The American Legion Department of Tennessee

DEPARTMENT OFFICERS

 

DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Lanny D. Culver, 209 Eastern Shores Drive, Lexington, TN 38351 (731-225-8033) ldclga@hotmail.com
DEPARTMENT SENIOR VICE COMMANDER
 John Davis, 4086 Smithville Highway, McMinnville, TN 37110 (931-808-4549) johndavis4@benlomand.net
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Robert Hensley, 1211 /Glen Abbey Way, Gray TN 37615, (423-335-2969) robhen47@gmail.com 
ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Nancy Harper, 5082 Coro Road, Memphis, TN 38109 (901-493-2580) nlb5080ivory@gmail.com
DEPARTMENT VICE COMMANDERS
   East: Todd McKinley, 3528 Rustic Hills Dr., Kingsport, TN 37660 (202-256-0219), toddmac78@yahoo.com
   Middle: Shawn Brunelle, 262 Sundrop Lane, Crossville, TN 38571 (931-200-4869) sjbusnpa@yahoo.com
  West: Joel Pipkin Jr., 314 Clark Road, Scotts Hill, TN 38374 (731-549-6738) joel@pipkintaxservice.com
DISTRICT COMMANDERS
   First:  James McLaughlin 1796 Blue Ridge Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876 (865-450-0485) adjutant@tnpost104.org
   Second:  Vacant
   Third: Ronald White, 941 Lusk Loop Rd, Dunlap, TN 37327 (423-298-7417) basketguy@bledsoe.net
   Fourth: (Acting) Dr. Patrick McClellan, 1016 Fawn Dr., Cookeville, TN 38501 (925-348-0231), pmcc8999@gmail.com
   Fifth: Ronald Hessil, 108 Sara Dilton Rd., Murfreesboro, TN 37127 (262-515-1746) rhessil@sbcglobal.net
   Sixth:  David Zeveney, 726 Gardendale Lane, Clarksville,TN 37040 (931-581-7334) zeveneydavid@gmail.com
   Seventh: Robert A. Harris, 200 Lake Circle Dr, Tullahoma, TN 37388 (931-581-7334) raharris92854@gmail.com      
   Eighth: Jerry Graham, 5801 Sardis Scotts Hill Rd, Sardis, TN 38371 (214-504-6176) jerry.graham@tds.net
   Ninth:  (Acting) Tony Launsby, 119 Cheyenne St. Martin TN 38237 (731-636-9600) tonyalaunsby@gmail.com

   Tenth: Paul Hethmon, 249 Blackberry Drive, Collierville, TN 38017 (901-850-0140) pbcrew8043@bellsouth.net
DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT
Dean A. Tuttle, 318 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 (615-391-5088) Adjutant@TNLegion.org

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT

Stay out of the gossip.  "Teamwork makes work a dream." Go beyond...build a strong team, inspire collaboration, and solve common problems.  Organizational gossip leads to:
  • Gradual decline of trust and morale.
  • Work productivity goes down because people are emotionally caught up in the drama like teenage kids. Watch for hush-hush chatter thus wasting precious productivity.
  • Anxiety and tension are high as rumors circulate and people walk on eggshells without knowing what is and isn't fact.
  • Divisiveness as people take sides.
  • Loss of good talent who left due to the toxic work environment.
 
New American Legion brand mark ready for market
 
The American Legion brand mark is now available for a variety of promotional uses – from social media channels to membership drives – and can be downloaded here. The logo does not replace the 1919-patented official emblem of the organization, which remains in use for official documents, memorial observances, uniforms and post signage.

“The American Legion brand mark was created to modernize our image to appeal to a new generation of veterans,” American Legion Chief Marketing Officer Dean Kessel said. “We launched this vivid new design on the American Legion-sponsored 48 car during the 2021 NTT INDYCAR Racing Series, and millions of fans got to see it every race. It’s clear, sharp and effective, even at 225 mph. The design has gotten rave reviews, and now we are ready to advance it to all levels of The American Legion.”

