Department Commander Kendall Mauch
The Department of Iowa regrets to inform the
membership of the passing of Past Department Commander Kendall Mauch on
Thursday evening, March 6. Funeral services will be held Monday, March
10 at 11AM at the Bondurant Christian Church, 304 Grant St. S,
Bondurant, IA. Visitation will be Sunday, March 9 from 3-7PM at the
Hamilton Funeral Home, 105 4th St SW, Altoona. Memorials may be directed
to American Legion Post #396, the Bondurant Christian Church or the King
David Masonic Lodge in Altoona.
Commander Mauch served as Department Commander in 1994-95, Department
Vice-Commander in 1987-88 and Sixth District Commander in 1985-86. He
will be missed.
The Department Oratorical contest was held at the Midwinter
Conference on Sunday morning February 15. Three contestants representing the
3rd, 6th and 9th districts competed for the $2,000 first place scholarship and
the right to represent Iowa in the National Contest.
Those contestants were (L-R above with Commander Jim
Demarest) Emma Skahill - sponsored by Van meter Post #403, Clare Eckard -
sponsored by Milford Post #384 and Jack Potter - sponsored by Waverly Post #176.
Emma Skahil was judged the champion with Jack Potter placing
second and Clare Eckard third. Clare will receive a $1,000 scholarship and Jack
a $1,500 scholarship. In addition to the $2,000 scholarship from Iowa, Emma will
receive $1,500 in scholarship for competing at National. The National contest
will be held April 5-6 in Indianapolis. All 54 Department champions will compete
for the top prize of an $18,000 scholarship.
All of the Iowa scholarship are provided jointly by the
Department and the Iowa American Legion Foundation.
Flag Essay Winners Announced
The winning entries
in the Iowa American Legion Fifth Grade Flag Essay contest were announced at the
Midwinter Conference. Over 7,000 entries were judged at the Post, District and
Department level and were narrowed to the three winners.
Those winners are:
!st Place -
Sophia Brockman, sponsored by Avoca Post #227 in the 7th District
2nd Place -
Jessica Kusick, sponsored by West Branch Post #514 in the 1st District
3rd Place - Anaya
Keith, sponsored by Moravia Post #407 in the 5th District.
This contest has been
growing by leaps and bounds and appears to be very popular with the 5th grade
teachers in Iowa. More information on the contest can be found
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Legion of Iowa Launches Electronic Newsletter
The American Legion, Department of Iowa, has started an
electronic newsletter. The newsletter is produced twice per month, with
special editions when necessary. Subscribe today to get the latest
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Spring District Conference Schedule Available
National Commander's Incentive Programs
National Commander Dan Dellinger has announced
incentive programs for members and Posts for the 2013-2014 year.
National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger will award his National Commander
Coin to any Legion family member who obtains 15 new members into The
American Legion or his National Commander Pin to any Legion family member who obtains five
new members into The American Legion.
The Post Excellence Award will be awarded to Posts who achieve
excellence in four areas: membership, youth activities, community
service and support to currently serving troops or veterans.
Click here for more
information on these programs.
$5,000 Accidental Death Benefit at NO COST to You.
Legionnaires now have the opportunity to assure their enrollment in LegionCare,
the newly enhanced Accidental Death benefit available at No-Cost to
Legionnaires. LegionCare is a one-of-a-kind benefit offered exclusively to
Legionnaires. LegionCare provides all Legionnaires with:
$5,000 in Accidental Death
Coverage for covered accidents that occur if you are traveling on official
$1,000 for all other covered
24/7 protection that covers
Legionnaires at home, at work and while they are travelling away from home
available for all Legionnaires in your Department.
IMPORTANT: All Legionnaires
must activate their $5,000 in protection in order to be covered. Post Adjutants
should provide members with an enrollment postcards when processing membership.
The Adjutants are also asked to provide the postcards to Paid Up For Life (PUFL)
members. Legionnaires may also activate their coverage by going online at
Donít let any of your fellow
Legionnaires let this opportunity pass them by. Please help ensure that all of
the members in your Post are aware of this important benefit.
Click here to learn more.