Commander Robert B. Newell

Robert B. Newell

Department Commander


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Project Chart-July 10, 2019


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2019-2020 Project Goals




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Click on the following links for more information on our Programs:

Employment and Education Program Awards

American Legion Baseball

Oratorical Contest

American Legion College


Safety Essay and Safety Poster Contest

Public Relations and Publicity Awards

American Legion Americanism Award

American Legion Jersey Boys State

Boy Scouts


American Legion Baseball

To promote American Legion baseball to the end that every post in the state will sponsor a baseball team and coordinate the program throughout the department.

Chairman Frank Calandrillo
Vice Chairmen Ronald Krowiak
Richard Zalinkanskas
Richard Freeman
Rules Interpreter Frank Calandrillo
Dist #1
Chairman - David Kobrick
Bergen | Morris | Passaic | Sussex | Hudson
Dist #2
Chairman - Richard Zalinkanskas
Essex | Hunterdon | Somerset | Union | Warren;
Dist #3
Chairman - Richard Freeman
Mercer | Middlesex | Monmouth
Dist #4
Chairman - Russell Kolins
Atlantic | Burlington | Camden | Cape May | Cumberland | Gloucester | Ocean | Salem

Button  Click here for New Jersey American Legion Baseball

Thirty First edition of
High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
“A Constitutional Speech Contest”

The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The first place winner takes home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.

The New Jersey Contest will award a $4,000 scholarship for the first place winner, $2,500 for second place, $2,000 for third place and $1,000 each for fourth and fifth place.

The New Jersey winner will advance to the National Finals Contest, a weekend’s competition of Quarter-final, Semi-final and National final contests that are held in the headquarters city of The American Legion, Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2019 American Legion High School Oratorical National Finals will be held on April 7, 2019.

The contact information listed is provided for your convenience. Find the county that you live in or attend school in and contact the associated District Chairman for guidance.

Chairman Steven Fisher
Vice Chairman Phil Wien


POST LEVEL to be completed by January 12, 2019 (Results to the County Chairman by January 19, 2019)

COUNTY LEVEL to be completed by January 26, 2019 (Results to the District Chairman by February 2, 2019)

DISTRICT LEVEL to be completed by February 9, 2019 (Results to the Department and Department Chairman immediately after contest completion)

Department Finals will be held on February 23, 2019 at the War Memorial Building, Trenton, NJ

National Quarter Finals Round will be held Saturday morning, April 6, 2019.

National Semi-Finals Round will be held Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2019.

National Final Round will be held Sunday morning, April 7, 2019

All National competitions will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

PDF District Chairmans Report Form

District Chairmen
District #1- TBA
Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic
District #2 - Daniel McCole
Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren
Feb 10, 2019 at 11:00 am
American Legion Post 157
325 Route 206 S
Branchville, NJ 07826
District #3 – Dan Dunn
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset
and Monmouth
Feb 2nd, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Woodbridge Municipal Building
1 Main St. Woodbridge
NJ 07095
District #4 – Shawn Bailo
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean
Feb 2, 2019 at 9:00 am
American Legion Post 281
2101 Chews Landing Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012
District #5 – Russell Robinson
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem
Cell: (609) 513-5514
Feb 9, 2019 at 10:00 am
American Legion Post 158
527 Philadelphia Avenue
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

Oratorical Contest

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Eligible participants in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of twenty (20) years on the date of the national contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school) in which the curriculum of said school is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine (9) and terminating with grade twelve (12). Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the department (state) where they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition in only one department.

The three finalists of the national contest will be ineligible for further participation at any level.

Button The Prepared Oration

The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.

The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up less than eight (8) minutes or more than ten (10) minutes for delivery. It must be delivered in the English language.

Contestants may have in their possession a copy of their prepared oration in the first holding room. They may consult the copy of their prepared oration, until they exit the holding room in order to begin the contest, at which time the copy of the prepared oration will be surrendered to the contest official who is monitoring the first holding room.

In the prepared oration, as well as in the assigned topic discourse, quotations must be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than ten words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally. The singing of a song(s) is not permitted and will result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant. The contestant may, however, quote a verse(s) of a song provided proper attribution is made.

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The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his/her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the United States as listed under assigned topics in Chapter Four.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.

Button Assigned Topics for 2019 contest

Amendment 1
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 Amendment 4
 The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 13
1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21
1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

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Uniforms of any kind are not permitted. Appropriate business attire is required of all contestants. Contestants are not permitted to wear awards and medals from previous competition.

