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107th Congress, lst Session - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 107-37
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       FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND AUDIT OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

                               ________

                            COMMUNICATION

                                 FROM

                  THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE
                    COMMISSION, THE AMERICAN LEGION

                               TRANSMITTING

THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 82ND NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, 
  HELD IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, FROM SEPTEMBER 5, 6, AND 7, 2000, AS 
  WELL AS A REPORT ON THE ORGANIZATION'S ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR 
  PRECEDING THE CONVENTION, PURSUANT TO 36 U.S.C. 49

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JANUARY 31, 2001.-Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and
                           ordered to be printed
                               __________

                    U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
69-778                     WASHINGTON : 2001



                        LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
                                __________
                                                  THE AMERICAN LEGION,
                                     Washington, DC, January 31, 2001.
Hon. DENNIS HASTERT,
Speaker, House of Representatives,
Washington, DC
DEAR MR. SPEAKER: In compliance with current public law we herewith 
transmit for printing as a House document a financial statement and 
independent audit of the American Legion, proceedings of our 82nd 
annual National Convention held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 
September 5, 6, and 7, 2000, and a report on our organization's 
activities for the year preceding the convention.
Sincerely,
                                                   STEVE A. ROBERTSON, 
                             Director, National Legislative Commission.

                              C O N T E N T S
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National Conventions and Officers of The American Legion, 1919-2000. 00 
Tuesday Session--September 5, 2000
Call to Order-National Commander Alan G. Lance......................  1 
Invocation-National Chaplain Bishop David R. Brown..................  1 
Addresses:
     Heather Renee French, Miss America 2000........................  6 
     Honorable Tommy Thompson, Governor of Wisconsin................  8 
     Michael Soika, Chief of Staff for the Mayor of the City of 
          Milwaukee................................................  10 
     Arthur D. Herbison, Past Department Commander, Department of 
          Wisconsin................................................  11 
Rick Barnett, President, The American Legion Nat'l Convention 
     Corporation of Wisconsin......................................  11 
Presentation--The American Legion Distinguished Service Award to 
     Honorable Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senate............................  12 
Greetings--Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart, National President, American 
     Legion Auxiliary..............................................  16 
Report--Major Gen. Patrick Brady (USA Ret.), Chrmn., Citizens Flag 
     Alliance......................................................  16 
Presentation--Spirit of Service Awards.............................  21 
Address-Maj. Gen. Timothy Maude, Dept. of Army, Asst. Dep. Chief of 
     Staff for Personnel...........................................  23 
Presentations: 
     Certificate of Appreciation to Nat'l Chaplain Bishop Brown....  29 
     Plaque of Appreciation to Anaheim, CA for hosting 81st 
          Convention...............................................  29 
Reading of Convention Call--National Adjutant Robert Spanogle......  30 
National Commander's Convention Report.............................  32 
Reports of Committees: 
     Credentials and Internal Affairs, Section I...................  39 
     Legislation and Rules.........................................  42 
     Finance.......................................................  43 
Address-Kevin Winkelmann, Nat'l Commander, Sons of The American 
     Legion......................................................... 44 
Wednesday Session--September 6, 2000 
Call to Order--National Commander Alan Lance.......................  47 
Addresses: 
Honorable Hershel Gober, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs......  47 
Mike Shannon, President & CEO, Children's Miracle Network..........  51 
Report--Committee on Children and Youth............................  53 
Awards: 
     Garland E. Murphy, Jr. Award..................................  60 
     Child Welfare Legacy Award....................................  60 
Presentation--Representatives of The American Legion Youth Programs  60 
Addresses: 
     Honorable George W. Bush, Jr., Governor of Texas, Presidential 
          Candidate................................................  63 
     Maj. Gen. Nels Running (USAF Ret.), Director, Korean War 50th 
          Anniversary Cmte.........................................  67 
     Gen. Sang-Hoon Lee (Ret.), President, Korean Veterans 
          Association..............................................  70 
     Gen. John P. Herring (USA Ret.), Secretary, American Battle 
          Monuments Cmsn...........................................  73 
     Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught (USAF Retired), President, 
          Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation  79 
Report--Committees on Employment and Veterans' Preference & Other 
     Economic Matters..............................................  80 
Presentations: 
     Gen. Charles C. Krulak, Sr., Vice Chairman of MBNA............ 102 
     Employer of the Year Awards for Hiring Veterans............... 103 
     Employment Service Award for Local Office of the Year........  104 
     Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion....  105 
     The American Legion National Law Offlicer of the Year Award..  106 
Addresses: 
     H.J. (Bert) Pritchard, Dominion President, Army, Navy and Air 
          Force Veterans in Canada................................  109 
     Bill Barclay, Dominion President, Royal Canadian Legion......  110 
     Lt. Gen. Chi-liang Wu, See. Gen., Veterans Affrs. Commission, 
          Republic of China.......................................  111 
Presentation-International Amity Award to Lt. Gen. Chi-liang Wu, 
     Republic of China............................................  112 
Report--Committee on Americanism..................................  113 
Presentation--William Randolph Hearst Americanism Trophy..........  127 
Report--Committee on Credentials and Internal Affairs, Section III  127 
Presentation--Department Membership Awards........................  129 
Report--Committee on Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation..........  131 
Presentation--Williain F. Lenker National Service Trophy..........  163 
Reports of Committees:  
     Credentials and Internal Affairs, Section II.................  163 
     Constitutional Amendments....................................  169 
Thursday Session--September 7, 2000 
Call to Order-National Commander Alan Lance.......................  173 
Address--Honorable F. Whitten Peters, Secretary of the Air Force... 173 
Presentation-Fourth Estate Award..................................  181 
Address--John 0. Nordquist, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee........  182 
Reports of Committees:  
     Foreign Relations............................................  184 
     National Security............................................  198 
Presentation--National Vice Commanders to Outgoing National 
     Commander..................................................... 246 
Election of National Commander....................................  247 
Address--National Commander, Ray G. Smith.........................  256 
Election of National Vice Commanders  ............................. 259 
Greetings--Mrs. Christine West, President, American Legion 
     Auxiliary....................................................  264 
Benediction--Outgoing National Chaplain, Bishop David Brown.......  265 

