The Otto Hasse Legionnaire of the Year Award is a perpetual award awarded to an outstanding District 16 Legionnaire each year. The outstanding Legionnaire chosen receives a small trophy and his or her post will receive the perpetual plaque with the Legionnaire’s name engraved on it. The plaque will hang in the Post for the year of the award.
District 16 Meetings, dates are defined in the district by-laws.
district history for web site
reminder article of all the good District 16 e-mails
Bodies equate to output.
Gary Leach, Commander, Department of California
District 16 - Revitalization
Membership growth in The American Legion is very important, it is our lifeblood. New members provide the manpower needed to help posts succeed with their good work of supporting our veterans and their families.
District 16's work on membership over the next few months will determine if we meet our annual membership goal of 4,771. In the most recent Department membership report we are currently at 3,778 or 79.19%. We still have work to do in order to hit our goal and we need your help.
Here are the basics of how you can help, on Saturday, January 28 we will conduct three Phone-A-Thon revitalization events, one in each of the three counties we serve, with a team leader for each site.
Legionnaires (at least 2) from each post in the county will gather together at one of the three location for a Phone-A-Thon, making calls to Post 1000* members and inviting them to join a local post.
The Legionnaires helping out will need to bring their cell phone and charger. It will also help if you can have information about a couple of events your post supports that might intice others to transfer into your post.
We will have a sample phone script to help when talking to Post 1000 members. The district will also have information on post location, meeting dates, times and other important information. The American Legion national staff will provide us with current information on Post 1000 members, including phone numbers that we will be calling.
When your post Legionnaires return with the information on all the Post 1000 members they transfered into your post, these newly transfered Legionnaires will give hope to your post. We highly recommend you invite these newly transfered members to visit your post. Maybe put on a welcome dinner and put on a post new member orientation. The more energy you put into welcoming your new Legionnaires, the more welcome they will feel. This become the beginning of the process that creates active members who will help make your post a success.
* If you are unfamiliar with Post 100 visit our FAQ Page for a fuller explanation.
Each Post is being asked to provide the following information:
Name of Post
Name of Commander
Post Phone Number
Monthly Meeting Date and Time
At least two events that the new member could attend at your Post.
What is your Post's annual dues?
Your representative will be able to take the new member's contact information back to the Post.
Our American Legion amateur radio operators offers continuous inspiration to come to the service of their community, courageously and unselfishly during difficult times.
The California Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Foundation (CALVAR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established to help fund the good work of our Veterans Service Officers. You can visit their web site for more details about the foundation. We are looking for new ways to help CALVAR raise the funds needed to support our VA&R programs. Fortunately, some years ago CALVAR set the foundation up as one of the
charities in the AmazonSmiles Program. It is listed as:
The American Legion CA Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Foundation
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
"What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support."
The AmazonSmile program is rather simple to use. Once you set up your AmazonSmile account and select The American Legion CA Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Foundation as your charity, just buy what you would normally buy and the 0.5%
donation of your purchase at smile.amazon.com takes place automatically.
The AmazonSmile program costs those making the purchases via AmazonSmile
Amazon uses 0.5% of your purchase (their profits) to fund
the donations made from your purchases.
When you select the CALVAR Foundation as your charity,
Recently a local Legionnaire reported earning over $50 in donations to the CALVAR Foundation through the AmazonSmile program. It does not take much to realize that the more Legionnaires who use the AmazonSmile program for their online purchases, the more donations we can generate for the VA&R.
If one Legionnaire can generate $50 in donations, 1,000 Legionnaires could generate $50,000 in donations, or more. The process is automatic and is basically transparent, yet the donations continue each time a purchase is made, year after year. The individual donations are small, but when a lot of people make enough small donations over a long period we can generate a lot of money to support our veterans!
There are 460 Posts in the Department of California. If the Legion Families in each of our posts started using the Amazon Smiles Program and asked all the good people they know, to do the same, we could make this into an impressive fundraising effort to help serve our veterans. Will you please, help spread the word?
Post Commanders, Auxiliary Presidents, Squadron Commanders and Chapter Presidents, please ask all your members to support our VA&R Programs by using the AmazonSmiles Program. Then ask them to ask all the good people they know, even their Facebook friends, to select the AmazonSmiles Program and select California VA&R Foundation (CALVAR) as their charity.
The more people we can get involved in using the AmazonSmile Program and selecting the California VA&R Foundation (CALVAR) as their charity the greater our success will be. Success in such things is good, it makes one smile.
For God and Country.
District16, 2nd. Vice Commander
Department of California, Ways and Means Commission Chairperson
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.
Recently Al "Abbey" Ramirez, of Vandenberg Post 125 in Lompoc, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, on his 90th birthday. Impressive!
This was Abbey's 105th.and final jump. The jumps started as a member of the Army Airborne during WWII. He later served in the US Navy.
Abbey is thought of by many Legionnaires as an "Elder Statesman" of Post 125 and District 16. He has served as Commander of Post 125 and as District 16 Sgt-at-Arms. Many know him as an Assistant Sgt-at-Arms for District 16, where he has faithfully served for many years.
Featuring the voice of renowned actor Mr. Sam Elliott, this video is a tribute to the 7.2 million living veterans and the 9 million families of all who served from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
- Ventura County - Post 48
- Santa Barbara County - Post 56
- San Luis Obispo County - Post 66
Sunday, February 26, 2017: 10 a.m.
Post 482 Ojai, 843 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai
Friday-Sunday, March 10 - 12
Spring DEC, Department Executive Committee
West Covina Post 790
330 N. Azusa Ave., West Covina
Tuesday, March 14
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Area 6 Caucus
Post 741 Camarillo,
7 Veterans Way, Camarillo
March 31, 2017
June 1-4, 2017, 5th Annual ROMP
American Legion Riders
Sponsored by Chapter 66
2017 ROMP Flier
Sunday, June 4, 2017: 10 a.m.
Post 56, Veterans Memorial Building, 501 N. Pine Street, Santa Maria
Member Muster Software
Free Download for posts in
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
National Emergency Fund
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.