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In Flanders Fields

Actor James McEachin provides a special reading of "In Flanders Fields" at the 2017 Veterans Inaugural Ball: A Salute to Heroes.

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Publication Style Guide


This new style guide has a lot of good information for Legionnaires involved in producting post newsletters or other documents for the legion. A good item to have in your library of Legion resources.

Here is what the introduction offers:

"This style guide has been developed to assist American Legion staff and volunteers to be as consistent as possible in all written communications. The ultimate goal is for articles, press releases, social media posts, brochures, booklets and other published material to have a uniform style. This booklet does not replace rules and regulations adopted at local posts or individual departments; however, it is designed to offer guidance as to established norms, and is highly recommended for use at every level of the organization."

Publication Styler Guide

The American Legion has begun a new electonic newsletter with national distribution, called the American Legion Training Newsletter. We are told this newsletter is being sent to all leaders from district commander on up, or about a thousand Legion Leaders. The Training in The American Legion newsletter is expected to be published every other month. This newsletter will focus on best practices; submissions from grassroots trainers; highlight department led training and is designed to encourage all Legionnaires to take available training. Training at all levels of The American Legion, is taking on a new level of importance. The first edition of Training in The American Legion has been published, you can view it HERE

In this first edition, our District 16's, 'Post Best Practice' e-mail on 'American Legion Leader Elections' has been published

Thank you Paul Brown for your work in helping to develop this new electronic newsletter and selecting our 'American Legion Leader Elections'  for publication! We hope to see more good things on training being developed through your good work for our Legionnaires.

(Click graphic image to watch video) 

“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. 05/21/2017 - Planning
  2. 04/03/2017 - Graphic Resources
  3. 03/21/2017 - Legion Leader Elections
  4. 02/21/2017 - Member Orientation Video
  5. 01/05/2017 - A Communication on Communications
  6. 11/07/2016 - Smile for VA&R
  7. 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.

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.


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.


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:

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April-May California Legionnaire




June 1-4, 2017

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

Saturday, June 3

District Homecoming

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)

Tuesday, July 4

Post 66, Open House

Sunday, July 16
Organizational Meeting

Location to be determined.



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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