video link on how to join GotoMeeting:

Additional updated GotoMeeting video:

 

Previous District 29 general meeting - Saturday, May 16, 2020 via GotoMeeting video conference.
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

Please click on the links below:
May 16, 2020 general meeting agenda

2020-2021 District 29 Election process/protocols

District 29 officer positions

 

AREA 5 Meeting - June 13-14, 2020 (Pending gov. directive, in-person or video TBD)

Ontario Post 112,  310 W. Emporia, Ontario, Ca. 91762

 

American Legion family (TAL, ALA, and SAL) national conventions in Louisville, KY August 28 - September 3, 2020 have been canceled.

Boys Nation is canceled.

Junior shooting sports is canceled.

American Legion Baseball regional and world series is canceled.

American Legion Rider's 2020 Legacy Run is canceled.

2020 National Oratorical contest (4/17-19) is canceled.

 

Department of CA Emergency DEC Meeting - April 25, 2020. To view the 4-hour DEC meeting go to: www.calegion.org

Below is a summary of that meeting. 

 

On April 25, an emergency meeting of The American Legion – Department of California Executive Committee was held via video conference at 9 a.m.

This communication states the actions approved by the body at this meeting, notes valuable lessons learned in regards to conducting online meetings, and establishes our next scheduled DEC meeting.

FIRST APPROVED ACTION – ESTABLISH INTENT

We meet at convention site at the stated date and time at which we adjourn and reconvene at the call of the Commander.

SECOND APPROVED ACTION – ESTABLISH DIRECTION

We direct the Department Adjutant to renegotiate the contract with Visalia to reflect 2021, 2022, 2023.

THIRD APPROVED ACTION – ENACT INITIATIVE PROCESS*

To amend Article IX, Section 1 of our Department Bylaws to read:

The legislative body of the organization shall be a Department Convention. The time and place of such convention shall be fixed by vote of a preceding convention, but may not grant any date beyond seven (7) years. Department Executive Committee shall have authority to change such time and place only when a state of emergency has been declared in accordance with California code.

Article IX, Section 1 currently states:

The legislative and appropriate body of the organization shall be a Department Convention which shall be held annually. The time and place of such convention shall be fixed by a vote of a preceding convention, but may not grant any date beyond seven (7) years. In the event that a preceding convention has not fixed a time and place for the holding of the next convention, it shall be fixed by the Department Executive Committee at least one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the date for which the Convention shall be called.

*A ballot with the proposed department bylaw amendment will be mailed by Friday May 1st, 2020 to each post at the home address of the post adjutant of record. Posts will be asked to return the ballots in provided return envelopes postmarked no later than June 19th, 2020 to Department Headquarters. Each post will be allocated the same voting strength as they had at the 2019 Department Convention. A two-thirds vote, along with a majority vote of the posts in the department is needed to approve this department bylaw amendment (Article XIX, Section 1).

VALUABLE LESSONS LEARNED

  1. Establish Passcode for telephone call attendees. Most of the attendees calling in were not able to speak on the conference. This inhibited their opinions from being heard and required them to have to use alternate means of communication (text, email) to register their votes. We will provide a solution for this the next time we meet in this manner.
  2. USE THE MUTE OPTION WHEN NOT SPEAKING TO THE GROUP. Keeping your mic live means that any side conversations, under the breath remarks, your dog, etc. can make it tougher for all to hear and in some cases persons can feel attacked by comments not meant for the group to hear.
  3. Have an agenda circulated well in advance. This allows all participants to stay focused on the actions and decisions before the group

NEXT SCHEDULED DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

A pre-convention Department Executive Committee is scheduled to occur prior to our annual convention. Even though the First Approved Action above declares the intent to meet, then adjourn and reconvene at the call of the Department Commander, we can still conduct a pre-convention DEC on Thursday June 25th, 2020 via video conference. Details regarding time and access codes will be sent at a later date. At that meeting, items to be determined could include:

  1. Removing the requirement for posts to pay 2020 Delegate Convention fees.
  2. Hearing the Commander’s intended course of action to follow regarding the 2020 Convention (Reschedule to a new date at a physical location; Reschedule to new date in a remote format; Postpone all proceedings to the 2021 Convention)

Gov. Newsom "stay at home" order effective midnight, Thursday 3/19 until further notice.

UPDATED:  As of May 8, the stay home order was modified. We are now in the first phase of Stage 2. This means in addition to essential activity, retail is allowed, along with the infrastructure to support it. As of May 12, offices, limited services, and outdoor museums are also permitted to open.

 

For additional list of services, go to: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

Essential services will remain open and available to the public:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Bank
  • Gas stations and convenience stores
  • Trash pickup
  • Mail delivery
  • Police, Fire departments
  • Hospitals, clinics
  • Laundromats, laundry services

Things like going for a walk or taking your dog to the park are okay, just remember to practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet apart from other people, especially the elderly and those vulnerable to the virus.

Businesses in a number of other sectors can now also open, with necessary modifications.

Retailers can open statewide. All will require modifications to support social distancing. This includes:

  • Shopping malls
  • Libraries (for delivery and curbside pickup)
  • Drive-in theaters (with modifications)
  • Bookstores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Toy stores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Florists

Offices (in all sectors, not only critical infrastructure)

Limited services which do not generally require close customer contact, such as: 

  • Pet grooming
  • Dog walking
  • Car washes
  • Appliance repair
  • Residential and janitorial cleaning
  • Places of worship (with modifications)
  • Plumbing

Outdoor museums

The following may open only in counties approved to move further ahead in Stage 2:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Hair salons and barber shops

This is a good time to conduct buddy checks.  Call on elderly members to see if they are okay. 

A simple phone call can make a difference.


* IMPORTANT NOTICE *

COVID-19 Coronavirus & meetings

 

Legionnaires:

Due to recent concerns regarding the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on our organization, here are updates on the following:

Department of California Office Operations

          Sanger headquarters – CLOSED

Until further notice, headquarter operations will continue as scheduled with the exception that visitors are discouraged to physically visit the building. Deliveries can be made, but with few exceptions. All business with department headquarters should be conducted by phone, mail, and email.

Regional Veteran Service offices – Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, VA Hospital offices - Will re-open according to city/county ordinances.

Department of California Program Operations

Department American Legion College - Postponed

California American Legion College was scheduled for March 27-29 in Fairfield. It has been postponed indefintely.     

Boys State - CANCELED

American Legion Baseball - CANCELED

Department Convention - TBD

No decision regarding department convention (held in late June) will be made until late April to mid-May. Please continue to pay deposits and fees as scheduled until new information becomes available regarding the event.

National Commander Urgent Message about Coronavirus
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Information
 
Questions and Answers about Coronavirus
 

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members, and communities. The Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit, apolitical groups in the United States.  Today, membership stands at over 1.7 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one for each of the 50 states, along with District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines. Over the years, The American Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans, and produced many important programs for children and youth.

The most recent notable acts by The American Legion in the past couple of years include:

LEGION Act - July 30, 2019, President Trump signed a bill that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941. The American Legion sought the declaration as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. servicemembers who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war. The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.

The LEGION Act changes the Preamble of the Constitution of The American Legion.

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

 

District 29 of The American Legion Department of California comprises all of Orange County, California and is one of the five districts that comprise Area 5.  The other districts are: Riverside County District 21, San Diego County District 22, San Bernardino County District 25, and Imperial County District 30. Twenty-six posts comprise the 29th district and has a membership of over eight thousand members.

 

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