Awards For 2018-2019
 New Jersey Department Finals
1st Place $4,000
2nd Place $2,500
3rd Place $2,000
4th Place $1,000
5th Place $1,000



American Legion College

The 60th Annual American Legion Leadership College at the National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt, New Jersey.

Dates: TBD
Application will be on-line in TBD and mailed to Posts in TBD.
Applications must be received at Department Headquarters by TBD. The deadline line for Substitutes is TBD.

For Forms click HERE

Courses Offered
1. Basic:
The Basic Course of the NJ American Legion College will expose the students to the programs of the NJ Department including but not limited to Americanism, Baseball, Boy Scouts, Children and Youth, Constitution and By-Laws, Economics, Scholarships, Legislative, Oratorical, Public Relations, Sons of The American Legion, etc. Overviews of these subjects will be presented so the students are aware of their purposes and applicability. They will be provided with sufficient information including brochures, and other hand-outs., so they may refer back to that information to assist with the implementation and/or enhancement of those programs at their respective Posts and Counties.

The Advanced Course will build on the Trainees’ experience from the Basic Course where they were exposed to, the organization and structure of the American Legion, as well as its history, policies and Post operations. It will expand the trainees” knowledge in all Legion areas of ceremony, and history while exposing them beyond Post Operations, and introducing them into the Leadership of the County/District/Department.

Club Management:
In this course you will learn the fundamentals of the operation of your Post Canteen, Proper Procedures for Games of Chance, ABC Rules and Regulations, Bar Operations and IRS Form 990. This course is suggested for any member interested in becoming a bar or canteen chairman at their Post home and for those interested in learning the proper protocol for having Games of Chance at your Post Homes
2. Post Service Officers Course
The Post Service Officer Course (PSO) creates the most vital initial link in a nationwide network of the American Legion service to America’s veterans and as such is an important course to attend. The course provides an extensive overview of regulations that governs a plethora of entitlements a veteran and their dependents may be entitled to. The course covers step by step instructions on how to complete the pertinent form(s) required and supporting evidence needed for each of the majority of claims the PSO will come across. In addition, the course covers the criteria and procedure for entrance into the VA Health Care System and services they provide.

Furthermore, receiving the certificate of training at the completion of the course adds value to the PSO as he/she is equipped with enough knowledge to readily assist veterans seeking help vs a PSO who has not attended the course. This also increases membership and raises retention at posts..
3. Chaplain's Course
4. Membership Course:
The goal of the Membership Course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the membership function at the Post level and how it interfaces with the County, State and National Organizations. To help facilitate this understanding, topics covered will include, Membership Chairman Responsibilities and how it relates to the Adjutant’s Position when it comes to the Post Membership function. Also, the use of Computer Programs to help manage the Post Membership Function, in particular Other topics to be covered are retention and revitalization, and renewal.


Button The American Legion, Department of New Jersey, Scholarship

Two(2) $4,000 Education Scholarships ($1,000 year for four years)
Four(4) $2,000 Education Scholarships ($1,000 year for two years)
Two(2) $1,000 Education Scholarships ($1,000 for one year)
One(1) $1,500 John Casey Scholarship ($1,500 for one year)

Application forms must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2018.

 (For applications see Forms and Documents, or contact Post/Department)

1. Applicant must be a natural or adopted descendant of a member of The American Legion, Department of New Jersey (son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc.)
2. Applicant’s forbearer must be a current member of The American Legion, Department of New Jersey, or if deceased, a MEMBER AT TIME of death. (For the John Casey Scholarship, the Forbearer must be combat wounded.)
3. Applicant must be a member of the graduating class of high school including Vo-tech for the year 2017.
4. Applicant must use the award the year it is received. Four year scholarship to be completed in four consecutive years.
5. The scholarship will be awarded on the following categories:

a) CHARACTER - 20% - high standards of conduct; keen sense of right;strength of character; adherence to truth and conscience and a belief in God (i.e. letter from pastor, rabi, etc., volunteer work)

b) AMERICANISM/COMMUNITY SERVICE - 20% - fine ideals; love of Country;ability to accept a citizens responsibility (e.g. Boys and Girls State, Scouting, Flag, Education, Community Service, etc.)

c) LEADERSHIP - 20% - ability to lead and to accomplish through group action (e.g. Club/School President. Drum Major, etc.)

d) SCHOLORSHIP - 20% - certified transcripts since freshman year, including all grades, GPA, class rank, SAT scores, etc.

e) BASIS OF NEED - 20% - actual need of financial assistance to continue their higher education. Family's IRS 1040 is mandatory
6. Applicant must file a questionnaire properly completed as per enclosed form
7. If the applicants selected for the awards fail to qualify for admission to such school or college of his or her selection by August 1, 2017. The award will be forfeited.
8. Applications to be signed by both the applicant and Comander of the sponsoring post. Application received by post 1000 should not be signed by a post Commander but directed to state headquarters in Trenton for the department commanders signature.

