Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Winner - FLASH Membership Renewal Challenge



WE HAVE A WINNER FOR THE DECEMBER FLASH CHALLENGE!
The American Legion Department of Michigan's Membership Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the December FLASH Membership Renewal Challenge!
 
With an Outstanding effort of 170 Renewals, Charles A. Conklin Post 28, Grand Haven, is the winner of the $1,000 FLASH Prize! Congratulations to Post 28 and its' Membership Team on a Job Well Done!
 
We'd like to thank ALL the Posts who continue to work so hard to get all those renewals entered in MyLegion…Keep up the GREAT work!
Sincerely,

Brian
 
Brian A. Mohlman, Membership Director
The American Legion Department of Michigan
269-579-6458

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Grants for some individuals



For any of our members/veterans that might be eligible. Email from the Michigan Executive Office.

Applications Open Friday for Employee Assistance Grants up to $1,650

I am proud to announce that applications will open tomorrow for the Employee Assistance Grants that I signed into law on December 30. This grant program puts dollars in the pockets of Michiganders who work in hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services sectors -- as well as the gym and fitness sectors. This grant program helps offset some of the financial losses workers may have incurred due to a furlough, layoff or job loss, or a reduction of hours. Eligible individuals can apply for one-time grants of up to $1650.

The application period will open tomorrow January 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eligible Michiganders can apply here: https://www.mrlaef.org/money. Applications will be processed through February, and payments will be issued in March.

Barry Wood

Commander

Department of Michigan

"The American Legion's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives."

Veterans Employment Services


 


 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Michigan American Legion COVID Update 1-13-2021


Latest Health Director Directives
Legionnaires,

Governor Whitmer held a press conference today and announced that non-residential venues, including bars and restaurants, will remain closed until at least February 1.



For Posts with facilities, remember the national organization has grants available, more information can be seen here: https://www.legion.org/financialassistance/250756/legion-posts-affected-covid-can-apply-1000-grant

Check with the Small Business Administration to see if your post qualifies for assistance from the federal government. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

Please note that the department has received information that Posts have been conducting in-person meetings during this recent shutdown. The department's position is that the directive is clear, "non-residential venues are closed." Non-residential venues include all the posts in Michigan. 

If a post has a bingo hall for the purposes of playing bingo that they may be open to the public with the restrictions in place to facilitate bingo.

We know this has been difficult on everyone and want this over as soon as possible, but we also want everyone to be safe and obey the laws in place.

Thank you for your patience,

Sincerely,

Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director
American Legion Department of Michigan
517-371-4720 ext 116

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

American Legion to Distribute Food Boxes to Veterans, Seniors, And Families In Need On FRIDAY, January 15, 2021

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The American Legion to Distribute Food Boxes to Veterans, Seniors, And Families In Need On FRIDAY, January 15, 2021

The American Legion Department of Michigan Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee and The Otto Miller Jr. American Legion Post 396, partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank, will be distributing food boxes to Veterans, seniors, or families in need.

Legionnaires, Veterans, and community volunteers will distribute 500 food boxes at 6860 Middlebelt Rd., Garden City starting at 1 p.m.  

The American Legion Department of Michigan has helped distribute over 500,000 pounds of food to needed families in Michigan.  They have held other events in Mt. Clemens, Wyandotte, Garden City, Detroit, and several other locations, including eight in the Upper Peninsula.

The events are contactless distribution; drivers stay in their vehicle while volunteers load a 40-pound food box into the car's trunk or rear.

Garden City Police Department, MI

Garden City Fire Department

Downtown Garden City

City of Westland - Administration




Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 Department Winter Meeting In-person Canceled


Dear Legionnaires,

After careful consideration for the health and safety of our members and discussion with the Convention Corporation, Department Commander, Department Adjutant, and the Holiday Inn management it has been decided that the 2021 Winter Meeting in Flint will be changed to a Zoom meeting on Thursday, February 11, at 6 p.m.

For those who pre-registered a full refund will be provided within the next 30 days from the convention corporation.

The Holiday Inn will be canceling all hotel room stays booked with the American Legion family. It recommended that you follow up and ensure your reservation was canceled to prevent any charges.

Zoom Meeting details:

Topic: Winter DEC
Time: Feb 11, 2021 18:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 815 6954 1089
Passcode: 8675309
 
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+13126266799,,81569541089#
Sincerely,

Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director
American Legion Department of Michigan
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Sunday, January 10, 2021

American Legion Web Assets

 The following is a letter that American Legion department leadership, post officers and TALMA members can send to membership via email, newsletter and social media on how to re-register for The American Legion’s new single sign-on for its web assets. 


To American Legion members of (insert post or department):


If you are a current registered user of American Legion national websites and have tried to sign on, you probably noticed the new login screen and re-registration requirement. The American Legion has created a new single sign-on process as its first stage of a multi-stage rollout that will allow The American Legion to provide a streamlined and better user experience within its web environment. 


To begin your one-time single sign-on process, current registered users of American Legion web assets must re-register. This re-registration will allow members and non-members to continue accessing the valuable information and tools provided on: 

  • MyLegion.org

  • Legion.org

  • Legiontown.org

  • Centennial.legion.org

  • Burnpit.us

  • Baseball.legion.org

(Note: this requirement does not currently apply to registered users of the Emblem Sales website.) 


The new platform that The American Legion is moving to requires each user to have a unique email address as the username. This, in conjunction with a move from a vendor proprietary system, which required the Legion to renew accounts for all American Legion web properties. Please note that all member information is still within MyLegion, securely and safely housed.


Your five steps to re-register: 

1. Click the “Sign In” tab on any American Legion web property. You will be taken to the single sign-on site.

2. Click “Register as a new user.” Fill in the entire form using your best contact email address and member ID (if applicable). All information you provide is kept safe and secure. 

3. Enter and confirm your new password of choice. 

4. Click “Finish” to receive your confirmation email. 

5. Click the link to confirm your new account in the confirmation email (check your junk email inbox). The provided email will be from sso@legion.org.


When you register as a new user, please fill out the entire profile to continue accessing member-only benefits such as discount codes, the ability to print membership card and manage membership renewal all through MyLegion.org.


If problems occur with trying to re-register, please email customer service at cs@legion.org. But please make sure your new password is correct and that you have confirmed your new account in the confirmation email.



Thursday, January 7, 2021

American Legion condemns violence in U.S. Capitol


Dear Michigan Legion Leadership,

National Commander Bill Oxford has released the following statement concerning violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
American Legion National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford unequivocally condemned today's attacks on the U.S. Capitol and called for law and order to be quickly restored in Washington.

"The Capitol is the people's house. An attack on the Capitol is an attack on all of us," Oxford said. "Just as The American Legion has condemned prior attacks and riots in other cities, we condemn it here. Regardless of whether the violence is inflicted by right-leaning groups, left-leaning groups or unaffiliated civilians, it is never acceptable. This is not how we do things in America. We believe in civil discourse to resolve our differences. The entire American Legion Family proudly stands with the law enforcement officers and National Guard members who are risking their lives to restore safety."

Sincerely,

Barry

Barry Wood
Department Commander
American Legion Department of Michigan | 212 N. Verlinden Ave, Lansing, MI 48915
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