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American Legion Baseball

Oratorical Contest

American Legion College


Safety Essay and Safety Poster Contest

Public Relations and Publicity Awards

American Legion Americanism Award

American Legion Jersey Boys State

Boy Scouts


American Legion Baseball

To promote American Legion baseball to the end that every post in the state will sponsor a baseball team and coordinate the program throughout the department - see link below.

Chairman Frank Calandrillo
Vice Chairmen Ronald Krowiak
David Kobrick
Richard Freeman
Rules Interpreter Frank Calandrillo
Dist #1
Chairman - Daniel Dorf
Bergen | Morris | Passaic | Sussex | Hudson
Dist #2
Chairman - Richard Freeman
Essex | Hunterdon | Somerset | Union | Warren;
Dist #3
Chairman - Richard Freeman
Mercer | Middlesex | Monmouth
Dist #4
Chairman - TBD
Atlantic | Burlington | Camden | Cape May | Cumberland | Gloucester | Ocean | Salem

Button  Click here for New Jersey American Legion Baseball

Eighty Fourth edition of
High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
“A Constitutional Speech Contest”

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $203,500 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets a $25,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $22,500, and third gets $20,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $2,000 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

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 fourth and fifth place.

The New Jersey winner will advance to the National Finals Contest, 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 2021 National Finals will be April 9 – 11 in Indianapolis at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel, 2544 Executive Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46241, (317) 248-2481. Quarterfinal and semifinal contests are scheduled for Saturday, April 10 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, April 11.

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 Dan Channel
Vice Chairman William Fetherman


POST LEVEL to be completed by January 22, 2022 (Results to the County Chairman by January 29 2022)

COUNTY LEVEL to be completed by February 5, 2022 (Results to the District Chairman by February 12, 2022)

DISTRICT LEVEL to be completed by February 19, 2022 (Results to the Department and Department Chairman immediately after contest completion)

Department Finals will be held on March 5, 2022, at the Trenton War Memorial at 9:00 a.m.

National Quarter Finals Round will be held Saturday morning, April 23, 2022.

National Semi-Finals Round will be held on Saturday morning, April 23, 2022.

National Final Round will be held Sunday morning, April 24, 2022

PDF District Chairmans Report Form

Oratorical Bulletin

District Chairmen
District #1- Richard Palka
Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic
District #2 - Daniel McCole
Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren
District #3 – Joel Bloom
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset
and Monmouth

District #4 – Shawn Bailo
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean
District #5 – Patricia Tatum
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem

Oratorical Contest

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Eligible participants must 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 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). The curriculum of the school must be considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade 9 and terminating with grade 12. Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the department that they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition through only one department.

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.

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

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The oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.

Contestants may have a copy of their prepared oration while waiting in the first holding room. They may consult the copy until they exit to begin the contest. The copy will then be surrendered to the contest official monitoring the first holding room.

Quotations must always be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than 10 words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally.

It is acceptable to utilize or incorporate short phrases in a foreign language to develop the argument, establish a point, etc. It should be understood that the vast majority of the prepared oration and/or assigned topic must still be delivered in English. Singing is not permitted and will result in immediate disqualification. The contestant may, however, quote a verse(s) of a song(s) provided proper attribution is made.

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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 or 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 U.S. Constitution, selected from Articles and Sections as listed under assigned topics for the current year's contest in this brochure.

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

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Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment XIV, Section 3

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Amendment XXV, Section 4

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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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.

Awards For 2021-2022
 New Jersey Department Finals
1st Place $4,000
2nd Place $2,500
3rd Place $2,000
4th Place $1,000
5th Place $1,000

(The Department winner will receive an additional $1,500 awarded by the National Organization for participating in the National Quarter Finals.)


American Legion College

We're pleased to announce the 64th Annual American Legion Leadership College at the National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt, New Jersey will be taking place on April 22nd.

Dates: April 22nd - 24th, 2022
Application will be mailed to Post.
Applications must be received at Department Headquarters by April 8, 2022. The deadline line for Substitutes is April 15th, 2022.

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 and Youth, Constitution and 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.

The Advanced Course will build on the Trainees’ experience from the Basic Course where they were exposed to, the organization and structure of the American Legion, as well as its history, policies and Post operations. It will expand the trainees” knowledge in all Legion areas of ceremony, and history while exposing them beyond Post Operations, and introducing them into the Leadership of the County/District/Department.

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 and 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. Post Service Officers Course
The Post Service Officer Course (PSO) creates the most vital initial link in a nationwide network of the American Legion service to America’s veterans and as such is an important course to attend. The course provides an extensive overview of regulations that governs a plethora of entitlements a veteran and their dependents may be entitled to. The course covers step by step instructions on how to complete the pertinent form(s) required and supporting evidence needed for each of the majority of claims the PSO will come across. In addition, the course covers the criteria and procedure for entrance into the VA Health Care System and services they provide.

