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Oratorical program. Erin Connor of Bridport, Vt., who participated in The American Legion’s National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis in 2011 and 2013, was crowned Miss Vermont in April. She will participate in the Miss America competition this September.
Erin is one of three Connor sisters who participated in the Oratorical program at the national level – her sister Brooke earned a third-place finish in the 2010 competition. A banner hangs inside Middlebury Union High School announcing that the three graduated Connor sisters are state champions of the Department of Vermont’s Oratorical Contest.
Child Welfare Foundation. The Sons of The American Legion have donated nearly $500,000 to the Legion’s Child Welfare Foundation during the 2016-2017 membership year. CWF grant applications are now available online at  www.cwf-inc.org; applications must be postmarked to National Headquarters by July 15. CWF accepts funding proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children.
PUFL. Since January 2014, nearly 45,000 Legionnaires have become Paid Up For Life (PUFL) members. Learn more about PUFL membership at www.legion.org/join/pufl.