To qualify for the Post Excellence Award, a post is required to achieve excellence in four areas: membership, youth activities, community service and support to currently serving troops or veterans.
The purposes of this award are membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the youth of the community, and increased visibility of the American Legion Family through service projects. A post achieving this qualification will have had numerous post members involved in planning and achieving these goals.
Many posts are most likely already active in these areas and will qualify without extra effort. Others, however, will need to increase their efforts in one or more areas to qualify for the award.
The standard to be achieved in each area:
The district commander responsible for the post will certify a post as having achieved the four specified criteria. The district commander will submit a list of posts meeting the criteria to the department headquarters. That list should include the post name, post number, post address and post commander’s name. Ideally, the last two criteria are accompanied by copies of press releases submitted to the local media about the projects. That method ensures the projects were not only accomplished but that an attempt was made to enhance the image of The American Legion through local media. The copy submitted should include a date and time stamp showing receipt by the media outlet.
All Posts that Submit for this award will also receive a Department Commanders "BRAVO-ZULU" Streamer.
The department adjutant will transmit information as posts qualify to:
The American Legion National Headquarters
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1055
*UPDATE - Funeral Services for Gerrie Bailey will be at 8:30am on Thursday, October 30, 2014 held at The Heirs of the Kingdom Church, 6300 N. Davis Hwy., Pensacola, FL.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department President, Geraldine “Gerrie” Bailey, of Pensacola FL on Friday, October 24, 2014. Gerrie is survived by her husband, Past District Vice Commander, Benny Bailey, and eight children, Benny, Robert, Sherry, Dennis, Jimmy, William, Karen and Reuben. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.
Please keep Benny and his family in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to Benny, at 3331 Summit Blvd., Apt. 154, Pensacola, FL 32503.
*UPDATE - The memorial service for Thomas Zbikowski will be held at 1:00pm on November 15, 2014 at American Legion Post 238, 900 Main Street, Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of 16th District Commander, Thomas Zbikowski, of Safety Harbor FL on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Thomas is survived by his wife, Liz. There will be a service on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at American Legion Post 238, 900 Main St., Safety Harbor, FL 34695. The exact time will be given as the information becomes available.
Thomas Zbikowski was a Vietnam Navy Veteran and a member of American Legion Diane Abbott Post 238, with 31 continuous years of membership.
Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Liz, at 382 8th Ave. N., Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
The American Legion, Department of Florida will have a strong presence during this year's Veterans Day Parade in Orlando.