Furthermore, receiving the certificate of training at the completion of the course adds value to the PSO as he/she is equipped with enough knowledge to readily assist veterans seeking help vs a PSO who has not attended the course. This also increases membership and raises retention at posts..
3. Chaplain's Course
4. Membership Course:
The goal of the Membership Course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the membership function at the Post level and how it interfaces with the County, State and National Organizations. To help facilitate this understanding, topics covered will include, Membership Chairman Responsibilities and how it relates to the Adjutant’s Position when it comes to the Post Membership function. Also, the use of Computer Programs to help manage the Post Membership Function, in particular Other topics to be covered are retention and revitalization, and renewal.


Button 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 18, 2022.

 (For applications see Forms and Documents, or contact Post/Department)

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 2019.
4. Applicant must use the award the year it is received. Four year scholarship to be completed in four consecutive years.
5. The scholarship will be awarded on the following categories:

a) CHARACTER - 20% - high standards of conduct; keen sense of right;strength of character; adherence to truth and conscience and a belief in God (i.e. letter from pastor, rabi, etc., volunteer work)

b) AMERICANISM/COMMUNITY SERVICE - 20% - fine ideals; love of Country;ability to accept a citizens responsibility (e.g. Boys and Girls State, Scouting, Flag, Education, Community Service, etc.)

c) LEADERSHIP - 20% - ability to lead and to accomplish through group action (e.g. Club/School President. Drum Major, etc.)

d) SCHOLORSHIP - 20% - certified transcripts since freshman year, including all grades, GPA, class rank, SAT scores, etc.

e) BASIS OF NEED - 20% - actual need of financial assistance to continue their higher education. Family's IRS 1040 is mandatory
6. Applicant must file a questionnaire properly completed as per enclosed form
7. If the applicants selected for the awards fail to qualify for admission to such school or college of his or her selection by August 1, 2020. The award will be forfeited.
8. Applications to be signed by both the applicant and Comander of the sponsoring post. Application received by post 1000 should not be signed by a post Commander but directed to state headquarters in Trenton for the department commanders signature.

Safety Essay and Safety Poster Contests

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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 for 2021-2022:
All posters must be in the hands of the Post Chairman no later than January 19, 2022.

 The First Place Winner at the Post Level to the County by February 16, 2022.

 To the Department Headquarters No later than March 4, 2022.

 The First Place winner at the County Level to the State Chairman no later than March 19, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.

For Forms and Additional Documentation please click HERE

Department Judging will take place at Clark Post 328, 78 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07666 on March 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Awards For 2020-2021
 Safety Poster Finals
1st Place $250
2nd Place $175
3rd Place $115
4th Place $75 *Honorable Mention*

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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 for 2021-2022:
All essays must be in the hands of the Post Chairman no later than January 19, 2022.

 The First Place Winner at the Post Level to the County by February 16, 2022.

 The First Place winner at the County Level to the State Chairman no later than March 20, 2021

For Forms and Additional Documentation please click HERE

Department Judging will take place at Clark Post 328, 78 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07666 on March 19th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Awards For 2020-2021
 Safety Essay Finals 1
1st Place $250
2nd Place $175
3rd Place $115
4th Place $75 *Honorable Mention*


Public Relations and Publicity Awards

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

Awarded to the Post that best demonstrates the history of that Post for the year (June 2021 - June 2022).

Awarded to the County that best demonstrates the history of that County for the year (June 2021 - June 2022).

We will be using NALPA criteria to judge the extent of Post’s Social Media outreach. Sites will be judged on Appearance & Presentation (components; design/format); Content, Readability and Engagement (structure, content, social engagement); Purposes and Goals. And if current. To be considered, Facebook sites should be linked from the Dept. website. Other Social Media sites (Instagram and Twitter) should link to with contact phone number by February 1, 2022.

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

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

Button Coloring Contest

Per Department Americanism Committee Chairman Howarth, judging for Americanism Awards will be held at a place and time yet to be determined, once group gatherings have been approved.
If you previously sent in an entry, please email Tammie to confirm receipt. If you had an entry that you planned on sending to HQ, please do so. Once a date and location has been determined, you can still hand carry your entry to be judged.
Thank you.
John Baker - Department Adjutant

2022 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.

Awards For 2021-2022
 New Jersey Department Finals
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 1-2021 to February 28-2022, inclusive.
The Good Samaritan of the Year Award
Legionnaire Individual Awards
Posts Awards
Unarmed Public Safety Personnel Dedicated
The Spirit of Americanism Award
Fire Fighter of the Year "Valor Award"
First Responders Lifetime Achievement Award
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Team of the Year Award
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Valor Award
Individual Educator/ School Team of the Year Award

Deadline for posts to submit entries to the County by March 11, 2022

Deadline for counties to submit entries to the Department Chairman: March 18, 2022.

For Forms and additional Documentation please CLICK HERE.


American Legion Jersey Boys State

The 2021 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. Click to read the Annual Letter to Boys State Post Chairmen and County Chairmen.

This year the dates for this 75th Session will be June 20-25th 2021. For further information please link with their website