This year we celebrate the 101st Anniversary of The American Legion. 101 years of service to our veterans, communities and youth. Our call to service began with our enlistment in the Armed Forces and continues today due to your incredible dedication and hard work.
Leadership is not a new concept to any of us. Having served in the Armed Forces, you were faced with many leadership challenges. Leadership is omnipresent in the civilian sector. Everyone has a job and are expected to perform that job to the best of their ability. A volunteer organization such as ours have positions of leadership that are elected by their members from the Post level to the Department level. These elected officers have a responsibility to those who elected them to be the best leader they can be. True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve.
Integrity and Humility closely follow leadership. Integrity is the foundation for good leadership. Humility is not a sign of weakness but of appreciation of the position we find ourselves in.
Three areas I would like to see for all of us to follow: Take care of our members, take care of our posts, and take care of each other. Together, working as a team, we will have a successful year taking care of our Veterans, Children and Communities.
Department of Tennessee Commander