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Commanders Corner

June 7, 2020

Members of Post 435, extended Legion Family, and friends,

Yesterday, June 6th, as we paused to remember and reflect on the actions and sacrifices made by our fellow countrymen as they stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944, Post 435 held its annual election.

First, I would like to extend a debt of gratitude to Boardmembers Lynn Lyons, Greg Grant and Tom Eckhoff for volunteering their time and assistance that contributed to the success of this year’s election process. Their efforts helped maintain the integrity of the election.

The goals of this year's election were: safety, inclusion, and transparency. 

Toward these goals, this year’s elections included three distinct, safe and inclusive opportunities for all members to participate in the governance of the Post for the next Legion year:

1. Nominations (either of one's self or another member)

2. Casting of all votes by secret balloting — Due to Covid - 19 the mailing out (and return) of ballots by via mail to entire membership (utilizing a digital database provided by National) along with "drive through voting" at the Post itself.

3. A write-in voting mechanism.

Post 435 Elections Summary Results:

1. Officers 
Commander Adam Seamans - re-elected 
1st Vice Commander : Mike Hewitt
2nd Vice Commander: Andy Keller
Finance Officer: Dave Kain

2. Executive Board Members - At Large Positions - 2 year terms each

Travis Rudolph - Re-Elected 
Don Rhodes
Linn Laage

(Mark Barthel will continue in the position as Past Commander) 

An acknowledgement of great respect to Chuck Munson running as an opposing candidate for the position of Commander. Chuck is always a formidable individual who has and continues to contribute greatly to the Post. 

3. Delegates to National Convention:

Clair Brenna
Chuck Munson
Don Rhodes

4. Post 435 Holding Corp

Mark Barthel , President
Scott Garret , Vice President
Jim Cooper, Secretary
Doug Dingman, Treasurer 

Those elected can expect to hear from me in the coming week to coordinate for the coming Legion year.

The next step will be to have the results validated at our next membership meeting, which is scheduled for June 30th. More information on this meating will be made available in the coming weeks.

Thank you to everyone who took the time and made the effort to have your voices heard this election. This election had more ballots cast than any previous election I have been a part of. I want us to continue this trend moving forward. It will be vital for the future of Post 435 for us to do so.

Semper Fi, 

Adam Seamans
Commander Post 435

May 24, 2020

May 22, 2020

Call for volunteers!

As has been announced, Post 435 will be holding its general election for open officer and board positions on June 6th. We are in need of 3 to 4 members to assist with collecting and counting ballots.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to commanderpost435@gmail.com or post435adjutant@gmail.com with your name and a good phone number. Thank you for your support!

Semper Fi,
Adam Seamans
Commander, Post 435

May 19, 2020

Legionnaires of Post 435,

COVID-19 has impacted all of our daily lives and continue to do so in new and unforeseen ways. This is also true for Post 435. Times continue to be difficult to say the least for the Post and many of our members. 

One area of Post 435 life that has been impacted is this year’s election of officers and board members. This election has been delayed already due to the concerns around COVID-19. During this time, the officers and board members of Post 435 have been discussing different solutions for how to best handle the delay and chart a course forward, while also maintaining adherence to our by-laws. 

Input has also been received from District and State levels of the American Legion. Options ranging from e-voting to officers retaining their positions for another year have all been discussed. Keeping our members safe continues to always be the top priority throughout any and all discussions

With these discussions, a solution has been identified. Post 435 will be holding our general elections on June 6th, 2020. However, this election will look a little different from elections in the past. 

Every member of Post 435, who is in good standing, will be receiving a ballot in via USPS. (An instruction letter will also be included in this mailing.) Members will have two ways to submit their ballot and make their voice heard (ballot counted). 

The first way will be what I am calling "drive through voting." On June 6th, members will be able to come to Post 435 to submit their completed ballot from 10a - 5p (this time may be adjusted). A Post member, wearing personal protective equipment, will bring the ballot box directly to you as you wait in your vehicle, so you may put your ballot directly into the box. There will be no need to exit your vehicle, enter the Post, or have direct contact with anyone. The second option available to members is to mail their completed ballot back to Post 435 via USPS. 

To ensure an accurate count, and to maintain the integrity of the vote, each ballot will be individually numbered. These numbers will, in no way, be tied to a members' name or member number. They will simply be used to make sure no duplicate votes are being cast. All votes will be processed by personnel not running for a position and the results will be submitted to the Executive Board for dissemination to the membership. The ballots themselves will be retained for 90 days. 

The coming Legion year is going to be filled with many important decisions for our Post. It will take dedicated efforts of officers, board members, and our membership to to ensure Post 435 emerges from its current challenges and starts on the path to health and stability. 

Together, we will accomplish this!

Semper Fi,
Adam Seamans
Commander, American Legion Post 435

April 24, 2020

Hello Post 435 Membership,

As the global pandemic Covid-19 continues, Post 435 operations and activities are still in a shutdown holding pattern until further notice. Our top priority will always be the health and safety of all of our members and their families. The Post 435 looks to the leadership from the MN Governor’s Office and the CDC for any plans relating to re-opening of the Post.

ELECTIONS: As of now, Post elections are scheduled for our May general membership meeting on May 26, 2020. With how everything is going, I anticipate that elections may be pushed back further if not cancelled outright. I have been informed that the National Auxiliary, for example, recently cancelled all elections across the country and recommended that current 2019 officer extend their terms into another year and “stay put” for 2020. 