The American Legion Marketing Division has established guidance to help departments and posts choose when to use the brand mark and when the official emblem is more appropriate.
The brand mark is to be displayed in all marketing communications, such as:
-        Advertising
-        Lifestyle apparel (such as polo shirts and ball caps)
-        Community service activities
-        Fundraising
-        Sponsorships
-        Membership recruitment materials
-        Digital media
-        Social media
-        Updated post signage
-        Event announcements
-        E-mail signature lines
The American Legion emblem is reserved for official organization communications, such as:
-        Legal documents
-        Policy statements
-        Official reports
-        Press releases
-        Business cards
-        Traditional post signage
-        Financial documents
-        Official letterhead
Kessel explained that brand marks are often successfully used to promote organizations and institutions that similarly have, and keep, time-honored seals, including all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The American Legion Marketing Division studied the effectiveness of those brand marks during a three-month design-development process that involved focus group input earlier in 2021.
“When it comes to communications for events, recruitment and other marketing functions, the brand marks of the military branches are most familiar and positively recognized by the public, the official seals less so,” Kessel said. “This is fast proving true for The American Legion brand mark, which now appears on the national American Legion website, social media, e-newsletters and a growing number of promotional materials.”
Like the emblem, the brand mark is legally protected property of The American Legion National Headquarters. Any use outside of the organization – such as merchandising, marketing by groups unaffiliated with The American Legion or at political events – is legally restricted and requires authorization from the national adjutant.
The same rules of permission to use the official emblem apply to the brand mark. Those rules, along with an online application form, can be found at www.legion.org/emblem/request on the national American Legion website.
“Just like the emblem, the new brand mark should never be used in political rallies for candidates or to promote organizations and events unassociated with The American Legion, without prior written authorization,” Kessel said.
In the months ahead, new apparel, flags, signs and other materials adorned with the new brand mark will be available and promoted through Emblem Sales. The national portfolio of membership-recruitment media is also now being refreshed to display the new mark.

 

An American Legion Post has a few minimum requirements to be a Post

Start by following the stipulations stated in Departmental Constitution: Specifically, ARTICLE IX: POST ORGANIZATION
Section l. Those who desire to form a Post will make an application for a temporary charter to the Department Commander or the Department Adjutant. When such an application, properly executed, is approved by the Department Commander or by the Department Executive Committee, the temporary charter will be issued by the National Commander and the National Adjutant.
Section 2. The minimum membership for a post shall be fifteen members.
Section 3. A temporary charter will be granted and will state that it is granted on the recommendation of the Department and on the following terms and conditions:
(a) The above-named post will uphold the declared principles of The American Legion and will conform to and abide by the regulations and decisions of the Department and National Executive Committees, or other duly constituted national governing body of The American Legion.
(b) This charter is subject to revocation by the National Executive Committee on the recommendation of the Department.
Section 4. After a temporary charter has been in effect for a probationary period of at least ninety days, an application for a permanent charter may be made. Such probationary period shall not exceed one year.  The Department will determine whether a permanent charter shall be issued or denied. The action of the Department shall be final.
Section 5. All charters will be countersigned by the Department Commander and the Department Adjutant.
Section 6. Permanent charters may be recommended for suspension, cancellation, or revocation by the Department Executive Committee as provided hereafter in Article XI and in the National Bylaws.
Section 7. No Post will be organized or chartered by The American Legion, Department of Tennessee which is named for any living person, political party, any business or industrial corporation, profession, firm, partnership, fraternal or religious society or business association, and whose membership will be derived from, confined, or restricted to, membership of such parties, societies, partnerships, professions, political parties, or employees of such business or industrial corporations.
Section 8. The officers of the Post shall be:
(a) Post Commander.
(b) One or more Post Adjutants/Finance Officer.
(c) Post Service Officer.
(d) Such other officers as the Post shall deem necessary that are contained in the Officers Guide and Manual of Ceremonies, under Post Officers.
The Post Executive Committee shall be composed of such odd number of members as is provided in the Constitution and Bylaws adopted by such Post, and in addition thereto, the Post Commander and Post Adjutant shall be ex-officio members of the Committee.
Section 9. Roberts’ Rules of Order shall supplement the Constitution and Bylaws in any area of procedure not covered by the Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 10. All officers of the Post for the ensuing year will be elected and certified to the Department Adjutant not later than five days prior to the announced dates of the Department Convention. Post members must be present or give intent, to accept nomination for all officer positions.  Certification shall be made on forms furnished or prescribed by the Department. No delegate, of any Post, will be seated until such election and certification is complete.
Section 11. (a) All Post Homes shall be properly identified with appropriate signs, preferably with Legion emblem.
(b) Except that as provided in Article XI. Section 3(b), no Post Home, or other real property owned by a Post shall be encumbered or sold, except by majority vote at a regular or special meetings of the Post, upon ten days written notice of such proposed action, to the entire membership of the Post.
Section 12. Each Post will adopt a Constitution and Bylaws. No provision of a Post’s Constitution and Bylaws may conflict with the National or Department Constitution and Bylaws. A copy of the Post’s Constitution and Bylaws together with any subsequent amendments will be filed with the Department Adjutant. Until such time as the Department Adjutant has received and recorded the copy of a Post’s Constitution and Bylaws, The American Legion, Department of Tennessee Constitution and Bylaws will be the governing document for that post.
Section 13. Post homes that operate a lounge, canteen, or bar should adopt and have posted the following House Rules:
(a) The following shall be admitted:
1.  All members of The American Legion showing current American Legion card and spouse or escort.
2.  All members of The American Legion Auxiliary showing current card and spouse or escort.
3.  All members of The Sons of The American Legion showing current card and spouses or escort.
4.  Guests if accompanied by an American Legion, Sons of The American Legion or Auxiliary member showing current card. Members are responsible for their guests and may not leave before guests.
5. There shall positively be no drinking of any kind during the Legion meeting or drinks brought into the meeting room.
6.  No intoxicated member will be tolerated in the lounge, canteen, or bar.
7.  Cashing of Checks, credit or lending of lounge funds is strictly prohibited.
8.  Any members or guests removing, damaging, or destroying any property of The American Legion shall pay for damages.
(b) The employees or attendants on duty may refuse service to anyone who is in violation of the House Rules.
The steward or employee in charge shall have full authority to enforce house rules while on duty and may reject any member or guest for misconduct or violation of house rules. The member has the right to appeal to the Post Executive Committee, if necessary, to regain entry into the lounge canteen or bar.
 

