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  Special articles submitted to the “California Legionnaire”

  1.  Price Is Right Veteran's Day Special
          by Lauren Kutasi | Associate Producer of "The Price Is Right”
  2.  ON-LINE Enrollment is Now Available for LIT No Cost AD&D
          by Howard Bender
  3. Eight teams advance to 2014 World Series
          by The American Legion - August 12, 2014
  4. “California Legionnaire” Takes First Place!
          National American Legion Press Association
California Party “Jim Hackney’s Night Out”
          August 25, 2014 - National Convention
  6.  Califiornia’s Eagle Scout of the Year
          James McDaniels, BSA Troop 7050, Yuba City, CA
  7. Posts now have a guaranteed way to raise big money playing Bingo
         Jesse James, Area 5 Finance Commissioner

Eight teams advance to 2014 World Series
  by The American Legion - August 12, 2014

     Eight American Legion Baseball teams have won their respective division's regional tournament and advanced to the 2014 American Legion World Series (ALWS) in Shelby, N.C., Aug. 14-19. They are: Northeast Region – Cromwell, Conn., Post 105
; Mid-Atlantic Region – Brooklawn, N.J., Post 72; Southeast Region – Jacksonville, Fla., Post 88; Mid-South Region – Columbia, Tenn., Post 19; Great Lakes Region – Midland, Mich., Beryhill Post 165; Central Plains Region – Omaha, Neb., Post 1 (Westside); Northwest Region – Waipahu, Hawaii; Western Region – Chico, Calif. will live stream all games leading up to the ALWS championship game on Aug. 19, which will be televised live by ESPNU. To accommodate the championship game TV coverage, the ALWS tournament schedule is changing from a double elimination format to pool play.
     With the pool play format, each team is guaranteed to play up to three games. There will be two pools (A and B) of four teams each; the teams will play each other in their respective pools Aug. 14-17. The semifinals will be Aug. 18 in which the winner of Pool A will play the runner-up of Pool B and the winner of Pool B will play the runner-up of Pool A. The two overall winners will play in the ALWS championship game.
     View the World Series tournament bracket here. (a new page will open)
     And download the new Legion Baseball app to follow coverage of the World Series from any smartphone or electronic tablet. The free app is available now through iTunes and the Google Play Store. The app will keep baseball fans connected with game schedules, pairings, scores, video highlights, photos and more.

World Series Bound Chico Nuts with Commander Janet Wilson and SAL Commander Michael Fox

World Series Bound Chico Nuts with Commander Janet Wilson and SAL Commander Michael Fox

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ON-LINE Enrollment is Now Available for LIT No Cost AD&D

  by Howard Bender

The Legionnaire Insurance Trust is pleased to announce that online enrollment is now available for the LegionCare No Cost Accidental Death benefit. Please be sure to let your Department know about this 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 Legion business.
       $1,000 for all other covered accidents.
       24/7 protection that covers Legionnaires at home, at work and while they are traveling away from home available for all Legionnaires in your Department.
To learn more or to sign up, please visit
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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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 The “California Legionnaire” Takes First Place!
 National American Legion Press Association
 P.O. Box 334 – West Seneca, NY 14224

July 10, 2014

Dear Winner,



It gives me great pleasure to notify and congratulate you that you are a recipient of one of the prestigious NALPA Media Awards for 2014.  This year for the first time, we are using email to speed the notification process for the award winners. Plaques and/or certificates will be awarded at the National Convention at the Awards Luncheon on August 25, 2014 beginning at 11:30 A.M., Charlotte Westin Hotel Providence Ball Room, Section 1, Lobby Level.

George W. Hooten Award Category 1-A, First Place - California Legionnaire /  Department of California / Editor David L. Eby

Again, congratulations on being an award winner and for serving our veterans community so admirably!

Sincerely,... Patrick R. Rourk, President
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Price Is Right Veteran's Day Special
  By Lauren Kutasi | Associate Producer of "The Price Is Right”

Lauren Kutasi | Associate Producer of "The Price Is Right” ; 7800 Beverly Blvd, Bungalow 28, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  323-575-5113 (o) | 323-575-5150 (f)  Twitter: @PriceIsRight   IG: @TheRealPriceIsRight   Facebook: ThePriceIsRightCBS

Good afternoon,

The Price Is Right will be taping a Veteran’s Day Special on September 5th at 8.30a to air on Veteran’s Day.  We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word to those who have served in the Armed Forces, so that they may join our studio audience for the taping.  Only Veterans will be eligible as contestants.  We welcome supporters of the Armed Forces as well but encourage the Vets to try limiting themselves to one or two guests if possible so that we have enough room for others who have served.  Everyone must be over 18 years of age and all eligibility rules apply.  For tickets, please visit the following link  (Ticket and seating availability is first come, first served.)  OCA (ticket distribution) will be happy to assist you with any needs and requests but feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Thank you for your assistance and continued efforts to help those who have fearlessly served our country.

Here is a brief description from OCA:  Veterans Day Special: Sept. 5th 8:30am
ATTEN-HUT! Calling all Veterans! The Price Is Right is taping a special Veterans Day show just for you on Friday, September 5th at 8:30 am. If you have ever served in the military, either recently or in years past and are now retired from active duty, then Come on Down for this special salute to our armed forces! You could win cash, prizes, cars and a lot more! Supporters are welcome to attend.  So get your tickets and march on down to CBS in Hollywood now!

Regards,  Lauren

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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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