The American Legion Department of Tennessee



VOLUME XXXVIII, NO. 1                                                                                                                                                      FEBRUARY 1, 2021


FROM THE DESK OF THE COMMANDER   Membership has been going steady.  We have another goal approaching us and I think we will make it.  80% of our members have paid their 2021 dues.  That’s great, but there is more to do.  During a call to a transferred member to welcome him into the post, it was discovered that the Veteran needed some help.  Thanks to the leadership of Post 257, they were able to obtain a TFA grant for them.  Thanks for going the extra mile.  A new Post is forming in the 10th District to serve the Veterans in the Sommerville, TN area.  Tele-Health portals are being established to serve all veterans in rural areas in Middle Tennessee around the Spencer and Sparta communities. 

The 117th Congress has been sworn in and the Legion is already hard at work to ensure bills brought before the Legislators benefit Veterans and their families.  I encourage all of you to sign up for the Grass Roots Action Alerts that let your local legislators know how the Legion supports certain actions in Congress.  Our voice counts.  If interested in serving at your local level, let me know.
Americanism programs are being planned for our youth.  Oratorical contests are being planned at the Divisional and Department level.  Boys State will be a virtual event this year and while that is subpar to an in-person event, at least we are conducting one of the premier programs in the Department.  American Legion Baseball registration is open for teams.  Business is as usual, with certain constraints.
Please, above all, stay safe in these uncertain times.  Our Mid-Winter Conference was cancelled because of COVID.  Let’s protect each other so that we can have a Convention in June.

Veterans Strengthening America

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Official Publication of The American Legion Department of Tennessee
Dean A. Tuttle, Editor
Published quarterly by The American Legion, Department of Tennessee. Third class postage paid at Nashville, Tennessee, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription price $1.00 per year to members, included in dues: $4.00 annually to non-members.
Editorial, business and general offices at The American Legion Department of Tennessee, Dean A. Tuttle, Adjutant, 318 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214, 615-391-5088.  (New Address as of March 1, 2011)
Post Operations are exposed to a range of liabilities, any of which can subject their assets to substantial claims.  Every post needs to have an asset protection plan in place that is built around available liability insurance coverage.
Here are the main types of liability insurance:
Employer’s Liability And Workers' Compensation is mandatory coverage for employers which protects the business against liabilities arising from injuries or the death of an employee.
Product Liability Insurance is for businesses that manufacture products for sale on the general market. Product liability insurance protects against lawsuits arising from injury or death caused by their products.
Indemnity Insurance provides coverage to protect a business against negligence claims due to financial harm resulting from mistakes or failure to perform.
Director And Officer Liability coverage covers a company's board of directors or officers against liability if the company should be sued. Some companies provide additional protection to their executive team even though corporations generally provide some degree of personal protection to their employees.
Umbrella Liability policies are personal liability policies designed to protect against catastrophic losses. Coverage generally kicks in when the liability limits of other insurance are reached.
Commercial Liability Insurance is a standard commercial general liability policy also known as comprehensive general liability insurance. It provides insurance coverage for lawsuits arising from injury to employees and the public, and property damage caused by an employee, as well as injuries suffered by the negligent action of employees. The policy may also cover infringement on intellectual property, slander, libel, contractual liability, tenant liability, and employment practices liability.
Comprehensive General Liability policies are tailor-made for any small or large business, partnership or joint venture businesses, a corporation or association, an organization, or even a newly acquired business. Insurance coverage includes bodily injury, property damage, personal and advertising injury, medical payments, and premises and operations liability. Insurers provide coverage for compensatory and general damages for lawsuits but not punitive damages.
  • Liability insurance provides protection against claims resulting from injuries and damage to people and/or property.
  • Liability insurance covers legal costs and payouts for which the insured party would be found liable.
  • Provisions not covered include Intentional damage, contractual liabilities, and criminal prosecution.
  • Liability insurance is often required for automotive insurance policies, product manufacturers, and anyone who practices medicine or law.
  • Personal liability, workers' compensation, and commercial liability are types of liability insurance.