I have no information at this time if the National Legion will do the same. It would not surprise me, however, if the National Legion Board follows a similar path.

HELP FOR MN VETS: I would like to pass on the following information about a one time grant of $1000 that Minnesota resident veterans may be eligible to receive. (Please note that there are other financial assistance programs available to MN Vets relating to the Covid-19 impact):

COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Veterans: release date April 22, 2020
On March 26, 2020, the Minnesota State Legislature voted to fund a special appropriation to assist Veterans who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Specific Programs have been activated specifically in response to mitigate the economic effects COVID-19 is having on our Veterans and their families. These programs can close at any time without notice due to the exhaustion of approved funding. Status updates will be posted here regarding the status of these programs. All of the grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, and the amount of grants awarded is limited to the length of existing funding.

(Photo below)

For more information about eligibility/how to apply/etc for this Covid-19 Financial Assistance and other (Covid-19) financial assistance programs now available to MN veterans and or their spouse - call the LinkVet below or contact your local County Veterans Service Officer. 

LinkVet
Customer Service for Veterans and their spouses 
Phone: 1 (888)-LinkVet (546-5838)


Stay tune for further updates as new information becomes available. 

Contact Post 435 at RichfieldAmericanLegion@comcast.net. 

Until then, stay healthy.


Semper Fi

Adam Seamans
Post 435 Commander

 

April 9, 2020

Greetings Legion Family members!

Nominations are for the upcoming Post elections are now closed. Thank you so much to those who put their names forward! The positions up for election and the nominees for those positions are as follows:

Commander:
Adam Seamans
Chuck Munson

1st Vice:
Mike Hewitt

2nd Vice:
Andy Keller

Finance Officer:
Dave Kain

Executive Board:
Don Rhodes
Travis Rudolph
Linn Laage

Delegates:
Clair Brenna
Chuck Munson
Don Rhodes

Holding Corporation:
Mark Barthel
Scott Garrett

Thanks again to all those who put their names forward. 

Given the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty it brings, the Executive Board has decided to delay the election until May 26th. This may be subject to further delay as developments arise.

Thank you, everyone, for your hard work and your continued patience.

Semper Fi,
Adam Seamans
Commander, Post 435
commanderpost435@gmail.com

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March 16, 2020

Hello all!

Given the recent action taken by Pres. Trump and Gov. Walz to combat the spread of COVID-19, I am taking action as Post Commander to close Post 435 to all activities starting tonight at 9pm CST. This closure will be in effect for a period of two weeks. In order to secure Post 435 property, I further declare that all access to Post 435 buildings cease unless otherwise approved by me.

Further, as of now, the Post 435 Executive Board and General Membership meetings scheduled for March 31st are hereby canceled. Work will begin to reschedule these meetings at a later date.

Semper Fi,
Adam Seamans
Commander Post 435

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February 11, 2020

Fellow members of Post 435, along with our friends and family,

I wanted to reach out and give everyone an update on Post 435 matters. In late January 2020, club operations (our bar/restaurant) were closed to prevent imminent financial insolvency. Post 435 itself remains open to its members.

At the last general membership meeting of Post 435, the formation of an Exploratory Committee was authorized by the membership. This committee was tasked to research all feasible options available to the Post to continue club operations, while also considering the future of Post 435. The members of this committee included our Holding Corporation president, a post member who is also a business owner, as well as our future gambling manager.

This committee reviewed financial data as well as possible scenarios related to both Post and Club operations. Among the topics discussed/reviewed were:

- The current financial situation of the Post

- The feasibility of continued club operations

- Membership participation

- Legion Family participation (SAL, Auxiliary, Gun Club, etc…)

Relevant financial and operations information has been assembled and is ready for a presentation from our Exploratory Committee to our Post members and our Legion family members. On Feb 25th, when our general membership has its next meeting, this information will be presented and discussed. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm. On hand will be subject matter experts, to include our CPA and a restaurant industry expert. These experts will help everyone understand the information presented. They will also give their input/observations/recommendations as to how to act on this information. The general membership of Post 435 will then decide on a path forward. It is vital we have member participation and input for this path. Members, please plan on attending this meeting. Please reach out to any of your fellow members who you know do not have access to social media. Get the word out regarding this meeting. WE NEED YOU ALL!

Because of the serious nature of the situation our Post finds itself in, I am opening the meeting to our Legion family members. Members of the SAL, Auxiliary, Riders, and Gun Club are invited to attend and hear what the general membership is hearing. I am also opening the meeting to our 2020 staff members to be present to hear what is being. I know many of you are just as invested in the survival of Post 435 as its members.

Please be aware the date of this meeting may change based on scheduling considerations from our subject matter experts.

I, along with dedicated members of our Post, are making every effort to re-open the club to the public. There are many complicated factors to understand that go along with this effort. It is vital we as a Post get this right as we are, essentially, out of 2nd chances.

In closing, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for the patience and support from all stakeholders during this difficult time. This is Post members, Legion family members, vendors, community partners, along with our friends and family. I am fully aware of how difficult this situation been for everyone involved.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you all on Feb 25th.

Semper Fidelis,

Adam Seamans

Commander, Post 435


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