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Current Membership Report

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“Who We Are” is a Member Orientation video, where we bring together a series of short videos produced by The American Legion, along with some additional information about our Legion. This training video is part of a larger orientation we support at the post level that includes mentors for new members. The member orientation class facilitated is by one of our post leaders. In addition to the video attendees receive a member survey to help member find the areas where they would prefer to help and they receive a locally produced Member Handbook.

Recent "Post Best Practices" by District 16

  1. 04/03/2017 - Graphic Resources
  2. 03/21/2017 - Legion Leader Elections
  3. 02/21/2017 - Member Orientation Video
  4. 01/05/2017 - A Communication on Communications
  5. 11/07/2016 - Smile for VA&R
  6. 10/04/2016 - Automatic Online Payment

New 2017 Digital Forms


Corporate Compliance

On November 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. District 16, Department of California hosted a seminar titled “The Corporate Compliance Calendar.” Our guest speaker was Michael D. Schley, Attorney at Law. Mr. Schley has three decades of experience in financial regulation and corporate business law. 

The notes Mr. Schley provided from "The Corporate Compliance Calendar" are well worth review by post leaders. Non-Compliance with administrative obligations can destroy a non-profit organization.

The IRS publication "Tax Guide for Veteran Organizations'" is a recommended resource from the seminar.

The large majority of The American Legion posts in California are registered as non-profit corporations. and have specific administrative responsibilities they must comply with each year. The following forms are a big part of that responsibility.

Government Forms

Please contact your accounting professional about questions your post may have about these government forms.

Americanism or Children & Youth

In The American Legion, we have supported Four Pillars of Service since 1919. Two of our Pillars of Service have a major focus on children, Americanism and Children & Youths. This creates confusion with some Legionnaires. To help minimize any confusion, we thought if might be good to share the differences in the focus of each pillar.

This is a good time to share this information as April is Children and Youth (C&Y) Month in The American Legion. April seems to be a month when many organizations focus on children. This includes our government which selected April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Americanism Pillar has many programs that involve our youth. The key here is the Americanism programs are where our children are actively involved doing things that contribute to their growing into good solid Americans. These programs include Baseball, Scouting, Cadet Law Enforcement, Shooting Sports, Boys State, Oratoricals and such. The chart below gives a little more detail and list the few Americanism programs not focused on our children.

We often hear Legionnaires refer to the Americanism programs as Children and Youth programs. They are not. Both the Americanism and Children and Youth Pillars of Service have a focus on our children, the focus is just not the same.

The Children and Youth Pillar also has many programs that involve our youth. The C&Y programs are more focused on financial support and protecting our children. The welfare of families has a direct impact on our children. Family support and financial assistance is the focus of the Children and Youth Pillar.

Both pillars focus on our children and yet they focus on distinctly different aspects of supporting our youth. Both pillars of service are very important to how we serve our youth.

Graphics Resources

We have a new section of our District 16, Resource Web Site, that may interest you, if you use graphics in your newsletters, fliers, Facebook or web site.

This new section contains some basic information on using graphics, locations to find graphics online and a collection of Legion, Department, District 16 and generic images.


California State Military Reserve Fact Sheet

CSMR in Federal and State Law

The California State Military Reserve (CSMR) is the state defense force of California. The mission of the CSMR is to provide an adequately trained and organized State military reserve force under the exclusive control of the Governor. The CSMR is meant to be capable of accomplishing those State emergency responsibilities normally assigned to the National Guard, when the Guard is federalized or otherwise not available. The CSMR is a volunteer operational force upon which the California National Guard depends. Its members are subject to call to state active duty by the Governor.

The fact sheet will give you more information about the role of
California State Military Reserve.

2017 Updates Available online

2017 updates of the Post Officer's Guide and Post Adjutant's Manual are now available on the Publications page of The American Legion web site. They are free.




The Vietnam Moving Wall is Coming to Stockton!
June 29 thru July 3, 2017 @ Weber Point Events Center
Free & Open to the Public 24 hours each day.
A unique opportunity to remember, honor and give thanks for
those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Pre-Need Planning for Post Everlasting

We will all, one day, transfer to the Post Everlasting. Prior planning on issues such as eligibility for burial in a National Cemetery would be a blessing for those we leave behind.

Pre-Need Burial Eligibility


"What To Do Before a Veteran Dies"

This American Legion's document "What To Do Before a Veteran Dies" is another good pre-planning resource.  Here is a sample of the information it contains:


"What to do before a veteran dies One of the eventualities in life that spouses and families of veterans face is the death of their loved one who served America in uniform. To help ease the burden on loved ones, veterans can make preparations in advance.

Important records

The first step is to make certain the family has easy access to important documents such as:

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

The Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (VA&R) pillar of service in The American Legion was established in 1919, as one of our Four Pillars of Service. It is the foundation of our service to veterans.

