Chairman Angela Golightly
This year the Americanism program is going to ‘Pass the Baton, by teaching Americanism, to Get the Gold for Our Veterans’. They fought for our freedoms so we must teach others to keep those ‘high ideals’ for which they fought. And every battle our Veterans fought, was under the American Flag, that symbol that represents freedom. Teach others how to treat and respect it.
To go to the Olympics we must have coaches. All good athletes know the first thing the coach will work on; it is the ‘fundamentals’. Chairman are teaching the programs which ARE the fundamentals. To go for the gold we must learn the programs and pass them on. In Americanism the fundamentals are 1) patriotism 2) respect for our flag and 3) supporting our Legion Americanism programs.
Contact your Units for mid-year reporting. Please put this on your calendar. Around Thanksgiving the District Presidents could split your list of Units between a few District Chairman and have them help with calling or emailing them. Then share that information. This will ensure that we pass on what our great members in Illinois have done. Check on each other to ensure we have followed through. I know reminders certainly do help me.
Updates and more information will be added in the ALA News and after the National Convention, when this year’s programs will be presented to us. As always, continue to be great examples of what a patriotic American does for these United States.