The 95th Annual American Legion National Convention, which was held Aug. 23-30, 2013, at Houston, Texas, was attended by Delegates Philip Baker, Post Commander/13th District Commander, and John Butuso, Post Adjutant/13th District Sgt-At-Arms from Arnold Hodge Post 281 in Piedmont.
The National Convention is not only the time where awards are presented, but general sessions, training, committee meetings and decisions that involve veterans’ issues are reported, discussed and acted upon. Commander Baker and Adjutant Butuso attended many American Legion Subject Matter Experts Training sessions which included Post/District Revitalization, Military Outreach, and Public Relations, to be better prepared to assist veterans and their families in our community.
Many resolutions were read and passed by the delegates that will be instrumental in deciding policy and procedures to implement important issues and bills before the legislature that affect veterans. From this convention will come policies that will direct the volunteer members as they work to make their communities and our nation better in the coming year, and beyond.
Commander Baker was chosen to represent the Department of Missouri as Constitution and By-Laws Chairman for the National Constitution and By-Laws Committee to the Internal Affairs Commission. This commission reviews and approves new resolutions proposing changes to the National Constitution and By-Laws of the American Legion that are submitted by Posts, Districts and Departments from all states, if they are in the best interests of their fellow Legionnaires.
The American Legion accomplishes its goals primarily at the grass roots level, but with direction from National Headquarters in Indianapolis and a major office in Washington D.C.
Adjutant Butuso was thanked by the outgoing National Commander James Kountz for being the 2013 Top Department Membership Recruiter of the Year for the Department of Missouri and being the recipient of his coveted Golden Brigade Award for personally recruiting 62 new members.
American Legion Post delegates have the privilege of voting for their American Legion national leadership. Baker and Butuso cast their Post delegate strength that unanimously elected Daniel Dellinger as the new American Legion National Commander.
The date has been set for “Early Bird Breakfast” (all members that have paid their dues by Sept. 30). Breakfast will be prepared by the commander and membership chairman, Saturday, Oct. 12, 8-11 a.m. The menu will be eggs to order, hash, pancakes, chipped beef on toast, bacon, sausage, and beverage. Members who have not yet paid are welcome to pay their dues and will be eligible to pay just a nominal fee. Any eligible veteran not yet a member will be entitled to a free breakfast.