CHAPLAIN’S DEVOTIONAL --- SCRIPTURE READING- Psalm 23:4 --- “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (NKJV).
 Good news – We have made it to February folks. As we navigate a time in history when we seem to be drowning in bad news may I show you some very good news?
A mere man, who wrote this passage, lived a life of incredible uncertainty as he worked for many years to escape King Saul’s assassins. Yet he wrote the 23rd Psalm. ”Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."  The very nature of this old world includes uncertainty, heartache, grief and death.  In spite of that the good news is that the Lord will see us THROUGH that valley.  It seems the good news is not to worry but rely upon and trust the mighty God who created “the heaven, the earth, the sea and all that is in the sea.” Very impressive credentials, right?
Picture this part of the Psalm.  In the midst of the battle the fighting stops as the soldier gets word, from the Good Shepherd, to come and dine with Him. While the enemy is watching, the Psalmist sits down with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to dine in the sight of all.  No wonder David wrote, with confidence, “And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
What should that mean to all of us? It sounds like the same message that Joshua gave to the children of Israel in Joshua.  Joshua 1:6-9 – “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
In the midst of a pandemic of virus and/or loneliness the biblical admonition is to “be strong and very courageous” in spite of our circumstances.  Also did you notice “do not be afraid?”  Why?  “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  With that in mind, as we welcome 2021, let us resolve not to be afraid but to be courageous!  Let’s be safe but not filled with fear or worry.  God is on the throne and He is in charge of the universe. We can walk hand in hand with Jesus.  We can walk with the King!
 PRAYER --- God, you have sent us a thousand blessings today and we may only be mindful of two or three of them. Show us the way safely through 2021 and keep us from harm. As the snow comes and goes we pray that you will remove the virus as well. Thank you for watching over us day and night.  In Jesus - Amen.
Luther M. Holsonback, 5441 Hardin Graveyard Road, Enville, TN 38332 (731-608-1076)                                                NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEMAN
   David Alexander, 110 Rockwood Terrace, Gallatin, TN 37066 (
   Robert Hensley, 1211 /Glen Abbey Way, Gray TN 37615, ( 
   East:  Gary Stidham, 4180 Silver Court, Kingsport, TN 37664 (
   Middle:  John Davis, 4086 Smithville Highway, McMinnville, TN 37110 (
   West:  Lanny D. Culver, 209 Eastern Shores Drive, Lexington, TN 38351 (
   First:  Ronald Cales, 146 New Cave Church Road, Newport, TN 37821 (
   Second: Hugh Turpin, 271 Moss Grove Boulevard, #207, Knoxville, TN 37922 (
   Third: Wayne Belk, 808 Ely Road, Hixson, TN 37343 (
   Fourth:  Shawn Brunelle, 262 Sundrop Lane, Crossville, TN 38571 (
   Fifth: William Green, 6069 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128 (
   Sixth:  Willie Smith, 220 North 11th Street, Clarksville, TN 37040 (
   Seventh:  Vacant
   Eighth: Joel Pipkin Jr., 314 Clark Road, Scotts Hill, TN 38374 (
   Ninth:  David Cobb, 2223 West Highway 21, Troy TN 38260 (
   Tenth: Paul Hethmon, 249 Blackberry Drive, Collierville, TN 38017 (
Dean A. Tuttle, 318 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 (
Larry V. Kersey, 565 Brandon Road, Manchester, TN ( 

Due to the further uncertainty of COVID -19 pandemic restrictions now and in the near future, it has become necessary to re-evaluate when to convene the 2020 National American Legion College Class. The 2020 class scheduled for March 20-26, 2021, will have to be rescheduled again to a date later this year.  Right now, headquarters staff is attempting to secure lodging for mid-November.  Once lodging is confirmed, you will be notified of the class dates.  The 2020 class will not change from the original 31 seats everyone was informed of on December 8, 2020.  A candidate who cannot attend a November class can be replaced with another applicant from your department who was on the alternate list.  For departments that only sent one application, a name from the review committee's ranked list will be selected to take their place.    
After the 2020 class concludes, a 2021 college class will take place on December 12-17, 2021.  The 2021 student application will be posted and available on February 5, 2021, at  Applicants who were not selected for the 2020 class and would like to attend the 2021 class will be required to complete a 2021 application.  Class of 2021 student applications are due July 31, 2021.     
Please contact your applicants and re-verify their attendance for November 2021.  Once verified, send your confirmation to Ken George ( and for any questions you can contact him at 317-630-1376.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this pandemic to keep everyone healthy and provide a positive and safe experience for our members.


