Although the 2020 annual national Combined Americanism Conference in Indianapolis was canceled to ensure safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americanism Commission offered a virtual conference on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The featured speaker for the joint session was Chris Phillips, vice president of NFP Property & Casualty Services Inc. He spoke on "The Importance of Insurance Protection."

Department program directors, chairmen, staff, and volunteers across the nation were invited to participate in the 2020 Combined Americanism Conference.

Questions may be directed to or (317) 630-1203.

2020 Combined Americanism Conference Presentations

Joint Opening Session

Welcome and greetings by Legion Family Leadership followed by featured speaker Chris Phillips, Vice-President, NFP Property & Casualty Services, Inc. presenting on “The Importance of Insurance Protection.”

Combined Americanism 2020 Conference (Video)




Children and Youth

The Children and Youth provides an overview of the Children and Youth program at the American Legion. You will learn about child safety, child health, Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) grant program, The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, CWF’s CAT Program and The American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation.

Children and Youth Session 1 (Video)

The second session goes into further detail about the Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)grant program. You will learn who is eligible for the grant, what the grant will pay for, what documentation is needed to apply for the grant and how the process works.

Children and Youth Session 2 (Video)




Boys State / Girls State

Joint panel discussion by American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs having conducted 2020 virtual online programs.

Boys and Girls State Session 1 (Video)

Shared insight for planning and conducting a virtual Boys State program and virtual resource options presented by Texas and California Boys State program staff.

Boys and Girls State Session 2 (Video)

The basics of risk management principles for youth programs presented by Robert Crandall, Compliance and Risk Manager, American Legion National Headquarters and suggested inclusion of U.S. Selective Service System information in Boys State programs presented by PNC Thomas Bock (CO).

Boys and Girls State Session 3 (Video)








Junior Shooting Sports

Review of 2020 – 2021 Official Match Program, Review of Risk Management Requirements and Q & A

Junior Shooting Sports Session 1 (Video)

Postal Tournament and Championship with Q & A.

Junior Shooting Sports Session 2 (Video)



Review and discussion of Resolution No. 2779 (AR), Remove Assigned Topics from Oratorical Contest. Recommendation of Oratorical Chairman

Oratorical Session 1 (Video)

How to engage the National Speech and Debate Association to help strengthen department oratorical programs.

Oratorical Session 2 (Video)



Updates from NHQ Risk Management Manager, Robert Crandall, regarding to American Legion Baseball Risk Management Guidebook and Insurance presentation.

Legion Baseball Session 1 (Video)

General Session presentations regarding eligibility, rules and return to play discussions.

Legion Baseball Session 2 (Video)