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Commander’s Report

1st Vice Commander
2nd Vice Application Wanted
Chaplain’ Corner
American Legion Auxiliary

Department Mid_Winter Conference
American Legion Baseball
Indy Team 48
Book Sale – Buckeye
For Sale
eNewsletter Deadline
January 2021
Issue 81

 Operational Note – Click on the link in the upper right hand corner “View this email in your browser” to get larger print, to forward and to access past issues.12th District Winter ConferenceDue to the Pandemic, the 12th District Council Winter conference will not be held at the Young Budd Post 171 in Westerville.  We will be doing a Conference on-line with ZOOM. I will be opening the ZOOM Meeting at noon (about 10 to 15 minutes before) for any SAL member who would like to join us and then hold it open for the Legion Conference at 1:00 PM .  Below is the information on how to join the Conference:

12th District is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Jan 10, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Steve Ebersole
EditorCommander’s ReportHello Legionnaires and Family,
Happy New Year to all. Hope this news letter finds you well. It’s been a tough year but hope is on the way it will be great to get back to some normal business. So maintain your distance, wear a mask and stay safe.    
Now that the holidays are behind us its time to get back to Legion business. Department Mid-Winter Dates has changed to March 12th – 14th. 12th District Mid-Winter Jan. 10th will be a ZOOM meeting, information will be sent out. Because of the virus and us not meeting Steve 12th District secretary has the AG tests he’ll be taking care of getting results out to Department and Posts. I feel he is well qualified for doing so.      
Special Olympics is now in with the Departments Children and Youth Committee.      
Membership we made the 80% target date of Jan. 21st. Next target date is Feb. 10th 85%. If we as a District put a little time in membership we can accomplish it. We only need to get 667 members to achieve the goal of Quota. I congratulate Post 1, 486,799 and 800 for getting Quota, Great Job.     
On a very serious issue we need many District Officers and Committee personnel. We need a 2nd Vice now. Time is running out we can not go into next year with just a Commander! As of right now we have 2918 paid members people lets got these positions filled. It’s a learning process there has to be people willing to take a District Office asked your Post body.     
Thanks and be Safe see you on ZOOM
For God and CountryRick Garren
American Legion Department of Ohio
12th District1st Vice Commander        I wish everyone a safe and happy new year for 2021. We must stay safe and beat the Covid virus in order to return to more normalcy in 2021.Another item to beat is the long drawn out delayed member response to renewals in the American Legion every year. The American Legion membership year like the fiscal year starts July 1st and ends June 30 each year. Many members are confused by this program. Some members still believe they have a membership based on the calendar year and are reluctant to renew until the last minute of each calendar vs. fiscal year. It’s now early January 2021 and six months into the new membership year and our District and Department are each only about 80% renewed. What would the Ohio Dep. of Highway Safety response do to renewal delays by 20% of its licensed drivers? The answer is obvious. So why can’t the delinquent 20% of our members renew in a more timely manner? Some members procrastinate and delay their renewals for up to 12 months. We must continue to educate our members of the importance of the timely renewal of their membership in our great organization. And, we really need to do a better job of keeping our members. Last year our District lost 10% of our most valuable resource – our members. Our Post membership chairs need our help to fix this problem. I recommend we remind all of our members of the importance of their membership and to renew their all membership within six months of July 1st each year. We should be spending more of our time promoting our great Pillar programs of veteran benefits and youth programs and recruitment of new members in our communities and not having to chase delinquent renewals well into the spring.It’s up to us, each and every one of us to maintain and improve and strengthen our American Legion membership for the present and for the future.Remember, membership is our life blood. Retain, Recruit, Reinstate

Tom Poulton
1st Vice Commander
American Legion, Department of Ohio,
12th District Council2nd Vice Applications Wanted
We are looking for applications for candidates for 2nd Vice Commander for the American Legion 12th District for the years 2021-2022 (or for the next election whenever that may be)..  Applicants must be members of an American Legion Post within the 12th District and preferably, have held a leadership office within a post.  If you would like to put your name in as a candidate, please email your notice to Steve Ebersole or leave a voicemail at (614)224-2900.

