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  Special articles submitted to the “California Legionnaire”
  1.  California Party “Jim Hackney’s Night Out”
         August 25, 2014 - National Convention
  2.  National President of the American Legion Auxiliary
           Visits California's State Convention in Santa Clara
  2California American Legion Amateur Radio Service
(CALARS) Announces a New Monthly Net
  3Califiornia’s Eagle Scout of the Year
          James McDaniels, BSA Troop 7050, Yuba City, CA
  4.  2014 Santa Clara Convention

Department Convention - June 20-22, 2014
  5.  IRS Bulletin
          P. B. Onderdonk, National Judge Advocate
  6  Posts now have a guaranteed way to raise big money playing Bingo
         Jesse James, Area 5 Finance Commissioner

California Party - “Jim Hackney’s Night Out”
 by Marilyn Rideaux                                                                        

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     We are just a little over two months away from National Convention and I am concerned that there does not seem to be a strong interest in the California Party - “Jim Hackney’s Night Out” that I planned for us on Monday, August 25. Please take a look at the flyer and if you are attending National in Charlotte, NC, I hope you will plan to join us. Just cut off the bottom portion of the flyer and mail it along with your check to the address indicated on the flyer. Please don’t delay!
     If you have been monitoring the National American Legion website for National Convention information, you probably know that Friday, August 22, is designated American Legion Family Night at BB&T Ballpark. The cost per ticket is $14.00 per person and seats are located in Section 121. See ballpark diagram.
     On August 25, the cost is $32.00 per person. This fee includes admission to the game, dinner seating in a group picnic area with an incredible view just above left field (see picnic area on diagram just to the right of Sections 124-126), a buffet dinner featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken with sides and fixin’s, plus soft drinks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
     In addition, I am trying to negotiate wrist-bands that will allow access to the “skyline patio” which I have been told that you can see a spectacular view of the Charlotte skyline at night.  The best part is that this is a brand new ballpark that opened in April this year and it is a short walking distance for most of us from the Hilton Hotel. I hope I have convinced you to join us on Monday, August 25, 2014 at BB&T Ballpark.
     See you in Charlotte... Marilyn Rideaux
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National President of the American Legion Auxiliary

By Tami Bell, Public Relations Charmian;;Chairman 909-331-5033

     Santa Clara, CA – American Legion Auxiliary Department of California will host National President Nancy Brown-Park June 18 – 22, 2014 during a stopover in her year-long nationwide tour to call on community members. Brown-Park will have the opportunity to learn about veteran support efforts in Santa Clara, including a “WALK, RUN, ROLL for VETERANS event held at the San Tomas Aquino Trail adjacent to the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway.
     “This Walk for our Veterans is to spotlight the plight of our homeless and most needy veterans” quoting Department President Anita Biggs.  “The American Legion Family is not only raising awareness, we are raising funds to help veterans through our Temporary Financial Assistance programs that assist veterans in need as identified by our members”
     During her visit, the leader of Americas largest women's patriotic service organization will address the state Convention delegates, members and guests during a weekend that culminates with a dinner banquet in her honor.
     Nancy Brown-Park, of Palm Desert, Calif., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization's 93rd National Convention last year. Brown-Park, a 66-year member, joined the ALA through her father, Richard D. Brown, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran. She is also eligible through the service of her husband, Jim Park, a Navy Vietnam War veteran. She exemplifies the ALA’s motto of Service Not Self by actively volunteering in her community and with other philanthropic organizations.
     American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nations veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the worlds largest womens patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit
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California American Legion Amateur Radio Service
(CALARS) Announces a New Monthly Net

By William Staehle – Area 2 Amateur Radio Commissioner

     CALARS will begin to operate an IRLP/EchoLink net on the first Sunday of the month at 1:30 PM Pacific time beginning on May 4th. This new net will allow all American Legion Amateur Radio license holders to participate using either a local IRLP repeater or a computer or smart phone with EchoLink software. This will allow Technician Class license holders be able to participate in a CALARS net in addition to those individuals with more advanced licenses. Licensed members may participate in the net by connecting either to IRLP Reflector 9096 or EchoLink Conference Server WW6BAY-R. Those in the San Francisco Bay area can simply use one of the Bay-Net repeaters for this net. More information about Bay-Net can be found at The new net is in addition to the HF net which occurs every Sunday at 1:00 PM on 40 meters at 7.278 MHz.
     We encourage all Legionnaires with a current license and those wishing to get involved with Amateur Radio for both emergency communications and hobby use to join the CALARS yahoo group by sending an email to Please include your name, Post, and call sign, if any. By joining the group you will be able to see complete and up-to-date information about the nets, view information about using IRLP and EchoLink, get information about obtaining an Amateur Radio license, and post messages with information and questions about Amateur Radio and CALARS.

