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Post 154 Standing Committees

Are you curious about the programs the Legion supports - or just baffled? Want to dip your toes in the water but don’t know where to start? Below you can read about the standing committees that work for the projects and programs of our Post. The chairman of each committee is listed with the committee.  If you find something that peaks your interest, give a shout out (figuratively speaking) to the chairman. There’s room for everyone here and every little bit is appreciated. All of these chairmen can be reached by email through rathdrum154@gmail.com 

Americanism Committee.   The Americanism Committee shall be charged with the inspiration of patriotism and good citizenship by arrangements for proper observance of patriotic occasions; encouragement of patriotic and civic phases of instruction in schools; Americanization of aliens; combating anti-American propaganda by education of the general public in American ideals through public forums, etc., and activities for community and civic betterment. Chairman John Fevold

Ceremonials Committee.   The principal duty of the Ceremonials Committee is to insure all new members are properly welcomed to the Post. The committee also concerns itself with proper presentation of other rituals outlined in the Manual of Ceremonies, including but not limited to burial detail and the wearing of Legion regalia, installation of Post Officers and Committeepersons, and preparation for and representation at parades and other public events. The Second Vice-Commander shall be the chairperson of this committee. Chairman Larry Carstensen

Children and Youth Committee.    Shall be charged with aid and service to children of veterans, cooperating with other established agencies in the community; laboring for the betterment of child conditions and in coordinating services and agencies in the community for the above purposes. To act as an intermediary for the needy child of a veteran in obtaining the fulfillment of the Legion’s pledge that “no child of a war veteran shall be in need of the necessities of life” and “a square deal for every child”. Chairman Jeff Broadhead

Economic Committee.    The economic committee is primarily concerned with the local employment programs, Veteran’s preference, government employment and re-employment rights as well as programs that promote and help veterans with self-employment and entrepreneurship. Chairman Len Crosby

Finance Committee.    The Finance Committee shall be charged with the administration of financial policies, preparation of budget recommendations and supervision of receiving, disbursing and accounting of all Post funds. The committee is also responsible for recommending financial/strategic goals, long range financial plans that support the mission, of the Post. The Post Finance Officer shall be the chairperson of the Post Finance Committee and appoint or employ an annual impartial auditor of the Post finances and inventory. Auditor to be approved by the Executive Committee. Chairman Len Crosby

Graves Registration and Memorial Committee.   The duties of this committee involve recording of grave sites and complete information on veteran’s burial in cemeteries assigned to the Post. Special assistance can be given the Service Officer in providing flags, headstones or proper interment in National Cemeteries. The Post Chaplain is the chairperson and Post Historian shall be a member of the Graves Registration and Memorial Committee. Chairman Paula Atwood

House and Entertainment Committee.    Such committee shall be responsible for planning and executing all Post social activities for the year, including but not limited to dances, entertainment, musicians, and decorations. This committee shall make recommendations to the Post Commander and Post Executive Committee on all matters pertaining to house rules, ceremonies and events. The chairman of the House and Entertainment Committee shall, develop and maintain a master event calendar for the Post. No committee at this time.

Legislative Committee.   The Legislative Committee promotes the Legion’s official legislative mandates, disseminates monthly legislative updates, organizes and promotes proactive grassroots lobbying activities, and establishes and maintains liaisons with elected officials and their staffs. Chairman Len Crosby

Membership Committee.   The Membership Committee shall have charge of all matters pertaining to the membership of the Post, including the enlistment and training of new Post members, training of committee members, reinstatements, and eligibility of members. The chairperson of said committee shall appoint and train, in accordance with prescribed American Legion standards, such teams as necessary to perform this vital mission. The First Vice-Commander shall be the chairperson of this committee. Chairman John Fevold

Public Relations Committee.   The Public Relations Committee elevates awareness in the veteran community and the community at large of the Legion’s advocacy of veteran issues, national security, Americanism, and children and youth. The committee is responsible for the Post newsletter, media announcements and social media. Chairman Jean Bledsoe

Sons of the American Legion Committee.   This committee supervises the Sons of the American Legion squadron in its organization, activities, and recreational and educational programs. No post squadron at this time. 

Veterans’ Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee.    The Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee shall be vested with responsibility for aid and service to all needy veterans and their families, and children of veterans.  This committee shall assist the Post Service Officer as required and shall conduct all matters pertaining to service to and the welfare of comrades through educational efforts/programs concerning the rights and benefits for all veterans, and their dependents as granted them by law, and involve itself in matters pertaining to comrades in their prosecution of claims against the United States and state governments, employment of veterans programs, veterans’ burial rights, and other privileges as appropriate. The Post Service Officer shall serve as chairperson of this committee. Chairman Ruth Aresvik

Visiting or VAVS Committee.   This committee is charged with visiting and comforting members and their families when sick or bereaved, and with visiting service personnel and ex-service personnel in hospitals. Post Chaplain is the chairperson of this committee.  Chairman Paula Atwood

Technology   This committee will help develop and maintain the website and future technological advances that would benefit the Post membership. Chairman Jean Bledsoe