Programs
 
Click on the following links for more information on our Programs:

 
  American Legion Baseball
 
  Oratorical Contest
 
  American Legion College
 
  Scholarships
 
  Safety Committee
 
  Public Relations and Publicity Awards
 
  American Legion Americanism Award
 
  American Legion Jersey Boys State
 
 


 

 

American Legion Baseball

 
To promote American Legion baseball to the end that every post in the state will sponsor a baseball team and to coordinate the program throughout the department.
 
 
Chairman Frank Calandrillo
Vice Chairmen Ronald Krowiak
Robert Briant
Richard Zalinkanskas
Richard Freeman
Rules Interpreter Frank Calandrillo
Dist #1
Chairman - David Kobrick
Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex & Hudson
Dist #2
Chairman -
Essex, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union & Warren
Dist #3
Chairman - Walter R. Zjawin
Mercer, Middlesex & Monmouth
Dist #4
Chairman - Russell Kolins
Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean & Salem

New Jersey American Legion Baseball

 

 


 

 

THE AMERICAN LEGION
High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
“A Constitutional Speech Contest”

 
The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The first place winner takes home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship

The New Jersey Contest will award a $4,000 scholarship for the first place winner, $2,500 for second place, $2,000 for third place and $1,000 each for forth and fifth place.

The New Jersey winner will advance to the National Finals Contests, a weekend’s competition of Quarter-final, Semi-final and National final contests that are held in the headquarters city of The American Legion, Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2014 Contests will be held April 5-6, 2014, Wyndham Indianapolis West.

The contact information listed is provided for your convenience. Find the county that you live in or attend school in and contact the associated District Chairman for guidance.
 
Chairman Clifford Griffiths
cliffgriffiths@comcast.net
856-939-1531
Vice Chairman Joe Gugliuzza
JoeG325@aol.com
732-455-8525

New Jersey State Finals will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, War Memorial Building, Trenton, NJ

 

District Chairmen

District #1- Robert Salvini
Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic

bobsalvini@att.net
(201-270-8711)


Sunday Feb 9th, Noon at Rochelle Park Post 170,
33 W. Passaic St.,
Rochelle park 07662.



District #2- Daniel McCole
Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren

danmc@hughes.net
(570-296-2144)


Sunday February 16th, 2014 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Post # 157
325 US Highway 206
Branchville, NJ 07826


Snow date: February 23, 2014 at 11AM at American Legion #157 at the location listed above.


District #3 – Joseph M. Gugliuzza
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Monmouth

JoeG325@aol.com
(732-455-8525)


Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the Eatontown Boro Hall,
47 Broad St.
Eatontown, NJ, 07724.


Monmouth County Contest. Saturday January 25, 2014, to be held at the Eatontown Boro Hall, 47 Broad St., Eatontown, NJ, 07724.



District #4 – James Barrett
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean

jamesbarrett2@comcast.net
(609-238-9444)


Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at the American Legion Stetser-Lamartine Post 281,
2101 Chews Landing Rd., Blackwood, NJ 08012

The contest will start promptly at 9:00 AM. All contestants are asked to be at the Post by 8:15 AM.


District #5 – Russell Robinson
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem

americanlegpu81@yahoo.com
(609-645-8532)


Saturday February 22nd, 2014 10:00 AM at the American Legion Mainland Post #81.
902 S. Main St.
Pleasantville, NJ, 08232.
609-641-5846


 

 

      2013-2014 Oratorical Contest     

 
Eligibility
Eligible participants in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of twenty (20) years on the date of the national contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school) in which the curriculum of said school is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine (9) and terminating with grade twelve (12). Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the department (state) where they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition in only one department.

The three finalists of the national contest will be ineligible for further participation at any level.

The Prepared Oration
The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.

The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up less than eight (8) minutes or more than ten (10) minutes for delivery. It must be delivered in the English language.

Contestants may have in their possession a copy of their prepared oration in the first holding room. They may consult the copy of their prepared oration, until they exit the holding room in order to begin the contest, at which time the copy of the prepared oration will be surrendered to the contest official who is monitoring the first holding room.

In the prepared oration, as well as in the assigned topic discourse, quotations must be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than ten words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally. The singing of a song(s) is not permitted and will result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant. The contestant may, however, quote a verse(s) of a song provided proper attribution is made.

Assigned Topic Discourse
The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his/her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the United States as listed under assigned topics in Chapter Four.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.

It is acceptable to utilize or incorporate short phrases of a foreign language into the prepared oration and/or assigned topic in order to develop the argument, establish a point, etc. It is to be understood that the vast majority of the prepared oration and/or assigned topic must still be delivered in the English language.

Dress
Uniforms of any kind are not permitted. Appropriate business attire is required of all contestants. Contestants are not permitted to wear awards and medals from previous competition.

Assigned Topics for 2014 contest

Amendment 1
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 4
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 13
Section I.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section II. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21
Section 1.
The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
 
 

 

 

Awards For 2013-2014 Department Finals

1st Place $4,000
2nd Place $2,500
3rd Place $2,000
4th Place $1,000
5th Place $1,000
PDF District Chairmans Report Form
PDF Registration & Information Form.pdf

 

 


 

 

American Legion College

 
The 58th Annual American Legion Leadership College at the National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt, NJ.
 

March 28, 29, 30, 2014

Application will be on-line in December and mailed to Posts in January

Applications must be received at Department Headquarters by March 3, 2014

For Forms click here

 
 

Courses Offered

1.