Department Headquarters
  • Must work on retention within department headquarters post
  • Develop a team that concentrates on contacting headquarters post members and getting them to renew
  • Engage department headquarters members through email/text/letters
  • Encourage posts to utilize myLegion on-line transmittals
  • Encumbered DMS Strategy
  • Engage 2020 DMS members who have not renewed and invite them to transfer and renew at a local post
  • Contact post leadership on a weekly basis—communicate.
  • Help those posts who are struggling with retention.
  • Report to department commander by Thursday of each week on the progress of the posts’ efforts.
  • Utilize myLegion and review rosters for non-renewed. 
  • Contact members and ask them to renew
  • As members renew, it is important to transmit dues ASAP to department/national.





Well, I hope everyone’s new year has started off to a good start. I know 2020 has been a rough year with the Covid-19 pandemic and with the restrictions in place that has put a dampening on most post activities that would get us out in the community to be able to hold recruiting events, but even through all of this I have seen post membership teams become more determined to achieve their goals by getting on the phones, emailing, sending letters and actually (SAFELY) visiting members to check on their well-being. I want to applaud all of you for your dedication. With 2021 ahead of us and still having to cope with the restrictions in place we will once again have to buckle down to achieve our membership goals by post, district, division, and department. 
With that being said, I want to be optimistic that the new year will be better and bring more opportunities for post growth. I do want to reiterate the need for the timely processing of all membership dues to department which should be done weekly. I will also remind everyone if you have not renewed your dues by January 1,2021 your membership is delinquent, if you have not renewed your dues by February 1,2021 your membership is suspended and if you do not renew your dues by June 30,2021 your membership is forfeited. If anyone would like to renew their membership online, you can do so by going to or pay your dues at your post. 
As always, it has been my pleasure to work with you this year I look forward to assisting any post or district or division with your membership drive events. I know the Department of Tennessee can lead the way in 2021 membership.  



As we start the second half of our year, I would like to thank all of our Units for their hard work during the pandemic. Although I haven’t been able to travel and visit this year, please know that I am here for you. 
We are setting dates for our Spring Conferences and hoping to be able to meet face to face for the first time in a year. 
Our June Department Convention will be here before you know it. I hope to see many of you there. I want to thank all of the Department of Tennessee Officers and Chairmen for the hard work they continue to do for our Veterans, military and their families. Thanks to every single member for all you have done.

Please go on our Facebook page and support our Department Fundraising efforts.  

Always remember “Our Hearts Go Out To Our Veterans”.

For God and Country
Rhonda Davidson
Department President


Greetings to all of you!
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.”                               John 14: 27
God wants to calm our spirits . He does not want us to live in fear, but in full faith that He is the ruler of the world. Regardless of the outside noise and disharmony, in God’s hands is the gift of peace. Let go, relax, and breathe. He is in control in every situation even if we cannot see or understand. 
So, pray, believe, and Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand, our American Legion Family will be back together again!
Thank You God, for Your gift of peace. When the world is in chaos, and there are so many reasons to fear, You gently whisper not to be afraid. We are so thankful that You settle and calm our spirit.  Amen
Stay Safe,  until we all meet again!
ALA Department Chaplain


To all our Legion Family,
The covid-19 still challenges us each day as we struggle to carry out our mission.  We must stay in touch with our members.  Some of you are now safely meeting in your posts.  Communication is the key to retaining our members.  
We must step up to the plate.  Members are not renewing their membership.  It is our duty to instill the love of our veterans and their importance as a member.  We can’t lose anymore members.  In the auxiliary more and more unit charters are being pulled due to no interest.  Where is our patriotism?  I am begging you posts who don’t have a unit to please find someone in your post who will step up and start a unit.  We have a unit development and retention team who will come and organize a unit for you.  We must do this to survive.  There must be new interests.  
Please call the auxiliary department office if you have any ladies who are interested in organizing a new unit.
Thanks to all the units who continue to work so hard.  I am asking each unit to take an extra step to sign up new members due to the loss of units.  
Special recognition will be given to all 100 percent units, and awards will be given to the units with the highest percentage of goal in their category at the spring conferences.


Peggy Monroe, Dept. Membership Chairman


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