Chaplain’s CornerHappy New Year, Legionnaires,Let us start this new year with a positive attitude, thanking God for all his blessings, and strengthen our faith in each other and that God will guard us throughout the year.American Legion, our programs, ideals, and actions were founded on the principles of the good Samaritan. You can find the story in the Bible in the book of Luke, chapter 10, verse 25 through 37.Not only do Posts raise funds, provide food for not only Veterans but their community, give financial help, and companionship. There are countless untold stories of individual Legionnaires doing the same thing from just making a phone call (buddy calls), offering rides, helping a neighbor, or just being there when a fellow Veteran, neighbor, or friend needs a friendly ear. That is what we are about, so I say let’s double down and show the rest of the Country and the World just exactly what the American Veteran is made of.In this new year, we also need to stand up in work and to reverse the damage that the covert Socialists has inflicted on our Country over the past decades. We need to take back our schools, take back our economy and take back our Republic. So, let us keep in mind that the Bible says in Galatians 5:1, “stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and it being not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”.This simply means denounce the Socialist agenda that will lead only to destroying our Country.A Prayer for you:Father, we come to you, humble children seeking guidance as we endeavor to find ways to fulfill our promise to serve You and our Country. Bless all that we do and say, make us truly instruments of your will as we serve You. We ask for your comfort and peace and your blessing of good health and safety. Father, we ask that You bless the doctors and nurses who tend to the sick, and give wisdom to researchers, hone their skills, and sharpen their minds that they might find the cure for this disease and others that cause death and suffering. Amen.I will be working with District Secretary Steve Ebersole to put together Virtual presentations broadcasts for you.Upcoming events: Four Chaplains” Ceremony for 2O21 will be a virtual broadcast with the tentative date of Sunday February 7th, 2021. More information and time will be posted on the District website, www.alohio12.orgPost Everlasting Ceremony will be held in March 2021 and may be a virtual broadcast as well. More information to be posted on the District website.Post Everlasting:Tullie Richmond, Post 171William “Randy” Henry, Post Commander 465Joyce Nimitz, Post 798Bill McLaughlin, Post 797God Bless You and Your Families,
12th District Chaplain
Carl BradleyAmerican Legion
AuxiliaryCOLUMBUS VA JANUARY 2021   The Holiday Veterans event was a great success; many changes but the veterans really appreciated the staff and volunteers making the holidays brighter for their families. The VA facility is hoping to announce the new VAVS Chief/Public Affairs appointment soon. Our February “Salute to Veteran Patients” week is in the planning stages.  Each day of the week of February 14th will see displays, hand-outs and recognition of our veteran patients.  This of course will be a “scaled down” program but staff/volunteers will do their best to greet our veterans with a “masked smile” and a something special. Covid 19 vaccinations have begun at the facility; watch for updates on the facility Facebook page.
 Cheryl SmithChief Hosp. Rep.

AmericanismHappy New Year 12th District Friends and Family,I hope and trust that everyone had a great Christmas and New Years Eve. I hope everyone celebrated safely. As we all know, 2020 brought changes and surprises unlike any seen before. With Mid-Winter being postponed until March it does change a few things that would normally happen. However, one thing that will not change is the judging of the department A&G. the A&G judging will take place on January 23 @ 10:00am at Department HQ. Boys State Delegate lists and payments are due by February 15th, however being that COVID-19 is still a major issue department will be flexible. For all the posts who will be sending delegates please start talking with your school counselors to start building your list of candidates.I wish everyone an incredibly happy and prosperous new year.“For God and Country”Tom Rowe
Americanism ChairpersonThe Ohio Department Mid-Winter Conference Postponed!
The Department has officially postponed the Mid-Winter Conference to March 12th-14th, 2021.  This Conference will support the business of the Department Committees and Department Executive Committee (DEC).  The DEC will meet on Sunday, March 14th at the Crowne Plaza and not on Sunday March 27th.  All of this is dependent on the status of the Pandemic. American Legion BaseballAny Post that is interested in registering a team for American Legion Baseball in 2021 should register, pay their fees and secure insurance by June 1, 2021 on American Legion Baseball Website (see button below)

For any additional information contact 12th District Council Baseball Chairman, Michael Higgins through his email.

Michael Higgins
Baseball Chairman
American Legion
12th District CouncilAmerican Legion BaseballOn December 1, 2020 the American Legion and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) today announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement for the No. 48 Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will drive the street and road courses while former Indianapolis 500 winner and Series Champion Tony Kanaan will handle the ovals.“We’re excited about this new relationship with The American Legion as it allows us to further the sponsorship program on the No. 48 team with Jimmie and Tony, while also representing a very important relationship with an organization dedicated to supporting veterans,” said Chip Ganassi, team owner of Chip Ganassi Racing. “Jimmie in particular has a long-standing appreciation for the service of veterans, so it was just another reason why partnering with The American Legion on his debut in the NTT IndyCar Series made sense.”The American Legion will be featured prominently on Johnson’s No. 48 Honda during every race in the 2021 and 2022 NTT IndyCar Series. The largest and most influential veterans service organization will also be the primary paint scheme for two races in 2021, including, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Kanaan, winner of the 2013 Indianapolis 500, will be behind the wheel for those races.For More InformationHave You Made Your

Buddy Checks

This Month?Book Sale – Buckeye Veterans Centennial
District Historian, Pete Margaritis is offering, for sale, his newly released history of the district and the posts of Central Ohio. For information on how to obtain this dynamic documentation on the Capital 12th District contact the district office at (614)224-2900 or via email at [email protected].  The district thanks Pete for all of his hard work on this book.For Sale
The American Legion 12th District has 8 cemetery plots for sale at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.  For more information contact the 12th District Executive Secretary through email or at (614)224-2900.
 Check 12th District Web site for District Events

January 10, 2021 – 12th District Virtual Winter Conference at 1:00 PM

Many posts are meeting and/or are open for business, even if under new policies.  To find out more on how to contact your local post go to our website.
The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is now OPEN.   Click here for more information.
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