A veterans’ post or organization must meet the following requirements to be exempt under section 501(c)(19):

  1. It must be organized in the United States or any of its possessions
  2. At least 75 percent of its members must be past or present membersof the United States Armed Forces
  3. At least 97.5 percent of its members must be: 
    • present or former members of the United States Armed Forces, cadets (including only students in college or university ROTC programs
    • or at Armed Services academies) or spouses, widows, widowers, ancestors, or lineal descendants of individuals referred to in the first or second bullet.
  4. It must be operated exclusively for one or more of the following purposes:
    • to promote the social welfare of the community (e.g., to promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community
    • to assist disabled and needy war veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces and their dependents - and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
    • to provide entertainment, care, and assistance to hospitalized veterans or members of the United States Armed Forces.
    • to carry on programs to perpetuate the memory of deceased veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces and comfort their survivors.
    • to conduct programs for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes.
    • to sponsor or participate in activities of a patriotic nature.
    • to provide insurance benefits for members or their dependents or
    • to provide social and recreational activities for members.
  5. No part of its net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or
    individual.
An organization may be exempt under section 501(c)(19) as an auxiliary unit or society of a veterans’ post or organization if it meets the following requirements:
  1. It is affiliated with, and organized in accordance with the bylaws and regulations of, a veterans' post or organization described above
  2. At least 75 percent of its members are veterans, spouses of veterans, or related to a veteran within two degrees of consanguinity (i.e., grandparent, brother, sister, grandchild represent the most distant allowable relationships).
  3. All members are either members of a veterans' post or organizations described above, or spouses of a member of such post or organization, or are related to a member of such post or organization within two degrees of consanguinity.
  4. No part of its net earnings inures the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
An organization may be exempt under section 501(c)(19) as a trust or foundation for a veterans’ post or organization if it meets the following requirements:
  1. It is valid under local law and, if organized for charitable purposes, has a dissolution provision described in section 1.501(c)(3)-1(b)(4) of the Income Tax Regulations.
  2. The corpus or income cannot be diverted or used other than to fund a veterans' post or organization for charitable purposes or as an insurance set-aside.
  3. The trust income is not unreasonably accumulated, and a substantial portion of the income is distributed to such veteran post or organization, or for exclusively religious, charitable, scientific, literary, educational or prevention of cruelty to children or animal purposes.
  4. It is organized exclusively for one or more of those purposes enumerated above for which a veterans’ post or organization itself may be organized.

Note: For taxable years beginning on or before November 11, 2003, slightly different membership requirements apply under section 501(c)(19).