Department Commander David Woodward for 2018 –2019
Department Commander January Message
I have sent notice to people that are past due within the department. Some replies are that The American Legion only cares about numbers. When someone thinks this all they need to remember is our four pillars (Americanism, Children and youth, Veterans and a strong national de¬fense) without membership we can not fund scholarships, we will not have emergency funds for veterans in need, we will be unable to sponsor the Boy Scouts and baseball teams around the state, help families of de¬ployed veterans living in VT. We can not donate to the VT veterans home in Bennington or the Dodge house in Rutland or the Veterans place in Northfield. We can not send money to a veteran in Colchester that lost his tools in a fire and needs new ones. We also are able to have members present at deployment ceremonies for our guardsmen and their families and our numbers help ensure we have a voice in our statehouse.
There are many programs that membership helps pay for and while we may need numbers to fund our programs, there is not a Legionnaire within this state that I consider just a number.
As Department Commander and as a Department officer and Legionnaire, I have had the honor to par¬ticipate in most of these things, and if you have the opportunity to do so I encourage you to do the same.
Midwinter conference is fast approaching, and will be held at the Doubletree in Burlington Saturday the 26th of January. There will be meetings Friday and a dinner Friday evening, and I hope many of you plan on attending.
All of you have my contact information and I would encourage you to use it if you feel it is necessary.
For God and Country,