                              
                               FOREWORD

This booklet has been prepared for the information of members of The 
American Legion. It has come to be known as the Summary of Proceedings 
of the National Convention for the current year. It is a comprehensive 
resum‚, in as small space as possible, of what took place at the 
Eighty-Second Annual National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 
September 5-7, 2000.

The final report of the National Organization, for the period ending 
December 31, 1999, and Balance Sheet as of December 31, 1999 and 
Surplus Analysis, January 1, 1999 to December 31, 1999 are included 
in the Summary.

To make a quick distribution, speed has been necessary. Every 
precaution has been taken to avoid errors, but some may have occurred 
in the rush of Convention events and the haste of editing and printing. 

Permission is hereby given to quote from this Summary without further 
consent. However, because of the nature of our resolution process, I 
urge that the full text of any or all resolve clause(s) is used when 
a quotation from a resolution is required for publication.

                                              Robert W. Spanogle
                                              National Adjutamt









Note: At various times, the National Vice Commanders, as follows, presided over the Convention sessions, when called upon by presiding officer, in accordance with the Uniform Code of Procedure as 
shown in the verbatim proceedings: James F. Fraughnaugh, Alabama; Milton W. Lobstein, Michigan; Robert Skallerud, Minnesota; Robert F. Neville, New York; L. Harry Easley, Washington.



               NATIONAL CONVENTIONS AND NATIONAL OFFICERS

                   THE AMERICAN LEGION, 1919 to Date

 Note: In the following list it should be noted that the terms of each 
 group of officers expire with that particular convention under which 
                            they are listed.

                                     

                          * indicates deceased

                                     

                          HONORARY COMMANDERS

                       General John J. Pershing*

                        Marshall Ferdinand Foch*

                                     

                              PARIS CAUCUS

                   Paris France, March 15 to 17, 1919

  Temporary Chairman: Eric Fisher Wood,* Pennsylvania (Voted title of 
        Past National Commander at the 1955 National Convention)

 Permanent Chairman: Bennett C. Clark,* Missouri (Voted title of Past 
          National Commander at the 1926 National Convention)

Chairman Pro Tempore: Thomas W. Miller,* Delaware (Voted title of Past 
          National Commander at the 1968 National Convention)

    Secretary: Eric Fisher Wood,* Pennsylvania (Voted title of Past 
          National Commander at the 1955 National Convention)

  At the Paris Caucus an Executive Committee was elected to complete 
        arrangements, the chairman and secretary of which were:

 Chairman: Milton J. Foreman,* Illinois (Voted title of Past National 
               Commander at the 1921 National Convention)

                  Secretary: George A. White,* Oregon

                                     

                            ST. LOUIS CAUCUS

                 St. Louis, Missouri, May 8 to 10, 1919

Temporary Chairman: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.,* New York (Voted title of 
          Past National Commander at 1949 National Convention)

             Permanent Chairman: Henry D. Lindsley,* Texas

   Vice Chairmen: John J. Sullivan,* Washington; Fred Humphrey,* New 
Mexico; P.C. Calhoun,* Connecticut (Voted titles of Past National Vice 
                Commanders at 1933 National Convention)

               Secretary: Eric Fisher Wood,* Pennsylvania

  Chaplain: Thomas H. Wiles,* Colorado (Voted title of Past National 
               Commander at the 1921 National Convention)

                                     

                        1st NATIONAL CONVENTION

            Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 10 to 12, 1919

   Chairman: Henry D. Lindsley,* Texas (Voted title of Past National 
               Commander at the 1919 National Convention)

               Vice Chairman: Bennett C. Clark,* Missouri

               Secretary: Eric Fisher Wood,* Pennsylvania

               Treasurer: Gasper G. Bacon,* Massachusetts

                  Chaplain: Thomas H. Wiles,* Colorado

                                     

                                     

                        2nd NATIONAL CONVENTION

               Cleveland, Ohio, September 27 to 29, 1920

               Commander: Franklin D'Olier,* Pennsylvania

     Vice Commanders: James O'Brien,* California; Allan A. Tukey,*

       Nebraska; Joyce S. Lewis,* Minnesota; Alden B. Chambers,* 
                Massachusetts; William Follett,* Oregon

                  Adjutant: Lemuel Bolles,* Washington

                 Treasurer: Robert H. Tyndall,* Indiana

                 Historian: Eben Putnam,* Massachusetts

               Chaplain: Rev. Francis A. Kelly,* New York

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