Safety Essay and Safety Poster Contests

Button 2017 - 2018 Safety Poster Contest


This is a project of the Department Safety Committee to bring our challenged youth into the Department Safety activities. This project was approved by the Department at a Department meeting held on Saturday, August 18, 1990 at the War memorial Building in Trenton.

The contest is to be started in each participating school.

Safety Poster Contest Submissions for 2017-2018:
All posters must be in the hands of the Post Chairman no later than January 20, 2018
The First Place Winner at the Post Level to the County by February 17, 2018
The First Place winner at the County Level to the State Chairman no later than March 10, 2018

For Forms and Additional Documentation please click HERE

Department Judging will take place at Clark Post 328, 78 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07666 on March 24th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Awards For 2017-2018
 Safety Poster Finals
1st Place $250
2nd Place $175
3rd Place $75

Button 2017 - 2018 Safety Essay Contest

Safety Essay Contest is open to 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students in Public, Private and parochial Schools throughout New Jersey.

Safety Essay Contest Submission for 2017-2018:
All essays must be in the hands of the Post Chairman no later than January 19, 2018
The First Place Winner at the Post Level to the County by February 17, 2018
The First Place winner at the County Level to the State Chairman no later than March 9, 2018

For Forms and Additional Documentation please click HERE

Department Judging will take place at Clark Post 328, 78 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07666 on March 24th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Awards For 2017-2018
 Safety Essay Finals
1st Place $250
2nd Place $175
3rd Place $75


Public Relations and Publicity Awards

The Public Relations and Publicity Committee will judge the following awards:

Awarded to the Post that best demonstrates the history of that Post for the year (Mar 2016 - Feb 2017)

Awarded to the County that best demonstrates the history of that County for the year (June 2018 - June 2019)

Awarded to the Post that demonstrates the best use of local media outlets to promote The American Legion and creating community awareness, as determined by the committee. (Period Covered will be March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017 in chronological order and must be delivered to Department Headquarters by; March 31, 2017)

Awarded to the Best Post and County, as determined by the committee.

Awarded to the Post newsletter that best meet the goal of keeping their members informed, as determined by the committee.

All winners will receive a Plaque.

For Forms and Additional Documentation please click HERE

American Legion Americanism Award

Button Coloring Contest

2017 coloring contest shall be distributed to students in the 4th and 5th Grades by various Posts throughout the state. The coloring of the picture will be attested to by the student's teacher. Neatness and accuracy in coloring the picture are most important in this undertaking.

Posts will judge their own contests. First place winners will be turned over to the County Americanism Chairman who will select the first place county winner to be turned over to Department Chairman.

Awards For 2017-2018
 New Jersey Department Finals
1st Place Gold Medal and $300 check
2nd Place Silver Medal and $200 check
3rd Place Bronze Medal and $100 check

Other Americanism Awards
Time frame for all awards is March 1-2017 to February 28-2018, inclusive
Department Community Service - Post
Americanism - Post
The All Round Americanism Award - Post
Department Distinguished Service - Individual
Department Medal of Valor - Individual
Special Heroism Award - Individual
Unarmed Public Safety Personnel Dedicated
Service/Valor - Individual
Fire Fighter of the Year "Valor Award"
Fire Fighter of the Year Award
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Team of the Year Award
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Educator of the Year Award

Deadline for posts to submit entries to the County To Be Determined

Deadline for counties to submit entries to the department chairman: March 19, 2018.

For Forms and additional Documentation please click HERE


American Legion Jersey Boys State

The 2018 American Legion Jersey Boys State will be held at Rider University. ALJBS has a strong tradition of education, patriotism and excellence in the development of Tomorrow’s Leaders. Click to read the Annual Letter to Boys State Post Chairmen and County Chairmen

This year the dates for this 73rd Session will be June 17-22nd 2018. For further information please link with their website