Department Commander John Heald 2016 - 2017
Department Commanders Message for May
On April 13th a hearing was held at the State House in regards to taxing break-open tickets. It was attended by service organizations and others. Legislative Advisory Committee Chairman PDC Richard Farmer attended to oppose this bill by showing what Vermont Posts do for our Veterans. It resulted in No NEW taxes on tickets this year. Thank you Dick for a job well done.
I received a call from Law Cadet Training Chairman Tom Scanlon stating that he had to cancel the program this year due to a shortage of applicants. This is an excellent program. We need to do a better job getting the word out there.
National American Legion Auxiliary President Mary Davis visited Vermont recently. I was honored to meet her at a banquet hosted by President Kathi at Barre Post #10. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the luncheon for her at Montpelier Post #3. I enjoyed my visit with her, she is a very dedicated person.
Memorial Day is right around the corner. As we honor our fallen heroes, we must not forget the loved ones who are left behind. They also have made a large sacrifice.
Membership is in its final stretch. I know the dues increase has hurt renewals, but maybe some reassurance of what we do will change the minds of those who have chosen not to renew. A call or visit certainly cant hurt.
Finally, on a sad note, I will be attending the funeral services for George Frisbee. George was a dedicated Legionnaire, not only to Jay Peak Post #28, but also to the Department of Vermont. He and I served as Department Officers and on committees together. He will surely be missed.
I hope to see you all at Convention in Rutland.