The American Legion is doing a lot of great things in the community. I have only been a member for a short time yet I have been very impressed.
I have learned that the AL is very big with Scouting and that is wonderful. I have been involved with Scouting for many years and to this day, I remain a active Scout leader for the West Michigan Venturing Crew 9050. I am also an devote amateur radio operator which is why I originally joined the AL; I saw that the AL organized a amateur radio club, K9TAL.
Which brings me to my point. Scouting and amateur radio are fantastic ventures to be involved with. You can combine the two into one! As I said, I am a leader with the West Michigan Venturing Crew 9050. The crew specialty is amateur radio and emergency services. We are very active with emergency communications and other aspects of EmComm. EmComm is one of the primary purposes of the TALARC.
The crew does contesting, DXing, emergency communications, are trained medical responders, and still do all the traditional scout things such as camping, hiking, canoeing, and more. Our crew combined two great past times into one. This is a great way for a post to add both if they do not have them or they only have one. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has flyers titled "Scouting & Amateur Radio" which help with recruitment.
Just some food for thought for any post that wants to add or increase youth and amateur radio involvement.
If anyone is interested in learning more, feel free to contact me.
Best regards, (73)
Rich "Doc" Strait, AC8AL, USN Retired (PDRL)