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  Special articles submitted to the “California Legionnaire”

  1.  Youth Environmental Leadership Conference
          by Barbara Ross, Coordinator
  2.  ON-LINE Enrollment is Now Available for LIT No Cost AD&D
          by Howard Bender
  3.  American Legion Baseball 2014
          by Odell Shelton, Baseball Commission Chairman

  4. “California Legionnaire” Takes First Place!
          National American Legion Press Association
Califiornia’s Eagle Scout of the Year
          James McDaniels, BSA Troop 7050, Yuba City, CA
  6. Posts now have a guaranteed way to raise big money playing Bingo
         Jesse James, Area 5 Finance Commissioner

California’s Premier Youth Program

Youth Environmental Leadership Conference

 by Barbara Ross, Coordinator   (916) 798-3317

     Well, we’re off to a flying start for our 2015 conference, scheduled for May 15-19, 2015.  The Dept. JA is working with the USFS to put a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place which will hopefully cover the program for several years.  When the Forest Supervisor (Eldorado National Forest Big Guy) visited us in May he was so impressed he wants to participate in next year’s program.  His specialty is trying to see how many species of bugs they can find in a designated area.  Amazingly, this is something the students love, so it should be an interesting addition to our already-crowded agenda.
     A fee increase of $50 was approved by the Convention  Committee due to the spike in transportation fees.  The bus fee for students traveling on the bus into Rio Linda will not change.
     All forms are available on the Department website under the Agriculture Commission section.  PLEASE throw away any forms you have from past years, since there are some important changes on the new forms - mailing addresses, alternate paperwork, etc.  Make sure all forms are complete before sending them to the coordinator…signatures, some type of insurance information, LEGIBLE names for both the student and parents, and contact numbers.   If you are sponsoring a student who will be 18 by the date of the conference please contact the coordinator.  This does happen, and the student will be an adult and must sign their own consent paperwork.  We had a young man who missed 2 years of school waiting for a kidney transplant.  He was nearly 20 when completing his junior year. 
     We’re aiming for a total of 46 students again this year which fills up our bus!! 
     About 10 days prior to the conference each family will receive a letter providing them with information about the conference site, emergency contact information, etc.  Bus information is not available until about a week before we leave so we have the most current itinerary information.   Please make sure the students have a complete address on their form which would include apartment or other designation information.
     If your Post doesn't sponsor a student, when you're writing a check for the Auxiliary’s Junior Conference tickets, how about writing a check to the Legion YELC program.  Mailing address is P.O. Box 60494, Sacramento, CA  95860-0494.
     Looking forward to another exciting, successful conference.
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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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 by Odell Shelton, Baseball Commission Chairman

     California Legion Baseball ended this year with many great baseball games played at Yountville for the State Championships in the Senior and junior age groups. This was the first year in many that we had an 8 team tournament for both age groups. There were some feelings by some folks that we would not have the attendance as we have had in the past, but it is with deep satisfaction that I can say we exceeded our paid gate fees.
     The Senior State Champion ship was won by the Chico Nuts over the Petaluma Leghorns. They played 2 games on Championship Sunday. As the Petaluma Leghorns was the undefeated team in the tournament. The Chico Nuts would play the Petaluma Leghorns and have to beat them in two games. The first game scores was Chico Nuts 7, Petaluma Leghorns 6. The second .game scores were Chico Nuts 5 Petaluma Leghorns 2. Now this may not seem like much for these two teams, but they had to play against each other in the Area 1 Championship with the scores of Petaluma Leghorns 10 Chico Nuts 8.
     It seems that the Chico Nuts love to play tough games as the California State Champions they traveled to Surprise, Arizona for the Regional tournament to which they had to play 2 games for the Championship there. With those games done they had the honor of playing at Shelby, NC. This is the home of the American Legion World Series. As many of you remember last year 2013 the Petaluma Leghorns played in Shelby. They did not win the World Series but they did come in runners up. The following is the roster for the State Champions Chico Nuts:
     Samson Abernathy ,Ross Cervantes, Lucas Corriea, Greg Darms, Ryan Dufort, Garrett Ferriera, Nick Jackson, Ian Melton, Jackson Murphy, Andrew Shippelhoute, Blake Vierra, Marcus Wilhite.  As you can see the team numbers were small, but the heart was large.
I want to thank the many people that made these tournaments do so well. The first I want to thank is our Department Commander Janet Wilson. It was such a pleasure to introduce our first female Department Commander to those people in attendance Also to the Department Adjutant Bill Siler III. For taking pictures.
     Frank Eakle, Mike Underwood, Richard Edgecomb, Robert Mitchell, Thom Witters, George Laver, Curtis Lindley, and last but not least my friend Bill Pleasant a resident of the home and a great help to me.
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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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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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