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“For God & Country�



July 10, 2014 Vol. 91, No. 6

Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family

The mission of The American Legion, Department Of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.

Governor and National Commander to Keynote Convention Sessions The 96th Annual Department Convention will open on Friday, July 17th with keynote remarks from Wisconsin’s 45th Governor, the honorable Scott K. Walker. Walker was first elected Governor in 2010 and was sworn in on January 3, 2011. He attended Badger Boys State and represented the Department of Wisconsin at Boys Nation in 1985.

The convention is being held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel and Convention Center in Appleton which last hosted a Department Convention in 2011. Headquarters staff will be on hand at the convention site on Wednesday, July 16th. Initial meetings that day will include the Wisconsin American Legion Foundation Board of Directors. The various

standing Department Committees will begin meetings at 7AM on Thursday, July 17th. The early starting times are necessary in order for the business of the sub-committees to be completed in advance of the Department Executive Committee meeting scheduled for 4 PM. District Caucuses will be held on Friday, July 18th at 7:30 AM followed by the Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 AM. First time attendees will have a great opportunity to socialize and learn about the business of The American Legion first-hand. Convention Committee Meetings will take place at 2:00 PM and consider a number of Resolutions related to Legion business and

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DANIEL DELLINGER National Commander

SCOTT WALKER Governor - Wisconsin

veterans issues at the state and national levels. Among Resolutions being considered are possible amendments to the Department Constitution and Bylaws as well as a series of Resolutions

that deal with Immigration and Naturalization issues. If adopted, Resolutions with potential National policy implications will be forwarded to The American (Continued on Page 3)


Scholarship Fundraiser to Roll July 14th to 16th “Rhino’s Run�, the 3-day motorcycle fundraising effort for children of service members killed since 09/11, will roll out of Portage on Monday, July 14th and cover over 900 miles before arriving in Appleton on Wednesday, July 16th. En route the Riders will travel to Camp American Legion and the cities of Eau Claire and Janesville, visiting the following American Legion posts on the tour;

TUESDAY, JULY 15TH • Sparta Post No. 100 Arrive at 9:30 AM Depart at 10:30 AM • Richland Center Post No. 13 Arrive at 12:20 PM Depart at 2:15 PM • Darlington Post No. 214 Arrive at 3:30 PM Depart at 5:20 PM • Orfordville Post No. 209 Arrive at 6:30 PM

MONDAY, JULY 14TH • Depart Portage at 7:00 AM • Rosholt Post No. 509 Arrive at 8:30 AM Depart at 9:30 AM • Camp American Legion Arrive at 12:20 PM Depart at 2:00 PM • Bruce Post No. 268 Arrive at 4:35 PM Depart at 5:35 PM • Brackett Post No. 550 Arrive at 6:50 PM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH • Mukwonago Post No. 375 Arrive at 8:30 AM Depart at 9:45 AM • Oak Creek Post No. 434 Arrive at 11:00 AM Depart at 12:00 Noon • Grafton Post No. 355 Arrive at 12:50 PM Depart at 2:15 PM • New Holstein Post No. 124 Arrive at 3:15 PM Depart at 4:45 PM

The ride will culminate with a reception for the Riders featuring National Commander Daniel Dellinger of Virginia at the Johnston-Blessman Post No. 38 in Appleton at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 16th. All times are approximate. Funds raised by the event will fund scholarships for children of military personnel who died while on active duty. Commander Rynes has set an initial fundraising goal of $50,000. Posts, units and squadrons are encouraged to raise funds locally and present the proceeds to Commander Rynes and the Riders at stops along the way. Individuals interested in supporting with their tax-deductible donations can register on-line at All registered will receive a patch, pin and commemorative booklet while supplies last.

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Veterans serving Veterans, their families and their communities

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