This is a big job and it takes a dedicated and well trained staff of Veteran Service Officers (VSO) and others to do the job well. We have three offices in California staffed with Veterans Service Officers and support staff, to handle the rather large and growing case load of work veteran claims our VSO's process each year. The offices are in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego. These offices and staff account for many hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Department budget.

To help you better understand how our VA&R Commission serves, in the 2015-2016 Department of California, “Book of Reports” our Department Service Officer, Scott McKee provides an account of the good work our VA&R Program does to support our veterans.

“The demand for our services is continuing to be greater than it has been in the past. Our returning veterans are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill for their education in the hopes of obtaining employment and/or better employment. Additionally, we are seeing that our returning veterans are now seeking out VA medical services and the compensation/pension benefits, which go with it. Unlike the claims filed from our previous wars and conflicts, which would, average a few disabilities and/or issues, today’s claims filed average 8 issues or more. The disabilities and/or issues are more complicated today, with the signature claims of these wars and conflicts being PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).”

The complete "Service Officer Report" by Scott McKee, it is well worth reading and can be found on page 19 of the

2015-2016 Department of California, Book of Reports

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (VA&R) Commission

Automatic Online Pau,emt of Annual Dues

When members use the online renewal feature on The American Legion national web site, members can set their account for automatic renewal using their credit/debit card.


Automatic Online Payment

Many consider the Automatic Online Payment of Annual Membership Dues to be a “Best Practice” in the dues payment process, however the option is not widely known by most members of The American Legion. This is simply an online payment that is automatically processed each year, early in the month of July after the new Legion year begins, using the members debit/credit card. It eliminates the need to send dues renewal notices to members and eliminates the need for members to remember to pay their annual dues, the payment takes place automatically.  The automatic payment option is selected when a member pays their dues online.

This is such a good idea, we encourage our local posts to make all their members aware of the benefits of Automatic Online Payment of Annual Membership Dues. This would be a good topic for post newsletters, web sites and other communications with your post members. We have developed a simple flier to help you get the word out to your members that can be printed out and put on your post bulletin board. This may help to remind members of this important method of paying their annual membership dues. Flier

Automatic Online Dues Payment

Member Benefits

  • Dues are paid automatically every year!
  • No More Duplicate Dues Notices or Payments: 
    Online dues payments are recorded immediately. No more notices from the national office asking members to pay their dues.
  • No More Waiting for Dues to be Processed: Members no longer need to wait for their local post to process their dues payment and issue a current membership card. When a member pays their dues online the National office posts a report of their payment in MyLegion.org to notify local posts. This report authorizes a post to issue a membership card for the current year.

Post Benefits

  • No Transmittal Needed: When members pay their annual membership dues online the post does not need to submit the member's name on a transmittal form.
  • No membership dues checks to deposit. 
  • No checks need to be written: to the Department for per capita tax
  • Membership Retention:  When post members select Automatic Online Payment of their annual dues membership retention improves.
When members renew their annual membership dues online, it takes about 30-60 days for the national office to send the local post their portion of the member’s dues. The posts receive their funds from national in the same time frame as they would from members who pay their dues by check to the post in September. Most believe this is acceptable, in light of all the benefits Online Membership Renewal provides both the member and the post. 

Automatic Online Payment of Annual Membership Dues is a District 16 Post Best Practice.

To activate the Automatic Online Payment of Annual Membership Dues visit Automatic Online Membership Dues Payment
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April-May California Legionnaire

Monday, April 24

California Legionnaire Deadline
(2017 Department Convention Edition)

Saturday, April 29

Book of Reports, Submission Deadline

June 1-4, 2017

5th Annual ROMP
American Legion Riders 
Sponsored by Chapter 66
2017 ROMP Flier

Sunday, June 4, 2017: 10 a.m.

District Meeting
Post 56, Veterans Memorial Building, 501 N. Pine Street, Santa Maria

June 21-26

Department of California Convention 
Riverside, CA

Saturday, July 1

California Legionnaire Deadline
(Post Department Convention issue)


California Veteran Resources

Member Muster Software
Free Download for posts in
Department of California

Facebook Links

District 16

Department of California

Post 48 - Oxnard

Post 56 - Santa Maria

Post 66 - San Luis Obispo

Post 125 - Lompoc

Post 211 - Lompoc

Post 339 - Ventura

Post 432 - Cambria

Post 502 - Moorpark

Post 534 - Orcutt

Post 741 - Camarillo

The American Legion

Online Update

Sons of the American Legion

American Legion Riders

American Legion Riders California

Legion National Convention

American Legion Flags

District 12

Post 43 Hollywood

Post 132

Cal Poly Student Veterans of America

Centennial Celebration



National Member Benefits

American Legion Extension Institute flier


National Emergency Fund

NEF Application


Child Welfare Foundation


District Sixteen is an important part of Area 6 in the Department of California. It serves The American Legion Posts in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

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