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AMERICANISM

LOIS STALEY

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1751 18th Road, Clay Center, Kansas 67432

(785) 632-3369

jlstaley@twinvalley.net

 

CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE AMERICANISM COMMITTEE

ORATORICAL CONTEST:

Lorene Oppy

321 Shaffer Street, Manhattan, Kansas 66503

(785) 537-4455

laoppy@kansas.net

ESSAY CONTEST:

Michelle Eckermann

1090 Ridge Lane, Harlan, Iowa 51537

No telephone number

No e-mail address

 
DISTRICT AMERICANISM CHAIRMAN
District One X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Two X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Three X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Four X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Five X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Six X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Seven X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Eight X Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page

The Americanism Program:

The Auxiliary's Americanism program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship. Additionally, the Americanism program strives to uphold and promote American ideals and the principles of democracy.  The goal of the Auxiliary's Americanism program is to educate every citizen on the fundamentals of American government, the Bill of Rights and the value of active, informed involvement in the home, in the Auxiliary organization and in the community.  Most successful Americanism programs are cooperative efforts between an Auxiliary Unit and its community.  Contributions donated to the Spirit of Youth Foundation by individuals, organizations and members' estates benefit young people through such programs as the Americanism Youth Conference at Freedom's Foundation and the National President's Scholarship program.      

What Can You Do to Promote Americanism:

Be knowledgeable on flag history, etiquette, and proper disposal methods, and promote the observation of patriotic holidays so your community will look to the American Legion Auxiliary for information.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Publish flag etiquette tips in newspaper or on social media. Work with your Legion Post to increase respect for the flag in your community; flag retirement, etc.
Model respect for our flag at public events. Encourage local businesses to fly the American flag.
Vote! Provide American flags to your local schools for classrooms.
Work with public schools to further education of the Constitution. Organize a patriotic holiday event or participate in local patriotic holiday celebrations.
Contact and ask state and federal representatives to support the flag amendment. Teach proper handling, displaying, and respect for the American Flag, as well as our National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Volunteer for a local patriotic event. Order pocket flag kits. Identify and distribute pocket flags to active-duty oversees and veterans at home.
Fly the Amreican Flag at your home. Recognize patriotic holidays and events provided to you by Department.

Increase participation in the Americanism Essay Contest. The theme for the 2017-2018 Administrative year is "What Can I Do To Promote Americanism In My School Or Community."
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in the Essay Contest. Create packets explaining contest rules, deadline dates, theme, and award opportunities.
Offer to contact schools and other organizations about the Essay Contest. Contacts schools and other organizations (Young Marines, Girls/Boy Scouts, 4-H, etc.) delivering packets regarding the Essay Contest.
Help judge the Unit Essay Contest essays. Have a reception for the Essay Contest winners where they share their essay with the Unit.
AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST GUIDELINES
From the Department of Kansas, one winner from each of the six (6) contest classes will be forwarded to the Central Division to be judged. National awards will be presented to a total of 30 students nation-wide (six winners from each of the five (5) divisions). See below for definition of classes and award information.

The six (6) classes for the Americanism Essay Contest are:

Class 1- Grade level: 3 and 4; Word requirement: 150-250

Class 2- Grade level: 5 and 6; Word requirement: 250-300

Class 3- Grade level: 7 and 8; Word requirement: 350-400

Class 4- Grade level: 9 and 10; Word requirement: 450-500

Class 5- Grade level: 11 and 12; Word requirement: 450-500

Class 6- Grade level: Students with special needs; Word requirements: correspond with student's grade level. "Special needs" is defined as a student in special education classes, student recommended for special education classes, or a student identified as having a disability, but is not in a special education class due to lack of facilities.
DEPARTMENT DEADLINE: April 1, 2018.

CENTERAL DIVISION DEADLINE: April 15, 2018 (Department Americanism Chairman must have contest entries to the Central Division Americanism chairman that are post marked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)

ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE THE AMERICANISM ESSAY COVER SHEET. Click here to download the Americanism Essay Coversheet.
Type of National Award: Citation, $50 prize, and additional $50 donation added to the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship Fund.
National winners will be informed of their award via communication from American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. The award check will be mailed directly to the student, and the citation will be forwarded to the Department of Kansas for local presentation to the student.

Participate in the promotion of The American Legion Americanism programs.
THE AMERICAN LEGION PROGRAM:

THE AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS LINKS &

THE AMERICAN LEGION (NATIONAL) LINKS

American Legion Baseball

http://www.ksamlegion.org/page/content/programs/baseball

https://www.legion.org/baseball

Oratorical Contest http://www.ksamlegion.org/page/content/programs/oratorical

https://www.legion.org/oratorical

Junior Shooting Sports

2017-2018 Department of Kansas Committee Members

Kat Smades, (620) 282-2422, 3 year committee member

Duane Clemons, (785) 873-3237, 2 year committee member

Mark Stwalley, (620) 704-4738, 1 year committee member

https://www.legion.org/shooting

Member, Unit, and Department Americanism Awards:

CLASS AWARD NAME AWARD GUIDELINES
Unit Dorothy Pearl Most Outstanding Unit Americanism Program Citation Plaque (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not exceeding 1,000 words. The entry is limited to no more than five (5) pictures and five (5) news articles. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2018 (To Central Division Americanism Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
Department Best Department Americanism Program Citation (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not exceeding 1,000 words. The entry may include pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, folders, etc. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2018 (To Central Division Americanism Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)

 

Click this link to view the American Legion Auxiliary (National) Americanism Program Page:   www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Americanism. You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

 

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the District Chairman by December 1, 2017.

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the Department Chairman by December 15, 2017.

Year-End Unit Report are due to District Chairman by March 1, 2018.
Year-End Unit Report are due to Department Chairman by March 15, 2018.
Entries for the Americanism Essay Contest are due to the Department of Kansas Americanism Chairman, Kay Busby, by April 1, 2018
Entries for the Americanism Essay Contest are due to the National Centeral Division Americanism Chairman by April 15, 2018. Must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.
Department Americanism Chairman's Year-End Report is due to Department Headquarters by April 23, 2018.
Unit's entry for the Dorothy Pearl Most Outstanding Unit Americanism program is due to the National Central Division Americanism Chairman by June 1, 2018. Must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.
Department's entry for the Best Department Americanism Program is due to the National Central Division Americanism Chairman by June 1, 2018. Must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.
LOOKING FOR DISTRICT FORMS. . . Visit the "Forms" tab on this website's main navigation menu, then select "District Report Forms".
Kansas Program Action Plan Unit Report Forms can be referenced, by District, at the top of this page, or by visiting "Forms" (then select your District), on this website's main navigation menu.
Flag Ettiquette Book Sign up to receive notifications on when to fly your flag at half-staff CLICK HERE
Flag Education DVD Sign up here to receive The American Legion Legislative Alert to follow flag and other legislative issues CLICK HERE
Flag Q&A

Check out the following VOTE PROGRAMS: http://www.legion.org/voteand https://www.kidsvotingusa.org

Pocket Flag Project Check out The American Legion FLAG ADVOCACY PROGRAM: http://www.legion.org/flag
Star Spangled Kids Program

(This is a link to the National website, Children & Youth page. You will need your User ID and password to access this information.)

The American Legion Auxiliary is a member of the Citizens Flag Alliance. Check out the website at: http://www.citizensflagalliance.org

 

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