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2014 California Convention
June 19-22, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA

By James McMann, PR Chair, 2nd Area Convention Corporation

     The 2014 California Convention will be held on June 19-22nd at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  The DEC and Convention Committees will meet on June 19.  If you’re traveling with family this year then you may, or may not, be happy to hear that the convention is virtually across the street from California’s Great America, an amusement park with its own water park, including the water slides.  Discount tickets will be available on the Convention website and at the Information Booth in the Registration Area at the Convention Center.
     Our web store is up and running so you can order your convention shirts, coins, pins, etc. and get them shipped to you today.
     On Saturday at 0700 will be the Color Guard Competition. The American Red Cross would love to see you during their convention blood drive, if you can spare a pint. Maybe you’ll get a chance to meet one or more of the several candidates running for a Department office who will be attending the convention. We’ll be offering flag bands this year, if you bring your colors. Several local posts, some just minutes away, are finalizing dinners, dances and other activities as well.
     The Sons of The American Legion have stepped up and offered to help staff the shuttle vans that will be traveling all week between the hotels, posts, and the Convention Center.  Mission City Post 564 will also provide shuttle service to their open house on Friday night, June 20.
     And for those of you who will be attending a Department Convention for the first time, there will be a booth just for you!  The Legion and the Sons will join the Auxiliary, who initiated the idea, and staff a booth with volunteers that will provide useful tips and insights into Convention procedure, protocol, and ritual.
     Lastly, if you’re a local Legion family member and want to get involved go to the website calendar and attend the next meeting or drop us a note. We’re looking forward to working with you!
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IRS Bulletin

By P. B. Onderdonk, National Judge Advocate

     Just this week, we learned that the IRS has a new form required for EVERY enterprise with an EIN.  That means all corporations, incorporated and non incorporated posts and tax exempt organizations.  Whenever there is a change of address or change in the person in charge, the new person in charge must now file the IRS Form 8822-B.
     This is a basic form that looks like a “Change of Address” form.  What they really want to know is the NAME of the “RESPONSIBLE PARTY.”  This could be the post commander or adjutant or treasurer, or whoever has a level of control over the funds.  This form must be filed by MARCH 1, 2014, if you have not told the IRS the identity of the Responsible Party and then again within 60-days of whenever your Responsible Party changes.
     We request that departments notify their posts.

     Click on the following link to access IRS Form 8822-B:

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American Legion Posts
Now have a guaranteed way to raise big money playing Bingo

by Jesse James, Area 5 Finance Commissioner

     Taking something old and making it new again….bingo…or in 2014 we like to call it Remote Caller Bingo or Linked Bingo. This new method of playing traditional bingo provides a way for American Legion bingo halls to make guaranteed money on their paper and allows players to win much greater prize money.  This works because all American Legion Posts are playing the same game at the same time as if they were in the same room—thanks to a new innovative technology that broadcasts the ball calling of the game to everyone at precisely the same moment.
     For the participants, the bingo game is played in the traditional manner with paper and bingo markers (aka daubers).  The biggest difference for the players is the amount of prize money that can be won by a single player. Where charities playing traditional bingo are limited to paying out a couple hundred dollars on a single game, Bingo Innovations of California, Inc. can help their participating charities payout an unlimited amount of prize money, potentially reaching thousands of dollars on a single game.
     The great advantage for the charity bingo hall is how much easier it is to attract players when large prize money is at stake. In addition, the new California law that allows Remote Caller Bingo was designed to insure that the charities receive no less than 43% of the games gross receipts. This is the highest legislative mandated payout for any charity bingo in the entire United States.
     Because the game is pari-mutual, there is no risk of any kind for each American Legion post. There is a profit for the charity bingo hall in every game played. For those locations that already play a traditional bingo game, you know that having a guaranteed 43% revenue of your card sales is unheard of.  What’s even better…the American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Foundation now has a statewide license—so individual American Legion posts no longer have to deal with the state’s “red-tape” of becoming licensed, they can play under the statewide license already issued. 
     To get more information on how your post can link in with other American Legion Posts statewide and start raising much needed funds, please contact Bingo Innovations of California, Inc. (909) 948-2033 or Email: or visit www.
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