2018-02-12 Commanders SITREP
I first want to express my sincere appreciation to you the Membership of American Legion Post 416 for entrusting in me the Leadership Position of Post Commander and want to specifically thank WWII Veteran John Tyler for Nominating me last and for Terry Kaltenbach for seconding the nomination and his great support this past year.
Second, I want to thank Brady Beauchamp for calling me into the meeting room immediately after last year's election and saying to me, "I voted for you, now you need to put out Your "Commander's Intent" to which I did (see attached).
I also published a recap of what was discussed and voted on for 2017-2018 by the Executive Board and Post Membership as "Action Items" for the coming 2018-2019 and they are as follows and where the Post stands with their completion.
• FLOORS FOR MEETING ROOM - Completed in November with donations by Milo and Ralph.
• BINGO START - Not Started
• WWII AND KOREAN WAR VETERANS “HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS” Began by Post Adjutant and First Vice, Scott and Kerry
• MEMBERSHIP CHAIRS - Scott & Kerry
• POST MEMBERS VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS - Currently working on these
• SIGNAGE FOR FRONT OF LEGION - Will be part of the new building design by Bart Smith and DZN Partners
• LIVING HISTORY SERIES - Ralph Bettencourt has agreed to come back to the Post and Chair
• POST PA SYSTEM - Not Completed
• ALL POST OFFICERS REQUIRED TO ATTEND “THE AMERICAN LEGION EXTENTION INSTITUTE - Some have attended but not all
• WALK IN FRIDGE - Will be part of the new building design by Bart Smith and DZN Partners
• INFORMATION BOARD - Will be part of the new building design by Bart Smith and DZN Partners
• 501 © 3 UP AND RUNNING - Just received the "Letter of Determination" from the Treasury Department - IRS
These are the action items from last year, 2017-2018 and I want to give the Post Officers and Executive Board Members a BIG Shoutout for making it happen. We still have lots of work to go.
So far the Post has had a very successful income year. We continue to generate a huge amount of revenue while cutting costs and that is due to, as to quote Brady, "Putting more Butts in Seats" meaning that we are encouraging more members and patrons to come in and enjoy "Live Entertainment", while serving cocktail and often feeding them. Great Job Bartenders, especially Rosie for Entertainment Bookings, Cinnamon for inventory and Special Events Bookings. Thank You Brady and Rolf for kicking some butt and putting systems in place.
We just paid our 4th Quarter Sales Tax, Property taxes and are up in revenue for our Legion and we will see a great 1st Quarter. Oh by the Way, we did 3 times the revenue this year for our Big Fundraiser, Army v Navy Game. Thank You TASK FORCE ARMY NAVY.
MEMBERSHIP: Big Shoutout to our Post Adjutant, Scott and our 1st Vice Commander Kerry for kicking some butt and putting systems in place. They brought the Post from #14 in the District 22 for membership in September 2018 to #2 in District 22 as of present. Great Job. Looking like we will retain the "BOOT" for membership again for recruiting the most new Legions members. GREAT JOB.
OPERATION PHOENIX - POST REMODEL: As you all are aware, my wife Susan, has been in the commercial real estate business for over 30 year and still retains her real estate brokers license. She has helped the Legion along with Milo and our Executive Board to do our "Do Diligence" on our property for the remodel of the Post and what we found is that, it makes more sense to remodel the Post, keeping Our Historic Building, than to raze the building and build from the ground up.
This is why the Executive Board voted and decided on rehiring our next door neighbor, Bart Smith and DZN Partners to resurrect the previous concept drawing that we had paid for and take another look at what it would take to begin the process of a "Phased Remodel" where the Post could retain and continue to operate our existing historic building, at the same time begin a phased approach to the remodel.
In a meeting with Bart Smith, DNZ Partners, he mentioned that it would take 9 to 12 months to get the plans through the City of Encinitas to approve. Bart has agreed to help us through every step of the process for our remodel and has placed it in his terms of agreement for the remodel.
The other great news is that when I met with City of Encinitas Deputy Mayor Jody Hubbard, who will be speaking at the Centennial Celebration, and City Manager, Karen Bust, they were both very encouraging about our plans for the remodel.
NETWORKING: We have join the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and have a "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" today at 3:45. We have also reestablished a commitment this San Diego Military Advisory Council. This is good for the Post for networking and advertising as a Non-Profit Veterans Service Organization.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: Saturday, March 2, 2019. Gates open at 11:00am. We are on track this this event with our Distinguished Guest Speaker, WWII 101st Airborne Paratrooper, 97 year old Tom Rice, who jumped into Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. We will be jumping into Normandy agin this year for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. This is one event you do not want to miss with Entertainment by Doug Allen and the Mar Dels.
501(c)3 STATUS: I am pleased to announce that San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 has received the Letter of Determination from the Department of Treasury - IRS - 501(c)3.
The IRS has determined that "American Legion Post 416 Foundation" is exempt from Federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)3. Donors can deduct contributions they make to us under IRC Section 170. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devices, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 once we set up the account.
The IRS has determined the Foundation to be a "Public Charity".
WAY FORWARD: The post has come along ways in a short period of time but we have turned the ship around and many members that have left the post are returning and want to be apart of this newly generated excitement. We welcome all members to be part of the American Legion Family, Sons, Auxiliary and Riders. This is a very exciting time in the history of our post since we were incorporated in 1932.
"The American Legion Family of Encinitas is excited to share both the legacy and the vision of our organization," Post Commander Matt Shillingburg said. "We've done a tremendous amount of good for our Veterans in this Community, and intend to keep doing it for a second century.
Thank You Again for Your Continued Support for Our Active Duty Veterans.
United States Army Retired
American Legion San Dieguito Post 416