Commander Cleveland’s article
William A. Cleveland, Department Commander
Let me start out by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and I hope we all had a great Christmas.
The department has completed both Legion Colleges with no major problems, this was my first trip to legion college west and it was different. We have also completed the Christmas tour of the State Veteran Homes & VA Medical Centers, some I have praise for and some not. I believe the tour could be run a little better if possible, it depends on several factors.
Our January DEC is over and it was an interesting one, especially the budget. The Homeless Corporation held its annual dinner which turned out to be very successful. Special people that attended were Governor Corbett, Peter Gaytan from the National American Legion in the Washington DC office, Congressman Keith Rothfus, Gary Devansky the VISN 4 Director, Mrs. Terry Gerigk Wolf the Director of the Pittsburgh VA, along with our legion dignitary. It was a great night.
After the DEC and the Homeless Dinner, I attended a System Worth Saving at the Butler VAMC for 3 days. The only major problem that seems to be there was due to construction. This was definitely a learning experience for me and all that attended. Next stop was the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, NC to go over the hotel arrangements for the National Convention. We reviewed everything related to Pennsylvania delegates that will be attending National Convention. I have pros & cons on this, but this is my opinion only.
That covers the major events that have been going on this past quarter along with the weekly minor problems. Now let us get down to business, MEMBERSHIP. As of 1/28/2014 we only had 2 districts at 90 %, 4 districts at 89% and 5 district at 88%, all should make the 2/5/2014 90% target date if not already. That is only 11 districts in our 29, which leaves 18 districts that are in trouble of not making the goal now or possibly not at the end of the year either. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MEMBERSHIP IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY! LET US PULL TOGETHER AND MAKE IT HAPPEN THIS YEAR AND THE YEAR AFTER THIS ONE AND START THE CLIMB TO TOP. I BELIEVE IN YOU. “LET’S GO!”
On a lighter side, we have our Oratorical & Essay contests coming up, let’s all try to be part of this and get involved in all of our legion programs. Please continue supporting my project this year, Operation Comfort Warriors, as well as the other funds.
I Hope all are doing well this New Year, I have about six months left until our state conventions, and I would like to us make our goals. As always God Bless the United State, Our Troops and the American Legion.