Commander Robert B. Newell

Robert B. Newell

Department Commander

 

Testimonial Dinner

 

Project Chart-Oct 25th, 2019

 

Commander's Project Letter

2019-2020 Project Goals

 

Goal

 

Job Listings

 

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BurnPit

 

Programs

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

Employment and Education Program Awards

American Legion Baseball

Oratorical Contest

American Legion College

Scholarships

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

Eighty Third edition of
THE AMERICAN LEGION
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 2020 American Legion High School Oratorical National Finals will be held on April 19, 2020.

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
Steven.v.fisher@comcast.net
609-502-8303
Vice Chairman Dan Channel
Dan_Channel@yahoo.com
908-347-7362

Button DEPARTMENT CONTEST TIME SCHEDULE

POST LEVEL to be completed by February 1, 2020 (Results to the County Chairman by February 8, 2020)

COUNTY LEVEL to be completed by February 15, 2020 (Results to the District Chairman by February 22, 2020)

DISTRICT LEVEL to be completed by February 29, 2020 (Results to the Department and Department Chairman immediately after contest completion)

Department Finals will be held on March 14, 2020 at the War Memorial Building, Trenton, NJ.

National Quarter Finals Round will be held Saturday morning, April 18, 2020.

National Semi-Finals Round will be held on Sunday morning, April 19, 2020.

National Final Round will be held Sunday morning, April 7, 2020

All National competitions will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

PDF District Chairmans Report Form

Oratorical Bulletin

District Chairmen
District #1- Richard Palka
Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic
Rhppn2@hotmail.com
201-461-5487
 
District #2 - Daniel McCole
Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren
danmc@hughes.net
973-534-7477
District #3 – Dan Dunn
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset
and Monmouth
danieldunn1@comcast.net
908-930-2314

District #4 – Shawn Bailo
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean
shawn.bailo@comcast.net
856-834-6585
District #5 – Russell Robinson
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem
amerlegpu81@yahoo.com
609-645-8542
Cell: (609) 513-5514

Oratorical Contest

Button Eligibility

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.

Button Assigned Topic Discourse

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 2020 contest

Amendment XII
The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; — The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; — The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. — The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Amendment XX
Section. 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

Section. 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

 Section. 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

Section. 4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

Section. 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article. Section.

6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission..

Amendment XXIV
Section. 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section. 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXVII
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

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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 2019-2020
 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.

Advanced:
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 mylegion.org. Other topics to be covered are retention and revitalization, and renewal.

Scholarships

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)

Rules
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

SAFETY POSTER CONTEST FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED AND HANDICAPPED.

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:

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

NEW JERSEY PAST DEPARTMENT COMMANDERS' AWARD
Awarded to the County that best demonstrates the history of that County for the year (June 2018 - June 2019)

MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MEDIA AWARD
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)

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

NEWSLETTERS
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 www.aljbs.org