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Just a reminder that the Virtual January meetings are going on all day today, so calls to Headquarters will go to voicemail and we may not get back to you until Monday.
One of The American Legion's most well known programs is now open for registration for the 2021 season! More information can be found here, or register at


The 2020-2021 Consolidate Post Report (CPR) is now available on or This information is important to the future of The American Legion, as it is gathered annually across the country and is a valuable tool when showing the strength of the organization and how important it is to Veterans, their families and their communities. Whether it is lobbying for Veterans Benefits, or justifying The American Legion charter, what you do in your community is important to these decisions. You can log this information monthly through the monthly forms provided in your Administrative Manual.


MADISON — The museum staff invites the public to participate safely in the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s intriguing and informative programming this winter through virtual platforms. 

"Despite being closed, we can still make our mission to tell Wisconsin veteran stories through engaging digital programming. The great staff here has assembled a wonderful lineup of programs that highlight many aspects of what we do and the stories we are charged to preserve and share,"  says Chris Kolakowski, museum director.

For Winter 2021, WVM staff presents the following free events:

Movie Night Discussions - Participants watch a designated movie and get together via Zoom with museum staff to discuss points of military and historic significance.

January 29, 7 - 8:00 PM, Dr. Strangelove
February 26, 7 – 8:00 PM, A Soldier’s Story
March 26, 7 – 8:00 PM, Platoon

Curator Conversations -These panel discussions cover various topics of interest and include subject-matter experts on the WVM staff and guest speakers.

January 28, Noon - 1:00 PM
Rock Force, A Book by Kevin Maurer - Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Kevin Maurer will discuss his book. Rock Force is a play-by-play of the ten days it took for U.S. troops to win back Corregidor during WWII.

March 8, Noon - 1:00 PM
I Was Anxious to Go: Women and the Military - Join a discussion of women veterans in service as taken from their personal letters, diaries, and reminiscences, and what service meant to them at the time and later in their lives.

March 22, Noon - 1:00 PM
WARdrobe: Examining the Military Service Uniform for Women - From ill-fitting compromises to designer couture, the quest for uniformity with male counterparts has been almost as great of a struggle as the desire for women to serve. The museum staff will discuss the military uniform designs and regulations for women in service from WWI to present and they will examine the strengths and weakness of this evolution.

Trivia Nights - Individuals or teams to go head-to-head in a friendly test of wit. Participants play four rounds of trivia, with each round focusing on topics associated with Wisconsin military history, and include: history, pop culture, names and places, events, and fun facts.

January 19, 7 - 8:00 PM
February 16, 7 - 8:00 PM
March 16, 7 - 8:00 PM

Drink and Draw - Host artists invite participants to gather art supplies and a beverage for an informal drawing lesson.

February 12, 7-8:00 PM
March 12, 7-8:00 PM

Mess Night  
January 21, 7:00 PM
The 32nd Red Arrow Division in World War I
In this lecture, World War I historian Dr. Edward Lengel looks at the exploits of the Red Arrow Division in World War I, emphasizing what the war was like from the perspective of the men who fought it.

All events are free and open to the public. Find more information and how to register here.


As the COVID vaccine becomes more widely distributed, there may be opportunities for members of the community to volunteer at vaccination clinics around the state to assist with registration, traffic control or parking. Volunteers with a medical background may also be utilized in the vaccine distribution process or post-vaccine observation area.  If you have an interest in assisting your community or the State of Wisconsin, you should register with the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR). WEAVR is a web-based online registration system for Wisconsin's health professional and community volunteers willing to serve in an emergency. WEAVR is developed to facilitate health and medical response through identification, credentialing and deployment of volunteers. WEAVR is part of a nationwide effort to ensure that volunteers are registered prior to an emergency so that they may be properly and quickly utilized. WEAVR is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs such as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to assist our public health and health care systems during a disaster. Please visit to learn more or Register Now to be entered in the WEAVR volunteer database.  All registered volunteers must comply to a background check and will be contacted directly by WEAVR System Administration if/when opportunities become available.  You will then be contacted by the healthcare facility needing assistance to provide you with additional information about shifts, duration of time needed, and other relevant information for you to consider.

Department was also contacted by the Middleton VA for potential facilities in Baraboo, Beaver Dam and Janesville to administer vaccinations. If you know of any Legion buildings in these areas that could be utilized, with social distancing, please contact Angie at Headquarters 608-745-1090.


From James W. "Bill" Oxford:
In May 2020, I reached out to leadership about the challenges we were facing not only as an organization, but as a nation. I am proud of the many ways our posts stepped up to assist their communities through food and blood drives, meal preparation and countless other creative ways our Legionnaires excelled in times of need.

As you know, I doubled down on the three key challenges from last year designed to grow and strengthen our organization:
•Recruit 100,000 new members into the organization.
•Attain 90% renewal rate.
•Achieve 100% CPR reporting.

When we meet these challenges, we will be perfectly poised to provide the most influential voice for veteran advocacy and serve as an example of a truly unified body of selfless Americans during a critical time in our nation.

Many posts experienced periods of local COVID 19 closure actions and were unable to provide face-to-face services for potential members. With these varying degrees of COVID-19 restrictions and the personal precautionary measures of all Americans, it is going to be tough to meet the 100,000 new member goal.

We have over 615,000 expired members for 2019 and 2020 nationwide. For one reason or other, we have failed our veterans by not keeping their memberships active. Now is the perfect time to engage them since we have their contact information. Use your expired lists to supplement the traditional new recruit shortfall.

With all of this in mind, I have a Call to Action for all leaders between now and March 15:
•Encourage our posts and districts to work their expired rosters.
•Contact and renew those members who have not renewed.
•Conduct periodic checks to see how they are doing.

The latest renewal notice is now in the mail and should soon be in our members’ mailboxes. I am asking each of you to assist the posts in your department with renewing members and contacting those posts who have not transmitted recently. We can do better serving our members during this challenging period our nation is facing.

We need to also encourage posts to work the DMS lists. There are many members who join The American Legion through this program with the expectation of someone contacting them and welcoming them into the organization. Remember, there is a $5 incentive for the department when someone contacts a 2020 DMS member and gets them to transfer and renew at the local post for 2021.

We need to make working renewals our main priority. If recruiting is about having an organization worth belonging to, retention is about leadership. All of us come from a world where challenges must be met head on. It is time to roll up our sleeves and put a personal touch on renewals by calling or visiting our members who have not yet renewed.

This is our way of building a “Foundation for the Future” for The American Legion. Let me know what I can do. Together we will be successful.

For God and country,

James W. “Bill” Oxford
National Commander, The American Legion

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