It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department School Medals Chairman, Helen A. Gaekle, on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the age of 85. There will be a memorial service for Helen sometime in January of 2015. When more details regarding services are known, it will be posted on Department’s website.
Helen Gaekle was a Korean Air Force Veteran and a the last surviving member of Ft. Lauderdale American Legion Post 222, with 57 continuous years of membership.
Condolences may be sent to the Gaekle Family, at 1656 Mitchell Rd., Maysville, GA 30558.
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