Department Convention

June 24-27, 2021

Resolutions sent to national

 

Constitutional Preservation

WHEREAS, The American Legion being the world’s largest Veterans Service Organization; and

WHEREAS, in the preamble of our constitution we state we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, In our preamble we state we will maintain law and order; and

WHEREAS, in our preamble we state we foster and perpetuate a one hundred Americanism; and

WHEREAS, in our preamble we state we inculcate as sense of individual obligation to the community, state and Nation; and

WHEREAS, in our preamble we state we promote peace and good will on earth; and

WHEREAS, in our preamble we state we safeguard and transmit to posterity the principals of justice, freedom and democracy; and

WHEREAS, The American Legion has declared its support and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, each American Legion member, in obtaining membership took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of  America; and

WHEREAS, during military service, enlistments and promotions all Legion members took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, 50 Colorado counties have declared themselves Constitutional Preservation Counties; 1,010 counties across America have declared themselves Constitutional Preservation Counties ,especially in reference to the second amendment; and

WHEREAS, the HR 127, as presently drafted and proposed, represents a clear violation of the United States Constitution and the 2nd Amendment, as well as the Constitution of Colorado; and

WHEREAS, should HR 127 become law it will deprive United States Citizens of their constitutional rights; and

RESOLVED, that The American Legion will stand and preserve the rights and liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Colorado Constitution and be it

Resolved, The American Legion provides support and protection of the

Constitution of The United States of America;   and be it finally

RESOLVED, By The American Legion, Department of Colorado, District Executive Committee assembled on March 6, 2021, supports The Constitutional Preservation Resolution.

Changes to U S Flag Code

WHEREAS, The American Legion wrote the US Flag Code; and

WHEREAS, The American Legion has long been the leader in identifying harmful results of actions and recommending alternative measures to prevent those actions; and

WHEREAS, The US Flag Code specifically recommends burning as a means of a “dignified disposal” of unserviceable flags; and

WHEREAS, The American Legion’s Officer’s Guide offers a ceremony to dispose of unserviceable flags by burning; and

WHEREAS, The US Flag Code does not currently distinguish between flags cloth, polyester, nylon, or similar material when burning is a recommended method of disposal; and

WHEREAS, The American Legion’s Officer’s Guide does not currently distinguish between flags cloth, polyester, nylon, or similar material when burning is a recommended method of disposal; and, be it

WHEREAS, There have been multiple studies and news reports from across the world of injuries and deaths as a result of burning flags made of polyester, nylon, and similar materials; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, by The Americanism Committee, Department of Colorado, that we urge and encourage the National Americanism Commission to determine a dignified alternative method of disposing of unserviceable flags made of polyester and/or nylon and/or other materials that

create toxic fumes if burned; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Americanism Commission submit a revision of the US Flag Code, Section 8, k, to delete the phrase “such as burning;” and, be it finally

RESOLVED, the Americanism Commission revise the Officer’s Guide, Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable Flags, page 84 to add a paragraph in the beginning of the ceremony that states, “This ceremony identifies dignified disposal of cloth flags Disposing of unserviceable flags made of polyester or nylon or similar material by fire is strongly discouraged due to the toxic fumes created by burning. An alternative means for dignified disposal of flags made of this material should be performed.”

Online Applications

WHEREAS, Many members join The American Legion through the online application portal at https://www.legion.org/join; and,

WHEREAS, These members constitute the National Direct Mail Solicitation (DMS) roster; and, WHEREAS, The online application does not require a telephone number or email address; and

WHEREAS, The Department, Districts and Posts use these rosters to contact members and transfer them into local Posts; and

WHEREAS, Phone numbers and email addresses are the primary and most cost-effective methods used to contact members; and,

WHEREAS, The lack of phone numbers and email addresses on the DMS roster hampers the transfers process; and,

WHEREAS, The online application does not require a telephone number or email address to complete the online application process; and

WHEREAS; Within the Department of Colorado, using a 20-mile radius of zip code 80013, the 0099 roster identifies 85 members without an email address and 89 members without a phone number; the 2016 – 2019 Expired roster identifies 159 members without an email address and 184 members without a phone number; and the Department of Colorado 0211 roster identifies 65 members without an email address and 57 members without a phone number, totaling 639 potential transfers that cannot be easily contact; now, therefore be it,

RESOLVED, By The American Legion, Department of Colorado, That the online membership application telephone number and email address fields be mandatory;  and, be it finally,

RESOLVED, That if the fields are not filled in, the application submission is not active ,” and  cannot be selected  until the  fields are  updated with either the  information  or a choice to specifically exclude it.

Add no change box to online renewal form

WHEREAS, Online renewals are convenient, cost effective and have streamlined the renewal process for individuals and those who travel, live abroad, or receive duty orders; and,

WHEREAS, National requires, name, address, phone number, birth date, branch of service, war era or Legion Act (time of service), and email address when processing a new member; and ,

WHEREAS, On Nationals green bar roster and electronic datasheets some individuals are marked as undeliverable; and,WHEREAS, The member can go online and renew their membership dues without updating their information, and

WHEREAS, Membership processing is hampered by incorrect, invalid and blank information; and

WHEREAS, When processing online membership renewals, then sending membership cards, some membership cards are returned via U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable; and,

WHEREAS, Without verified and accurate contact information there is no way to reach out to the member, now, therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, By The American Legion Department of Colorado, District 6 Resolutions Committee make an addition of verifiable fields, i. e., address, phone number, birth date, branch of service and email, required to process renewals through the online portal; and be it further,

RESOLVED, These fields include a “no change box”; and be it further,

RESOLVED, When these fields are not updated or marked as “no change” or when National already has the member listed as “Undeliverable” and the payment submission button is clicked, the payment will not be processed until the highlighted field(s) are updated.