Post Programs

 

Americanism


To promote Patriotism around the Post and the community,
by keeping track of how the flags are displayed, their condition
at the Post and around the city. 

Recommend acknowledgement of patriotic citizens and
businesses in the community.

Collect unserviceable flags for retirement, sell new ones and to help with
all the patriotic functions by providing decorations around the Post.







Flag Day
Flag Retirement Ceremony

14 June 2013  Visit photo album
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  13 June 2014 photo album



National Security


To organize the Post and develop a plan for surviving
a local or national emergency and to assist
the community in case of said emergency.


 
Children and Youth


Look for and recommending ways of helping the young people of
Los Alamitos with sports, school awards, Boys state etc.
Especially the children of veterans.





Boys State
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

legion.org/boysnation/stateabout
boysstatecalifornia.org
                                                                                                 



Presentation by Philippe Macandili:
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Message from Boys State 2014 attendee

Dear Post 716,

          I am deeply sorry that I have been unable to respond sooner to you about my experience at boys state.
My family and I were moving making communication hard to access. Now I am able to describe boys state to
you through my eyes. You were correct when you said it was an experience you'll remember for a lifetime.

           I was in the county of Garcia and the city of Burbank. In my city I have made friends that I know I will
interact with for the rest of my life. We were told that in the beginning of the week we would be running for
city level positions which I decided against because I thought I could get more out of the boys state. I joined
the football team with my city during recreation time so I could bond with them. We almost made it to the
championship which was fun.

           As the week progressed we were told by our counselor Dale that we would be running for county positions.
Initially I wanted to be Chief Administration Officer but I decided to run for Board of Supervisors so that I could
hold another position. I wrote the speech I would have to give to the entire county. I showed it to my counselor to
see if there needed revisions and after reading it he suggested that I run for Federalist Party Secretary which was
that same night. So I wrote another speech which would be given in front of the entire Federalist Party. After giving
my speech to the party they had all the candidates for that position stand. The crowd cheered the loudest for who
they wanted as their party secretary. It came down to me and another delegate. When the counselor raised his hand
over my head the crowed roared and I became the Federalist Party Secretary. I introduced the candidates for the
chairmen and at the end announced the winner who was Kaleb. As soon as a stepped of the stage more than a
dozen boys greeted me to congratulate me and discuss what we’ll be doing in the future. That night  I as well as
Kaleb and others in the federalist party talked about the ‘game plan’ and how we were going to take the seven
positions In the state level.

          The next day I ran for Supervisor at large and won. I meet with the rest of the board to discuss ordinances
and other issues on the county level. Later that day I met with many boys in the federalist party to develop our platform.
 I separated them into four groups to tackle issues on a boys state, CA state, national, and international level. At the
end of the night I took all the notes on each issue and typed it into the 2014 Federalist Party Platform.

          The day after was helping the candidates for the state positions understand the platform and help them with
 the debate after their speech. I gave my last speech to explain how even though we are separated into different
 parties we are still one voice as boys staters and we should vote for the best candidate whoever that may be.
The competition against the whigs during the speeches made it seem like it would be a close election. That shifted
greatly when we came to the debate. Our candidates shined because they were extremely  educated on both the
 topics and the platform while the whig candidates seemed to avoid the initial question.

         When we returned we were confident because we were sure that our top three candidates did great.
We discussed how we would campaign more before the election and then went to sleep. When they revealed
 the results we learned that we the federalist got all three state positions and we won the majority in senate
and assembly. After, we went to the capitol.  We ate lunch and took many picture with the surrounding  scenery.
When we walked inside the building we each went to go find our senator and assemblymen. After getting both
certificates I, along with other delegates from my city visited the gift shop and purchased California bear pins.
It was a great experience.

          The day after, my city bonded more, exchanged numbers and said our goodbyes. We were all sad to
see each other go but we promised to stay in contact. I would like to greatly thank you for giving me the
opportunity to experience this. This is a one in a lifetime thing and I appreciate it more than you may know.
I know ill carry this with the rest of my life and this has had a great positive impact on my life so again thank you.

Sincerely,
LeAngelo White







Post 716 sponsors Cub Scout Troop 601

 
Public Relations


To assist Chairman Ruben Cortez in promoting our Post via all
available media. Work with the Command groups of 716, with the
design and distribution of promotional materials.

 
Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation


To look for ways of assisting our Veterans, in and out of the VA Hospital. Organize hospital visits. Work closely with Chaplain Warner, Service Officer Robert O and the VA volunteer coordinator.







Operation Comfort Warriors
is an American Legion National program
dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded,
injured or ill military personnel by
providing them with comfort items

not usually supplied by the government.

 
Visiting


To help Chaplain Warner give comfort to members and their
families when sick or hospitalized and to organize Post hopping
events within southern California.

 
Uniformed Group


To organize, train, promote and supervise the Post 716 Color Guard...
4 Member team for presenting the Colors of our Post and
716 Honor Guard an 8+ Members team to render Military
Honors at funerals.

 
Membership Committee Personnel


To work with Chairman 1st Vice Commander Chris Neiffer In finding ways
to get and keep more Members.

 
Sports


This position can be filled by any Member...Sons, Aux. etc.
To report on all Los Alamitos School sports, keep us apprised of our
Legion Race Car #76 and
any other pertinent sports news.


Please contact Commander Ernie directly if you are interested in
any of these opportunities 562-743-2630.

Page updated 11/06/2014