Basic: The Basic Course of the NJ American Legion College will expose the students to the programs of the NJ Department including but not limited to Americanism, Baseball, Boy Scouts, Children & Youth, Constitution & By-Laws, Economics, Scholarships, Legislative, Oratorical, Public Relations, Sons of The American Legion, etc. Overviews of these subjects will be presented so the students are aware of their purposes and applicability. They will be provided with sufficient information including brochures, and other hand-outs., so they may refer back to that information to assist with the implementation and/or enhancement of those programs at their respective Posts and Counties.

Advanced

Club Management: In this course you will learn the fundamentals of the operation of your Post Canteen, Proper Procedures for Games of Chance, ABC Rules & Regulations, Bar Operations and IRS Form 990.
This course is suggested for any member interested in becoming a bar or canteen chairman at their Post home and for those interested in learning the proper protocol for having Games of Chance at your Post Homes

2.

Service Officers School - Chaplain's Course

3.

Membership Course


 

 


 

 

Scholarships

 

The American Legion, Department of New Jersey, Scholarship

Two(2)   $4,000 Education Scholarships ($1,000 year for four years)
Four(4)   $2,000 Education Scholarships ($1,000 year for two years)
Two(2)   $1,000 Education Scholarships ($1,000 for one year)
One(1)   $1,500 John Casey Scholarship ($1,500 for one year)
 


Application forms must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2014.
(For applications see Forms & Documents, or contact Post/Department)

 

 

Eligibility

1. Applicant must be a natural or adopted descendant of a member of The American Legion, Department of New Jersey (son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc.)
2. Applicant’s forbearer must be a current member of The American Legion, Department of New Jersey, or if deceased, a MEMBER AT TIME of death. (For the John Casey Scholarship, the Forbearer must be combat wounded.)
3. Applicant must be a member of the graduating class of high school including Vo-tech for the year 2014.
4. Applicant must use the award the year he or she received it.

 

 


 

 

Safety Committee

 


  2013 - 2014 Safety Poster Contest  

 
SAFETY POSTER CONTEST FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED AND HANDICAPPED.

This is a project of the Department Safety Committee to bring our challenged youth into the Department Safety activities. This project was approved by the Department at a Department meeting held on Saturday, August 18, 1990 at the War memorial Building in Trenton.

The contest is to be started in each participating school

Safety Poster Contest Submissions 2013-2014
1. Due into the Post by January 25, 2014.
2. Due into the County by February 22, 2014.
3. Due in the Department by March 15, 2014.


For Forms and Additional Documentation please click here
 

 


  2013 - 2014 Safety Essay Contest  

 
Safety Essay Contest is open to 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students in Public, Private and parochial Schools throughout New Jersey.

Safety Essay Contest Submission 2013-2014
1. Due into the Post by January 25, 2014.
2. Due into the County by February 22, 2014.
3. Due into the Department by March 15, 2014.


For Forms and Additional Documentation please click here

 

Department Judging will take place at Clark Post #328, 78 Westfield Avenue, Clark, New Jersey 07066 on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
 


 

 

Public Relations and Publicity Awards

 
The Public Relations & Publicity Committee will judge the following awards:

FITHIAN AWARD
Awarded to the Post that best demonstrates the history of that Post for the year (Mar 2013 - Feb 2014)

NEW JERSEY PAST DEPARTMENT COMMANDERS' AWARD
Awarded to the County that best demonstrates the history of that County for the year (Mar 2013 - Feb 2014)

MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MEDIA AWARD
Awarded to the Post that demonstrates the best use of local media outlets to promote The American Legion and creating community awareness, as determined by the committee. (Period Covered will be March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 in chronological order and must be delivered to Department Headquarters by March 27, 2014.)

WEBSITES
Awarded to the Best Post and County, as determined by the committee.

NEWSLETTERS
Awarded to the Post newsletter that best meet the goal of keeping their members informed, as determined by the committee.

All winners will receive a Plaque.


For Forms and Additional Documentation please click here


 

 

American Legion Americanism Award

 


  Coloring Contest   

 
2014 coloring contest shall be distributed to students in the 4th and 5th Grades by various Posts throughout the state.  The coloring of the picture will be attested to by the student's teacher.  Neatness and accuracy in coloring the picture are most important in this undertaking.

Posts will judge their own contests.  First place winners will be turned over to the County Americanism Chairman who will select the first place county winner to be turned over to Department Chairman.

1st Place Gold Medal and $300 check
2nd Place Silver Medal and $200 check
3rd Place Bronze Medal and $100 check
 
 
Other Americanism Awards
Time frame for all awards is March 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014, inclusive
Department Community Service - Post
Americanism - Post
Combined Activities - Post
The All Round Americanism Award - Post
Department Distinguished Service - Individual
Department Medal of Valor - Individual
Special Heroism Award - Individual
Unarmed Public Safety Personnel Dedicated
Service/Valor - Individual
Fire Fighter of the Year "Valor Award"
Fire Fighter of the Year Award
First Aid Member of the Year Award
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Educator of the Year Award
Deadline for posts to submit entries to the County shall be 3/1/14
Deadline for counties to submit entries to the department chairman shall be 3/22/14 or delivered on the day of the Department judging on 3/29/14 at Post 414 Lawrence Ville, NJ.

For Forms and additional Documentation please click here
 


 

 

American Legion Jersey Boys State

 
The 2014 American Legion Jersey Boys State will be held at Rider University. ALJBS has a strong tradition of education, patriotism and excellence in the development of Tomorrow’s Leaders.

This year the dates for this 69th Session will be June 22 – 27, 2014. For further information please link with their website (aljbs.org)
   
 


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