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NO-VEL Post 159 (941) 488-1157

NO-VEL Squadron 159 Sons of the American Legion

Meets the 1st Monday at 6pm

Sons of American Legion Officers



***** October 7, 2020 *****


2021 Sons of the American Legion membership,

you may mail your renewal with $40 to the Post

and SAL will mail out your membership card or

you may contact John Hammond

at 941-544-3761or email to



Commander... John Hammond
1st Vice Commander... Marty Wise
2nd Vice Commander... Tim Sharkey
Adjutant... Marty Wise
Finance... Bob Didio
Chaplain... Robert Johnson
Sgt at Arms... Gary Holzemer



Sons of the American Legion Annual dues increase effective July 1, 2020

As we wrap up the 2020 membership year which ended June 30,2020, we had some challenges with the pandemic and the cancellation of meetings and events. With cancellations, unfortunately, it also brought rumors, speculation, and confusion. Lately, the confusion has been, “When does the SAL dues go into effect, and how much are they?”

"RESOLVED, That the Sons of The American Legion in National Convention assembled on August 23-25, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana, amend the Constitution of the Sons of The American Legion, Article X, Section 2 to increase the annual dues due national.

"RESOLVED, That the increase took effect on July 1, 2020, with the distribution of the 2021 National Membership cards, and applied to all membership transmittals received after that date."

The approved increase to national dues has left us with only one option and that is raise our annual dues to $40.00 annually effective July 1, 2020. This increase will help us offset the national dues as well as enable to maintain our annual donations to help our local veterans, community, and people in need as we are unable to sponsor and hold any special events. Like everything else in this world, the cost of goods and labor only increases and never decreases; unfortunately, our local commitments are no different.

 The American Legion raised their dues four times to meet the annual cost of living, labor, and services. It was long overdue, and only fair the SAL raise their dues. This increase is something that has not occurred for more than a decade.

Another point of confusion, “When does the increase start?” From the numerous email’s national have received, many members seem to think the 2021 dues increase does not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2021. Members are confusing a calendar year with a membership year.

Let us clarify this, so all SAL members are on the same page. A calendar year runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The SAL membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. This means that effective July 1, when we start to collect new membership applications and renewals for the following year, the amount due is $40.00. Please make checks payable to Sons of the American Legion, Squad 159.

If you have any questions, please feel free to submit your questions to the SAL Commander.

For God and Country,

John Hammond, SAL Commander


Are you a son of a Veteran? Would you like to join The American Legion? Check with the Post 159 office between 9:00am and 3:00pm to find out your eligibility status and apply for membership in the world's largest Veteran's organization. Complete the application and proudly become a SON OF THE LEGION.

Q: I am related to someone who served on active duty during one of the membership eligibilty dates. Can I join the Sons of The American Legion?

A: If your relative who served on active duty during one of the membership eligibility dates and is a member of The American Legion, you may join the Sons of The American Legion.

However, if the qualifying Veteran is deceased you may join the appropriate organization, even if the qualifying Veteran was not a member of The American Legion when living.


Preamble to the S.A.L. National Constitution

Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of Veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as "Sons of The American Legion" for the following purposes:  To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism; to preserve the memories of our former members and the associations of our members and our forefathers in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which The American Legion stands; and to assist in carrying on for God and Country.


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