Good morning Colorado Legionnaires,

Commander Jay Bowen

We successfully jumped the first membership hurdle on September 14th! That was the date we needed to be at 50% membership for the Department. We hit 52.65%.


Our next hurdle from National (which is a little higher) is to be at 55% by October 12th. We don’t want to shoot for that mark. We want to target the Blitz target developed by Terri Shelefontiuk and our membership team. She and the team have challenged our Districts to reach or exceed 80% of their membership no later than November 15th.


This is not an insurmountable task. We already have a few Districts in the high 50 and low 60 percentile range. I am asking all Districts to work with their Posts to continue working membership and let’s “git ‘er done!”


And a hearty congratulations to the following Posts with at least 15 members on their roster who have hit 100 or more as of this date:


CSU Ft. Collins Post 1879, District 4 at 100%

Bear Valley Post 84, District 5 at 105.88%

Aurora Post 1976, District 6 at 142.31% (WOW!)

Florence Post 1919, District 7 at 120% (WOW again!)

Ignacio Post 36, District 10 at 100%

Gypsum Post 160, District 13 at 100%

To those Posts, I say great job, and don’t stop or slow down! There are several others very close to the 100% mark. Who will be next?


Thanks to everyone who is working membership, which should be everyone. If you haven’t already signed up a new member, let’s get out there and do it. Charlie Schmidt, our National Commander, issued a challenge to all Legionnaires to get one new member. He said if you want to get 3 or 4 or more, that’s okay too, but he wants all of us to get one. I’ve signed 3 new members. How many do you have?


Thanks for what you have done and thanks in advance for what you do for our Veterans and strengthening our voice by growing our membership. You prove every day you are committed to BPOTS!



For God and Country,

Jay Bowen


The American Legion, Department of Colorado

719-574-1223 (Home)

901-484-7193 (Cell)



Post 1980

National Commander Charlie Schmidt pays a visit to Woodland Park Post 1980. Post Commander Dan Williams is pointing out some of the features of the recently remodeled post home. Home Depot provided much of the material and some of the labor to completely remodel their hall. The hall was originally a Grange Hall and now is shared by the Legion and VFW for their meetings and community activities. Congratulations Post 1980.

Crawford House

Commander Charlie and Crawford House Director Vicki spend some time discussing the mission of this important asset  for the homeless veterans of Colorado springs.

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