April 27, 2020
I hope this finds you in good health. The ramifications of what the Corona virus has imposed on us severely handicapped the events, programs and personnel in our entire American Legion Family. It is my greatest hope that no more of us become affected by the virus. To those that are, I think I can safely assume that our entire brotherhood is praying for a healthy and speedy recovery for you or someone you know that is. This is a scary time, but we shall endure as we forge ahead.
The Department of New Jersey followed the lead of the National American Legion and has voted that all officers and personnel stay in office another year. As we are a program of the Department, we will follow suit. The Auxiliary is also doing the same. The extension of our terms of office gives us all more time to get our fund-raising goals and programs more time as we have already lost a quarter of our year. I anticipate we will match that (or more) between the months of June, 2020 and June, 2021, especially if projected reports that another round of a high percentage of Corona cases could return in October/November. Although I stopped my travelling in mid-March, I am fortunate in that I did an abundance of travelling throughout the year and achieved many strides in accomplishing my goals.
The restrictions imposed on us due to the Corona virus are handcuffing what we do as volunteers to assist our veterans, children, communities, state and nation. There are, however, some programs that we are pushing through. All our fund-raising projects are still in effect. Our Ernie Wilson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship will be awarded. A couple of other awards will also be reviewed for inclusion for this term. In a short time attention will be given to the DEC Development and Training program with our Chairman, Tony Gladden.
BUDDY CHECKS are ESSENTIAL!
Please report any situations to our Chaplain, Nick Wingler.
Our Vice Commanders, Henry Hasselhan, Larry McKenna, Mark Natale, Steve Severino and Greg Shaffer, are also staying in touch with the Squadron Commanders in their counties throughout the state. Continuous communication is vital.
PDC Jeff Hicks has accepted my offer to be the
DIRECTOR OF CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION.
If you have any questions or concerns about the virus, or know of someone who needs information, please contact Jeff. He can be reached by email (email@example.com) or by phone (609-206-6583).
Please continue safety-first practices—social distancing is a necessity as well as wearing masks and gloves.
For God and Country,
Matthew C. Thalasinos Commander Sons of The American Legion Detachment of New Jersey 2019-2020