Hello Ladies and Gentlemen of the American Legion Auxiliary;
I hope this letter finds everyone in good health. At this time, we all know about the COVID-19. It has affected everyone in one way or another. I hope to update you on what is going on in the American Legions family.
It is with mixed emotions that I am sharing this information with you. For the health and safety of the membership and all our leaders National American Legion and Auxiliary have both cancelled the National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
A resolution was approved by the Legion that all nationally elected and appointed officers continue serving in their current positions until the close of the next National Convention scheduled in Phoenix, Arizona, from August 27 through September 2, 2021; and, be it further That all national commission and/or committee chairpersons and the current commission and committee members continue serving In their current positions until they resign or are either reassigned or reappointed at the 2021 fall Meetings scheduled in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 12-15, 2021. Our National President, Nicole Clapp, and National Vice President, Kathy Daudistel, respect and support the decision of The American Legion.
As a result, The American Legion Auxiliary National Convention is also cancelled. After careful review of our National Constitution and Bylaws and consulting with National Parliamentarian, Chris Dickey, the 2019-2020 National Officers, Chairmen and Committee members will continue to serve in their roles until the 2021 National Convention or upon resignation.
The Department of Louisiana has cancelled the 2020 Department Convention and its associated meetings scheduled for Jun 11-14, 2020. The Louisiana DEC Resolution is a mirror of the National Resolution. Louisiana Resolution directs all current elected and appointed Dept. Officers, Commission, and Committee Members to continue serving until the adjournment of the 2021 Dept. Convention.
The Dept. Auxiliary is working on a very similar Resolution. We will send it out to the DEC for a vote and inform you of their decision.
Department Secretary Nicole and I held a meeting with National members last Thursday to talk about the Zoom meeting we wanted to have in May since the National President could not come to us. They wanted to know what information we wanted the President to talk on and what questions we would have for her. They informed us that after August she will be able to go visit the Departments that had to be cancelled. They wanted to know if we still wanted to do the Zoom meeting and I thought about it and thought that it would be best for the Auxiliary if we got to see her in person. So, I cancelled the meeting and we will be one of the first Departments to get a date with her. The also informed us that they are having a meeting Thursday (4-16-2020) to discuss a lot of thing that have been asked like Will we have to pay membership for the year 2020-2021, Will we do reports this May and then again in May of 2021. Just to name a couple of the questions they have been asked. They will let us know as soon as possible and we will pass this information on to you all.
If you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to call me. I will do my best to answer any question and if I don’t know I will find out for you.
Please be safe, stay home and may God be with you.